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16Sep

Alumni Weekend 2016

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The Alumni Weekend 2016 is taking place on the 16-18 September 2016. The event includes over 100 talks, tastings and tours.

Stargaze with the University’s telescope, go on a pub and ale trail, hear comedian Ruby Wax speak about mindfulness or listen to experts discuss everything from the US presidential race to the nation’s health. If you have recently completed your studies you are eligible for a discount. Booking opens today, Monday 27 June 2016, via the Alumni Office website. If you will be continuing your studies in Oxford in the 2016/17 academic year you will only be able to buy tickets on the day. 

13Jul

Hamlet in University Parks

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Taking place from 13 July - 13 August 2016 in the University Parks. Student discounts available.

The parapets of Castle Elsinore in the dead of night. The late King’s spirit stirs from the trappings of purgatory and Denmark’s young prince vows to avenge his father’s murder. Follow Hamlet as he agonises over mortality and morality in a world fraught with madness, revenge and corruption.

Set in 74 acres of parkland in the heart of Oxford, Creation Theatre will transform University Parks into Hamlet’s Elsinore Castle, as the young prince battles his family and his demons. Take a stroll in the parks before the show, pack a picnic and spend the perfect summer’s evening with Creation Theatre.

Visit Creation Theatre website for more information and to book. University of Oxford students are eligible for a discounted ticket, the promotion code is OxUni. 

13Jul

Staying in the UK to work – which visa?

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This session will provide an overview of all visa provisions for international students applying to remain in the UK to work or set up a business after study.

It will also outline the requirements to be eligible to apply under Tier 2 for sponsored employment.

  • 12:30–14:00, Wednesday 13 July 2016, the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

Registration is not required. Following the session the advisers will remain at the Careers Service to answer any specific personal questions from students.

Degree Day, Oxford

Leaving Oxford this term?

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Your entitlement to the full range of IT services continues until your course completion date.

 

 For details on access to your email account including optional email forwarding, Student Self Service and tuition or supervision reports, visit the Leaving Oxford page of the Oxford Students website. You must update your contact details in Student Self Service before you leave to ensure that you continue to receive correspondence from the University.

EU Referendum

UK referendum on membership of the EU

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Advice on fees following the outcome of the referendum.

To view the latest information for current students, offer holders and applicants, visit the EU referendum web page.

The result of the UK referendum announced on Friday 24 June 2016 was a vote in favour of the UK leaving European Union (EU) membership. Whilst the UK government will negotiate an exit agreement with the EU, there are no immediate changes to the current situation. The University of Oxford is and intends to remain a thriving, cosmopolitan community of scholars and students united in our commitment to education and research. The UK referendum result will not change this; our students from all across the world are as warmly welcome as ever. 

For EU students continuing their studies in the 2016/17 academic year:

  • Tuition fees for EU students already published for the academic year 2016/17 will be unchanged
  • If you are in receipt of University funding, the University is committed to the provision of this support
  • If you are fully or partially funded by the Research Councils (eg ESRC, AHRC, MRC, EPSRC), the University is seeking clarification and further information will be circulated as soon as it is available
  • There will be no immediate changes to the immigration status and fee status, and you will receive student loan support for the duration of your course.
  • Tuition fees for 2017/18 will be published on the University website on 1 September 2016. Changes to fees and charges for on-course students are set out on the Changes to Fees and Charges pages for undergraduate or graduate study.

The University will update its online information as the implications of the referendum result become clear. 

Arriving at Oxford

Pack For Good campaign

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You are encouraged to donate unwanted items as you pack up for the Long Vacation

Whether you are leaving Oxford for good or simply moving out for the summer, you are encouraged to get involved with Oxford City Council’s Pack For Good campaign and donate unwanted items to the British Heart Foundation. Items that you no longer have a use for – including clothes, books and kitchenware – can be dropped at designated collection points around the city. Recycling advice can be found on the Council’s Recycling for Students webpage.

Sitting your examination

Release of examination results

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What to expect once your have finished your examinations.

Once you have finished your examinations, your assessments are marked and your results considered by the Examination Board before your results are processed and released. It is not possible to know exactly how long this will take and for this reason it is not possible to give an exact date when your results will be released. Staff at the Examination Schools cannot give out results over the telephone and cannot advise when results will be available. Once your results are released you will be sent an email informing you that your assessment results and the result for the year (if applicable) are available to view in Student Self Service. For further information visit the Examination results web page.

