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Student Disability Information

The university's Disability Advisory Service provides information and advice on disability issues at Oxford and facilitates support for students with disabilities. This includes, for example, students with sensory or mobility impairments, long-term health conditions, specific learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions or mental health difficulties. View the university's Common Framework for Supporting Disabled Students here.

The Disability Lead for students in our department is our Director of Graduate Studies; however if you have any questions please contact the Departmental Disability Coordinator, Daniel Long, in the first instance.

Paid Work Guidelines

University policy on research degrees states that students are advised that any paid work should still allow them to spend at least 40 hours per week for a minimum 44 weeks of the year on their studies. This means that students who are part of a funding application can work on the study and be enrolled full-time as a DPhil student as long as their work is their DPhil.

Harassment Advice

If you have experienced, or are experiencing, harassment, you may want to discuss the matter with your college dean, or another college officer with pastoral responsibilities. At a common room level, the Welfare or Equal Opportunities Officer may be a good person to talk to. OUSU’s Student Advice Service also provides a confidential and impartial listening and advice service. Alternatively the University has a professionally staffed confidential Student Counselling Service for assistance with personal, emotional, social and academic problems.

You may, however, prefer to make use of the University’s confidential harassment advisor network. There are approximately 370 harassment advisors within the University, with two (one of either sex) appointed within each department and faculty. The advisors in our department are listed here. There are also confidential advisors appointed within the colleges.

The University recommends that you discuss the situation with a harassment advisor before taking any other steps in response to the alleged harassment. Talking through the events and your feelings with the advisor will help you decide on the best way to deal with the behaviour and will clarify the options available to you.


> The university’s harassment procedure flowchart for students

Further information:

> Harassment Advice, University of Oxford 


Postgrad Careers

Advice and information about options available to you after you complete your DPhil can be found on the Careers Service website:

The Careers Service also has a nominated contact for students in our department to discuss career options with: Dr Rachel Bray (

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