Peer Support

If you are experiencing a personal or academic issue, no matter how big or small, you are encouraged to make contact with your college peer supporters. A peer supporter is an undergraduate or graduate student who has undergone formal training with the Counselling Services that has enabled them to listen effectively, communicate sensitively, and handle confidentiality properly. The aim is to create a safe space for students to talk through their problems in an easily accessible and informal way.

Peer supporters abide by a code of practice and attend regular supervisions to consolidate their training and develop their skills. They can be found around college or contacted any time via the details provided here.

Academic Support

College Support

Dr Margaret Coombe is Harris Manchester’s Study Skills tutor. Margaret has worked as a tutor for many years and she is always happy to meet up with college students to discuss study skills and revision tips. Margaret is brilliant and will help you get the best out of your readings, essays, tutorials… and exams! Students are also encouraged to make contact with our JCR Academic Affairs & Access Officer.

University Support Services

OUSU’s Student Advice Centre can provide advice on a range of services. Contact them at or call 01865 288466.

Tours and Study Advice

In your first weeks at Oxford, you will be provided with a range of library tours and study advice sessions. In addition, the University Library runs Bodleian iSkills workshops to help access scholarly material, as well as shorter, two-hour research skills workshops. Visit the Bodleian’s library website.

Disability Support

College Support

Victoria Lill is Harris Manchester’s Disability Coordinator. Vicky will liaise with the University, College and your subject department to ensure that you are supported in the best way possible. Students are also encouraged to make contact with our JCR Disabilities Officer.

University Support

The Disability Advisory Service (DAS) is a university-provided service which ensures that all disabled students are given the support they need for successful studies in Oxford. The dedicated DAS contact for Harris Manchester is Sara Scott; you can get in touch with Sara here.