Health and Wellbeing Advice for Undergraduates

Mental Health Crisis

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.

 For people currently living in the UK:

Samaritans - 24hr Free Helpline on 116 123, email

Nightline – Instant Messaging Email and SMS. 

NHS 111 – available throughout the country. 

Shout crisis text service –24/7 text service 

Imperial College Health Centre – GP practice nearest to South Kensington campus.   Tel: 020 7584 6301  Email:

For people living outside the UK:

Samaritans - email

Nightline – Instant Messaging Email and SMS. See website for further details, 

Various: (has a directory of helplines across the world)



Welcome to the Dyson School of Design Engineering webpages on Undergraduate 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.




Counselling and mental health advice


Access free and confidential short-term counselling from the Student Counselling and Mental Health Advice Service.

Student Mental Health Advisers offer you support and advice if you are affected by significant or enduring mental health difficulties.

Study Mentors can help you keep on track with academic work. Life skills workshops are also available.

Speak to a fellow student through Nightline, a confidential helpline run by trained students. It offers support through the night during term-time.


Wellbeing Roles in Design Engineering

Wellbeing Adviser

Sophie Hughes


The role of Wellbeing Adviser is a new post and enhances the 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 and Deputy Senior Tutors

Dr Mazdak Ghajari Dr Becky Stewart & Dr Maria Apud Bell

Mazdak and Becky are responsible for the welfare and academic 
progress of every undergraduate student in the department.  You can speak to them if you have concerns about your academic progress or if you feel that there are circumstances that are causing you academic pressure. 


Please note that Dr Maria Apud Bell will be standing in as Deputy Senior Tutor from November 2020 - June 2021. Maria Apud Bell  

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.

Wellbeing and Academic Reps

Wellbeing reps can signpost you to further support from the Wellbeing Adviser. Wellbeing reps raise awareness of any issues affecting student wellbeing including mental or physical health, finance, relationships, equality and diversity, and personal safety.

Wellbeing Departmental Representative
Frederick Seidler

Academic reps
can signpost you to further support and use your feedback to inform academic staff on issues that students face, including assessments, learning experience, resources and academic experience.

Academic Departmental Representative
Amy Mather

Mental Health First Aiders

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. Our Mental Health First Aiders are:

Ingrid Logan

Freddie Page

Nicholas Moult

Sophie Sykes

Connor Myant

Natalia Goehring

Talya Porat

Disability Advisory Officer

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

The Disability Advisory Officer for the Dyson School of Design Engineering is Lucie Richards.

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.

External contacts (colour block)

External Contacts

In the meantime, if you need someone to talk to immediately please call the Samaritans 24hr Free Helpline on 116 123.

If you feel you are experiencing a mental health crisis Call NHS 24 hour Mental Health Crisis Lines:
Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Hillingdon, Brent, Camden and Harrow 0800 0234 650
Ealing, Hammersmith, Fulham and Hounslow 0300 1234 244
Wandsworth 020 3513 4421
Berkshire 0300 365 9999