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 276555) and they will contact an appropriate member of the Welfare Team.
The Decanal and Welfare Team
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.
College Chaplain: Rob Wainwright
Rob is Oriel's Chaplain and works with the Senior Dean on the welfare of students and staff. He is available to offer confidential counsel and advice to all members of College, regardless of background or religious beliefs.
Junior Dean: Azmi Rahman
Azmi is one of Oriel's Junior Deans and a DPhil student in the Medical Sciences Division. He is the easiest point of contact for students in the Rectory Road/JMH site.
Welfare Dean: Marta Bielinska
Marta is one of the Welfare Deans based on the main site, and is studying for a MSc in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics.
Welfare Dean: Daniel Brennan
Daniel is one of the Welfare Deans based on the main site, and he is a MPhil student in History.
Junior Dean: Isabella Clarke
Isabella is a Junior Dean based at the main site, and she is a DPhil student in German. She is available to students for a range of assistance; she can help with welfare concerns, as well as administrative and disciplinary issues.
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.
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.
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.
Porter's Lodge: (01865) (2)76555
University Counselling Services: (0)1865 270300
John Radcliffe Hospital: (0)1865 741166
Nightline: (01865) (2)70270
University Security Services (Emergency): (01865) (2)89999
Thames Valley Police (Emergency only): 999
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 (email@example.com) and the College Nurse (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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 email@example.com. 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 (note that drop-ins are strictly not permitted due to Covid restrictions).
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.