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St Benet’s is renowned for the welcoming and inclusive environment it provides for all its members and visitors. There is a strong spirit of community in the Hall owing to our size and an ethos which is derived from Benedictine principles, not least the core Benedictine values of giving attentiveness and respect towards others.  The Hall’s close-knit character enables regular interaction between senior and junior members, which is unrivalled in any other college. Graduates, undergraduates, members of the monastic community and staff mix freely, which means that there is always someone to turn to for support or advice.

In the first instance, undergraduates are encouraged to discuss concerns, whether academic or personal, with their director of studies or the Senior Tutor. Graduates are advised to approach their supervisors or their Hall-appointed advisor. A first port of call may also be the resident Junior Dean or resident members of the Chaplaincy team (which is comprised of the three senior monks).

The Joint Common Room (JCR) appoints a Welfare Officer who is trained by the University Counselling Service in Peer Support and who may be approached by any junior member seeking advice or help with any concern. A Graduate Representative serves on the Committee to respond to the particular needs of the graduate members. Detailed welfare advice, including the Hall’s confidentiality policy, is available in the Welfare Guide which is distributed each academic year and is available to download from the intranet pages of this website. Further information is displayed on the welfare noticeboard outside the JCR and in the Handbook.



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