Our Welfare Team comprises of the Welfare Dean, the Senior Tutor, the Sub-Deans, the Disability Lead and Coordinator, Harassment Advisors and Peer Supporters. The welfare team works proactively and collaboratively with representatives from the graduate body, academic staff, university-wide services, and community services to support students.
Our Welfare Dean, Kirren Mahmood, serves as the first point of contact for students dealing with any issues related to welfare or wellbeing and support is tailored to the specific needs of each student. This includes:
Being a friendly face and having an informal chat when you need it
Offering a reflective space and actively listening to your problems
Developing a shared understanding of the presenting problem/s with the student
Psychoeducation and raising awareness of other significant issues including remits/criteria for relevant services
Sharing self-help resources and information
Signposting (directing our students to the most relevant services/ professionals for their needs)
Offering preliminary evidence-based interventions for mild to moderate difficulties such as low mood, anxiety, stress and feeling overwhelmed
Kirren will be available for confidential drop-in sessions and pre-scheduled appointments. If you ever feel distressed; struggle with your mental health or are having any personal problems; experience relationship/ family issues; substance misuse; or you are just worried about your work, please do not hesitate to contact her.
Kirren is also one of the College's Harassment Advisors and oversees the student Peer Supporters (trained by the University Counselling Service).
If you start feeling isolated, struggle to settle in, or you have any concerns about any aspect of college life, you might find it easier to approach a Peer Supporter in the first instance.
Peer Supporters are students who have received intensive training and regular supervision by the University Counselling Service to help other students think through issues and provide emotional support in a safe and confidential manner.
Some of our Peer Supporters will get elected by the GCR committee and take on a more visible and active role as student Welfare Officers. Find further information about Peer Support Training.
To contact our peer supporters, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about our Peer Supporters here.