Oxford matriculation ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre
Oxford students attending a matriculation ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre
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Research degree examination submission


If you are submitting your research degree thesis before the end of Hilary term, it should be received at the Examination Schools submission desk by 17:00 on Friday 24 April 2015.

Your examiners must have your thesis for at least four weeks before any planned viva. To update your contact details, or to receive information about your research degree examination, contact the Research Degrees team.

Preparing for your examinations


Are you due to take examinations in Trinity term? There is a range of information to help you prepare over the Easter vacation online.

From revision tips and coping with anxiety and time management, to information on applying for alternative arrangements, your examination timetable and what you can and cannot take into an examination.

You can also access past examination papers from the Oxford Students website via OXAM. The searchable archive features papers set by the University of Oxford since the 1999/2000 academic year.

Trinity term mock examinations


Mock examinations and examination orientation sessions are a great way to help you prepare for your examinations.

Either take a three-hour invigilated mock examination or attending a one hour talk to acquaint yourself with the examination environment and ask any questions. A number of sessions will be taking place during Week 3 of Trinity term. Visit the mock examination page to book your place.

Student registration Trinity term 2015


University registration for Trinity term students via Student Self Service opens on Tuesday 7 April 2015 and will close on Friday 1 May 2015.

A reminder will be emailed directly to you if you need to register after the Easter break.

Success on historic Boat Race weekend


Oxford University rowers won all four races against Cambridge during an historic Boat Race weekend.

The women's first crew finished 19 seconds ahead of Cambridge on the first ever women's Boat Race to be held on the Tideway.

"It's a really special moment, something I've been working towards for three years," Oxford University Women's Boat Club President Anastasia Chitty told BBC Sport. "It's even more special because so many women [have] not had this opportunity so it's really humbling."

The men's crew also continued their good form of recent years to beat their ancient rivals by six lengths. It was the fourth win in five years for Constantine Louloudis, who missed the 2012 race to focus on winning Olympic bronze in Great Britain’s men’s eight.

"Going in the fourth time having not lost, I felt much more pressure especially as I was leading the guys," said Louloudis.

"There were some pretty dark moments coming in but we dealt with it really well on the day. We stuck to our plan and executed a really good race."

Planning A Pregnancy?


Volunteers needed to take part in a study about women’s health

  • Living or working in Oxfordshire?
  • Aged 18 to 40?
  • Yet to have children?

The Oxford Safer Pregnancy Alliance are recruiting participants for a study about women’s health. The study involves completing a questionnaire and having some measurements taken. You will receive a £20 gift voucher to thank you for your participation. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Oxwatch project on 01865 572259 or oxwatch@phc.ox.ac.uk
For more information, visit the Oxwatch website.

Have you applied for a £250 sporting award?


Four awards of £250 each are available to help talented sports people to excel 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.


Editing your thesis with Corpora

Academic course

A two-day intensive course is on offer for doctoral students (non-native speakers of English) who have passed the transfer stage of their degree and have chapters of their thesis ready for editing.

During the course you will make an electronic collection of texts from research articles in your field, before comparing it with the language you use in your thesis. The findings will enable you to spot any errors and help you edit your text accordingly. To book a place on the £70 course, taking place on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 April 2015, visit the Language Centre website.


Trinity term Orientation

Orientation event

An Orientation programme for students starting in Trinity term will be held from 14:00-17:00 on Friday 24 April at the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road.

Students have been emailed an invitation for the orientation event but if you have any further queries, please email the Student Information team.


Disability Lecture 2015: Hilary Lister


Quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister is giving the first University of Oxford Disability Lecture.

Hilary was an undergraduate at Jesus College who has since gained fame as a quadriplegic sailor. She was the first disabled woman to sail solo around Britain.

The lecture will take place in Corpus College’s auditorium, the MBI Al Jaber Building.

  • 18:00-18:10: Introduction by Andrew Hamilton, Vice Chancellor
  • 18:10-19:00: Hilary Lister speech
  • 19:00-19:15: Questions
  • 19:15-20:30: Refreshments and networking

After the event there will be an opportunity for networking over drinks. If the weather is good we will be serving refreshments in the building foyer, which guests may then take into the sheltered quad outside, or up onto the stunning roof terrace (accessible via stairs or chair lift). If it is wet refreshements will be available in the Rainolds Room across the quad.

For more information, including disability access, and to book your place, visit the Evenbrite website.


Mervyn King: A Disequilibrium in the World Economy

Romanes Lecture

The former Governor of the Bank of England will discuss what policy makers should do to move the world economy to a new equilibrium.

In October 2008, the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors met in Washington to respond to the market mayhem that followed the failure of Lehman Brothers. Their short statement (in essence, "we’ll do whatever it takes") was followed by action to recapitalise the banking system on both sides of the Atlantic. And the banking crisis ended in the second quarter of 2009. But the global economic crisis did not.

Why, after the biggest monetary stimulus the world has ever seen, and six years after the end of the banking crisis, is the world economic recovery so slow? Sharp downturns normally lead to sharp recoveries. Not this time. Why is that?

The world economy is still in a disequilibrium – both within and between the major economies. We are relying on monetary policy to dig us out of this hole. Monetary policy – whether through interest rates or bond purchases – is most effective in a Keynesian down turn when spending falls because people lose confidence in the level of future aggregate demand so they too cut back. But after a point monetary policy confronts diminishing returns. There is a paradox of policy: we are doing in the short run the absolute opposite of what we know we have to do in the long run to rebalance our economies.

The former Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Policy Committee, Lord Mervyn King of Lothbury, will consider what policy-makers will do, and what they should do to move to a new equilibrium, at the Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford from 17:45 on Tuesday 12 May 2015.

To register for this free event, visit the Romanes lecture website.

OxTALENT competition 2015: Student IT Innovation


Have you… built a website, app, e-book or game? Used social media in an innovative way with other students? Or simply spotted a problem and used digital technology to solve it for others?

The OxTALENT competition judges are looking for individuals and groups with entrepreneurial spirit who have used digital technology to make a difference to the student experience at Oxford.

Entries must be received by noon on Friday 15 May. For further information and an entry form, visit the OxTALENT website.

Register to vote by Monday 20 April 2015


To vote in the General Election on 7 May 2015, you must register online by Monday 20 April 2015 on the Gov.uk website.

You can register at both your home address and term time address but will need to choose which constituency to vote in for the General Election.

Recieve a €10 000 grant to study in France


The Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC) is now offering 200 scholarships to students applying to complete a two-year nationally accredited Master’s degree.

USPC is a consortium of eight prestigious French universities and higher education institutions as well as five research institutions.

With a view to bolstering the excellence and internationalization of its two-year nationally accredited Master’s degrees, USPC has set up an international grant programme of 200 scholarships of €10 000 for international students wishing to obtain a Master’s degree in one of USPC’s member institutions.

To apply to take up the scholarship at the Paris Diderot University, visit the University website. Applications close on Friday 1 May 2015.


Intensive weekend language courses

Language course

Gain an introduction to German or Italian at the Language Centre.

The Language Centre is running intensive two-day courses on the weekend of 16 and 17 May. Levels offered for beginners and lower intermediate. £50 for students, £65 for staff. Visit the Language Centre website or email admin@lang.ox.ac.uk for more information.


Intensive weekend language courses

Language course

Gain an introduction to French or Spanish at the Language Centre.

The Language Centre is running intensive two-day courses on the weekend of 23 and 24 May. Levels offered for beginners, lower intermediate and upper intermediate (French only). £50 for students, £65 for staff. Visit the Language Centre website or email admin@lang.ox.ac.uk for more information.

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