Academic and Disability Support

Hello lovely Newnhamites, I hope you are all having a great week! I’m Lokyan, a first year economist and I’m your Academics and Disabilities Officer. My role, in conjunction with the Welfare team, is to make your life at Newnham as happy as possible!

If you ever feel stressed out or overburdened with work, put your book down, turn on your favourite music and close your eyes for a few minutes and concentrate on the lyrics of the song, or perhaps you can go out for a nice stroll in our beautiful garden or knock on your neighbour’s door and have a quick chit chat!

If you want further support in Newnham:

  1. Newnham’s Counsellor: Tom Godsal (
  2. Your Tutor
  3. Your Director of Studies
  4. The Academics and Disabilities Officer ( or the Welfare Officer (

Academic Support

Want some general tips on how to study for different subjects? Check out the CUSU website.

If you want some more specific help from a professional author for your essay writing, why not get in touch with one of Newnham’s Royal Literary Fund Fellows? The RLF Fellow will be happy to discuss all aspects of academic writing, from first-year essays to postgraduate theses. Find them here to book an appointment. Areas of assistance may include:

  • Generating ideas and themes
  • Planning
  • Improving structure
  • Developing argument

I’ve recently set up the new ‘Subject Mum’ scheme where third years make themselves available to students in younger years in their subject to provide academic/moral support and advice. It might just help to hear from someone who has been through your problems already so do make use of the scheme! Check your inbox for an email from your subject mum, or if you’ve lost it email me and I’ll put you in touch.

If you would like paper copies of Dr Sam Lucy’s Time management, essay writing sheets, email me at and I will pidge it to you.

Finally, make sure to keep an eye for weekly Academic Tea in the Buttery! Bring some work and have tea and cake with us 🙂

Disability Support

The disability resources section is currently being updated. In the mean time, please see the Disability Resource Center, contact your tutor, or e-mail with any questions.

Career Support

The University has a great Careers Service, you can book an appointment with them if you’re feeling unsure about your future. The whole website has lots of other extremely useful resources too.

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