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

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: clare.hayns@chch.ox.ac.uk, or call 01865 276236.

Midge Curran

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: chchnurse@nhs.net


Kayla King and Alex Vasudevan

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 Kayla King and Alex Vasudevan, either would be happy to speak to you and you can contact them by email: kayla.king@zoo.ox.ac.uk or alexander.vasudevan@ouce.ox.ac.uk


Helen Etty

The Academic Registrar, Helen Etty

The Academic Registrar is Helen Etty and she can support you with any concerns you might have regarding exams, academic work and 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 

Brian Young


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, Professor Brian Young (the Senior Censor) and a Disability Co-ordinator, the Academic Registrar, Helen Etty. The JCR Disability Rep is Ariana Verme (ariana.verme@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.

Sam - samuel.lane@chch.ox.ac.uk, Raafi - nadar.raafat@chch.ox.ac.uk and Lauren - lauren.burton@chch.ox.ac.uk


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. You can see the JCR Welfare Handbook here. 

The current Welfare Reps are: JCR (George Andrews and Jessie Goetzinger-Hall) and GCR (Christoph Seibenbrunner and Alannah Jeune). They are joined by various others who have a specific remit to support students and currently the team consists of: Disabled Students Officer (Ariana Verme), Gender Equalities Rep (Krishna Kadiwar), Ethnic and Religious Minorities Rep (Peter Kerr), LGBTQ+ Welfare Officers (JCR - Arun Smith) International Students Officer (Dhruv Singhall).


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 Tegan O'Hara and the Peer Supporters are: Domingo Morgan-Luco, Jessie Goetzinger, Sanskriti Swarup, Emily Swift, Megan Chester, Niamh Twyford, Shanghavie Loganathan, Tegan O'Hara, George Andrews.



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 Aarts (dirk.aarts@chch.ox.ac.uk) and Clare Hayns (chaplain@chch.ox.ac.uk)


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.

Karen Kendall

College Counsellor, Karen Kendall

Karen is our College Counsellor and is able to offer counselling to students on Tuesdays. She will see people by appointment in Killcanon 2a - you can contact her by email counsellor@chch.ox.ac.uk

student advice

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.