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Your Tutor is your representative in College and in the University, and takes an interest in your wellbeing and progress and can offer help and advice on any matter - academic, social, financial, medical or personal.

A Tutor's key roles include:

​• Advising on academic issues, work/life balance etc.

• Helping you negotiate all aspects of College and University Administration

• Offering support if you face personal difficulties, such as homesickness, bereavement or relationship trouble.

• Supporting you in extracurricular activities and advising on applications for travel grants and funds.

• Supporting you in applications for maintenance bursaries and other funding and advising on financial problems.

• Acting as a referee in job applications (for postgraduate students the course director or supervisor will usually be the most appropriate person to ask) .

• Representing your interests if you get into trouble with the College, University, or Police.

• Supporting you (and if necessary liaising with your Director of Studies or the University) should you be taken ill.

• Offering advice if you are considering changing subjects.

Although your personal Tutor will deal sensitively with any issue, if you would prefer to discuss a particular matter with any other Tutor, you are welcome to contact them.

Contact your Tutor

If you would like to see your Tutor please contact them via email. Where appropriate, they will aim to be available for a meeting within three working days during Term. Out of Term it may take longer. (Tutors do not have fixed weekly office hours.). If it is very urgent and you cannot get hold of your Tutor, please contact the Tutorial Office or, out of office hours, the Porters' Lodge.

Senior Tutor

If your Tutor is unavailable the Senior Tutor is also available to talk to any student.

Paul Chirico

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Undergraduate Tutors

Undergraduate students must see their Tutor at the beginning and end of each term. They will also be happy to meet you at any other point. All students can contact their Tutor directly by email to arrange a meeting at a mutually convenient time. It is important that you get to know each other so that you have a good basis to work together to deal with any issue that may arise. 

Robert Abayasekara 

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Holly Canuto

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Francis Knights 

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Matt Neal

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Sara Owen

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Stephen Sawiak  

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Angie Tavernor

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Ianthi Tsimpli

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Matthew Wingate 

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Graduate Tutors

All graduate students are allocated a Graduate Tutor. Students meet their Tutor formally in their first term at Cambridge. After that, appointments are made as needed.

For more information on the role of a Graduate Tutor see 'Cambridge Colleges - a Guide for Graduate Students'.

The best way to contact your Tutor is via email. If it is very urgent and you cannot get hold of your Tutor this way, please contact the Graduate Office or the Porters' Lodge (01223 332000 |

James Aitken

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Rachel Camina

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Simon Gathercole

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Rogier Kievit

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Olenka Pevny

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Bhaskar Vira

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The Tutorial Office

Staff in the Tutorial office support the Tutors.

Claire Claydon | Head of Tutorial

Sally CookTutorial Officer

Sue FreeSue FreeGraduate Officer

Tereza Svecova | Tutorial Officer

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Read the definition of the Tutor's role from the Senior Tutors' Committee.