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Peter’s College
Welfare Guide
A summary of welfare provided by the university, college
and JCR for undergraduates


3 Your Welfare Team
4-6 SPC Peer Supporters
7 Tutor for Welfare
8 Junior welfare Officer
9 The Chaplain
10 College Nurse, Doctors and Dentist
11-12 LGBT Rep
13 Academic Affairs Rep
14 International Students Rep
15 Hardship Provision
16Nightline; University Counselling Service
17-19 Personal Safety; Cycling Safety
20 Sexual Health
21-23 Useful Numbers

JCR Welfare Team

Hello, and welcome to the SPC JCR Welfare Guide. We hope
that this handbook will act as a complete reference for all things
welfare. Our team this year is headed by Alex Murray and Gillian
Given with Sarah Morrow, Georgina Newman, Emma Waldock,
Hannah Bullmore and Laura Criddle acting as fellow peer
supporters, Our job is primarily to act as a listening service for
any personal concerns that may arise during your time at St.
Peter’s, whether they be the result of issues at home or in Oxford.
The team has been specifically trained to fulfil this role and
privacy is our top priority. Anything said to us in our role as peer
supporters is understood to be strictly confidential. Please feel
free to get in touch with any of us at any time, even if you believe
your problem to be silly or insignificant.

As well as a listening service, we also stock the condom

machines around college (located in the Chevasse and the
Matthews 2nd floor laundry rooms) and confidentially provide, with
the utmost discretion, personal attack alarms (£1) and
pregnancy tests free of charge to all JCR members.

Alongside these duties we like to keep you guys happy during

term time and to this end we put on two weekly welfare teas to
which everyone is cordially invited. These take place on
Wednesdays and Sundays at 4pm and involve the consumption
of lots of lovely food, paid for by the JCR. The Wednesday tea is held
for everyone in the JCR or the Mulberry Quad (in front of Staircase
IV) if the weather’s good. Sunday teas are held separately for boys
and girls so that everyone can have a good gossip and the guys can
abandon all pretence of having table manners. Men’s Tea is held in
the JCR at 4pm and Women’s Tea is held in the Davies Room at the
same time. They’re great for getting everyone together a couple of
times a week to have a natter and put faces to names so come
along and get involved!

St Peter’s College Peer Supporters

Alex Murray
Male Welfare Officer
07834 172 992

Gillian Given
Female Welfare Officer
07955 346 102

Kaylita Chantiluke
Former Female Welfare
07817 467 375

Cyrus Suntook
Former Male Welfare
07815 621 302

Sarah Morrow
Peer Supporter
07815 925 298

Emma Waldock
Peer Supporter
07732 994 429

Caitlin Burbridge
Peer Supporter
07975 655 954

Georgina Newman
Peer Supporter
07843 631 470

Hannah Bullmore
Peer Supporter
07813 795 719

Laura Criddle
Peer Supporter
07971 885 978

Tutor for Welfare
Mrs Henrietta Leyser

Henrietta Leyser co-ordinates the Welfare team in SPC. This

includes attending meetings of the Welfare committee with JCR,
MCR and SCR reps to discuss anything remotely connected with
welfare, whether it be Freshers' week, the Ball or bike safety. These
meetings then get reported to the Governing Body who need to
approve any action that has to be taken. She also organises a
Welfare lunch each term which provides an opportunity for members
of the welfare team, peer supporters, the College Doctors, the Nurse
and a representative from the University Counselling service to talk
through any relevant issues of a general nature, for example how to
help with exam stress.

“If you have personal problems of any kind (big, small, work,
social, whatever) you can get in touch with me. I can give 'in-
house' support on a wide range of issues and have contacts with
other sources of professional help should you want them. I will
always respect your confidentiality and am quite unshockable. If
you want to discuss financial difficulties you are having you can
either talk these through with me or get directly in touch with Izzy
McKeand, our student financial officer (Izzy and I administer the
relevant funds between us).”

