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The College is a community of people and what we have in common is our engagement in academic activity or in supporting that activity.
All of us are best placed to do our academic work when we look after both our physical and mental wellbeing. There are certain choices that are generally helpful and increase our chances of being well: getting enough sleep, eating regularly and well, making sure we move about and get fresh air, taking breaks, practicing good self-care. Our health is important, and simple strategies like this can have a real impact on our wellbeing and, by extension, our academic work.
The Decanal Team are here to promote the wellbeing of members of the College and can point you in the direction of appropriate advice or support. There are particular challenges that you may face at university—leaving home, moving to a city or country you don’t know, living in a large institution rather than a home, missing your friends or family, having to get on with people you might not have chosen to live with, adjusting to independent study and research, managing your own finances, and having to make decisions about everything from what to eat to how to prioritise your work. It is natural to find changes like these stressful or overwhelming.
Even when you feel you are used to university life, there will be new challenges and transitions along the way, and while student life can be fun, it can also be tough at times. There are times when things can get too much, even with the healthiest of lifestyles, and we’re here to support you when you need it. If you are struggling with something, it’s always better to seek support and advice sooner rather than later. There is a wealth of support available from the College, the University, and beyond. No matter how small or large you think a problem is, we can point you in the right direction — all you have to do is ask.
The Dean, Chris O’Callaghan, is responsible for aspects of day-to-day student life in college including welfare and discipline. He is assisted by a team of Junior Deans. The Junior Deans are graduate students who live on the main college site, Carrodus Quad, St Aldate's House and the Florey Building. There are also Decanal Assistants (D.A.s) in the Cardo and Oxley-Wright buildings. All these people have been chosen by the College as key contacts for welfare concerns.
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 speak to a Junior Dean, you can do so 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.
chris o'callaghanDean firstname.lastname@example.org
"I was at Queen’s as an undergraduate, a clinical student and later while doing my DPhil. I am now Dean and Professor of Medicine. After my clinical training, I worked for a number of years in different London hospitals then returned to Oxford to do my DPhil. After further clinical training, I spent a number of years at the University of California, San Francisco and subsequently at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). I returned to Oxford in 2002. I head a research group in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, practice clinical medicine as a consultant at the John Radcliffe hospital and teach medical students. As Dean, I want to do whatever I can to make our College a friendly, peaceful and happy environment in which we can all thrive and succeed in our academic work. Please get in touch with me or other members of the team if you have suggestions for us or concerns, we want to hear from you and we want to help."
Angelica De VidoMain Site Junior Dean email@example.com
"I’m a first year DPhil student in English. My research focuses on representations of female gender and sexuality in contemporary American literature and film. I’m very excited to join the decanal team, and to become a member of the fantastic community at Queen’s. Before starting my DPhil, I worked as a Widening Participation Officer at the University of Leicester, and my aim whilst at Queen’s is to promote an inclusive, welcoming, and positive College environment, where everyone feels supported in expanding and achieving their academic and personal potentials."
Pablo Gonzalez MartinSt Aldate's House Junior Dean firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I am a third-year DPhil student in Medieval History. I study how the commons of late medieval European cities participated in institutional politics and governance. Over the past years, I have been a student in the UK, France and Spain, and I have worked on student welfare, often with a particular focus on international and LGBTQ+ students. Since moving to Oxford two years ago, I have experienced myself some of the challenges often faced by the students of this university, but I have also come to appreciate how wonderful it can be to find in your college a caring, inclusive and supportive community. This year, I will contribute to the building of this community as a member of Queen’s Decanal Team. As your Junior Dean, I will be happy to chat about any welfare or disciplinary matters that you might be concerned about, and signpost you to the many resources available to our students."
Eleri WatsonCarrodus Quad Junior Dean email@example.com
"I am third-year DPhil student in English Literature. My research looks at the representation of women’s friendships with gay men over the course of the twentieth-century. Before coming to Oxford, I worked at a women’s aid charity in Brussels. Since leaving Brussels I have developed a broad range of welfare experiences working primarily with women, the LGBTQ+ community and at-risk individuals. I’m delighted to be going into my third year as a Junior Dean at Queen’s. I really appreciate the fact the role of Junior Dean means that we get fully involved with Queen’s vibrant and diverse community. Though we mostly engage with students on an individual basis, it’s important to note that our aim is to enact positive changes within The Queen’s College community as a whole. We want to ensure that your time at Queen’s is happy and healthy. This year, my aim will be to ensure that Queen’s continues to offer a fair and welcome environment for all its students"
Marina LambrakisFlorey Building Junior Dean firstname.lastname@example.org
"I'm studying for a DPhil in Modern Languages - my research looks at how archaeological sites are represented and exert an influence on the everyday reality of modern Greek writers and artists. To me, Junior Deans are a vital part of college welfare - we're often a first port of call, which means we can signpost to other services, and help support you so you can make the most of your time at Queen's, whether that's managing your transition into Oxford, dealing with crises that might arise, or managing longer-term issues. This year I'd like to raise awareness of welfare provision (within Queen's and outside it), and also focus on two issues very close to my heart: supporting students who support their friends and family, and graduate student welfare."