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Women of Achievement lecture 2017


The lecture series aims to raise the profile of women of high achievement and increase the range of role models accessible to women at Oxford.

  • Marin Alsop, 17:30-19:00, Friday 24 February 2017, Holywell Music Room

Marin Alsop is an inspiring and powerful voice in the international music scene. She is recognised across the world for her innovative approach to programming and for her deep commitment to education and to the development of audiences of all ages. She became the first woman to head a major America Orchestra (the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra). In September 2013 as the first female conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms in London.


Volunteer at the Museum of Oxford


The Museum of Oxford is hosting an information morning for those interested in volunteering

  • 10:00–12:00, Wednesday 8 February 2017, Museum of Oxford, Oxford Town Hall

The morning will include demonstrations and talks from volunteers about what they do and the potential benefits. Voluntary work is a good opportunity to gain transferable skills that can be used in a range of job roles. For more information or to discuss volunteering, email, Museum Development Assistant. Visit the Museum of Oxford website for more information.


International Careers Day


One of the University's biggest careers fairs of the year

There will be speakers and exhibitors covering international development, governance, consultancy and further study.

  • 11:00–15:00, Saturday 21 January 2017, Blavatnik School of Government

For more information visit the Careers Service website

IT Innovation Challenge 2017

IT Innovation Challenge – receive £15k of funding


Do you have an idea for a digital project that would benefit students at Oxford?

The 2017 University of Oxford IT Innovation Challenge is looking for ideas for digital projects related to teaching, learning and student welfare. Any idea that will benefit students, staff or the University of Oxford will be considered, and successful ideas will receive funding of up to £15,000. For more information and to submit a brief description of your idea visit the IT Innovation Challenge webpage.

The deadline is Sunday 29 January 2017. Shortlisted ideas will be invited to write a more detailed project proposal and possibly go on to receive funding to run the project.

Oxford Hub

Social Impact Internship scheme


Student Hubs’ Social Impact Internship Scheme is open for applications.

The internships are opportunities to spend six to eight weeks over the summer working with inspiring and innovative organisation that have a positive social impact. Alongside the placement, successful applicants will get access to training sessions designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in the social impact sector. Find out more about the scheme and how to apply on the Oxford Hub website. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 28 February 2017.

Study abroad

International study abroad opportunities


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

  • Scholarships available to study or research in Europe

A number of scholarships are open for applications to undertake a period of study or research in Europe.

Applications close on Friday 3 February 2017. 

  • International study abroad opportunities – summer 2017

Applications are open for the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Global Summer Program. This is an exciting learning opportunity for any student who wishes to study at another IARU member university during the 2017 Long Vacation. A full list of the range of courses on offer can be found on the IARU website. Applications close on Friday 17 March 2017. More information on how to apply, eligibility and associated funding opportunities can be found on the IARU webpage.

  • Graduate students interested in study or research in PragueThe deadline has been extended for graduate students to apply for a €1,000 bursary to pursue a programme of study or research at Charles University, Prague for a period of one month in 2017. The Oxford-Prague Bursary is normally offered to students wishing to undertake research or study on themes that reflect the concerns of past, present and future Europe. For more information, or to apply before Wednesday 1 February 2017, visit the Europaeum Oxford-Prague Bursary webpage.
National Student Survey 2017

Are you in your final year?


Have your say about your University experience - complete the National Student Survey

If you are a final year undergraduate student you are invited to have your say on what you have and haven’t liked about your time at Oxford by taking part in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS). Results from the survey will be used to inform improvements across the collegiate University, and will help prospective students to select the right course and university. Completing the survey will give you the opportunity to win one of 25 University of Oxford dark blue hoodies. Eligible students will receive an email this week with more information and a personalised hyperlink to complete the survey which runs from January through to the end of Hilary term. 

Jobs and internships

Internship opportunities


A wide range of internship opportunities available - in the UK and abroad

  • Micro-Internship Programme: two to five day voluntary placements available across Oxfordshire and London taking place during Week 9 of Hilary term 2017. Opportunities this term include Oxera Consulting, Hogrefe Publishers, SmartWorks and Pamela Steele Associates. Applications open on Wednesday 11 January 2017.
  • Oxford University Internship Programme: nearly 500 summer internships are available in more than 40 countries. Placements include working with the UN International Development Agencies (Amman, Beijing, Nairobi and Bangkok), CERN (Geneva), consulting (China) and historical research (Budapest). Applications open on Monday 16 January 2017. Further internship opportunities will be advertised later in Hilary term. 

All opportunities can be viewed and applied for using CareerConnect; you can also book application support sessions via Career Connect. Stay up to date with the internship programmes by signing up to the Internship Office email alerts.

Degree ceremonies at Oxford

Book your degree ceremony


You can book your ceremony via Student Self Service

If you are an undergraduate or graduate taught student and are due to complete your course in the current academic year you should have received an email in December inviting you to book your degree ceremony using Student Self Service. You can amend your choice of booking date until Tuesday 31 January 2017, after which time you will be able to amend only your accessibility and college catering requirements.

If you are a research student or on a modular programme you will receive an invitation upon being granted leave to supplicate.You can amend your choice of date or your requirements up to 30 days before your chosen ceremony date.

For more information visit the Degree ceremonies web page


Plagiarism awareness and avoidance course


Academic integrity requires you to accurately record the source of words, ideas, diagrams, images and research results that you use or refer to in your work.

You can register to attend a free session on academic writing skills and how to avoid inadvertent plagiarism. Topics include how to use Turnitin plagiarism awareness software and an overview of paraphrasing and summarising. If you wish to practise submitting a document to Turnitin, bring an electronic copy of an article or chapter you have written.

