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Student Wellbeing


All Colleges have Porters who can usually be found (unsurprisingly!) in the Porters’ Lodge. There is generally a Head Porter leading a team of Porters who rotate on a shift basis so that there is always at least one Porter available and on site at all times, day or night and every day of the year. Porters’ responsibilities are wide-ranging but might include assisting and signing in visitors to the College, managing access and car parking arrangements for the College, overseeing College security matters, being a first point of contact for student welfare matters in an emergency, administering first aid, undertaking fire safety duties, dealing with incoming telephone calls, coordinating incoming and outgoing post, and holding/managing keys for all rooms in the College. Porters are fully trained to assist in an emergency and so are often a first port of call in urgent situations.

Each Porters’ Lodge will have standard opening hours (for example 6am to 10pm) where a Porter will be on hand and available for all enquiries. Outside of opening hours there is usually a duty Porter who will be on site but available only in an emergency. See your College website or visit your Porters’ Lodge for more details.