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Equal Opportunities

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:

  • Meeting special dietary requirements
  • Fulfilling particular accommodation needs
  • Identifying sources of financial assistance
  • Communicating information to the appropriate teaching staff
  • Accessing specialist assessment for specific learning difficulties
  • Requesting special examination arrangements, such as extra time and computer facilities, from the Proctors
  • Enabling access to material held in the library.
  • Liaising with departmental and faculty Disability Officers

Read Merton's Single Equality Scheme.


Merton is committed to providing effective support so all our students may achieve their academic potential. As such, we are signed up to the principles of the University’s Common Framework for Supporting Disabled Students, and we work closely with the University's Disability Advisory Service (DAS) to offer information, assistance and support to students with any disability that may impact on their academic, social or residential experience at Oxford.

Disability includes:

  • Specific Learning Difficulties – dyslexia, dyspraxia, etc.
  • Physical and Sensory Disabilities
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Mental health problems
  • Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism

Overseeing Merton’s provision is the Senior Tutor, Dr Rachel Buxton, as Disability Lead. Merton’s Disability Coordinator is Katy Fifield, the Academic Registrar whose remit includes:

  • Assisting with practical support in College
  • Arranging extended library loans
  • Liaising with departments and faculties
  • Making alternative examination arrangements where these are agreed by the Proctors, such as
    • Extra time
    • Use of computer
    • Rest breaks

In our experience, support can be most effective if we are provided with the details of any disability or chronic condition as soon as possible.

If you are coming to study at Merton and have not yet disclosed a disability or chronic condition, we encourage you to get in touch with Kathy Noren-Curtis, the Disability Officer at the DAS who is linked to Merton, and also to complete the Disability Advisory Service Registration form as soon as possible. All disclosures are treated confidentially. Prospective applicants and current students are encouraged to contact Katy Fifield, Merton's Disability Coordinator with any questions, or take a look at our entry in the University's Access Guide and the Disability Advisory Service website for further information.