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Curiosity Carnival - Oxford’s first European Researchers’ Night


The event is a European Commission funded event that takes place on the last Friday of September every year.

It will be one of hundreds of events across the UK and Europe aimed at celebrating and debating the way that research affects all our lives and encouraging people to engage directly with researchers. The Curiosity Carnival is an evening of fun and entertainment for all ages and interests, taking place across the University’s gardens, libraries and museums, plus there’ll be all sorts of activities spilling out onto the streets of Oxford. Most events will be free to attend – from talks, debates and live experiments to dance performances, poetry, music, games. There’s even a pub-style quiz!

Find out more about the event at


HackZurich tech talent weekend


HackZurich is Europe’s largest Hackathon and unites 550 tech talents from over 50 countries to create a web, mobile, or desktop application within 40 hours.

The weekend will take place in Zurich, Switzerland from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 September 2017. For more information, visit HackZurich. To apply to be selected to attend, visit the Wufoo form.


Graduate volunteers needed for September Open Day


The Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach team is are seeking volunteers on Friday 15 September.

Help is particularly needed at the Park and Rides in the morning and central Oxford in the afternoon.

Graduate student volunteers are required to form a friendly presence. The role involves welcoming visitors and giving directions, therefore no specialist knowledge about undergraduate admissions is required and it also provides a great opportunity to learn more about the University. Volunteers will be invited to a briefing beforehand.

To find out more about Open Days, please visit the Open Days webpage or to apply, visit the Google Form.


Volunteer at Curiosity Carnival


The event is Oxford’s European Researchers’ Night and the biggest public engagement and research event in Oxford to date.

You can apply to be a ‘Carnival Maker’ and volunteer your time for the day or evening at the Carnival. Activities will take place on Friday 29 September 2017 in the University’s Museums, Gardens and Libraries, Wytham Woods and on-the-street programme. For more information, visit the Oxford website. Apply to be a Carnival Maker by Monday 28 August.

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Volunteers wanted for study


Volunteers needed for a study investigating the effects of mental exercises.

The Department of Psychiatry are looking for healthy participants (male or female), aged 18 to 65 years. In order to participate, you must be in good health, not be engaged on a regular basis in any kind of formal mental exercises (e.g. yoga, meditation, psychotherapy), and you must not have a history of any mental disorder.

You would be invited to the Department of Psychiatry (Warneford Hospital) for two study sessions. Both sessions would take approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Between the sessions you would be assigned a brief mental exercise (taking approximately 10 minutes per day) that you carry out for seven days. After this training period, your performance on a range of computerized psychological tasks will be assessed.

You will be compensated for your time. For more information email

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Supporting the community


A great way of getting to know Oxford is to contribute to the local community.

With students making up 24% of the city’s population, the positive impact you can make is enormous. Oxford Hub supports students in tackling social challenges, learning about issues and connecting with each other. There are a variety of practical volunteering and skilled placements to get involved in as well as events throughout the year. Whether you want to tutor a child in a local school, become a visiting trustee, befriend an elderly person or help at our food cooperative, there is something foryou. To receive details of social action events and projects, visit the Oxford Hub website.

You can also find volunteering opportunities through the Oxford University Student Union and the University of Oxford website. Volunteering acts as a valuable addition to your CV and can help broaden your horizons with a view to future employment. For more information, see the Oxford Students website.

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Get involved with societies and causes at Oxford


With more than 150 officially recognised clubs and societies to choose from, there is something for everybody at Oxford.

In addition to sports, you’ll find appreciation clubs representing everything from tea to tango and Doctor Who to drama. See the Oxford Students clubs and societies wepage or for a full list, visit the Oxford Students website. The annual Freshers Fair 2017 will take place on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 October 2017 at the Examination Schools and is a great place to sign up and find out about different clubs and societies.

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Coming to Oxford as a mature student


Life as a mature student can bring unique challenges.

Oxford provides a wealth of support to help you extend your qualifications, improve your employment prospects or indulge in an interest for its own sake. From adjusting to university life and managing your time and work, to childcare provision or courses to develop your skills, you will find more information on the Mature students page of the Oxford Students website.

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Safe summer travel


Students travelling abroad over the summer are advised to plan their trip carefully and consider important pre-departure factors.

Whether travelling abroad for summer internships, work placements or summer holidays, you should think about factors including travel insurance, vaccinations, travel illnesses, and food and water quality abroad. The NHS offers valuable advice on these, and other, issues for those departing the UK.

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Green students awarded at Sustainability Showcase


On 12 June, the Sustainability Showcase presented awards to recognise the work done over the last year by staff and students under various schemes to reduce the University’s environmental impact.

The event celebrated the participation of over 3,000 students in the Student Switch-Off competition, with prizes given to top performing colleges, including the winner, Lady Margaret Hall. Accolades were also awarded to several students for their exceptional innovation and efforts, as well as other staff and departments. For further details and photos, visit the Sustainability Showcase website.

