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Community and support

Butler College bar


Studying for a postgraduate degree is intensive and hard work. Postgraduates often have less time than undergraduates to find out about the University as a whole and the city in which they are studying. The supportive college settingprovides a unique community where you can make friends easily, with opportunities to socialise. Every college has a diverse mix of students & staff from different academic disciplines, backgrounds, nationalities & cultures creating an inclusive, welcoming environment for everyone.

Van Mildert College tutor meeting


Each college has dedicated staff and a comprehensive support system of tutors / mentors and welfare officers designed to enable you to make the most of your time as a student, support you through difficult times and provide advice on a range of issues students sometimes find themselves facing.

Each college has a Senior Tutor. Your Senior Tutor can provide you with impartial advice and guidance on issues related to your personal well-being and your academic progress, such as health, financial, family, academic or personal problems. They can help you navigate your way through University regulations and will also be able to refer you to any specialist support services, such as the Service for Students with Disabilities and the Counselling Service.

Each college has a Head of College, usually called the Principal or Master, who is also a senior academic within the University. As Head of the college, they have overall responsibility for all aspects of the college management, as well as leading the college community.

Each college has its own student welfare officers, elected by the student body. Their role is to provide advice on basic welfare issues, refer you to the right sources of support, and raise awareness of welfare issues.

As well as the support services within your college, there are a number of University support services that you can use according to your specific needs. See 'related links' to the right for more information.