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Trinity College Welfare Support Chart

The chart below lists the main sources of welfare support for students, with a brief summary on the type of advice, referral and signposting offered within College (blue), as well as important sources of help beyond the College. Further details on each post are available on the Student Services Hub.

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  • General oversight
  • Available via drop-in office hours
  • Pastoral support for work-related stress and/or personal
  • Support and advice regarding financial difficulties.
  • Signposting to other welfare support, including the Academic Skills Tutor.
  • Referral to College Nurse/Wellbeing and Mental Health Advisor/DRC for physical, emotional or mental health matters.

Director of Studies

  • Academic oversight, monitoring and support
  • Regular termly meetings and also available by appointment
  • Academic and assessment concerns
  • Referral to the Academic Skills Tutor
  • Signposting or referral to Tutor or other welfare support
  • Coordination with Tutor and students’ supervisors where necessary

Senior Tutor

  • General oversight of welfare policies and provision
  • Advice and support in complex or serious cases

College Wellbeing and Mental Health Advisor

  • Self-referral or referral via Tutor/Nurse/Chaplains etc.
  • Support and advice on student mental health and needs.
  • Referral to appropriate counselling, CBT or other sources.
  • Advice on welfare policy and provision.


  • Listening to anything and everything that bothers or matters to students (irrespective of a student’s view on religion).
  • Support and advice on existential and spiritual matters.
  • Signposting to other welfare support.
  • Advice on welfare policy and provision.

Academic Skills Tutor

  • Supports academic skills such as essay writing (one to one or group sessions).
  • Help with time-management and sustaining motivation.
  • Study retreats.


  • Self-referral or referral by Tutor/Chaplains etc. Drop-in during surgery hours (during term time only).
  • General health support & triage.
  • Liaising with and referral to GP on general health matters.
  • Liaising with specialist medical services such as the Adult Eating Disorder Services.
  • Signposting to other welfare support.

Other Support

  • Fellow for Trinity women.
  • Fellow for LGBT+.
  • Fellow for Ethnic Diversity.

Peer Support

  • Welfare Officers of TCSU and BA Society
  • Feedback on College welfare policy and provision.

Peer Support
(University & Other)

  • Cambridge Student Union: confidential and impartial.
  • Student Minds: self-help resources, signposting and an uplifting social media stream.
  • Nightline: listening service run by students during Term 7 pm – 7 am.

University Disability Resources Centre

  • Support for students with disabilities and/or special learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia).
  • Self-referral or referral by Tutor/Nurse/Chaplains etc.
  • Meeting (possibly in College) with the DRC liaison officer by appointment.
  • Advice to College on equipment and other need-specific support.

University Counselling Service

  • Self-referral via the website.
  • Individual counselling, offers also group workshops.
  • Funds available for private counselling and long courses of therapy.

NHS and Other

  • Download the student health app below
  • 999 for emergencies and 111 & for symptom checking.
  • NHS 111 option 2 for access to mental health support.
  • NHS can provide free therapy (both dynamic and CBT).
  • GPs: for regular prescriptions, symptom checking, referrals.
  • Psychological wellbeing service.
  • Adult Eating Disorder Unit.
  • TalktoFrank (anti-drugs charity).

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