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We are hopeful we can bring a little bit of fun, relaxation and exercise into your day to day lives. During your studies it is important to look after yourself.

Your well-being…

It is always important to look after your mental health and well-being. Trying some of these tips could help you feel more positive: 

  1. Connect with people – meet with friends and family or make the most of technology to stay in touch with them
  2. Be physically active – go for a walk or take advantage of the many online workouts
  3. Learn new skills – try cooking something new or take on a DIY project 
  4. Give to others – create positive feelings, ask others how they are or simply say thank you 
  5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness) – this can improve your mental wellbeing. Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better.

For Christian spiritual resources, you'll find online services, video clips, music, bells, sermons, pastoral letters, and a weekly eMag at the University's official church website Great St Mary's.

The University of Cambridge: Please refer to the University webpages for up-to-date information on arrangements for teaching and learning, assessment, and research in Easter Term 2020. These webpages also include a growing set of helpful FAQs. Please also refer to the University's student welfare pages.

College specific updates and comms about Coronavirus, including the LCC - Guidance for students in self-isolation and FAQs are available in the members' area, College A-Z. Please login to view.

Government information and advice: For the current situation in the UK and information about the virus. Read more.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: If you are travelling or making travel plans, check the latest advice.

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 Tutorial 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.

College Nurse:

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: Lucy Cavendish has the benefit of an RLF Fellow, Rebecca Goss (  to help undergraduate and post-graduate students (and staff) with writing.  To make an appointment, please email:

Further info can be found below and on the University’s website:

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.

A few resources designed to give you more information about mental health and to help you to look after it.

Your mental health | Mental Health Foundation

Student guide to Loneliness

Becoming overly stressed can get in the way of enjoying our lives and also performing in our studies. 

In this sessions you will learn mindfulness strategies to

  • Develop the resilience to bounce back
  • Enjoy a deeper and sustainable calm
  • Cultivate creative responses to work with stressful elements inside of you
  • Have a practical mindfulness approach to inviting a deeper rest and sleep
  • Find rest in the storm & approaches to apply for relaxation, ease and space
  • Free yourself up to be more creative and focused with your work
  • 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


Check #LiveFromLucy upcoming and past talks on our events' page.

You can also watch recordings of previous talks via the Lucy Youtube channel here.

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.

  • The Vatican Museum: The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and Raphael's Room, are just some of the sites you can see on the Vatican's virtual tour. View more here.

  • The Louvre: The parisian museum has free online tours available for three of its famous exhibits, including Egyptian Antiquities. View the exhibits here

  • You can enjoy the Kettle’s Yard House from your own home with the Virtual House Tour here.

  • Fancy a tour of the National Gallery?  The National Gallery’s virtual tours allow you to step inside the Gallery and explore one of the greatest collections of paintings – .  The National Gallery also have various free online events taking place, more info can be found here.

Access to e-resources: Make sure you search for online resources via i-Discover or you can also use the links to databases for literature searching here. Following these links ensures you will be prompted to login with your Raven credentials and you can then access our full text resources away from Cambridge. A useful additional tool is Lean Library that you can download. It is a browser extension which automatically detects when you have full access through our subscriptions, avoiding paywalls and the frustration of trying to find where to login.

Ebooks: Our ebooks (some 800,000!) can be accessed through i-Discover.  To limit your search to just ebooks, ensure the ‘Cambridge Libraries Collections’ radio button is selected, then click on the ‘All libraries’ filter and replace with ‘eBooks’. Lots more  information is in the Ebooks Libguide. 

Ejournals and online articles: You can limit your searches in i-Discover just by clicking on the ‘Articles and online resources’ radio button. Once you have your results, limit them to ‘Full text online’ via the ‘Availability’ filter.  You can also choose the type of document via the ‘Resource type’ filter. There is also a dedicated search box for articles and journals.

Extra electronic resources: Lots of publishers have opened up their resources temporarily, thereby expanding the number of resources available to us.  Many of these resources are not yet included in i-Discover or listed on the databases page, but there is a spreadsheet here you can check which is being updated daily as new resources are added. If you still can’t find what you need then you can request new e-book purchases via the book recommendation form.

More information on our Library page.

Virtual Pub Quiz

Due to the overwhelming response the creator of the ‘Virtual Pub Quiz’ made it a regular thing every week, on Thursday and Saturday. It’s great fun for the family or perhaps FaceTime your friends for a bit of competitive fun. Search ‘Virtual Pub Quiz’ on Facebook or YouTube. The channel also features Kids' quizzes and specialists' rounds.

Department of Pathology Virtual Escape Rooms Activity

Can you complete the challenge? Read more here.