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TEDxOxford 'think again' conference 2018
TEDxOxford is an independently organised TED conference put on by University of Oxford students.
The theme for 2018 is ‘think again’ where speakers will talk on diverse issues with a specific focus on mental health. The 2018 event will take place on Sunday 4 March 2018 at the New Theatre, George Street. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the TedXOxford website.
Mock Exams and Exam Orientation Sessions
A number of Mock Exam and Orientation sessions will be taking place during Week 6 of Hilary Term.
The Mock exams are an opportunity to experience sitting a three hour invigilated examination, where you can bring along a past exam paper and test your revision plan. The Orientation sessions are a one-hour interactive presentation designed to guide you through regulations and factors to bear in mind when sitting exams. Sessions are held at the Exam Schools and Ewert House and are a good opportunity to reduce some exam anxieties you may have. Please visit the Mock Examination Page and click the WebLearn link for more information.
Heritage Research in Oxford
Are you interested in attending events related to heritage, or learning about current research projects in the University?
We are establishing a Heritage Research Network and are looking for student input to determine the type of events we should provide. The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and will allow us to contact you about future opportunities and events.
New Research Thesis Digital Submission application for all research students’
If you’re a research student, you now have access to the new Research Thesis Digital Submission (RTDS) application, a simple, safe and secure way you can submit a digital copy of your research thesis and additional materials for examination.
Examiners can then use RTDS to access the digital copy, and return corrections, referrals or notes to you. RTDS is being rolled out across the University following a successful pilot in the Medical Sciences Division over the Hilary and Trinity 2017 deadlines. Details are on the Research Examinations web page (under the section ‘Submission of examiners’ copies of your thesis).
Exam preparation seminar
Are you sitting exams this year?
Sign up to attend the exam preparation seminar on Wednesday 14 February from 4pm to 5pm. We will offer guidance on revision, welfare and exam regulations to help you to prepare for your exams. For more information and to sign up to attend the seminar, visit the Mock Examination Page and click the WebLearn link.
OXFO LEV8 is looking for start-ups
If you're part of a start-up, apply to OXFO LEV8 - the University of Oxford’s newest accelerator, designed to support and nurture early-stage start-up teams affiliated to the University.
Successful applicants to the Oxford Foundry based programme, will be led by entrepreneurs and will receive tailored support and advice, focused on bringing relevant industry experts to their venture. In addition, OXFO LEV8 provides access to international investors and excellence in entrepreneurial learning, to help develop start-ups into strong, scalable businesses.
If your start-up team includes at least one Oxford University student, staff member, or alumnus/alumna within 10 years of graduation, apply to OXFO LEV8. Ventures from all sectors are welcome and applications close at midnight on Tuesday 20 February.
Enter the IT Innovation Challenge
Artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and virtual reality are technologies that have the potential to tackle some of Higher Education's big challenges.
This year's ‘IT Innovation Challenge - Student 2018’ invites you to present ideas for projects that improve the experiences of staff and/or students at Oxford, through exploring emerging technologies. The challenge winner will receive funding of up to £15,000. Submit your ideas on the Oxford Ideas site by Thursday 15 February.
Chinese Government Scholarships
The China Scholarship Council has re-opened the scholarship application round for final year students to undertake a period of study or research at a Chinese university.
Oxford will be nominating up to eight students in this round. Applications close on Monday 26 February. Please visit the Chinese Government Scholarship website for further information on eligibility and how to apply.
Prove your student status
You might need to prove your student status, course duration or address when opening a student bank account or renting accommodation.
To do this, download a copy of your Enrolment Certificate on Student Self Service. To generate your Certificate, go to the “My Student Record” section of Student Self Service. Once printed, you’ll need to get it stamped by your college (or department if you don’t have a college). The Enrolment Certificate will update when changes are made to your record. Please be aware that it won’t be available during periods of suspension.
If you're a final year undergraduate student, the National Student Survey gives you the chance to get your voice heard and help us shape Oxford for future generations.
In recent years, the NSS and other surveys have led to improvements in welfare provision, wifi coverage and technical support, the Careers Service, our libraries, orientation for new students and more.
It's the only university-wide survey for final year undergraduates that covers such a broad range of areas, and it is your opportunity to give your feedback, so that we're informed and can act on it appropriately. Say #YestoNSS and help us shape the future of Oxford.
