Office of Student Affairs

Senior Director of Student Affairs
    Meri Kim Oliver
, B.A., M.T.S.

The Office of Student Affairs provides administrative and programming support to the various departments that coordinate student services on campus. These services include the Academic Skills Centre, Athletics, Trent Bus Service, The Career Centre, Counselling Services, Health Services, Disabilities Services, Conference Services, Housing and Food Services, Student Pubs, the Introductory Seminar Week orientation, Spiritual Affairs, and Health education. The Student Affairs Office coordinates student-based committees to help raise awareness, address concerns, and make recommendations for improvements that will benefit the students and the University
    Student Affairs is also home to Impact, an exciting leadership program that prepares students to assume a wide variety of leadership roles within the Trent community and beyond. Students who complete this co-curricular experience develop the knowledge and skills to assist them in becoming productive, compassionate and effective leaders.

Alumni Association

Tony Storey

Studying at Trent University is an exciting and important time in a student’s life, but it is just one phase in the lifelong relationship that the Alumni Association fosters and encourages.
    Trent’s alumni remain informed, interested and involved, long after graduation day. Recent graduates help represent the university to high school students; university committees and boards benefit from alumni participation; Homecoming Weekend welcomes alumni back to campus each year; Alumni House is a special, popular facility where many university events unfold as well as a destination for returning alumni; 25 Chapters across Canada and overseas provide opportunities for Trent alumni to meet in their home communities and our magazine, Trent, is provided to alumni and friends around the world three times a year.
    Alumni involvement is visible every day at Trent through bursaries, awards, prizes, scholarships, support for student groups and programs, hospitality to new students, special lectures and sponsored events.
    Trent’s alumni number over 32,000 representing 97 different countries. The success of our alumni as liberal arts and science graduates is impressive and diverse including a nationally recognized executive search consultant, an award-winning physicist, a University President, a leading Canadian church-woman, a pioneering specialist in Canadian environmental law, an innovative leader in information technology, a doctor committed to international humanitarian causes, an Ontario Court Justice and several award-winning writers and musicians.
    This strong and lasting bond that alumni form for Trent is an indication of the richness of their experiences as students.


Athletics and Recreation Program

Bill Byrick

Trent offers a diversified athletic and recreation program, ranging from organized inter-university varsity competition to sport club competitive teams, a large, award winning, Campus Recreation intramural program and fitness activities, as well as informal recreational activities. Facilities include a rowing venue, a multi-sport artificial turf stadium with lighting and seating for 1,000 spectators, recreational track, a second natural grass playing field, a double gymnasium, a 25-metre pool, three squash courts, two weight rooms and fitness centre, saunas and locker facilities, as well as a canoe venue and an extensive nature area for hiking.
    Inter-university and intramural competition is organized in a wide range of sports and Trent University is a full member of Ontario University Athletics and the Canadian Inter-University Sport, as well as the Ontario College Athletic Association and the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association. Varsity sports include Cross Country Running, Curling, Fencing, Lacrosse, Rowing, Rugby, Soccer, Swimming, and Volleyball. Trent’s award winning Intramural program includes inner tube water polo, basketball, fencing, hockey, soccer, softball, squash, flag football, volleyball, swimming, skiing, ultimate Frisbee and triathlon. A complete schedule of aquatic leadership and fitness programs is available. Trent has an active club program as well, with teams involved in interuniversity competition at the club level in mountain biking, field hockey, lacrosse, triathlon, martial arts, Nordic skiing, rowing, badminton and dancing.
    Trent Athletics is the largest student employer on Campus. There are employment opportunities in aquatics, varsity event operations, sports information, building maintenance, campus recreation and fitness instruction.

Bus Service
Trent’s Symons and Traill campuses are connected to each other and to the city by dedicated bus routes operated by the City of Peterborough. The Trent Express and Trent/Fleming Connect are operated specifically for students and other members of the Trent community during the Fall and Winter sessions, and are scheduled to coincide with the University’s academic timetable. The City’s George Street North bus runs regularly and connects Trent with nearby neighbourhoods.
    The compulsory transportation fee paid by full-time students entitles students to a bus pass which is honoured on all City of Peterborough bus routes, giving Trent students access to the entire city from the Labour Day holiday in September to May 1 each year. Please see section on Ancillary Fees for information on the compulsory transportation fee, or view Trent’s website: Part-time students may also purchase a student bus pass. Students enrolled in Summer session at Trent may purchase a Summer bus pass from the Office of Student Affairs.
    For questions or comments about Trent bus service, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at or (705) 748-1011 ext. 7125

Career Centre

    Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Reduced summer hours.
    For an appointment in Oshawa, call (905) 721-3003.

The Career Centre is your on-campus and online resource for planning your career and finding employment. Whether this is your first year or your graduating year, it’s never too early to start.

The Career Centre is open year-round for part-time and full-time students as well as recent graduates who seek career- and work-related information and guidance. At the Career Centre, students will find information on different career options and effective work search strategies as well as resources for graduate school and further education opportunities.
Career and employment workshops and information sessions are held throughout the school year. Individual appointments are available for resume/cover letter critiques and career counselling.
The Career Centre invites students of all disciplines to connect with employers, recruiters, and graduate and professional school representatives at campus career fairs and other networking events.

