The Welfare Team:
Everyone here is co-opted on to the committee and together they are here to help with specific needs and questions such as regulations, advice, societies, resources, guidance, sexual health supplies, etc. and they are happy to help out, signpost the best resources/routes, or get more information from the Welfare Officers.
BME officer: Hiral Radia (hr388)
Women’s rep: Anna Cremin (ac2067)
Men’s rep: Tom Wilkins (tdw40)
Internationals’ officer: Omar Kidwai (omk23)
LGBT+ officer: Thomas Dixon (td400)
First-year reps: WIll de Vivo (wd281), Charissa Cheong (cnc41)
Your Personal Tutor
Your personal tutor is not just for your exeat and redeat forms – most of them have been at Christ’s or in tutorial positions for a long time, and are well positioned to get you access to the help you need. They can liaise with the nurse for physical and mental health services, with the university and college for academic provisions, changes and assistance, and communicate with your supervisors and DoS as well. It is important to remember that you can go to any personal tutor in college; you are not obliged to go to your own tutor and you will not face any negative repercussions as a result. Above all the college wants you to be able to approach someone with whom you feel comfortable so that they can provide you with the help and resources you need.
See the screens between first and second court for the list of tutors’ visiting times and emails.
There is also a tutor available 24 hours a day, every day, by telephone for students to contact. If you need to contact the Duty Tutor, call the Porters and they will have the tutor contact you within 15 minutes.
Porters’ telephone: 01223 334900
Your Director of Studies (DoS)
Your Director of Studies is in charge of overseeing your academics. This in entails making sure you’re ‘on track’, so to speak; assigning or coordinating your supervisors where applicable; liaising between them if you are unwell, have a disability, or have something that is impeding your work; communicating with them or finding you a new supervisor if they you have had a negative experience; and answering any questions you might have about your subject or academics more widely. However you might also feel most comfortable with your DoS, in which case they are usually open to you talking to them about other issues. They can usually liaise with tutors, the College, and can form a great link across aspects of your University life. If, however, you don’t feel comfortable talking to your DoS about non-academic things, there’s no obligation to do so!
The College Nurse
Whether it is a physical or a mental concern, Julie is one of the best people to see. She can provide basic medical supplies like cough drops and tissues, as well as prescriptions for other medications. Julie can also get you a doctor’s appointment in a fraction of the time it would normally take (sometimes that very day). In terms of mental health, Julie can get you access to a counsellor, for 6 sessions paid for by the college, who can help you work through your feelings or problems and can take different approaches depending on what you need and what suits you. In consultation with the nurse and your tutor you can also obtain more advanced help if necessary. Finally, Julie can liaise with your tutor, DoS, and supervisors so that you can rearrange supervisions, change deadlines, adjust your workload, etc. so that your physical and mental health do not suffer as a result of your work.
Location: Q staircase
Timings: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
No matter what your faith, if any, Michael the Chaplain is a wonderful person to meet. Be it about work, personal life, health, or anything else, he can offer advice, a listening ear, guidance or assistance, and always in complete confidence. Even if you don’t have any concerns/problems, a conversation with Mark either alone or after a service is an ideal way to unwind, de-stress, and have a laugh. The chapel services are also a lovely opportunity to take a real break, collect your thoughts, meet some friends or someone new, and enjoy a chat afterwards. In Easter term Mark organised weekly welfare tea afternoons, which were undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable and popular features of the year – be sure to get out into the sunshine, enjoy good company, and take valuable breaks.
Location: A1 (Second Court)
The Porters are at the heart of college, and beyond giving you the spare key when you are locked out of your room, they take care of your safety and wellbeing in Christ’s. They are always available for you to call if you feel threatened, worried, or simply have a college-related question, and they will know the answer or whom to contact. They can help to arrange transport in emergencies, check on your safety if they are concerned, watch out for problems, and the Porter’s Lodge is always a safe place to go, both for you and your friends. At any time of day or night they offer a friendly smile and a chat, and are always ready to make you laugh, whether you’re stressed after a supervision or energetic after a night out.