Oxford matriculation ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre
Oxford students attending a matriculation ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre
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Missed the orientation events?


Drop in sessions will be held on Friday 24 October for European and international students.

If you missed the graduate and undergraduate orientation events held on 2, 3, and 6 October, a drop-in session will be held on Friday 24 October 2014 from 15:00-17:00 at the Examination Schools. The drop-in session is not a lecture format, but the chance to collect a welcome pack and ask staff questions you may have about settling in to Oxford as a non-UK student.

Ebola information, advice and support


Whilst the risk to the UK remains very low, the University continues to monitor the situation carefully.

Information is available for students arriving for the new term.

Student loan scam warning


There has been an increased number of phishing emails and text messages going to students from fake Student Finance Services.

Phishing scams are very common around this time of year, so students need to be extra cautious . To read more about phishing, visit the Student Loan Compny website.

The Student Loans Company are committed to protecting students and their information. There are a number of steps students can take to stay safe online.

Sitting examinations in 2014/15?


Make sure you are aware of your responsibilities when entering for examinations in Michaelmas term 2014.

The Examinations and assessments webpages include information on examination entries, regulations, alternative arrangements, submission of assessments, research degrees, timetables, results and academic transcripts.

Examination entry during Michaelmas term: ensure that you are aware of your examination entry dates and that you submit your entry forms to your college in time to avoid having to pay a late entry fee. Check your Academic and Assessment Information page in Student Self Service approximately two weeks after the entry date listed to ensure you have been entered for all assessments correctly, notifying your college and the Academic Records Office of any errors.

Examination entry from January: the examination entry process is changing from January 2015. You will then be able to enter for your examinations using Student Self Service; entry forms will no longer be poster to your college. Information will be sent to you in Michaelmas term about this change.

Examination entry fees should be paid using the online shop, before forms are submitted, with the order number written on the form. Applications will not be processed until payment has been received.

  • Late Examination Entry fee - £40
  • Change of Option fee - £40
  • Re-entry to the University examination for the Degrees of BPhil, MPhil, MTh, MSc (by coursework), MSt, MBA, MFA, MPP, and any diploma or certificate (other than those listed under §1 cl. 4(a)(xii) (a)-(i) of the Examination Regulations 2014), if the student is not receiving any further tuition and therefore not paying any composition fees – £156.

Have you verified your details in Student Self Service?


Student-facing registration for Michaelmas term is now closed. If you have not registered through Student Self Service you will need to contact your college in order to be enrolled for the new academic year.

Unless you are enrolled by your college you will be unable to log in to Student Self Service to verify your personal details for the new academic year. Please be aware that if you fail to verify in Student Self Service, you will be locked out of the Student System and will be unable to generate an enrolment certificate or view any of your examination and assessment results.

Applying for alternative examination arrangements


The deadline for applying for alternative arrangements for examinations taking place in Hilary term 2015 is Week 4 of Michaelmas Term 2014 (7 November).

Applications must be submitted through your college, with whom you should discuss your requirements. It is particularly important to ensure your college is aware of any adjustments made to your examination sittings at the Examination Schools, and any changes in your circumstances. Alternative arrangements for reasons of disability or a medical condition include extra time, use of a computer, sitting in college, adjustments to seats, desk location etc. Visit the Oxford Students website for further information.

Changes to graduate taught degree regulations


New regulations to govern the suspension of, removal from, and reinstatement to the register for graduate taught students came into effect from 1 October 2014.

The changes, made in the Examination Regulations, will limit the number of terms that a graduate taught student may suspend status and the time within which a student might apply for reinstatement, while simplifying the regulations for ceasing to hold student status.

Training with Oxford Sparks


Oxford Sparks runs a series of training courses focusing on the sciences.

From an Introduction to Public Engagement and Science Communication to Social Media for Communicating Science, the courses and networking events give you the opportunity to meet Oxford academics with strong experience in engagement and communications. The next networking event - Seven Secrets of Great Videos - takes place from 12:30-13:30 on Thursday 30 October 2014. To register, visit Weblearn  or find out more on the Oxford Sparks website.

