Welfare at Merton is provided by the Chaplain, College Nurse, Welfare Adviser and two Junior Deans for Welfare.
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 College Nurse holds a general surgery every weekday (except Wednesdays) during term to offer medical help and welfare support to all members of College.
The Welfare Adviser is available for advice on any welfare-related matter and is a source of support to undergraduate and graduate students throughout their time at Merton. She works alongside two Junior Deans for Welfare, as part of the on-call Welfare Team, which provides emergency welfare support.
The Welfare Team is supported by a Student Support Administrator who provides advice about financial support and College grants. She also helps to arrange welfare events and fun, stress-relieving activities throughout the year.
In addition, the JCR and MCR each elect two Welfare Representatives to assist students, and a team of students is trained as Peer Supporters (trained in listening and communication skills). These include: JCR Access Rep, Gender Equality Rep, LGBTQ+ Reps, and BME Rep.