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Wellbeing is thriving; and knowing it.
When you need a listening ear, we hope you can reach out to anyone you are comfortable talking to at Trinity, including friends and tutors, confident they will listen and signpost you on if need. As a student you can also reach out to any member of the Wellbeing Team, whether you are worried about yourself or a friend. We can listen in confidence, provide help and support, and direct you to other services as appropriate in the college, university, NHS or beyond.
The Wellbeing Team treat your personal information with utmost confidentiality. We do not share your confidential details with each other or other departments unless you ask us to and there is a strict ‘need to know’. We always seek your consent and respect your wish to give or withhold it. The rare exception would be if your life, limb or wellbeing (or that of someone affected by you) were at serious risk and we needed to act in your (or their) best interests. Read more about this here: Policy on Confidentiality and circulation of welfare related information.
Due to COVID-19, there are no drop-in appointments with the Wellbeing Advisor or College Nurse. Consultations are online on MS Teams, and booked by prior email. Where in-person assessment is indicated on clinical, wellbeing or disability grounds, arrangements will be made for you to be seen at an appropriate location.
The interim wellbeing team coordinate wellbeing and welfare provision in college, providing guidance and support to individual students and helping shape college wellbeing policy. They can also be contacted about disability and safeguarding matters and support the Junior Deans in their wellbeing role.
The wellbeing team currently consists of Nicola Selway and Kerry Minton. You can contact them on the email firstname.lastname@example.org. Their availability is as follows, and they are both available for out of hours emergencies:
Nicola Selway, Interim Wellbeing Advisor:
Kerry Minton, College Nurse and Interim Wellbeing Advisor:
Kerry Minton is a highly experienced nurse who advises, treats and supports any college student who is unwell, injured or in any other difficulty. If she cannot help you, she will refer you to someone who can. She is also a Wellbeing Advisor alongside Nicola Selway.
Kerry is available by appointment: email@example.com.
Nicola Selway is Wellbeing Advisor, working two days per week for the college. She has many years experience as a teacher, and more recently as the Inclusion Coordinator and Mental Health Lead at St Aloysius School. You can contact Nicola at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the wellbeing email email@example.com
Jonathan Totman is a professional clinical psychologist and staff member of the University Counselling Service. He is available to see Trinity students on a Monday. Jonathan works one-to-one and occasionally runs small groups and workshops on topics relevant to student mental health and wellbeing. He will be offering counselling sessions online, on MS Teams.
For more information, please contact Jonathan Totman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Revd. Dr Emma Percy is also the College's Prevent lead. Emma offers pastoral support to all members of the college whatever their faith or none and is trained in pastoral care. She can be contacted by email at Emma.email@example.com or by telephone on 01865 279886.
The Junior Deans are senior postgraduates with recognised experience in student wellbeing and welfare support. They work to a duty rota out of hours (7pm-7am) and are trained first aiders. They provide first-response wellbeing support to students in college, offsite and onsite, and also oversee good order, liaising separately with the Wellbeing Advisor and the Dean in these roles. If you have urgent wellbeing concerns out of hours, please inform the Lodge who can put you in touch with the duty Junior Dean for support. The Junior Dean can help you access urgent advice and ensure your needs are followed up next day by the appropriate member of the Wellbeing Team.
The Lodge: firstname.lastname@example.org; 01865 279900
Onsite Female Junior Dean: Sarina Martinez: email@example.com
Onsite Male Junior Dean: Zachary Oliver: firstname.lastname@example.org
Offsite Male Junior Dean (Nunnery): Dylan Sherman: email@example.com
Offsite Female Junior Dean (Rawlinson): Rowan Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Offsite Male Junior Dean (Staverton): Ngoni Mugwisi: email@example.com
Offsite Female Junior Dean (Staverton): Olena Chernovik: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re lonely, homesick or finding it difficult to settle in or make friends, or simply want to talk to someone, you might prefer to chat with one of your peers: a peer supporter or a welfare rep.
College peer supporters provide informal, friendly and confidential listening. They are trained by the University Counselling Service and are there to listen but not to advise. They work within clear boundaries to signpost you on to advice or help if you need it. Peer support sessions during COVID-19 will take place either on-line or socially distanced outside.
College peer supporters
Your JCR Welfare Reps are full of information and useful resources- from confidential listening and comforting words to cupcakes, creative activities and condom supplies. Importantly, they can act as your advocates if you feel your needs are not being heard and represent your welfare concerns at various College Committees and ad hoc meetings.
The JCR Welfare Reps’ doors (the virtual ones during COVID!) are open to students with any sort of problem, and they organise a Welfare Tea every Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm on-line.
