Oxford matriculation ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre
Oxford students attending a matriculation ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre
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Final year undergraduates

News

By taking part in the NSS you will help inform future undergraduate applicants about what it’s like at Oxford.

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. Final year Oxford undergraduates who complete the National Student Survey will be entered into a prize draw for the chance of winning one of three £100 prizes. You’ll need your University card number to login to the survey. Complete the survey by 31 March 2015 to enter the prize draw.

Photography Competition 2015

Competition

Do you have an eye for the beautiful, unusual or striking in Oxford? Share your experiences through your photographs.

Do you have an eye for the beautiful, unusual or striking in Oxford? Would you like to be in with a chance of winning a £200 Amazon voucher? Enter the Undergraduate and Graduate Photography Competition 2015 and share your experiences of the University and its colleges through your photographs, submitted under the following two categories: academic images that go ‘behind the scenes’ of the University; and social scenes that capture day-to-day life as a student.

Apply for a £250 sporting award

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Four awards of £250 each are available to help talented sportspeople to excel in their chosen sport 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.

GSS student reporting opens in Week 6

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Student reporting for Hilary term will open in the Graduate Supervision System (GSS) on Monday 23 February and will close on Friday 6 March.

This is your opportunity to contribute to your termly supervision reports by reviewing and commenting on your own academic progress. You should also check that the details displayed are correct and inform your college (for College Advisor amendments) or Graduate Studies Assistant of any changes. Supervisor reporting will open in GSS from Monday 9 March and you will be notified by email when your report is ready to view.

Apply by 15 March for a UK internship

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UK internship vacancies offered through The Internship Programme are now being advertised on CareerConnect with a deadline of 15 March.

Hundreds of summer research and professional experiences are available via CareerConnect exclusively for Oxford students in a huge variety of sectors including: charities; research; policy; publishing; education; finance; heritage and more. You can apply for up to four placements through the UK batch of vacancies. For more information, sign up to the Internship Office email alert and visit the Internship Office blog.

Examination Regulations website changing from April

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Exams... stressful enough without taking on the grey tome of Examination Regulations. Look out for the new paperless online version from April; it's going from grey to green! It will also be much easier to search.

Developed with the help of student volunteers, the Examination Regulations replacement website will be launched on 20 April 2015.

Track your digital life for a day and earn £30 in Amazon vouchers!

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How much of your life revolves around digital devices?

As part of research into the student digital experience at Oxford (DIGE2), we’re looking for students to keep a diary of their activities over the course of a single day and to record when, where and how these involve technology. Each diarist will then be invited to a follow-up interview to discuss their diary and talk about their digital experience in general. Your digital diary can be in the format of your choice and can include photographs. In return, we’ll pay you £30 in Amazon vouchers.

Interested? Download the information pack from Weblearn (login not needed). Then, if you’d like to get involved in this exciting opportunity, email Liz Masterman or Sarah Wilkin.

DIGE 2 is actively supported by OUSU and has been approved by the University’s Central Ethics Committee.

Explain your thesis in three minutes!

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The 3MT competition challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.

For the chance to win up to £150, you will need to submit a 250-word abstract about your research by 17 April 2015. To watch last year’s finalists present their thesis and find out more about how you enter, visit the Oxford Students website.

Free travel on the city600 bus service

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The recently launched city600 bus service, which links the Pear Tree Park & Ride site with the University Science Area and the John Radcliffe Hospital, is free between Parks Road and the JR Hospital upon presentation of your University Card.

A route map and timetable are available on the Oxford Bus Company website.

The Graduate Accommodation Office has moved

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The Graduate Accommodation Office has moved to 6 Worcester Street, Oxford, OX1 2BX.

All other contact details remain the same. For more information about the service, visit the Graduate Accommodation Office website.

Digital devices: essential tools or an unwanted distraction?

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Tell IT Services your views for the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

The DIGE 2 project in IT Services is exploring how students use digital technologies in their learning, in order to improve the support provided by the University. We’d like you to help us by sharing your experiences and thoughts through our online survey.

The survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete, and you have the option to enter a prize draw to win one of four £50 Amazon vouchers. Your responses will be stored anonymously and you will not be identifiable in the project reports. So, whether or not digital technologies are essential to your survival as an Oxford student in the 21st century, DIGE 2 looks forward to hearing your views!

DIGE 2 is actively supported by OUSU and has been approved by the University’s Central Ethics Committee. For further information, please contact Liz Masterman, lead researcher of DIGE 2.

International Women's Day at Oxford

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International Women's Day (IWD), taking pace on Sunday 8 March, is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

Increasingly, it provides a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

To mark the day a number of events are taking place across the University between Monday 2 and Thursday 12 March, including lectures, a film festival and the annual OxFEST conference.

To find out more about the events being held to celebrate the day, visit the Equality and Diversity Unit website.

02Mar

A ticking time bomb: the infectious threat of antibiotic resistance

Public lecture

Professor Dame Sally Davies will deliver the Oxford Martin School public lecture.

17:30, 2 March 2015. Registration is required at the Oxford Martin School events website.

05Mar

Perfectionism workshop

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: 12:30-14:00 Thursday 5 March (Week 7 of Hilary 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.

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

07Mar

Postcards from the Future: Rewriting the script for women in STEM

Conference

OxFEST’s fourth annual conference, taking place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March, will motivate and inspire women across all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.

The conference will include a series of: talks by prominent members of the STEM community in the UK and EU; panel discussions regarding legislation and support schemes for under-represented women in academia; workshops on personal branding, negotiation and other key employability skills; and interactive discussions on men’s and women’s roles in the effort for gender balance in STEM. For information and to book your place, visit the OxFEST website.

Postdoctoral research grants to study at ULB

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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.

Santander Academic Travel Awards

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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.

Oxford University Society Networks 2015 Bursary Awards

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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.

Applications for consideration of factors affecting performance in examinations

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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.

International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Global Summer Program

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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.

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