Academic Support

Undergraduate Students

Your Director of Studies (DoS) is responsible for providing academic support during your degree. Your DoS will meet with you regularly, at least twice a term, and will be able to arrange extra supervisions or further academic support if needed. They will also receive termly reports from your supervisors, which they will discuss with you, offering constructive feedback. It is important to work collaboratively with your DoS: they are there to help you do the best that you can.

Graduate Students

A Graduate Mentor will be assigned to you during your course. Their role is to provide academic support during your degree. Your Mentor will meet with you regularly, at least once a term, and will be able to offer academic advice if needed. They will also have access to any graduate supervisor reports. It is important to work collaboratively with your Mentor who will be a source of academic support at Newnham College.

Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellows

The College has the benefit of two Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Writing Fellows who offer help with writing to all students of Newnham.

There is a Writing Fellow in College three days a week during Full Term. The Writing Fellows offer one-to-one assistance in confidential supervisions. They can give advice on all aspects of writing and structuring essays, dissertations, applications and reports; on aspects of English grammar and syntax; on strategies for planning and revising work; and on writing fluently and cogently. Supervisions with the Writing Fellows will help you to develop your writing skills. Many students find supervisions helpful; they can boost your confidence and your grades. The Fellows do not offer an editing or proofreading service, but will help you to improve your writing yourself and to understand how to write effectively and well. (The Writing Fellows cannot give specialist help with dyslexia or English as a Second Language, though non-native speakers are very welcome to come for assistance on the same basis as native speakers.)

You don’t need to be referred by a member of the teaching staff; you can make an appointment with a Fellow directly by email. The Writing Fellows are funded by the Royal Literary Fund and make no reports to the College on students who attend.

The current Writing Fellows are:

Dr Lizzie Collingham