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Examination Schools - Michaelmas term closure dates


The Examination Schools, High Street will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 21 December until 8.30am on Wednesday 3 January.

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


#StartedinOxford demo event

Next month there will be a festival celebrating companies and projects that started in Oxford.

The campaign will culminate in the #StartedinOxford Festival, a week of events to highlight and showcase the startups, spinouts and social enterprises we have in the Oxford area and to promote entrepreneurship in general. If you are involved in an Oxford-linked startup yourself, you can showcase it at the #StartedinOxford Demo Night:

  • Wednesday 15 November, 6-8pm, Blackwell Hall at the Weston Library.

Please apply to demo your project by Friday 27 October on the signup form. All students are welcome to attend as visitors to the event, which is free; registration will open on Wednesday 18 October. For more information on the campaign, visit the Enterprising Oxford website. To see last year’s highlights, visit Storify.


Emerge Conference


Are you interested in social entrepreneurship and creating positive change for our society and planet?

The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School is hosting its biggest social innovation conference of the year which is open to all.

  • Emerge 2017, Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 November, Saïd Business School, Park End Street

Emerge aims to bring together a community of change-makers from around the world and includes more than 20 sessions with over 70 influential speakers. For more information, watch the 2016 highlights video and to get your early-bird tickets, visit the Emerge website.


Staying in the UK to work - which visa?


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

  • 12.30–2pm, Wednesday 1 November, Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

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.

Arriving at Oxford

Missed University registration?


University registration for Michaelmas term has now closed.

 If you have not registered online using Student Self Service, you must contact your college (or department if you do not have a college) urgently to be enrolled for the 2017/18 academic year. Failure to enrol and verify your details means you will not be able to access important academic information throughout the year, student loans may not be released (where applicable) and your name may not appear on the council tax exemption list. In order to complete registration, ensure that you log in to Student Self Service to verify your personal details and complete all the screens once you have been enrolled by your college or department.

Student volunteers

Careers events for disabled students

If you identify as having a disability, the Careers Service is running sessions to assist you prior to many of this term’s careers fairs.

The sessions will cover how to assess whether an organisation is disability-friendly and discover the impact of telling (or not telling) organisations about your specific circumstances. There will be opportunity to ask questions in a confidential setting. Sessions are open to all students, and you will be able to access the fair before it gets busy. For more information, log on to CareerConnect or contact (Careers Adviser).

A tutor conducts an Anglo Saxon English tutorial in Keble College

The Oxford Foundry: A new entrepreneurship centre


Are you interested in innovation and entrepreneurship?

In October 2017, a new entrepreneurship facility will open for all students, faculty and staff. The Oxford Foundry will become a place for co-working with dedicated areas for idea generation, workshops and mentorship from local and global entrepreneurs, and business skills training in a high-energy environment.

For more information, sign up for the newsletter.

Medical emergencies

Supporting the community


A great way of getting to know Oxford is to contribute to the local community.

With students making up 24% of the city’s population, the positive impact you can make is enormous. Oxford Hub supports students in tackling social challenges, learning about issues and connecting with each other. There are a variety of practical volunteering and skilled placements to get involved in as well as events throughout the year. Whether you want to tutor a child in a local school, become a visiting trustee, befriend an elderly person or help at our food cooperative, there is something foryou. To receive details of social action events and projects, visit the Oxford Hub website.

You can also find volunteering opportunities through the Oxford University Student Union and the University of Oxford website. Volunteering acts as a valuable addition to your CV and can help broaden your horizons with a view to future employment. For more information, see the Oxford Students website.

Study abroad advice

Bodleian iSkills - free workshops for postgraduates


The Bodleian Libraries run free workshops for postgraduates every term which are a fantastic opportunity to develop your research and study skills.

The sessions range from Open Access publishing; measuring research impact; managing research data; reference management tools, finding relevant material for your research, and more. To view the full programme, visit the LibGuides website. Workshops are free but booking is required. For weekly updates and reminders of upcoming workshops, email with ‘Add to mailing list’ in the subject field.

Studying in the fresh air

Oxford Vaccine Centre Healthy Volunteer Database


The Oxford Vaccine Centre carries out clinical trials testing vaccines for major global diseases and are looking for people to join their database of healthy volunteers.

Trial participants are reimbursed for their time, travel and inconvenience. Database members will receive a monthly email with details of trials currently recruiting. For more details and to sign up for the newsletter, visit the Oxford Vaccine Centre website and to find out more about the Centre, visit the Jenner Institute or the Oxford Vaccine Group.

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Applications for Micro-Internships open


Micro-internships are voluntary placements 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. Applications will open for the Michaelmas term 2017 Micro-Internship Programme on Wednesday 4 October. Micro-Internships will be taking place in Week 9 of Michaelmas term (Monday 4–Friday 8 December) and are open to all full-time, matriculated students. 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 The deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday 22 October.

