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10May

Staying in the UK to work - which visa?

Event

This session for international students will provide information on visa routes to remain in the UK to work after completing your studies.

Presentation topics will include the provision for students under Tier 2 of the Points-based system. For more information visit the Oxford Students website. Registration is not required.

•    12:30–14:00, Wednesday 10 May 2017, Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

06May

Intensive weekend language courses in Trinity term

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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 admin@lang.ox.ac.uk

04May

OX Postcode Fair

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Looking to stay in Oxford after you graduate, or during the summer?

The OX Postcode Fair brings together 30 employers from across Oxfordshire who have vacancies for full-time jobs or internships.

  • 15:00–18:00, Thursday 4 May 2017, the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

There are organisations from many different industries including education, computing, science, and health and social care. For more information visit the Careers Service website.

Studying in the fresh air

Could you help at undergraduate open days?

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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 opendays@admin.ox.ac.uk.  

Student studying

Lynda.com: free access to video-based resources

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Free access to a vast online library of video-based courses at lynda.com.

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. Lynda.com can be accessed anytime and anywhere. To register using your Single Sign-On, visit the IT Services website.

A Rhodes Scholar in the Milner Hall at Rhodes House

2017 Graduate Student Photography Competition winners

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The 2017 Graduate Student Photography Competition received nearly 1,000 photographs submitted by over 150 entrants.

The quality of the photographs was superb, and two sets of photographs have been chosen as the joint winners. The winners are: Victoria Maguire-Rajpaul (DPhil Geography and the Environment) and Vinesh Rajpaul (DPhil Astrophysics). You can see a selection of the winning photos on the competition webpage or follow OxfordGradStudy on Instagram where you can view more photos submitted during the competition.

Student working in the lab

Apply for a Micro-Internship

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Applications will open for the Trinity term 2017 Micro-Internship Programme on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

Micro-Internships will be taking place in Week 9 of Trinity term (Monday 19–Friday 23 June 2017) and are open to all full-time, matriculated students. The voluntary placements are offered by organisations across Oxfordshire and Greater London, and are an opportunity to make your CV stand out from the crowd with unique industry experience. Projects on offer this term range from event management and radio production, to creating engaging science experiments for schools.

Application support sessions are taking place to provide guidance to applicants on their CV and personal statement from Week 1 onwards. To find out more and to apply, visit the Careers Service website or email micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday 7 May 2017. 

OxTALENT

OxTALENT Awards 2017 - closing soon

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Have you built a website, app, e-book or game?

Used social media in a creative way with other students? Or spotted a problem and used digital technology to solve it? The OxTALENT competition committee is looking to reward innovative uses of IT to support teaching and learning, disseminate research, or promote outreach and public engagement. You can enter yourself or nominate a student or member of staff who has impressed you. For more information and to enter before Friday 5 May 2017, visit the OxTALENT website.

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

Play grass court tennis this summer

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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.

Course guidance

Tutoring opportunity for graduate students

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Oxmedica GE are looking for graduate students with experience in STEM subjects, medical sciences, computer science and biotechnology to tutor over the summer.

Tutors are sought for the International Teaching Program, 26 July - 18 August 2017, King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. Successful applicants will be offered a fully-inclusive package and a highly competitive salary (up to £2750). For further details please see the attached flyer. Applications (1-2 page CV and brief covering letter) should be submitted to recruitment@oxmedica.com as soon as possible; applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, and some position have already been filled

Sitting your examination

Mock examinations and examination preparation sessions

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Examination preparation, mock examinations and examination orientation sessions will be taking place during Weeks 2 and 3, Trinity term 2017.

Register in advance to attend sessions via WebLearn. Details of all sessions are available on the Mock examinations webpage.

  • Examination preparation sessions will take place in Week 2 from 16:00–17:00 on Tuesday 2 May (for graduate students) and Wednesday 3 May (for undergraduate students), at the Examination Schools. The session will cover: examination day orientation; revision and time management tips; health and welfare advice; and sitting examinations from a student's perspective.
  • Mock examinations are an opportunity to experience sitting a three-hour invigilated examination; you must provide your own question paper or bring revision notes to the session. Past examination papers are available from the OXAM website (SSO required).
  • Orientation sessions are a one-hour presentation to guide you through regulations and factors to bear in mind when sitting examinations at the University.

Mock examinations and orientation sessions are being held at both the Examination Schools and Ewert House, Summertown.

Students at a computer

University registration open for Trinity term

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If you are starting a new course you will need to complete registration.

If you are starting a new course this term or began your current course during a previous Trinity term you will need to complete your University registration. University registration should be completed in Student Self Service by 16:00, Friday of Week 1. Registration ensures that you gain/maintain access to University facilities and services and remain on the Council Tax exemption list. If you are required to register in Trinity term you will have received an email with instructions.

Student uses laptop in lecture

2017/18 Student finance applications open for continuing full-time undergraduate students

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Student finance applications for tuition fee and maintenance support are open for full-time undergraduate students from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the European Union (EU) who are continuing their course in 2017/18.

It is recommended that you apply as early as possible, and no later than 23 June 2017, to ensure that your funding is in place by September.  

Travel during your stay

Grants offered for East Kent students to support summer activities

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Apply for one of several grants of up to £750

Students from East Ken are able to apply for several grants offered by the OUS East Kent alumni group to assist in their summer activities in 2017.  For more information on eligibility and to apply before Friday 28 April 2017 visit the Alumni Office website.

Alumni sport awards

Apply for a £250 sporting award

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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.

Podcasts

Examination preparation podcasts available

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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.

 Revision and examinations

OXAM – access past examination papers for revision

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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.

Sitting your examination

Transcription invigilator paid work

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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 exam.services@admin.ox.ac.uk by Wednesday 12 April 2017.

Student volunteers

Share your interview experiences to help future applicants

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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 ugp@admin.ox.ac.uk

Examinations

Conduct after examinations

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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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