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). They will be involved in the subject you are studying, and will usually be a Fellow.
College Counsellor: Mary Cavander Attwood offers free counselling sessions for Fitzwilliam students, in the Kaetsu Centre between the College and Murray Edwards. Students can contact her directly, to arrange a meeting.
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.
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.
Students’ Unions’ Advice Service (SUAS) has extensive information (and links to much more information) on various different common topics and welfare issues that might affect you during your time as a student at Cambridge University.
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 'Breaking the Silence' policy.
The Cambridge University Student Health and Welfare website provides comprehensive advice on health and local services in Cambridge for all students.
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 7pm to 8am during term time.
Accident Transport Fund ('College Taxi Scheme'): An in-house insurance scheme that covers the cost of necessary taxi journeys. The primary use of the scheme is in situations when injury or serious illness prevents independent travel between Fitzwilliam College or College properties and Departments of the University. Another legitimate use of taxis is in the event that a student feels that returning late at night poses a genuine safety or security risk, or in the event of an emergency. The scheme will also cover the costs of a student being sent back to the College from hospital. The College has an arrangement with Panther Taxi.
There is a separate page on Fees and Funding.