Magdalen College Welfare
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 confidentially, and do their best to help. The College takes the welfare of its students very seriously and wishes to ensure that all those studying here are well supported and cared for.
A team of tutors and staff work together to provide welfare support:
Welfare is coordinated as a whole by the Tutor for Welfare (Rob Gilbert). Rob is resident in college and works closely with the Student Mentor, Victoria Cox. Victoria is based in St Swithun’s VI:2 and is usually available on Tuesday and Thursday late afternoon/evening and Friday morning.
The Student Mentor role includes one-to-one support and also the development of training and other resources to help develop student health, wellbeing and learning.
The Deans of Arts and their colleagues the Student Support Administrator, Waynflete Dean and Sub-Dean provide another important strand of welfare provision.
The current Deans of Arts are Chris Garland and Sophie Duncan and they can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. They provide a range of welfare including access to the Student Support Fund and the hardship funds. The Deans hold a regular surgery, Dean’s Hour, on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.30am-9.30am in their office on the ground floor of the Grammar Hall.
The Student Support Administrator is Katie O’Connor. She can be contacted on email@example.com. Katie is available daily in her office on the ground floor of the Grammar Hall and supports the Deans especially in their work with welfare, disability and financial issues.
The Waynflete Dean is currently Katie McKeogh (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Sub-Dean Helen Baxendale (email@example.com). They are resident in college and are especially important in providing welfare support out of normal working hours.
Another senior member of the College welfare team is the Dean of Divinity (chaplain), Jonathan Arnold. Jonathan is available as appropriate to all students irrespective of their beliefs, his room is Cloisters IV:2 and he can be contacted directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College Counsellor is Kevin Halon. He is usually available on Tuesday afternoons and can be contacted directly on email@example.com. You can also make appointments with the University Counselling Service direct (firstname.lastname@example.org) and 01865 270300).
The Tutor for Women Students and for Equal Opportunities is Siân Pooley.
The College Doctors are Catherine Benson and Richard Baskerville. They are based at 27 Beaumont Street and can be contacted on 01865 311500.
The College Nurse is Sue Salmon. She is available in St Swithuns VI in the mornings.
In addition several students each year are trained in Peer Support and the JCR and MCR have their own welfare teams. The team of tutors and staff with welfare responsibility work closely and meet regularly with their colleagues from the JCR and MCR. For more details see the JCR and MCR web pages.
The welfare team is supported by the Porters (email@example.com) who provide 24-hour security oversight of the whole college.
See 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.
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. From 2016 new students will also be assigned a Personal Tutor who is not in their own subject area but provide academic-related welfare advice.
The College’s Confidentiality Policy can be found here.