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The Founding of The Big Issue: A Case Study in Social Entrepreneurship


“The Big Issue” is one of the UK’s best known social enterprises. Its mission is to provide “A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out” to homeless and vulnerably homed people in the UK.

It has spawned similar business in over 70 countries worldwide. This lecture is a test of a new case study written and presented by John Gilligan (Director of Oxford Saïd Finance lab and Non-Exec Director of Big Issue Invest) and colleagues. It covers the lessons learned in the early days of the formation of The Big Issue Group.

The interactive session will be particularly fascination for those interested in the practical issues involved in forming a start-up business with limited resources and those interested in social entrepreneurship.

Register to attend.


Kyoto prize at Oxford


The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honour those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humankind.

The awards are held annually in November, in Kyoto, Japan. The Laureates travel to Oxford in the following May where the Blavatnik School of Government hosts them.

We are welcoming the 2017 Laureates to Oxford for a series of events which will take place on 8 and 9 May 2018. If you wish to attend the events, register online


Undergraduate exam preparation session


An exam preparation session is being held at the Exam Schools from 4-5pm on Thursday 3 May.

The session will provide you with information on revision techniques and exam regulations, as well as health and welfare advice. Find out more online.


Postgraduate exam preparation session


An exam preparation session is being held at the Exam Schools from 4-5pm on Wednesday 2 May.

The session will provide you with information on revision techniques and exam regulations, as well as health and welfare advice. Find out more online.


Oxford University Media Society launch


The revered Channel 4 News broadcaster and journalist Jon Snow, will be launching the OUMS on Friday 27 April.

Join the OUMS for a discussion with Jon and their Senior Member and former editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger. Find out more on the OUMS website


Teaching Network (Social Sciences and Humanities)


The Teaching Network is an open space to discuss teaching practices in Social Sciences and Humanities.

Are you interested in teaching at Oxford or are you currently teaching? This  event will provide you with support and the opportunity to share your experiences. All interested students are welcome to attend.

The first meeting of the Network will take place in Week 1 on Thursday 26 April from 2pm – 3.30pm at the Manor Road Building (Seminar Room A). Dr Ruth Percy will introduce the session with a talk on ‘Teaching at Oxford’.

If you wish to attend, please express your interest online. Sessions will take place in Week 1, 3, 5 and 7. Tea and coffee will be provided and each session will host a different speaker. 


‘Women of Achievement’ lecture


The final lecture in the current series of ‘Women of Achievement’, will take place on Wednesday 25 April.

Dame Helena Morrissey will be speaking on the topic of ‘From Patriarchy to Partnership - a new opportunity to achieve gender equality’. Dame Helena is well known in the city for her role as CEO of Newton Investment Management and has recently joined Legal and General Investment Management. Dame Helena also does a lot of work around gender equality and founded the 30% Club; a business-led campaign to improve gender balance in the boardroom.

To find out more or register, visit the University website.

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Exam support and advice


If you're worried about upcoming exams and need some support, there is lots of useful information available on the Oxford Students website.

 The revision and assessments page includes advice on coping with anxiety and insomnia during exams. The website also hosts a range of podcasts focused on exam preparation and revision. A number of mock examinations, orientation and preparation sessions are also available to sign up to, for further guidance.

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Skoll Venture Awards


If you have started a social venture and you're at an early-stage of inception, you could be in with a chance of being awarded a grant of up to £20,000.

The Skoll Venture Awards is a grant funding initiative open to Oxford University students. Previous winners of the grant include Accomable, I-Drop Water, and BioCarbon Engineering – three successful ventures that have made the press in recent years. The deadline for applications is Sunday 29 April.

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Volunteers needed for Undergraduate Open Days


The Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach team is asking for graduate students who would like to volunteer during the University’s Undergraduate Open Days in June.

The volunteer role involves welcoming visitors and giving directions, so no specialist knowledge about the admissions process is required, and first-time volunteers are also welcome. Open Day volunteering provides an opportunity for graduate students to share their enthusiasm for the University with prospective applicants, their friends and families and to get to know students and staff members from many different departments.

To volunteer, please click on the appropriate date and submit the form: Wednesday 27 June or Thursday 28 June. To find out more, visit the Open Days webpage or email


Oxford Union Debate – Skoll World Forum


Six global leaders in education will be arguing the proposition; “This House believes that universities lack the necessary ‘proximity’ to be effective agents of social innovation in the 21st Century”.

