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Learn from and pitch to entrepreneurs


Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum (OSEF), Saturday 18 June 2016, Saïd Business School

OSEF is an event for interested in all things entrepreneurial: whether you are interested in pursuing a start-up idea, learning how to successfully scale a business or developing your skills to stand out from the crowd. The event includes speakers – including Biz Stone(co-founder of Twitter), workshops, panel discussions, a start-up pitching event and networking opportunities. Tickets cost £10 for students and are available on the forum web page.


Oxford Pride Festival: We can be heroes


A celebratory series of short talks on the theme of heroes in honour of the Oxford Pride Festival

  • Tuesday 31 May 2016, 18:00-19:30, Trinity College

You are invited to attend a celebratory series of short talks on the theme of heroes in honour of the Oxford Pride Festival. The event is free and all are welcome, booking required

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Whose portrait would you like to see hanging on the walls of Oxford?


A project that aims to widen the range of people represented around the University

The University's Diversifying Portraiture project is intended to reflect and promote the increasing inclusivity of the University. You are invited to nominate people to be depicted in these 25 new portraits which will be displayed together at an exhibition and then found homes around Oxford. You can nominate individuals or groups of people who fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be living at the time of nomination;
  • have a significant link to the Univeristy of Oxford; and
  • be making (or have made) a major and positive difference.

You should email nominations, including up to 200 words on why they should be celebrated, to before Friday 8 July 2016. For more information visit the Diversifying Portraiture Project web page.


Annual Disability Lecture 2016


The Annual Disability Lecture 2016 will be delivered by Professor Linda Gask, a psychiatrist and academic living with mental ill-health

  • 18:00, Thursday 26 May 2016, Blavatnik School of Government

Professor Gask's recent book, 'The Other Side of Silence: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir of Depression', provides an honest and thought-provoking account of her experiences. She will be introduced by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. The event is free, booking is essential.

Enterprising Oxford

Enterprising Oxford


Enterprising Oxford includes resources designed to encourage and promote entrepreneurship

The website is an easy way to find out about local events and training. Whether you have a business idea, or run a start-up or established company, Enterprising Oxford highlights opportunities to help you develop it further or support others. If you are new to entrepreneurship read the information in Entrepreneurship 101 for help with research or employability. If you already have some experience and want additional advice, jump in at the deep end with the Explore & Build section.

Students walking to lectures

Staying safe in Oxford


Safety and well-being are taken very seriously at Oxford.

Advice on personal and property crime prevention, staying safe on nights out and who to contact in an emergency is available on the Safety and community web page. In particular, you are reminded to:

  • Register personal possessions that have serial numbers such as laptops, mobile phone and cameras on Immobilise, the National Property Register.
  • Put laptops in a locked drawer when they are not being used, even if you just leave the room briefly, particularly if your room is on the ground floor and your desk is near an open window.
  • Back up work on an encrypted USB stick which is kept in a separate location, or use a cloud-based storage facility such as DropBox, Microsoft Cloud or iCloud.
  • Consider using a tracking service in case any of your devices are stolen, such as Prey Project.

Security Services can be reached 24 hours a day at 01865 (2)72944 or (2)89999 in an emergency.  Incidents can also be reported online on the Security Services website

Register to vote

Register to vote in the EU referendum by 7 June


You must be registered to vote by Tuesday 7 June to vote in the EU referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016.

It is your responsibility to register yourself to vote; your college or a member of your household can not do this for you. You can register to vote online at; you will need your National Insurance number. 

Please keep in mind where you will be on the day of the referendum as this is the address you should use to register to vote. You can be registered to vote in two places, but you can only vote once in the referendum. You can apply to vote by post or by proxy (someone you trust voting on your behalf), providing you have already registered to vote. Find out more about different ways to vote on the About My Vote website.


Deadline to register to vote in the EU referendum


You must be registered to vote by Tuesday 7 June to vote in the EU referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016;

You can register to vote online at; you will need your National Insurance number.

Please keep in mind where you will be on the day of the referendum as this is the address you should use to register to vote. You can be registered to vote in two places, but you can only vote once in the referendum. You can apply to vote by post or by proxy (someone you trust voting on your behalf), providing you have already registered to vote. Find out more about different ways to vote on the About My Vote website.

Essay for Europe competition

McKinsey Global Institute Essay Prize 2016 – win up to €60,000


The McKinsey Global Institute has launched a global essay contest aimed at crowdsourcing solutions to one of Europe’s biggest political and economic conundrums.

