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Human Resources



Our WellChem pages provide departmental wellbeing initiatives. 

The University has its own Wellbeing website & has also launched an important new initiative called Breaking the Silence which supports any person who is affected by harassment issues at work.

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) & Eyesight Tests

Sustained use of display screen equipment including computers, carries a risk of injury to the upper limbs and back, due to poor work station layout and work practices. Departmental Computer Officers (CO’s) are certified to carry out DSE assessments. To arrange for a DSE assessment to take place, pleasesend an email request to:

The University Health & Safety Division has published a Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Display Screen Equipment (DSE) and Visual Display Units (VDUs). Further local safety information is available from the department's computer-related safety pages.

Stress at work

The University of Cambridge is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for its staff and recognises the importance of fostering psychological as well as physical well-being.

This commitment arises from the University's duty of care to all its staff, and more generally the recognition that a safe and healthy working environment contributes to the motivation, job satisfaction, performance, and creativity of all staff.

Specifically the University is committed to the promotion of health, to the prevention of work-related stress and to the provision of support to any member of staff who may suffer stress. This means identifying those jobs that can place individuals at risk, and making sure there are measures in place to control or mitigate any risks identified. Managers are responsible for ensuring that this happens within their own work areas.

Managing stress does present a challenge to all those concerned, and this can be difficult to tackle when there is an impact on the stressed person and those around them, seriously affecting quality of working lives, and effectiveness in the workplace. It is therefore important for a manager to take prompt action in order to prevent, minimise and manage stress.

The University has published advice for staff and managers on how to tackle stress at work.

For help, contact Kathleen Pickett, Welfare, Training and Development Adviser or Marita Walsh, Support Services Manager.

University Counselling Service

The University Counselling Service  Student Counselling Service is for undergraduate and graduate members of the University and the Theological Colleges.

The Staff Counselling Service is for all university employees.

To make an appointment, you will need to complete and submit a ‘Pre-counselling form’ online.

For more information, please visit the Counselling Service website or use the contact details below:


Open hours:

Cambridge University Counselling Service

2-3 Bene't Place

Lensfield Road

Cambridge CB2 1EL


Tel: 01223 332865


Mondays: 9am - 5.30pm

Tuesdays: 9am - 7.30pm

Wednesdays: 9am - 5.30pm

Thursdays: 9am - 7.30pm

Fridays: 9am – 5pm


Occupational Health Service

The Occupational Health Service is based at 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge. Its main functions are to prevent ill health arising from work and to promote health at work. Its staff are available between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday, by appointment, for confidential advice and consultation on all matters relating to work activities. The Service does not provide emergency treatment, and you should contact the Department’s First Aiders for this. The Service works closely with the Safety Office.