Hey everyone!! We’re Cosie (Cam and Rosie) your male and minority genders, and female and trans-feminine identities, welfare and equal opportunities reps. We study medicine and history in our second year, and we’re here to make sure that everyone is having as great an experience as possible at Hugh’s. We were elected to help keep your welfare a top priority in college, because looking after your mental and physical wellbeing is crucial, especially in a place like Oxford. Sometimes with a welfare issue, it may be hard to know where to start – who high up in college do I talk to about the problem, where can I set up regular counselling sessions, what if I just need somebody to unload on? We are here to point you in the right direction for specific help, liaise with and represent you to college about any welfare issues, and just be there if you want an informal chat. We also organise welfare events throughout the year to provide a bit of stress relief and so you can get to know us better!
On a more general college level, we also distribute welfare resources (including condoms, lube, and pregnancy tests) – most of these can be requested on our anonymous pidging system, or condoms can be picked up from outside the nurse’s office on MGA floor 1 (or at the unisex toilets near the JCR). We also chair a Welfare and Equal Opportunities committee, which contains members representing a variety of students so we can focus on specific issues. These include the academics and affairs officer, international, LGBTQ, women’s, black and minority ethnicities, mature students, disabled students, faiths and beliefs and gender minorities reps.