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Women of Achievement lecture


Register to attend the inaugural lecture from Dame Sally Davies

The Women of Achievement lecture series showcases and celebrates women’s achievement and leadership across a wide range of sectors. The inaugural lecture will be given by Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England.

  • 'Antimicrobial-Resistance - The Global Problem', Wednesday 17 February 2016, Maths Institute, Andrew Wiles Building, Woodstock Rd OX2 6GG 

The event will be hosted by the new Vice-Chancellor-elect Professor Louise Richardson. The lecture is open to all, registration required.


Staying in the UK to work – which visa?


Information sessions for international students

Staying in the UK to work - which visa? - will provide information on routes to remain in the UK to work after study, including the provision for students under Tier 2 of the points based system.

The next information session will take place at 12:30-14:00 on Monday 15 February 2016 at the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road.

Registration is not required. 


Teaching and Education Fair


More Oxford graduates become school teachers than go into any other profession.

This fair is your opportunity to explore the many different routes into teaching as well as related career options.

  • 15:00–18:00, Thursday 11 February 2016, the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

Exhibitors at the fair will include universities with PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) courses, Teach First, academies with direct training schemes and leading independent schools. For more details, see the fair preview booklet.

Do I need a visa

Review of Tier 2 sponsored work applications: potential implications for international students


Many international students are concerned about recent news stories on changes to Tier 2 visas for working in the UK.

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was commissioned by the government to review the Tier 2 visa category and their report and recommendations were published on Tuesday 19 January 2016. If accepted by the government and implemented, some of the recommendations will make switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2 for employment more difficult. Recommendations include:

  • increasing the minimum eligible wage to £23,000 for new entrants and £30,000 for experienced workers. Minimums for specific occupations may be higher;
  • discontinuing the use of ‘unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship’ for those applying in the UK, meaning that such applications would in future be included in the annual Tier 2 cap;
  • discontinuing the exemption from the resident labour market test for those switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2; and
  • introducing an ‘immigration skills charge’ for Tier 2 employees of £1,000 a year.

Contrary to expectation, MAC did not recommend that work permission for Tier 2 dependants be restricted. The independent student advice organisation UKCISA is likely to be a good source of updates on the proposals.

Additionally, a change to the salary level required for Tier 2 visa holders applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (permanent status) is to be implemented on Wednesday 6 April 2016. From this date applicants who have held a Tier 2 visa for five years will need to show a salary level of at least £35,000.

Andy Warhol exhibition

Free entry to Ashmolean exhibitions


Students get free entry to all Ashmolean exhibitions – just show your student card at the ticket desk.

The current exhibition, Andy Warhol ‘Works from the Hall Collection’, runs from 4 February to 15 May 2016 and shows, for the first time in public, an important private collection that presents a revealing and at times unfamiliar side to the artist. For more information visit the Ashmolean website.


Pedalling Innovation: Oxford’s first cycling hackathon


You are invited to an innovative cycling hackathon, bringing people together to develop ideas to monitor and improve cycling for all in Oxford and beyond.

  • 5 and 6 February 2016, The Story Museum, Oxford


Interested in trying to improve cycling in the city? In order to understand the current experiences and challenges more fully, we need data and we need your help. Come with an interest in delving into a problem and designing diverse and creative solutions in a new and exciting way.

The event is open to anyone who is interested: you do not need to be a cyclist to come along, and you do not need to know about data. Perhaps you have an innovative idea for the shared economy; perhaps you find the collection of and application of data fascinating; perhaps you want to cycle but fear for your safety and would like to help to improve our city’s transport network; perhaps you’re just curious about the hackathon process and want to come and find out more. Whatever your reason, you’re very welcome to join in the fun.

Find out more, including a full schedule for the 2-day event on the web page or book your space on Eventbrite. The event is free.

The cycling hackathon is a partnership project which is led by the Environmental Sustainability team, Estates Services, and AgileOx.  You can find out about other ways to get involved with Environmental Sustainability team events and projects here

Students at a computer

Phishing attacks targeting students


Phishing is the fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords or bank details.

Phishing is the fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords or bank details. All students should be aware of phishing scam emails claiming to be from the ‘Finance Department’ or the ‘Student Loans Company’ congratulating students on being eligible for additional funding and urging them to sign up by providing a link. 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

Equality and diversity at Oxford

Examination preparation podcasts available


A series of podcasts to help address concerns and to get the most out of life as a student at Oxford.


A set of three podcasts has been added to the ‘Student Life at Oxford’ series to support preparation for upcoming examinations. The podcasts examine ways of achieving a balanced approach to thinking about examinations, how to get started with revision, and exercises to help you relax before and during examinations. You can find these and additional podcasts on the Podcasts web page.

Student studying

Find and apply for a wide range of internships – in the UK and abroad


Applications open for a broad range of exciting internship opportunities available through the Careers Service Internship Office.

