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At Lucy Cavendish College we have a dedicated team of professionals to look after our students' health and wellbeing.

At the College, we have a dedicated team of experienced and understanding practitioners, who can offer support, resources, and guidance to all students. We also run mindfulness sessions, fun activities during the exam period, and a wide range of events.

Our Health and Wellbeing team includes a Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner, a Specific Learning Difficulties Practitioner, and the College Nurse.

Getting the support students need is straightforward; we have introduced a new and improved online booking system to schedule appointments with the practitioner. Current students can access it via our members’ area.

We also run mindfulness sessions, fun activities during the exam period, and a wide range of events. Our Library runs ‘elevenses’ and ‘threeses’ during term time with the opportunity to chat, relax and enjoy a free hot drink and biscuits – See our Library page for more details. We also have a a Bye-Fellow in Multi-Faith support who visits once a week, and the University Counselling Service (UCS) supports students who are experiencing personal, relational or academic concerns. Our beautiful gardens are there for you to use as you wish.

Check our Health and Wellbeing page for all College provisions (raven login required)


Other helpful resorces in the dropdowns below

Visit the University's pages on Student Support to find all the tools and resources you can access

Supporting your mental wellbeing: If you are feeling worried or anxious, there are new resources from the World Health Organisation, Mind, Young Minds and Anxiety UK. You can also download a helpful document about keeping well while working from home, produced by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. More tips on how to look after your mental health are available on the Mental Health Foundation website.

Whilst you may wish to contact your tutor or the Student Office Office ( below are some useful welfare & wellbeing links/email addresses:

University Counselling Service: In addition to the UCS, the College has 2 College-based counsellors (term time only), Angela and Robert ( Our Lucy Cavendish webpage has been amended to reflect the changes in service delivery.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: Lucy Cavendish has the benefit of an RLF Fellow to help undergraduate and post-graduate students (and staff) with writing.

University and College staff and students resident in Cambridge are eligible to join Qwell – a new online counselling and wellbeing platform launched by MIND. Qwell provides confidential chat-based counselling from qualified counsellors, free of charge.

Mind also has games and puzzles you can use to distract yourself, and breathing exercises which may help with feelings of anxiety.More advice on how to cope with anxiety is available here.

The NHS provide a number of audio guides from overcoming sleep problems to anxiety control training. The guides are less than 10 minutes each and available to listen here.

The University has pulled together a resource list of University based activities to support wellbeing which is being updated regularly

Check the College calendar in our members' area to check all College and SU events.

  • Headspace (also has a free app) guides you through a 5 minute meditation here: see if you can set aside a short break each day for yourself to pause & let go of everything. Try this meditation to reconnect with awareness and to feel present.

  • Free content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness here.

  • Best mindfulness apps according to the Independent

  • Simon from Mindful Work will show you how to manage stress at work. You'll find out how to stay calm, focus and flourish with mindfulness techniques, and it's designed for busy people. Watch the videos on Mindful Work YouTube channel.

  • Cavendish Chronicle
    Click here to read on ISSUU

    The Cavendish Chronicle is the termly print magazine from Lucy Cavendish College,Cambridge. Privileging the diversity of voices at our mature-age, women’s college as well as other creative minds from the University of Cambridge. Student-run, read, & written.

  •  Lucy Writers’ is an online platform showcasing the very best writing and art work from women and non-binary creatives all over the world. In collaboration with Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, the platform brings together Lucy students, alumnae and fellows, as well as creatives from outside the college community. Lucy Writers welcomes submissions from women and non-binary writers irrespective of whether they’re an established or new-to-the-writing-desk writer.

  • The University of Cambridge subscribes to Drama Online. Within it are performances of many RSC, NT, Donmar etc productions incl. the Hollow Crown, Maxine Peake's Hamlet, Tom Hiddleston's Coriolanus, Benedict Cumberbatch/Johnny Lee Miller's Frankenstein and lots more. Login via Raven from

  • Lucy Cavendish Singers

  • Cambridge String Quartet is an online, live, interactive streaming and discussion of Beethoven’s late string quartets

  • Music time again - watch/listen to our alum Emily Slade here. Emily is putting up a song most weeks on Facebook with the privacy settings open, under the name Emily Slade, if you wish to continue to follow.

  • From alum Annabel Banks's collection 'Exercises in Control', watch/listen to our alum, Annabel Banks read Momentum here.

  • Watch/listen to alumna Hannah Hutchings Georgiou read from 3 different books at:

  • Take time out to watch/listen to Gulsin Onay, a leading Turkish pianist at


Our beautiful College gardens are there for you to use as you wish. We welcome your family and friends at all times and the public when we open as part of the National Open Gardens Day each summer.

The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is open for local walking and wellbeing. Book here.

Walking is arguably the best way to get to know your way around Cambridge. Its historic centre is full of narrow, cobbled streets that are best navigated on foot. Journey times will depend on your speed, but here some examples:

  • University Library: 12-16 minutes
  • Centre of town (Market Square): 10-15 minutes

Check out our suggested walking and cycle routes here.

Learn about about getting around in Cambridge here.

You can access electronic resources via our Library.

More information on our Library page.