Career counselling and resume/cover letter critiques are also available in Oshawa. Trent students can register by calling the Trent Information Office at 905-721-3003. The Library @ UOIT houses career- and work-related reference materials.

Students can find out about exciting upcoming events and other career-related resources by visiting us online at Check out our free WebCT course at: Connect with Trent alumni through our online Alumni-Student Mentoring program at
Trent University is a member of, Canada’s biggest job site for students and recent graduates. This online database provides full- and part-time employment opportunities, both on and off campus, directly to Trent students. Find out where your Trent degree can take you by visiting us on-campus in Champlain College or online at

Conference & Hospitality Services

Trent’s Conference and Hospitality Services hosts conferences, retreats, academic camps, and various other special events throughout the year. Conference and Hospitality Services provides employment opportunities to students both during the academic year and through the Summer months. Accommodation for visiting students and their families is available from May to August.

Counselling Centre

    Hours: Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.
    Service is reduced during summer. Please call ahead.

Personal counselling is available to all students through the Counselling Centre. Many students seek support for specific concerns related to anxiety, depression, grief, and relationship challenges. Other students come to the Centre with less clearly defined difficulties such as low motivation, poor self-image/esteem, stress, loneliness and adjustment issues, all of which can seriously interfere with one’s daily functioning and academic performance. Through discussions and goal-setting, counsellors can help students to more fully understand themselves and their concerns, and to learn effective coping strategies. A few sessions of individual counselling are often sufficient to find a solution or at least to view the problem from a more manageable perspective. The opportunity to speak freely about one’s concerns in a confidential and non-judgmental atmosphere can provide a source of comfort and relief. An outreach clinic is operated at Durham College for Trent students attending classes at the Oshawa Campus. Relevant referrals within the Trent and Peterborough communities can be arranged as appropriate. Group therapy and workshops on selected topics are offered throughout the year. Limited psychiatric services are also provided. To book an appointment call (705) 748-1386 or drop by Blackburn Hall 113.

Disability Services

    See Academic Support Services, Disability Services (link).

Indigenous Student Services

     Joeann Argue

Indigenous Student Services is for Indigenous students throughout the university. It is located in the First Peoples House of Learning, Enweying building, on the main Symons campus. Student space is provided in Ska’nikonhra, Benedict Gathering Place, located on the lower floor of Enweying, and in Nendimowin: Elders and Students Centre, located in Enweying 322 which also provides access to computer, printer, telephone and fax services.

Foundations of Indigenous Learning
Students of Indigenous heritage from all disciplines are welcome to take advantage of the Coaching program offered through the Adler School of Professional Coaching which is available by registering in INDG 1010Y – Foundations of Indigenous Learning. INDG 1010Y provides students with the academic skills, attitudes, strategies and mutual support systems for academic and personal success.

Access and Advocacy for Indigenous Students
Trent University provides access for individuals of Indigenous heritage through the Foundations of Indigenous Learning program offered through the Indigenous Studies program in collaboration with Indigenous Student Services.

Naadimaagewin Program
The Naadimaagewin program offers a variety of group and individual academic supports for students. Workshops are held throughout the year on topics such as Time Management, Essay Writing and Exam Stress. Individual academic help is available from the Naadimaagewin program coordinator, who can also arrange for tutors from any of the departments on campus for students in need of specific course support.

Cultural Advisor
The Cultural Advisor provides a variety of services to support enhanced awareness and understanding of contemporary and traditional Indigenous issues within the university community. Various cultural events, traditional activities and workshops are presented throughout the academic year. The Advisor acts as the primary department liaison for the Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering each February. Culture-based counselling is available.

Indigenous Student Counsellor/Academic Advisor
The Indigenous Student Counsellor is available to all students at the University. The Counsellor provides culturally sensitive counselling for issues regarding university life and academics as well as personal problems that arise as a result of school or other life experiences. Advocacy for students with their professors or other university departments is also available. The Counsellor arranges workshops and events throughout the year and also provides academic advising. Appointments and referrals to long-term counselling can be arranged.

Trent University Native Association (TUNA)
Since 1969 TUNA has provided a voice for students within the Indigenous Studies program and for Indigenous students throughout the university. It is a body organized by, for and about Trent’s Indigenous student population. All are welcome to join and participate. TUNA organizes various cultural, social and recreational events throughout the year and provides a forum to discuss and deal with issues affecting Indigenous peoples. TUNA can be contacted by e-mail at The TUNA office is located in First Peoples House of Learning, Enweying 322.

TCSA Indigenous Issues Commissioner
This position is part of the Trent Central Student Association (TCSA), the University’s student government. If you have questions or concerns you feel need to be addressed by the whole student community (Trent, Provincial or National), please contact the Commissioner through the TCSA

Off-Campus Housing Service

The Off-Campus Housing service offers a variety of listings of accommodations in the Peterborough area, as well as copies of the Tenant Protection Act and basic information on renting an apartment or house. Listings are posted regularly and can be viewed year-round on our website. Students are welcome to visit the Housing Office to view the listings, ask questions and/or pick up a map of the City of Peterborough. You can look at our website or e-mail us for more information.

