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Health and Welfare

Whatever support you need during your time at Peterhouse, the welfare team are here to help.

Welfare guide

These pages provide a short guide to services offered by the College, the University and other organisations. They are not exhaustive, and the websites featured include links to many other charities and agencies.

This information is also featured in A Guide to Health and Welfare at Peterhouse, which will be sent to all students and can also be downloaded here. Please email welfare@pet.cam.ac.uk if you would like an additional printed copy.

New to Peterhouse? You will receive further information about welfare in Freshers' Week. In the meantime, you might like to look at this general guide produced by Student Minds

The Welfare Co-ordinator, Geoff Dumbreck, is available to meet all students and staff, and organises regular meetings of the College welfare team. If you need advice but you are not sure whom to approach, please contact him in the first instance. Geoff is also Assistant Chaplain.

The college has a Welfare Room, which can be booked through the tutorial office.

Physical Health and Disability

College

The College Nurse is Kim Freeman. Kim is your first port of call for all health-related issues. She holds regular surgery hours in Fen Court during Full Term.

Outside these hours, First Aid can be administered by the porters (call 01223 338200).

University

Students with disabilities or long term medical needs can contact the university’s Disability Resource Centre.

NHS

In a serious medical emergency, call 999 and tell the porters. In other cases, you can get medical advice by calling 111, or by booking an appointment with your GP. New students should register with a local surgery as soon as they arrive. There is no longer a university dental service. Students should register with a local NHS (or private) dental surgery.

Mental Health and Counselling

College

If you’re feeling anxious or low you may want to speak to the Welfare Co-ordinator and Assistant ChaplainDeanNurse, your Tutor, or a JCR/MCR Welfare Representative. The nurse maintains a list of mental health resources.

The College Counsellor is Panayota Manias; please visit this page to register. Sessions take place on Fridays in 1 SPT, room 4. Students are encouraged to apply to the University Counselling Service simultaneously and take the first available appointment.

University

The University Counselling Service is open to students throughout the university for individual and group sessions. Students are encouraged to apply to the College Counsellor simultaneously and take the first available appointment. There are also many self-help resources on the website.

NHS

Out of hours you can talk to someone by calling 111. You might also like to try the resources listed here.

Practical Advice

College

Your Tutor is able to provide practical support, including advice on financial hardship. For undergraduates, your Director of Studies is usually the first point of contact for academic issues. For graduate students, your supervisor or course co-ordinator should normally be approached first.

University

The Students’ Unions’ Advice Service offers free, confidential advice and support to Cambridge University students on a range of issues, including finance, academic problems and welfare. They also maintain a helpful directory of university services and support groups.

Crime, Bullying and Harassment

Cambridge Police Station is at Parkside. Call 999 if someone is in immediate danger, otherwise call 101.

Students experiencing bullying or sexual harrassment may wish to speak to their Tutor or the Welfare Co-Ordinator consult the college's Bullying and Harrassment policies, make an appointment with the University Counselling Service's Sexual Assault and Harassment Advisor, or visit the University's Breaking the Silence website.