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Support and welfare

The University is committed to providing a supportive environment for all its students and offers a wide range of services which complement the extensive college network of pastoral care and college doctors and nurses.

University Counselling Service

The University Counselling Service is available to help students with emotional or psychological problems. The service is confidential and staffed by fully-trained counsellors and psychotherapists who are used to helping people from many different backgrounds and cultures, and dealing with a wide range of personal issues.

Both individual and group counselling is offered, along with a range of topical workshops to help students build essential skills to respond to the demands of life at university.

Disability advice and support

The University is committed to making reasonable adjustments and addressing any individual support requirements to ensure that students with disabilities are able to participate fully in student life. The University's Disability Advisory Service provides information and advice, and can assist you with organising disability-related support that takes into account your specific study support needs.

Oxford Nightline

Nightline is a listening, information and support service run by students, for students. It is open overnight, 8pm–8am, every night in term-time. The service is confidential and there are always male and female volunteers available.

Harassment Line

The University has a Code of Practice on Harassment, making it a disciplinary offence for any member of the University to harass another on any grounds. Each college and department has at least two advisers on harassment (one of either sex), and the University also has a Harassment Line.

OUSU Student Advice Service

Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) runs a Student Advice Service which aims to provide a space for students to talk in confidence, and to offer information on a range of issues which students might encounter during their time at Oxford.

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