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ost students enjoy their time at Oxford; it is a university filled with unrivalled aca- demic, social and extra- curricular oppor- tunities. However, many students experi- ence difficulties and there is plenty of help and support out there.


The paragraphs below are not intended to be exhaustive, but cover the essential as- pects of welfare provision across Oxford. For more information feel free either to contact the college you’re considering ap- plying to, the Disability Advisory Service or the Student Union’s free and confi- dential advice service. Contact details are given below.


Colleges take welfare seriously and have a whole host of different people you can turn to. Every college has a tutor who is responsible for the welfare of students (this could be a ‘a ‘Welfare Dean’ or a ‘Welfare Tutor’ or ‘Chaplain’), who can listen impartially and in confidence to anyone of any faith or none. All com- mon rooms will have at least one student


Welfare Officer, whose role is to provide information, sexual health resources and referrals. Most colleges also have a group of students who have undergone a 30- hour listening skills training course if you need someone to lend an ear. Colleges will also have a nurse or a doctor (or both) who hold regular surgery hours and can provide confidential advice about your mental or physical health.


If you have a long-term health problems, don’t let this put you off studying at Oxford. You will be able to find support from NHS services in Oxford or from the University’s Disability Advisory Service (for more information turn to page 227).


The University also has its own Counsel- ling Service staffed by professionally trained counsellors, which is free for students to use. They can help with any sort of emotional or psychological difficul- ties you are facing that are affecting your quality of life as a student, and they are familiar with the pressures of studying in Oxford.


Contacts Student Advice Service


Oxford University Student Union 2 Worcester Street Oxford OX1 2BX 01865 288 466 www.ousu.org advice@ousu.org


Disability Advisory Service 3 Worcester Street Oxford OX1 2BX 01865 280 459 http://www.ox.ac.uk/students/shw/das/ disability@admin.ox.ac.uk


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