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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.

Doctoral research fellowships available


The Philippe Wiener - Maurice Anspach Foundation awards research fellowships to Oxford DPhil students who wish to spend up to one year at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) as part of their DPhil studies.

These non-renewable fellowships are open to students from all fields. To apply for a 2015-16 award of €1,800 per month (for between six and 12 months) before Friday 5 December 2014, visit the ULB website or email

Arriving as an international student


From applying for a visa to opening a bank account there is a lot to consider when arriving as an international student.

However there is plenty of support available at the University to help you. To help you prepare for your arrival, visit the International students page.

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.

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.

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.

Get advice on studying abroad


The Go International website has been launched to provide information on the benefits of studying, working and volunteering abroad.

Go International is designed to provide higher education institutions with the key information, statistics, research, case studies and opportunities for study and work abroad to assist them in encouraging more UK students to spend time overseas. The website also contains practical advice for students and their parents on sources of funding available for overseas study.

You can also find out more about studying abroad on the Oxford Students website.


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.


Social Media: A Critical Introduction


Christian Fuchs, Professor of Social Media at Westminster University, will lead the discussion of his recently published book Social Media: A Critical Introduction.

Exploring the role of social media in contemporary popular movements including the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring, and drawing on theorists including Marx, Weber, Habermas, and Durkheim, Professor Fuchs asks: Is Google good or evil? Is Facebook a surveillance threat to privacy? Does Twitter enhance democracy? What did WikiLeaks reveal about political accountability, the transparency of power, and new forms of cultural censorship?

Registration is required for this free event that takes place from 17:30-19:00 on Thursday 9 October 2014 at Wolfson College.


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.


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.

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