Women's & Non-Binary's

Here at Newnham, we are passionate about women’s and non-binary's rights, education and empowerment. Women & non-binary are underrepresented at a Graduate level in the university, and so it is vital that women & non-binary are supported and heard in all aspects of their graduate career.

At Newnham we have an MCR Women’s & Non-Binary Officer whose role it is to be a general focal point for these issues at Newnham, and they organise events and represent Newnham at the University level on these issues. If you have a passion for gender equality and would like to run an event, for example a discussion on a particular topic, a book group or organise a group from Newnham to attend a march please email the Women’s & Non-Binary Officer . Equally please just email them if you have any concerns or questions.

We also at Newnham have the Newnham Action Group - as we are so lucky to have a large and diverse female student population, we have created this as a platform for sharing information about organisations and causes. This is student led, so please join the group and get involved

If you would like more information about being a female student at Cambridge, or Women’s Rights in the setting of graduate education please follow the link for the CUSU Women’s Campaign


Whether you are out or questioning, the LGBT+ officers work to create a safe space and provide support.

Graduate Tutor

Each graduate student at Newnham is allocated a Graduate Tutor to assist you with pastoral needs.

University-wide Services

As well as the University Counselling Service, Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU) has a general and confidential advice service. There is also specifically a financial advisory service. The Graduate Union can also provide support.

Useful Contacts

Important contacts to ensure your welfare while in Newnham

  • Newnham College Wellbeing Advisor Sineidin O'Reilly-Williams', is available by email and can be found in the Pfeiffer building, room G01, opposite Health Centre waiting room.
  • Newnham College counsellors Kay Neish and Isha Mehta, are available; please use this online form for an appointment.
  • Newnham College nurse Julie Barker, is available by email and you can also book appointments via moodle .
  • University Counselling Service team includes a dedicated sexual assault and harassment advisor and is available for counselling. You can have a look at their self help leaflets here
  • Newnham College BAME Advisor Professor Manali Desai is there if you would like to raise any issues you have encountered about race and BAME identity in college, talk confidentially about how to report racial harassment, or talk through your experiences and feelings, she is available to advise and support. Contact her .
  • Selwyn Chaplain Rev'd Dr Arabella Milbank Robinson provides a confidential listening ear and is someone with whom to map the territory at difficult times – perhaps in a bereavement or time of emotional, relational or indeed spiritual crisis – or to accompany members of the community in decisions and discernments. Contact them .
  • If you feel comfortable, you can report misconduct to to the central email Office of Student Conduct, Complaints and Appeals at
  • Newnham Harassment Policy is online.
  • Newnham guidance on Solving Problems and Complaints by Students is online .

(Old) counselling document

While this document is older (e.g., we now have new counsellors!) it still contains some useful information, which is we we leave it up here for you to look at.