Oxford matriculation ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre
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Alternative examination arrangements for religious observances

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Any students who have a clash between their examinations and specific religious observances, such as the Jewish Sabbath or Ramadan, can apply for adjustments to their examinations.

Any applications should be made as early as possible before the end of Michaelmas term 2014  under Part 12 of the Examination Regulations, so that where possible, timetables can be adjusted to avoid the clash. If this is not possible, alternative arrangements will need to be requested, which might include sitting papers at a different time.

You can access your examination entry deadlines and provisional dates of when the examinations for your course are likely to begin by downloading the “Exam Entry and Provisional Start Dates 1415” document on the examination entry page.

Students should speak with their college as soon as possible about any concerns to explore what adjustments might be possible and appropriate for their situation. Further advice can be obtained from their faith leaders, student societies and OUSU.

For more information, visit the examinations and assessments section of the Oxford Students website.

Thinking about postgraduate study at Oxford?

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Over 900 full scholarships for new master's and doctoral students are available at Oxford in 2015/16 from the University, our colleges and supporters.

Scholarships cover the full academic range of Oxford's postgraduate courses and are available for UK, EU and international students. Application deadlines are 9 and 23 January 2015, depending on the course you are applying for. Find out more about the scholarships on offer and how to apply on the Graduate Admissions website.

Make your voice heard

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You have the opportunity to have your say about life at Oxford through the national Student Barometer survey.

To give your feedback, please follow the link emailed to your University inbox, courtesy of Vice Chancellor Andrew Hamilton. Your views will be used by colleges, departments, faculties and central University services to identify strengths and weaknesses and put in place changes to help improve your experience at Oxford. To see improvements made following past student feedback, visit the feedback and surveys webpage.

The Springboard Programme

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Female students can make the most of opportunities at university and beyond by participating in Springboard.

Developed from an award-winning programme for professional women, the Careers Service runs two Springboard programmes in Week 9 of Michaelmas term - one for undergraduates and one for master’s students. Find out more, and sign up by the end of Week 6, on the Careers Service website.

GSS student reporting opens in Week 6

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Student reporting for Michaelmas term will be open in the Graduate Supervision System (GSS) from Monday 17 to Friday 28 November.

This is your opportunity to contribute to your termly supervision reports by reviewing and commenting on your own academic progress via the Graduate Supervision System. You should also check that the details displayed are correct and inform your college (for College Advisor amendments) or the relevant Graduate Studies Assistant with any changes. Supervisor reporting will open from Monday 1 December and you will be notified by email when your report is ready to view.

Doctoral research fellowships available

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The Philippe Wiener - Maurice Anspach Foundation awards research fellowships to Oxford DPhil students who wish to spend up to one year at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) as part of their DPhil studies.

These non-renewable fellowships are open to students from all fields. To apply for a 2015-16 award of €1,800 per month (for between six and 12 months) before Friday 5 December 2014, visit the ULB website or email fwa@ulb.ac.be.

Interested in undertaking study or research in Geneva?

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Graduate students can apply for a €1,000 bursary to pursue a programme of study or research at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva for a period of at least three weeks in 2014/15.

The Europaeum bursary is normally offered to students wishing to undertake research and study on themes that reflect the concerns - past, present and future - of Europe. Apply before Friday 5 December 2014 at the Europaeum Oxford - Geneva bursary website.

Applying for readmission to a research course?

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Students currently studying for a taught course at the University and applying to carry on to a research course with no break in their study can apply for readmission using Student Self Service.

You will receive an authorisation code at the appropriate readmission application period, in order to submit your application fee, free. This code will be displayed on your Student Self Service 'Academic and Assessment Information' page.

Eligible readmission candidates are: any MSt, MSc, MPhil, MPP, MFA, BPhil or MTh, BCL and Magister Juris students who wish to progress to the MPhil in Law.

Candidates for the Saïd Business School DPhil in Management Studies or the DPhil in Financial Economics should apply using the application form available from the Saïd Business School's website.

The readmission form is also used to apply for University scholarships so you must ensure that you submit your readmission form in time for the scholarship deadlines.

Information on the readmission process is available from the Graduate Admissions Application Guide page.

Interested in studying at University of Pennsylvania?

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Graduate research students have the opportunity to spend up to a year at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015/16.

Tuition costs at the University of Pennsylvania and health insurance fees are covered by the scholarship. In addition, an annual stipend of £8,000 is payable. The application deadline is Friday 16 January 2015. Visit the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship website.

Charterhouse European bursaries

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Bursaries are available to undertake a period of study in Europe. Awards of up to £6,500 are available for periods ranging from three months to one year.

