Health & disability support
We take mental health, physical health and disability seriously at Hertford, and have support in place to make sure that you get the help and advice you need.
We’re committed to doing all we can to make sure that every student can achieve their full academic potential, whether or not they have a disability. If you’re applying to study here, we encourage you to disclose any disabilities you may have – this way, we can accommodate your needs, be it at interview or when you come to study here. We’ll work with you to assess and support your needs. Our in-house Welfare team and the college’s Admissions office are here to help – let us know if you have any questions or wish to discuss your situation.
College Nurse and Doctors
Our College Nurse is Alison Nicholls. She holds an ‘open’ surgery in her medical room for certain hours every weekday. As well as these ‘walk in’ sessions, she also organizes individual appointments. The Nurse is able to help and advise you if you are ill and can also quickly refer you to the College Doctors.
We have a close relationship with the GPs at 28 Beaumont Street, an NHS Doctors’ Surgery a short distance from college. We strongly encourage you to register with this surgery when you come to Oxford to make sure you can quickly and easily access medical support if needed. Once a week, the College Doctors hold a clinic, with appointments solely for Hertford students, although you’re welcome to also make appointments outside of this designated time.
At Hertford, our Disability Lead is Professor David Hopkin, the Senior Tutor. You can also get advice from the Welfare & Wellbeing Coordinator and the JCR Disabilities Rep, elected by students to represent them.
The University and college provide a very high quality of support for students with disabilities including generous funding. At a University level, the Disability Advisory Service (DAS) plays an important role. They will discuss your experiences and expectations with you, review your evidence of disability, and consider your current studies – all of this helps to determine what support might be appropriate and reasonable for you while you are at Oxford. The DAS offer support in the following areas:
- Teaching adjustments
- Human support
- IT equipment and study technology
- Travel re-imbursement
- Examinations and assessment provision
- Library support
You can read the University’s Common Framework for Supporting Disabled Students here.
Our listed college buildings date from the 16th century and the multi-level site is not universally accessible. If you have accessibility requirements, the following information might be helpful:
- Access to the mainsite quads is available via ramp
- Portable ramps are available for access to ground-floor rooms and the College Chapel.
- There is currently no lift in college, and the dining hall is only accessible via a steep staircase.
- There is an accessible WC in the Old Buildings Quad. This is reached via a short stair lift, for which the Porters can provide a key and assistance.
- There is a hearing loop in the dining hall.
- Assistance and advice can be always be sought from the Porters’ Lodge on Catte Street.
The Oxford University website offers a 360° virtual tour of Hertford, where you can see the dining hall, library, JCR, chapel, and an example of a student room. You might find these resources of use and can find them here.