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Graduate volunteers needed for September Open Day


The Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach team is now preparing for the next Open Day which will take place on Friday 15 September 2017.

Graduate student volunteers are required to form a friendly presence at key places around Oxford. The role involves welcoming visitors and giving directions, therefore no specialist knowledge about undergraduate admissions is required and it also provides a great opportunity to learn more about the University. Volunteers will be invited to a briefing beforehand.

To find out more about Open Days, please visit the Open Days webpage or to apply, email


HackZurich tech talent weekend


HackZurich is Europe’s largest Hackathon and unites 550 tech talents from over 50 countries to create a web, mobile, or desktop application within 40 hours.

The weekend will take place in Zurich, Switzerland from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 September 2017. For more information, visit HackZurich. To apply to be selected to attend, visit the Wufoo form.


Volunteer at Curiosity Carnival


The event is Oxford’s European Researchers’ Night and the biggest public engagement and research event in Oxford to date.

You can apply to be a ‘Carnival Maker’ and volunteer your time for the day or evening at the Carnival. Activities will take place on Friday 29 September 2017 in the University’s Museums, Gardens and Libraries, Wytham Woods and on-the-street programme. For more information, visit the Oxford website. Apply to be a Carnival Maker by Monday 28 August.

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Supporting the community


A great way of getting to know Oxford is to contribute to the local community.

With students making up 24% of the city’s population, the positive impact you can make is enormous. Oxford Hub supports students in tackling social challenges, learning about issues and connecting with each other. There are a variety of practical volunteering and skilled placements to get involved in as well as events throughout the year. Whether you want to tutor a child in a local school, become a visiting trustee, befriend an elderly person or help at our food cooperative, there is something foryou. To receive details of social action events and projects, visit the Oxford Hub website.

You can also find volunteering opportunities through the Oxford University Student Union and the University of Oxford website. Volunteering acts as a valuable addition to your CV and can help broaden your horizons with a view to future employment. For more information, see the Oxford Students website.

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Get involved with societies and causes at Oxford


With more than 150 officially recognised clubs and societies to choose from, there is something for everybody at Oxford.

In addition to sports, you’ll find appreciation clubs representing everything from tea to tango and Doctor Who to drama. See the Oxford Students clubs and societies wepage or for a full list, visit the Oxford Students website. The annual Freshers Fair 2017 will take place on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 October 2017 at the Examination Schools and is a great place to sign up and find out about different clubs and societies.

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Coming to Oxford as a mature student


Life as a mature student can bring unique challenges.

Oxford provides a wealth of support to help you extend your qualifications, improve your employment prospects or indulge in an interest for its own sake. From adjusting to university life and managing your time and work, to childcare provision or courses to develop your skills, you will find more information on the Mature students page of the Oxford Students website.


Visa advice on staying to work in the UK


Visa Advisers will provide information for international students on routes to remain in the UK to work after study, including the provision for students under Tier 2 of the Points Based System.

The event will take place from 12:30 -2pm on Tuesday 11 July 2017 at the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road. There is no need to book a place.

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Safe summer travel


Students travelling abroad over the summer are advised to plan their trip carefully and consider important pre-departure factors.

Whether travelling abroad for summer internships, work placements or summer holidays, you should think about factors including travel insurance, vaccinations, travel illnesses, and food and water quality abroad. The NHS offers valuable advice on these, and other, issues for those departing the UK.

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Green students awarded at Sustainability Showcase


On 12 June, the Sustainability Showcase presented awards to recognise the work done over the last year by staff and students under various schemes to reduce the University’s environmental impact.

The event celebrated the participation of over 3,000 students in the Student Switch-Off competition, with prizes given to top performing colleges, including the winner, Lady Margaret Hall. Accolades were also awarded to several students for their exceptional innovation and efforts, as well as other staff and departments. For further details and photos, visit the Sustainability Showcase website.

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Clinical trials


The Jenner Institute, part of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, is looking for healthy volunteers to take part in a malaria challenge study testing 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 to participate. Volunteers are compensated up to £2,600 for their time, inconvenience and travel during the study period of three to six months. To find out more, visit the Jenner Institue website.

