Puppies room helps students to relieve exam stress

COVERStudents at Nottingham Trent University can now visit the first ever Students’ Union puppy room to help them relax during the stressful exam period.

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The university have teamed up with the Guide Dogs Blind Association (UK) to help students relax, while improving their concentration and memory.

Stressed students  are now able to spend time in the puppies room as part of a unique project to tackle exam nerves.

The room was offered as an incentive during the Students’ Union elections. It was promised as a reward if more than 6,500 students voted for their new leaders – 6,738 votes were cast.

The room is provided by the student union of Nottingham Trent University and they has pledged to donate £5,000 to the association for the cost of training dogs.

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The Labrador pups have been provided by the guide dogs blind association – and the human interaction helps to train the dogs in their early months.

Dr Jacqueline Boyd of the University’s school of animal, rural and environmental sciences said: ‘I think more people need to know about the benefits of animals and I would encourage more of it.’

The main exam period at Trent runs between May 12 and June 6. If the room is successful, the Student’s Union will consider running it again in next January.

The dogs welfare will be paramount, and a timeout room for the puppies will be used so they can have a break.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association receive no government funding, but with costs of more than £50,000 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement – they are hoping to raise £5,000 for their mobility team while helping students.

As the union promise to donate £5,000, students were asked to donate money for the association as well.

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