This health and welfare contact information is for current students

Medical care

Playing in the snowCollege Nurse
Vivienne Davies 
tel 01865 277369

  • Hours 8.30–10.30am, Monday to Friday in term time.
  • The Nurse’s office is North Quad 5, room 1.  
  • No appointment is necessary and consultations are strictly confidential. 
  • The Nurse can also visit students in their rooms if necessary.

College Doctor
Dr Debbie Waller
19 Beaumont Street
tel 01865 240501

The Oxford Emergency Medical Service (OXEMS) provides an out-of-hours service from 6pm to 8am. If you ring the Beaumont Street surgery during those hours, you will be given a number to ring.

The surgery also runs a very good travel clinic for those wishing advice for foreign travel.

Dental practice

Helena Kennedy Student Centre
Headington Hill Campus
Oxford Brookes University
Headington Road, Oxford OX3 0BP

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8.00 am–6.00 pm

tel 01865 689997
email Studental


The College Counsellor, Dr Denise Barulis, is available in College (Canterbury Quad C5-2) on Thursdays from weeks 0 to 9 inclusive, for confidential consultation. If you would like to see her, either to discuss issues concerning you or because you are anxious about someone else, please get in contact.

The University Counselling Service is designed specifically to meet the emotional and practical needs of students at Oxford. It is confidential and deals with the whole range of academic, social and personal anxieties. It is based at 3 Worcester Street, Oxford, OX1 2BX. Appointments can be made by calling in to the office, by telephone 01865 270300 or by email.

Both services are free and confidential.

Disability Support

St John’s College aims to provide a good degree of accessibility for everyone.  The main entrance is via the Porters’ Lodge on St Giles.  This entrance is not currently wheelchair accessible, but a bell push is available to summon assistance from the porters.  The Front Quad, Canterbury Quad, the Chapel and the Kendrew Quad have level thresholds, all making for easy access.

Further information about accessibility of facilities at St John’s can be found here.

Transgender Guidance

As a supportive and inclusive community, St John’s College is committed to the University’s Transgender Policy and Guidance. Please read our Transgender and Gender Identity guidelines for more information and sources of help.

The welfare team

Senior Dean
Professor Theresa Burt de Perera oversees the decanal team in St John's.  She is a full time tutorial fellow, and in her decanal role, she works with the junior deans and Welfare Dean, to keep St John’s a safe, well-regulated environment for all junior members.  The Senior Dean’s work has a particular emphasis on discipline and student financial hardship.  Information about the terms for the Hardship Grant applications  can be found on the Grants, prizes and scholarships page, and you can contact her, or the Welfare Dean for further advice.

Wellfare Dean
Dr Elizabeth Macfarlane
 oversees welfare provision at St John’s, liaising with the medical and counselling services, and with the JCR and MCR welfare officers, as well as the Senior Dean and Junior Deans.  Anyone in college, students and staff alike, can talk to her in confidence on any issue that is of concern to them, and she is always happy to listen.

Junior Deans
Junior Deans Razia Chowdhry, Diala Al Mazri, Bárbara Souza and Kyle Davison are specially trained graduate students who work with the Senior Dean and Welfare Deans, and they are on duty in the evenings and weekends to oversee a safe and well-regulated environment in college.  In normal times they oversee student room bookings for meetings and events.  The Junior Deans also attend to lesser disciplinary matters. You can email the Junior Deans to arrange a video chat for Mon, Wed and Fri between 6pm-6:30pm.

Fellow for Equality
Dr Kate Doornik is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the College’s policy on equality of opportunity, without regard for gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, disability or age. She is also the College's Disability Lead.

Fellow for Ethnic Minorities
Professor Philip Maini is concerned with matters relating to race equality and differences in cultural experience.

Fellow for Women
Professor Zuzanna Olszewska is primarily concerned with issues relating to female students but she is happy to meet with male students as well.

Academic Administrator
Mrs Eileen Marston heads the College Office staff and is responsible for the day-to-day academic administration of the College. 

Finance Bursar
Ms Sally Layburn is responsible for administering grants and collecting battels.

JCR Welfare Team
The JCR appoints a Disabilities Officer and an Equality Officer as part of the JCR Welfare Team to represent students on College Committees. 

The College Harassment Advisors
These are Dr Kate Doornik, Professor Zuzanna Olszewska, Professor Philip Maini and Professor Emma Greensmith.