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Graduate photography competition
The Graduate Student Photography Competition is now open until 21 March 2014, offering students the opportunity to win £250 worth of Amazon vouchers.
For more information and to submit your outstanding photos which represent a graduate course at Oxford, please see www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/gpc2014.
OUSU Teaching Awards
Have you experienced excellent teaching while at Oxford? Have you had a tutor, lecturer, supervisor or a member of support staff who has made a difference and inspired you?
Now is your chance to nominate them in the Oxford University Student Union Teaching Awards.
The awards are entirely student-led and will go on to support good practice in teaching. Last year, over 400 students nominated over 330 tutors, lecturers and supervisors for an award. You can nominate your tutor, lecturer, supervisor or a member of support staff in three categories: Most Acclaimed Lecturer, Outstanding Tutor and Best Support Staff.
Nominations open on Wednesday, 19 February and close on Wednesday, 30 April. To find out more and make your nomination, visit the OUSU website.
Managing time resources
We know that the demands on your time can be high; take a look at the short video guide on the basics of managing time effectively.
You can also find some valuable advice on time management, reading skills, note-taking, research and library skills, referencing and more on the Student Gateway.
Mock Exams begin next week
Book your place for the Hilary term mock examinations and orientation sessions starting on Tuesday, 25 February.
If you would like to attend to get used to exam locations and regulations ahead of your actual examinations, visit the Mock Exams and Exam Orientation webpage to book your place.
Join the Student Consultancy
The Student Consultancy gives you the chance to improve your professional skills, boost your CV and solve a real business problem affecting an organisation in Oxfordshire.
Past teams have worked with clients including Oxfam, Oxford City Council and the Pegasus Theatre - and there will be a new range of organisations in Trinity term. Visit the Careers Service website.
Celebrate Oxford's diversity
Join the OUSU International Students' Campaign and Oxford cultural societies in celebrating Oxford's diversity at this year's International Festival.
Sample authentic food, performances, and exhibitions from all over the world at the free event (no tickets required) held at the Oxford Town Hall from 11:00-16:00 on Sunday, 2 March.
Hilary term exams and submission deadlines
Students due to sit exams or submit assessments in Hilary term 2014 are strongly advised to view the exams and assessment pages on the Student Gateway.
The exams and assessment pages contain information regarding regulations concerning:
- submissions - information about preparing taught submissions (extended essays, project work, dissertations)
- exam guidance - details on sitting exams and what is and is not allowed in an examination.
Overseas study placements
If you have, or are due to, carry out an oversees study placement for at least two weeks between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014, the University would like to hear about your experience.
Your feedback will help tailor the services and support offered to students when abroad and allow the University to analyse how overseas study contributes to academic learning. To provide your feedback, update your profile on Student Self Service.
Clinical vaccine trials
The Jenner Institute are developing vaccines against major global diseases and want healthy volunteers aged 18 to 55 to take part in trials of them.
Participants will be paid compensation for expenses and time put aside to take part. Each study will require short visits to an outpatient clinic over 4–12 months. Visit the Jenner Institute website.
Get your poetry published
Enter the Oxonian Review poetry competition 2014 by submitting one or two poems of less than 30 lines before Friday, 28 February.
A new way to reach the school community
Your research could now be used to stimulate class discussion, introduce a new unit or provide a taste of higher education in schools across the world.
Visa application fees to rise
The government has announced proposals to increase the fees charged for visas from Sunday, 6 April 2014.
The average increases will see a 4% rise. For example the fee to extend a student visa within the UK will rise from £406 to £422, but dependants will have to pay the same fee as the main applicant ie an increase from the current £305 to £422. Premium (ie ‘in person’) appointments will cost an additional £400 for each applicant.
University cards issued before July 2012 to be replaced
University cards issued to students before 2 July 2012 are to be replaced to enable you to access the Weston Library when it opens in September 2014.
Students who require a new card will be contacted by your college (or department for non-matriculated students) when the new card is ready to be collected. New cards will be distributed between now and the end of June 2014.
Have you had your say?
Have your say about your time at University and help improve the student experience at Oxford by filling in the National Student Survey.
As a final year undergraduates are invited to have your say on what you have and haven’t liked about your time at Oxford by taking part in the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS).
Results from the survey will be used to inform improvements across the collegiate University, and will be made accessible to prospective students looking to select the right course and university for them. Improvements made as a result of past student surveys, can be found on the Student Gateway.
National Apprentice Challenge
Ambitious students and graduates are invited to take part in an award-winning entrepreneurial competition comprised of practical tasks inspired by The Apprentice TV Show.
The National Apprentice Challenge offers:
- £5,000 cash prize
- Job opportunities
- Gala dinner with investors and recruiters
- All-expenses-paid residentials at Canary Wharf
You will need a team of four, and availability for 28-29 March and 5-6 April to compete. Apply at National Apprentice Challenge before Saturday, 1 March.
Australian National University student exchange
There is an opportunity for a current graduate research student, studying any subject, to undertake a period of study in Australia.
A travel grant is available to cover economy return travel and a visa. Applications close on Friday, 21 March 2014. Visit the ANU Exchange website.
Scholarships to study in China
Tsinghua University are offering Oxford students full scholarships for postgraduate study. The scholarships cover tuition, accommodation, living allowance and medical insurance.
IARU Global Summer Program
This exciting learning experience offers students the opportunity to study at International Alliance of Research Universities member institutions during the long vacation.