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Student Welfare advice during the COVID-19 outbreak

This list of resources and guidance has been created with input from welfare staff across the colleges and the wider University.

Sources of Information

The following websites offer details and updates around the rapidly changing public health situation in the UK and abroad, including advice on what to do if you develop symptoms of coronavirus: 

The following websites provide a range of online resources and advice for managing your mental health during this challenging time: 

The Student Welfare and Support Services are open but have transitioned all services, including Counselling, the Disability Advisory Services and Sexual Harassment and Violence Support, to a remote service. The building on Worcester Street is closed with all staff working remotely. Online and telephone appointments are being offered, and students should continue to refer themselves to the relevant services through the existing routes. Students can also make use of the free self-help resources available on the website. 

Details of college chaplains and contacts for other faith groups are available on the University website here.

Oxford University Coffee Ambassadors offer 1:1 meetups (online) with a trained peer supporter, many of whom are DPhil students.

Covid Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. Focusing on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.

If you are still in Oxford, Oxford Together run by the Oxford Hub is working on building a community response to Covid-19. Become a community champion and help others across the city by checking in on those who are at high-risk on your street or making phone calls to check in on those who are self-isolating. Click here to sign up and support your local community.

Students Against Corona is working to provide support to local communities both nationally and internationally. As part of this there is a specific OxfordAgainstCorona Facebook group. 

The Oxford Psychological Interventions for Children Group, have created an online advice resource about supporting children and young people with worries about Covid-19.

We appreciate that the uncertainty around academic arrangements for the coming months will be a key concern for students. You can keep up to date with the latest announcements from the University under the “Advice for students” section of the University website here. During this period of uncertainty, it remains important to take care of your physical and mental well-being so with that in mind, here are some suggestions of free activities to keep you occupied in your spare time.