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Clinical trials


The Jenner Institute, part of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, is looking for healthy volunteers to take part in a malaria challenge study testing the effectiveness of new malaria vaccines.

If you are aged 18-45, are in good health and have never had malaria, you may be eligible to participate. Volunteers are compensated up to £2,600 for their time, inconvenience and travel during the study period of three to six months. To find out more, visit the Jenner Institue website.

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Looking for a new virtual learning environment for Oxford


Earlier this year, we asked if WebLearn, Oxford’s online learning and teaching tool, still meets your needs.

Based on review findings, including surveys completed by over 1,000 students and staff, the University is looking for a new virtual learning environment (VLE). Potential suppliers will undergo a selection process in Michaelmas 2017, after which further updates can be expected. More information is available on the VLE Review web pages, and questions can be sent to

A tutor conducts an Anglo Saxon English tutorial in Keble College

The Oxford Foundry: A new entrepreneurship centre


Are you interested in innovation and entrepreneurship?

In October 2017, a new entrepreneurship facility will open for all students, faculty and staff. The Oxford Foundry will become a place for co-working with dedicated areas for idea generation, workshops and mentorship from local and global entrepreneurs, and business skills training in a high-energy environment.

For more information, sign up for the newsletter.

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Student Parental Leave Policy


To support students who are about to have or adopt a child, the University has a Policy on Student Maternity, Extended Paternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Leave.

This policy has been recently updated, and sets out students’ entitlement to parental leave, funded leave, arrangements for return to study, and access to University graduate accommodation and childcare services. The policy can be found on the Student Parents webpage.

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Preparing for your degree ceremony


If you have booked to attend a graduation ceremony in the coming weeks, your college will communicate with you regarding arrival, gowning, catering arrangements and charges.

The Oxford Students website includes guidance about academic dress requirements and answers to other frequently asked questions relating to degree ceremonies. The University of Oxford shop has a presence at graduation ceremonies, located outside the Sheldonian Theatre, selling University and college branded items with a 10% discount for Oxford students

Study abroad advice

Counselling via Skype


The Counselling Service offers online counselling using Skype if you are not able to access the service in person.

This can be useful if you have suspended your studies or are studying or doing research as part of your course away from Oxford. For further information view the Online Counselling Information (PDF). The Counselling Service will remain open during the Long Vacation.


Leaving Oxford this term?


If you are completing your studies this term there are a few things that you need to do before you leave.

Remember to collect your Oxford Alumni Card to gain access to a range of discounts throughout Oxford and online. Your college or department have been in touch to tell you how to collect your card. For more information and to enter the #threelittlewords prize draw for a £100 Amazon, voucher visit the Oxford Alumni website.

The entitlement to your full range of IT services continues until your course completion. For details on accessing your email account and entitlement to optional email forwarding, Student Self Service and tuition or supervision reports, visit the Leaving Oxford page of the Oxford Students website. Don’t forget to update your contact details in Student Self Service before you leave to ensure that you continue to receive important correspondence from the University.

Oxford Graduands

Release of examination results


Once you have finished your examinations, your assessments are marked by the Examination Board.

Following this, they are processed and released to you. It is not possible to know exactly how long this will take and for this reason it is not possible to give an exact date when your results will be released. Staff at the Examination Schools cannot give out results over the telephone and cannot advise when results will be available. Once your results are released you will be sent an email informing you that your assessment results and the result for the year (if applicable) will be available to view in Student Self Service. Factors affecting performance outcomes for students who submitted an application before the examination board met will also be available to view from this screen. For further information visit the Oxford Students website.

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Adjustments to assessments for Post Graduate Research (PGR) students


Research degree students who have a disability may request adjustments to arrangements for their Transfer and Confirmation of Status assessments or final viva.

Applications should be made using form GSO.19. Adjustments may be requested at any point from offer of a place to submission – including when applying for Transfer of Status, Confirmation of Status, or for final viva/appointment of examiners. Please contact your Graduate Studies Assistant or departmental graduate administrator if you require more information.


Conduct after examinations


Please be considerate to others once you have completed your own.

Remember that examinations are an important time for all candidates and are likely to be ongoing after you have finished your own. Undergraduate ‘mods’ and ‘prelims’ are taking place this term. To be fair to students still in examinations, you are asked to follow the instructions of University staff and to leave the vicinity of any examination venue without delay.

You are reminded that behaviour after examinations is covered by University regulations, which prohibit certain types of behaviour and gathering near examination venues. Breaching the regulations constitutes misconduct.

You are therefore discouraged from coming to venues to meet friends as they leave their examinations. If you do choose to do so, bear in mind that food, drink or other material that could cause litter or damage may be confiscated and remember that the Code of Discipline requires you to identify yourself to University or college officers on request.

More information on the conduct expected and on what is prohibited is available on the Proctors’ Office website.


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