Oxford matriculation ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre
Oxford students attending a matriculation ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre
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Research degree examination submission


If you are submitting your research degree thesis before the end of Hilary term, it should be received at the Examination Schools submission desk by 17:00 on Friday 24 April 2015.

Your examiners must have your thesis for at least four weeks before any planned viva. To update your contact details, or to receive information about your research degree examination, contact the Research Degrees team.

Examination Schools vacation closure


The Examination Schools will be closed from 17:00 on Wednesday 1 April 2015 until 08:30 on Tuesday 7 April 2015.

If you are intending to submit work during this period, please be aware that sending your assignment by post, courier or by deposit in the Examination Schools post box means that you will not obtain proof of submission.

Preparing for your examinations


Are you due to take examinations in Trinity term? There is a range of information to help you prepare over the Easter vacation online.

From revision tips and coping with anxiety and time management, to information on applying for alternative arrangements, your examination timetable and what you can and cannot take into an examination.

You can also access past examination papers from the Oxford Students website via OXAM. The searchable archive features papers set by the University of Oxford since the 1999/2000 academic year.

Mock examinations and examination orientation


Mock examinations and examination orientation sessions are a great way to help you prepare for your examinations.

Either take a three-hour invigilated mock examination or attending a one hour talk to acquaint yourself with the examination environment and ask any questions. A number of sessions will be taking place during Week 3 of Trinity term. Visit the mock examination page to book your place.

New opportunities available through the Internship Programme


The Internship Programme is advertising a number of new vacancies as part of the ‘late applications’ batch of internships.

Several new UK and international internship opportunities are available in international development, sustainability and the environment, start-ups, research and more. See CareerConnect for details of how to apply, and the individual deadline for each vacancy, or find out more through the Programme’s email alert and blog.

NSS: Prize draw closes on 31 March


Fill out the National Student Survey (NSS) before Tuesday 31 March 2015.

Final year undergraduates who complete the National Student Survey will be entered into a prize draw for one of three £100 prizes available to Oxford students. By filling out the NSS you will also be helping to inform prospective applicants about what life is like at Oxford, while helping to improve the student experience on offer. You’ll need your University Card number to login to the survey.


Editing your thesis with Corpora

Academic course

A two-day intensive course is on offer for doctoral students (non-native speakers of English) who have passed the transfer stage of their degree and have chapters of their thesis ready for editing.

During the course you will make an electronic collection of texts from research articles in your field, before comparing it with the language you use in your thesis. The findings will enable you to spot any errors and help you edit your text accordingly. To book a place on the £70 course, taking place on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 April 2015, visit the Language Centre website.


Disability Lecture 2015: Hilary Lister


Quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister is giving the first University of Oxford Disability Lecture.

Hilary was an undergraduate at Jesus College who has since gained fame as a quadriplegic sailor. She was the first disabled woman to sail solo around Britain.

The lecture will take place in Corpus College’s auditorium, the MBI Al Jaber Building.

  • 18:00-18:10: Introduction by Andrew Hamilton, Vice Chancellor
  • 18:10-19:00: Hilary Lister speech
  • 19:00-19:15: Questions
  • 19:15-20:30: Refreshments and networking

After the event there will be an opportunity for networking over drinks. If the weather is good we will be serving refreshments in the building foyer, which guests may then take into the sheltered quad outside, or up onto the stunning roof terrace (accessible via stairs or chair lift). If it is wet refreshements will be available in the Rainolds Room across the quad.

For more information, including disability access, and to book your place, visit the Evenbrite website.


Mervyn King: A Disequilibrium in the World Economy

Romanes Lecture

The former Governor of the Bank of England will discuss what policy makers should do to move the world economy to a new equilibrium.

In October 2008, the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors met in Washington to respond to the market mayhem that followed the failure of Lehman Brothers. Their short statement (in essence, "we’ll do whatever it takes") was followed by action to recapitalise the banking system on both sides of the Atlantic. And the banking crisis ended in the second quarter of 2009. But the global economic crisis did not.

