Life at Merton: Health & Welfare

The Welfare Team

Welfare at Merton is provided by the Chaplain, two Junior Deans for Welfare, and the 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 Junior Deans for Welfare are students 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 are also 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.

Simon Jones
Fellows 3:2

Junior Deans for Welfare:
Seb Wylie, Jenny Barrett, and Catherine Paverd

Lucille Champion (from 20 September 2018)
Grove 1.3
Mo/We/Fr: 9:30am-2:30pm
Tu/Th: 9:30am-1:30pm

Harassment Advisers to Junior Members:

Dr Matt Hosty and Professor Rhiannon Ash

Email: Dr Matt Hosty or Professor Rhiannon Ash

Download the JCR Welfare Guide [PDF].

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.

Transgender and gender identity

A supportive and inclusive community, Merton is committed to the University's Transgender Guidance and Policy. The first point of contact for a student wanting to come out as trans at College is the Senior Tutor. Other members of staff, such as the Welfare Team or Academic Registrar, can also be approached in the first instance.

We acknowledge that some students may have concerns about coming out as trans—perhaps regarding the people at home finding out, or about visas if they are an international student—and we can certainly be flexible in coming to arrangements on such issues if they are raised. Students requiring time away from their studies for medical reasons should feel free to mention this to us so that options for deferral and/or suspension can be discussed.

All conversations regarding this process will be handled sensitively and respectfully. Merton staff attended training on trans issues given by Gendered Intelligence in June 2018. The group included key staff members from the Lodge, Academic Office, Warden's Office, Finance and Domestic Bursaries, Library, Welfare Team, Development Office, and HR, along with a number of Governing Body Fellows.

Further information about university-wide policy and welfare provision for students who want to transition is available on the University’s LGBTQ Society website.

Medical and Dental

The College Doctor, Dr Laurence Leaver, and his partners Dr Mark O’Shea, Dr Joanna Lambert, and Dr Shahzadi Harper have their surgery at the Jericho Health Centre, New Radcliffe House, Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6NW. Surgery hours are 8:30am to late morning and afternoons up to 5:30pm, 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 11:30am to 12:30pm, 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 11:30am to 12:30pm. 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.

Immigration health surcharge for non-EEA nationals

This new charge was introduced on 6 April 2015 for students and other visa applicants coming to the UK for more than six months, applying for a new visa or extending a current visa. The charge, payable at the time of the visa application, is £150 per year or part year of more than six months, plus £75 for a part year of six months or less. The charge must also be paid for any dependants. Students coming for courses of six months or more will still be able to access NHS treatment on the same basis as a resident, but for those to whom it applies, only if they have paid the health surcharge.

Podcasts: student life at Oxford

A series of short talks and presentations with advice on how to get the most out of life as a student in Oxford are available from the University's podcast site or iTunesU.