Henrietta can be found in Staircase IV, room I6. She is

generally around and there is absolutely no need to make an
appointment but if you can't find her then send her an email
( or ring any of these numbers:
01865 278892 (office)/ 01865 373177 (home)/ 07837 222905

Tutor for Welfare
Henrietta Leyser
Staircase IV, Room 16
01865 278 892 (office)
01865 373 177 (home)
07834 222 905

Junior Welfare Officer

Mrs Eirini Moysi

The Junior Welfare Officer acts as an assistant to the Tutor for

Welfare and as an additional line of support for welfare provision in
college. She offers advice to the peer support team and organizes
welfare related events.

“Hello. My name is Eirini Moysi and I am your Junior Welfare

Officer for the academic year 2008-9. My role here at St Peter’s is
made up of a few different aspects but overall I work to ensure that
you feel settled at university and in college. Whether you’re an
undergraduate or a graduate you are welcome to come to see me if
there is anything you are unsure, worried or confused about, if you
need a shoulder to lean on or a friendly chat. My aim is to provide
support on several issues (eg. personal, health-related or academic)
and information so that even if I can’t solve a problem, I can point
you in the direction of someone who might be able to. Therefore, if
in trouble, don’t hesitate to see me. Drop by room 17, staircase IV or
send me an email ( and we will work
something out. I look forward to meeting you all soon around

Junior Welfare
Eirini Moysi
Staircase IV Room 17

The Chaplain
Prof. Bernard Silverman

The Master, Bernard Silverman, also fulfils the role of

Chaplain of the College. He is a Church of England Minister in
Secular Employment (a priest who is not paid by the Church but who
makes a living in another way) and his double role as Master and
unpaid Chaplain continues this ministry.

The Chaplaincy Assistant, Sally Hitchener, is preparing for

ordained ministry in the Church of England and has completed her
training at Wycliffe Hall. She is now taking a "gap year" before her
actual ordination and is living in College and working alongside the

At St Peter's, the role of the college chaplain is not a specific

welfare role---that is the job of the Tutor for Welfare, the student
peer support system, etc---but to conduct services in the Chapel and
to provide spiritual support to students either personally or else by
directing them to community leaders of all of the major religious
denominations which are represented in Oxford. Spiritual support in
college is provided with a completely open mind and without
prejudice so please feel free to contact the Chaplain or the
Chaplaincy Assistant on any matter which you feel has a spiritual
dimension. You can seek them out at any Chapel service or by
email. The Chaplain can be contacted through his P.A. Jane Kimble
(, and the Chaplaincy Assistant's email is

Please see the Chapel web pages on the main College web
site for more details. []

Master; Chaplain
Bernard Silverman
(via PA)

Chaplain’s Assistant
Sally Hitchener PHOTO TO
sally.hitchiner@spc.ox. FOLLOW

College Nurse, Doctors & Dentists

The college Nurse holds a general surgery offering medical

help to all members of college. The general surgery is held on
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11.45 - 12.45 and Tuesdays and
Thursdays 10.45 - 11.45 in Staircase IV, Room 3 and is open to all
members of the student body.

The university requires all students to have a GP in Oxford.

The Merton College Doctors, where most students register, hold a
surgery in College on Mondays from 2‐3pm, 1st‐8th weeks. This
is by appointment only through the college nurse, or the Jericho
Health Centre, Walton Street on 01865 311 234, by 11am.

There is also a College dentist – David Le Tocq ‐ who is able

to provide services on an emergency basis including examination
and cleaning services but not further work involving extensive
treatment. To be treated, you will need to provide evidence of your
affiliation with the College. In the case of Mr Le Tocq being
unavailable Dr Griffiths is available to help.


Oxford Brookes have set up a dental practice based on
Headington Hill Campus which is open to Oxford University
students (despite what the website says). It is called 'Studental'.
Emergency treatment and extended work are available to both
graduates and undergraduates.

