At Balliol we believe the welfare of our students is paramount, whether you have a serious personal issue you need to sort out or are just feeling down and fancy a chat. The JCR officers in charge of welfare are known as the DRs WHO and can be contacted either in person, by email, or by leaving a note in their pigeon holes - this can even be done anonymously if you want. The DRs WHO are backed up by Welfare Subcommittee, a nine-strong team consisting of the Women’s Officers, the LGBTQ Officers, the Ethnic Minorities and International Officers, the Disabled Students Officer, and the Academic Affairs Officers. We also have a team of dedicated Peer Supporters, who have all received specialist welfare training from the University. Like the DRs WHO, these students can all be approached no matter how big or small you feel your issue is, and unless they feel that your health is in danger they will preserve your confidence absolutely.

The DRs WHO arrange a number of welfare events throughout the year, including Welfare Lunches and Brunches, film events, discussion groups, and the highlight of the welfare year: Welfare Week!

At Oxford, you’ll also be lucky enough to have two sets of parents! Your subject parents are there to help you with any issue you may have concerning your subject, from reading lists to tutors. They’ll also be the ones who’ll help you through the exam period, from pidging you sugary treats to buying you your first carnation. Your general parents are also there if you need any advice, and will always be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

If you feel uncomfortable speaking to students about your problems, the college also has a number of staff specially trained to help you. The Chaplain should be your first point of call: they have an open-door policy, so whatever your problem you’re more than welcome to drop by and talk to them. The college nurse can help with a wide range of health matters and concerns, and can also advise you on the university’s counseling services, and you can also make an appointment with the college doctors at 19 Beaumont Street if you feel like you need to.

No matter how big or small you feel your issue is, Balliol has an open and welcoming atmosphere that means that there is always someone you can approach, at almost any time of the day or night. Despite our size, we have a reputation as having one of the closest and tightly-knit college communities, and you should never feel like you’ve got no-one to turn to.

College Nurse

Contact details:

  • Email: balliolnurse@nhs.net
  • Telephone: 01865 277737
  • Mobile: 07881 836803 (during working hours only)

More information is available on the College's Health page.

The Nurse holds clinics from 0th Week to 9th Week inclusive as follows:

Balliol main Broad Street site: Staircase XXII, Room 1 

  • Monday 10.00am-1.20pm
  • Wednesday 10.00am-1.20pm
  • Friday 11.30pm-4.00pm

Holywell Manor: First floor, North Wing

  • Monday 1.30-2.30pm
  • Wednesday 1.30-2.30pm 

Students and staff can be seen at either location. The clinics are drop-in, but appointments can be made by contacting the Nurse in advance.

    If a student is too ill to leave his or her room, a note should be left at the Lodge via the student’s scout or friend, and the Nurse will call to see the student.