Students with Disabilities

Support for Students with Disabilities at Christ Church

Christ Church welcomes applications from students with disabilities and will make any reasonable adjustments to help them to fulfil their potential. We are signed up to the University’s ‘Common Framework for Supporting Disabled Students’ and we work closely with the University’s Disability Advisory Service (DAS) to offer information, assistance and support to students with any disability that may impact on their academic, social or residential experience at Oxford. If you’re applying to study here, we encourage you to disclose any disabilities you may have so that we work with you to assess and support your needs.

The Disability Lead, the Senior Censor Professor Dirk Aarts, oversees Christ Church’s disability provision. The Disability Lead works with Tutors, students and staff to promote inclusivity and shape the broader culture across the College. Christ Church’s Disability Coordinator is Helen Etty, the Academic Registrar, whose remit includes:

  • Assisting with practical support in College and liaising with departments and faculties
  • Making alternative examination arrangements where these are agreed by the Proctors, such as extra time, use of a computer and rest breaks

We encourage students coming to Christ Church who have not yet disclosed a disability or chronic condition to contact Pauline Graham, the Disability Officer at the DAS who is linked to Christ Church. Christ Church also has a designated staff member who works with students with mental health conditions: Suzi Hughes. Students should also complete the Disability Advisory Service Registration form as soon as possible. All disclosures are treated confidentially. Prospective applicants and current students are encouraged to contact the Disability Coordinator, or take a look at the University’s Access Guide and the Disability Advisory Service website for further information. The JCR also has a Disabled Students Rep and Welfare Reps, and the College has generous provision for Welfare and student support.


Bathroom with disabled accessOxford’s beautiful old architecture can at times make accessibility difficult, and Christ Church has made modifications where possible.

There are ramps on either side of the main entrance into Tom Quad, and to the Porters’ Lodge. The main student library has ramp access, and there is a lift to the Hall (located under the main Hall stairs).

Wheelchair users can enter Christ Church Meadow via a ramp situated at the main gate. We have a small number of wheelchair-accessible student rooms with adapted bathroom facilities and interview/teaching rooms that can be made accessible. If you are coming to Christ Church for the admissions interviews or an open day, please let us know of your needs in advance by contacting the Undergraduate Admissions Officer.

Precise locations of access points to the Christ Church site are available via the free what3words app or website:

For additional information on disability support in the University contact:
Disability Advisory Service
telephone: +44 (0)1865 289825