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Safety and Wellbeing

The safety of our students is our main priority on the Oxford summer school. Every effort is made to ensure our students are learning, making friends and having fun in a safe and secure environment.

our staff

  • All our staff and tutors for the 2019 summer school have been carefully interviewed and are subject to reference checks.
  • Staff members have all received training, including in safeguarding and child protection.
  • All staff and tutors have had a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.
  • We have a designated Safeguarding Lead to ensure the safeguarding policy is adhered to constantly by all staff.

Programme Director: Rachael Griffiths

Rachael is the Programme Director at the Oxbridge International Summer School 2019. After completing her undergraduate degree at SOAS, University of London, she studied for her Masters at the University of Oxford. She is now a doctoral candidate in Tibetan History at Wolfson College, Oxford and has taught the history course for the last two years on our summer school.

Rachael will also be in charge of pastoral care on the summer school, and has served as Junior Dean (a source of welfare support for students) at St Hilda's College, Oxford for the last three years. Rachel will be in charge of making a 'home away from home' for all our summer school students.


Pastoral Care

  • We recognise that two weeks away from home in a different envirnment might be a daunting prospect for some of our students. Our staff are always on hand to support students and to listen to their concerns.
  • Staff will be on site 24-hours per day.
  • As well as academic tutors, we have full-time pastoral staff there to support the students, including undergraduate activity co-ordinators and a Junior Dean.
  • Staff will contactable to parents and students by phone 24 hours a day throughout the summer school.

Secure accommodation 

  • Students all live together throughout the Oxford summer school in a self-contained accommodation block with a central courtyard, in single occupancy en-suite rooms.
  • Students will be issued with keys both to the accommodation and their own individual rooms. 
  • As well as our on-site staff, Lincoln College employs security staff, (Porters) who are on call 24/7.
  • Student attendance will be logged throughout the day whilst on the summer school.


  • We have a safe on site, where students are welcome to store valuables.
  • If students would like us to look after passports or other valuables during their stay, please let our staff know on arrival. However, the Oxbridge International Summer School cannot take responsibility for any loss or damage.

Emergency contact

Parents and students can contact Oxford International Summer School staff in case of emergency 24 hours a day for the duration of the Oxford summer school on the number provided in advance of the course.