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The Department of Sociology is committed to supporting the wellbeing of our students.

There are a range of resources available to help you if you run into difficulties during your degree. On this page, you can find information about the Department's Welfare Advocates, University Services, and additional resources to help you manage your mental health and emotional wellbeing (in the sidebar).

Finding Support

Ordinarily, the first person you should talk to if you run into difficulties is your College Tutor. They are responsible for your welfare in Cambridge and will have experience in dealing with a wide range of issues. The will listen, advise, and signpost you towards targeted support if necessary.

In addition, the Sociology Department has two Welfare Advocates that students can contact for assistance. If you are unsure where to turn, you can contact one of our advocates who will provide a confidential ear to listen and talk it over. These members of staff are Joe Cotton (for undergraduates) and Sean Scinta (for postgraduates).

University Services

Counselling Service

The University Counselling Service provides free counselling for students and employees of the University. For advice or to make an appointment contact them on 01223 332865 or

Advice Service

The Students' Unions' Advice Service (SUAS) offers free, confidential and independent support to all Cambridge University students. Their trained advisors can help you understand the University and College regulations including intermission, extensions to submission deadlines, exam reviews and examination allowances, disciplinary issues, and offer support with mental health issues and welfare concerns.​ You can contact SUAS on 01223 746999 or

Disability Resource Centre

The Disability Resource Centre provides information, advice and support for disabled students and employees of the University, including running events for incoming students with particular disabilities. They can be contacted on 01223 332301 or

Mental Health and Wellbeing

The NHS has a range of resources to help you develop coping mechanisms for stress, anxiety, and depression. It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you boost your mood, control anxiety, overcome sleep problems, beat confidence issues and challenge unhelpful thinking.

Keep your Head

Keep Your Head has been developed by local NHS, voluntary sector and local authority organisations to provide a central hub of high quality information on mental health and mental health services across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.


Cambridge Samaritans exists to provide confidential emotional support to people in distress or despair. Their helplines are open 24/7 and you can speak to someone who is trained to listen, without judgement or pressure, and help you work through what's on your mind.

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is a place you can go if you are in an emotional or mental health crisis and need a safe space. It offers practical and emotional support in a warm, welcoming and friendly environment, and is open seven days a week from 6pm to 1am.