Brasenose has a reputation in the university as a happy and friendly college. Student life can on occasion be stressful, and we are determined to do everything we can to help resolve problems before they become serious. Tutors get to know their students much better than is possible in most universities and are ready to offer help with any difficulties their own students face. In addition, there are a number of students and staff with roles dedicated to student welfare, whose details are below.
JCR Welfare Representatives
2nd Year Medical Student
Hi I’m Ella, the Female Welfare Officer. Alongside Tom, our aim is to promote a stress free environment around college and raise the college’s mood and health. We are part of diverse team of fully trained student Peer Supporters - confidential listeners who can be relied upon to talk though issues big and small. We have a weekly “tea” with free food to bring the college together and draw them away from work for some social respite. Massages, yoga and walks also run regularly. We’re good at signposting other support both in college and university wide. The welfare team works with college and university staff including the Dean, Junior Deans, Chaplain, Porters, Student Support Advisor and the University Counselling Service. We love to speak to people and are very friendly. Please feel free to approach either me or Tom about anything!
2nd Year PPE Student
Hi I'm Tom, and as the JCR Male Welfare Rep, I work with Ella to be both a friendly presence around college, putting on welfare teas and other events, and an avenue of confidential support should anything be playing on your mind. We've both received Peer Support Training from the University Counselling Service, so approach either of us if you have any concerns or issues or would just like a friendly chat and a cuppa! Our role also involves discreetly providing sexual health supplies.
Sudent Support Advisor - Ellie Raikes
I provide an independent, confidential support and wellbeing service in college for students 3 times a week. I am a fully qualified psychodynamic counsellor registered with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and offer all students at Brasenose the opportunity to address confusing, stressful or distressing issues with a trained professional. My sole role within college is to provide emotional support and be available for students should they need a neutral space in which to work things out. It could be that the rhythms and pressures of the academic term are affecting you; you feel you aren’t coping; difficulties arise within relationships; you feel ‘out of sorts’ but don’t know why; you notice low mood or increased anxiety; a life event causes you distress or things feel overwhelming. Whatever is happening, I am here to support you. My task is to help students develop coping skills for when things are challenging or stressful but also to help you make sense of your experience. Through talking and reflection comes self awareness which can give you have the opportunity to build a greater sense of resilience, control and a clearer path ahead.
Ellie’s hours in College are
Mondays: 12 noon to 2.00pm
Tuesdays: 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Thursdays: 1.30pm to 2.30pm
To make a confidential booking for a 30 minute session with Ellie, see www.bnc.ox.ac.uk/support
Dean and Junior Deans
The Dean and the Junior Deans work with the Chaplain and Senior Tutor to coordinate pastoral support within the College.
The Brasenose Chaplain is Julia Baldwin: [email protected]
Other useful contacts:
Harassment Officer, Disability Officer and Adviser to Women Students, Dr Anne Edwards: [email protected]
Read about College provision for students with a disability or special need here
Read information on Transgender and Gender Identity at Brasenose College here
University Health and Welfare Provision:
The Health and Welfare section of the University's Student Gateway provides students with University information on:
- Health - Details on registering with health professionals, medical emergencies, occupational health and an A-Z of health advice pages on common topics;
- Disability Advisory Service - Guidance on study support including funding, special examination arrangements and fact sheets on specific disabilities;
- Counselling Service - Comprehensive new range of pages outlining the support available to students in the form of individual and group counselling, workshops and self-help resources plus additional pages offering advice for those supporting students such as University & college staff, parents, other students and GPs & health professionals;
- Student-led support - Information on the Peer Support scheme, OUSU Student Advice Service and Nightline;
- Equality & Diversity - Introduction and links to the Equality and Diversity Unit website and an outline of the role it plays in ensuring no student will be treated less favourably on the grounds of age, gender, race, religion & belief and sexual orientation;
- Childcare Services - Useful links to services and support available for student parents.