Welfare Support in Christ Church

The welfare of students is taken seriously at Christ Church and there are many different people who are available for advice and support – all you have to do is ask.

Who do I go to for support?

Clare Hayns spacer Midge Curran spacer Belinda Jack and Alex Vasudevan

Welfare Co-ordinator and College Chaplain, Clare Hayns

Clare coordinates the welfare team and is available to all members of the college to discuss any matter in confidence, whether personal, academic, or spiritual. You can drop in to see her (Killcanon 1) or you can contact her to make an appointment by email: chaplain@chch.ox.ac.uk, or call 01865 276236.


The College Nurse, Midge Curran

Midge is available to all members of the college each day in Killcanon 2. Her normal hours are 0900-1100 Monday to Friday but she can also be seen by appointment at her afternoon surgeries at Corpus Christi and Queens Colleges.
Killcanon 2, Telephone 0186576176, email: midge.curran@chch.ox.ac.uk


The Welfare Tutors

Your tutor would be the first port of call if you have an academic problem but you may wish to speak to another tutor to ask for their help and guidance. The welfare tutors are Belinda Jack and Alex Vasudevan, either would be happy to speak to you and you can contact them by email: belinda.jack@chch.ox.ac.uk or alexander.vasudevan@ouce.ox.ac.uk

Academic Registrar   Brian Young   Help, supposrt, advice, guidance

The Academic Registrar

The Academic Registrar and can support you with any concerns you might have about your finances. If you find yourself struggling financially there are various sources of funding available to help you, such as a Financial Assistance Fund, the University Hardship Fund, and we can also help with the provision of interest free loans. The Academic Registrar can help advise you and support you through the application process. Email on academic.registrar@chch.ox.ac.uk   



Christ Church wishes to ensure all students with disabilities thrive here and will make reasonable adjustments to make this possible, in line with the University’s ‘Common Framework for Supporting Disabled Students’. We advise students to contact the college and to let us know of any disabilities as early as possible before you start your studies, so that any reasonable adjustments can be put in place. Christ Church has a Disability Lead, Dr Brian Young (the Senior Censor) and a Disability Co-ordinator, the Academic Registrar. The JCR Disability Rep is Nicole Jacobus, nicole.jacobus@chch.ox.ac.uk
See more about the support for students with disabilities offered by Christ Church and the wider university.



We have three Wardens who are graduate students who live on site who are available for out of hours support. They would be happy to hear from you. samuel.lane@chch.ox.ac.uk, timothy.rajakumar@chch.ox.ac.uk and lauren.burton@chch.ox.ac.uk

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JCR and GCR Welfare Reps and Officers

The junior member common rooms elect welfare reps who are available for support and organise welfare related events and talks.  The current Welfare Reps are: JCR (Nadar Raafat and Sarah Conkerton) and GCR (Valentina Gifford, Chistoph Siebenbrunner and Anna Schmidtmann). They are joined by various others who have a specific remit to support students and currently the team consists of:  Disabled Students Officer (Nicole Jacobus), Gender Equalities Rep (Rebecca Conway Jones), Ethnic and Religious Minorities Rep (Ama Neubert), LGBTQ+ Welfare Officers (JCR - Flora Pery-Knox-Gore, GCR – Ester Gil Vasquez) International Students Officer (Natalie Marchand).


Peer Supporters

Peer Supporters are students who have received specific training and supervision to enable them to listen effectively, maintain confidentiality and provide support and guidance. They run a regular drop in ‘Late Night Tea Break’ and are always available for a chat. The Peer Support Coordinator is Daisy Gibson.


Harassment Advisors

Harassment Advisors have been appointed to deal with rare cases of harassment and have been trained by the University and work in accordance with the Christ Church Harassment Policy . Students may consult them confidentially about any issues involving harassment, and advice may be sought from them without invoking a formal complaints procedure. The Harassment Advisors are: Dirk Aart (dirk.aarts@chch.ox.ac.uk) and Clare Hayns (clare.hayns@chch.ox.ac.uk)

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University Counselling Service

The University Counselling Service is able to offer free counselling to students which is confidential and totally independent to the College. You can refer yourself via the website (link) or by phone 01865 270300. The Counselling Service is located at 3 Worcester Street, Oxford. OX1 2BX (behind Gloucester Green). Their website has a great deal of helpful information about health, depression, eating disorders, exam stress and managing anxiety.


Oxford University Students’ Union Student Advice Service

Oxford University Students’ Union Student Advice Service is the only independent advice and information service exclusively available to Oxford University students. It is free, independent, safe and confidential and advisers are able to give information and support to students facing difficult situations.



Nightline +44 (0)1865 270270 is open 20:00-08:00, 0th-9th weeks inclusive, and is a confidential listening, information and support service run by trained student volunteers.



There are a number of policies in place addressing issues which can impact on student welfare, some are linked from the top-right of this page, others can be viewed on the Policies page.