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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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Support materials are available online.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Do you know a teacher who has gone above and beyond?
Nominations are now open for the Oxford SU's Student-Led Teaching Awards.
This is a chance to celebrate those teachers and support staff who have really gone the extra mile to improve your experience at Oxford.
To submit a nomination, visit the Oxford SU website, where you can also see the criteria and the nominations. Oxford SU will let all nominees know that they were nominated but all nominators will remain anonymous. The shortlisted nominees will then be invited to a ceremony in the town hall in May.
Graduate photo competition
Enter your photos of life as a graduate student at Oxford for the chance to win up to £200 in Amazon vouchers, as well as weekly prizes of £25.
UK internships are now available
UK internships offered through the Summer Internship Programme are now being advertised on CareerConnect.
The programme offers summer research and professional experiences, in a huge variety of sectors. Students can apply for up to two UK internship placements until Monday 12 March. If you need help with your application, the application support guide outlines how to get support. You can also book a one to one support session at the Careers Service through CareerConnect. To stay up to date, don’t forget to sign up to the Careers Service email alert list and visit the Internship Office Facebook page.
UCU industrial action update
The first two days of industrial action by the University and Colleges’ Union (UCU) are scheduled to take place this week.
The action on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February forms part of a series of national strikes in support of the UCU’s dispute with Universities UK over proposed changes to the USS pension scheme.
The University is working to minimise any disruption arising from this action. Teaching in colleges will not be affected but it is possible that some departmental teaching may be. You should attend all teaching as normal, unless advised of alternative arrangements. You should also attend any scheduled examinations as usual and complete any assessments according to submission dates already published.
This advice applies to all subsequent days of strike action.
Heritage Research in Oxford
Are you interested in attending events related to heritage, or learning about current research projects in the University?
We are establishing a Heritage Research Network and are looking for student input to determine the type of events we should provide. The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and will allow us to contact you about future opportunities and events.
New Research Thesis Digital Submission application for all research students’
If you’re a research student, you now have access to the new Research Thesis Digital Submission (RTDS) application, a simple, safe and secure way you can submit a digital copy of your research thesis and additional materials for examination.
Examiners can then use RTDS to access the digital copy, and return corrections, referrals or notes to you. RTDS is being rolled out across the University following a successful pilot in the Medical Sciences Division over the Hilary and Trinity 2017 deadlines. Details are on the Research Examinations web page (under the section ‘Submission of examiners’ copies of your thesis).
Enter the IT Innovation Challenge
Artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and virtual reality are technologies that have the potential to tackle some of Higher Education's big challenges.
This year's ‘IT Innovation Challenge - Student 2018’ invites you to present ideas for projects that improve the experiences of staff and/or students at Oxford, through exploring emerging technologies. The challenge winner will receive funding of up to £15,000. Submit your ideas on the Oxford Ideas site by Thursday 15 February.
Chinese Government Scholarships
The China Scholarship Council has re-opened the scholarship application round for final year students to undertake a period of study or research at a Chinese university.
Oxford will be nominating up to eight students in this round. Applications close on Monday 26 February. Please visit the Chinese Government Scholarship website for further information on eligibility and how to apply.
Prove your student status
You might need to prove your student status, course duration or address when opening a student bank account or renting accommodation.
To do this, download a copy of your Enrolment Certificate on Student Self Service. To generate your Certificate, go to the “My Student Record” section of Student Self Service. Once printed, you’ll need to get it stamped by your college (or department if you don’t have a college). The Enrolment Certificate will update when changes are made to your record. Please be aware that it won’t be available during periods of suspension.
If you're a final year undergraduate student, the National Student Survey gives you the chance to get your voice heard and help us shape Oxford for future generations.
In recent years, the NSS and other surveys have led to improvements in welfare provision, wifi coverage and technical support, the Careers Service, our libraries, orientation for new students and more.
It's the only university-wide survey for final year undergraduates that covers such a broad range of areas, and it is your opportunity to give your feedback, so that we're informed and can act on it appropriately. Say #YestoNSS and help us shape the future of Oxford.
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