College support

Whatever your welfare concern, there are a whole range of people here to help. From the porters to the college nurse to the senior tutor, there’s a great range of support.

College Nurse

Teresa CrouchmanThe college nurse, Teresa Crouchman, is available during her surgery hours (, 01223 338471). If you are unwell, email or call the surgery and the nurse can come to see you.

The surgery is in B Neville’s Court in Trinity College.

The nurse can also offer advice on the medical aspects of subjects such as diet, smoking and travel, and there are reference books available for borrowing.

Please visit the college nurse’s website or the intranet information page for more information including opening hours.

College Counsellor

Mrs Virginia ElliottVirginia Elliot (vce21) is a professionally trained counsellor who is completely separate from college tutors and who you can visit in the strictest confidentiality. She can offer help and support in a wide range of issues past or present causing anxiety such as eating disorders, bereavement, self-harming, relationship difficulties, work stress, home-sickness, etc.

She is very willing to help and flexible in the time she has to offer. She works in college and can be met on an informal basis, according to needs, for sessions from ten minutes to one hour subject to how you feel.

See the intranet for more information.

Peer Supporters

Peer Supporters are officially trained by the university counselling service. They offer a non-judgemental and confidential listening service if you’ve got any worries, troubles or problems. Whilst Peer Support is not answerable to college, the counselling service or academic departments, they are qualified to make referrals. If you wish to speak with a peer supporter please either contact one directly via their email or email Alternatively, you could pop a note in one of their pigeon holes – no problem too small.

You can find the list of peer supporters on the P2P Support website.


College Parents

When you come to Cambridge you’re all given a college “parent” – someone in the year above, often doing your subject, who is willing to give any advice you need before you arrive and during your time here – from what books buy, where Sainsbury’s is, how to contact supervisors, or even whether to pack your stuff in bags or boxes!

The college family system is taken very seriously! You will be cooked a meal at the start of term and welcomed into the college – it’s a lovely way of getting to know more people and ensuring everyone has some support. The later marriage ceremonies are just part of the fun!