All of our resources, support and guidance can be found in the current Hertford Wellbeing Handbook – download it below.
We have four Junior Deans who are graduate students at the University and who have responsibility for welfare in different parts of the college site. They are able to listen and provide support to all students. In particular they are able to deal with out-of-hours problems and the need for noise reduction. Click the poster link at the top of the page to view their contact details. Posters are also available in the Lodge and on all accommodation staircases.
JCR Welfare Reps (undergraduates)
Two students are elected each year from the JCR to serve as Welfare reps.
They are trained in peer support and have good links with OUSU. They offer support to undergraduate students and are a good first port of call if you have a worry or concern. Further details are available on the JCR website.
MCR Welfare Officer (graduates)
Hertford has an “in house” peer-support team. These students are trained in active listening skills and have regular supervision. They provide a confidential service to Hertford students. They can provide information about where to get further help. Names and contact details of the JCR Peer Supporters can be found on the JCR website.
If you believe that you have been, or are, experiencing harassment you can contact the Chaplain, the Rev. Mia Smith, who is the College Harassment Officer.
Christmas Vacation Guide
An online resource compiled by the University Church, the Oxford Vacation Guide details events, food, services and amenities available in Oxford over the Christmas vacation.
Run for and by students, Nightline provides every student in Oxford with the opportunity to talk to someone about anything they like. A completely independent, non-judgmental listening, support and information service, with no political, religious or moral bias, the service also provides information, from taxi numbers to the addresses of clinics and other support networks. You may phone on a landline or mobile (reversed charges accepted), call on Skype (username is oxfordnightline) or drop in at the flat for coffee and a chat. There are always two people in the office, one male and one female. Strict confidentiality is assured and you do not have to give your name.
The Nightline flat is at 16 Wellington Square (tel. (2)70270), and is open from 8 pm until 8 am every night during term, and during the weeks immediately before and after each term.
Sexual assault/rape refers to any kind of sexual act that occurs without the consent of one of the people involved. It can happen to anyone regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or background. The assault may be committed by someone known to you or a stranger. Most assaults are committed by someone known to you or by someone you may be having a relationship with.
Following an assault people are likely to feel distressed and confused and find it hard to know where to turn for help. Those who are helping them may also feel uncertain as to what to do and where to obtain help. In an emergency situation where you do not feel safe dial 999. Hertford has trained First Responders: these are students who have had training in helping people who have been assaulted.
First Responders can be contacted for help and will help you make choices about getting the appropriate help. Their contact details are available in the First Responders folder in the Lodge – they are:
MCR: Tea Kecman and Sophia Valaris.
JCR: Sarah Goodman, Isabella Reynard, Nikita Khandwala, Katie Burke, Bramman Rajkumar, Elle Davies, Charlotte Jackson, Poppy Iveson, Joe Morrow, Joe Baverstock-Poppy, Lily MacTaggart, Steffi Woodgate, George Grun, Jei Diwakar, and Sophie Claypole.
Please contact any of them in the strictest confidence if you need help or advice. They can help you with getting transport to a SARC (see below).
Solace Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) are available to provide care following a sexual assault.
They are available to help 24 hours a day but it is very important to telephone before you visit.
Telephone: 0300 130 3036
They are staffed by trained crisis workers and have specialist doctors who can advise and, with your consent, examine you. This is whether or not you wish to involve the police.
The Porters at Hertford will call you a taxi to take you to a SARC and College will cover the cost for the journey or you can do this yourself and keep receipts for reimbursement in complete confidence later. You are welcome to take a friend with you or to ask for a Junior Dean or member of staff to accompany you.
The nearest SARC are in Bicester and Slough.
Thames Valley SARC Bicester
Tel: 0300 130 3036
Thames Valley SARC Slough
Tel: 0300 130 3036
Dr Alison Woollard is Hertford’s lead on PREVENT. Any members of College concerned about radicalisation should consult one of the following College officers in the first instance:
Any concerns over the implementation of PREVENT should be raised with Professor Christopher Tyerman, Hertford’s Independent Assessor in PREVENT matters.
The right to privacy is enshrined in the Human Rights Act 1998.
At Hertford we take this seriously. The University has a comprehensive policy relating to confidentiality for student health and welfare. There is further information at www.oxford.ac.uk/students/shw where the document on the Guidance on Confidentiality in Student Health and Welfare can be downloaded as a PDF.