Student Advisers

What we do

The Student Advisers offer support in a confidential and impartial manner, helping you with any personal issues you are experiencing both at home and at college. We offer a Listening Service for those who may require one to one support to help in achieving their goals.

The Student adviser can:

  • Provide Information, advice and Guidance
  • Provide Pastoral Support (Listening Services)
  • Refer to College Counselling services
  • Accompany students throughout the process of Disciplinary/Appeals/Faculty liaison meetings
  • Advice Students and staff on Policy and Procedures
  • Provision of Daily Drop-in session to assist with small advances (based on individual circumstances)
  • Deliver UCAS information sessions
  • Offer feedback on UCAS personal statements
  • Sign post to other services both Internal and External

Additional Information
The majority of advisers are Safeguarding Officers who have undergone applied suicide intervention skills training (ASIST)

Where to find us

  • Cumbernauld Campus
    Paula Etherson and Alison Fernand
    Room MB019 in the student centre, behind reception

    Appointments by request
    Drop-in sessions between 12-12.30pm

  • Motherwell Campus
    Billy Findlay and Linda Williamson
    Learner Services - Room 0A04 to the right of reception

    Open between 10.45am–2.30pm 
    Drop-in sessions between 12-12.30pm Monday to Friday 

  • Coatbridge Campus
    Linda Buchanan and Paula Etherson
    Room G98B, across the from the 101 café

    Appointments by request
    Drop-in sessions between 12-12.30pm

  • Broadwood, Hamilton and Kirkintilloch Campuses
    Appointment available by arrangement



Paula Etherson

Broadwood, Cumbernauld, Kirkintilloch and Coatbridge Campus



Alison Fernand

Broadwood, Cumbernauld and Kirkintilloch Campus


Linda Buchanan

Coatbridge Campus


Billy Findlay

Motherwell Campus


Linda Williamson

Motherwell Campus


Jean Barclay

Motherwell Campus

Student Adviser and Complaints handler 

Applying to

All Student Advisers are UCAS coordinators for New College Lanarkshire. We provide UCAS briefing sessions for learners applying to university.

We are also able to offer personal statement reviews on request and are happy to help you with any issues you may be experiencing with your UCAS application.