Cambridge has a network of mechanisms for support and guidance of students through the Cambridge Students webpage
Student support is one of the primary functions of the college tutorial system and in most cases, you should first broach any problems with your Director of Studies or your Tutor. These problems can range from academic ones (e.g. difficulties with the course or illness which interferes with your studies) to personal problems of health, motivation and finance. In nearly every case, your College is the best place to begin, because they have the knowledge and experience to advise you, and the contacts within the University and the authority to intercede on your behalf.
Cambridge exam rules and regulations make provision for cases of illness or other misfortune. If you encounter any kind of illness or other impediment to exam preparation, the sooner you inform your College Tutor, the better. Formal liaison between a student and the central administration, particularly in matters relating to examinations, must be conducted through a College Tutor.
Confidential Sources of Advice
Within the University:
College: Tutor, Director of Studies, Supervisor, Student Mentor, Nurse or Chaplain
- Disability Resource Centre
- University Chaplaincies
- Clinical Dean: Dr D Wood: tel. 01223 336733, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Outside the University:
- Alcohol: Drinksense
- Bullying: Bullying UK
- Bereavement: Cruse Bereavement Care
- Counselling: Centre 33
- Disability: Disability Rights UK
- Domestic Violence: Abacus Counsellors
- Drugs: Inclusion
- Eating Disorder: BEAT
- Forced Marriage: Foreign Office Forced Marriage Unit
- Homeless: Housing Advice and Information (Cambridge City Council)
- Mental Health / Emotional Distress: Samaritans
- Physical Health: Doctor / GP (Cambridge or Home)
- Racism: Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum
- Rape: Cambridge Rape Crisis
- Sexuality: SexYOUality
- Sexual Health: iCASH (Clinic)
Support to expand your skills
It is increasingly being recognised that employers are looking for more than just academically qualified undergraduates. The centrally run Skills Portal identifies transferable skills (such as organisational skills, interpersonal skills, and computer literacy) that you should be developing naturally on your course. The site also explores how you can make the most of your time at Cambridge and how you can prepare for your future.
To find out more about how students can engage at different levels with the University in order to improve the running of courses, please visit the student feedback pages.