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Exam checklist

Examinations preparation 2014

News | 23 Apr 2014

To make sure you are ready for examinations taking place in Trinity term 2014, use the examinations checklist.

From checking your timetable and organising alternative arrangements, to booking a mock examination and reading the Examination Regulations. Make sure you are prepared for your examinations. Find out more about examinations and assessments or refer to the examination checklist 2014.

Mock exams

Trinity term mock exams and exam orientation

News | 23 Apr 2014

Mock examinations and orientation sessions are being held in Trinity term to enable you to get used to examination locations and regulations, and to ask questions.

Examination Services will be holding three mock and orientation sessions in Week 3 of Trinity term:


Mock examination

Examination orientation

Alternative arrangement orientation

13 May 201414:30-17:3014:30-15:3014:30-15:30
15 May 201414:30-17:3014:30-15:3014:30-15:30
16 May 201409:30-12:30N/AN/A

Mock examinations and examination orientation sessions are hosted at the same time. You cannot attend both sessions in the same time slot.

For more information, visit examinations and assessments.

Social impact awards

Social Impact Award nominations

News | 23 Apr 2014

Do you know an inspiring person who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to society and the wider world?

You can recognise their work by nominating them for a Vice Chancellor’s Social Impact Award, granted every year to six outstanding students who have shown extraordinary commitment to creating positive social change, whether through volunteering, fundraising, campaigning, research or social enterprise. The deadline for nominations is Thursday 24 April.

Boat race 2014

Oxford win 160th boat race

News | 7 Apr 2014

Oxford beat old rivals Cambridge by 11 lengths to secure their fifth boat race victory in seven years on Sunday 6 April.

The dominant win, which added to victories for the the women's team and reserve crew, has seen Oxford close the gap to Cambridge in the overall race standings to 81-78 with one tie.

The Dark Blues were strong favourites going into the race with three Olympians in their crew - Beijing 2008 gold medallist Malcolm Howard and London 2012 bronze medal winners Constantine Louloudis and Storm Uru.

The team quickly gained an advantage after a clash of oars five minutes in to the race, which saw a Cambridge rower fall from his seat.

Following the race, Oxford's coach Sean Bowden said: "We can look back on this year with a lot of pride. I felt this year we could achieve really high standards. The clash is one of those things that can happen. Cambridge put a lot of pressure on early on but we were moving away. Steering is always competitive and this is one of the things that can happen when you take risks."

OUSU teaching awards

OUSU Teaching Awards

News | 23 Apr 2014

Have you had a tutor, lecturer, supervisor or a member of support staff who has made a difference and inspired you?

Now is your chance to nominate them in the Oxford University Student Union Teaching Awards.

The awards are entirely student-led and will go on to support good practice in teaching. Last year, over 400 students nominated over 330 tutors, lecturers and supervisors for an award. You can nominate your tutor, lecturer, supervisor or a member of support staff in three categories: Most Acclaimed Lecturer, Outstanding Tutor and Best Support Staff.

Nominations open on Wednesday, 19 February and close on Wednesday, 30 April. To find out more and make your nomination, visit the OUSU website.


Make your mark

News | 23 Apr 2014

If you are a final year undergraduate you can make your mark by completing the National Student Survey.

Your feedback not only contributes to improvements in the facilities, resources and teaching on offer to current students, but also helps prospective students choose the right institution and course for them. Read how past student feedback has had a positive effect on your studies at Oxford or fill in the survey.


Celebrate the digital: OxTALENT competition 2014

News | 20 Apr 2014

Entries are now open for the annual OxTALENT competition, which celebrates the use of digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning, research and outreach.

Entries from members of the University are welcome in the following categories:

  • use of WebLearn to support teaching, learning, or outreach
  • apps and mobile technologies
  • student IT innovation
  • videos created by students
  • conference posters
  • interactive infographics

The closing date for entries is midday on Friday 16 May 2014. For further information and an entry form, visit the OxTALENT competition website.

Overseas study placements

Overseas study placements

News | 19 Apr 2014

If you have, or are due to, carry out an oversees study placement, the University would like to hear about your experience.

Feedback from any placement of two weeks or more between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014 will be used to help tailor the services and support offered to students when abroad and allow the University to analyse how overseas study contributes to academic learning. To provide your feedback, update your profile on Student Self Service.

28 Apr

Social Media and the Culture of Connectivity

Wolfson College
Talk | 28 Apr 2014

Social media algorithms do not simply reflect our behaviour and habits, but actively steer and manipulate social activities.

At the heart of the social media industry's surge is the battle over information control: who owns the data generated by online social activities?

In less than a decade, social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn have come to deeply penetrate our daily habits of communication and socializing. While most sites started out as amateur-driven community platforms, virtually all have turned into large corporations that do not just facilitate global connections, but have become global data mining companies.

This lecture, by Professor José van Dijck, will reflect on how social media have become normalized in everyday life: what has become the meaning of social activities such as 'sharing', 'liking', 'following' and 'trending' in a world dominated by Facebook and Twitter? And what are the implications of the fact that large portions of everyday life are increasingly commercialized and engineered through social media?

To find out more, and to reserve your place, for the free event taking place from 17:30 on Monday 28 April 2014 at Wolfson College, visit the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society website.

Student consultancy

Join the Student Consultancy

News | 20 Apr 2014

The Student Consultancy gives you the chance to improve your professional skills, boost your CV and solve a real business problem affecting an organisation in Oxfordshire.

Past teams have worked with clients including Oxfam, Oxford City Council and the Pegasus Theatre - and there will be a new range of organisations in Trinity term. Visit the Careers Service website.

7 May

Hidden Glory: Dorothy Hodgkin in her own words

Somerville College
Performance | 7 May 2014

Filmed performance of a short, one-woman play about the life and work of the Nobel prizewinning scientist and Somerville fellow.

Taking place from 17:00 to 18:00 on Wednesday 7 May 2014, this free event is being held by Somerville College to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Prize to Dorothy Hodgkin. The film will be followed by a Q&A with playwright Georgina Ferry.

If you would like to attend this event, booking is recommended.


Tackling educational inequality

News | 23 April 2014

Are you passionate about education and the issues surrounding it in the UK?

The first Oxford Education Conference is committed to supporting and developing student's understanding of educational issues in the city and promoting lifelong engagement with education. If you would like to help run the event, taking place in 2nd week of Trinity term, email the conference team.

6 May

Make: Video. A Greenland adventure

IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN
Talk | 6 May 2014

Hear how four Earth Sciences undergraduates spent six weeks living alongside an Igaliku community in Greenland to inspire young people to take up scientific research.

The team created a short documentary and featured the project in a live blog feed to reach more young people and to engage sponsors. Anna Bidgood and Eleni Wood will reflect on their experiences in the remote environment.

Taking place from 12:30 on Tuesday 6 May 2014, this one hour talk will take place at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN. If you have a question about this talk, please contact David Baker.

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