Student Advice Service Update: January

Lent term started last week under lockdown measures which means the Student Advice Service continues to be extremely busy with students getting in touch with an array of issues as a result of this. 


Wherever you are learning remotely, whether it still be in Cambridge, somewhere else in the UK or another country, if you find you are still struggling to adapt to the learning and teaching provisions put on by your college or university department the Advisors at the Student Advice Service are here to listen and can help you discuss your concerns with the University or College. As well as making sure you can manage with the online learning and teaching provisions, it is equally, if not more important to look after your mental health and well-being. University life can be busy and overwhelming for some students at the best of times, but particularly in the past year the pandemic has caused uncertainty, anxiety and rapid changes to the academic and social life for students. Students can access support for their general health and wellbeing from the University, their College (this would vary from one College to College), the NHS and other external support. The University Wellbeing pages compiles a range of support for students such as University and other supportSupport for particular issues or College pastoral support. The charity CPSL Mind and the University have developed a project to offer weekly wellbeing support to all Cambridge students. The virtual Good Mood Cafes and Open Door calm spaces are available online each week for students studying in Cambridge. The weekly online Good Mood Cafes (Thursday 2pm-3pm) offer informal wellbeing support, while connecting you to other students within your university. They offer a positive and safe space to share interests, skills or experiences. Feeling connected is key to positive wellbeing and resilience. The Virtual Open Door calm spaces (Wednesday 3pm-4pm) provide somewhere to go if you need a bit of space and tranquillity. These sessions offer guidance on self-help techniques which can help you to ‘ground yourself’ and feel better both in that moment and in the future. For more information and how to access support please see the University Good Life Project.

The Student Advice Service is here to support all students, listen to their concerns and help them explore their options. Our Advisors, although they are not trained therapists or counsellors, they can offer a listening ear. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our website contact forms or email: