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23Feb

The Get a Head-Start Fair

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At this fair you can meet 20 major employers who will soon be recruiting for 2018 graduate schemes and internships.

  • 15:00–18:00, Thursday 23 February 2017, the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road 

This is your opportunity to explore sectors such as banking, consultancy, IT and teaching. Many attending organisations open their application windows before Michaelmas term and recruit on a rolling basis, so this fair allows you to get ahead of the competition. All students are welcome to attend. Visit the Careers Service website for more information.

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Graduate Photography Competition 2017

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The Graduate Photography Competition is open for entries until Friday 17 March 2017.

Enter your photos of life as a graduate student in Oxford for the chance to win one of two £200 vouchers, as well as weekly prizes of £25 each in vouchers. Follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and inspiration. Submit your photos via the competition webpage. Good luck!

Sitting your examination

Food in University examinations

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The Proctors have agreed to a change in the policy on food in University examinations.

As before, if you have a medical need to bring sweets or snacks into the examination room you may do so subject to bringing a letter signed by your Senior Tutor or by a medical professional (including the college nurse). All students may bring still water in a bottle with a spill-proof cap. From now on, no other food or drink may be brought into any examination. A list of what you are permitted to bring into examinations can be found on the Sitting your examinations webpage.

National Student Survey 2017

Are you in your final year?

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Have your say about your University experience - complete the National Student Survey

Final year undergraduate students who complete the National Student Survey (NSS) by 31 March 2017 will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win one of 25 Oxford hoodies. By completing the NSS you will help inform future undergraduate applicants about what life is like at Oxford and help improve the student experience. You will need your University card number to log in to the survey.

Jobs and internships

Internship opportunities

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A wide range of internship opportunities available - in the UK and abroad

  • Micro-Internship Programme: two to five day voluntary placements available across Oxfordshire and London taking place during Week 9 of Hilary term 2017. Opportunities this term include Oxera Consulting, Hogrefe Publishers, SmartWorks and Pamela Steele Associates. Applications open on Wednesday 11 January 2017.
  • Oxford University Internship Programme: nearly 500 summer internships are available in more than 40 countries. Placements include working with the UN International Development Agencies (Amman, Beijing, Nairobi and Bangkok), CERN (Geneva), consulting (China) and historical research (Budapest). Applications open on Monday 16 January 2017. Further internship opportunities will be advertised later in Hilary term. The deadlines for international internships is 19 February 2017. 

All opportunities can be viewed and applied for using CareerConnect; you can also book application support sessions via Career Connect. Stay up to date with the internship programmes by signing up to the Internship Office email alerts. For help with your internship applications view the Application Support Guide (PDF).

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Online examination timetables

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Personal examination timetables in Student Self Service are replacing paper timetables this term.

The new online timetables are print-friendly and include details of any alternative arrangements that you may have been granted and easy access to examination location maps. You will receive an automated email when your timetable becomes available, a reminder prior to the examination and a notification of any changes. You will no longer receive a paper copy of your personal examination timetable. By using Student Self Service instead of paper, you will have access to the most up-to-date information and issues with examination entry or alternative arrangements will be corrected more quickly.

You can access your personal examination timetable under the Examination Timetables link, in the My Exams section of Student Self Service. The screen will not display any examinations information until your timetables are available. You can view more information on the Student Self Service webpage. 

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Support the Varsity games

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Most matches are taking place over the weekends of 25/26 February and 4/5 March 2017.

Cambridge are hosting Varsity matches for the majority of sports clubs in 2017, at various locations across the city. If you are unable to travel to Cambridge, you can keep up to date with Oxford’s progress via social media, including on the University Sport Twitter and Facebook channels. Visit the Oxford University Sport website for further information.

13Mar

Intensive Academic Writing course for international students

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The Language Centre is running an intensive course on writing a thesis or dissertation aimed at all international students who do not have English as their first language.

  • 10:00–13:00, Monday 13–Friday 17 March (Week 9), Language Centre

The course will cover similar topics to the Writing a Thesis or Dissertation course and is intended for those who could not get a space on that course, or who would prefer to condense their learning into a single, intensive week. For more information, email admin@lang.ox.ac.uk.

09Mar

Plagiarism awareness and avoidance course

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You can register to attend a free session on academic writing skills and how to avoid inadvertent plagiarism.

Academic integrity requires you to accurately record the source of words, ideas, diagrams, images and research results that you use or refer to in your work.  Topics include how to use Turnitin plagiarism awareness software and an overview of paraphrasing and summarising. If you wish to practise submitting a document to Turnitin, bring an electronic copy of an article or chapter you have written.

  • 12:30–13:30, Thursday 9 March 2017, IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

The course is free; booking is required via the IT Services website. Further information about avoiding plagiarism is available on the Plagiarism webpage.

08Mar

Staying in the UK to work - which visa?

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This session for international students will provide information on visa routes to remain in the UK to work after completing your studies.

