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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.


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.


Lunchtime Language Centre courses


The Language Centre is running the following courses in the upcoming weeks:

  • Academic Writing: 10.00-16.00, Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 June (Week 9, Trinity term). A three-day course for international students who do not have English as their first language
  • Beginners Lunchtime French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Mandarin: 12.00-13.00, Monday – Thursday, 19–30 June (Weeks 9 and 10, Trinity term)
  • Beginners Lunchtime German: Tuesday – Friday, 19–30 June (Weeks 9 and 10, Trinity term)

 Academic Writing courses last 15 hours in total, and Lunchtime Language courses last 12 hours. An intermediate French course will also run. For more information, visit the Language Centre website or email


Counselling workshops

A range of workshops are offered by the University Counselling Service to help you build skills to respond to the demands of life at university.

Topics change each term and include: mindfulness, overcoming panic, relaxation, self-care and resilience. You can view the Trinity term workshop timetable on the University Counselling Service webpage. Places are limited and early sign up is recommended.


Could you help at undergraduate open days?


Open days for prospective undergraduate students are taking place on 28 and 29 June 2017

Thousands of prospective applicants will visit Oxford to learn about the collegiate University. Most colleges and departments will be open, together with museums, libraries and other facilities. To help welcome these visitors, the Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach team is asking for graduate students to volunteer around Oxford. No specialist knowledge about undergraduate admissions is required; the role simply involves welcoming visitors and giving directions. Volunteers will be invited to a briefing beforehand. To volunteer submit your details using one of the following online forms: 28 June; 29 June.

For more information, visit the Open days webpage or email


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.

Disability resources

Supervisor reporting open


The Graduate Supervision System (GSS) is used to review, monitor and comment on student academic progress and assess skills and training needs.

Following the student reporting window, which has now closed for Trinity term, supervisor reporting is now open. You will be notified by email when your report is available to view and/or print from your GSS homepage. Visit the GSS website.

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.

Funding prizes

University of Oxford business cards and printing


Are you planning to undertake an internship? Are you networking with prospective employers?

On-course matriculated students (who have not yet satisfied the requirements for Leave to Supplicate for their current programme of study) can order University of Oxford department, faculty or college-branded business cards, available in a minimum quantity of 100, with alternative language options available. Non-matriculated or visiting student business card orders will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. You are also able to order a range of other printed items, including large format posters up to A0. For further information visit the Oxford Students website.

Working while studying

Student Finance England applications - 2017/17 deadline


Full-time undergraduates are reminded that the deadline is approaching for submitting applications to Student Finance England for tuition fee and maintenance support if you are continuing on your course in 2017/18.

You should apply by Friday 23 June 2017 to ensure that your funding is in place by September 2017. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online on the website. Students from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the EU are also advised to apply as promptly as possible:

Government funding

Environmental sustainability survey


Help future sustainability at Oxford and be in with a chance of winning up to £500 by completing an environmental survey.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes and aims to assist the Oxford University Environmental Sustainability team in better understanding and servicing your needs. As well as a £500 prize, there are also 10 runner-up prizes of £50. To access the survey, visit Snap Surveys.


Student loan repayment information


If you are a UK/EU student and will be completing your full-time undergraduate course this term and have taken out any tuition fee or maintenance loan support from the Student Loans Company (SLC), you will become liable to start repaying your loan balance

You can log in and check your details including your loan balance at using the same customer reference number as used for your annual Student Finance application. It’s therefore important to keep a note of your Customer Reference Number and ensure your contact details are up-to-date on your Student Loans Company repayment account at all times. For further information on repayments, visit the Student Loans Company website.


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 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.

The University can provide travel insurance for students travelling within the UK or worldwide on University business; for further information visit the Travel Insurance web page.

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Student Self Service upgrade


On 26 June 2017, Student Self Service will be upgraded.

You will not need to do anything differently. In order to carry out this upgrade Student Self Service will be unavailable from 5pm on Friday 23 June until 9am on Monday 26 June. Details of student systems unavailability is always available from the Student Systems Support Centre website.

Visa obligations

Share your Oxford experiences


Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach are looking for student feedback to use in outreach publications, such as the undergraduate prospectus, and on the undergraduate admissions website.

To share your undergraduate experiences and insights with potential applicants in the short feedback survey, please visit the Oxford website.

Working with health professionals

Mumps in Oxfordshire


Public Health England has seen a recent marked increase in cases of mumps in Oxfordshire.

Mumps illness, most recognisable by painful swelling at one side or both sides of the face under the ears, occurs 2 to 3 weeks after becoming infected. Other symptoms include headaches, joint pain and a high temperature, developing a few days before the swelling. If you think you have mumps, to prevent further spread, we strongly recommend that you:

  • Contact your GP
  • Self-isolate immediately until 5 days after the onset of the illness
  • Practice good hand hygiene (washing with soap and water or hand gel) especially after coughing or sneezing or if your hands may have touched your mouth
  • Use disposable tissues if coughing or sneezing

For more information about mumps and MMR vaccination please refer to the NHS website.

Studying in the fresh air

Communications survey


You are invited to take part in a short survey which designed to help improve student communications across the University.

This series of quick questions will help us to get a better understanding of which communications channels you use, and how you would like to interact with the University. It should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete and can be found here. In addition, if you would like to be part of a short student communications focus group, you can email

International opportunities

New Science Transit Shuttle Service


The popular Science Transit Shuttle network has expanded.

From Monday 15 May a new route – the STR3 – will connect the John Krebs field station at Wytham Woods with the Science Area and the JR Hospital. The service is only open to University students and access will be permitted with your University ID Card (your Bodleian card). To use the new ST3 service, please register your University Card at, select ‘journeys charged to a cost centre’ and enter ‘Tinbergen’ when prompted. The service will initially be free of charge. For more information, visit the Estates Services webpage.

Change in student status

University Continuation Charge (UCC)


Students studying for a DPhil, MLitt or MSc by Research who have reached the end of their standard period of fee liability will become liable for the University Continuation Charge (UCC) if they are still enrolled on course.

Most DPhil students will become liable on the tenth term after starting their course. MLitt or MSc by Research students, as well as some DPhil students who undertook previous graduate study at Oxford, may become liable sooner. Some Divisions waive the UCC for students in certain years of their graduate research course.

The UCC is payable via the online shop on a termly basis. Liable students will be notified directly by the Student Fees team. The UCC per term in 2017/18 is £455. More information on the UCC is available on the Oxford Students website.

Students who have been enrolled for 12 terms in a full-time DPhil course (pro rata for part-time students) or nine terms in a full-time MLitt or MSc by Research course must also apply for an extension of time by filling out the GSO 15 form in order to maintain their student status.

Renewing your visa

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.


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