Student support

The MBChB programme has dedicated Student Pastoral Support (SPS) to support you with your welfare.

SPS tutors offer support with a wide range of challenges you may face, including:

  • personal or family issues
  • physical health or mental health issues
  • advice regarding mitigating circumstances for assessments
  • financial support, including applications to the Hardship Fund and much more.

SPS tutors will listen to your concerns, discuss your options and ensure you are connected to appropriate support from programme and University services. Most students use the SPS service at some point during their time on the programme, so SPS tutors have vast experience helping students cope with difficult situations.

Everyone needs help at times. Seeking help is a sign of strength and insight, so please let us know if you need support by either emailing or calling us using the details below. You can also visit us at the School of Medical Sciences Student Support Hub in the Stopford Building (ground floor).

Students in Years 3, 4 and 5 can also contact their local SPS team at their Clinical Education Campus. Further information can be found in the MBChB Programme Handbook.

Contact the SPS team

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 1452

The team liaises closely with the Academic Leads for Year 1 and 2, the Year 1 and 2 SPS Tutor and the Year 3, 4 and 5 Clinical Education Campus SPS Teams:

  • Associate Programme Director for Student Wellbeing: Dr Gary McCullagh oversees both the Pastoral Support Team and the proactive promotion of student wellbeing in the programme.
  • Student Pastoral Support Academic Tutor: Dr Helen Marsden
  • Student Pastoral Support Academic Tutor: Professor Doug Corfield
  • Student Service, Support and Development Officer - Student support and Wellbeing: Karen Ross
  • Student Pastoral Support Administrator: Alison Pearson
  • Student Pastoral Support Assistant: Helen Ashworth
  • School Disability Coordinator: Karen Ross

Academic support

Academic and study support can be obtained from Dr Michelle Webb on