Adviser to Women Students

contact: Dr Hilary Richards, Faculty of Life Sciences Office


1. Students may face financial, personal or emotional difficulties during the course of their studies. While, often, the Personal Tutor might be the best person to approach, some women students might prefer to speak to a woman member of staff outside their own Department. The UCL Adviser to Women Students is especially concerned with the welfare and social needs of women at UCL. The Adviser is pleased to see any woman student to discuss any problem, be it academic, social or personal; and is available at any time for individual consultations.

2. The Adviser to Women Students is:

Dr Hilary J P Richards (Faculty of Life Sciences Office)
Telephone: 020 7679 0882/0884
Internal extension: 40882 or 40884
h.richards [at] ucl.ac.uk

Job description

3. The post of Adviser to Women Students is held by one or more women lecturers at UCL. The Adviser's main role is to be available for individual consultations with women students who are experiencing personal, financial, emotional or academic difficulties, which they prefer not to discuss with their personal tutor. The Adviser provides information about welfare and financial services provided by UCL and the Students' Union, or act as counsellors if appropriate. The Adviser to Women Students has a special responsibility in dealing with cases of sexual harassment in UCL.

4. An additional task is to increase students' awareness of the advisory service offered, via mail shots to Departmental Tutors, poster campaigns, articles in UCL publications and talks to women student groups and overseas students. In addition to their advisory role, the Adviser to Women Students liaises with other individuals at UCL dealing with student welfare in order to monitor matters of special concern to women students, such as safety and sexual harassment. 

October 2013