Wellbeing Cogs

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering webpages on student wellbeing. We believe that your wellbeing matters and successful students require both excellent academic and pastoral support. 


Your wellbeing matters too.

Here at Mechanical engineering, we are aware that you have full lives that cannot always center around your academic work. It is important to us that you feel happy, safe, included, and in control of your lives. It is also important to us that your mental health, physical health, and individual needs are supported.

Mechanical Engineering wellbeing support.

On these pages, you will find information on where to find wellbeing support in the department and in the wider College.  You will also find information on external organisations, under ‘other sources of help’.

See ‘Events’ for information on upcoming events, such as workshops and training, and ‘Newsletters’ contains the archive of old Newsletters.

Who we are

Personal Tutors - various

Your personal tutor is here 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 and development, as well as an overview of their tutees' wellbeing. 

Senior and Deputy Senior Tutors

Dr Fred Marquis and Dr Julie Varley

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

Student Wellbeing Advisor

Please note: Sophie Hughes is currently on maternity leave.

Naomi Jackson-Macfarlane

The wellbeing advisor offers confidential and non-judgemental emotional support for all Mechanical Engineering students.  You can meet with them on a regular basis to talk about absolutely anything that’s affecting how you are feeling.

Common issues that Students regularly discuss include:

  • Stress and anxiety.
  • Overwhelm regarding workload.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Family, friendships and relationship issues.
  • Experiences of discrimination, abuse or bullying.
  • Sexuality.
  • Physical or mental health difficulties.
  • Alcohol and Drug use.

No issue is too big or small to share and you can rest assured what you discuss will be held in the strictest confidence. During a session the Wellbeing advisor will listen to your concerns and where appropriate or requested, offer you practical support and advice.

The role of the Student Wellbeing Advisor also includes developing resources, running workshops and awareness raising events; to which you will be invited.