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Durham University

Stephenson College

Your Wellbeing and Personal Development

College Student Support

The Student Support Team is available to all registered students throughout their degree, to assist with their ability and capacity to flourish in their endeavours. The team takes a proactive and enabling approach, aimed at enhancing and preserving a strong community of personally and mutually responsible members. College recognises that there may be times when students are unwell, unhappy, in crisis, or bereaved for example, and assist students in coming to appropriate arrangements with the University at such times.

Whilst College is your first stop for advice and support in all areas of student life, the team will refer students to internal or external professional support services as required.

The College has a comprehensive system of student welfare and personal development provisions headed by the Vice-Principal, supporting all students to excel to their potential in every area of student life.

College Mentors

At Stephenson our mentor system is an opt-in system; students may choose at any stage in their degree if they would like a mentor. College staff may sometimes refer students to a mentor if they think they will benefit from this service. Our mentors encourage students to organise and integrate all aspects (academic, vocational and extra-curricular) of their University life., and take a particular focus towards students personal development and Award based activities.

JCR Welfare Team

The Junior Common Room (JCR) have a student welfare team, headed by a Welfare Officer, elected in to post by fellow students. They work in close partnership and under the guidance of the College Student Support team.

The JCR Welfare Team also run a number of campaigns throughout the year to raise awareness of important issues such as wellbeing, substance misuse, LGBT+, consent and mental health. This may be through hosting guest speakers, running workshops or simply sharing information to raise awareness.