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Intensive weekend language courses in Trinity term


Fancy learning a new language or brushing up existing skills but don’t have time during term?

The Language Centre is offering intensive weekend courses for a range of levels in the following languages:

  • Italian/Spanish, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May
  • German/French, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May

For more information and to apply email


Examination Schools - Hilary term vacation closure


The Examination Schools, High Street will be closed from 17:00, Wednesday 12 April 2017 until 08:30, Tuesday 18 April 2017.

If you are intending to submit work during this the building will be closed for submissions delivered in person, by post or by courier. Submissions deposited using the Examination Schools post box will not obtain proof of submission. 


Oxford Literary Festival begins


The 2017 Festival is taking place between 25 March and 2 April.

Over 350 writers flock to the Oxford to discuss affairs literary, political, historical, environmental and culinary - to name just a few - for the eight-day Oxford Literary Festival. You can view the full programme on the Literary Festival website

Skills and work experience

Summer internships available


Additional placements in the UK and abroad are open for applications

International and UK internships have just been released as part of the Internship Programme’s ‘late batch’ of vacancies. Available opportunities include policy research with UNDP China, museum curation at the Kiscell Museum in Budapest, scientific research at Huazhong University in China, and software technology/AI development with Urbem Media, Schlumberger and Kami Intelligence Ltd. Visit CareerConnect for further details and to apply. The deadline is Wednesday 29 March 2017. More internships will be released throughout the academic year with individual deadlines.

The Cricket Pavilion in University Parks with the cricket ground in front

Play grass court tennis this summer


Oxford University Parks Tennis Association offers students a discounted membership rate

During the summer there are grass tennis courts available in the University Parks. Student membership costs £25 for the 2017 season (22 April–30 September) and the courts are open seven days a week. Players of all standards welcome. There are club sessions on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. For further information and to download a membership form, visit the University Sport website.


OxTALENT Awards 2017


Have you built a website, app, e-book or game? Used social media in an innovative way with other students? Spotted a problem and used digital technology to solve it?

The OxTALENT awards recognise and reward the innovative use of digital technology to support the University’s activities. You are invited to enter one of the following categories: Innovative teaching and learning with technology; Outreach and widening participation; Public engagement; Data visualisation; Digital media; Research posters. Entries close on Friday 28 April 2017. For further information and to enter the competition, visit the OxTALENT website.


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.

 Revision and examinations

OXAM – access past examination papers for revision


Past examination papers are available from OXAM.

You can access the OXAM website using your Single Sign-On. You can access formal examination papers set by the University of Oxford since the academic year 1999/2000; search through the archive of past examination papers by course or subject. If you are taking a mock examination this term, you may bring a past paper to complete during the three-hour invigilated examination.

Renewing your visa

Complete the Tier 4 visa pilot scheme survey, closes 26 March


If you were eligible for a Tier 4 pilot visa last summer (Masters students who started a course of 13 months duration or less in Autumn 2016), you should have been invited to complete a survey about the scheme.

Your opinions are very important to help inform the development of the scheme; please complete the survey before Sunday 26 March 2017. If you did not receive an invitation to complete the survey, please email

Sitting your examination

Transcription invigilator paid work


The Examination Services team are looking for reliable, conscientious individuals to add to the register of invigilators for examination transcription sessions.

Applicants must be able to produce physical evidence of their right to work in the UK and will be required to attend training, unless they have attended college invigilation training within the last three years. The work is on a casual basis between the hours of 09:00 and 18:00, with sessions lasting between one and four hours, for which the basic rate of pay is approximately £12.00 per hour (including holiday pay). The majority of sessions will take place during Weeks 6 to 10 of Trinity term 2017. Please note applicants must be at least in their third year of graduate study. Applicants are requested to register their interest by email to by Wednesday 12 April 2017.

Student studying free access to video-based resources


You have free access to a vast online library of video-based courses at

There are over 5,000 courses, which are perfect for developing IT skills to support your studies or future careers. The video courses are supported by transcripts and practical exercises. can be accessed anytime and anywhere. To register using your Single Sign-On, visit the IT Services website.

Alumni sport awards

Apply for a £250 sporting award


Four awards of £250 each are available to help talented sports people to excel in their chosen sport and contribute to the success of sport at the University of Oxford.

Applications are open to all students except those in their final year. For more information and to apply before 16:00, Wednesday 31 May 2017, visit the Alumni Office website.

