Welfare Provision and Advisers


We are wholly committed to student welfare and want students to get the very best from their time at St Anne's.

The first point of contact for any issues should be the Dean of Welfare, Rachel Busby

The Senior Tutor, Dr Shannon McKellar Stephen, who coordinates welfare and support, is happy to meet with any students in need of a confidential chat regarding their academic work or where personal issues are affecting academic progress.

We also have an on-site College Nurse, Clare Woolcott who can advise on medical-related issues as well as any other personal or emotional problems.

St Anne's also offers Assistant Deans and a Peer Support Team made up of students who have been trained by the University Counselling Service to provide a non-judgemental, confidential, informal listening service to their peers at St Anne’s. They attend regular welfare events, are available for chats when needed and hold a weekly informal drop-in hour. They are all approachable and friendly and do their best to help. Their names and contact numbers are advertised around College and can be requested from the Disabilities Coordinator or the JCR/MCR representatives. 


The College is fully committed to fulfilling our obligations under the relevant legislation (notably Special Educational Needs and Disability Act of 2001 or SENDA), and encourage students to be open about their disabilities and to discuss their needs with the College’s Disability Adviser, Sheila Smith.

University Support

If students require additional support, the University also offers a counselling service: University Counselling Services: Tel 01865 270 300

Independent Advice

The Student Advice Service, which is part of the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU), is an independent advice, information and advocacy service and can be contacted at advice@ousu.ox.ac.uk or tel 01865 288 466.