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Our health and welfare support

Our Decanal and Welfare Team

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Senior Dean
Juliane Kerkhecker

Juliane 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.

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College Chaplain
Rob Wainwright

Rob is Oriel’s Chaplain and works alongside the Senior Dean on welfare matters. He is available to offer confidential counsel and advice to all members of College, regardless of background or religious beliefs.

Junior Dean
Tishan Wellalagodage

Tishan is a Junior Dean and lives on the Rectory Road site. He is responsible for welfare/discipline and student life in college. He is reading for a DPhil in Medicine and enjoys complaining about British weather.

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Welfare Dean
Marta Bielinska

Marta is one of the Welfare Deans based on the main site, and is studying for a DPhil in Science and Religion.

Welfare Dean
Caitlin Ashcroft

Caitlin is one of the Welfare Deans based on the main site. She is responsible for responding to student welfare concerns and signposting students to relevant sources of support. She is studying for a DPhil in Neuroscience.

Contact the Welfare team

Disability Support

Disability, Equality and Diversity Contact: Joseph Cole

Joseph 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. Joseph can provide information on support available to students and arrange alternative arrangements or adjustments to exams when needed.

If you know you will require adjustments (e.g. additional time, use of word processor, written instructions etc.) for exams, please contact Joseph as soon as possible. This will enable him to notify the necessary bodies within the University. If you are unsure whether or not you require adjustments, please contact Joseph to discuss your needs.

Contact Joseph Cole

Student Mentoring

Student Mentor: Amelia Mendoza

Amelia is another point of contact to talk about any matters of concern. Amelia is available to speak with any student, in particular to help  develop broader life and career skills, self-assuredness and preparation for life both in and after university.  She is also one of Oriel’s trained Harassment Advisors and has had many years of experience working in the fashion and design industry and in the volunteer sector, working with vulnerable children, AIDS patients and women seeking employment.

Contact Amelia Mendoza

Medical Provisions

Students are strongly encouraged to register with a doctor upon arrival 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 Registrar ( 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 Nurse

The College Nurse works 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday, and provides dedicated service to students from Oriel, Christchurch, and Corpus Christi. All appointments require prior booking via Appointments may be in person or online, and most requests are seen within 1-2 working days. In-person appointments are in the Kilcannon Building, Christ Church College.

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 and you can make an appointment by calling: (01865) 311234. Students who are unable to travel to the Jericho Health Centre should contact the Deans for assistance.

Reporting Concerns about Racism or Harassment

Following feedback from members of the Oriel student community, we have created an online ‘Racial Concerns Form’ which can be filled out by any student who wishes to inform the College of a negative experience or any concerns they have had during their time here, in particular if it is in relation to their race or racial identity. Concerns submitted via this form will help the Welfare Team to address the experiences of BAME students in College more generally. Submissions will only be accessed by members of the Welfare Team. We encourage any instances of racism or harassment to be reported to the Welfare Team.

Racial Concerns Form
other welfare resources
Porter’s Lodge

Tel: (01865) (2)76555

*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.

College Harassment Advisors

Click here to find out how to contact the College’s Harassment Advisors, who are available to support all College members.

College Harassment Policy

View the College’s Harassment Policy here.

University Counselling Services

Contact the Counselling Service on: (0)1865 270300

Find out more about the University’s Counselling Service here.

Independent Advice from OUSU

Find out about support available via OUSU here.

John Radcliffe Hospital

Tel: (0)1865 741166

More information about Oxford University Hospitals.


Tel: (01865) (2)70270

More information about Nightline on their website.

University Security Services

Emergency Tel: (01865) (2)89999

More about the University’s services here.

Thames Valley Police

Emergency only Tel: 999

More about Thames Valley Police on their website.

Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre

Find out about support available via the Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre here.

University of Oxford Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service

The Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service provides a safe place for you to be heard, offering free support and advice to any student who has been impacted by sexual harassment or violence. All specialist advisors at the service are trained to support you at your pace, free of charge and in confidence. 

Find out more on their website.

further information

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Students with disabilities

Life at Oriel