Health and Welfare
We are committed to making Worcester a place where every member can thrive, whether they are a first-year navigating Michaelmas Term or a graduate student worried about tomorrow’s viva exam. We have a number of avenues of in-College support for students with any kind of problem, and we can also help students make contact with further sources of support in the wider University, if appropriate.
We encourage any student experiencing difficulties to seek confidential help, as soon as possible, from any of the people listed below (in no particular order) or from anyone in College they have a good rapport with.
We understand that University life presents particular, stressful challenges for students from backgrounds not usually represented at Worcester and Oxford. The College acknowledges that in our mostly white institution, the burdens of racism can be especially difficult to bear, and we encourage students struggling with those challenges to contact the Student Welfare Officer/Welfare Team. In addition, we have listed below a number of other categories along with supportive resources related to each.
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 is available by email or phone. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Lynn will be providing a triage based remote service, with first contact being via email email@example.com. Follow-up will be email, telephone or video call via the NYE app (NHS approved/meeting GDRP requirements).
The Dean Team
The Dean, Dr Paul Azzopardi, 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. During the Covid-19 pandemic, support will be provided remotely via email, telephone, and Microsoft Teams.
Student Welfare Officer
The Student Welfare Officer, Georgina Heywood, works alongside other welfare provision in the College and can offer support, advice and guidance related to wellbeing, disability and welfare issues. Georgie is also the Disability Coordinator for the College and can advise on the support available. During the Covid-19 pandemic, support will be provided remotely via email, telephone, and Microsoft Teams.
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.
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 academic issues. Phillipa is also the Disability Lead for the College, who can advise on all aspects of disability support, including accommodation arrangements, library services, IT and study support.
Other sources of support
Further information on the University's student welfare support services can be found here.
The University’s Disability Advisory Service is situated across the road from Worcester, offering a wealth of support and guidance for disabled students, including guidance on the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). There is a University Common Framework for Supporting Disabled Students, which can be found here, and an Access Guide, available here.
The College's Disability Coordinator, Georgie Heywood, (with the Academic Administrator, Phillipa Tarver, acting as Disability Lead) can advise on all aspects of disability support, including accommodation arrangements, library services, IT and study support.
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.
Oxford Student Union
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.
The Service is open Monday-Friday 8-6 term time and they can be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org. There are also drop in sessions three times a week (Monday 10-12; Wednesday 12-2; Friday 2-4).
For further information click on www.oxfordsu.org/wellbeing/student-advice/
Oxford University Coffee Ambassadors
OU Coffee Ambassadors are an initiative by students, for students and junior researchers. They are officially trained peer supporters and they offer free coffee chats and welfare support with fellow students in local Oxford café's - so you can get a break from the library by grabbing company, coffee (or tea, or hot chocolate) and confidential conversation. These are currently being held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. More information & booking is available here: https://www.oucoffeeambassadors.com
Nightline is a confidential listening, support and information service run by and for students.
Further information on University provision can be found here: https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/welfare
Worcester College and the wider University are committed to working towards an institution that is representative, inclusive, fair and welcoming to all of our students. More information, support and resources can be found here:
Anti-Racism: Towards a more Inclusive Worcester
University Counselling Service and BME Counsellors
The Oxford Anti-Racism Platform
Peer Support Programme and Peers of Colour
A reading list of Black Lives Matter and anti-racist online resources
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.
The University has a page dedicated to sexual violence response and prevention https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/welfare/sexual-violence and has dedicated support services to support survivors who have been affected by sexual harassment or violence:
Information, support and advice for students who feel they have been harassed or bullied can be found here:
Support and advice for students who are the first in their family to go to university can be found here:
Religion and Belief
Information about provision for students of different religious backgrounds can be found here: