Wednesday 28 September 2016

Student pig-out eases exams stress

Published 28/05/2015 | 12:21

Pigs have helped university students cope with the stress of exams
Pigs have helped university students cope with the stress of exams

Feeling stressed about exams? Cuddling a micropig could be the answer.

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Students at Nottingham Trent University were given the chance to get up close with the animals after their union (NTSU) organised a "piglet room" on campus over two days this week.

The union said it arranged for the pigs to visit to give students a way of taking time out during exam season and as a thank you for voting it as one of the top students' unions in the UK in last year's National Student survey.

Pet therapy has been shown to reduce stress, it said.

It is not the first time the union has organised an animal activity for stressed-out students - last year it ran a series of "puppy rooms" which raised more than £5,000 for Nottingham Guide Dogs Mobility Team and saw them name a newborn golden retriever "Trent".

NTSU president Marcus Boswell said: "We welcome the opportunity to do things slightly differently here at NTSU, and if a creative idea can be beneficial for all parties involved then we are all for it.

"Our main aim is to provide students with a platform to take a break from their revision, and subsequently it is a great opportunity for us to develop another local partnership with Pet Piggies while also continuing to fund puppy Trent's ongoing development as a fully-fledged guide dog. What more can you ask for?"

The university union is the latest to lay on novel stress-relievers.

Exeter University also drafted in micropigs, while Leicester and Bristol were among those to offer students the chance to cuddle up with a puppy.

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