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Looking for a new virtual learning environment for Oxford


Earlier this year, we asked if WebLearn, Oxford’s online learning and teaching tool, still meets your needs.

Based on review findings, including surveys completed by over 1,000 students and staff, the University is looking for a new virtual learning environment (VLE). Potential suppliers will undergo a selection process in Michaelmas 2017, after which further updates can be expected. More information is available on the VLE Review web pages, and questions can be sent to

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The Oxford Foundry: A new entrepreneurship centre


Are you interested in innovation and entrepreneurship?

In October 2017, a new entrepreneurship facility will open for all students, faculty and staff. The Oxford Foundry will become a place for co-working with dedicated areas for idea generation, workshops and mentorship from local and global entrepreneurs, and business skills training in a high-energy environment.

For more information, sign up for the newsletter.

Study abroad advice

Counselling via Skype


The Counselling Service offers online counselling using Skype if you are not able to access the service in person.

This can be useful if you have suspended your studies or are studying or doing research as part of your course away from Oxford. For further information view the Online Counselling Information (PDF). The Counselling Service will remain open during the Long Vacation.

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Student Parental Leave Policy


To support students who are about to have or adopt a child, the University has a Policy on Student Maternity, Extended Paternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Leave.

This policy has been recently updated, and sets out students’ entitlement to parental leave, funded leave, arrangements for return to study, and access to University graduate accommodation and childcare services. The policy can be found on the Student Parents webpage.

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Preparing for your degree ceremony


If you have booked to attend a graduation ceremony in the coming weeks, your college will communicate with you regarding arrival, gowning, catering arrangements and charges.

The Oxford Students website includes guidance about academic dress requirements and answers to other frequently asked questions relating to degree ceremonies. The University of Oxford shop has a presence at graduation ceremonies, located outside the Sheldonian Theatre, selling University and college branded items with a 10% discount for Oxford students


Leaving Oxford this term?


If you are completing your studies this term there are a few things that you need to do before you leave.

Remember to collect your Oxford Alumni Card to gain access to a range of discounts throughout Oxford and online. Your college or department have been in touch to tell you how to collect your card. For more information and to enter the #threelittlewords prize draw for a £100 Amazon, voucher visit the Oxford Alumni website.

The entitlement to your full range of IT services continues until your course completion. For details on accessing your email account and entitlement to optional email forwarding, Student Self Service and tuition or supervision reports, visit the Leaving Oxford page of the Oxford Students website. Don’t forget to update your contact details in Student Self Service before you leave to ensure that you continue to receive important correspondence from the University.

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University of Oxford business cards and printing


Are you planning to undertake an internship? Are you networking with prospective employers?

On-course matriculated students (who have not yet satisfied the requirements for Leave to Supplicate for their current programme of study) can order University of Oxford department, faculty or college-branded business cards, available in a minimum quantity of 100, with alternative language options available. Non-matriculated or visiting student business card orders will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. You are also able to order a range of other printed items, including large format posters up to A0. For further information visit the Oxford Students website.

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Supervisor reporting open


The Graduate Supervision System (GSS) is used to review, monitor and comment on student academic progress and assess skills and training needs.

Following the student reporting window, which has now closed for Trinity term, supervisor reporting is now open. You will be notified by email when your report is available to view and/or print from your GSS homepage. Visit the GSS website.

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Release of examination results


Once you have finished your examinations, your assessments are marked by the Examination Board.

Following this, they are processed and released to you. It is not possible to know exactly how long this will take and for this reason it is not possible to give an exact date when your results will be released. Staff at the Examination Schools cannot give out results over the telephone and cannot advise when results will be available. Once your results are released you will be sent an email informing you that your assessment results and the result for the year (if applicable) will be available to view in Student Self Service. Factors affecting performance outcomes for students who submitted an application before the examination board met will also be available to view from this screen. For further information visit the Oxford Students website.

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Share your Oxford experiences


Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach are looking for student feedback to use in outreach publications, such as the undergraduate prospectus, and on the undergraduate admissions website.

To share your undergraduate experiences and insights with potential applicants in the short feedback survey, please visit the Oxford website.


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