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Student registration now open


Whether you are a new or returning student you can now register for the 2014/15 academic year using Student Self Service.

An essential part of being a student of the University is the annual completion of registration.

  • As a returning student, you are required to check and update your details using Student Self Service.
  • As a new student you should complete the first step of your University registration by verifying your details online using Student Self Service before you arrive. You will need to use your Oxford Single Sign On details to access Student Self Service.

Students must register before each year of your course in order to attend your programme of study, release your loan from the UK Student Loans Company/sponsor/awarding body, use your University email account, obtain your University Card, print an enrolment certificate, be eligible to take examinations and access your results. Your status as a member of the University is not confirmed until your registration has been completed by your college (or department for non-matriculated courses), which usually takes place in Week 0 of term.

For more information, visit the guide to registration.

Student loan scam warning


The Student Loans Company has warned of a recent round of phishing scam emails requesting students verify the details of their account.

Even if emails appear to look authentic, students are asked to remember that the SLC will never ask you to disclose personal information via email or text.

Further advice can be found on the SLC website.

Returning to study in 2014/15?


An essential part of being a student of the University is the annual completion of registration using Student Self Service.

If you are returning to the University to continue your studies in the 2014/15 academic year, you will receive an email reminder to complete your registration from 1 September in order to be enrolled for your next year of study. Registering will also enable you to receive student loan payments and meet the conditions of your visa (where applicable).

Starting at Oxford in 2014?


There are now more ways for offer holders planning to start their studies at Oxford in October 2014 to find pre arrival information.

All offer holders should now be receiving regular pre arrival newsletters, featuring information that you will need to know before starting your studies at Oxford. The first two newsletters in the series, focusing on student funding and welfare, can be found on the new students webpage.

The new students webpage also holds specific information about starting at the University, whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate, Home/EU or international student, or have Visiting or Recognised status.

For the latest information, you can also follow the Student Information twitter account @UniofOxfordSI.

Open day volunteers required


Graduate students: contact the Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach team if you want to volunteer at the next open day (19 September).

On 2 and 3 July Oxford welcomed thousands of prospective students and their families for the undergraduate open days. A key part of these events’ success is the warm welcome provided by students and staff volunteers at locations across the city, from the railway station to the Park & Rides.

No specialist knowledge is required and you will be invited to a briefing beforehand. To volunteer - whether for a couple of hours, four hours or a full day - complete the online form or phone (2)70745.

Tyrone one of UK’s top black students


A theology student has ranked second in the Rare Rising Star Awards, which recognise the achievements black students.

The Oxford-born Pembroke College student had previously served as a member on the Youth Parliament and as Young Mayor for the City of Oxford.

The 21-year-old is passionate about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues and hopes to highlight this by organising a London conference this year.

Applying for a Tier 4 student visa?


Find out more about the visa application process and how to complete a Tier 4 (General) Student online application form outside the UK.

For more information on applying for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa, including a PDF guide to filling out your visa application, please visit the Tier 4 webpage.

University Interactive Maps


Estates Services has produced a new interactive map for the University and would like to hear your comments on its functionality.

The development copy of the map is now available to view online. Please send your comments to: by 17:00 on Friday 12 September.

Please note, the development version still has some glitches which are currently being addressed. However, the Service would welcome comments on the look and feel of the map as this is still under discussion. The map is due to be published by the end of September in time for the new student intake.

Upcoming Christ Church events


Students can now get 10% off the price of two events at Christ Church College taking place this September.

Places are available to all University card holders. Booking is required:

To reserve your place, please contact Helen Camuñas-Lopez on Tel: 01865 286 998 or by emailing

Other Christ church events taking place in 2014, include:

  • Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter’s Tea Party - 25 September
  • Wizards’ Tea Party - 30 October
  • Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter’s Christmas Tea Party - 24, 27 November and 4 December
  • A Christ Church Christmas Carol Tea Party - 1 December

For more information, please visit the Christ Church College website.

Vaccinations recommended


If you have not received vaccinations to protect you against mumps and meningitis, please contact your doctor before arriving in Oxford.

The Health Protection Agency recommends that young adults are protected against mumps by receiving two doses of MMR vaccine, which gives 90% protection. The University strongly recommends that all students should have an MMR vaccination (and should receive both the recommended doses) before arriving in Oxford.

Check with your local doctor whether you have had two previous MMR vaccinations or have had mumps before (in 1994 some children received MR vaccine. This contains only measles and rubella. It does not protect against mumps). If not, ask your local doctor for an appointment. If the vaccine is not available locally please inform your new/college doctor in Oxford during registration in Fresher's Week, or bring your MMR immunisation dates with you.

Most students will have had the Meningitis C vaccination while at school; if not please arrange this with your doctor before arrival, for maximum protection. For students coming from abroad, the Meningitis A & C (or ACWY) vaccine is acceptable if the Meningitis C vaccine is not available.

For more information about preparing for life at Oxford, please see the new starters page.


Behind the Scenes Tours: Treasures of the Archive

Museum tour

Join Kate Santry, Head of Archival Collections, to discover hidden gems in the Museum of Natural History's library and archive.

Booking for this free event is required.

Present at archaeological conference


Students are being given the opportunity to present short talks at the third Oxford University Archaeological Society undergraduate conference.

If you have been involved in an interesting program of study as an undergraduate, or if you taken part in an archaeological dig that you would like to give a talk on, the organising committee would love to hear from you.

Applicants must submit their title and a brief description of what they would like to present to Abbey Ellis before 20 October (Monday of 2nd week), and be available on the date below to present their talk at the conference.

For more information about the conference, taking place from 10:00 to 16:00 on Saturday 15 November 2014 at Merton College, visit the Society's Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition open


This very popular exhibition returns to the Museum of Natural History this summer.

For more information about this free exhibition running from 16 July to 22 September, please visit the Museum of Natural History's website. No booking required.


Discovering Tutankhamun - now open


Visit the Ashmolean's summer exhibition 'Discovering Tutankhamun' between 10:00 and 17:00 everyday from 24 July to 2 November 2014.

The exhibition will tell the story of one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Find out more about the hunt for the tomb and the thrill of its discovery, and see Howard Carter’s original records, drawings and photographs.

The 10 year long process of recording the remarkable objects buried with the king transformed Tutankhamun into an icon of the modern world. Explore the phenomenon of ‘Tutmania’ and see masterpieces from the Ashmolean’s own collections from Ancient Egypt and Sudan as well as loans of important pieces from museums around the world.

Booking is recommended and can be done on the Ashmolean museum website.


The Great War: Personal Stories from Downing Street to the Trenches


Using letters and diaries of politicians, soldiers and civilians, this ongoing Bodleian Library exhibition relates contemporary experiences of the Great War.

Taking place from 18 June to 2 November 2014, this exhibition concentrates on the years 1914 to 1916, from the outbreak of war to the end of the battle of the Somme and the fall of Asquith.

Opening times:
09:00-17:00 on Monday to Friday
09:00-16:30 on Saturday
11:00-17:00 on Sunday

For more information, visit the Bodleian Libraries website or view a selection of the exhibits in the online gallery or buy a copy of the exhibition book.

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