Our Coronavirus Guidance

So that we can ensure that all Members of the Churchill College community stay healthy and safe, things will look a little different when you next come to College. But you can find everything you need to know on our new Coronavirus Guidance page  From the latest research from the University to what you should do if you have symptoms, and from the provision of College services to minimising the risk of transmission, you'll find all the answers to your questions here.

Senior Postgraduate Tutor's Welcome Letter

September 2020


Dear Churchill Postgraduate students,


A very warm welcome to Churchill College!  Postgraduates are central to the activities of the College as an academic community within the University of Cambridge.  Collectively, our postgraduates are a diverse and distinguished group of scholars, hailing from all parts of the globe.  We know how hard you have worked to arrive in Cambridge, and we look forward to supporting your future success!

I write to you as I begin my second year as Senior Postgraduate Tutor in the College.  It goes without saying that you are arriving in an unusual time, but you are still hugely welcome, and we are so pleased that you’re here.  Your success in your chosen course, and your enjoyment of all that Cambridge has to offer (albeit this year in strict accordance with COVID guidelines!) are of great importance to us.  

In this time of COVID, it is incumbent on all of us to look out for one another, to be informed and aware of government guidelines, and to respect the other people with whom we work and socialise.  Please keep an eye on these web pages to ensure that you know how to minimise risk of COVID, what to do if you have symptoms, and what you can do to ensure the safety of those around you.

These web pages have been carefully designed to help you familiarise yourself with the College, its facilities, and its societies and clubs.  Induction and some other welcome events have been moved online to minimise the risk of COVID exposure, while other events will be taking place in a setting that allows for social distancing.  Many hours of staff and tutorial time have gone into planning for the College’s activities to ensure that we minimise risks of COVID exposure for everyone.

Each postgraduate belongs to the MCR (Middle Common Room), which represents the interests of students, offers a rich selection of social events, and participates in college governance.  You can find information from the MCR officers about the welcome events elsewhere on these pages.  Please do get involved; it is a wonderful way to get to know your fellow students.

Each postgraduate student is assigned to a Tutor, who is available by email to answer queries and to support your academic progress.  The Tutors include myself, Dr Leigh Denault, Prof Alex Webb, Dr Sally Boss, and Mr Barry Phipps. 

Ms Rebecca Sawalmeh, our Postgraduate Administrator, can answer queries and assist with accommodation or visa paperwork.  She hopes to be in the office at the beginning of term, so please stop by, or email if she is not on site on a particular day. 

Please don’t hesitate to call on us, even if some of that contact may be more remote than we might wish!


With best wishes,

Liz DeMarrais (Senior Postgraduate Tutor, Churchill College)