Student Associations

Trent Central Student Association (TCSA)

  • Local 71 – Canadian Federation of Students
  • Suite S110, Champlain College
  • Telephone: (705) 748-1000
  • E-mail:
  • Fax: (705) 748-1002
  • Website:

The Trent Central Student Association (TCSA) is the student union that represents all full-time undergraduate and the full- and part-time Bachelor of Education students at Trent University in Peterborough.
The TCSA represents the interests of its members to all levels of government and university administration. As a founding member of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), the TCSA is committed to bringing about necessary educational, administrative and/or legislative changes in those areas affecting students.
In addition to its advocacy and lobby efforts, the TCSA also provides a variety of services and events for its members including a Community Resource Centre & Alternative Library, a Consignment Used Book Service, student discount cards, a free student day planner, a health and dental benefits plan, social events, concerts, guest speakers and more.
The TCSA is governed by a Board of Directors made up of representatives from each college cabinet, as well as an executive committee and equity commissioners elected annually from the membership at large. General elections are held each February, with the term in office beginning in April and lasting for a full twelve months.
The TCSA also supports and sponsors more than 70 student clubs, groups and societies on campus. The Association continually works to improve and expand the scope of its advocacy, activities and programs. Students are encouraged to communicate ideas and opinions to their elected representatives on the TCSA Board of Directors, to participate and become involved in the activities of the Association, and to exercise their voting and membership privileges.

Julian Blackburn College Student Association (JBCSA)
Julian Blackburn College students based in Peterborough and part-time students in Oshawa are represented by the Julian Blackburn College Student Association (JBCSA). Students taking three or more credits in Oshawa are represented by the joint Student Association of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Durham College and Trent in Oshawa. For further information, contact the JBCSA Executive Director at (705) 748-1380 or the UOIT-DC Student Association Vice-President of Trent at (905) 721-0457 or

Student Health & Dental Benefit Plans

  • Trent Central Student Association Student Benefits Office
  • Champlain College, Room S109
  • Telephone: (705) 748-1107
  • E-mail:
  • Fax: (705) 748-1108
  • Website:

The Student Benefits Plan offers full-year health and dental coverage to all eligible students. The fee for the Student Benefits Plan is mandatory and is automatically billed to all eligible students at the same time as tuition, ancillary and other student fees. Eligible students are: full-time undergraduate, full- and part-time Bachelor of Education, and full-time graduate students.
        Students are given an opportunity to waive (opt-out of) the Student Benefits Plan if they have existing health and/or dental coverage. In order to opt-out and be reimbursed the mandatory fee, eligible students must submit a completed waiver form along with proof of existing health and/or dental coverage directly to the Student Benefits Office or complete an opt-out form on-line, before the advertised deadline. This deadline is firm and will be advertised each year on the Association’s website, by e-mail and will be published in the TCSA member handbook. Refund cheques for those students who have opted-out of the plan(s) will be available in early December each year at the Student Benefits Office. Students wishing to opt-out need only do so once, provided there is neither an interruption in their studies nor a change in student status.
        Students who have waived their benefits under the plan(s) can opt back in if they lose their alternative coverage. Students must opt-in to the plan(s) within 30 days of losing alternative coverage or during the opt-out/opt-in period in September. The Student Benefits Plan also offers students the option to add a spouse and/or dependents to their health and/or dental plan during the opt-out/opt-in period in September each year.
    Students are encouraged to contact the Student Benefits Office or visit the website to learn more about the Benefits Plan options and confirm opt-out deadlines as soon as they arrive on campus as it is the student’s responsibility to meet all deadlines associated with the Student Benefits Plans.
    For reasons of personal information and privacy protection, the Trent Central Student Association Student Benefits Office can discuss information pertaining to an individual’s status on the plan(s) only with the plan holder.

Student Health Services

  • Blackburn Hall
  • E-mail:
  • Telephone: (705) 748-1481
  • Web:
  • Fax: (705) 748-1055

  • Hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon 1:30-4:00 pm Monday – Friday during the academic year.
  • Service is reduced in May and June and not available in July and August.

The goal of the Health Service is to increase the health and well-being of students by helping them to make positive health decisions and build skills to carry out these decisions. Students are encouraged to eat well, be active and stay smoke-free.
    Male and female physicians and a nurse are available for office clinics. All clinics require booked appointments. If the student is receiving allergy injections, a letter is required stating dosage, schedule for injections and special instructions from the allergist.
    All students attending Trent University are required to have valid health insurance. Any student without medical insurance is held personally responsible for his or her healthcare costs.
    The following is a list of immunizations which the Ontario Ministry of Health and the National Advisory Council on Immunizations recommends that you have updated prior to admission:

–  Measles, Mumps, Rubella (2nd dose)
–  Tetanus, Diphtheria
–  Hepatitis B
–  Meningitis
–  Tuberculin Test (2 step)
–  Hepatitis A (discuss with family doctor regarding risk factor)

Student nurses must have their immunizations completed before coming to Trent University.
    All services are completely confidential.