Welfare Support in Christ Church

The welfare of students is taken seriously at Christ Church and there are many different people who are available for advice and support – all you have to do is ask.

Who do I go to for support?

We are aware that the situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic will have caused additional welfare and support needs. The college and university are continuing to provide welfare support but this is now being done remotely. Please see this document for contact details of who to go to for support and other useful information. There is also useful information about mental health support here.  

Clare Hayns

Welfare Co-ordinator and College Chaplain, Clare Hayns

Clare coordinates the welfare team and is available to all members of the college to discuss any matter in confidence, whether personal, academic, or spiritual. You can drop in to see her (Killcanon 1) or you can contact her to make an appointment by email: clare.hayns@chch.ox.ac.uk, or call 01865 276236.

The Junior Censor

The Junior Censor, Dirk Aarts

The Junior Censor is the College Officer with oversight for college welfare and in particular deals with routine matters such as permission to be absent as well as non-academic discipline. Dirk is available to see students every Thursday between 8-10am and can be contacted on junior.censor@chch.ox.ac.uk

Midge Curran

The College Nurse, Midge Curran

Midge is available to all members of the college each day in Killcanon 2. Her hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10-4pm and Tuesday, Tuesday 9-5pm and Thursday 8-2pm
Killcanon 2, Telephone 0186576176, email: chchnurse@nhs.net


Helen Etty

The Academic Registrar, Helen Etty

The Academic Registrar, Helen Etty, and her team support students with concerns arising regarding exams, academic work, suspension of studies, and finances. She is the College’s Hardship Officer and can advise on the various sources of funding available to students such as the Financial Assistance Fund, the University Hardship Fund, and interest free loans. The Academic Registrar is also the Disability Coordinator (click for support for students with disabilities ). Email on  academic.registrar@chch.ox.ac.uk

The Senior Censor

Disabilities - The Disability Lead,  Senior Censor, Professor Geraldine Johnson

Christ Church wishes to ensure all students with disabilities thrive here and will make reasonable adjustments to make this possible, in line with the University’s ‘Common Framework for Supporting Disabled Students’. We advise students to contact the College and to let us know of any disabilities as early as possible before you start your studies, so that any reasonable adjustments can be put in place. See more about the support for students with disabilities offered by Christ Church and the wider university.

Kayla King and Alex Vasudevan

The Welfare Tutors

Your tutor would be the first port of call if you have an academic problem but you may wish to speak to another tutor to ask for their help and guidance. The welfare tutors are Kayla King and Alex Vasudevan, either would be happy to speak to you and you can contact them by email: kayla.king@zoo.ox.ac.uk or alexander.vasudevan@chch.ox.ac.uk




We have three Wardens who are graduate students who live on site and are available for out of hours support. They can be contacted via the Porters Lodge.

Karen Kendall

On-Site Counsellor, Karen Kendall

Karen is our On-Site Counsellor and is able to offer counselling to students on Tuesdays. She will see people by appointment in Killcanon 2a - you can contact her by email counsellor@chch.ox.ac.uk


University Counselling Service

The University Counselling Service is able to offer free counselling to students which is confidential and totally independent to the College. You can refer yourself via the website (link) or by phone 01865 270300. The Counselling Service is located at 3 Worcester Street, Oxford. OX1 2BX (behind Gloucester Green). Their website has a great deal of helpful information about health, depression, eating disorders, exam stress and managing anxiety.


JCR and GCR Welfare Reps and Officers

The junior member common rooms elect welfare reps who are available for support and organise welfare related events and talks. You can see the JCR Welfare Handbook here. 

The current Welfare Reps are: JCR (John Ryan and Niamh Twyford) and GCR (Toluwalase Awoyemi and Alannah Jeune). They are joined by various others who have a specific remit to support students and currently the team consists of: Disabled Students Officer (Ariana Verme), Gender Equalities Rep (Krishna Kadiwar), Ethnic and Religious Minorities Rep (Mehr Farhan), LGBTQ+ Welfare Officers (JCR - Arun Smith) International Students Officer (Yehrim Park).


Peer Supporters

Peer Supporters are students who have received specific training and supervision to enable them to listen effectively, maintain confidentiality and provide support and guidance. They run a regular drop in ‘Late Night Tea Break’ and are always available for a chat. The Peer Support Coordinator is Tegan O'Hara and the Peer Supporters are: Domingo Morgan-Luco, Jessie Goetzinger, Sanskriti Swarup, Emily Swift, Megan Chester, Niamh Twyford, Shanghavie Loganathan, Tegan O'Hara, George Andrews.



Harassment Advisors

Harassment Advisors have been appointed to deal with rare cases of harassment and have been trained by the University and work in accordance with the Christ Church Harassment Policy . Students may consult them confidentially about any issues involving harassment, and advice may be sought from them without invoking a formal complaints procedure.

The Harassment Advisors are: Kayla King (kayla.king@chch.ox.ac.uk), Clare Hayns (clare.hayns@chch.ox.ac.uk), Dirk Aarts (dirk.aarts@chch.ox.ac.uk), Sophie Duncan (sophie.duncan@chch.ox.ac.uk), Alex Vasudevan (alexander.vasudevan@chch.ox.ac.uk), and Geraldine Johnson (geraldine.johnson@chch.ox.ac.uk)

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Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service

If you have experienced sexual harassment and violence in any form, we are here for you - whoever you are, whatever has happened, and whenever it was.

You can make an appointment with one of our advisors by emailing supportservice@admin.ox.ac.uk

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Oxford University Students’ Union Student Advice Service

Oxford University Students’ Union Student Advice Service is the only independent advice and information service exclusively available to Oxford University students. It is free, independent, safe and confidential and advisers are able to give information and support to students facing difficult situations.

Nightline phone number 01865 (2)70270


Nightline +44 (0)1865 270270 is open 20:00-08:00, 0th-9th weeks inclusive, and is a confidential listening, information and support service run by trained student volunteers.