junior deans

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Student welfare is of great importance to the Queen’s College. We understand that student life can be challenging at times. There’s a wealth of support available at Queen’s, the university and beyond — all you have to do is ask.

The Dean Chris O’Callaghan is responsible for aspects of day-to-day student life in college. The Dean has authority in matters of welfare and discipline. He is assisted by a team of Junior Deans. The Junior Deans (J.Ds) are four postgraduate students residing on the main college site, Carrodus Quad, St Aldate's House and Florey. Working alongside the Dean, the J.Ds are your first point of contact for welfare and disciplinary issues.

You can talk to Junior Deans confidentially if you’re having any kind of social, emotional, or psychological problem – you won’t be judged. If you would like to contact a Junior Dean, you can speak to a J.D without an appointment during their weekly office hour. Alternatively, you can organise a meeting by emailing the team at the following address:


A Junior Dean is on duty every evening from 7pm-7am and may be contacted via the Lodge in case of emergency.


Matthew Tompkins

Carrodus Quad Junior Dean matthew.tompkins@queens.ox.ac.uk

"I'm the Junior Dean at Carrodus Quad. As a member of the Decanal Team, I work with Dean to help administer college welfare; part of our role is to serve as liaisons between the Dean, JCR, and MCR. I’m also DPhil candidate in the Experimental Psychology Department, where my research focuses on the people’s perceptions of illusory experiences."


Eleri Watson

St Aldate's House Junior Dean eleri.watson@queens.ox.ac.uk

"I’m a second-year DPhil student in English Literature. My research looks at the representation of the ‘fag hag’ in twentieth-century queer literature and culture. Beyond my research, I have worked in welfare and teaching roles in the U.K and abroad. I am Junior Dean at St Aldate's House (room 51). If any welfare or disciplinary issues arise during your time at Queen’s please feel free to get in touch!"


Kelly Casey

Florey Building Junior Dean kelly.casey@queens.ox.ac.uk

"I’m a second year MPhil in Development Studies student who migrated from Linacre College. I recently completed fieldwork in Nepal, where I explored the links between gender, migration, and trafficking. I am the Junior Dean at Florey. Contact me with any concerns, questions, or to chat!"


Philip Hartley

Main College Junior Dean philip.hartley@queens.ox.ac.uk

"I am a third year graduate-entry medic having moved from Somerville College years ago. Before coming to Oxford, I worked as a teacher in Northwest London and previously studied for an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Lincoln College."

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