Our superb teaching and educational resources will enable you to excel at your studies, whatever level you start from or disability you might be affected by. If you get off-track at any time during your degree, we will respond sensitively to help you get things back on course.

Somerville Development Programme

Through the Somerville Development Programme, students can access workshops, study skills help, and one-to-one mentoring from the Programme Director, Claire Cockcroft. Claire has experience both as a research scientist and as a communications professional. She can help you to get the most out of your subject and weigh up the opportunities for next steps after Somerville.

Workshops take place on a weekly basis on topics including essay writing, time management, public speaking, and how to get a good night's sleep.

Personal Tutors

Every student at Somerville has their own personal tutor. They are a college academic from your subject with whom you can discuss any academic or personal issues you face during your time here. As successful academics, personal tutors know better than anyone how to excel at Oxford, and as they are from your subject they understand the topics that you are studying and can offer advice accordingly.

Subject-specific induction courses

Two subjects at Somerville - Law and Physics - run induction courses where you come up to Oxford slightly early at the start of the year to get up to speed on the fundamental skills you'll need for your subject. The courses make sure that everyone has the right knowledge foundation in place to start their degree successfully, regardless of what kind of teaching you might have had previously or what the exact content of your A level syllabus was. You don't have to worry about the cost - we'll pick up the bill for the extra nights. It's not compulsory either - but most of our students choose to go and find it really helpful to set them up for a successful first term.

Additional support for disabilities

If you have a disability, you may be entitled to extra study skills support and mentoring through the Disabled Students' Allowance and the University's Disability Advisory Service.

If you are unsure whether your condition qualifies, or what kind of support you might be offered, our Welfare and Disabilities Officer, Jo Ockwell, is always happy to speak to you. You can email her on welfare.officer@some.ox.ac.uk.

We are always listening to the disabled members of our community about what else we can do to make sure you feel supported and achieve your full potential during your time here.