Jan Fleming Dentist
Staircase IV, Room 3 David Le Tocq
(see above for times) 31 Beaumont Street
(01865) 278 855 (01865) 557 507

Jericho Health Centre Dental cover

Walton Street, Jericho Dr Griffiths
(01865) 311 234 22 Beaumont Street
(01865) 243 702

Thomas Glynne-Jones (Glynne)

For those of you unaware of the term, LGBT stands for

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. Oxford is an extremely
liberal and tolerant community and one where nobody need fear
coming out.
Homophobia is not tolerated and there is widespread
understanding of and support for the LGBT population. If you have
any questions about coming out, or anything else on your mind, you
can talk to the college LGBT Rep or the Welfare Team in complete
confidence. You can also report and incidents of homophobic activity
to the reps in confidence ‐ disciplinary measures can and will be
The LGBT Rep also acts as a point of contact if you want someone to
introduce you to Oxford's wider LGBT community. Oxford's LGBT
Society (LGBSoc) meets a couple of times a week for a variety of
events from great nights out to great nights in, or just relaxing in
the park or with an ice cream.
Whether you're having problems, have concerns, want
information or just a friendly chat with a cup of tea, do come and
see us; you can get in touch any time.
You may also like a copy of the LGBT Handbook produced by OUSU
(The Student Union). If you’d like one, I can pidge a copy to you in
an opaque envelope. Just email and let me know!

Thomas Glynne-Jones (Glynne)

Useful LGBT Links

LGBSoc ‐ Runs all manner of LGB events at the University level.

Queer Oxford ‐ Website of queer information specifically for


Queer Resources Directory

Terence Higgins Trust ‐ The Terence Higgins Trust is the largest
HIV and AIDS charity in Europe.
Oxford Branch: 01865 243 389
National Helpline: 0845 122 1200

OUSU Queer Rights Campaign ‐ The Queer Rights Campaign

fights against all forms of discrimination
on the basis of sexuality.

Oxford Friend ‐ Provides confidential information, support and

counseling service for lesbians, gay
men, and bisexuals.
Tel: 01865 726 893 ; (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 7PM till

JCR Academic Affairs Rep

Caroline Dobbin

Amongst all of the fun at university it sometimes comes as a

shock that we have to work as well! We can all find it hard to cope
with mounting piles of essays, problem sheets and exams. If at any
point in your studies you do have any work related problems then I
am here to help. Whether you have a complaint or issue arising from
your tutorials or lectures, need help in deciphering the exam
regulations or want to ask about new books for the library then
come and see me. I can also help you to explore the options if you

want to change your course, module or tutor. Throughout the year
the university will be offering essay writing workshops and study
skills sessions which I can put you in touch with. Don’t let stress
about work build up and get to you, whatever the problem we can
find a way to deal with it.
Exams, essays, worksheets... like growing piles of washing up,
you know that at some point they've just got to be done! Hopefully
you should find your course slightly more enjoyable (and more
rewarding) than tackling last night's greasy dishes. However, I'm
here to ease any work‐related stress and difficulties arising during
your studies.

JCR Academic Affairs

Caroline Dobbin

International Students Rep

Sasha Zouev

As an international student, coming to university must be

even more daunting than usual, especially if you are experiencing
British culture for the first time. However, St Peter’s is a very
friendly place and there will be plenty of JCR committee members
around to lend a hand in any way they can! Specifically, however,

our International Students Rep will be around to help students to
settle in and get to know their way around.
“Hi. I'm Sasha, your International Students' Rep for this year.
I'll be dealing with practicalities such as organizing storage over the
summer, but will also run a few events aimed especially at
international students throughout the year. If you have any
questions, suggestions or just feel like having a chat, don't hesitate
to ring or e‐mail me!”

International Students Rep

Sasha Zouev
07515 119 606

Hardship Provision
If you find yourself in financial difficulty please contact Izzy
McKeand ( about loans and grants for
which you might be eligible.
The Oxford Opportunity Bursary is new scheme for UK students who
will enter University from 2006. The following information comes
from the aforementioned website:

"If your residual household income is below around £37,425 you will
receive a bursary towards your living costs. The bursary will be
calculated on a sliding scale. If your family income is below around
£17,500 and you are also in receipt of a full Higher Education grant,
this scheme should ensure that you have sufficient funding to cover
basic living costs during term time without taking out a Student
Loan. You will receive a higher payment in your first year to help
with start up costs for your degree. You do not have to complete a
separate application form for the bursary. The University will receive
the financial assessment of your household income made by your
LEA and will use this to assess your entitlement to a bursary. If your
LEA assessment changes, so will your entitlement to the bursary.
This will normally be reviewed annually. If you are not eligible for a
bursary when you start your course, but your family income falls
subsequently, you can still receive an award in later years. The
bursary will be administered by your college."

