As a member of Darwin, you have access to a Tutor – a College Fellow – who is here to give you confidential advice and support. You should feel free to approach your Tutor with any non-academic problems you may experience, and they will direct you to specialist support if necessary.
Regular academic queries should be directed to your Supervisor, Department or Director of Studies, but your Tutor can advise you if you have difficulties. If you need urgent advice, you may wish to contact the Deanery directly.
Your Tutor will email you to introduce themselves either before you arrive in Cambridge or shortly afterwards. It’s a good idea to get to know them, so that you feel comfortable asking them for support if you need it. You should aim to see your Tutor at least twice each academic year, either in a group or individually as necessary.
Your Tutor will have access to reports submitted online by your supervisor concerning your academic progress, and to any self-assessment exercise you complete via CamSIS. They will liaise where necessary with academic supervisors and Departments or Faculties, particularly if you are experiencing difficulties. More commonly, if you fall ill or your work has been disrupted or you need to take time out for personal reasons, your Tutor can help.