Oxford matriculation ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre
Oxford students attending a matriculation ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre
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Financial support for students with refugee status


Students studying at Oxford who have refugee status in the UK are eligible to apply for a grant administered by Oxford City Council.

To apply for the grant, from the Lord Mayor’s Educational Trust Fund for Refugee Scholars, contact Student Fees and Funding before Saturday 31 January 2015.

Deadline for applying for alternative examination arrangements


The deadline for applying for alternative arrangements for examinations taking place in Trinity term 2015 is Friday, 13 February 2015.

Please discuss your requirements, including any adjustments previously made to your examination sittings (for example at school) with your college, through whom applications must be submitted. Alternative arrangements for reasons of disability, medical condition or for religious observances may include extra time, use of a computer, sitting in college and adjustments to seats, or scheduling at a specific time of day. Your approved alternative examination arrangements can be checked in Student Self Service. More information is available on the Oxford Students website.

NSS: Are you in your final year?


As a final year undergraduate you are invited to have your say on what you have and haven’t liked about your time at Oxford by taking part in the National Student Survey (NSS).

Your feedback will be used to inform improvements across the collegiate University, and help prospective students looking to select the right course and university for them. Improvements made as a result of past student surveys is available on the Oxford Students website. Completing the survey will give you the opportunity to win one of three £100 prizes.

Examination entry is changing


Examination entry will be changing in Hilary term from paper entry forms posted to your college to an online process using Student Self Service.

Students who will need to enter for examinations and assessments in Hilary term online will receive an email over the next couple of weeks with an invitation to login to Student Self Service to complete their examination entry. Further information is available on the Oxford Students website. Examination entry and provisional start dates are also available on this site.

Examination entry deadline postponed for some courses


The examination entry process has now moved from paper forms to a new online system, delivered within Student Self Service. The first entry deadline in 2015 is Friday 30 January.

However, this deadline has been postponed for some examinations and online entry is being released in batches. The first batch was released on 20 January (for the Preliminary Examinations in Classics & English, English & Modern Languages, European & Middle Eastern Languages, History & Modern Languages and Modern Languages). Further batches will be released in the next few days. You will receive an automated email from Student Self Service once your entry window has opened. All students receive the same amount of time to complete their examination entry and you will be informed of your revised deadline, both in the email and on the My Exams page in Student Self Service. For more information on examination entry, visit the academic matters section of the Oxford Students website.

Degree ceremony booking for 2015/16 is closing


If you are an undergraduate or graduate taught student due to complete your course in the current academic year, you will have received an email invitation to book your degree ceremony.

You have until Friday 30 January to amend your choice of booking date, 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 invitation to book your ceremony upon being granted Leave to Supplicate. For information, visit the Oxford Students website.

Applications for consideration of factors affecting performance in examinations


If you consider that your performance in an examination has been affected by factors outside your control you may discuss and make an application through your college asking that the examiners take these factors into consideration.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible after the affected examination. More information is available on the Oxford Students website.

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.

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.

Apply to the Oxford University Internship Programme 2015


The Internship Programme (OUIP) offers hundreds of summer research and professional experiences for matriculated Oxford students.

Opportunities are available in more than 40 countries worldwide and in a range of sectors, designed to help you clarify career goals, gain work experience and provide a unique opportunity to explore a new culture. Visit CareerConnect, the Internship Office blog or sign up to receive the Internship Programme email alert.

Student IT Innovation Fund launched


Entries are open for the annual Student IT Innovation Fund, which supports and funds innovative projects that will enhance the student experience at Oxford through digital means.

Successful projects will run for eight weeks in the long vacation, can consist of a team of any size, but can cost no more than £20,000 in total. Projects may go on to become full services or picked up by Isis Innovation to assess spin out opportunities. For more information and details about how to apply by Saturday 14 February, visit the IT Innovation Fund webpage.

Past examination papers available online


Students preparing for forthcoming examinations are reminded that past examination papers are available online via OXAM.

Information about preparing for and sitting examinations is available on the Oxford Students website or you can access past papers via OXAM.

Transcription typist and invigilator paid work


The Examination Services team is looking for reliable, conscientious individuals to add to their register of typists and invigilators for examination transcription sessions.

Typists must possess accurate typing skills with a minimum speed of 60wpm and be familiar with Microsoft Word. The work is on a casual basis throughout the year, with sessions lasting between 1 hour and 4hrs 15 mins, for which the basic rate of pay is £10.00 per hour (including holiday pay) for both invigilator and typist. Email any questions or a letter of application and CV to Examination Services by Friday 30 January 2015. Applicants must be at least in their third year of graduate study.

Postdoctoral research grants to study at ULB


The Philippe Wiener-Maurice Anspach Foundation is offering awards to postdoctoral research students interested in conducting research in any department at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) for up to one year.

A grant will be provided and part of the laboratory and registration fees could also be covered. Further information and an application form is available on the Wiener-Anspach webpage. The deadline is Friday 27 March 2015.

Oxford University Society Networks 2015 Bursary Awards


A number of regional Oxford alumni groups in the UK make awards to students from their area, who are currently studying at Oxford.

Awards can be used to support a range of opportunities, including internships, long vacation projects and travel. Bursaries are currently available for students from: Cornwall (£100-£500), Dorset (£350), Hertfordshire (£300), East Kent (£750) and West Sussex (£300). For more information and eligibility requirements, visit the Alumni website.

Volunteer at the League of Friends café


The new cafeteria on level 2 of the John Radcliffe Hospital is now open and looking for volunteers to help prepare food and drinks and serve customers.

Shifts at the café, run by the League of Friends, usually run from 08:00-12:00 and from 12:00-16:00, although any time that you can offer is greatly appreciated. The League of Friends is a voluntary organisation, which supports the work of hospitals in the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. To volunteer, email the League of Friends or visit the website for more information.

Ebola vaccine trial


The Jenner Institute, part of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, is looking for healthy volunteers to take part in a vaccine study to test the effectiveness of an Ebola vaccine.

If you are aged 18-50 and are in good health, you may be eligible to participate. Volunteers are compensated for their time and travel during the study period of around three months. Find out more by email, telephone (01865 857406) or by visiting the Jenner Institute website.

Review of the student fees and loans system


The Student Funding Panel, established by Universities UK to consider the design of the current student fees and loans system in England, would like to hear your views and experiences of the current higher education funding system.

If you are a UK undergraduate student who started at university after September 2012, you are invited to complete an anonymous 10 minute survey before Wednesday 4 February 2015.

International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Global Summer Program


The IARU Global Summer Program offers students the opportunity to study at one of ten of the world's leading research-intensive universities.

All of the courses offered as part of the Program are in line with IARU's commitment to grooming future leaders of nations and industries. A full list of the wide range of courses on offer can be found on the IARU website. Applications close on Friday 6 March 2015. For information on how to apply, visit the Oxford Students website.

Have IT Services helped you?


IT Services is producing some short videos about their work.

If you have been impressed by the support given by the IT Help Desk or other staff from IT Services, and would be prepared to say a few words on camera about your experience, email diane.west@it.ox.ac.uk if you are interested in taking part. Filming is expected to take place in central Oxford in February and should only take about half an hour of your time.


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