Wellbeing and Welfare

Here are the people in College to turn to for help and advice, should you find yourself in trouble of any kind. See also the further information and resources at the foot of this page.

Coronavirus update

During this period of the Covid-19 pandemic we continue to offer support for the Balliol community. Bruce is best contacted by email as is Kam, the College Counsellor, and Chris, the College Nurse. In addition, all the Balliol welfare team listed below are available by email as normal.

The Balliol JCR and MCR welfare officers are sending regular updates to students alerting them to the events and services they are helping to coordinate along with links to relevant organisations.

The University Counselling Service are open and available online. They have also put together a range of coronavirus resources to support students which can be viewed here.

The University offers a range of wellbeing support for staff.

Wellbeing and Welfare Officer

Bruce is happy to meet any member of College, to assist with any problems or to offer discreet advice about personal or work-related issues. He is a trained counsellor and a registered psychotherapist (with UKCP); he is also a trained and registered supervisor of therapy (with BAPPS). As the leader of the welfare team, he can also refer people to those who can best help. His room is Staircase XXI, Room 8.

College Nurse

The Nurse is here to help with a wide range of health matters and concerns. All consultations are confidential. See her clinic times here.

Student Counsellor

Kam provides a confidential space to listen to your emotional concerns and issues. He is a BACP Registered Psychodynamic Counsellor and a member of the BPS and UPCA. He works at Balliol on Thursdays 0th-9th week in the Bajpai Room. For an appointment, please email Kam.

The University Counselling Service, at 3 Worcester Street, Oxford, provides supportive online self-help resources, for example, on performing academically, advice for Freshers, anxiety and perfectionism, along with details of educational groups and workshops. Kam Dhillon is Balliol’s liaison counsellor.

For an appointment with a counsellor, please telephone or email. The Counselling Service offers confidential support; however, it is not an emergency service. Alternatively, you might wish to contact Oxford Nightline, a confidential listening, support and information service run for and by students at Oxford: telephone 01865 270 270; or contact the Samaritans, a 24/7 confidential listening service: telephone 116 123.

These student volunteers are available to listen to Balliol members who would like to discuss problems of any nature (stress from work, supervisors, academic performance, sexuality, depression, homesickness, cultural barriers, relationships, etc.)  

Junior Dean

The Junior Deans, who assist the Dean, are available directly or through the Lodge to help with any problems at the main Broad Street site. Please check the Junior Dean rota to see which one is on duty. Mary lives in Staircase III, room 9.

Junior Dean

The Junior Deans, who assist the Dean, are available directly or through the Lodge to help with any problems at the main Broad Street site. Please check the Junior Dean rota to see which one is on duty. László  lives in Staircase IV, room 3.

Praefectus (Holywell Manor)

John-Paul has pastoral responsibility at Holywell Manor, the graduate centre. He welcomes the opportunity to see any students for personal and confidential advice and is available by appointment.

Assistant Praefectus

Kumeren is one of two Assistant Praefecti who assist the Praefectus in his pastoral responsibilities at Holywell Manor. They are available throughout the day and night during term time as the first point of contact in an emergency and to offer support to any student who seeks their help. Kumeren lives in Holywell Manor in Room NW74 (North Wing).

Assistant Praefectus

Calum is one of two Assistant Praefecti who assist the Praefectus in his pastoral responsibilities at Holywell Manor. They are available throughout the day and night during term time as the first point of contact in an emergency and to offer support to any student who seeks their help. Calum lives in C1-13 (Master’s Field).

Warden of Jowett Walk

Holly is one of the two Wardens of Jowett Walk, both of whom are available to help with any problems there. Please check the Jowett Walk Warden rota to see which one is on duty. They live in the two ground-floor rooms of Tower 3 in the complex (Holly is in 3G2) and at least one is on site from 7.00pm to 8.00am each day September–June except when College is fully closed.3G2

Warden of Jowett Walk

Itai is one of the two Wardens of Jowett Walk, both of whom are available to help with any problems there. Please check the Jowett Walk Warden rota to see which one is on duty. They live in the two ground-floor rooms of Tower 3 in the complex (Itai is in 3G1) and at least one is on site from 7.00pm to 8.00am each day September–June except when College is fully closed.

For more information on wellbeing and welfare, see:

A Welfare and Wellbeing Committee comprising both students and Fellows, as well as the College’s Doctor, Nurse, and Student Support Officer, and the Student Counsellor from the University Counselling Service, meets once a term to discuss general welfare issues (not individual cases).