Why, after the biggest monetary stimulus the world has ever seen, and six years after the end of the banking crisis, is the world economic recovery so slow? Sharp downturns normally lead to sharp recoveries. Not this time. Why is that?

The world economy is still in a disequilibrium – both within and between the major economies. We are relying on monetary policy to dig us out of this hole. Monetary policy – whether through interest rates or bond purchases – is most effective in a Keynesian down turn when spending falls because people lose confidence in the level of future aggregate demand so they too cut back. But after a point monetary policy confronts diminishing returns. There is a paradox of policy: we are doing in the short run the absolute opposite of what we know we have to do in the long run to rebalance our economies.

The former Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Policy Committee, Lord Mervyn King of Lothbury, will consider what policy-makers will do, and what they should do to move to a new equilibrium, at the Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford from 17:45 on Tuesday 12 May 2015.

To register for this free event, visit the Romanes lecture website.

Apply for a £250 sporting award


Four awards of £250 each are available to help talented sportspeople to excel in their chosen sport and contribute to the success of sport at Oxford.

The application deadline is 16:00, Monday 1 June 2015. For details on how to apply, visit the Alumni Office website.

Explain your thesis in three minutes!


The 3MT competition challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.

For the chance to win up to £150, you will need to submit a 250-word abstract about your research by 17 April 2015. To watch last year’s finalists present their thesis and find out more about how you enter, visit the Oxford Students website.

Use of your University Card


Students could be subject to disciplinary procedures if you loan your University Card to friends or family.

You are reminded that this contravenes Section 6 of the Bodleian Libraries Rules of Conduct. If a student allows another person to use their card, they have committed a serious breach of Library regulations and it may result in disciplinary procedures, at a proctorial level, being initiated.

OxTALENT competition 2015: Student IT Innovation


Have you… built a website, app, e-book or game? Used social media in an innovative way with other students? Or simply spotted a problem and used digital technology to solve it for others?

The OxTALENT competition judges are looking for individuals and groups with entrepreneurial spirit who have used digital technology to make a difference to the student experience at Oxford.

Entries must be received by noon on Friday 15 May. For further information and an entry form, visit the OxTALENT website.

Register to vote by Monday 20 April 2015


To vote in the General Election on 7 May 2015, you must register online by Monday 20 April 2015 on the Gov.uk website.

You can register at both your home address and term time address but will need to choose which constituency to vote in for the General Election.


Buried Christ Church

College event

Explore Christ Church with Foundation Archaeologist, Graham Keevill. Discover what lies beneath the College’s foundations and the secrets that have been unearthed during recent rennovations.

Following the tour, taking place from 09:30 on Monday 30 March, attendees will visit the Upper and Allestree Libraries. Tickets £35. Full details are available on the Christ Church College website.


Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

College event

Enjoy an Alice in Wonderland inspired afternoon tea on High Table.

Complement your experience with an optional pre-tea behind the scenes tour. Tickets from £25. Full details can be found on the Christ Church College website.


Jane Austen’s Places: Inspiration and Imagination - An Oxford Perspective

College event

This course will explore Austen’s Oxford connections, the places she lived and visited, and how they influenced her novels.

Tickets £565. The fee for the course, taking place from 16 - 19 April 2015, includes three nights’ accommodation, all meals, wines and refreshments as programmed. Full details are available from the Christ Church College website.


Intensive weekend language courses

Language course

Gain an introduction to German or Italian at the Language Centre.

The Language Centre is running intensive two-day courses on the weekend of 16 and 17 May. Levels offered for beginners and lower intermediate. £50 for students, £65 for staff. Visit the Language Centre website or email admin@lang.ox.ac.uk for more information.


Intensive weekend language courses

Language course

Gain an introduction to French or Spanish at the Language Centre.

The Language Centre is running intensive two-day courses on the weekend of 23 and 24 May. Levels offered for beginners, lower intermediate and upper intermediate (French only). £50 for students, £65 for staff. Visit the Language Centre website or email admin@lang.ox.ac.uk for more information.

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