Wellbeing and Welfare

Interim welfare arrangements:

Below are other 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.

Oxford University Covid-19 response: During this period of the Covid-19 pandemic all the Balliol welfare team listed below are available as normal. The Balliol JCR and MCR welfare officers are sending regular updates to students. The University Counselling Service  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.

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

The Student Counsellor provides a confidential space in which to listen to students’ emotional concerns and issues. Mubeen will start working at Balliol in February 2022, when her contact details will be provided here. 

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.  

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 (undergraduates or graduates) who would like to discuss problems of any nature (stress from work, supervisors, academic performance, sexuality, depression, homesickness, cultural barriers, relationships, etc.)  

Junior Dean (Broad Street)

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

Junior Dean (Broad Street)

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

Warden (Jowett Walk and Master's Field Block A)

Lois is one of the three Wardens of Jowett Walk and the Master’s Field Block A, who are available to help with any problems there. At least one is on site from 7.00pm to 8.00am each day September–June, except when College is fully closed. Please check the Warden rota to see which one is on duty. Lois lives in Jowett Walk, Tower 3, Room G2.

Warden (Jowett Walk and Master's Field Block A)

Itai is one of the three Wardens who are available to help with any problems at Jowett Walk or the Master’s Field Block A. At least one is on site from 7.00pm to 8.00am each day September–June, except when College is fully closed. Please check the Warden rota to see which one is on duty. Itai lives in Master’s Field, Block B2, Room B2-06.

Warden (Jowett Walk and Master's Field Block A)

Konrad is one of the three Wardens of Jowett Walk and the Master’s Field Block A, who are available to help with any problems there. At least one is on site from 7.00pm to 8.00am each day September–June, except when College is fully closed. Please check the Warden rota to see which one is on duty. Konrad lives in Jowett Walk, Tower 3, Room G1.

Praefectus (Graduate Centre)

John-Paul has pastoral responsibility at the Graduate Centre (Holywell Manor, James Fairfax Yard, and the residential buildings at the Master’s Field, with the exception of Block A). He lives in Holywell Manor and welcomes the opportunity to see any students for personal and confidential advice. He may be contacted at the email address above and is available by appointment through his PA Mandy King or the Holywell Manor Lodge.

Assistant Praefectus (Graduate Centre)

Hermann is one of two Assistant Praefecti (both graduate students) who assist the Praefectus in his pastoral responsibilities at the Graduate Centre. 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. Hermann lives in Holywell Manor Room NW74 (North Wing).

Assistant Praefectus (Graduate Centre)

Holly is one of the two Assistant Praefecti (both graduate students) who assist the Praefectus in his pastoral responsibilities at the Graduate Centre. 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.. She lives in C2-04 at the Master’s Field.

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).