Medicine (MBChB)

School welfare and funding

We recognise that all student doctors are likely to have difficulties at some stage of their training. There may be a problem with work on the course, with adjusting to the expectations of how a doctor should behave or personal problems, such as health, money or relationships. These are, of course, challenges which any of us can face.

Keele University School of Medicine has its own Student Welfare service to build on its reputation as a provider of a friendly, supportive environment in which to study medicine. This service has been highly commended by the GMC.

The Student Welfare service aims to provide friendly, confidential help to any student who experiences particular difficulty during their studies in the School of Medicine at Keele University. Much of this help is already available within the University and the NHS but can be apparently daunting to access. The service aims to create an easy pathway into the care provided within the University and the NHS, to enhance that care and to identify and try to rectify areas where help is inadequate.

The service aims to be as widely accessible as possible and so information about the service is available in a variety of formats. Students are sent regular e-mails regarding the service and this web page is regularly updated with everything you need to know. Printed information is also on display at all sites. You will usually be able to see one of the team within a day or so.

The service is based at the School of Medicine on the Keele campus and is located on the first floor. There are tutors available at UHNM and Shrewsbury.

The administrators for the service are Jane Leech and Beth Barlow on 01782 734674 (Keele campus).

Or you can email us at

The Student Welfare service is led by Dr Carol Gray. There are 4 Student Welfare Tutors:

  • Mrs Elizabeth Mitchell and Mrs Susan Allen at Keele
  • Mr Richard Morgan at UHNM
  • Dr Saskia Jones-Perrott at Shrewsbury

It is likely on many occasions that you will be directed by one of the Student Welfare staff to find further assistance in the University, from your GP, or from other organisations. Students with more complex problems may need to see a tutor on more than one occasion, and in exceptional circumstances may need a mentor for more intensive support.

Problems can occur in all aspects of life, so the following areas are just an example of where the service can help:

  • Academic and learning support
  • Health issues, both physical and mental
  • Disability support
  • Career advice
  • Personal and emotional problems
  • Advice on accommodation, finance, etc.

The service is particularly helpful if things are not going well and you do not know where to turn; we may be able to point you in the right direction. The service is a central information point, so we can help you to identify and find the assistance you need.

Yes, of course. We respect this and will not show your information with other staff, including Year Leads and Head of School, unless you agree to this.  File notes are kept with your permission as these can be useful to you and you can have a copy of these on request. These are NOT kept on your main student file.

As this is a professional course, all students must be aware that in rare circumstances staff may have to break confidentiality if they believe patient safety is an issue.