Oxford matriculation ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre
Oxford students attending a matriculation ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre
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Expected conduct after examinations


As examinations approach all students are reminded that they are expected to follow the University's Code of Conduct on Behaviour after Examinations.

We have now entered the main examination season and some of you will be sitting final examinations. Please remember that it is an important time for all candidates and that examinations will be ongoing as those of you sitting finals come out of them. To be fair to those students still in examinations, you are asked to observe the instructions of examination venue staff when they request silence until you are clear of the building.

Your thoughts will doubtless turn to marking the occasion and celebrating with friends. We draw your attention to the Code of Conduct on Behaviour after Examinations, which sets out the dos and don’ts that you must observe. Attempting to ‘celebrate’ by covering your friends in foodstuffs or any other substances would be a breach of the rules, under the Proctors’ jurisdiction, and fixed-penalty fines and summons can and will ensue.

We also appeal to your conscience: annual clean-up costs reach around £10,000 – a significant sum that, as a result, cannot be spent on students. Moreover, wasting food in the national context of rapidly increasing food poverty – including in Oxford – is particularly insensitive.

Any foodstuffs brought to the Examinations Schools or Ewert House for mis-use will be confiscated from anyone found carrying them. The Oxford Food Bank, working closely with OUSU, has again agreed to collect and re-distribute any confiscated and re-usable items to people in need in the local area.

Do consider those around you – all those who live and work in Oxford, those preparing for examinations, sitting examinations and other University members.

The Proctors
Trinity Term 2015

Registration for 2015/16 orientation


To help you to settle into Oxford life, the University offers an undergraduate and graduate Orientation Programme for European and international students.

During the Programme you will meet new students from over 100 different countries, as well as current Oxford students and staff who will be available to help and advise you. The Programme aims to cover practical details for living and studying in the UK and Oxford, so that you are ready to begin your studies here with confidence and with new friends and contacts.

For more information, visit the Orientation Programme web page.

Oxford thinking reaches £2billion


The University's fundraising campaign, Oxford Thinking, has now raised over £2billion.

The money raised has been earmarked to fund financial support for students, ambitious programmes of academic research and high-quality new buildings and facilities. For information about the campaign, visit the Oxford Thinking website.

Students vote to keep sub fusc dress


With examination season now in full swing, the issue of traditional academic dress known as ‘sub fusc’ has caught the attention of the media.

Derived from the Latin sub fuscus, the traditional forms of dress once marked profession and rank. When attending examinations, you are still required to wear sub fusc dress which consist of robes and mortarboard; a dark suit, skirt or trousers with dark socks; optional dark coat; black shoes; white shirt; and black tie.

But are sub fusc forms of dress still relevant today? The Oxford University Student Union (OUSU)’s recent referendum shows that the majority of students think so. 75.8% of students chose to keep sub fusc compulsory for official ceremonies and examinations, while 78% voted to continue the wearing of gowns and mortarboards.

Last chance to volunteer at a University open day


The University open day for prospective undergraduates will take place on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 July 2015.

To welcome the thousands of prospective applicants expected, graduate student volunteers are sought to form a friendly presence at key places around Oxford. No prior knowledge is needed, although volunteers will be invited to attend a briefing beforehand. To volunteer - whether for a couple of hours or a full day - submit your details using the online form for 1 July and/or 2 July. For more information, visit the open day website.

Last week to apply for a £250 sporting award


Four awards of £250 each are available to help talented sports people to excel 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.


Staying in the UK to work

Careers event

Meet the University's Visa and Immigration team to find out how you can stay in the UK to work after your studies.

The next information session will take place at 12:30 on Wednesday 15 July at the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road. 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.

Student finance applications now open


Student finance applications are now open for 2015/16 for all UK and EU students.

You must reapply for each year of your course, and should do so as soon as possible to ensure your funding is in place for Michaelmas term 2015. To be considered for Oxford’s financial support in 2015/16, you must be financially assessed in your application for UK government funding. Find out more about student finance applications.

Are you leaving Oxford this summer?


Students leaving Oxford this summer may be eligible for an Alumni Card, which can help ensure you remain connected with your cohort and benefit from exclusive offers and discounts.

