Welfare at Merton is provided by the Chaplain, Welfare Dean, and College Nurse, and each is very happy to meet with all students on a one-to-one basis with respect to any issue at any time.
The Chaplain co-ordinates the welfare provision in college and chairs the Student Support Committee, so please do get in touch with him if you find yourself in financial difficulty. The Welfare Dean is a student employed by the college to be a first point of contact for welfare advice and to liaise among members of the SCR, MCR and JCR on welfare matters. The college Nurse holds a general surgery and offers welfare support as well as medical help to all members of college.
There is also an Adviser to Women Junior Members who is available to discuss any concerns about academic or other matters, and two Fellows designated as Harassment Advisers who may be consulted informally by junior members who believe they may be victims of harassment, or who are merely seeking advice.
In addition to these official college positions, the JCR and MCR each elect one male and one female Welfare Representative to assist with welfare concerns. The college also supervises a team of Merton Peer Supporters who are trained in listening and communication skills and who are always available to meet with students.
Dr Simon Jones
Ms Anna Cairns
Mrs Catherine Haines
Women's Adviser: Dr Rhiannon Ash
Email: Dr Rhiannon Ash
Harassment Advisers to Junior Members:
Download the JCR Welfare Guide [PDF].
The College Doctor, Dr Judith Bogdanor, and her partners Dr Laurence Leaver and Dr Mark O’Shea have their surgery at the Jericho Health Centre, New Radcliffe House, Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6NW. Surgery hours are 8.30 a.m. to late morning and afternoons up to 5.30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Appointments should normally be made by telephone, 01865 311234, or through the College Nurse. Please note that the Jericho Health Centre will accept email requests for repeat prescriptions.
One of the College GPs is also usually available for consultation in the Grove surgery on Tuesdays from 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m, from 1st to 8th Week of term. Appointments must be made through the Jericho Health Centre (01865 311234) or College Nurse. Merton students are also able to access the College Surgery at Oriel on Thursdays from 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Please check that the surgery details have not changed when making the appointment.
Oxford Brookes has set up a dental practice based on Headington Hill Campus which is open to Oxford University students. It is called ‘Studental’ and further details can be found on their website. Emergency treatment and extended work are available to both graduates and undergraduates. Students can also register for the services of Oasis Dental Practice, which is located on Beaumont Street. Further details are available on their website.
Information on dental costs can be found at the NHS website. Students eligible for NHS treatment are reminded to complete a HCI form for help with dental costs. Further details are available on the NHS website.
Merton is committed to providing equality of opportunity for junior members with disabilities and special needs and it is always keen to hear how its provision could be improved.
The College’s help can be wide-ranging, including:
Read Merton's Single Equality Scheme.
Read more about Oxford University’s Disability policies.