Students' health and well-being are of paramount importance, both for their own sake and to enable them to derive the most benefit from the course and make a positive contribution to its success. The pastoral element is therefore given priority and our tutors and staff are fully responsive to student needs.
Residential Deans are always on hand to deal with medical issues; Oxford has one of the best-equipped hospital complexes in the country and students can be assured of the very best medical care. For routine treatment, an appointment can be made with the college doctor at short notice. However, please note that it is essential to take out medical insurance before leaving home to cover hospitalisation or return home in the event of accident or illness. This can normally be done by extending an existing policy.
The course encourages student self-reliance and independence; however, we consider each student's safety and well-being to be of utmost importance and any problem or difficulty may be raised with one of the Deans or with other course staff. Their role is to help ensure students enjoy their time with us and they are available to listen to any concern, however minor. Advice on spiritual matters can be arranged with the appropriate minister of religion. Students remain supervised throughout the course; specific requests to visit relatives and friends at weekends require permission and advance notice from a parent or appointed guardian.