Pastoral Support Unit

The Medical School wants students at Leicester to have easy access to pastoral support, to enable them to deal with issues that are affecting their life and studies. In order to provide this, the Medical School has a dedicated Pastoral Support Unit.

The Unit aims to:

  • Provide pastoral support to students throughout their time at Leicester
  • Signpost students to appropriate sources of help for specific problems that they may encounter
  • Maintain confidentiality whenever possible

Core Members of the Unit:

Dr Sophie Parkinson is head of the unit. She is a GP and has been supporting medical students since 2002. She is a graduate of Leicester Medical School and also works in the Emergency Department at UHL

Mrs Christina Oppenheimer is an Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology who has been delivering student support for over 10 years, focussing mainly on Phase 2 students. She has an additional interest in students with specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia).

Dr Kate Williams trained as a nurse before embarking on an academic career. She has worked in the College of Life Sciences for more than 20 years. She has a keen interest in diversity and inclusion and has held Equality, Diversity and Inclusion positions in both the College and University.

Ms Leanne Phillips provides administrative support. She will make appointments, direct students appropriately and be the first point of contact for most students.


more about Pastoral Support can be found  on the Website


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