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.
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.
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 him.
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.) For details, names and contact information see Peer Support.
The Assistant Praefectus assists the Praefectus in his pastoral responsibilities at Holywell Manor. She is 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 his help. She lives in Holywell Manor, Room NW-74.
Bianca 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 and at least one is on site from 7.00pm to 8.00am each day September–June except when College is fully closed.
Mohamed 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 and at least one is on site from 7.00pm to 8.00am each day September–June except when College is fully closed.
- Personal Tutors/College Advisers: see the College List on this page
- Health (including College doctors, dentist and other information
- Disability Officers
- Harassment Officers (Dr Lisa Walker and Dr Scot Peterson)
- Women’s Officer (Dr Lisa Walker)
- JCR Dr WHOs (Welfare and Health Officers)
- MCR Welfare Officer: contact via the MCR website
- Financial support
For more information on wellbeing and welfare, see:
- College Handbook, Section 1.5.2 and Section 5
- University Health & Welfare Services
- Oxford SU Student Advice Service
- Mental health self-help resources
- Oxford Sexual Harrassment and Violence Support Service
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).