Welfare reps can be contacted any time via email:
Your MCR Rep and Welfare Officer are available to their postgraduate and 4th year undergraduate (MCR) peers. They offer friendly, individual support and voice the wellbeing and welfare needs of the MCR on College Committees. They can be contacted by email:
MCR Rep: Charlie: Charlotte.email@example.com
MCR Welfare Officer (Michael): firstname.lastname@example.org
Discrimination and Equalities Support: read the support available at Trinity for issues relating to equalities.
Safeguarding against abuse: All our safeguarding policies are on our college policies page including:
Safeguarding adults at risk
Child safeguarding policy
JCR Welfare Handbook: Read the JCR-produced Welfare Guide
The Trinity Student Handbook: Please consult the Wellbeing chapter
Trinity Library: Bibliotherapy and Wellbeing books for loan! Check out the listing of holdings online
Harassment is ‘unwanted behaviour which you find offensive or which makes you feel intimidated or humiliated. It can happen on its own or alongside other forms of discrimination’. Harassment or victimisation is regarded as unacceptable behaviour and is not tolerated in any form.
If you feel that you have recently experienced harassment, there are a number of people who are available to help and advise you- clarifying the options open to you, assisting you in resolving the matter informally where possible, and supporting you throughout the resolution of your concerns. For advice, and to discuss whether or not you want to make a formal report of harassment, please contact the Dean, or one of the College Harassment Advisors.
The Dean, Professor Steven Fisher: email@example.com
College’s Harassment Advisors: Dr James McDougall: firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr Maria Blanco: email@example.com, or Professor Susan Perkin: firstname.lastname@example.org
The University’s harassment advisor service can be contacted on email@example.com
College Harassment Policy And Procedures
Trinity College Harassment flowcharts
University Harassment and Bullying resource pages
University harassment flowchart for students
Oxford University and Trinity College are against any form of sexual harassment, assault or violence. It is important for your wellbeing to feel confident and safe in your relationships and clear about the absolute right you have to say ‘NO’ to any unwanted advances or requests. Whilst sexual assault or violence is not common, we want you to be confident about what help and support is available in the unlikely event of experiencing it.
Learn how to recognise and ask for sexual consent, look out for others in the Oxford community, and know where to find support if you need it with the new online course Consent Matters. You can access the course remotely now.
Consent Matters forms part of Oxford Against Sexual Violence, the University’s campaign that exists to send a clear message that sexual harassment and violence of any form is unacceptable.
This is a University run all-in-one provision for any students, regardless of age or gender, who have been affected by sexual harassment or violence. It provides free support and advice, along with a safe place to be heard independent of your college or department. For more information please visit the Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service website.
Produced by the University’s Student Welfare and Support Services office has produced a flowchart and OSARC (Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Crisis Centre), this clarifies the options available to students and those supporting them in instances of sexual violence. You can download it here.
The University Counselling Service
You can self-refer to the central counselling services: firstname.lastname@example.org,
The Counselling Service web site is a marvellous resource of mental health and wellbeing support: with podcasts addressing common student worries, life issues, and study concerns, and information about workshops addressing common mental health problems.
Oxford University Student Welfare and Support landing page
Find medical advice and guidance for staying healthy during your studies at Oxford on the student medical advice pages
The Student Union Student Advice Team offer free, independent, confidential support service to students: email@example.com
The Oxford University Coffee Ambassadors are officially trained peer supporters by the University Counselling Services provide welfare support unlinked from colleges or departments. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Rainbow peers and peers of colour are two schemes operated by peer supporters who are willing to offer peer support to any LGBTQ students or students of colour from across the University; they can be contacted on: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
NHS Oxfordshire:24/7 Mental Health Helpline: 01865 904997
Oxford Nightline: http://oxfordnightline.org/ when you need to talk to someone
The Samaritans: Listening support in distress or risk of suicide: 24-7: free-phone call 116123
or (24-hour response time): firstname.lastname@example.org
Live Well: Excellent NHS Health and Wellbeing advice
NHS 'One You': Caring for your mind
Student Minds Charity: resources list for all university students
Together All: Clinically supervised online Mental Health Support Community (NHS and Oxford University approved; access with your University email address)
University self-help podcasts: short and focused resources you can listen to
E-Books from the Bodleiain Library: online books covering wellbeing, mindfulness, managing mind/mood and emotion
Exam Wellbeing: tips, advice, and mock exam session sign-ups for Oxford students
The Wellbeing Thesis: support for postgraduate research students
Talk to Frank: Honest Information about alcohol and drugs
NHS support and advice about alcohol and drugs
If you have concerns about your health, find out more about options available to you through college and the University.
All you need to know about support for students with disabilities, long term conditions or specific learning difficulties.
We want our community to be a welcoming and inclusive place; read more about the equalities policies and resources at Trinity.