Health, Welfare & Disability

College Health, Welfare & Disability Support

We have an excellent reputation for student welfare at St Anne’s and we encourage you to be familiar with what’s available. The ‘welfare team’ includes members of the Decanal Team, College Officers, health professionals, JCR and MCR welfare reps and Peer Supporters. Be assured that the support is here for you. Try to seek guidance and help as early as you can. And of course, confidentiality is maintained at all times.

Rachel Busby

Dean of Welfare

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 274881

Sheila Smith

Disability Co-ordinator

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 274840

Clare Woolcott

College Nurse

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 274800 (via Lodge)


Student Peer Supporters & Welfare Reps

Jennifer Cassidy, Rob Stagg & Ben Verboom

Assistant Deans

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 274800 (via Lodge)

Don Porcelli

College Dean

University and Other Contacts and Resources

For medical, physical or mental health, and welfare concerns, e.g. sleep disturbance, contraception and sexual health, anxiety and panic attacks, low mood, depression, suicidal thoughts

Dr Leaver and Partners, Jericho Health Centre, New Radcliffe House, Walton Street  available all year round

(T) 01865 311234 / (T) 111 out of hours

The Service offers free and confidential support, but it is not an emergency service.  Make an appointment by phone or email.  Podcasts and resources available on the website  

Open weekdays 9am-5pm during Easter Vacation with service closure from Thurs 18/04 to Mon 22/04 inclusive, re-opening for term time hours (Mon – Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-5pm) from Tuesday, 23rd April. We can offer duty counsellor telephone calls as well as 1:1 consultations to students during these hours also.

Tel: 01865 270300 Email:

3 Worcester Street, Oxford OX12BX

Service website links:

The service is open throughout the academic year.  Free support and advice to any student affected by sexual harassment or violence, whether the experiences happened in Oxford or elsewhere, recent or in the past.  Contact an advisor at  

A team of specialist advisors who provide information and advice on disability issues, and facilitate access to study for all students who have, for example:

A sensory or mobility impairment; a long-term physical or mental health condition; a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD; A social or communication difficulty such as autism spectrum condition

Call us on 01865 280459

Email us at   

Visit us at 3 Worcester Street, OX1 2BX

We give people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are, and whatever their problem.

Our network of charities offers confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free on:

Benefits, Work, Debt and money, Consumer rights, Housing, Family issues, Law and courts, Immigration

Oxfordshire Mind runs a wide range of services for anyone over the age of 16 who is affected by mental health problems – including:

To enter one of our services we ask that people take part in an Options session first. This involves either a phone call or face-to-face meeting with one of our Wellbeing workers. They are an opportunity to have a chat about what services are available, to listen to you, and decide what to do next.

MIND mental health info line
01865 247788
9.30am – 4.30pm (mon – thurs), 9.30am to 4pm (fri)
closed bank holidays

If you’re having a difficult time, or worried about someone else, you can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels.  Here to listen, no judgement, no pressure, and help you work through what’s on your mind.

Get in touch by telephone 116 123 (this number is free to call)

Or you may telephone the Oxford branch: 01865 722 122 (local call charges apply)


Visit the oxford branch: Samaritans Oxford, 60 Magdalen Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 1RB

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door: 8:00am – 10:00pm (Wheelchair accessible)

If you experience mental health crisis at the weekend, you can get support with Oxford Safe Haven by calling 01865 903 037

Oxford Safe Haven is an out-of-hours, non-clinical space offering crisis support, signposting, safety planning and listening support.  Open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday from 6pm until 10pm.

The referral line is open from 5pm on the day of the service and the last entry is at 9pm.  You must call first.  We may not have a space if people arrive at the venue without calling ahead.