Welfare at Merton is provided by the Chaplain, three Junior Deans for Welfare, and the College Nurse; they are happy to meet with any student on a one-to-one basis to discuss any issue at any time.
The Chaplain is available to talk to all members of College, regardless of religious affiliation. He co-ordinates the welfare provision at Merton and chairs the Student Support Sub-Committee, which assists students with a range of grants, including support for sporting and musical activities, travel, and in situations where students find themselves in financial difficulty.
The Junior Deans for Welfare are graduate students employed by the college to be a first point of contact for welfare advice and to liaise with Fellows and students on welfare matters. They organise a variety of fun, stress-relieving activities throughout the year, including free yoga classes, tea and cake, and environmental projects. They also run regular events open to all, such as trips to Thirsty Meeples (Oxford’s board game café).
The College Nurse holds a general surgery every weekday during term and offers welfare support and medical help and advice to all members of college.
In addition, the JCR and MCR each elect two Welfare Representatives to assist students, and a team of students are trained as Peer Supporters (trained in listening and communication skills). These include the JCR Access and Equality Rep, Gender Equality Rep, LGBTQ+ Rep, and BME Students Rep.