• Nightline (Term-time welfare, 9pm–7am): 0191 334 6444
  • College Porter (8am–Midnight): 0191 33 43358
  • Night Porter (Midnight–8am): 07968 690830

Postgraduate Student Welfare

The St Chad’s College MCR Welfare Team is here to make sure that all Chadsians of the MCR feel welcome, supported and well taken care of during their time here. The Welfare Committee is led by Sophie Laurence (Welfare Chair) and Lucinda Murphy (Welfare Administrator), who also acts as a point of contact for livers in. Supporting us on the Welfare team are Josh Jones and Jonathan Edgar, alongside Peter Ellis, our MCR Sports Officer, who keeps us well informed of all the sporting events going on in college.

The welfare team are an active and approachable presence around college in supporting students, listening and giving advice for other support. Studying for a postgraduate degree is of course an exciting and rewarding challenge. However, we are more than aware that it can also be quite stressful and overwhelming at times. The welfare team are here to help make sure everyone feels supported throughout the ups and downs of college life, and that no one feels alone whilst having to write up the next thesis, essay, or report! Whether the problem seems big and daunting or whether it’s just more of a little niggle on your mind, the whole team are always on hand to listen, and have a chat….preferably with tea and biscuits!

Get in touch at stchadsmcr.welfare@durham.ac.uk or follow us on Facebook.

Welfare Events

The welfare events are a chance for everyone at Chad’s to stay connected. For example, we have cafe crawls, welfare running, art therapy, mental health awareness days and puppy therapy! The cafe visits are a chance for people to come together for coffee and cake in a relaxed and friendly environment. The MCR Welfare Facebook page ensures that all students are regularly updated with welfare events and updates.

We also offer welfare chats for anyone to come along to talk about emotional problems, such as stress, homesickness or anything on their mind, in a more private and confidential setting.


The Welfare Team are always there to listen but also coordinate giving people support and are a signposting service. There are Welfare business cards with support contacts which are available in college and these links are also on the Facebook page. We also provide a regular supply of prophylactics, and female hygiene products which can be found on the table on the left as you enter the MCR.

Beyond the MCR Welfare Team, of course, there are plenty of other channels of welfare support both in college and across the wider university, which you are free to access at any time. College tutors are one obvious resource, and our senior management team in Chads are always happy to listen and assist. Ashley Wilson, our Postgraduate Director is usually the first port of call for MCR members – ashley.wilson@durham.ac.uk Links to all college staff contact details can be found on the college website’s staff pages.

In addition to this, the University Counselling Service located at the Palatine Centre next to the Bill Bryson Library offers a high standard of service in counselling for those who are finding that their difficulties are hard to manage and/or are affecting their studies/work. Information about booking appointments can be found on their website.
Students may choose to engage in counselling for a wide variety of reasons, including:

  • academic/work worries/pressures
  • problems arising from studies
  • anxiety and depression
  • panic attacks
  • suicidal thoughts
  • bereavement
  • issues of sexuality
  • relationship difficulties
  • family problems
  • homesickness
  • eating disorders
  • issues with self-esteem and confidence

Do take a good look at their website, as it provides some really useful information on looking after mental health along with some useful advice on how to support friends who may be suffering with mental health difficulties. According to the mental health charity Mind, 1 in 4 people in the UK find themselves struggling with a mental health problem each year, and so this is something we are all likely to experience in some form at one time or other. A list of helpful contact details for further resources for support, including the popular student listening service Nightline, can be found at