Opportunities are available in sectors including law, international development, research, publishing, education, arts and heritage and many more.

  • Oxford University Internship Programme (OUIP) – four to 12 week placements during summer 2016, available in over 40 countries. The closing date for applications is 21 February 2016.
  • Micro-Internship Programme – two to five day voluntary placements in Oxfordshire and London during Week 9, Hilary term 2016. The closing date for applications is 7 February 2016.

For more information visit the programme web pages; contact or if you have any questions.

NSS 2015

Are you an undergraduate in your final year?


As a final year undergraduate student you are invited to have your say on what you have and haven’t liked about your time at Oxford

Have your say by taking part in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS). Results from the survey will be used to inform improvements across the collegiate University, and will help prospective students to select the right course and university for them. Improvements made as a result of past student surveys can be found on the Feedback web page. Completing the survey will give you the opportunity to win one of three £100 prizes. You will need your University card number to log in to the online survey.

Oxford Seed Fund

Oxford Seed Fund open for funding applications


A student-run fund that invests £15-25k in early-stage ventures

Ventures must be founded by University of Oxford students, faculty, staff and alumni. In addition to funding, the fund's directors support early stage entrepreneurs through mentorship. The fund is a part of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Saïd Business School.

The application deadline for the 2016 funding round Sunday 7 February 2016.

Find out more about the Oxford Seed Fund and how to apply on the Oxford Seed Fund website


Oxford Students’ Festival


The first Oxford Students’ Festival, hosted by Oxford University Student Union (OUSU), is being held on Saturday 27 February 2016 at the Examination Schools.

The festival will be an opportunity to celebrate student life at Oxford – outside academic study – and will include performances from clubs and societies; an international festival and a student awards ceremony. To find out more or to nominate someone for an award, visit the OUSU website.



LGBT History Month Lecture 2016


Richard B Parkinson, Professor of Egyptology, will give the 2016 Oxford University LGBT History Month Lecture:

Richard B Parkinson, Professor of Egyptology, will give the 2016 Oxford University LGBT History Month Lecture:

  • ‘A Great Unrecorded History: LGBTQ Heritage in World Cultures’, 18:00, Tuesday 23 February 2016, Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.

The event is free and all are welcome; booking is recommended


Volunteer at the Museum of Oxford


The Museum of Oxford is hosting an information morning for students interested in volunteering.

  • 10:00-12:00, Wednesday 10 February 2016, Heritage Learning Centre, Museum of Oxford

The information morning will include demonstrations and talks from volunteers about what they do. Voluntary work is a good opportunity to gain transferable skills that can be used in a range of job roles. For more information or to discuss volunteering, email David Juler, Museum Development Assistant.



Mental health

Complete the #ConsentisEverything survey


Following the #ConsentisEverything campaign that took place in autumn 2015, Thames Valley Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention Group are running a survey to understand the impact of the campaign and the most effective ways of communicating with the local community. The survey takes five minutes and can be completed anonymously.

Visa obligations

New online form for applying for a Tier 4 student visa


The Home Office introduced a new online form for Tier 4 applications on 1 February 2016.

If you have already started an application using the previous form you will be able to access it through your account, but you must complete and submit it, saving any information about the application or your appointment, by midnight, Thursday 25 February 2016 when the previous system will be withdrawn. View more information on the Home Office website

Oxford Hub

Apply for the Social Impact Internship Scheme


The Oxford Hub is offering students the opportunity to spend part of the 2016 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. To find out more and to apply visit the Oxford Hub website

Study abroad

Study abroad opportunities


A series of opportunities are now open for applications

Australian National University – research student exchange 

There is an opportunity for a current graduate research student studying any subject to undertake a period of study in Australia.A travel grant is available to cover a return airfare and a visa. Applications close on Friday 11 March 2016. 

Chinese Government Scholarships

Three full scholarships are available to non-Chinese citizens who are currently studying at the University of Oxford to study a variety of disciplines, primarily at graduate level, at a wide choice of Chinese universities. The scholarships offer up to seven years of funding, including up to two years of Chinese language tuition (if required). The closing date is 12 noon, Friday 26 February 2016. 

Visit the Study Abroad web page for more information on these opportunities and more. 

Examination entry

12 February examination entry window open


The examination entry window is open for students who have an examination entry date of Friday 12 February 2016.

You will continue to receive chasing emails until the deadline date if you have not completed the examination entry process. In order to complete your examination entry through Student Self Service there are two steps that you need to take once you have selected your options: ‘Submit selections’ and ‘Confirm selections’. If you do not complete your entry then your selections will not be received and you may face a late entry fee.

Varsity volleyball

Varsity games


Oxford is hosting the 2016 Varsity matches for the majority of sports clubs.

Most matches are taking place over the weekends of 26/27 February and 5/6 March 2016 and are being held at Oxford University Sport, Iffley Road and other venues across Oxford. Visit the Oxford University Sport website for further information and the full schedule.  


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