The Dean, Professor David Gillespie, and the Assistant Dean, Professor Louise Fawcett oversee student welfare and discipline. They are assisted by resident Junior Deans, who can also often act as a first line of communication between the students and the Deans, and who are fully qualified to advise on personal welfare matters. To contact the Dean and Assistant Dean directly, or to make an appointment, please email

Junior Deans



Isavella Vouza

Alessandro Cavallo

Athanasios Peftinas

For further details please see the Junior Deans Poster displayed on each staircase in the College.

Welfare Reps


In addition to the Junior Deans, our JCR and MCR have Welfare Reps.

General MCR Welfare Enquires

When students seek advice about personal problems, they can also approach one of the panel of College Advisors, who include both a male and a female Fellow who are also Harassment Advisors. For other matters, students can contact the University Student Counselling Service which is staffed by qualified counsellors. The student welfare services are explained in detail in the Medical and Personal section of the Information and Regulations for Members of College which is issued to all students.

The College Advisors are:

Professor Richard Todd
Professor Gaia Scerif

For information about University services please see the Health and Welfare section of the Student Gateway.



St Catherine’s is committed to providing effective support so all our students may achieve their academic potential. As such, we are signed up to the principles of the University’s Common Framework for Supporting Disabled Students, and we work closely with the University’s Disability Advisory Service (DAS) to offer information, assistance and support to students with any disability that may impact on their academic, social or residential experience at Oxford.

Overseeing St Catherine’s provision is the Academic Registrar, Cressida Chappell, who acts as Disability Lead and the Deputy Academic Registrar, Niamh Simpson, who acts as Disability Co-ordinator and is the first point of contact for students via email to

In our experience, support can be most effective if we are provided with the details of any disability or chronic condition as soon as possible. If you are coming to study at St Catherine’s and have not yet disclosed a disability or chronic condition, we encourage you to get in touch with the Disability Officers at the DAS  linked to St Catherine’s (see under ‘College and department disability’ here for their names and contact details), and also to complete a DAS registration form and send it to All disclosures are treated confidentially. Prospective applicants and current students are encouraged to contact the St Catherine’s Disability Co-ordinator, Cressida Chappell, via email to, or take a look at the Disability Advisory Service website for further information.

Medical Staff


The College Nurse is available during term time (weeks 0-9), and will run clinics on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Please email the Nurse to arrange an appointment

The College Doctors, Dr Naomi Drury and Dr MaryKate Kirkaldy, can be contacted by telephone.
Tel: 01865 242657
Monday to Friday 8:30 – 18:00




Dental provision for the University of Oxford is undertaken by Studental (Tel: 01865 689997). A full range of NHS treatments is available at Studental (with the exception of Orthodontics), and student members are charged NHS rates. Further details are available from the College Nurse’s surgery.

Emergency out-of-hours dental treatment

In addition, emergency out-of-hours dental advice and treatment is available by telephoning 111 during the following times:

Monday – Thursday 18:30 – 21:30
Saturday – Sunday 9:00 – 18:00
Bank Holidays & Bank Holiday Weekends 9:00 – 17:00 / 18:00 – 21:00



College Counsellor

The College Counsellor, David Anderson, is available in college on Tuesdays during term time on an appointment basis and can be contacted by email: