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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 is given to all students at the beginning of the academic year (a new version will be posted here soon). Please email welfare@pet.cam.ac.uk if you would like an additional printed copy or electronic 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 Officer, Jennifer Adams-Massmann, 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 for welfare-related questions, please contact her in the first instance. Jennifer is also Assistant Chaplain.

The college has a Welfare and Prayer Room, which can be booked through the Tutorial Office.


Physical Health and Disability


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).

The College's Disability Liaison Officer is the Welfare Officer.


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


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. You can find out which practices in the city are accepting NHS patients using the NHS search facility.


Mental Health and Counselling


If you’re feeling anxious or low you may want to speak to the Mental Health Advisor, Welfare Officer 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.


NEW: Mental Health Advisor

Our welfare team is expanding in Lent Term with the addition of a new full-time Mental Health advisor, Ms. Leanne Freear. Please see the Mental Health Resources tab for more about her background, what kinds of areas she can help with and how to book an appointment with her.

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.



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


Practical Advice


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.


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, Harassment and Safeguarding

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

The College's Discrimination and Harassment Contact is the Welfare OfficerStudents experiencing bullying or sexual harrassment may wish to speak with her or their Tutor.

The College's Safeguarding Lead is the Senior Tutor.

Students may also 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.