Hertford welfare support

College Welfare Team

The Welfare team consists of the Dean, Welfare Coordinator, College Nurse, Registrar, Chaplain and Junior Deans. The team meet every two weeks during term time to discuss general student welfare issues. The team work together, within the bounds of the university confidentiality guidelines to ensure that students experiencing any kind of welfare difficulty or raising any cause for concern, are offered appropriate help and support.  We invite the JCR and MCR welfare reps to at least two of these meetings per term in order to enable them to raise issues of current concern. Any student is welcome to contact any member of the welfare team at any time.  Our policy seeks to secure and protect the existing rights of students, including, in the absence of serious crime, to confidentiality and privacy; and, at all times, to equal treatment under the law.

The College Welfare Committee has a much wider membership including students, staff, College Doctors and University Welfare Service representatives, and meets once a term to discuss issues of general college welfare policy.

Welfare Coordinator

Email | yo [dot] davies [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
Telephone| (2)79461

The Welfare Coordinator, Mrs Yo Davies, is the first point of contact for students with welfare issues. Her primary function in this role is the provision of confidential support for students with welfare and disability issues. She is a trained Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and can provide specific support for any student experiencing mental health difficulties.


She holds an 'open door' drop-in hour between 1pm and 2pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (during term time). Appointments can be made at other times of day - please email yo [dot] davies [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk (Yo Davies) directly.

 College Nurse

Email | nurse [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
Telephone | (2)79401

The College Nurse, Mrs Alison Nicholls, can provide advice on medical issues, she can refer you to the doctor quickly when necessary, she can provide a confidential listening ear for a variety of issues from homesickness to many ailments. She has a comprehensive list of referral agencies.




Email | chaplain [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
Telephone | (2)79455

The Reverend Maria (Mia) Smith is available to talk with students and staff, and to provide support to them. Talking with Mia is confidential. Her office is located in NB 1/4.



Email | dean [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

The Dean, Dr Alison Woollard, has overall responsibility for managing welfare provision within the College, working closely with other members of the Welfare Team.   Alison is able to refer students to the best source of support.  Any member of College may contact the Dean to arrange an appointment, preferably by e-mail.


Junior Deans

We have three Junior Deans who are graduate students at the University and who have responsibility for welfare in different parts of the Hertford College site.

They are able to listen and provide support to all students. In particular they are able to deal with the need for noise reduction.

South Oxford Andrew Dean andrew [dot] dean [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
  North Oxford Anne-Marie Nussberger anne-marie [dot] nussberger [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
  Main Site Jieun Baek ji [dot] baek [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk


Professor David Hopkin, the Senior Tutor, is the college's Disability Lead – the Governing Body member with special reponsibility for all matters relating to disability. 

The Disability Co-ordinator is Mrs Yo Davies, the Welfare Coordinator. The university's Common Framework for Supporting Disabled Students can be found here.

Tutor for Women

Email | emma [dot] smith [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk 

Professor Emma Smith is the Tutor for Women and is able to provide advice on issues such as harassment. She provides the same service for both men and women.

Hertford College's harassment policy can be read in the following two PDFs: code of practice and guidelines.

PREVENT contacts

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:

The Dean, Dr Alison Woollard
The Senior Tutor, Professor David Hopkin
The Bursar, Mr Jamie Clark
The Principal, Mr Will Hutton

Any concerns over the implementation of PREVENT should be raised with Professor Christopher Tyerman, Hertford's Independent Assessor in PREVENT matters. The college's PREVENT Policy can be found here.

JCR Welfare Representatives

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.

  • Male welfare: Jake Manton. jacob [dot] manton [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
  • Female welfare: Kez Chappell-Smith. kerris [dot] chappell-smith [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

MCR Welfare Representatives

One or two students are elected each year from the MCR to serve as Welfare reps. They offer support to graduate students and are a good first port of call if you have a worry or concern.Further details are available on the MCR website.

  • Welfare Officer: Megan Jefferies | megan [dot] jefferies [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Peer Support

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.