Graduate Tutors

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.

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Darwin has its own Wellbeing Adviser, Beau Roberts, who can offer counselling sessions, advice, or an opportunity to talk things through. If you would like to arrange a session with Beau, please email her on

The University Counselling Service is at 2-3 Bene’t Place, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EL, and is open from 9am-5.30pm on Monday and Fridays, and 9am-7.30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

You can make an appointment with one of their counsellors by telephone on 01223 332 865 or by email on

This is a fully confidential service. Full information can be found on the UCS website

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