Nightline is a confidential listening, information and support
service run by students, for students. They don't claim to be able to
solve problems but they will listen sympathetically without judging.
Each night from the beginning of 0th week until the end of 9th
week there will be a male and a female volunteer available from

8pm to 8am. All calls are in complete confidence; you won't
even be asked to give your name. Although not professionals, all the
volunteers have successfully completed a course of training.
Nightline: 01865 270 270 any time from 8pm to 8am

University Counselling Service

The Counselling Service is independent from the University,
although it is funded by the University and by colleges. It offers a
professional, confidential, general counselling service that deals
with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues. The
Counselling Service provides group therapy as well as one‐to‐one
sessions. If appropriate, the counsellors will refer people to other
There is usually a waiting list, but the Counselling Service can
almost always manage to see people for an initial session within a
week and there are also places for absolute emergencies. There are
both male and female counsellors available. An initial appointment
will be made which lasts for approximately an hour, after which the
student and counsellor decide together whether further counselling
would be helpful, and, if so, what form it should take.
The Counselling Service is open in term time and the
vacations, on weekdays, 9.15am to 5.15pm.

More information can be found at:

University of Oxford Student Health and Welfare Page
OUSU Welfare Resources Web page

University Counselling Service

11 Wellington Square
01865 270300

Personal Safety
Oxford is a relatively safe city, but unfortunately attacks do
occur. Walk in groups, cycle, make use of the relatively cheap taxis.

If you find yourself really stuck you can always ring the JCR Welfare
Officers and we will be more than willing to come and rescue you!
Personal attack alarms are available to all members of
the JCR, and can be obtained from the JCR Welfare Officers.
Carry it and your mobile phone everywhere.

The following personal safety advice is taken from the Home Office
Some General Points:
• You will be safest in bright, well‐lit and busy areas. Try and avoid
dark alleyways like Magpie
Lane, use large, well lit streets like Oriel Square
• Try to look and act confident – look like you know where you are
going and walk tall.
• You might like to spread your valuables around your body. For
example, keep your phone in your bag, your keys in your trouser
pocket and your money in your jacket.
• If someone tries to take something from you, it may be better to
let them take it rather than to get into a confrontation and risk
• You can use reasonable force in self‐defence. You are allowed to
protect yourself with something you are carrying anyway (for
example, keys or a can of deodorant), but you may not carry a
• If you decide to defend yourself, be aware that your attacker
might be stronger than you, or may take what you are using in self‐
defence and use it against you. It is often better just to shout loudly
and run away.
• Shout ‘fire’ rather than ‘help’ – it can get more results.
• Try not to be conspicuous about the valuables you are carrying.
Talking on your mobile phone, carrying a laptop, or showing your
friend your new gold ring all show thieves that you are worth
• When out walking or jogging, you should not listen to a personal
stereo through headphones, so you can stay more alert to your

More information about personal safety can be found at:

Home Office Website
Crime Reduction Website
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust Website

Cycling Safely

Cycling is an environmentally friendly, rapid and fun method

of transport; being almost entirely flat, Oxford is the cyclist’s dream
city. With a flux of 20,000 cyclists moving into and out of the city
centre each day, the swarms of cyclists that hit the streets at rush‐
hour will soon become a familiar sight to you. However, cycling is
not without risk; regretfully, two Oxford students have been killed
since 2004 and many more have been injured. It is critically
important, therefore, that you take the appropriate measures to
protect yourself as you take to the road.

• Wear a helmet that meets current safety standards (look out for
‘BS EN 1078 SNELL CERTIFIED’). Ensure that:
o it does not obstruct your vision or hearing.
o it is fitted snugly, securely and squarely on your head, sitting
just above your eyebrows and not tilted backwards or forwards.
o you secure the straps without twisting, leaving only enough
room to fit two fingers between the chin and the strap.