To collect your Alumni Card, visit the Alumni Office stand in the Norrington Room at Blackwell’s from 14:00-16:45 every Wednesday from 6 May to 17 June 2015. Bring your University Card to confirm your identity. For more information, including a list of those students who should collect their Card from their department, visit the Alumni Office website.

Telephone scam targeting international students


UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) has alerted the University to a telephone scam by someone pretending to be from the Home Office and asking students to make an additional payment and/or provide personal details.

Students are reminded that the Home Office would never telephone to ask for a payment. If you receive a call, notify Student Immigration. For more information visit the UKCISA website.

Promotion of women in academia


Four University departments have been granted Athena SWAN awards in recognition of their efforts to help promote and advance the careers of women in academia.

All the University’s science and medicine departments now hold awards, while departments from the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law can apply for awards from November 2015. For more information, visit the Equality Challenge Unit website.

Intensive academic writing course in June


The Language Centre will be offering a one-week, 15-hour intensive course ‘Academic Writing: Key Issues in Academic Writing’ for non-native speakers of English from 22-26 June 2015 (Week 9).

Topics covered during the course will include: linking ideas, information order, tenses, hedging and the use of personal and impersonal forms. For more information or to book your place on the course, email the Language Centre.

Poster printing service moving to the Reprographics Office


The University’s academic poster and colour printing service will be moving from IT Services on Wednesday 27 May 2015 to the Reprographics Office based at University Offices, Wellington Square from Friday 29 May 2015.

For details of the services offered, including business card printing and binding, visit the Oxford Students website.

Fossil fuels and the investment of The Oxford Funds


Council, which is the University’s executive governing body, has now released a statement concerning fossil fuels and the investment of The Oxford Funds.

To read the statement in full, visit the Oxford University website.


Plagiarism: Awareness and avoidance

IT Course

This course can help you learn about avoiding unintentional plagiarism and how to interpret the Turnitin originality report.

Academic integrity requires authors to accurately record and acknowledge the source of words, ideas, diagrams, images, research results (all forms of output from others) that they use or refer to in their own work.

Here you will have the opportunity to put a chapter or article you have written through Turnitin. To book your place for the course, taking place from 12:30-13:30 on Monday 1 June 2015, visit the IT Services website.


Innovation and enterprise Isis seminar

Entreprenurship event

Subsidiary of the University and leading international technology transfer organisation, Isis Innovation, are offering a seminar for those interested in entrepreneurship.

The 'Making the most of your research: impact through innovation and enterprise' seminar will he held on Wednesday 10 June and aims to provide an introduction to intellectual property, technology transfer and patenting. By attending the seminar, you will gain a valuable insight into the world of new business ventures and the resources available within Isis to researchers, and hear from academics including Oxford researcher, Professor Malcolm McCulloch, and Isis Technology Transfer manager, Dr Christine Whyte.

The event will be held between 10:00 and 14:00 in the Botnar rooms G38/G54 and will follow a seminar format, including a Q & A session and the chance to meet and talk with the speakers over lunch (provided). To book your place, visit the Medical Sciences website.


Perfectionism workshop

Counselling Service workshop

This workshop aims to provide you with a thoughtful space to think about the costs and benefits of perfectionist habits and to consider whether there could be an alternative, more effective, approach that would feel acceptable.


  • To join: No pre-group consultation is necessary. Places are limited, please email the Counselling Service to check availability and reserve a place.
  • Next workshop date: 14:00-15:00 Tuesday 16 June (Week 8 of Trinity term)

Many students value high standards in their academic, extra-curricular and personal activities. For some, however, the relentless pursuit of excessively high standards can become self-defeating. In those instances, the pursuit of perfection rather than excellence can contribute to high levels of anxiety, stress and low mood.

This workshop aims to provide you with a thoughtful space to think about the costs and benefits of perfectionist habits and to consider whether there could be an alternative, more effective, approach that would feel acceptable. The workshop will focus on the impact on current day to day concerns such as time management, submitting essays, procrastination and managing social and other interests. Ideas concerning how perfectionism can develop will be mentioned briefly but family and other developmental factors will not be discussed at length. This workshop will include strategies and ideas that you will be encouraged to put into practice in your own time using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy principles and ideas. You will be encouraged to discuss your experiences at university in pairs and with the group if you feel comfortable.

Find out more about the other workshops on offer from the Counselling Service on the Oxford Students website.

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