Health and Welfare
Our students’ welfare is very important to us and we have a number of avenues of support for College members with any kind of problem, and can help anyone experiencing difficulties to make contact with further sources of support in the wider University, if appropriate. We encourage students experiencing difficulties to seek confidential help as soon as possible from any of the people mentioned below (who are not noted in any particular order), or anyone in College they have a good rapport with. We are committed to helping our students and enabling them to have the best experience possible at Worcester.
Internal sources of support
Students are encouraged to speak to their assigned ‘Moral Tutor ‘(who has responsibility for their students’ welfare) in the first instance, particularly about any academic-related matters. A further panel of Additional Moral Tutors is available, if a student would be feel more comfortable speaking to someone other than their Tutor.
The College Doctor’s practice is situated on Beaumont Street, a couple of hundred yards from the main entrance. Students are expected to register with the surgery when they arrive in Oxford.
The College Nurse, Helen Thornton, holds weekday drop-in sessions on site and will be available by email or phone.
The Dean Team
The Dean, Dr Ben Morgan, is responsible for the general welfare of all students, and he is supported by the Assistant Dean, Dr Hannah Ryley and Junior Deans, all of whom are graduate students of Worcester and act as Wardens in residential buildings. Students can contact any member of the Dean Team for help with any kind of issue or problem.
Student Welfare Officer
The Student Welfare Officer, Jo Bates (née Elliott), works alongside other welfare provision in the College and can offer advise and guidance related to wellbeing, disability and welfare issues. Jo is also the Disability Coordinator for the College and can advise on the support available.
The JCR Welfare reps
The Chaplain, Rev Dr. Tess Kuin Lawton is available for all members of the College to talk to, irrespective of religion.
The Senior Tutor, Dr Scott Scullion, oversees the academic progress and general welfare of all undergraduate students.
Tutor for Women
Professor Kim Dora is the College’s Tutor for Women and has responsibility for matters particularly concerning the welfare of female students.
The Academic Administrator, Ms Phillipa Tarver, and her team are based in the Academic Office and are a good port of call for students with any welfare issues. Phillipa is also the Disability Lead for the College (with Jo Bates (née Elliott) as Disability Coordinator), who can advise on all aspects of disability support, including accommodation arrangements, library services, IT and study support.
Other sources of support
The University’s Student Counselling Service is situated across the road from Worcester.
LGBTQ student support
Disability Advisory Service
The University’s Disability Advisory Service is situated across the road from Worcester, offering a wealth of support and guidance for disabled students, including guidance on the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). There is a University Common Framework for Supporting Disabled Students, which can be found here, and an Access Guide, available here.
The Oxford University Student Union Student Advice Service is the only independent advice, information and advocacy service exclusively available to Oxford University Students. The service is free and confidential, and they have a team of friendly Advisors to help find solutions to any problems you might face, including: academic concerns, accommodation, health, disability, relationships, visas, and mental health.
The Service is open Monday-Friday 8-6 term time and they can be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org. There are also drop in sessions three times a week (Monday 10-12; Wednesday 12-2; Friday 2-4). For further information click on www.ousu.org/advice.
Nightline is a confidential listening, support and information service run by and for students.
Further information on University provision can be found here.
Oxford First Response is an app designed to guide anyone helping someone who has experienced sexual violence; you can find details on www.firstresponseoxford.org/ and a distilled version of the app and associated training is available on the menu on the right.
The University has a page dedicated to sexual violence response and prevention - www.ox.ac.uk/students/welfare/sexual-violence