Health and Wellbeing Advice for Postgraduates

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If you need urgent help please contact your GP. If you are at a risk to yourself or others please call 999, or visit your nearest A&E.

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Welcome to the Dyson School of Design Engineering webpages on Postgraduate student wellbeing.


We believe that successful students require both excellent academic and pastoral support.

On these pages you will find information on where to find wellbeing support in the department and in the wider College and you will also find information on external organisations.

Wellbeing Roles in Design Engineering

Wellbeing Adviser

Sophie Hughes

The role of Wellbeing Adviser enhances theSophie  support students receive from their personal tutors. Sophie will develop resources, run workshops and awareness-raising events. Sophie is also available to speak to on a one-to-one basis on a wide range of issues including settling into college life, relationship worries, stress, mental health, loneliness, concerns about substance or alcohol misuse. 

Personal Tutors

Your personal tutor is there to support you in your personal, general academic, and professional development. Through regular contact and the establishment of a supportive and professional relationship, the Personal Tutors maintain an overview of their tutees’ academic progress, development and wellbeing.

Senior Tutor (PGR)

Dr Pelin Demirel

Pelin Demirel

As Senior Tutor (PGR), Pelin has overall responsibility for the academic and pastoral care of postgraduate students. She will be able to guide and support you in handling individual student problems or queries, and you should consult her if you are uncertain how to proceed or would value a second opinion.  Download the Roles and Responsbilities Document for the Senior Tutor (PGR).

Faculty Senior Tutor

Dr Lorraine Craig

Lorraine CraigFaculty Senior Tutors have responsibility for ensuring the delivery of consistent, high quality support for students in their personal, general academic and professional development.  Working with and supporting Personal Tutors and Senior Tutors, they ensure that support systems are effective, that training is appropriate and that College policies in student support are implemented.  In addition, each Faculty Senior Tutor provides support to their senior tutors and directly to students who have more complex concerns or situations.

Postgraduate Administrator

Nicholas Moult

Nick is responsible for student administration of postgraduate research programmes, and is the contact point for queries from prospective postgraduate research students, along with being able to advise on research degree administrative processes.

Mental Health First Aiders

Sarah WissingConnor MyantFreddie Page and Natalia Goehring

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Mental Health First Aiders will provide you with a safe space to start a confidential conversation about your mental health and signpost you to the most appropriate support.

Disability Advisory Officer

Dr Freddie Page


The School Disability Officer
is your first point of contact if you have a physical or learning disability that requires additional support such as special exam arrangements.

Safety Officer

Dr Connor Myant

The School’s Safety Officer is
responsible for the safety of teaching and research in the School. If you have questions or concerns regarding Health and Safety, you can contact the Safety Officer directly.