College welfare

Welfare at Merton is provided by the Chaplain, Welfare Deans and College Nurse (who also serves as the Women's Adviser), and each is very happy to meet with all students on a one-to-one basis with respect to any issue at any time.


Chaplain: Simon Jones

In most, if not all welfare-related issues, Simon Jones is the person you want to talk to. In addition to co-ordinating welfare at Merton, he also chairs the College’s Student Support Committee, making him the ideal person to talk to if you find yourself facing financial hardship.

Simon’s professional code means that he, unlike other members of the college welfare team, is never legally obliged to talk to anyone about issues brought to him, regardless of their nature or severity. His role as chaplain does not overlap or affect his role in welfare—students of all faiths and non-faiths find him to be sympathetic, knowledgeable, non-judgmental and extremely helpful.

"I'm happy to provide confidential welfare support and advice to any student on any matter. I'm also the first port of call for students who find themselves in financial difficulty. I have experience of providing welfare support to a wide variety of people in different contexts. Do feel free to get in touch if you have anything you wish to discuss in confidence, or are considering making an application for hardship funds. There is no need to make an appointment. I'm available most days (including weekends) during term time. Feel free to call round, or contact me by 'phone or email."

Contact Information:

Room: Fellows’ 3:2

Internal: 76365

Mobile: 07968 375664

Email: simon.jones@merton.ox.ac.uk


College Nurse: Lucille Champion

The College nurse is available to offer a confidential service based on the individual needs of the individual. My role is to offer Nursing care, support and medical advice to all students, on any aspect of physical and/or psychological health needs whilst they are at Merton.

I hold drop-in clinics 9.30 to 15.00 from Monday through Thursday And 9:30-12:30 on Friday. So no appointment needed.

If you are unwell and are unable to come to see me in the office, I will happily visit you.

I am able to offer a wide range of information and guidance on topics such as contraception, foreign travel, sports injuries, dental care and other health issues you may need support with.

I also work very closely with the College Doctors and can help arrange both G.P appointments or hospital follow ups visits. The College Doctors continue to hold a weekly clinic in Merton once a week 1-8th week where consultations can be arranged.

Contact Information:

Room: Grove 1:2

Internal: 76320

Email: nurse@merton.ox.ac.uk; merton.nurse2@nhs.net


In addition to these official college positions, the JCR and MCR each elect Welfare Officers to assist with welfare concerns.

Contact information for Cecilia and Christian can be found in the college welfare guides. They will also be running drop-in sessions throughout the year to make it even easier for you to have a chat with them about anything you may be concerned about.

The college also supervises a team of Peer Supporters who are trained in listening and communication skills and who are always available to meet with students. Their contact details can be found in the Welfare Guide.