From the JCR Welfare Officers

We are Katia and Bethan, your JCR welfare officers! It’s our job to make your time at Newnham as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, so please don’t hesitate to contact us (jcr.welfare@newn.cam.ac.uk)  if you have any worries or questions – no problem is too small. We run weekly welfare teas (featuring free food and wholesome chat), as well as film nights and other events. We also provide free sexual health supplies, which you can order anonymously and have delivered direct to your pigeon hole.

Aside from us welfare officers, other welfare points of contact in college include:

  • Anne Schumann – College Nurse – You can speak to Anne for both mental and physical health concerns, she’ll always listen and can guide you to other services if need be. You can email her at anne.schumann@newn.cam.ac.uk, or you can book an appointment directly at: https://www.vle.cam.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=124651 
  • Elrika Erasmus – College Counsellor – Our college counsellor comes in twice weekly for regular appointments, as well as holding two drop-in sessions per week. You can email Elrika for an appointment at counsellor@newn.cam.ac.uk 
    • Mondays 9:00am – 4:00pm. 
    • Drop in session: Mondays 1:00pm – 2:00pm
    • Thursdays 9:00am – 3:00pm. 
    • Drop in session: Thursdays 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Your Tutor – Assigned by College – Every student at Newnham has a tutor, a senior member of the college who you can go to with any welfare concerns. Your tutor is also your first port of call for any financial worries, including applying for bursaries or funds provided by college. You will meet with your tutor for the first time in Freshers’ Week.
  • Hugh Shilson-Thomas – Our Chaplain – Newnham was founded as a non-denominational college (‘for all faiths and none’), therefore we do not have our own chaplain, but we ‘borrow’ Hugh from across the road at Selwyn College. Hugh is more than happy to lend a listening ear (and very likely some biscuits) regardless of your religious beliefs, or lack thereof. You can contact him by email at chaplain@newn.cam.ac.uk. 

We hope you have a wonderful time at Newnham, but it is completely normal if it takes you a while to settle in. Moving to uni can be a lonely and stressful time, but just remember you are not alone, and there is always someone you can speak to. 

More information about pastoral and health contacts in college can be found at https://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/student-life/support/pastoral-support/ and https://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/student-life/support/health/