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The welfare team

The Decanal Team

The Tutor for Welfare

The Tutor for Welfare, Prof Keyna O'Reilly, leads on welfare in the College. She is assisted by the Welfare Officer and a team of Junior Deans.

The Welfare Officer

The Welfare Officer, Jo Jackson, coordinates welfare provision in College, and is the first port of call for students and staff on any issues relating to welfare and wellbeing. She can be contacted via or on 01865 289137. At the moment, meetings are by appointment only and within office hours.

You are always welcome to come for a cup of tea and a chat in confidence, no matter how formal or informal, general or specific, whether it's about you or someone else – you won’t be judged. Jo can advise you on sources and avenues of support, talk through your options, signpost to available services in Oxford if need be, or just offer a listening ear. She’s here to help ensure that you are able to access whatever support you need in order to thrive during your time at Queen’s. If you are struggling with something, it’s always better to seek advice and support sooner rather than later. There is always help available – all you have to do is ask.

The Junior Deans

The Junior Deans are graduate students who live on the main College site (in Back Quad), Carrodus Quad, St Aldate's House and Cardo. There are also Decanal Assistants (D.A.s) in the Venneit Close and Oxley-Wright buildings. All these people have been chosen by the College as key contacts for welfare concerns. A Junior Dean is on duty overnight every day of the week (7pm to 7am) to deal with emergencies.

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 organise a meeting by emailing the team. In case of emergency, contact the Lodge who will put you in touch with the on-duty Junior Dean. 

The Junior Deans hold termly welfare events. Look out for invitations in your inbox.

The Junior Deans can be contacted via  

Read more information about the Decanal Team.

The Chaplain

The College Chaplain, Katherine Price, is also part of the welfare team but is outside the academic, disciplinary, and medical procedures of the College. She is happy to speak in confidence with any member of the College, regardless of religious affiliation.

Moral tutor/College Advisor

Every undergraduate student is assigned a Moral Tutor and each graduate student is assigned a College Advisor. Moral Tutors and College Advisors are responsible for students' academic and pastoral care. Moral Tutors and College Advisors are usually a senior member of the College who knows a student best and is the first source of help for many problems.

Disability Coordinator

The Academic Administrator Dr Sarah McHugh is the College’s Disability Coordinator. She works closely with the Disability Advisory Service and assists with the implementation of support plans, including alternative examination arrangements. Speak to Sarah if you have any questions about support options for a disability or long-term illness.

In general, it is usually better to seek advice at an early rather than a late stage if you are experiencing difficulties. There are many people who can guide you through your options for further help and support, so don't hesitate to reach out.