St Catharine's

There are loads of great staff and students in college who are always around for a chat, and who can support you with a range of issues. 


Personal tutors are responsible for your welfare in college, and can discuss any academic or welfare issues. You can set up a meeting just to have a chat, or they can help direct you to other services relevant to you. You’ll meet the personal tutor assigned to you in your first week at college, but it’s important to know that you may seek help from any tutor. Some people find that they get along better with a different tutor, so don’t worry if you feel more comfortable with someone else! 


In an emergency, there is a duty tutor on call 24 hours a day.

Other College Staff
Director of Studies

Many students feel that they are more comfortable talking to their Directors of Studies about welfare issues - and this can be really helpful as they understand specifically the pressure their students are under academically. 

College Nurse

Ms Dee Williams:

The college nurse is available for all varieties of health-related issues, including minor injuries and illnesses, or simply for a chat and some reassurance. Dee can also help refer you to other services (for example, the Physio Direct Service, University Counselling Service or Sexual Health Clinic).


Drop-in sessions run in her room (at the end of a short corridor to the right of the lift opposite the JCR, on the first floor of E) from 8.45-10.30am on Mondays and Fridays, and 11.00am-12.45pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Revd. David Neaum:

The Chaplain is a valued part of the welfare system in college, and is available to come to with any problem confidentially, or even just to have a chat. They will be happy to listen, regardless of your religious views. They also host many events which provide some respite from everyday college life. 


The porters are always on hand to help and chat and, especially in an emergency, are a really valuable and helpful team.

Also, if you are ever in a situation where you feel unsafe, or are lost, you can go to the porters lodge of any college and they will help you.

Welfare Reps

The JCR/MCR Welfare Reps play a key role in working with college to provide students with the support they need, and hence are experts on the support that's available. They will introduce themselves in the first week, can be approached by any student, and can direct towards sources of appropriate support, which will of course remain completely confidential.

JCR Liberation Officers

The Liberation officers are key members of the JCR/MCR, where they work to represent the welfare of specific groups of students (including, but not limited to, students who identify as LGBT+, women, disabled and BME). Any officer can be contacted for advice on how to access support, particularly where issues relate to their specific role.

Womens: Esther:

BME: Dominic:

LGBTQ+: Becki:

International: Gaia:

Mental Health and Disabilities:


Student Minds

Student Minds Reps are individuals who care about mental health and student wellbeing. You can contact Student Minds on Facebook, or approach an individual rep, and they'll help advise you on how to access support, maintaining confidentiality at all times.  At Catz, the team runs bi-weekly movie nights, speakers events, freshers mental health workshops, and supports the welfare team. They advocate for better support from college, and also run the Catz compliments box. Follow them on Facebook for more info, or email them at

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