Presentation topics will include the provision for students under Tier 2 of the Points-based system. For more information visit the Visa webpages.

•    12:30–14:00, Wednesday 8 March 2017, Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

Registration is not required.

02Mar

University Mental Health Day

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University Mental Health Day takes place this year on Thursday 2 March 2017.

The theme is ‘Get active for student mental health’. Dan Holloway, an ultramarathon runner who has bipolar disorder, will deliver a lunchtime talk:

  • ‘The Consolation of Solitary Sports: Running and Mental Health’, 12:45–13:45, Thursday 2 March 2017, Saïd Business School

The talk is free, but you should reserve your place via the event webpage.  

More information will be advertised on posters around Oxford and via Oxford Students Twitter feed. If you would like to get involved, or are organizing your own events for the day, contact fiona.whelan@admin.ox.ac.uk.

02Mar

Revision and examination preparation seminar

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Revision sessions for students with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) are taking place this term.

  • 11:30–13:00, Thursday 2 March, and 09:30–11:00, Wednesday 8 March at the Disability Advisory Service.

If you wish to book a place, email disability@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Student studying

Lynda.com: free access to video-based resources

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You have free access to a vast online library of video-based courses at lynda.com.

There are over 5,000 courses, which are perfect for developing IT skills to support your studies or future careers. The video courses are supported by transcripts and practical exercises. Lynda.com can be accessed anytime and anywhere. To register using your Single Sign-On, visit the IT Services website.

21Feb

Intensive Week 9 language courses

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The Language Centre is offering intensive courses in French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Arabic.

  • Monday 13–Friday 17 March (Week 9), Language Centre

These week-long courses are designed for those wishing to start a new language, brush up on their language skills or for those who took the intensive courses in Michaelmas term but were not able to join in Hilary. For more information, email admin@lang.ox.ac.uk.

Examinations

Conduct after examinations

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Examinations are an important time for all candidates and are likely to be ongoing after you have finished your own.

Undergraduate ‘mods’ and ‘prelims’ are taking place this term. To be fair to students still in examinations, you are asked to follow the instructions of University staff and to leave the vicinity of any examination venue without delay.

You are reminded that behaviour after examinations is covered by University regulations, which prohibit certain types of behaviour and gathering near examination venues. Breaching the regulations constitutes misconduct.

You are therefore discouraged from coming to venues to meet friends as they leave their examinations. If you do choose to do so, bear in mind that food, drink or other material that could cause litter or damage may be confiscated and remember that the Code of Discipline requires you to identify yourself to University or college officers on request.

More information on the conduct expected and on what is prohibited is available on the Proctors’ Office website.

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Studying overseas?

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If you are a full-time graduate student spending more than two weeks overseas for study, you should update Student Self Service with details of your placements.

This information will help the University understand whether the services and support on offer is appropriate and how overseas study contributes to academic learning. It is also required for annual government reporting. Overseas placements may include field trips, laboratory work, library work, visits to other universities, research, or the writing up of a dissertation or thesis that contribute towards your course.

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Phishing scams

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Phishing scams targeting students are very common, so please be mindful whenever you are contacted about finances or asked for your personal details.

You should ensure you are familiar with the advice on the Information Security website including: creating strong passwords; protecting your devices when using public networks; and backing up your work. Students in receipt of UK government funding from Student Finance should also refer to the Student Loans Company Online safety webpage which includes contact details for forwarding on communication that appears suspicious.

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Oxford Seed Fund – apply for investment

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The Oxford Seed Fund is a student-run fund that invests up to £50k in early-stage ventures founded by University of Oxford students and alumni.

The application deadline for the 2017 funding round is Friday 17 February 2017. Apply through the Oxford Seed Fund webpage. The fund is a part of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Saïd Business School.

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Code of Practice on Meetings and Events

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You have a responsibility to comply with the University’s Code of Practice on Meetings and Events.

This Code applies if you are organising a meeting or an event on University or Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) premises or anywhere else if using University branding (for example for a registered student club event).

Under the Code, you are required to notify the Proctors formally where there are certain types of major risk or issue relating to such an event, for example where it could bring about an environment in which people will experience, or could reasonably fear, discrimination, harassment, intimidation, verbal abuse or violence, or where there are risks to safety. If you think that there could be such risks or issues, you are encouraged to seek advice from the Proctors’ Office as far in advance of the meeting or event date as possible.

The central importance of freedom of speech and academic freedom underlie the Code. You can find more information about the Code and advice on notifying the Proctors on the Proctors’ Office website

Oxford Hub

Social Impact Internship scheme

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Student Hubs’ Social Impact Internship Scheme is open for applications.

The internships are opportunities to spend six to eight weeks over the summer working with inspiring and innovative organisation that have a positive social impact. Alongside the placement, successful applicants will get access to training sessions designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in the social impact sector. Find out more about the scheme and how to apply on the Oxford Hub website. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 28 February 2017.

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