How to implement a pro-growth economic strategy that is both effective and that appeals to voters and policy-makers. Entries will be assessed by a panel of judges from across European academia, politics, civil society, and business. Submissions of up to 5,000 words are due by Sunday 31 July 2016. For more information visit the Essay for Europe website

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Sexual violence


The Welfare section of this website contains advice and supportive resources for victims of sexual violence

Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual act. There is advice and supportive resources for victims of sexual violence, including guidance on what to do in the immediate aftermath of an attack in the Welfare section of this website. There are a number of people you can talk to if you have experienced sexual violence recently or in the past including trained Independent Sexual Violence Advisors in Oxford, and the University Counselling Service who can offer psychological support.

Oxford Vaccine Group

Take part in clinical trials


Millions of people worldwide are affected by Typhoid Fever

Help us make a difference. Participate in our Typhoid vaccine study. We are looking for volunteers between 18 and 60 years old (male or female) and in good health to help us test new vaccines against Typhoid Fever. If you would like further information please visit: the Oxford Vaccine Group website

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Exploring Bodleian collections: opportunities to work with manuscript letters


You are invited to work with curators of the Bodleian Libraries to explore a selection of manuscript letters

The letters are written in Persian, Greek, Latin, English and more, and consider how to engage with them in the digital age. The work will be discussed at a conference:

To find out more email or visit the e-pistolary website.


Plagiarism avoidance


You should ensure that you understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

 Academic integrity requires authors to accurately record the source of words, ideas, diagrams, images and research results that they use or refer to in their work. Guidance is available on the Plagiarism web page. Graduate students can register to attend a course to help you avoid unintentional plagiarism, including an overview of the plagiarism-awareness service Turnitin, and a chance to test your own work using the service.

  • 12:30–13:30, Thursday 9 June 2016, IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

The course is free, booking required using your Single Sign-On.

Clinical trials

Trial of Tuberculosis vaccines in healthy adults


The Jenner Institute is looking for volunteers in the Oxford area.

The trial will compare the BCG vaccination when given as an injection with the BCG given as an aerosol. If you are aged 18-50, in good health, have never received BCG and have not taken part in a trial or study where Tuberculosis (TB) vaccines have been used, you may be eligible to participate. To find out more visit the trial website or email

Alumni card

Leaving this term? Collect your Alumni Card


Oxford Alumni benefit from a wide range of opportunities.

Collect your Oxford Alumni card to access discounts in shops and restaurants, events, online services and more. Alumni have access to online journals through JSTOR, and can enter all the colleges for free with guests. To register to Oxford Alumni Online, visit the Alumni Office Website or email questions to

Student volunteers

Insight Into Teaching - apply for Trinity term placements


Insight into Teaching offers the opportunity to spend three days in a UK school

The opportunity includes lesson observation, getting involved with activities and possibly the chance to try out some teaching. The programme lasts three days and is taking place from Tuesday 21 June to Thursday 23 June 2016 (Week 9). Placements are available in primary schools, secondary schools and further education colleges, in a range of subjects and in both the state-maintained and independent school sectors. Most placements are in or near Oxford, with some placements available in other parts of the UK. For more information and to apply, visit the Careers Service website.

Equality and diversity at Oxford

Revision and examination support


The University offers a range of support for students who are preparing for examinations.

The podcast series ‘Student Life at Oxford’ includes advice on achieving a balanced approach to thinking about examinations and revision guidance and exercises to help you feel more relaxed before and during examinations. You can find additional guidance on coping with anxiety on the Study skills pages. Access past examination papers from the OXAM website using your Single Sign-On. 

Newcomer's club

Keep informed with Oxford Talks


Oxford Talks is a one-stop shop for academic seminars taking place across the collegiate University.

You can search for talks by date, series, speaker or venue. Seminars are organised into lists and you can sign up to receive daily or weekly emails including details of relevant talks.

Sitting your examination

Conduct after examinations


The examination season is an important time for all candidates. Behaviour after examinations is covered by University regulations.

Remember that examinations are likely to be ongoing after you have finished your own. To be fair to those students still in examinations, you are asked to follow the instructions of University staff and leave the vicinity of the examination venue without delay. You are reminded that behaviour after examinations is covered by University regulations and that breaching the regulations constitutes misconduct. If you plan to support friends by meeting them as they leave their examinations and wish to mark the occasion, the Proctors encourage you to do so by bringing flowers or balloons. You must not bring alcohol or food. More information on the conduct expected and on what is prohibited is available on the Proctors’ Office website.

IT security, Oxford

Tips for online safety


Information security is an increasing challenge for us all.

You should ensure you are familiar with the IT security advice on the Oxford Students website including: creating strong passwords; protecting your devices when using public networks; and backing up your work.

Phishing is the fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords or bank details. You should be aware of phishing scam emails claiming to be from the University of Oxford urging you to verify passwords or personal details by clicking a link. The University will never ask for your password or other details, either by email or phone. The emails can be well-written, sound official and mention sources of authority but they are a scam. If you receive an email like this you are advised to forward it to For more information view the Information Security web page


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