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Thank you for your reply! Would you mind telling me more about why you wouldn't recommend it, and is there a different uni that is better with mental health support (in your experience)? (You could also message me if you'd rather not go into details publicly)
I can't recommend it because:

1. The terms are short and hugely pressurised. The stress levels one naturally experiences as an Oxbridge student are not conducive for those with pre-existing mental health problems. Oxbridge terms wait for no one and if you get behind at any point, it becomes really difficult to catch up

2. Depending on what degree subject you're doing, your entire degree classification may rest on your third year exams. If (like me) you are unwell during that period, your entire classification suffers as a result. You're stuck with that degree result for life!

3. Unless things have radically changed since I left Oxford (which I seriously doubt), there is no taking into account of mental health difficulties in the exam system. Yes you can get special arrangements, e.g. sitting an exam in a separate smaller room in your college. But in terms of the marking of exams, no leniency is shown for the fact that you may not have been able to revise as much as everyone else/at all due to your mental health, or that you may have factors impacting on your exam performance

4. Whilst there is greater welfare provision at Oxbridge than at any other universities, that does not necessarily mean it is good provision. At Oxford at least (again things may have change, but again I seriously doubt it), academics in welfare positions are not given any training (with the exception of the college chaplains, who will be trained in pastoral care as part of their priest-ly training). I find this hugely worrying and in my case, it resulted in a lot of damage and a traumatic time trying to get welfare help within my college


All this comes with the caveat that I never experienced formal disability provisions at Oxford (due to no one in my college directing me towards proper help. Make of that what you will!). I had no dealings with the disability office and had no Disabled Students' Allowance. I have had excellent disability support at Goldsmiths and Royal Holloway :yes:

Hope this helps :yes:
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I can't recommend it because:

1. The terms are short and hugely pressurised. The stress levels one naturally experiences as an Oxbridge student are not conducive for those with pre-existing mental health problems. Oxbridge terms wait for no one and if you get behind at any point, it becomes really difficult to catch up

2. Depending on what degree subject you're doing, your entire degree classification may rest on your third year exams. If (like me) you are unwell during that period, your entire classification suffers as a result. You're stuck with that degree result for life!

3. Unless things have radically changed since I left Oxford (which I seriously doubt), there is no taking into account of mental health difficulties in the exam system. Yes you can get special arrangements, e.g. sitting an exam in a separate smaller room in your college. But in terms of the marking of exams, no leniency is shown for the fact that you may not have been able to revise as much as everyone else/at all due to your mental health, or that you may have factors impacting on your exam performance

4. Whilst there is greater welfare provision at Oxbridge than at any other universities, that does not necessarily mean it is good provision. At Oxford at least (again things may have change, but again I seriously doubt it), academics in welfare positions are not given any training (with the exception of the college chaplains, who will be trained in pastoral care as part of their priest-ly training). I find this hugely worrying and in my case, it resulted in a lot of damage and a traumatic time trying to get welfare help within my college


All this comes with the caveat that I never experienced formal disability provisions at Oxford (due to no one in my college directing me towards proper help. Make of that what you will!). I had no dealings with the disability office and had no Disabled Students' Allowance. I have had excellent disability support at Goldsmiths and Royal Holloway :yes:

Hope this helps :yes:
Thank you!
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