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Careers fairs this term


There are ten careers fairs this term

Careers fairs coming up soon include:

  • Management Consultancy Fair, Thursday 20 October 2016, Oxford Town Hall
  • Careers in Computing, Tuesday 25 October 2016, Department of Computer Science
  • Science, Engineering and Technology Fair, Saturday 29 October 2016, Examination Schools
  • Teaching and Education Fair, Tuesday 1 November 2016, The Careers Service

For more information about organisations attending, download the Oxford Careers Fair Plus app from the iTunes App store or Google Play. Visit the Careers Service website to see the full list of careers fairs this term.

Graduate students have full access to all careers fairs and services and events, as well as additional workshops and seminars tailored to early steps in a research career, whether you are thinking of academia or other sectors. For further information log in to CareerConnect and check the events calendar.


Women of Achievement Lecture Series


21st century leaders lead complex, diverse and culturally complex organisations: Do women lead these organisations differently?

The Women of Achievement lecture series aims to raise the profile of women of high achievement and increase the range of role models accessible to women at Oxford, and challenge and inspire the entire Oxford community. It is funded by the Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity Fund, and is hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson.

  • Baroness Valerie Amos CH, Director of SOAS, University of London, 'Values-based leadership in a changing world', 17:30-19:00, Monday 24 October 2016, Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College

For more information and to book visit the lecture series webpage.



Women in pain study

Women in Pain Study


If you are female, between 18 and 50 and have had musculoskeletal (including Fibromyalgia) or pelvic pain for six months or longer, you may be eligible to take part in the Women in Pain Study.

The study aims to investigate the extent to which hormone production is altered in women with chronic pain. Participants will be involved in a research study that takes 1.5 hours (a home visit is available if you live in Oxford) and will be asked to complete a questionnaire, have their weights and measurements recorded and a blood sample taken. Travel expenses of up to £15 are provided. For more information visit the Medical Sciences Division.

Health services

Typhoid vaccine study


Millions of people worldwide are affected by Typhoid Fever.

If you are between 18 and 60 years old and in good health, you may be eligible to test new vaccines in a Typhoid vaccine study. For more information visit the Oxford Vaccine Group website.

Using a mobile phone

Wise Up to WebLearn


WebLearn has been upgraded and now works better on mobile phones.

As well as a cleaner look, sites work better on mobile phones, and navigation has been improved, allowing you to find and use sites more easily. The changes are outlined in the Weblearn short guide for students.


Staying in the UK to work?


This session for international students will provide information on visa routes to remain in the UK to work after completing your studies.

Presentation topics will include the provision for students under Tier 2 of the Points-based System. For more information visit the Oxford Students website. Registration is not required. 

  • 12:30–14:00, Wednesday 2 November 2016, Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

Podcasts and workshops from the Counselling Service


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

The podcast series includes advice on improving sleep; mindful breathing for calm and focus, or when feeling stressed; exploring overwork and strategies when finding it difficult to work. There is also a dedicated guide for undergraduate freshers and a guide for mature students. 

The Counselling Service run a range of workshops to help you build skills to respond to the demands of life at university; topics this term include relaxation; overcoming panic and mindulfness. For the full programme and to book visit the Counselling Service webpages.




Students receive a 20% discount on bike hire

OXONBIKE is a self-service bike hire scheme for getting around quickly and cheaply, and includes pedal and electric bikes. You can hire and return bikes at any OXONBIKE docking station. There are docking stations around the city; download the Oxonbike app to find out more about the service and to get started.

University of Oxford students are eligible for a 20% discount on annual membership rates. To apply use your University email address and the following discount code: UOX/REG01.


University Sport and the Rugby Varsity Match


There are over 80 different sports clubs at the University with beginner sessions taking place during the first few weeks of term.

You can take part in sport at all levels; many University teams (known as the Blues) compete in an annual Varsity Match against Cambridge.

  • The Rugby Varsity Matches will take place at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday 8 December 2016.

You can watch the men’s and women’s teams play on Monday and Tuesday evenings at the Iffley Road as they prepare for the Varsity Match. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the OURFC website.


Talk on art, activism and transgender issues


Sophie Labelle, creator of the Assigned Male website, will be talking about activism through art and how growing up transgender has influenced her work.

To book your place visit Eventbrite.

