Support with Personal Wellbeing

You will find that your own subject tutors are always ready to lend an ear to any problems or worries you may have. However, you may prefer to talk problems over with other members of the college because you know them or feel comfortable with them.

Below are some suggestions for sourcing support with particular issues. You can find contact details for key welfare team members on the Welfare Contacts page.

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    If you are worrying about the impact of your personal wellbeing on your academic progress, then we would encourage you to discuss this with your welfare then this should be discussed in the first instance with your present tutor or the supervising tutor in your own subject. The Senior Tutor is available for consultation if further help is needed, as is the University Counselling Service (see our page on 'Mental Health' for more information about Counselling.)

    If the problem concerns the tutor's teaching then the issue should be raised with the tutor concerned. If it cannot be satisfactorily resolved then it should be taken up with the supervising tutor. If it is still no resolved in a satisfacotry way, then it should be referred to the Senior Tutor, and finally to the Principal. It is important to follow this procedure as many issues can be resolved at an early stage and thus unnecesaary hurt and anguish may be avoided.

    The Take 5 Exam Panic: Innovation Fund project pilot to help Oxford students understand and manage their exam panic using mindfulness theory and exercises:

    If you think you will have problems in meeting your college bills (either fees or battels), please discuss your situation with either the Bursar or the Academic Administrator as soon as possible.

    Applying for Financial Assistance

    University Hardship Funds

    For information about all University Hardship Funds please see:

    This includes information about the following:

    • Oxford Hardship Fund (OHF) for all students (regardless of their fee status) experiencing unexpected financial difficulties
    • Covid-19 Assistance Fund (CAF)
    • Targeted funds for care-experienced and estranged students

    College Hardship Funds

    To apply to the College Hardship Fund please contact the Academic Administrator (

    The JCR Trust, funded by former Harris Manchester students, provides small grants to assist students facing temporary hardship which may threaten their academic life at Harris Manchester. More information and an application form may be obtained from Kate Alderson-Smit ( or the JCR President. 


    Under the law it is a criminal offence to take, possess, manufacture, pass to others, or sell drugs; or to be knowingly concerned in the management of premises where any of these things are done. The College wishes its policy with regard to involvement with drugs to be clearly known and understood. Any member of the College who becomes involved in taking, manufacturing, passing to others, or selling drugs (e.g. heroin, amphetamine sulphate, LSD, ecstasy, cocaine and 'crack', etc.) must expect to be expelled. Involvement with drugs such as cannabis will result in discipline and even suspension.

    Anyone requiring help of any sort in connection with drugs may take one or other of the following courses of action:

    • Medical help may be sought either from the College doctor or any other general practitioner. The National Drugs Helpline can be contacted on 0800 776600 (free phone), or you may wish to look at this NHS-run site for general information:
    • You may approach the Drug Squad of the Thames Valley Police (Phone: 01865 249881).
    • There are two listening services, Nightline (run by students for students - 16 Wellington Square, tel. (2)70270:, and the Samaritans (123, Iffley Road, tel. 722122 any time, or try the national number 08457 909090);
    • You may approach some member of the Senior Common Room, bearing in mind that responsibility to other members of College, and the law, may impose some limit on the degree of confidentiality that may be maintained.

    Harris Manchester is committed to fostering an environment of support and good mental wellbeing and we have several support routes in place if you feel you may be experiencing a mental health condition.

    Firstly, please do contact someone. It can be a friend, Tutor, the NHS, family, one of the College Officers, or whoever you feel comfortable talking to. We do not want anyone to suffer in silence but we also understand that it can be hard to talk about mental health issues so anonymous services are also available and be found via the 'Health and Welfare Links' section at the bottom of this page. All conversations about mental health with HMC staff members are treated as confidential unless explicitly stated otherwise (with the consent of the student).

    Counselling Services

    The university has an excellent Counselling Service, with professional psychologists who operate a confidential service that you can refer yourself to without involving anyone else. They can speak with you in person, with an appointment or via a drop-in clinic or by video call/phone if you wish. In addition their website provides many links, podcasts and articles that you can use for self-help remotely.
    If you feel that you need professional counselling, you may contact the University Counselling Service at 3 Worcester Street (2)70300 or email  For information about the Counselling Service and how to book an appointment please see:

    Other Sources of Support for Mental Health

    Oxford Safe Haven: Oxford Safe Haven (OSH) provides an additional resource to out-of-hours service and is an alternative to hospital emergency departments for people experiencing a crisis with their mental health.

    Nightline: confidential listening, support and information service.  01865 (2)70270  open 8pm-8am, 0th-9th Week.  Nightline can also be reached on Skype by searching for username oxfordnightline

    The Oxfordshire Mind Guide: Up-to-date directory on all mental health services in Oxfordshire, covering recovery and support groups and community mental health services

    Mind, national mental health charity:  0300 123 3393 - Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm or

    Student-Run Student Minds:

    No Panic:  for panic attacks and anxiety disorders, 0844 967 4848

    Samaritans: for mental health concerns 08457 90 90 90 – Open 24/7 every day of the year

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Information:

    Help is at Hand: support and guidance for those bereaved following suicide

    Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide Support Group:

    OUSU Advice on Harassment and Abuse: Email 01865 288466 Visit us at 2 Worcester Street Oxford OX1 2BXDrop in Mondays 10am-12 noon; Wednesdays: 12-2pm; Friday 2pm-4pm.  For information about the OUSU Student Advice Service please click here.

    Solace (Sexual Assault Referral Centre):

    Oxford Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre: Telephone Helpline: 01865 726 295 or freephone 0800 783 6294 24 Hour Answerphone: 01865 726 295

    It Happens Here:  Oxford student website explaining options and resources available after sexual violence

    First Response App:  An app developed specifically for Oxford University, providing survivors of sexual violence information on response options and support resources

    Oxford and Harris Manchester are both great places to explore who you are and to consider questions that you may have never have considered before. We want HMC to be a haven for people of all identities and have worked hard to put in the support structures to allow you to feel comfortable in expressing yourself however you may wish.

    The college's LGBTQ+ Officer is Kate Wilson who is always available for a chat on equality and inclusivity queries and can be found at and the JCR and MCR LGBTQ+ Officers similarly provide welfare support and organise social events (see the JCR and MCR pages for more details). These three officers ensure that College and University policies are considerate to LGBTQ+ students and are a support network built by and for the students should any issues arise.

    There are also various other organisations such as the LGBTQ+ Society and the SU LGBTQ+ Campaign working to make sure the LGBTQ+ community in Oxford keeps thriving at a University wide level. More information can be found on the LGBTQ+ Society's Website.

    The College's Disability Officer is Ashley Walters who can be found in the Academic Office or alternatively can be reached by phone on 01865 (2)71009 or by email on Students are encouraged to contact him with any questions or concerns they may have relating to disability.

    Harris Manchester has two contacts at the University Disability Advisory Service: Sarah Jones, who manages mental health disabilities (, and Rachel Steadman ( who manages all other disabilites. Both are based in the University Disability Advisory Service which is located at 3 Worcester Street, Oxford, OX1 2AW. 
    For information on which venues are accessible please download the Sociability App.