Applications close Friday 20 February 2015. Visit the Charterhouse European Bursary website.

Scholarships for study in Germany

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Hanseatic, Michael Foster and Theodor Heuss scholarships are available for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students wishing to undertake research or study for one or two years in Germany in 2015/16.

Applications close on Friday 6 February 2015. Visit the German Scholarships website.

Want a career in university leadership?

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Take part in Ambitious Futures - a graduate programme designed to discover the university managers of tomorrow.

If you are a final year student attracted to a career in university administration this is the way to start your career and take your first steps on the road to leadership.

Over 15 months, you will undertake three placements – two at Oxford and one at another UK University, giving you the opportunity to work alongside a diverse range of partners, from students and employers to funding bodies and commercial organisations.

With responsibility for a number of projects, you will be given a unique insight into university leadership, undertake part of a formal qualification (AUA diploma) and have the chance to build up a network of fellow graduates.

The programme, which aims to develop management and leadership skills, also gives graduates the opportunity to gain independent advice from a personal mentor and sample a range of other educational experiences.

After taking part in the programme, Hayley Simpson a graduate of University College London, explained: “What's so great about the scheme is that it exposes you to the exciting world a career in Higher Education can offer - one which supports and encourages you to build on your skills, interests and knowledge without the types of restrictions that can be faced elsewhere.”

Applications are open between Friday 10 October and 28 November 2014. Trainees will commence employment in September 2015. For more information about the scheme and the application process, visit the Ambitious Futures website.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results

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The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will be releasing the results of REF2014 on its website on 18 December 2014.

The results will comprise of the overall quality profile for each submission. Each will present the proportions of research activity judged to have met each of the quality levels from 4* to unclassified, together with the full time equivalent number of Category A staff included in each submission. This information will be listed by both unit of assessment and higher education institute. Submissions will be published on the REF website in January 2015. The University will receive details on how REF outcomes have translated into grant income at the end of March 2015. Visit the HEFCE website.

Interested in a career in Law but studying another subject?

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The Law Faculty want to hear your views to help devise a new course.

The Law Faculty is considering creating a new two-year law degree that will serve the needs of students who have completed a degree in other subjects, and wish to go into law. If you are interested in law, but are not currently completing an undergraduate degree in the subject, fill out the online survey. If a new degree is created, it will commence no sooner than autumn 2016.

Providing support for disabled students

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Responsibility for meeting the needs of disabled students is shared across the collegiate University.

The particular roles and responsibilities are identified in the ‘Common framework for supporting disabled students’, put in place in recognition of the growing number of students who declare a disability, as well as the complexity of the disabilities being reported. The framework sets out the principles that underpin the procedures for supporting disabled students, and aims to improve the sharing of information, clarity of roles and responsibilities, and the consistency of provision. Visit the Disability Advisory Service.

Cyclists encouraged to stay safe and buy lights

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If you are a cyclist, please ensure that lights are fitted to your bike so that you can be seen by fellow road users.

This advice coincides with the ongoing Cycle Lights Scheme by Thames Valley Police, which recently saw 276 cyclists receive fines in just one day in Oxford for not cycling with lights fitted to their bike. Any cyclist caught riding a bike without lights could be fined £50. For information on safe travel, visit the community pages of Oxford Students website.

Scatcherd European Scholarships available

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Scholarships are available to students wishing to undertake a period of study or research in Europe.

Awards of up to £6,500 are available for periods ranging from three months to one year. Applications close Friday 20 February 2015. Visit the Scatcherd Scholarships website.

Are you a budding social entrepreneur?

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The Social Enterprise Support Programme is a programme of grants, training and mentoring for students and staff who wish to set up a social enterprise, or are looking to develop an existing enterprise.

 Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the Social Enterprise Support Programme for budding social entrepreneurs.

Oxford City centre SOS Bus pilot

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The Oxford SOS Bus pilot scheme has been set up in the city centre to help those who are affected by alcohol related injury or illness.

The scheme will assess how effective the Bus is in treating minor injuries and reducing the numbers who go to Accident and Emergency (A&E) unnecessarily. The bus will operate between 22:30 and 05:30 every Friday and Saturday night from Friday 14 November until February 2015, on Cornmarket Street. The bus will be staffed by a paramedic, an RAF nurse and a St John Volunteer. The bus will also have security from the Street Ambassadors.

Vote in your student election!

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Student elections determine who represents you to the University and works to make your life at university the best it can be.

This is your chance to make sure that the Oxford University Student Union's (OUSU) priorities are your priorities. Voting is open from 08:00 on Tuesday 18 November to 18:00 on Thursday 20 November on the OUSU website using your Single Sign On.

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