Wellbeing and Support
Moodle - Welfare hub
A central point of welfare information, updated regularly:
- To help you find out how we are here for you.
- To share some welfare advice and to signpost support and advice from the University and other organisations which you might find helpful.
- To signpost you to services for wellbeing and mental health around the University and beyond.
This includes leaflets on a range of topics from the University Counselling Service which you can download -
Anxiety and Panic; Coping with Exams; Depression; Eating Disorders; Homesickness; How to be Mindful; Insomnia; Loneliness; Managing Alcohol Consumption; Procrastination; Self-Esteem; Self-Harm; Sexual Assault and Rape; Transition to University; Worry – A CBT Approach
Below is a summary of various sources of support and advice during your time at Magdalene; for further information please follow the links or speak to your Tutor or your student welfare rep.
All students are assigned to a Tutor who is from a different subject and academic department to their own. Your Tutor is your advocate, and is there to support you and to help with both practical and personal issues as they arise.
Tutors have regular tutorial times when you can speak to them; all the details can be found on the Tutors and Pastoral Team MagNet webpage.
The College has a part-time nurse, Taryn Rothwell, who has a surgery in College during term time. Consultations will take place remotely unless a face to face appointment is deemed necessary.
Taryn is available to help with minor illnesses and injuries. If more specialised help or treatment is required, she will help refer you or point you in the right direction whether via your GP, the University Counselling Service or other local service.
Polly Brown is our College-Based Counsellor – further details of her service are available on the College Counsellor MagNet webpage and she also has an introductory video on the Welfare Hub.
Reverend Sarah Atkins is available to any Member of the College to discuss emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual welfare. It is best to arrange an appointment via e-mail or alternatively to catch her as you see her walking around College.
Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow
Christopher Woodall is available to see students who need feedback and advice for one-to-one writing tutorials in 50-minute slots on Mondays and Tuesdays during term-time, either by video-conferencing or in person. Christopher is an experienced author and editor and is available to see students in any subject and at any level to help them improve their writing skills.
Disability Liaison Officer
Mrs Helen Foord works closely with the University's Disability Resource Centre to ensure that students have the support, equipment, and facilities required. Helen is also the Rooms Tutor and can advise on any issues regarding access and accommodation.
Dr Hugo Azerad and Dr Philippa Steele are confidential points of contact should you ever feel that you have been harassed or bullied in any sense. There are many different support options for these situations, more information about which can be found in the College’s Harassment Policy.
Student Welfare Officers
Confidential and friendly ports of call for everyone in College who wants to talk about any welfare-related issues.
The JCR Welfare Officers are:
- Gabrielle Tam (female and non-binary): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tom Carlton (male and non-binary): email@example.com
MCR Welfare Officer:
- Frances England: firstname.lastname@example.org
The College has a Student Support Fund for Magdalene students who find themselves in unexpected financial difficulty after they start their courses. You should contact your Tutor who will be able to advise you on how to apply for these funds, or help you apply to other University schemes.