cambridge College System Personal Experience

Looking Back and Looking Forwards

As the 2018-2019 Student Minds Cambridge committee comes to the end of their tenure, Carolyn reflects on her time as President.

by Carolyn Irvine

On Friday I attended my final meeting as President of Student Minds Cambridge on the steering group for the Student Mental Health and Well-being Strategy, and I thought I’d share some reflections. Whenever people ask me about student well-being at Cambridge, I usually say something along the lines of “it’s complicated… but things have changed a lot since my first year here.”

It is complicated: the collegiate system is simultaneously our biggest strength and weakness; the eight week terms and heavy workloads put a massive strain on students and staff; and we have good, but underfunded, support services.

But things have also changed a lot for the better. From the opt-out system for class lists to Fresher Mental Health talks (both student-led initiatives), there’s a growing recognition that well-being is important, and colleges and the University are taking note.

Sitting in the steering group on Friday, it was clear that everyone in the room genuinely cared about making the university better and that the strategy had the potential to make a major impact. There’s still a long way to go, but I’m hopeful that in three years time current first years will be able to look back in their final year and say positively “things have changed a lot since my first year here”.

Join us!

Student Minds Cambridge are currently recruiting for the 2019-2020 committee! Do you care passionately about student mental health? Join the committee to make a difference in one of the biggest student campaign groups in Cambridge!

The roles we are currently recruiting for are:

  • Treasurer/Secretary
  • Events Officer (x2)
  • Creative Director
  • Webmaster
  • Press and Blog Officer
  • Publicity and Social Media Officer
  • College Rep Coordinator
  • Male Mental Health Officer
  • BME Officer
  • International Officer
  • LGBT+ Officer
  • Disabilities Officer

Applications close 30th May and are open to all! Please read the role descriptions before applying and direct any questions to our email: or message us on Facebook!

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