• At night your cycle must have front and rear lights lit. It must
also be fitted with a red rear reflector and amber pedal
reflectors. White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also
help you to be seen (Highway Code Law RVLR regs 18 & 24).

• You must not cycle on a pavement. Do not leave your cycle

where it would endanger or obstruct road users or pedestrians, for
example, lying on the pavement. Use cycle parking facilities where
provided (Highway Code Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S)A sect 129).

• Tempting as it may be if you are late for lectures, you must not
cross the stop line when the traffic lights are red. Value your life
above your speed. On‐the‐spot‐fines are becoming commonplace;
earlier this year, police gave 80 £30 fines in just two hours (BBC
News 24). If you jump a red light and cause an accident, you will
also be legally responsible and are liable for all damages.

• Never ride more than two abreast and on narrow or busy roads
(most of Oxford!), ride single file.

• Do not listen to your iPod or use your mobile phone whilst cycling;
if you’re cycling with friends, concentrate on the road.

• Bicycle theft is common in Oxford. Mark the frame with your

postcode and write down its serial number. Consider joining the
University Cycle Registration Scheme; for 60p, you’ll be given a UV
pen to mark down a unique registration number on your bike and
two hologram stickers. Call 01865 272 945 or visit University
Security Services, The Observatory, South Parks Road to obtain a

pack. Always lock your bicycle to something solid and not to itself.
In the event of theft, registered or not, inform St. Aldates Police
Cycle Unit on (01865) 26628.

• Check your bike often and ensure that it is well maintained. See
the ‘Ten Second Bike Check’ at the Cyclesense website for pointers.

The above list is non‐exhaustive and you are strongly recommended

to consult additional sources for further guidance. The above
information was compiled from the following websites:
CycleSense – THINK! Cycle Safety
The Highway Code

Sexual Health

Condoms are available from either of the two condom

machines in college (Matthews 2nd floor laundry room and Chevasse
laundry room) and are absolutely free. Please get in touch with one
of the welfare officers if they are empty. We can always discreetly
pidge you some for free if you would prefer.

Emergency contraception is available from your GP, though if

you are concerned that you will not get an appointment in time,
check out the Alec Turnball Family Planning Clinic ((01865) 456666)
and the GUM Dept of the Churchill Hospital ((01865) 231 231).

Pregnancy Tests
'Dip and Read' hCG Pregnancy Tests from Pasante Healthcare
Ltd. are available free of charge from your Welfare reps, who will
treat your request with most absolute of
confidence. The instructions are somewhat clinical but please do not
be put off (for
instance, they deem it appropriate to inform that false positives may
be generated in
those with testicular tumours or prostate cancer...). Follow them
carefully and ask the College nurse or doctors for further guidance.

Chlamydia and other Reproductive Health Tests

The GUM (Genitourinary Medicine) department of the Churchill
Hospital provide a comprehensive service of sexual health tests,
including free Chlamydia testing. See for more
details. A drop‐in mini screening clinic is available, taking place at
the GU Medicine Department, Churchill Hospital, Monday to Friday
1.15pm to 3.15pm. You can also call for a routine appointment:
(01865) 231 231.
Dental Dams available on request from your Welfare/LGBT Reps

Alec Turnbull Family Planning Clinic

The Alex Turnbull Family Planning Clinic can offer free advice
about birth control, free contraception, the morning after pill and
can give information about continuing with, or terminating
Raglan House, 23 between Town Road, Cowley, Oxford, Oxfordshire,
OX4 3JH.

Oxford GU Medicine, aka Harrison GUM Dept.

Free and confidential advice and treatment on a range of
sexual health needs, including contraception and pregnancy testing
to HIV and STD testing and free condoms. They can also refer for

counselling if you contract an STD. Previously sited at the Radcliffe
Infirmary, this service is now found at the Churchill Hospital, Old
Road, Oxford. Anyone can contact the clinic; a GP referral is not
required. Open 8:30am‐ 6pm, Monday to Thursday and 8:30am to
5pm on Fridays.