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Safe summer travel

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Students travelling abroad over the summer are advised to plan their trip carefully and consider important pre-departure factors.

Whether travelling abroad for summer internships, work placements or summer holidays, you should think about factors including travel insurance, vaccinations, travel illnesses, and food and water quality abroad. The NHS offers valuable advice on these and other issues for those departing the UK.

Have you met lynda?

Have you met Lynda?

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All University members have free access to a vast online library of video-based courses at lynda.com.

There are over 4,000 courses, which are perfect for developing IT skills to support your studies or future careers. The video courses are supported by transcripts and practical exercises, and are a useful just-in-time reference.  Lynda.com can be accessed anytime and anywhere so why not spend some time over the Long Vacation building your IT skills? To register using your Single Sign-On visit Lynda.com

Diversifying Portraiture

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

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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 University 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 equality@admin.ox.ac.uk before Friday 8 July 2016. For more information visit the Diversifying Portraiture Project web page.

Research students, Oxford

Be aware of student-targeted scams

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A number of telephone and email scams targeting students have recently been reported.

These include fraudsters claiming to be from the Home Office asking visa holders for money and emails claiming to be from the Department of Education or the finance office of a university relating to educational grants. If you believe you have received a scam email you are advised to forward it to phishing@it.ox.ac.uk. If you have concerns relating to your visa contact student.immigration@admin.ox.ac.uk or visit the UKCISA website for further information on how to recognise a potential scam.

Graduands listening to the Vice-Chancellor's speech on Degree Day, Oxford, UK

Preparing for your degree ceremony

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If you have booked to attend a graduation ceremony in the coming weeks, your college will communicate with you regarding arrival, gowning, catering arrangements and charges.

This website includes guidance about academic dress requirements and answers to other frequently asked questions relating to degree ceremonies. The University of Oxford shop has a presence at graduation ceremonies, located outside the Sheldonian Theatre, selling University and college branded items with a 10% discount for Oxford students. 

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Counselling Service – remote service available

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The Counselling Service offers online counselling using Skype if you are not able to access the service

This might be because you have suspended your studies or are studying or doing research as part of your course away from Oxford. For further information view the Online Counselling Information (PDF). The Counselling Service will remain open during the Long Vacation. 

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Continuing students registration reminder

If you are returning to Oxford to continue your studies in Michaelmas term 2016, you will need to register

Registration for the 2016/17 academic year for students who started their course in a Michaelmas term will open from Thursday 1 September 2016 via Student Self Service. You need to complete your registration in order to attend your course, release any maintenance loans and grants (where applicable), use your University email, print your enrolment certificate as proof of student status and enter for examinations. For further information visit the guide to registration web page.

Natural History Museum

University of Oxford LGBTQ+ Museum Trail – call for volunteers

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The Pitt Rivers Museum is looking for volunteers who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community to help with the creation of a new trail of objects

The trail will include items from across five of the University of Oxford’s museums and collections. The trail will highlight some of the LGBTQ+ stories behind the collections and increase LGBTQ+ representation within the University’s museum displays. The trail will be launched during a week of exciting, community-curated events held in LGBT History Month, February 2017. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions email volunteers@prm.ox.ac.uk by Thursday 30 June 2016.

Essay for Europe competition

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

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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

WW1 Research competition

Share your World War One research

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You are invited to submit a proposal that presents a new research perspective on World War One and its impact through either a blog post or podcast.

Selected entries will be developed and featured on the University’s digital channels including iTunesU, the Oxford Centenary Programme and the World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings website. Prizes will include the opportunity to attend the 2016 International Society for First World War Studies conference. For further information visit the competition website; the deadline for entries is Monday 1 August 2016.

Enterprising Oxford

Enterprising Oxford

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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.

Verifying qualifications

Verifying your qualifications

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The Verifying qualifications page tells you how to authorise requests for information

Visit the Verifying qualifications page of the Oxford Students website for details on authorising requests for information on your educational attainments from employers/prospective employers, from other educational institutions, funding bodies or recognised voluntary organisations. Information may include confirmation of degree awarded, dates of attendance and subjects studied. 

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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.

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