Welfare of Visiting Students
The Welfare of visiting students is taken very seriously at Hertford College. We recognise that it is not always easy getting used to what is a different academic system and we are well aware that being far from home in a different culture can be difficult at times.
- The Tutor for Visiting Students acts as both your Director of Studies and your Personal Tutor.
- The Tutor for Visiting Students will liase with university teaching staff to organise your tutorials for you. She meets each of you personally on your first day to explain how the tutorial system works and discusses how to organise your academic schedule.
- You will have regular meetings with her throughout the term to discuss how your work is going. These meetings are good opportunities to talk through any worries or difficulties that you might be having.
- When you arrive in college you are met by a Hertford College undergraduate student who settles you into your rooms and shows you around on your first evening in Oxford. The warmth and friendship of these students is much appreciated and frequently remarked on by our visiting students.
- An Orientation day is organised for your first full day in college. You will be welcomed by the International Programmes team which includes our Director, Mrs Julie Dearden, and our International Programmes Administrator, Mrs Caroline Rice, our Visiting Student Administrator, Ms Louise Turner, our Conference Co-ordinator, Mr Fatjon Alliaj, as well as the Tutor for Visiting Students, Dr Josephine Reynell. All the people in our team are available to see you throughout your stay here if you have any concerns.
- You will meet Yo Davies the college nurse who will explain what to do if you fall ill
- She is in her college office during the week and as she is a trained counsellor she can give skilled advice to those who are finding university life far from home particularly difficult
- Visiting students can also use the University Counselling Service.
- A particularly enjoyable occasion in your first week is tea with the college chaplain, The Reverend Gareth Hughes. He can be another very important port of call and all students are welcome to see him in his rooms throughout term, regardless of any religious affiliation, for a supportive chat.
- These are graduate students, one of whom lives down at the Graduate Centre, to whom you can go again for advice or support.
- We have a male and female welfare officers on the JCR who are trained as peer supporters and who can provide very helpful advice and moral support for times when you feel you are struggling academically or socially.
Please take the time to browse through the Hertford Welfare pages to get more detailed information about our welfare support for students.