Oxford is a wonderful place, rich in opportunities to fulfil your potential. However, it is not unusual for some welfare needs to arise during a student’s time at Oxford.
The College and University take seriously our roles in promoting the well-being of all our students and provide a wide range of welfare support to try to ensure that time spent here is fruitful and enjoyable. Many students find that their tutor, supervisor or College advisor is a good first person to go to when in difficulty. However, sometimes it is helpful to see someone who is not involved in your studies. For this reason, the College has welfare contacts that you can get in touch with if you have or know of any issues.
Students are encouraged to register with a local NHS medical practice, which supplies two College Doctors who hold a surgery in College twice a week during term, and also see students at their regular surgery and in an emergency. Our College Nurse holds a surgery in College from Monday to Friday during term for consultation and minor medical matters.
Tutors, College Advisors and College Officers such as the Principal, Academic Director and Welfare Fellow are available for consultation on personal problems, and the University Counselling Service offers expert help where this is appropriate. The Chaplain has a secular welfare role in addition to his Christian responsibilities, and is ready to give pastoral help of any kind to all students in the College. The JCR and MCR have their own welfare officers and peer support systems, and everyone in College co-operates to ensure that any problems that do arise are dealt with in a supportive manner.
Student welfare in College is looked after by a committee which has student and staff members, the Student Welfare Committee, which reports to Governing Body. Individual students are not discussed.
See also the College's Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality in Student Health, Welfare and Finance, the Common Framework for Supporting Students with Disabilities and the Welfare page on the Intranet.