Student life is great fun but can be hard. Magdalen offers several different kinds of help to anyone experiencing personal difficulties, but whoever you choose to talk to will treat what you have to say in complete confidence, and do their best to help.
The College provides advice and support to students through the Deans of Arts (listed below), who are responsible for welfare, college discipline and student finance. The main source of information on decanal matters is the Information and Regulations Handbook which is issued to all members of college at the beginning of the academic year and can also be found on the internal pages of this website. Please do familiarize yourself with this material as it contains a wealth of information. Deans’ hours are on Tuesday and Thursday, 8.30 – 9.30 am, during term time, commencing on Thursday of 0th week and students can discuss any personal, domestic or financial problems. For urgent matters appointments can be arranged at other times through the Student Support Administrator. There is a Sub-Dean who acts in their absence in the evenings and at the weekend. Students can also approach the Dean of Divinity to discuss any welfare issue. Female students can talk to the Women’s Officer, and any harassment issues are dealt with by the College’s two Harassment Officers.
On academic matters students usually consult their own Tutors, another Tutor who teaches their subject, or the Senior Tutor.
The College also recognises that you may want not want to discuss problems with its senior members. If you want to talk to a fellow student, the JCR Welfare Reps are elected to offer confidential and sympathetic help. Alternatively, you can make contact with a Counsellor, either through the general University Counselling Service, or directly with the College’s part-time Counsellor.
The team consists of the two Deans of Arts, the Sub-Dean, the Waynflete Dean and the Student Support Administrator. All five members of the decanal team are there to advise junior members on college and university matters.
Senior Dean of Arts – Professor Chris Garland
Professor Garland is a Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen, where he teaches Physiology and Pharmacology to medical and biomedical science students. He can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Dean of Arts – Professor Giles Barr
Prof. Giles Barr is a Reader in Physics at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow in Physics at Magdalen. He can be contacted by email at email@example.com
Sub-Dean – Mr Phil Jakeman
Phil can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Waynflete Dean – Ms Katie McKeogh
Katie can be contacted by email at email@example.com
Student Support Administrator – Miss Katie O’Connor
Katie is responsible for co-ordinating various aspects of the College’s non-academic support for students. The role particularly requires close liaison with the Deans of Arts on issues relating to welfare, disability and financial support. Katie’s office is on the ground floor of Grammar Hall, and she can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on on 01865 (2)76021.
The College’s Confidentiality Policy can be found here.