Oxford matriculation ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre
Oxford students attending a matriculation ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre
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Mock examination booking


Information regarding the 2015 Hilary term and Trinity term mock examinations is now available on the Oxford Students website.

The mock examinations, examination orientation and alternative arrangement orientation sessions are your opportunity to familiarise yourself with the examination process at Oxford. Please read the instructions carefully before you reserve your place to attend via WebLearn.

Examination Schools and submissions desk closure


The Examination Schools and submission desk will close for Christmas and the New Year at 17:00 on Tuesday, 23 December 2014.

The Schools will reopen at 08:30 on Monday, 5 January 2014.

Student Self Service vacation access


Student Self Service is being upgraded. You will be unable to access the system from 18:00 Friday 19 December until 08:30 Monday 22 December.

From Monday 22 December to Tuesday 6 January, Student Self Service will be available for you to view your details and results, print an enrolment certificate and access the readmission authorisation code, if applicable. (A second period of system unavailability is provisionally scheduled between Saturday 27 December to Monday 29 December). Please refrain from making changes to your information between Monday 22 December and Tuesday 6 January. Student Self Service will re-open, to include University registration for Hilary term students, from 09:00 Tuesday 6 January. A reminder will be emailed to those students who need to register at this time.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results released


Oxford has been rated number one in the UK for the quality of its research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a peer-review process to assess the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Oxford’s submission comprised 8,414 research outputs from 2,409 members of staff across 31 subjects. 48% of their research and impact was rated 4*, which means we have the largest volume of world-leading (4*) research in the country. A further 39% was rated 3*.

You can find out more about Oxford’s results on the Oxford University website.

Scholarship helps disabled Masters’ students have a voice


Academically excellent graduate students with disabilities can apply for a new graduate scholarship to fund their Masters’ studies at the University of Oxford.

A generous £75,000 donation will establish the Oxford Wadham Graduate Scholarship for Disabled Students. The scheme, which will enable disabled students to study a taught postgraduate course at Wadham College, recognises the additional burdens that many Masters’ students with disabilities face when contemplating further education, often unable to do paid holiday work to earn money to fund their education.

After funding the scholarship the donor explained: “From Darwin on there has been a long, distinguished tradition of housebound scholars. This donation is intended to ensure that in the future the full academic participation of scholars with disabilities is maximized.”

Applications for the first scholarship will need to be submitted by the closing date of the relevant subject. Application details can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.


The Orientation Programme for new international students


For students starting in Hilary term 2015, the Orientation Programme will be held on Friday 16 January 2015.

The Orientation will include information on:

  • visa and immigration advice
  • social essentials
  • sport at Oxford
  • volunteering: Oxford Hub
  • and more.

To register for the programme please email the Student Information team with your course and contact details.


Rulers, Martyrs and Questionings of Authority


As part of 'The grim regalia of destruction' series, Dr Stuart Airlie from the University of Glasgow will hold a lecture at the Examination Schools in Hilary term.

This free lecture will take place from 17:00 to 18:00 on Wednesday 4 February 2015. No booking is required.

Thinking about postgraduate study?


Over 900 full scholarships for new master's and doctoral students are available at Oxford in 2015/16.

Scholarships - from the University, our colleges and supporters - cover the full academic range of Oxford's postgraduate courses and are available for UK, EU and international students. Application deadlines are 9 and 23 January 2015, depending on the course you are applying for. Find out more about the scholarships on offer and how to apply on the Graduate Admissions website.

Apply to the JSPS Summer Programme 2015


The Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Summer Programme provides the chance for current MPhil or PhD students in any research field to conduct collaborative research activities at a host institution in Japan for two months during the summer.

The Programme includes return international airfare, a maintenance allowance (534,000, JPY) and a research support allowance (158,500 JPY) as well as overseas travel and accident insurance. To apply before Thursday 15 January, visit the British Council Tokyo website.

Get your essay published


The Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics provides the opportunity to win £300 and get your essay published in the Journal of Practical Ethics.

To enter, submit an essay of up to 2,000 words on any topic relevant to practical ethics before 25 January 2015. Details about the competition and how to enter are available on the Oxford Uehiro website.

Scholarships to study in China


Tsinghua University is offering University of Oxford students full scholarships for postgraduate study.

The scholarships cover tuition, accommodation, living allowance and medical insurance. For admission in 2015, apply through Tsinghua’s website by Thursday 15 January 2015, or email Tsinghua University if you have any queries.

Santander Academic Travel Awards


Awards of up to £1,000 are available for postgraduate students to participate in academic-related activities in Santander network countries.

Applications close on Friday 27 February 2015. Visit the Santander Academic Travel Awards website.

Booking your Degree Ceremony for 2015/16


Find out when you can book your degree ceremony for the 2015/16 academic year.

Undergraduate and graduate taught students due to complete your course in the current academic year, will receive an invite to book your degree ceremony from Monday, 8 December. You may amend your choice of booking date up to 17:00, Friday 19 December. The degree booking system will then be unavailable until 9:00 on Tuesday 6 January 2015. You may log back in to amend your choice of booking date between Tuesday 6 - Friday 31 January 2015, after which time you will be able to amend only your accessibility and college catering requirements. If you are a Research student, you will receive an invite upon being granted Leave to Supplicate. For more information, visit the Oxford Students website.

Jenkins Memorial Fund Scholarships


Scholarships are available to undertake study in Humanities and Social Sciences at a Europaeum partner university.

Awards of up to £10,000 are available for periods ranging from three months to one year. The closing date for applications is Friday 20 February 2015. Visit the Jenkins Memorial Fund Scholarship website.

Give your business ideas a boost


Whether you would like to reflect on your business plan or you would like to take the first step in imagining your start-up, appointments are available to meet with the Careers Service's business plan mentor, Maurice McCartney.

Visit the Student Entrepreneurship webpage or go to CareerConnect to book an appointment.

Apply for the Social Impact Internship Scheme


Student Hubs is offering passionate and socially-minded students the opportunity to spend part of the 2015 Long Vacation interning with an organisation which makes a positive social impact.

You will gain invaluable experience and an insight into the workings of socially-impactful organisations in return for your input and dynamism. Visit the Oxford Hub website.

Supervisor and Director of Graduate Studies reporting open


Following the student reporting window, which has now closed for Michaelmas term, supervisor and DGS reporting is now open.

The Graduate Supervision System (GSS) is used to review, monitor and comment on student academic progress and assess skills and training needs. 

Your supervision reports will be available for viewing and/or printing from your GSS homepage for the duration of your studies. You will be able to view your self-assessment report, the supervision report submitted by your supervisor, and any DGS comments that may have been submitted. For more information, visit the GSS website.

University buildings interactive map


An interactive map listing the buildings belonging to University departments and colleges is available, including images of building frontages, links to department websites and an access guide page, where applicable.

Users can also find out information including bus and post box collections times. Access the interactive map here.

Ruthless Dark Blues break Varsity record


Oxford’s Rugby Union Blues have recorded the biggest win in the 133 year history of the Varsity match, beating Cambridge 43-6.

The Dark Blues ran in six tries, adding five conversions and a penalty. Oxford’s Under 21s also beat their Cambridge counterparts 36-12. Visit the University website.


Carols from Queen's


A candlelit concert of carols old and new from 19:30-21:30 on Friday 19 December.

Book your ticket, costing £2 - £15, on the Tickets Oxford website or ring 01865 305305. The ticket price includes one glass of mulled wine.

Please contact the Lodge on 01865 279120 if you require disabled access.


Contact Academic Administration Division Communications by calling 01865 284847 or emailing academicadmin.comms@admin.ox.ac.uk