Welfare Services

There are a wide variety of health and welfare services available to students here at Oxford: such a variety in fact that it can be hard to keep track of them all. As such, we provide below a handy cheat-sheet to the College, University and extra-University services to which graduates can turn. This seeks to be an evolving list, so, if there are services in Oxford you know of, and are not on here, please let us know by emailing the Executive Secretary or your Welfare Officers (at the emails below).

General Welfare Officer Email: welfare-mcr@lmh.ox.ac.uk

Male Welfare: oliver.croker@lmh.ox.ac.uk and charles.pidgeon@lmh.ox.ac.uk

Female Welfare:


Medical Help

Anne Harpin, our College Nurse, can be seen in her office between 8:30-11:30 Monday to Friday. To find her, enter Deneke, keep walking past the dining room towards Deneke East on the ground floor, and you’ll find it at the end of the corridor, on your left.

Email: anne.harpin@lmh.ox.ac.uk

Phone: 01865 274319


Doctors may be seen onsite at the bi-weekly College Surgeries, held in the Nurse’s Office. Dr Cath McDonnell is present on Tuesdays between 16:30 and 17:30. Dr Chris Hornby is present on Fridays between 9:00 and 10:00.

Medical Help Outside College Surgery Hours

If you require help outside of these times, the closest place to LMH is Banbury Road Medical Centre (172 Banbury Road, OX2 7BT).

Email: reception.brmc@nhs.net

Phone: 01865 515731


Other NHS Numbers:

Emergency Services

Phone: 999


NHS Non-Emergency Number

To be used when you require urgent medical help/advice, in a non-life-threatening situation.

Phone: 111


Sexual Health

The College provides the following sexual health items for free:

  • Condoms
  • Dental dams
  • Lube
  • Chlamydia tests
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Panic alarms
  • Morning after pill

A stock of condoms, dental dams and lube should be available in the MCR Welfare Cupboard at all times. If you find that certain items have not been stocked, please contact the Welfare Execs, either via their personal emails or at lmh.mcr.exec@gmail.com.

Chlamydia tests, pregnancy tests and panic alarms are obtained by emailing the Welfare Execs, at the personal emails above. We can place them in your pigeon holes or give them to you in person, whichever you prefer.

You can obtain the morning after pill from the College Nurse or from a local GP or pharmacist. If you obtain the pill from outside College, the College Nurse will reimburse you if provided with a valid receipt.


Need to Talk?

Oxford can easily be an overwhelming experience, even for adult and real-world experienced graduates. Talking about your difficulties is the first, best step to solving them and the following services all offer the opportunity to do so in confidence. Help is available and willingly offered. Please use it.

In College, your first call may be to the MCR Welfare Execs. We are often in College and may be contacted at the personal emails above.

Also available are the LMH Peer Supporters, fellow students specially trained in effective listening and confidentiality. More information about the Peer Supporters may be obtained from the Peer Support Coordinator, Cameron Finlay, via the contact details below. Contact details for other Peer Supporters will be forthcoming.

Phone: (+44) 793 519 82789

Email: cameron.finlay@lmh.ox.ac.uk


For more professional assistance, students should contact the University Counselling Service. A full description of the counsellors, their skills and the services they offer may be found here. To make an appointment with a Counsellor please contact the Service using the means below. Their reception is open from 9:00-17:00, Monday to Friday. Their offices are at 3 Worcester Street, Oxford, OX1 2BX.

Email: counselling@admin.ox.ac.uk

Phone: 01865 270300


Outside of daylight hours, students can contact Oxford Nightline. This phone helpline service runs from 20:00 to 8:00 every night, 0th week through 9th week, and is totally confidential. Like peer supporters, Nightline coordinators receive training in effective listening and confidentiality. They can be contacted via the means listed below, or by dropping into their offices between 20:00-8:00, at 16 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD.

Phone: 01865 270 270

Instant Message: http://oxfordnightline.org/im/chat

Skype: oxfordnightline


Outside of term time, graduates looking for a chat should speak to the Oxford Samaritans. They can be contacted year-round via phone (24 hours a day, 365 days a year), text, letter, email (they keep no record of email address) and in person between 8:00-22:00 at their offices (located at 60 Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RB).

Phone: 116 123

Email: jo@samaritans.org

Write to:

  • Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA


Bullying & Harassment

Defined as any action that either a) violates a person’s dignity or b) creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for another person, Oxford University has a zero-tolerance policy against harassment. If you experience harassment, and require advice on what to do next, the University has a network of confidential Harassment Advisors who will listen to you, clarify your options and aid you in finding resolution.

The LMH Harassment Advisor is Professor Christine Gerrard:


If you wish to contact Advisors based outside of College, you can do so here:

Phone: 01865 270760

Email: harassment.line@admin.ox.ac.uk


Rape, Assault & Sexual Harassment

Oxford offers many services to those who have survived sexual violence. They are provided by the University, College and outside charities, and include medical assistance, police attention and mental support.

The best directory of services available is the First Response Oxford app (http://www.firstresponseoxford.org/). With its encyclopaedic extent and comprehensible design, this app can quickly guide you to the help you need. You can preview it online here: http://preview.firstresponseoxford.org/.

For those students who identify as women, the Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre offers helplines, support groups and advocacy – including legal advice and support in dealings with the police and other agencies. Their contact information may be found at the link below.


Also worth mention is LMH’s Solace Fund. If you have survived sexual violence, one immediate option you have is to go to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Slough (SL1 2BJ, see http://www.solacesarc.org.uk/). These are specialist-staffed centres, offering both advice and forensic services. Their help may be accessed without having to involve the police, and they will also help you to plan what to do next. If you wish to go to the SARC, you should go to the Porters Lodge, ask to use the Solace Fund, and LMH will pay for a taxi to take you there, no questions asked.


Other Sources

This list, while hopefully helpful, is by design a general document, offering a circumscribed list of services. There are several other services across Oxford that may be able to offer aid, advice or resources useful to Oxford students. A short list of these is provided below.

B-eat (Eating Disorders charity and helpline)


Phone: 0345 634 1414 (16:00-22:00, 365 days a year)

Email: help@b-eat.co.uk

Disability Advisory Service


Phone: 01865 280459

Email: disability@admin.ox.ac.uk

Oxford Childcare Services


For Nursery-related enquiries, contact Cath Astbury:

Phone: 01865 289841

Email: childcare@admin.ox.ac.uk

For Finance-related enquiries, contact:

Phone: 01865 289835 (Jackie Wilkins) or 01865 289979 (Neil McCartney)

Email: childcarefinance@admin.ox.ac.uk

Oxfordshire Mind


Phone: 01865 247788

Email: info@oxfordshiremind.org.uk

OUSU Student Advice Service


Students Against Depression


Student Minds


Thames Valley police

Phone: 101