The free and lively debate, which will take place at 3:30pm on Thursday 12 April, is part of the Skoll World Forum but is organised by the Skoll Centre.

If you or anyone you know would like to attend, it is open to the public and it will also be streamed live on Facebook.

Find out more about attending.


Summer internships are still available


All current matriculated Oxford students are able to apply to a number of opportunities in the ‘Late Round’ of internships offered through the Summer Internship Programme 2018.

 The first ‘late round’ of applications is open to students until midday Monday 9 April, and includes placements such as: banking in Laos, art gallery curation in Dubrovnik, and vaccines research in Brazil. Unlike the initial International and UK rounds, there is no limit to the number of internships you can apply for. Find out more.

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Industrial action - information for students


A webpage has been set up to provide information for students about the ongoing industrial action related to the USS pension.

While recognising our colleagues’ right to strike, the University is committed to minimising disruption - and steps are being taken to ensure students are not disadvantaged in examinations and assessments.

The new webpage includes background information about the strike; an overview of its effects on teaching, how this is being managed; and answers to many of the questions that you may have. It also reaffirms previous advice that you should attend any scheduled examinations as usual and complete any assessments according to submission dates already published. You can find the page on the Oxford Students website.

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We want your views on sport at Oxford


Are you sport-obsessed, or does the idea of physical activity scare you senseless? How much sport do you do, and does it help or hinder your studies?

We want to know what you think about sport participation across the University. Please share your views by completing this short five minute survey.

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Transgender guidance and policy updated


The University’s updated Transgender policy and guidance was relaunched this month.

The original documents were revised in the light of social change, the University’s experiences of supporting students and staff who are transitioning, and in line with new guidance from several national bodies.

Caroline Moughton from the Equality and Diversity Unit said: "We are grateful to everyone who took part in the consultation, and contributed to developing the revised policy and guidance, which will help members of the collegiate University to respond supportively to our trans students, staff and visitors".

Read the revised policy and guidance.

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Changes to your email - Nexus365 is coming


Undergraduate, taught postgraduate and visiting student email accounts will be moved to Nexus365 in July/August.

Other college accounts will be moved to the new service from April and postgraduate research student accounts will be migrated with their departments or colleges, as appropriate. 

You will receive a series of countdown emails in advance of the move, which will provide information on what to expect and where to get help. The first of these will be sent four weeks ahead of your account move. Please look out for emails from Support materials are available online.

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Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards


Santander’s annual business pitching competition gives students the opportunity to get a financial boost to grow their business ventures.

To date, Santander have given away numerous rewards, including more than £340,000 to start-ups and small businesses, mentoring, and start-up support. If you're responsible for a UK registered company or you intend on creating a UK registered company, apply today. Applications close on Saturday 31 March and shortlisted applicants will pitch in front of a judging panel and audience to determine who goes through to the Santander regional heats.

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New Student Resolution Service launched


The Student Resolution Service is a mediation service for students finding themselves in conflict with another student.

This may be conflict linked to accommodation, noise, access to resources, or academic work.

The service is completely free and provided by Student Welfare and Support Services (SWSS), who are happy to receive referrals from both students and staff. The team are also available to provide advice on an anonymous basis.

Further information is available on the Oxford students website. To make a referral or for advice, email

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Canvas chosen as Oxford’s new virtual learning platform


Canvas has been chosen as the new virtual learning environment (VLE) at Oxford.

The implementation of Canvas is going to take place in phases, and it will eventually replace WebLearn (subject to contract approval). Until further notice from your department and college, you should continue to use WebLearn as normal. In the meantime, the Canvas@Oxford team will be working closely and consulting with students to deliver a VLE that will help to advance education at Oxford by providing an intuitive digital platform for academics, students, and staff.

Please contact if you have any questions or queries.

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Brighten an older person's life with LinkAges


Did you know that in the UK, more than one million older people go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member?

LinkAges is a student-led volunteering project that aims to tackle social isolation among older people in Oxford. Volunteer activities range from teaching IT skills, to performing music in local care homes, to attending group befriending coffee mornings. We rely on our fantastic student volunteers to keep the project going, so please apply today and help to brighten an older person's life.


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