The UCS Welfare Team

We are a friendly, diverse, and approachable group of Clare students who are always willing to offer help, advice, and support for any issues you may be dealing with. If we cannot provide that support, we will ensure we point you in the right direction to get the necessary support you need. Feel free to contact us about any issue you might have, no matter how big or small! From Freshers’ week nerves, to issues of sexuality, safe sex, relationships or even academic queries–a member of our excellent team will be able to help you through it. The team is comprised of the two Welfare Officers, the Women’s Officer, LGBT officer, Mental Health and Disabilities Officer, the BME Officer and our Welfairies. Visit the UCS Website for more details and stay up to date with our fun events throughout the term on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/clarecollegewelfare/


All Cambridge students are assigned a tutor, a very friendly and approachable member of the College Fellowship who you can turn to for confidential help and support with any personal issues you have that may not be academic. If they cannot provide you with the help you need, they will point you in the right direction of professional help so they are always a great first point of call. Your Tutor will represent you in any issues you may have with dealing with the University Administration, such as registering for special consideration for exams. You will have a meeting with them in Fresher’s week and sometimes they will arrange termly meetings to check up on you, but if not feel free to contact them with any issues you may have. You can also contact any of the other 8 undergraduate tutors for help if you feel the need or would like to speak to someone different. For more information, visit http://www.clare.cam.ac.uk/The-Tutors/


Clare’s Dean, Mark Smith, joined the college at the start of 2019. The Dean is responsible for the running of services in the College Chapel, which are run on a Christian basis but welcome all members of the college, whether they belong to any faith tradition or none. We recommend compline services as peaceful candle-lit evenings with beautiful choral music. The Dean oversees the pastoral care of the college as a whole and you can go to him in complete confidentiality with any issue at all. Feel free to contact him at dean [at] clare [dot] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk


If you know someone in need of a little pixie-dust pick-me-up, our Welfare Cookie Fairy is the perfect go-to! Simply drop them a message on facebook (www.facebook.com/clarecollegecookiefairy/) or email them (ucswelfare [at] srcf [dot] ucam [dot] org) with a name and a place of accommodation and a fresh cookie with a message of your choice will magically appear in their pigeon hole!

Welfare Events:

The welfare team like to maintain a friendly, approachable and accessible presence around college, and we hold regular fun welfare event for the whole college community to engage in. Clare has the reputation for being the happiest and friendliest college in Cambridge, and we want to keep it that way by keep you guys as happy and welfare-d as possible! Our previous events include Dial-A-Doughnut (ping a question about welfare, and get an answer plus a free doughnut to your door!), Art for Mental Health Events, Life-Drawing, Garden Parties, Smoothie-Making and many more! We plan to do many more like this in Michaelmas and Lent Terms, hopefully including a fun-day with bouncy castles and a puppy petting date, with a few Christmas and ‘Bridgemas’ themed events towards the end of Michaelmas Term too! In Freshers’ week there will be a Film Night and a Pub Quiz to get us started. In order to stay up-to-date on our events follow our page on Facebook and check the termcards in your pigeon holes!

Condoms, Pregnancy Tests:

These are available to all students, completely free of charge. You can discreetly get condoms or pregnancy tests from the Welfare Pigeon hole (Memorial Court) or from outside the Nurse’s office (O staircase) – both stashes are regularly restocked by the welfare team. If you would rather not visit the pidge, message one of the welfare officers or the women’s officer and we can get one to you anonymously.

University Counselling Service

The university runs a great, free counselling service to all students, which provides a great outlet for talking through problems with someone from outside of the college.

For more information or to book an appointment visit www.counselling.cam.ac.uk/studentcouns. You may also find some of their self-help leaflets at www.counselling.cam.ac.uk/selfhelp or in the Nurse’s waiting room.


Nightline is a night-time anonymous and confidential listening support and information service for Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University, run by students for students. Whatever’s on your mind, they can be called, skyped, messaged or emailed. See https://linkline.org.uk/getsupportnow.html for more details. They are open every night of full term from 7pm to 7am, the idea being that they operate when the Counselling Service does not providing coverage for most hours of the day.