Useful Numbers

The following are phone numbers that you might find handy.
The Oxford dialling code is 01865.

Medical emergencies:

Most circumstances 999

St Peter’s Lodge (01865) 278 902
John Radcliffe Hospital (01865) 741 166 or (01865) 220 208
Oxford Eye Hospital (01865) 234 163
Ear, Nose and Throat emergencies (01865) 224 756

Legal and Financial:

Student Finance Direct 08456 077 577

Citizens Advice Bureau (01865) 247 578
OUSU Student Advice (01865) 288 461
Oxford Student Legal Advice Service (OSLAS) (01865) 270 770
Tax and Benefits Confidential Helpline 08456 086 000
Oxford Benefits Office (01865) 443 333
Housing Rights Centre (01865) 247 853
Consumer Credit Counselling Service 0800 138 1111


National Rail Enquires 08457 484 950

Oxford Tube (01865) 772 250
City Taxis (01865) 794 000


College Doctors (Jericho Health Centre) (01865) 311 234

NHS Direct 0845 4647
Health Information Service 0800 665 544
Mind Information Line (Mental Health) 08457 660 163
Diabetes UK Careline 020 7424 1030
Meningitis Trust Helpline 0800 028 18 28
National AIDS Helpline 0800 567 123
Terence Higgins Trust (HIV/AIDs line) (01865) 243 389
Harrison Dept, RI (walk‐in HIV testing) (01865) 231 231

Alec Turnball Family Planning Clinic (01865) 456 666
Pregnancy Advisory Service 08457 304 030
Care Confidential (pregnancy & post abortion helpline)
0800 028 22 28
Alcohol Helpline (Drinkline) 0800 917 82 82
FRANK: National Drugs Helpline 0800 77 66 00
Release (drugs legal line) 0845 450 02 15
Libra (drugs/alcohol issues) (01865) 723 500
Clinton Clinic (01865) 226 243
(24hr drugs/alcohol advisory service)
Alcoholics Anonymous (01865) 242 373
0845 769 7555
Quit line (support for those giving up smoking) 0800 00 2200
NHS Smoking Helpline 0800 169 0 169


Careers Service (56 Banbury Rd) (01865) 274 646

We hope you never need it, but just in case the number
for St. Aldate's Police Station is (01865) 266 000.

Helplines & Counselling Services:

Nightline (8pm‐8am listening service) (01865) 270 270

University Counselling Service (01865) 270 300
Samaritans 08457 90 90 90
( (01865) 722 122
MIND (Mental Health) Information Line 0845 766 0163
MIND (Mental Health) Crisis Line (7pm‐1am) (01865) 251 152
Oxford Depression Support Group (01865) 552 640
SANEline (Mental Health Support & Info.) 0845 767 80 00
Dyslexia Association Helpline 0118 966 8271
No Panic (helpline for those suffering from panic attacks, phobias,
compulsive disorders and other related anxiety disorders, including
tranquilliser withdrawal) 0808 808 05 45
Relate (Relationship Counselling) (01865) 242 960
CRUSE Bereavement Care (01865) 245 398
Oxford Rape Crisis (01865) 726 295
Rape Crisis (National) 0207 837 1600
Survivor’s UK (Male Sexual Abuse and Rape) 0845 122 12 01
Victim Support (01865) 711 186
Women’s Aid (Domestic Violence Aid) 0808 2000 247
Brook (Pregnancy and Sexual Health Advice) 020 7284 6040
Miscarriage Association 01924 200 799
beat (Eating Disorders) Helpline 0845 634 14 14
Oxford Friend (LGB Helpline) (01865) 726 893

Bisexual Helpline 020 8569 7500
Lesbian and Gay Switchboard 020 7837 7324
Oxford Homophobia Awareness Liaison Team (01865) 243 389
University Harassment Advisers (01865) 270 760
Proctors' Office 01865 270 090
OUSU Student Advice 01865 288 450
OUSU Academic Welfare 01865 288 464
OUSU Welfare and Equal Opportunities 01865 288 461