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 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 with whom they have a good relationship. 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 College Advisor (who has responsibility for their advisees' academic progress and welfare) in the first instance, particularly about any academic-related matters.
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, Lynn Cross, has weekday drop-in sessions on site and will be available by email or phone.
The Dean Team
The Dean, Dr John Parrington, is responsible for the general welfare of all students, and he is supported by the Assistant Dean, Tonia Thomas and Junior Deans, all of whom are graduate students and are Wardens of 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 (pending appointment) works alongside other welfare provision in the College and can offer advice and guidance related to wellbeing, disability and welfare issues. They are also the Disability Coordinator for the College.
The MCR Welfare rep and Peer Supporter
The Chaplain, Rev Dr. Tess Kuin Lawton, is available for all members of the College to talk to, irrespective of religion.
Tutor for Graduates
The Tutor for Graduates, Dr Zofia Stemplowska, oversees the academic progress and general welfare of all graduate students.
Tutor for Women
Rev. Dr Tess Kuin Lawton 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.
Other sources of support
Further information on the University's student welfare support services can be found here.
LGBTQ student support
The College and wider University are inclusive environments, and support is available for LGBTQ students. More information can be found here and here, and by contacting the MCR Equal Opportunities rep.
The University’s Disability Advisory Service is situated across the road from Worcester, offering a wealth of support and guidance for disabled students. There is a University Common Framework for Supporting Disabled Students, which can be found here.
The College's Disability Co-ordinator is the Student Welfare Officer (with the Academic Administrator, Phillipa Tarver, acting as Disability Lead). They can advise on all aspects of disability support, including accommodation arrangements, library services, IT and study support.
Oxford Student Union Advice Service
The Oxford 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 advisers to help find solutions to any problems you might face, including: academic concerns, accommodation, health, disability, relationships, visas, and mental health.
For further information click on www.oxfordsu.org/wellbeing/student-advice/
Nightline is a confidential listening, support and information service run by and for students.
Oxford First Response
Oxford First Response is an app designed to guide anyone helping someone who has experienced sexual violence; you can find details here and a distilled version of the app and associated training is available on the menu on the right.