All of us are best placed to do our academic work when we look after both our physical and mental wellbeing. There are certain choices that are generally helpful and increase our chances of being well: getting enough sleep, eating regularly and well, making sure we move about and get fresh air, taking breaks, practicing good self-care. Our health is important, and simple strategies like this can have a real impact on our wellbeing and, by extension, our academic work.
The Decanal Team are here to promote the wellbeing of members of the College and can point you in the direction of appropriate advice or support. There are particular challenges that you may face at university—leaving home, moving to a city or country you don’t know, living in a large institution rather than a home, missing your friends or family, having to get on with people you might not have chosen to live with, adjusting to independent study and research, managing your own finances, and having to make decisions about everything from what to eat to how to prioritise your work. It is natural to find changes like these stressful or overwhelming.
Even when you feel you are used to university life, there will be new challenges and transitions along the way, and while student life can be fun, it can also be tough at times. There are times when things can get too much, even with the healthiest of lifestyles, and we’re here to support you when you need it. If you are struggling with something, it’s always better to seek support and advice sooner rather than later. There is a wealth of support available from the College, the University, and beyond. No matter how small or large you think a problem is, we can point you in the right direction — all you have to do is ask.
The Dean, Chris O’Callaghan, is responsible for aspects of day-to-day student life in College including welfare and discipline. He is assisted by a team of Junior Deans (J.D.s). The Junior Deans are graduate students who live on the main College site, Carrodus Quad, St Aldate's House and the Florey Building. There are also Decanal Assistants (D.A.s) in the Cardo and Oxley-Wright buildings. All these people have been chosen by the College as key contacts for welfare concerns.
You can talk to Junior Deans confidentially if you’re having any kind of social, emotional, or psychological problem – you won’t be judged. If you would like to speak to a Junior Dean, you can do so without an appointment during their weekly office hours. Alternatively, you can organise a meeting by emailing the team at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Junior Dean is on duty every evening from 7pm-7am and may be contacted via the Lodge in case of emergency.