Changes to research degree regulations


With effect from 13 October 2014, the maximum number of terms’ extension permitted for MSc by Research and MLitt students will be reduced from six terms to three terms.

Applications for extensions which would take you beyond three terms of extension can no longer be granted without the support of your supervisor(s), college and department or faculty. Applications should be made through your Graduate Studies Assistant.

Santander Shareholders Scholarships


Santander shareholders and family (children and grandchildren of Santander shareholders) can apply for the scholarships available.

Up to ten scholarships of £3,000 are available to Santander shareholders and family studying an undergraduate degree in the 2014/15 academic year. Applications must be submitted electronically via the Santander Shareholder Relations website by 3 November 2014.

Training with the Environmental Sustainability team


Join Oxford’s Environmental Sustainability team from 10:30-13:30 on 23 October 2014 for a free environmental training opportunity.

Training will include sustainability issues and solutions; project and team management skills; environmental communication techniques and a free lunch! Once trained, you will be expected to commit an hour per week during Michaelmas and Hillary terms, helping University departments improve their environmental practices. If you are interested in attending, please complete this questionnaire or email sustainability@admin.ox.ac.uk with any questions. You can also follow the Environmental Sustainability team on Facebook and Twitter  to ensure you are kept up to date with future opportunities.

Engage: Social Media Michaelmas


Explore different social media strategies and digital tools for use in an academic setting through Engage: Social Media Michaelmas (#Oxengage).

The series of workshops and seminars will use the experiences of others to inspire you to consider using social media and digital technology to develop your online presence for impact, outreach and public engagement. For information about the series, follow the Engage blog and Facebook page.

Clinical vaccine trials


The Jenner Institute, part of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, is looking for healthy volunteers to take part in a malaria challenge study to test the effectiveness of new malaria vaccines.

If you are aged 18-45, are in good health and have never had malaria, you may be eligible. Volunteers are compensated for their time and travel during the study period of three to eight months. To find out more email the Volunteer Co-ordinator, call 01865-857406, or visit the Jenner Institute website.

Financial support for students with refugee status


Students studying at Oxford who have refugee status in the UK are eligible to apply for a grant from the Lord Mayor’s Educational Trust Fund for Refugee Scholars, administered by Oxford City Council.

To receive a copy of the application form, contact Student Fees and Funding before Saturday 31 January 2015.

Interested in undertaking study or research in Geneva?


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.

Doctoral research fellowships available


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.

Register to vote in the UK


In order to vote in elections and referendums you need to be on the electoral register.

You can register to vote, providing your date of birth and national insurance number on the Gov.uk website. If you choose not to register you will be unable to vote in Oxford and the student voice could be ignored in the ward in which you live. For more information, watch the electoral campaign TV advert.


Management Consultancy Fair

Careers event

The University’s Careers Service is giving students the opportunity to meet potential employers and improve their CV at three Careers Fairs taking place this week.

Find out more now about the Oxford Careers Fair 2014 (14:30-18:00 on Tuesday 21 October), the Management Consultancy Fair (14:30-18:00 on Wednesday 22 October) or the Finance Sector Fair (14:30-18:00 on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 October).


Finance Sector Fair

Careers event

The University’s Careers Service is giving students the opportunity to meet potential employers and improve their CV at three Careers Fairs taking place this week.

Find out more now about the Oxford Careers Fair 2014 (14:30-18:00 on Tuesday 21 October), the Management Consultancy Fair (14:30-18:00 on Wednesday 22 October) or the Finance Sector Fair (14:30-18:00 on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 October).


What happens when the world loses the habit of cooperation?


Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor, University of Oxford, is to deliver an Oxford Martin School Public Lecture, entitled Gridlock and train crashes: What happens when the world loses the habit of cooperation?

To register for the lecture, taking place from 17:00 on 27 October at the Oxford Martin School, visit the School website.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.


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