TW: depression, suicidal thoughts, bullying, harassment, abuse of trust. “This is an old story, so I don’t know how relevant it is to the current state of Cambridge, but it’s worth sharing nonetheless. I graduated from my college in 2008. I should have graduated in 2007, but I intermitted. The circumstances leading up to my […]Read more "Testimonial: “Either they’re lying or my college forged the letter.”"
“My first year at Cambridge was kind of a baptism by fire. I had initially been looking forward to starting university, but once I arrived the demands of my course and the pressured environment I was living in took their toll on my mental health. I wasn’t enjoying my course, felt guilty if I spent […]Read more "Testimonial: ” it was a horrible, horrible time, made worse by the lack of compassion and concern that I was treated with.”"
TW: Sexual assault, intermission, harassment, intimidation. “I intermitted because I was worried one of my supervisors would sexually abuse me. There. I said it. I have never told this story so I hope all your talk of confidentiality is true. I am even going as fair as to use a fake email, a solid proxy […]Read more "Testimonial: “I have to chose between feeling safe and finishing my degree.”"
TW: Intermission, depression, panic attacks, substance abuse, mania “In Lent of my second year, a couple of terms of low mental health reached a peak (or rather trough) and left me dangerously depressed, having regular panic attacks when I thought about doing work, trying to deal with occasional unpredictable manic episodes, self-medicating with various unhealthy […]Read more "Testimonial: “I’m aware of the movement for tutor training among students, but I don’t think that discourse is helpful.”"
INTERMISSION IS STILL DEGRADING. >Students banned from Cambridge. >Inconsistent policies. >No complaints system. The current intermission system is broken. It needs to be reformed. In 2011, CUSU Disabled Students’ Campaign began the campaign “Degrading is Degrading”, which addressed the extremely variant ways in which the intermission process – then commonly referred to as “degrading” – […]Read more "News: Intermission is STILL Degrading"
Something which needs to be flagged up about intermission – the fact that colleges don’t seem to have any idea how to help you with your return to study. I’m not just talking about the lack of communication from the Applications Committee; or the horrible feeling of having to get the same doctor who ruled […]Read more "Testimonial: “In a way, I wish I has never come back.”"
My college effectively put me under house arrest. I’m not joking. Last year, I intermitted after a death in the family led to a bad bout of depression. I agreed with my college that intermission was the best option – I was a first year, so taking time out wouldn’t hurt me much. I just […]Read more "Testimonial: “My college effectively put me under house arrest.”"
Here at CSIM, our goal is to build a collective voice calling for welfare reform. With the launch of our new website, we are asking current and former students of the University to write to us with their thoughts on welfare. Maybe you’ve seen an area for improvement and want to share your thoughts? Maybe you’ve […]Read more "Got an opinion about Cambridge welfare? Write for the CSIM website."
TW for transphobia, breach of confidence, sexism. I am a former student of Cambridge, currently working in a college tutorial office. I write this because as a staff member I’ve had another perspective on concerns about welfare, and what I’ve seen and heard has been troubling. I work in the same office as tutorial secretaries, […]Read more "Testimonial: “The idea that Cambridge students get depression is ludicrous.”"
“I have had numerous problems with my undergraduate college. These began when I was disowned by my parents in my first term. They told me that I could not return home and cut off all communication and financial support. This made my manic depression (which had been stabilising since starting at University) ten times worse. […]Read more "Testimonial: “Colleges CANNOT be a law unto themselves.”"