Free training for secure coding
A free training course will take place in February, to help students code securely.
Run by the Information Security Team and IT Services, from Monday 5 February to Friday 9 February, the five-day course is open to all students.
It provides an opportunity to gain skills in developing an application security program, and tips on how to reduce source code vulnerabilities. The aim is to improve the credibility of services, departments, and the University, and lower the risk of incidents and losses due to insecure software breaches.
For more information, including how to apply, visit the IT Services website.
Intellectual property workshop
Do you understand your rights and responsibilities when it comes to intellectual property?
If the answer is no, you might benefit from attending the Intellectual Property workshop being held on Thursday 1 February. The two hour session includes a light lunch and will help you understand what intellectual property actually is, who “owns” it and the things you must consider if you have created intellectual property. For details on how to register, visit the workshop Eventbrite page.
UCU industrial action announcement
The UCU has announced that it will call on its members to take industrial action in the form of days of national strikes in support of its dispute with Universities UK over proposed changes to the USS pension scheme.
Oxford University is looking at measures to minimise any disruption arising from this action. Students should therefore attend as normal for any scheduled examinations.
Teaching in colleges will not be affected but it is possible that some departmental teaching may be. Students should attend all teaching as normal, unless advised of alternative arrangements.
Scholarships available to study or research in Germany
The Hanseatic and Theodor Heuss scholarships are available to final year undergraduates and postgraduate students.
The available scholarships are for one or two years and applications close on Friday 2 February. More information on how to apply and eligibility can be found on the German Scholarships website.
New Research Thesis Digital Submission application coming soon
In mid-February, all research students will be given access to the new Research Thesis Digital Submission (RTDS) application.
The RTDS application is a simple, safe and secure way that students can submit a digital copy of their research thesis and additional materials for examination. Examiners can then use RTDS to access the digital copy, and return corrections, referrals or notes to the students. The February rollout of RTDS for optional use in all divisions follows a successful pilot within the Medical Sciences Division in 2017. Details are on the Research Thesis Digital Submission web page.
Oxford SU Elections coming soon
This is when you get to decide who leads your Student Union and represents the Student Voice at the highest levels in the University and wider community.
To ensure your voice is heard, you must check you’ve not opted out of Oxford SU membership. To do this, go to the University’s Student Self Service, click the ‘My Student Record’ tab and then click ‘Additional Information’. It may take up to 48 hours for the system to refresh your status so don’t leave it too late to opt in if you’d like to vote. For more information about the Elections and how to get involved, go to the Oxford SU website.
The Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics
Students at the University of Oxford are invited to enter the 4th Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics.
To enter, students must submit an essay of up to 2000 words on any topic relevant to practical ethics. Two papers from each category, graduate & undergraduate, will then be shortlisted to go forward to a public presentation and discussion, to be held in 6th Week, Hilary Term 2018, where the winner of each category will be selected.
The winner from each category will receive £300, and the runner up £100. All four finalist essays will be considered for publication in the Journal of Practical Ethics.
For more information on the competition and how to enter visit the Practical Ethics website.
Nominations open for the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Awards
The inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Awards will be taking place on Tuesday 8 May.
The awards present the opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work that’s happening on equality and diversity across the University.
Broadcast, activist and author, June Sarpong, will be delivering the keynote speech and the Vice Chancellor will award prizes in four categories:
- Individual Champion or Role Model (nominated by others);
- Innovation in promoting E&D in the workplace or in the student body (self-nominated);
- Promoting E&D through public and community engagement (self-nominated);
- Promoting E&D in learning and teaching (self-nominated).
To find out more about how you can nominate someone who has inspired you or championed a cause close to your heart, visit the EDU website. Nominations close on Friday 23 February.
Hilary term Micro-Internship Programme
From Wednesday 10 January, all matriculated Oxford students have the opportunity to apply to the Micro-Internship Programme.
If you have any questions, please email Rosanna Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't become a 'money mule'
A campaign has launched to deter students from becoming ‘money mules’.
Criminals may approach students with what looks like a genuine job offer, asking them to receive money into their bank account and transfer it onto someone else, keeping some of the cash for themselves. This may be money laundering and students are particularly vulnerable because fraudsters know they are often short of money. The Money Mules leaflet contains lots of useful advice.
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