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Student Support & Guidance within the Department

Student Support and Guidance within the Department - Who's Who

Pastoral Support Team
Dr Jackie Brearley,, Dr Nicky Holdstock, , Dr Tim Williams, , and Katheryn Ayres,

The role of the Pastoral Support Team in the Vet School is to provide a resource for any student who is experiencing difficulties. Individual members of the pastoral support team provide non-judgemental active listening to clinical veterinary students. In many cases, active listening helps to find a way through the difficulty, otherwise the pastoral support team may be able to signpost other resources or services that are available to help, such as College resources, the University Counselling Service or external organisations as appropriate.  Members of the Team work together with the students’ VSCS's, and their Colleges, to help the students.

This support is confidential, no information will be passed on without the permission of the person involved, unless life is at risk.

CUVS also appoint two Welfare Reps who work closely with the Pastoral Support Team - they are Tom Hordle () and Rachel Kemp (). 

Tutorial Support Office
Katheryn Ayres and Rachel Worsley
We are on the ground floor corridor, near to Lecture Theatre 1. We can help with:
• EMS queries including EMS grants
• Your EMS record
• Lecture and rotation timetables
• Examinations
• Student funding and awards (current list always on Moodle at

and much more besides!


Your Veterinary School Clinical Supervisor (VSCS)

Your Veterinary School Clinical Supervisor who is either the VSCS you were allocated at the start of 1st year, or in some cases, it will be a different member of staff when you start the 4th year. 
He or she will arrange a meeting with you during the first week of Michaelmas Term of your fourth year. This is to give general advice on the clinical course, the role of your VSCS in supporting your progress and an introduction to the EMS system. For the rest of the clinical course you must meet with your VSCS at least once each term during the last three weeks (a slot is timetabled). 
You can see them (by appointment) at other times as needed. They will assist you in organising your EMS and keep an eye on its balance and quality and will also discuss your academic progress. Your VSCS will send a report to your college each term on your progress in acquiring clinical and professional skills. If you fail an examination, you must see your VSCS as quickly as possible to discuss the difficulty. Your VSCS will be able to give advice and general assistance regarding EMS, examination, academic, pastoral and
other difficulties. If necessary he or she can refer you to other appropriate sources of help. In the unlikely event of serious pastoral difficulties, your VSCS may seek additional help on your behalf with your consent.
If you wish to discuss something with a member of staff who is not your VSCS, you can contact the Director of Teaching or a member of the Pastoral Support Team.

Director of Teaching

Professor Alun Williams

Professor Williams has overall responsibility for the clinical teaching programme and timetable. As Director of Teaching, he is involved with all aspects of teaching and academic matters, particularly the development and general management of the course. He is happy to discuss issues related to teaching and can be contacted in his room opposite the Teaching Laboratory or by e-mail.


EMS Co-ordinator

Dr Penny Watson
You or your VSCS may need to consult Penny or Katheryn if there are problems with an EMS placement, if you're having difficulties finding placements or if you want authorisation to count a particularly unusual experience (e.g. some overseas, institutional or conservation placements) towards your minimum 26 week EMS requirement. A summary of EMS requirements can be found on the Department’s website at 

Departmental Librarian
Mrs Lorraine Leonard
Lorraine Leonard helps and supports students in any library-related matters.

The library should hold most of the information that is required throughout your course. The essential reading texts will normally be stored in the Librarian's office for safe keeping, so access to those is limited to the Librarian's working hours (she doesn't work on a Friday usually).

IT Support

Ben Watkins, Lisa Chapman, Dan Sayle, Henry Evans and Gary Collings

The Computer Officers are responsible for the computers in the Dr Lee Computer Suite. They can also help with the many Computer Aided Learning (CAL) packages available on the departmental PWF server and other software teaching material.

Departmental Secretary
Ms Judith Drinkwater
Judith is the member of staff to contact for queries about the Regulations for the Final Vet MB, particularly if you need to intermit your course for any reason. However, in either of those cases your College would need to make a formal application on your behalf, so you would also need to see your college Tutor.

Estates/building management
Mr Paul Grainge
Ms Betty Rayner

 - Adrian Ison

Any problems with the physical condition of the building, security or facilities
should be reported to Workshop staff or either Paul or Betty.

Stores Office
Stores are in B Block (one of the radially arranged blocks behind the main building). You may need to visit them during your course to purchase essential equipment.

Accounts (Finance) Office
The Accounts Office is in the main ground floor corridor next to the General Office. Normally you should pay Accounts in advance, before collecting any purchase from Stores, or to be asked for more print credit to be added to your account by one of the computer officers.