Welfare Grid 2016

Please scroll down to view an interactive Welfare Grid.  A downloadable copy can be found here.

For the elected sabbatical officer year 2015-2016, two CUSU Officers (CUSU President and CUSU-GU Welfare and Rights Officer) were elected on a mandate to introduce a platform which comprised information on the 31 Cambridge Colleges regarding their welfare provision. This year, CUSU introduced a new guiding principle to underpin all of its campaigning efforts: the ‘Equality of Opportunity’ campaign. Equality of Opportunity seeks to centre all of CUSU’s work on the fundamental belief that, regardless of College, access to resources and support of an academic, financial, or pastoral nature should be fairly distributed and equitable to the furthest extent possible between the Cambridge Colleges.

In the initial election period, a “ranking” of collegiate welfare support was proposed by the CUSU President, yet after a period of consultation, the elected officer team, with the approval of the CUSU Council, rejected the idea of ranking collegiate welfare support and opted for the creation of a table comprising welfare information of all Colleges in one place. For the CUSU 2015-2016 team, the decision to develop a ‘welfare grid,’ presented an opportunity for comparing welfare support with the aim of sharing good practice between the Colleges; this was deemed the most constructive direction of travel for the students’ union in our aim to work in collaboration with Colleges.

The CUSU Welfare Grid is the materialisation of CUSU’s belief that Cambridge students are entitled to comprehensive, itemised (and therefore easily accessible) information on the 31 Cambridge Colleges in one place. , We believe that the collation of data on Collegiate welfare provisions, support and practices affords current students a crucial campaigning tool by offering examples of where a practice might currently be successful,  which might thereby generate a discussion about how a similar system or provision might be transplanted within another College context. With the Welfare Grid platform, we believe that welfare provision within Collegiate Cambridge can maintain certain consistencies in line with CUSU’s Equality of Opportunity objective.

The sabbatical officer team additionally hope that the Welfare Grid might subsequently and simultaneously become an access tool, providing prospective applicants with a break down of the Collegiate welfare provisions that CUSU have deemed a priority through consultation with current students. Aware of the specific and unique ways in which information must be presented to prospective students, CUSU seeks to work with the relevant University stakeholders to ensure the Welfare Grid meets all the necessary bench marks to ensure prospective students fully understand the choices between the 31 Colleges.

The CUSU Welfare Grid is a work in progress and its focus is impact through transparency. We hope to see its interactivity and scope expand in the years to come through student input and feedback. We also strive to work collaboratively with College-based and University pastoral support and hope this period of consultation on our work might be met with openness  and enthusiasm.

Priscilla Mensah, CUSU President 2015-16

If you would like more detailed information in prose form, please click on the College names and it will open in a new window.

Definitions & Methodology

All of the research has been carried out by CUSU, both by looking at College websites and resources and asking Colleges directly for information. We then worked with J/MCRs to validate the information.  All of the information displayed here is as accurate as possible as of June 2016. If you can spot something that you don't think is accurate, then please tell us! 

1. "I have received excellent support from my tutor": This was calculated using data from 2015's Big Cambridge Survey, and uses only the answers from those who declared having accessed support from their tutors. It is a combination of those who have answered that their support was good or excellent.

2. "Easy to find" policies: to be easy to find, a policy has to show up on the first page of a Google search when "College name + Cambridge + policy key word" are searched.

3. In the column on Intermission, the following abbreviations are used: 

ACF - Access to College Facilities

APS - Access to Pastoral Support

ACI - Access to College Intranet

CBCB - Case-by-case Basis

4. In the column on training for student-facing staff, the following abbreviations are used:

FA - First Aid

MHA - Mental Health Awareness

E&D - Equality & Diversity

 

  Tutors' Support College Policies & Procedures Frontline Support Intermission Community & Inclusion
  Big Cambridge Survey data: “How far do you feel you have received good quality and caring support in accordance with your needs from the following: your tutor.” Does College ensure that students are aware of the Students' Unions' Advice Service (in College or College website)? Can students access harassment policy on College website? Does College have Fitness to Study Policy? Do students have access to a College nurse?

Do students have access to mental health support?

 

Do intermitted students receive support re-entering studies?

What training do student facing staff receive?

Do College Porters (security staff) receive unconscious bias training?
 
Christ's 92.74% YES YES NO YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

CLINICAL PSYCHIATRIST

CBCB - APS

MHA

E&D

TBC
Churchill 83.21% YES YES YES YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

CBCB - APS

MHA

E&D

YES
Clare 77.31% YES YES YES YES

NURSE

MENTAL HEALTH ADVISOR

APS MHA YES
Clare Hall 83.10% NO YES NO YES NURSE

CBCB - APS

MHA

E&D

TBC
Corpus Christi 80.24% YES YES YES YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

TBC MHA TBC
Darwin 82.04% NO YES YES YES NURSE

CBCB - ACF, APS, ACI

MHA TBC
Downing 90.85% NO YES YES YES NURSE APS MHA TBC
Emmanuel 87.84% YES YES YES YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

CBCB - APS

TBC TBC
Fitzwilliam 84.20% YES YES NO YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

CBCB - APS

MHA TBC
Girton 85.93% YES YES YES YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

CBCB - APS

TBC YES
Gonville and Caius 79.58% NO YES NO YES NURSE

CBCB - APS, ACI

MHA

E&D

TBC
Homerton 75.96% YES YES YES YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

CBCB - APS, ACI

MHA TBC
Hughes Hall 81.27% NO YES YES YES NURSE

CBCB - APS

MHA YES
Jesus 79.20% NO YES YES YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

CBCB - APS, ACI

MHA TBC
King's 81.41% YES YES NO YES

NURSE

TUTOR

CBCB - APS, ACI

MHA

E&D

TBC
Lucy Cavendish 84.05% YES YES YES YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR*

CBCB

MHA

E&D

TBC
Magdalene 78.82% NO YES YES YES

NURSE

CBT THERAPIST

APS NO DATA GIVEN TBC
Murray Edwards 83.95% YES YES YES YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

CBCB - ACF, APS, ACI

MHA TBC
Newnham 80.15% YES NO NO DATA GIVEN YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

APS MHA TBC
Pembroke 79.72% YES YES YES YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

CBCB MHA TBC
Peterhouse 74.79% YES YES YES YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

TBC MHA TBC
Queens' 62.16% YES YES YES YES

NURSE

WELFARE ADVISOR

CBCB - APS, ACI

MHA TBC
Robinson 58.05% YES YES NO  YES NURSE TBC MHA TBC
Selwyn 64.04% YES YES YES YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

CBCB, APS

MHA TBC
Sidney Sussex 74.85% YES YES YES YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

TBC MHA TBC
St Catharine's 90.76% YES YES YES YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

COLLEGE TUTOR

ACF

APS

ACI

MHA TBC
St Edmund's 97.53% YES YES YES YES NURSE

APS

ACI

CBCB - AFC

MHA TBC
St John's 76.65% NO NO YES YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

CBCB, ACF, APS

MHA

E&D

TBC
Trinity 76.95% YES YES NO YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

TBC MHA YES
Trinity Hall 95.20% YES NO NO YES

NURSE

COUNSELLOR

CBCB MHA TBC
Wolfson 51.92% YES YES YES YES NURSE TBC MHA TBC

 

*From October 2016

 

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