Campus Watch: Paws for thought: meet the pups making a difference

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The University of Buckingham has recently welcomed a new edition to campus, and you can see why people are excited.

Tanlaw-Millie (or Millie for short) is a five month old cockapoo that is proving hugely popular with stressed students – so popular that she even has her own Outlook calendar for appointments!

In fact, the demand for canine cuddles has been so high that Dee Bunker, Head of Student Welfare, has found a playmate for Millie – a six month old black and white cockapoo named Darcie. “Both Millie and Darcie love coming to work every day,” says Dee Bunker, “they give unconditional love to anyone that says hello.” She adds further that students are now “more eager to talk about their issues with the help of a few cuddles and licks from the puppies”.

With mental health among students and young people becoming an increasing concern, this scheme is encouraging students to be open about their mental health struggles, rather than feeling isolated or outcast by them. If successful, it may perhaps inspire other universities to take on a campus puppy of their own.

Holly Smith

(Image: University of Buckingham)

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