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Student health and welfare is a top priority at Somerville. The level of pastoral support is high and we're always listening to our students about what we can offer to support them. 

There are many different members of College staff who play a part in looking after student wellbeing. As a member of the University, you can also access a number of extra resources to help you overcome any difficulties you might face. You can find out more about these below.

Welfare Officer

The college has its own Welfare Support and Policy Officer, who takes the lead on student welfare matters - both in providing frontline support to individual students and helping shape the college’s welfare policy. She is also the college’s Disability Co-ordinator and as such the first point of contact for students with disabilities.

Personal Tutors

All students have a Personal Tutor with whom they can discuss any problems, both academic and personal. The Welfare Officer and Senior Tutor can offer advice and practical support. In addition, each student has an annual meeting with the Principal, which is an opportunity to discuss academic and non-academic matters alike.

Junior Common Room

Somerville students are generally very supportive of each other. The JCR Welfare Officers’ doors are always open to students with any sort of problem, as are those of the Peer Supporters (whose members are trained by the University Counselling Service). The JCR also elects a Disability Officer, an Ethnic Minorities Officer, an LGBTQ+ Officer, and a Women's officer to represent these groups in the college and advise students on any concerns.

The Junior Deans

The Junior Deans provide welfare support to students outside of office hours.The Junior Deans live in College, and one of them is on call every evening, night and weekend during full term. They are available to support you through a crisis. Their role also includes ensuring that the needs and interests of the College, and of all our members, are respected.

University and Student Union resources

Oxford University has its own counselling service, who offer individual and group counselling sessions to help you overcome any difficulties you are going through. Oxford is also one of the few UK Universities to be able to offer an appointment with a psychiatrist if you find yourself in particularly hard circumstances.

The University's Student Union also provides welfare resources, headed up by an elected full time Vice President for Welfare. Their support includes resources specifically for LGBTQ+ students and members of minority groups.