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ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Social Sciences


How can I keep in touch with the DTP and my DTP cohort?

You can keep in touch primarily through Alison Harvey, our training manager or Konstantina Stamati, our collaborations manager.  You can also contact Loraine Gelsthorpe, the Director of the DTP, on

I am feeling very depressed by what is happening, where can I go for help?

If you are unable to find the support that you need you can also go to your supervisors and your department although we recognise this may not be possible or feel comfortable. 

If that is the case, then we suggest you go to this website as you will find all the services available to you in the University that can help you with your wellbeing:

Student Wellbeing | (

I’m not depressed but just feeling very lonely or dreading being alone for a period of time to come.

We are aware that this may be a period of self-isolation or minimized social interaction for some of us, and can bring feelings of loneliness. Though prioritizing your physical health is important, we wish to stress how important it is that your mental health is cared for in equal measure.

Please find below helpful resources:

Coronavirus - looking after your mental wellbeing | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems

The kindness and strength of our student community at Cambridge has led to the creation of a google sheet, which lists recommendations for books, songs, Netflix shows and more, which can help self-isolation feel a bit less isolating. Here is the link:

In addition to the above, please find below a list of links to helpful resources that can give you some pointers and ideas for how to combat loneliness, including phone numbers and helplines in case you want to reach out: 

Tips to manage loneliness | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems
Get help with loneliness - NHS (
Helpful links | Campaign to End Loneliness

Independent age, providing befriending services: 0800 319 6789

They have produced a free guide, If you’re feeling lonely. It can be downloaded from their website or by calling 0800 319 6789.

Royal Voluntary Service for help, advice and support: 0845 608 0122
The Silver Line for information, advice or just for a chat, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week 0800 470 80 90
Friends of the Elderly for year round support or call 0330 332 1110
Age UK, support and advice for older people, advice line: 0800 169 6565
Contact the Elderly, tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people: 0800 716543
Sense, for advice and support on deafblindness 0300 330 9256 or 020 7520 0972. Textphone: 0300 330 9256 or 020 7520 0972
When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year. You can call them free on 116 123 or email them at
Mind’s How to cope with loneliness or call 0300 123 3393
If you are younger and feeling lonely, you can call SupportLine on 01708 765 200, or the Calm Zone, which is a helpline offering support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis, 0800 585858.
If you are under 25, you can also call Get Connected on 0808 808 4994
If you think your parent might be lonely: take a look at the following When They Get Older Loneliness Guide