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Welfare and Support

St Edmund Hall is committed to providing you with the necessary support to complete your course. All of the people listed below are around to help if needed.

Senior Welfare Officers
The College Senior Welfare Officers are Clare Woolcott (the College Nurse) and Rev Will Donaldson (Chaplain). They are both experienced counsellors and are available to talk to you about about any pastoral issues, including matters of a confidential nature.

Peer Supporters
A number of the students in the College have undergone training to act as Peer Supporters in order to provide a listening ear should you have welfare concerns.

University Support
Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) offers a wide range of support, advice and information through the Student Advice Service - more information can be found on their website Their service is free and confidential.

The University also runs a free Counselling Service. As well as individual and group counselling, they offer regular workshops on various topics to help students build skills to respond to the demands of university and suggest many other supportive resources, including podcasts, on their website. 

College Doctor
The College is associated with the Summertown Health Centre, and Dr Matthew Cheetham and Dr Abigail Davis (covering for Dr Lorna Monteith's maternity leave from March 2017) from that practice are designated as College Doctors. They hold a surgery in College on a Tuesday morning, and you can book an appointment online by visiting (this replaces the old system of booking at the Porters' Lodge). They can be visited at the Health Centre by appointment at other times.

College Nurse
The College Nurse, Clare Woolcott, can help with more minor illnesses. She is in College every weekday during term, and her exact availability can be found on the noticeboard in the Lodge, on the Surgery door, and on WebLearn. There is no need to book - appointments are available on a drop-in basis during her clinic times.

The Nurse's room is located on the 1st floor of the main Quad and can be reached from staircase 6. If you have concerns regarding access to this area, please contact the Nurse ( who will make alternative arrangements.

Disabled Students
If you have a disability which may impact on your studies or your life in Oxford, contact the Disability Advisory Service.

Academic Support
If you have particular concerns regarding academic components of the course, you should in the first instance speak to your tutor (if you are an undergraduate student), or your supervisor (if you are a graduate student). If this does not resolve the concern then the College’s Tutor for Undergraduates and Tutor for Graduates are available for students to consult. Graduate students are also allocated a College Adviser who may be able to assist.

St Edmund Hall condemns harassment as an unacceptable form of behaviour and has a service to help students who think that they are being harassed in any way. Please refer to this flowchart for further information.

Will Donaldson, the Chaplain, is available to call upon for support on any welfare or pastoral issues, including matters of spirituality and faith.

Decanal Team
The Dean has overall responsibility for welfare matters within the College and can be consulted on a daily basis during term. The Junior Dean, Cover Dean, and the Sub-Deans at NSE, WRM and Isis are students themselves, live on site and are available to help. Full contact details for the Decanal team can be found on the noticeboards in the Lodge and the Staircase V tunnel.

Dean: Professor Nicholas Davidson (

Junior Dean: Moses Moustakim (

Cover Dean: Amber Gartrell (