  • 12:30–13:30, Thursday 9 March 2017, IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

The course is free; booking is required via the IT Services website. Further information about avoiding plagiarism is available on the Plagiarism webpage


LGBT History Month Lecture


The 2017 LGBT History Month Lecture will be given by activist and author CN Lester

  • 18:00, Thursday 9 February 2017, Blavatnik School of Government

The 2017 LGBT History Month Lecture will be given by activist and author CN Lester and the lecture is entitled 'The shock of the new: cultural amnesia, trans erasure and what we can do about it’. The lecture is free to attend; book a place on the events web page


TEDxOxford: ‘X Changes Everything’


TEDxOxford is an independently organised TED conference put on by University of Oxford students.

The theme for 2017 is ‘X Changes Everything’ and 12 speakers will share their thoughts on pivotal moments that have led to fundamental progress in the world – whether a ground-breaking scientific discovery, a cultural revolution or new branch of philosophical thought.

  • 10:00–17:00, Sunday 5 February 2017, New Theatre, George Street

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the TedXOxford website.

A view from below of the Bodleian Library with a Magnolia tree in the foreground.

Introduction to assistive technology


A series of one-hour taster sessions are available throughout Hilary term 2017 to introduce key assistive technology and applications to help with work and study.

The sessions will be particularly beneficial if you have disabilities including specific learning difficulties and mental health conditions. View more information (PDF).

For disabled students registered with the Disability Advisory Service, a follow-up 1:1 session can be arranged to help you get set up with the software. For more details, contact


Podcasts and workshops from the Counselling ServiceExamination 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 set of three podcasts are available in the ‘Student Life at Oxford’ series to support your preparation for upcoming examinations. The podcasts examine 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 Oxford Students website.

IT Services out of hours

24/7 IT support available


The IT service catalogue contains all central IT information, including information on who to contact for support for a wide range of IT services, where to find additional online support and training resources and how to raise an incident if you have an I

The new system includes user-specific views allowing you to easily view the services of most relevance to you. Visit the service catalogue.

Local IT support staff should be your first point of contact during office hours. If you are working late or at weekends and need IT assistance, you can ring the 24/7 central IT Service desk on 01865 612345. They can help with issues like resetting passwords and email problems. 

Walking to the exam

Prepare yourself for examinations


There is a range of support if you are preparing for examinations this year

  • Mock examinations and examination orientation sessions

Registration is open to attend the Hilary and Trinity term mock examinations and examination orientation sessions. Sessions are taking place during Week 6 of Hilary term 2017 and Week 3 of Trinity term 2017. The mock examinations are an opportunity to experience sitting a three-hour invigilated examination; you may bring along a past paper to complete or revision notes. The orientation sessions are a one-hour presentation to guide you through regulations and factors to consider when sitting examinations at the University. Sessions are held at both the Examination Schools and Ewert House. You must register to attend sessions via WebLearn. Further information is available on the Oxford Students website.

  • Examination preparation session

Are you sitting examinations this year? Do you want guidance on how best to prepare yourself? A 60-minute talk is available to help you prepare in the months and weeks before your examinations. Advice on preparing for examinations such as revision tips, health and welfare advice and examination orientation will be offered by the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU), the Examination Services team and tutors.

For undergraduate students: 17:00–18:00, Tuesday 14 February 2017, Examination Schools

  • For graduate students: 17:00–18:00, Thursday 16 February 2017, Examination Schools

 You must register to attend sessions via WebLearn. For more information visit the Examinations and Assessments webpage.

Studying in the privacy of your own room

Thesis printing service


You can now get your thesis printed and bound at competitive rates using the University’s reprographics service.

Prices vary depending on size but start from just £4.50 for binding up to 300 pages. You can also print large format posters up to A0 from £18 and business cards for on course matriculated students. To place an order, email or call 01865 270029. Other printers in Oxford offer similar services.

Freshers Fair

International student volunteers required


Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach are looking for international students who would be interested in volunteering at the International Guidance Counsellors’ Conference 2017.

The conference provides information for guidance counsellors, teachers and careers advisors from all over the world about the courses offered, student life and the admissions processes at Oxford. There are a variety of opportunities for international students including guiding delegates around Oxford, helping with logistics and sitting on a panel to answers delegates’ questions. The conference is taking place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February 2017, but you would not be required for the full period. If you are interested in volunteering or for more information please complete the online form or contact

Joining the alumni

Alumni network bursaries 2017


A number of regional alumni groups in the UK make awards to students from their area who are currently studying at Oxford.

Awards can be used to support a range of opportunities including internships, long vacation projects and study-related travel. Bursaries are currently available for students from: Cornwall (£250-£500), Dorset (£350), East Kent (£750), Hertfordshire (£300) and East Sussex (£300). For more information and eligibility requirements visit the Alumni Office website.

Student consultancy

Code of Practice on Meetings and Events


If you are organising a meeting or an event on University or Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) premises or anywhere else if using University branding (for example for a registered student club event), you have a responsibility to comply with the Univ

Under the Code, you are required to notify the Proctors formally where there are certain types of major risk or issue relating to such an event, for example where it could bring about an environment in which people will experience, or could reasonably fear, discrimination, harassment, intimidation, verbal abuse or violence, or where there are risks to safety. If you think that there could be such risks or issues, you are encouraged to seek advice from the Proctors’ Office as far in advance of the meeting or event date as possible.

The central importance of freedom of speech and academic freedom underlie the Code. You can find more information about the Code and advice on notifying the Proctors on the Proctors’ Office website


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