Health and Welfare

The personal well-being of all members of the Oriel community is a priority. In keeping with Oxford tradition, students should feel free to call upon their Tutors regarding welfare matters having an impact on their academic work. Junior members may also call upon any of the people listed on this page for private counsel and guidance at any time. The College's primary welfare contacts are below. They are supported by the JCR and MCR Male and Female Welfare reps, as well as Peer Supporters, who are JCR and MCR members trained to counsel other undergraduates. There is always someone available to lend a listening ear over tea and biscuits, so please feel free to seek out any of these resources at any time!

If there is an emergency or you need to contact someone urgently, please contact the lodge (01865 27655) and they will contact an appropriate member of the Welfare Team.

The Decanal and Welfare Team

Senior Dean: Max Crispin

Max is Oriel's Acting Senior Dean. He and the 'Dean Team' are responsible for many of the College's welfare provisions, as well as upholding discipline in College and ensuring a pleasant living and working environment for all students. 



Welfare Officer: Alexis Brown

Alexis is one of Oriel's welfare officers, and she is currently studying for her DPhil in English. 



Equality Dean (Welfare Dean): Carrie Ryan

Carrie Ryan is the Equality Dean, a Welfare Dean with special responsibility for equality issues. She is a DPhil student in the School of Social and Cultural Anthropology.



Junior Dean: Betsy Jones

Betsy is a Junior Dean and is available to help students access the most useful resource for any variety of issues, from room bookings to exam stress, and also shares a disciplinary role with the other Junior Dean when necessary. Betsy is a DPhil student in Musculoskeletal Sciences, investigating long-term health outcomes and knee joint mechanics in elite cricketers. She has been an active member of the Oriel community since 2013, with committee roles in the MCR and Boat Club, and very much enjoys the opportunity to contribute to the Oriel community as a Junior Dean.



Junior Dean: Alexander von Klemperer

Alex is based at JMH (James Mellon Hall), the College's accommodation on Cowley Road. He is available to help students access the most useful resource for any variety of issues, from room bookings to exam stress, and also shares a disciplinary role with the other Junior Dean when necessary.



College Chaplain and Dean of Visiting Students: Robert Tobin

Robert is Dean of Visiting Students at Oriel, and visiting students are encouraged to talk to him if they would like advice or support. Robert can also offer confidential counsel and advice to all students, regardless of background.



Disability, Equality and Diversity Contact: Megan Roper

Megan is the College contact for all matters relating to students with mental health difficulties, physical or mental disabilities, learning difficulties, chronic diseases or illnesses and physical impairments. This can include students who will require a special diet or accommodation during their time in College. Megan can provide information on support available to students and arrange alternative arrangements or adjustments to exams when needed.

Megan is also the College's Equality, Diversity and Student Support Officer and is based in the Academic Office in staircase 5. If you know you will require adjustments (e.g. additional time, use of word processor, written instructions etc.) for exams, please contact Megan as soon as possible. This will enable her to notify the necessary bodies within the University. If you are unsure whether or not you require adjustments, please contact Megan to discuss your needs. 

Medical Provisions

Students are strongly encouraged to register with a doctor once they arrive in Oxford. This could be with the College Doctors, or with another surgery in Oxford. Students who register with another doctor (in Oxford or elsewhere) are required, during the first two weeks of term, to inform the Academic Administrator ( and the College Nurse ( of their doctor’s name. It may be necessary at the time of exams to make emergency contact with your doctor should you not be well enough to sit an exam.

College Doctors

The College doctors are Dr Joanna Lambert, Dr Laurence Leaver and Dr Mark O’Shea. Their surgery is at the Jericho Health Centre (Tel: 01865 311234). Dr Lambert, Dr O’Shea and Dr Leaver come into Oriel every Thursday from 11.30 – 12.30pm (weeks 1-8). Appointments can be booked via the Jericho Health Centre.

College Nurse

The College Nurses is Helen Thornton. Her surgery in College is situated on staircase 34 and is open at the following times during Weeks 1-8 of each term:

Monday: Exeter College, 08.00 - 10.30, Oriel College, 11.00 - 14.00

Tuesday: Oriel College, 11.30 - 15.00, Exeter 15.30 - 18.30 (surgery closes at 17.30)

Wednesday: Oriel College, 08.00 - 11.00, Exeter College, 11.30 - 14.00

Friday: Oriel College, 10.00 - 11.45 (admin 09.00 - 10.00), Exeter College, 12.00 - 14.00 

Students can also arrange to see the Nurse at Exeter College during the times above.

On Thursdays between 11.30 and 12.30, one of the doctors from the Jericho Health Centre also holds a surgery in staircase 34. The nurse can take drop-in patients, but you can also email them ahead of time at For appointments with the doctor, please email Helen or speak to her during her office hours.

Other Welfare Resources

**Remember that when calling from phones on the University network, only the last 5 digits are needed for internal calls. To dial an outside number, you must dial 9 first.

MCR Welfare Page

Porter's Lodge: (01865) (2)76555

Indpendent Advice from OUSU

John Radcliffe Hospital: (0)1865 741166

Nightline: (01865) (2)70270

University Security Services (Emergency): (01865) (2)89999

Thames Valley Police (Emergency only): 999

College Harassment Policy

Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre