The College Advisor Team

The College Advisor Team (CAT) is made up of members of University staff and is there to provide pastoral welfare support to all Pendle students. Students can contact the CAT at any point for support or someone to talk to about any aspect of life at Lancaster University, such as homesickness, wellbeing, money worries, personal problems, or any other issues – including if you just want to have an informal chat to someone. Our college advisors are not based in the college but members of staff from across the University who are a ‘friendly face’ and can help with a variety of issues as well as signpost to other services.

We are committed to helping you make the most of your time at the University, and are here to help you settle into University life, to act as a point of contact for advice, and to provide support with any problems which may arise. If you need to contact the CAT, you will be allocated a personal Advisor who will be there to support you – not only during the transitional period when settling into university life but throughout your degree, should you need it.

If you have a problem or just need someone to talk to, please get in touch. You can expect us to take your problems seriously, to deal with personal information sensitively and in strict confidence, and to find any further help you may need. You can contact the CAT (Sam, Becky, Rich, Alice and Laura) by emailing pendlecat@lancaster.ac.uk or ringing (+44)1524 594772.

Sara Mellen, Wellbeing Officer

Sara is part of our College Advisor Team and provides wellbeing support and advice, often seeing students experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and working with guided self-help techniques based on low-intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She shares her hours between Pendle and Grizedale and you can email PendleCAT@lancaster.ac.uk to make an appointment with her.


JCR Officers

The Welfare team consists of the Vice Presicent (Welfare & Education), Men’s and Women’s Welfare Officers and the International Officer. Find out more on the Your JCR page.

SCR Members

The SCR operates the College Advisor Team (affectionately known as the Pendle CAT) which comprises the Senior Advisor, Assistant Senior Advisor, Wellbeing Officer plus four College Advisors. You can ring the Senior Advisor on (+44)1524 594772. Find out more on the Your SCR page.


There are also the four Porters, who are on hand 24/7 to help you with anything you might need (like when you lock yourself out of your flat for the 48th time). You can ring them on (+44)1524 592630, or just pop into the Porter’s Lodge at any time.


The Welfare Team run a number of welfare campaigns throughout the year, aimed at tackling different issues, from homesickness to breast cancer awareness.