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All members of the Hall upon arrival in Oxford are required to register with the Hall Doctor, Dr Laurence Leaver, or with another practitioner in the city.

Jericho Health Centre, New Radcliffe House, Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6NW

Tel: 01865 311234


Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8.30-18.00

Make an appointment:

Students who require urgent dental treatment are advised to use Studental in Headington.


Helena Kennedy Student Centre, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Headington Road, Oxford, OX3 0BP

Tel: 01865 484608



Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 8.00-18.30, Fri 8.00-18.00


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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. The Welfare Committee meets once a term and is chaired by the Junior Dean. Minutes and further information are displayed on the welfare noticeboard outside the JCR and in the Handbook.


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The University Counselling Service offers free and confidential support for students through workshops, and individual or group counselling. All new members of the Hall will receive an introduction to the Counselling Service upon arrival in Oxford.


Counselling Service

3 Worcester Street

Oxford OX1 2BX

Tel: 01865 270300



Opening hours:  Weeks 0-9 Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00 (for pre-arranged appointments Mon-Thurs 09.00-20.00).  Make an appointment here


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Nightline: 01865 270270

Oxford University is very well organised to give support to students with a range of disabilities, including SpLD students. Please see the relevant pages on the University website for further and more in-depth information. If a student declares a disability or Learning Difficulty on his UCAS form, it is likely that the University Disability Advisory Service will contact him/her directly even before he or she comes up. The Disability Advisory Service (DAS) will arrange dyslexia testing or similar as necessary.

At St Benet’s, the Senior Tutor sees all the freshers individually on arrival. As part of the interview, she checks what conditions they may have which might require special arrangements in exams or other support. She will then notify DAS of any students needing testing or other disability assessments. On the basis of the assessment results, she will then apply to the Proctors for special arrangements in exams as necessary. The Senior Tutor will also discuss with the student the wording of any message he/she would like to be sent round to individual tutors throughout their time at Oxford.

At St Benet's Hall, we do our best to support any other physical disabilities, and in the past few years have helped several students with serious medical conditions to complete their studies successfully. However, the Hall itself is a tall listed building, and is not wheelchair-friendly. In this situation, the colleges would co-operate to try and find suitable accommodation for a student.

The Hall is committed to protecting its members, employees, or any other persons for whom it has a duty of care, from harassment.

Any member of the Hall who believes that he or she is a victim of harassment is encouraged to discuss the circumstances informally and confidentially with a dedicated Harassment Officer.

The Harassment Officers are:

Dr Susan Doran (
Dr Nicholas Waghorn (
Further information and advice on harassment can be found in the Hall Handbook which is available through the intranet.

The Hall requires its members to observe the University’s Policy and Code of Practice on the protection of children and vulnerable adults, published in the University Gazette on 23 September 2015.


The Hall's safeguarding contact is the Senior Tutor, Dr Benard Gowers (, 01865 280559).