The MCR welfare reps make sure that you are well cared for in college. They want to maintain the friendly, safe and happy atmosphere at Catz that makes it so great. The welfare reps are in charge of providing support and advice and will be peer support trained. In addition to that, they organise waffles on Sundays during term time (see below), so they are easily accessible for an informal chat. The welfare reps are also in charge of sexual health in the MCR and provide condoms free of charge to the MCR (next to the coffee machine) or in your pidge.
This year’s welfare reps are:
Male Welfare: Achyut Kannan Maheswaran (email)
Female Welfare: OPEN (email)
BME Officer: Ruth Jones (email)
Peer support is a confidential listening service run by Catz students, for Catz students. Peer Supporters offer an easily accessible and informal opportunity to talk through issues that may be concerning you. Often it can help simply to get things off your chest or to know that someone is genuinely willing to listen and take time to understand what’s on your mind. All Peer Supporters have been carefully selected and trained to take up this role, and receive ongoing support and supervision through the University Counseling Service.
You are more than welcome to continue contacting us through our individual emails. We aim to respond to messages within 48 hours. When you send us an email to the general account, you will receive an automatic reply with information about various welfare services and contact information for the services, which we hope will be helpful until we are able to respond to your email. This is NOT meant to be a point of emergency contact, but rather for general communication. We are very excited to provide this additional way of getting in touch with us, your dedicated MCR Welfare Team, and anticipate this general email allowing for smoother transitions between academic years. We look forward to hearing from you!
Below are the MCR members that are here to support you, please feel free to contact anyone of them in confidence about anything at all, it may simply be to speak to someone. They are all very friendly and supportive.
Ben Abraham (email)
Hi! I’m a DPhil Student in Public Policy and originally from New Zealand. I love to travel, BBC’s Planet Earth II, and play basketball for the University. If you want to chat anything over don’t hesistate to reach out 🙂
Danai Papamaximou (email)
Hello! My name is Dani and I study towards a DPhil. I am here for you to talk in confidentiality. I hope that by working together we will be able to make the most of your Oxford experience! Do get in touch 🙂
Every graduate student is assigned a ‘College Advisor’ who serves as a point of contact to the general College structure and provides both a social and academic link with the College. Your College Advisor normally will not be your academic supervisor, but could be related to your research group. We recommend that you get in touch with your College Advisor and meet up with them as soon as your schedules allow. They can provide an invaluable contact for when things go well and when things do not quite go according to plan.
The name of your college advisor is given in the welcoming documents from college. You can send a mail to one of the co-presidents to look the name up for you if you cannot find this document.
The Junior Deans are graduates who live in college, and you can also go to them for help. They have also been trained by the Oxford University Counselling Service to provide welfare help, and you can email them to organise appointments. In particular they are the best point of calls regarding academic issues, or disruptions on your staircase. In the event of emergency, the Junior Deans are notified by the lodge staff. They are trained to assist in first aid. One of the four junior deans will be on duty between 7pm and 7am Monday to Friday and at weekends. Contact can be made through the Porter’s Lodge (01865271700).
You can get medical help in a number of ways:
Our college nurse is around in Room 1 Staircase 1. No appointment is necessary but check the Opening Hours. Or you could email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The College Doctor works at 9 King Edward Street (OX1 4JA) and is only available by appointment except in an emergency. The Surgery’s number is 01865 242 657.
- NHS Direct is available by calling 111 for non-emergency medical advice.
- In a medical emergency, call 999 or 112.
Here are some other useful contacts:
- FRANK (0800 77 66 00) 24hr friendly confidential drugs advice.
- Nightline (01865 270 270) 8pm to 8am Independent listening, support and information service run by students for students.
- CAB Citizens Advice Bureau (08444 111 444) Free and confidential help and advice on legal or financial problems.
- Samaritans (08457 90 90 90) 24hr or email email@example.com a confidential listening service.
- NHS Direct (111) 24hr health advice and information.
- John Radcliffe Hospital (01865 741 166) Local hospital in Headington open 24hrs.
- Student Advice Service (01865 288 466) Confidential information and support service run by just graduated students.
- University counselling service (01865 270 300) Staffed by professional councillors offering one on one and group sessions.
- Safety Bus (07714 445 050) 9pm to 3am Monday to Saturday, 9am to 1am Sunday. A pick up and delivery service anywhere inside the ring road for £1 donation.
Waffles are warm and fluffy and they are served every Sunday morning during at the MCR!
Sunday food social
After you filled yourself with waffles and slept for 6-7 hours there will be a food social with food/games/movies organised by our social secs starting around 7.15 pm every Sunday during term!
Catz Yoga Classes
Catz MCR are also doing free yoga classes to help you destress! All classes are for both guys and girls at any level of flexibility and fitness with a training external instructor. If you have your own yoga or exercise mat, please bring it along. They are currently held on Tuesdays at 6:45pm and Saturdays at 2:15pm in Room C (above the MCR) in term time. Email Kalina Naidoo for more information.
Catz Circuits and Core Classes
Catz MCR now offers you free exercise classes with the intention of promoting healthy living / getting in shape / being outdoors! All classes are for both guys and girls at any level of fitness so don’t be put off – the whole point of these classes are to encouraging people to participate, including those who wouldn’t normally try stuff like this. Come and have a go! They are really fun! They are currently held on Mondays in term time at 5:30pm in the squash courts in college. Email the Sports and Leisure officer for more information.