Support and welfare
We're committed to the welfare of our students and aim to make sure that everyone is properly supported.
We have a Graduate Tutor, a Deputy Graduate Tutor, and an Assistant Graduate Tutor who work as part of the overall Tutorial team within the College. Their role is to select, maintain, and support an active and vibrant postgraduate community.
They act on behalf of our postgraduates, from attending College committees to submitting appeals and allowances. Our Graduate Tutor is happy to have a chat with you if you need support with an academic issue.
We have a team of Tutors who are available to listen about any non-academic issues and to signpost the most appropriate help available to address your needs. You’re welcome to contact whichever of the Tutors you feel most comfortable speaking to. Each Tutor runs a weekly drop-in welfare session, and you can also request appointments with them. There is always one of the Tutors on call during term to provide support in urgent situations.
Alongside the Tutors, we have an Accessibility and Disability Tutor who liaises with the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre of the University to support disabled students. The work of the Tutors is supported by Ethnic and Religious Minorities Welfare Contacts.
The College has a dedicated in-house Mental Health Nurse with drop-in sessions or pre-booked appointments available. The nurse can offer confidential support, assessments, and advice on a range of mental health and wellbeing concerns, from academic stress to emotional difficulties. Please email the Mental Health Nurse to arrange an appointment in advance. Alternatively, the Mental Health Nurse runs drop-in sessions; students can find out details of opening hours and locations on JNet, the College intranet. The Mental Health Nurse can help you find more specialist or long-term support if needed for severe mental health issues or crisis interventions. We can offer financial support to help cover any costs this might entail.
You can also use the free University Counselling Service (UCS) for individual counselling, groups, and workshops, or to make an appointment with the sexual assault and harassment or racial harassment advisors.
We have a dedicated College Nurse, based onsite, who holds regular surgeries during term time.
During term time the College Nurse works in the Health Centre in Library Court, offering medical and general welfare advice and support. Students can find out details of opening hours and locations on JNet, the College intranet; you can drop in during set sessions, or arrange an appointment in advance, to talk through any medical issues or worries in confidence. Sessions with the College Nurse are free for everyone in College.
Our College physiotherapist can provide help and advice for a range of needs, from injuries, to sports, mobility, or postural pains. Sessions arranged with the physiotherapist via the College nurse are free for students. Our student union, the postgraduate Middle Common Room (MCR), has dedicated welfare officers who organise welfare provision and events dedicated to student wellbeing throughout the academic year.
We can also provide financial support if you are struggling with money. We have a dedicated Financial Tutor who can offer advice about bursaries and financial assistance available in the College and University.
The Chapel clergy team is available to everyone in College – of any faith or none – for pastoral support and conversation. They can provide a listening ear, and are happy to help you explore any matter that may be on your mind.
The undergraduate Middle Combination Room (MCR) has dedicated welfare officers who organise welfare provision and events dedicated to student wellbeing throughout the academic year.
You can find out more about support available on JNet, the College intranet.
If you are a current student and would like to speak to someone urgently, please call the Porters' Lodge on +44 (0)1223 339339.