Student volunteers

Share your interview experiences to help future applicants


Do you remember your admission interviews? How could you forget?

Undergraduate Admissions are looking for current undergraduate students willing to share their interview experiences to help demystify the process for future applicants. You can either complete this short questionnaire or email up to 200 words about what you remember about this life-changing time to

Study abroad

International study abroad opportunities


There are a range of scholarships available for periods of study or research abroad

  • Postdoctoral research grants at the Université Libre de Bruxelles 
  • The Philippe Wiener-Maurice Anspach Foundation is seeking applications for one-year postdoctoral research grants. Applications are open to researchers who have completed their DPhil at the University of Oxford (or Cambridge) and wish to carry out research at the Universite libre de Bruxelles. Fellowships are open to researchers from all fields and are for a maximum of 12 months, beginning between 1 October 2017 and 1 January 2018. For more information and to apply, visit the foundation website. The deadline for applications is Friday 24 March 2017. 

  • Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships (graduate students)

Annual awards are offered of up to £4,000 to enable graduate students to undertake a period of academic research or study in Australia. Applications are open until Friday 28 April 2017. For more information, visit the scholarship webpage.


Examination preparation podcasts available


A series of podcasts is available to help address concerns and to get the most out of life as a student at Oxford.

A series of podcasts are available in the ‘Student Life at Oxford’ series to support preparation for upcoming examinations. The podcasts suggest ways of achieving a balanced approach to thinking about examinations, how to get started with revision and exercises to help you relax before and during examinations. You can find these and additional podcasts on the Counselling Service webpages.

Oxford Graduands

Degree Ceremony brochure available online


The 2016/17 Degree Ceremony brochure is available to view and download.

You can access it on the from the Degree ceremonies webpage. The brochure includes information on what happens at the ceremony, instructions for candidates on dress, a history of the Sheldonian Theatre and joining the alumni community.

Health services

Take part in clinical trials


The Jenner Institute is looking for healthy volunteers to participate in clinical vaccine trials, for which compensation is provided.

If you would like to help further vaccine research, contact the Volunteer Coordinator by emailing, calling 01865 (6)11424 or visiting the Jenner Institute website.

EU Referendum

UK referendum on membership of the EU


Advice on fees following the outcome of the referendum.

To view the latest information for current students, offer holders and applicants, visit the EU referendum web page.

The result of the UK referendum announced on Friday 24 June 2016 was a vote in favour of the UK leaving European Union (EU) membership. Whilst the UK government will negotiate an exit agreement with the EU, there are no immediate changes to the current situation. The University of Oxford is and intends to remain a thriving, cosmopolitan community of scholars and students united in our commitment to education and research. The UK referendum result will not change this; our students from all across the world are as warmly welcome as ever.

Oxford Graduands

Inflationary increase in tuition fees from 2017/18


This increase affects Home/EU undergraduate students.

On 2 November 2016 the University announced more details of its plan to increase Home/EU undergraduate student fees in line with inflation from September 2017, subject to parliamentary approval.

The government has introduced plans for raising the Home/EU undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,250 from academic year 2017/18, and has indicated that universities will be permitted to apply the fee rise for all on-course students. As such, many universities will decide to charge different fee amounts to different year-groups, and Oxford's approach to addressing this fee rise is driven by a desire to find the fairest possible basis for its decision, based upon what information was communicated to students when they accepted their offer to study.

For students who began their course in the academic year 2016/17, the University contract mentioned that tuition fees might rise in future years in response to changes in government policy. The same terms and conditions will appear in the University contract for students starting in the 2017/18 academic year. In view of this, the University considers it fair to apply the £9,250 inflationary fee rise to students in these year-groups.

The same level of information was not provided to students who began their course in or before the 2015/16 academic year, because government plans for a fee rise were not envisaged at that time. Therefore, the University has decided to retain tuition fees of £9,000 per year for these year-groups.

The Student Loans Company will continue to provide all Home/EU undergraduate students with access to tuition fee loans for the duration of their course, and the University remains committed to assisting those in financial need by providing one of the most generous financial support packages in UK higher education. Nearly half of the additional income that comes to Oxford as a result of this tuition fee increase will be spent on bursaries, scholarships and outreach work, ensuring that our world-class education remains available to all our students, regardless of financial background.

Further information about fees and funding can be found in the Fees and funding section of this website.

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