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Student welfare and support

The combination of work and living away from home can be difficult to manage. However, there is a support network set up to help you with academic and personal problems.

The Junior Members Association (JMA) Welfare Officers are always ready with a teapot and a sympathetic ear for a chat if you feel you need to talk to someone.

Your Tutor is a Fellow of the College whose subject is deliberately not the same as your own so that you can raise any problems about your course or supervisions without treading on the toes of his/her colleagues. You can speak to your Tutor on any matter, however trivial or traumatic: academic, social, financial, medical or to do with your home life. It's their job. If your Tutor is unavailable the Senior Tutor is available to talk to any student.

Your Director of Studies has responsibility for your academic welfare (in the case of Graduate students this may be your Research Supervisor or Course Director). He or she will be involved in the subject you are studying, and will usually be a Fellow.

Other support

College Chaplain: Revd Helen Arnold is very happy to see anyone in College for any reason - whether just for a cup of tea or coffee, or because you want to talk about something in confidence.

College Nurse: Dee Williams, can be found at Murray Edwards College and her appointment times are posted in the Fitzwilliam College Porters' Lodge.

Peer Supporters: If you are worried about something and don't know who to contact in the first instance, you might consider having a chat with a Fitzwilliam student trained as a Peer Supporter.

Linkline is a student run 'active listening' organisation, is open from 7 pm to 8 am during term time.

College Counsellor: Mary Cavander Attwood is based at Murray Edwards College (next door to Fitzwilliam).  Students can contact her direct, to arrange a meeting.

University Counselling Service employs professionally trained counsellors (both male and female), for students to talk to about any problems: emotional, sexual, social or psychological. It is best to contact the Counselling Service via your Tutor, but you can contact them directly if you prefer on 01223 332865.

Cambridge Student Health provides comprehensive advice on health and local services in Cambridge for all students.

There is a separate page on Funding and Fees.