  • 18:30, Thursday 10 November 2016, Moser Theatre, Wadham College

Springboard Programme for female students


The Springboard Programme is designed to help female students become more confident at recognising, creating and making the most of opportunities at university and beyond.

A programme for female Master’s students will take place in Week 9, Michaelmas term 2016. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 15 November 2016.

You can attend a ‘Springboard – Is it for you?’ information session:

  • 12:30, Tuesday 8 November 2016, the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road.

For more information and to apply visit the Springboard Programme webpage.

Graduate students

Careers events for disabled students


The Careers Service is running sessions prior to many of this term’s careers fairs for any student who identifies themselves as having a disability.

The sessions will cover how to assess whether an organisation is disability-friendly and discover the impact of telling (or not telling) organisations about your specific circumstances. There will be opportunity to ask questions in a confidential setting. Sessions are open to all students, and you will be able to access the fair before it gets busy.

For more information log on to CareerConnect or contact (Careers Adviser).



Race and the Curriculum Lecture


The Race and the Curriculum Lecture, entitled ‘Redefining America: Confronting the Legacy of Slavery and Injustice’, will be delivered by Professor Ruth J Simmons, President emerita of Brown University.

  • 17:30, Wednesday 2 November 2016, Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

The lecture is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place, visit the event webpage.  



Black History Month annual lecture


Presented by Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon OBE

  • 17:30-19:00 (refreshments from 17:00), 20 October 2016, Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College 

Accessibility: The Pichette Auditorium is fully accessible by wheelchair. For more information on access please see the access guide to Pembroke. This is a free event and all are welcome, booking required

Studying in the fresh air

Bursaries to study in Geneva and Prague


You can apply for a €1,000 bursary to pursue a programme of study or research in 2016/17 at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva for a period of at least three weeks or at Charles University, Prague for a month.

Both bursaries are normally offered to students wishing to undertake research and study on themes that reflect the concerns – past, present and future – of Europe. Applications close Friday 9 December 2016. Visit the Europaeum Oxford-Geneva Bursary webpage and the Europaeum Oxford-Prague Bursary webpage for more information and to apply.

Student uses laptop in lecture

The Oxford Guide to Careers 2017


The 2017 Guide to Careers contains advice on strategies for making career decisions, developing skills and experience, and making successful applications.

This is supported by 50 alumni career profiles, and introductions to over 20 industry sectors and more than 100 firms. If you are a finalist, penultimate year undergraduate student or a one-year Master’s student you should have received a copy via your college. Other students can collect a copy of the guide from the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road or at careers fairs this term. 

Submitting assessments

Download Microsoft 365 Pro Plus


If you have a valid University card you are eligible to download Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus on a 12-month subscription basis.

This allows you to install it on your personal computer, laptop, tablet and mobile devices. It also provides access to a number of web-based applications, as well as online storage via OneDrive. For more information and to download the program for free, visit the IT Services website. You will need to log in using your Single Sign On.

Oxford study abroad

Interested in undertaking research at the Université Libre de Bruxelles?


The Philippe Wiener-Maurice Anspach Foundation is offering research grants to DPhil students to conduct research at the Université Libre de Bruxelles during 2017/18.

Awards are available to cover a minimum of six months and maximum of one year, and applicants must be in at least their second year of study. A grant of €1,800 per month will be provided and the Foundation will cover the visiting student registration fees. The deadline for applications is Friday 2 December 2016. For more information, visit the Foundation Wiener-Anspach website.

Jenkins Memorial Fund Scholarships

Applications for the Micro-Internship programme now open


Applications for the Michaelmas term 2016 Micro-Internship programme are open until Sunday 23 October 2016.

These short-term voluntary work placements are available across Oxfordshire and London and take place during Week 9 of Michaelmas term (7–11 December 2016). Micro-internships are good opportunities to add valuable experience to your CV and to gain insight into a particular sector. For more information, attend a drop-in session at the Careers Service, 14:00–16:00, Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October 2016.

Visit the Careers Service website or email with any questions.

Catching up with friends in the Dining Hall

Ambitious Futures: graduate programme for university leadership


If you are in your final year of study, you have the opportunity to take part in Ambitious Futures after you graduate, a programme designed to train the university leaders of tomorrow.

University administration can be a varied and rewarding career and this is a great way to start. To find out more and to apply before 21 January 2017, visit the Ambitious Futures website.


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