College life

Equality and Respect

We are committed in our pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity. We are committed to encouraging applications from all students who show real academic potential, regardless of social or educational background.

Disability

Fitzwilliam welcomes applications from disabled students, and your application will be considered solely on the basis of academic merit. We seek to ensure that no student with a disability, including unseen impairments or long-term health conditions, is prevented from studying here.

Dr Susan Larsen, Acting Senior Tutor, is also our Disability Officer and can be contacted on disability.officer@fitz.cam.ac.uk.

Specialist support is available for all Cambridge University students from the Disability Resource Centre,

More detailed information is available on our Disability page.

Student Parents

Fitzwilliam, and the University Child Care Office are here to provide assistance to you while you are studying at the University. The Graduate Officer (Mrs Sue Free) is our Childcare Contact and she can help ensure that arrival, orientation and social, pastoral and academic events are accessible to all student parents. The MCR, along with the Childcare Contact, will play in a role in organising child-friendly events to enable student parents to meet, as well as facilitate communications between them.  

A guide for students on pregnancy and parental leave is available. Please see here for detailed information regarding the University’s Childcare Bursary Fund.

Safeguarding

The University’s Children and Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Policy is available here.

Our Child Protection Officer is Mr Andrew Powell, the College Bursar. More details can be found in our Child Protection Policy.

Freedom of Speech

The College policy on Freedom of Speech can be found in Appendix 7 of the College Regulations.

Harassment

The College does not tolerate sexual or racial harassment of any student, member of staff or other employee of the College or any visitor to the College. We subscribe to the University's Dignity@Study policy, and have produced a guide to Grievance, Complaint and Disciplinary Procedures.

Prevent

The University and Colleges have a statutory duty to have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'. This is commonly known as the Prevent Duty (Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015). It is primarily about safeguarding students and staff and includes a range of responsibilities in areas such as pastoral care, support for staff and students, procedures for arranging events and using facilities. An explanation of our approach to this duty can be found here.

Dr Susan Larsen, Acting Senior Tutor, is the College's Prevent Officer and she can be contacted on senior.tutor@fitz.cam.ac.uk.