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Student Health & Welfare

Photo: R WilliamsonThe demands of student life are considerable and many people experience problems of one kind or another. They may concern academic work or any aspect of life including health, relationships, family problems, spiritual beliefs; financial needs, sexuality, eating problems or alcohol. They can take the form of stress, anxiety or depression. If you are finding things difficult for any reason, do ask for advice as there are people who understand and will help you get your problems sorted out.

You may feel isolated, or that you are the only one who feels the way you do, but talking to someone will help to put things in perspective. If you are worried about someone else, you can share that concern too. The members of the welfare team in college will listen and treat what you tell them with sensitivity and with the appropriate confidentiality. The University guidelines on confidentiality in Student Health and Welfare, can be found at:

Sources of Welfare Help at Christ Church

Academic tutors are always willing to help students with their personal problems (if you are a graduate, your College Adviser) and may be more understanding than you expect. The Dean, Censors and Tutor for Graduates all have a welfare role. The following people are available to help you and to advise you on where to find the assistance you need:


Financial Need

For financial need contact Ms Alison Tesh, Academic Registrar -

The College Chaplain is the college's Debt Counsellor:


College Welfare Officers

The college Welfare Officers are happy to see any member of the college.

Dr Belinda Jack ( and Dr Dominic Moran ( are the two College Welfare Officers, and are happy to see any member of the college.

Either can be seen by appointment.


The College Chaplain, the Revd. Clare Hayns

The Chaplain ( is available to any member of the college of any or no religious belief to discuss any matter in confidence. She is in college throughout the week, and her room is Kilcanon 1. Email, telephone on 276236, or contact her through the Porters' Lodge in any emergency.

The College Nurse, 

Ms Midge Curran is our College Nurse. She is available to all members of the college each day in Kilcanon 2. Her normal hours are 0900-1000 & 1400-1500 Monday to Friday. Telephone (2)76176 email:

The JCR and GCR Welfare Officers

JCR and GCR welfare officers are always available to offer help and are easily contacted on their college email addresses.The welfare reps are:

JCR Welfare Reps: Ed Appleby and Catriona Collerton

JCR LGB Rep: Rachel McCafferty

GCR Welfare Reps: Emily Seward and Niccolo Pescetelli

GCR LGB Rep: Vid Simoniti

JCR Peer Supporters: Peer Supporters in college are specially trained to listen, and to help. For details of the team contact Charlie Fraser.

Sources of Welfare Help outside of the College

The Counselling Service

The University has a professional Counselling Service for assistance with personal, emotional, social and academic problems. Both undergraduate and graduate students of the University may use the Service without charge. Information is not divulged to colleges or parents without prior permission. The Service can also act as a bridge to other therapeutic facilities where appropriate.The Counselling Service is open Monday - Friday, 9.15am - 5.15pm except for limited periods during vacations. Appointments may be made by telephone through the secretary on 270300, by a personal visit or by e-mailing: Alternatively, you can ask to be referred by your GP. The Counselling Service is located 3 Worcester Street, Oxford. OX1 2BX (behind Gloucester Green). Their website is at and has a great deal of helpful information about health, depression, eating disorders, exam stress and managing anxiety.

OUSU Student Advice Service

The Student Advice Service is the only independent advice, information and advocacy service exclusively available to Oxford University students. Part of OUSU, the Student Advice Service is independent of the Colleges or Departments and the Central University, so the services they offer are impartial and objective.
More information available on the OUSU website here:
Located at: 2 Worcester Street, Oxford, OX1 2BX
Drop-In Sessions (term-time) Mondays 10−12, Wednesdays 12−2, Fridays 2–4.
The services are free and confidential. Email: or call: 01865 288 466


Nightline is a listening and information service run by students for students. As an organisation it claims no political, religious, moral or sexual bias whatsoever. It is there to provide a sympathetic listener to share any problem, no matter how large or small. You may phone (reverse charges accepted) or call in at the Centre for coffee and a chat. There are always two people in the office, one male and one female. Strict confidentiality is assured. The Nightline Centre is at 16 Wellington Square (Oxford (2)70270), and is open from 8.00pm until 8.00am every night during term and during the week immediately before and after each term."


The College Doctors, 27 Beaumont Street

Dr Sarah Ledingham and the other doctors at 27 Beaumont Street are always available to help on medical matters and have considerable experience in helping students with all kinds of problems. Telephone 311500.

The College Dentist

The college dentist is Peter Dahlman.
Address: 3 George St 01865 244304
Hours: Mon - Thurs 8.15am - 5.15pm, Friday 8.15am - 4.15pm
Student dentist services are also available through Studental. They offer NHS treatment to Oxford University Staff and students. The practice is based within Oxford Brookes Student's Union on Headington Hill Campus. 01865 484608.

Sexual Health

Alec Turnbull Clinic (Family Planning Clinic) - 1st Floor, Raglan House, Between Towns Road, Cowley, Oxford OX43JH Tel: 01865 456666.
- The Alec Turnbull Clinic provides contraception, emergency contraception and on-the-spot pregnancy testing. The clinic can also provide advice on pregnancy and abortion and pre-abortion counselling, as well as refer women directly to the John Radcliffe Hospital for a termination.

The Harrison Department (GUM Clinic) - Churchill Hospital Tel: 01865 231231 - Free clinic offering information, counselling and testing for HIV & AIDS and all other sexually transmitted infections.


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