Hertford Bridge

Safety advice


Oxford is a safe place to live. However, it is still important to look after yourself and your property, both at home and whilst travelling around the city.

Your property

Always remember to lock doors and windows when you’re out, back up work saved on your laptop and consider a tracking device for phones and computers. For more information on personal safety and protecting your belongings, visit the Oxford Students website. To insure your valuable items, visit Endsleigh.


Cycling is a great way to get around Oxford. However when travelling, please remember that it’s a legal requirement to have a working set of lights displayed on your bicycle (a bright white light on the front and a red light on the back). It is also important to wear a cycle helmet, and light coloured or fluorescent clothing. For more information and how to register your bike with the free Bike Register scheme, visit the Security Services website.

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The Oxford University Newcomers' Club and Welcome Service

There are a number of groups to assist you and your partner or family as you adapt to life in Oxford

  • The Oxford University Welcome Service holds induction events for new members of the University as well as their partners and families. A range of useful resources can be found on the Welcome Service website and you can email for more information.
  • The Oxford University Newcomers’ Club is for the partners of postgraduate students. A different programme of events and activities is organised each term and weekly coffee mornings are held. For more information, visit the Newcomers’ Club website.

Get vaccinated against meningitus

Have you registered with a GP and had your MenACWY vaccine yet?

If not, you could be at risk of meningitus and septicaemia. As a university student you are particularly at risk due to being in confined environments with close contact, such as university halls. If you're aged 17-18, speak to your GP now about MenACWY vaccine - it could save your life. For more information, visit the NHS website.


Academic dress


Full academic dress, known as sub fusc, must be worn at all formal University ceremonies.

This includes matriculation and degree ceremonies. You’ll also wear sub fusc when sitting examinations. On these occasions, you should wear the appropriate gown (your college/department will advise); a mortar board or soft-cap; a dark suit, skirt or trousers; a dark coat if required; black shoes; a plain white collared shirt or blouse; and a white bow tie, black bow tie, black full-length tie or black ribbon. To find out more about academic dress, visit the Oxford Students website. To buy your academic dress, visit the University of Oxford Shop.

Catching up with friends in the Dining Hall

Complaints and appeals


If you have a cause for concern on any matter whilst studying at Oxford, there are a variety of ways to get support.

Depending whether your issue is relating to academic matters, staff and student conduct, research integrity or University services, there will be a different point of contact available to you.

Usually the first step is to raise it with the relevant party who will attempt to resolve the matter directly. For more details and to learn more about the complaints procedure and what to do if the matter can’t be immediately resolved, visit the Oxford Students website.

Changes in student status

Alternative arrangements and adjustments


If you require alternative arrangements or adjustments whilst at Oxford, you should contact the Disability Support Service (DAS) or your college office.

The deadline for examination adjustments is Friday of Week 4 of the term but the sooner you can get in touch the better. Examination provisions may include:

  • extra time
  • use of a word processor
  • enlarged font papers
  • written instructions
  • seating arrangements
  • scheduling of examinations at a specific time of day
  • permission to bring food and drink into an examination

Getting in touch with DAS as soon as you can will allow you to focus on settling in and enjoying your course once you arrive. For more information, visit the Oxford Students website.

Visa obligations

Opening a bank account


UK banks are keen to open accounts for European and International Students.

However, as they need to collect certain information from you to meet UK government financial rules, please follow these three steps to make the process easier:

  • Meet the banks at the Orientation Fair to begin the process
  • Gather the documents you need: your passport and enrolment certificate stamped by your college with your address
  • Go to the bank early – try to avoid busy periods and check the ‘late opening hours’

To download the guide to opening a bank account, visit the Oxford Students website.

Staying secure

Attend a freshers' party in your hometown


More than 200 alumni groups organise freshers’ parties for new starters.

These events are an opportunity to meet other freshers and alumni from your area and find out more about Oxford before you start your studies. To find out if there is an event in your area, visit the Alumni Office website.

Catching up with friends in the Dining Hall

Volunteers wanted for study


Volunteers needed for a study investigating the effects of mental exercises.

The Department of Psychiatry are looking for healthy participants (male or female), aged 18 to 65 years. In order to participate, you must be in good health, not be engaged on a regular basis in any kind of formal mental exercises (e.g. yoga, meditation, psychotherapy), and you must not have a history of any mental disorder.

You would be invited to the Department of Psychiatry (Warneford Hospital) for two study sessions. Both sessions would take approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Between the sessions you would be assigned a brief mental exercise (taking approximately 10 minutes per day) that you carry out for seven days. After this training period, your performance on a range of computerized psychological tasks will be assessed.

You will be compensated for your time. For more information email


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