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Oxford Careers Fair
Attend the Oxford Careers Fair to find out about a variety of different career options across a range of employment sectors, from Armed Forces to retail.
The Fair is being held at the Oxford Town Hall on the 21 October and will offer an opportunity to meet a number of major recruiters and find out about graduate and work experience opportunities. Visit the Careers Service website.
Freshers' Fair 2015
Find out what Oxford life has to offer at Freshers' Fair.
Taking place between 7-9 October at the Examination Schools, you will be able to find out about the many different clubs and societies on offer, local music and arts activities, student services and campaigns. Information about the event, including the complete listing of stall holders, is available from the OUSU website.
Student Orientation Programme
From 1 October – 5 October, European and international students are invited to attend the University’s Orientation Programme.
The Programme provides an opportunity to meet students from more than 100 countries, and gives you advice about practical aspects of living and studying in the UK and Oxford.
For students starting in Michaelmas term 2015, the Orientation Programmes will be held on Thursday 1 October (for graduates reading subjects in Social Sciences Division), Friday 2 October (for graduates reading subjects in all other Divisions), and on Monday 5 October (for undergraduates and visiting students). A partners and families event will be held on Saturday 3 October.
Your college will send you information about how to register for the Programme over the summer.
Tier 4 student visa collection
Students from outside the UK will be able to collect a biometric residence permit (BRP) from the Examination Schools between 09:00-17:00 from Tuesday 29 September - Tuesday 6 October 2015, or from the Oxford St Aldates Post Office outside of this period.
The date and time for collecting the card will need to be confirmed. Please read the Oxford guide to completing your visa application for sign-up and further information, including recent changes to the way visas are issued.
Preparing to arrive at Oxford
Information about starting at the University.
All offer holders should be receiving a monthly pre arrival newsletter, featuring information that you will need to know before starting your studies at Oxford. Copies of the newsletters can be found on the new students webpage, alongside information about starting at the University, whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate, Home/EU or international student, or have Visiting or Recognised status.
For the latest information, you can also follow the Student Information twitter account @UniofOxfordSI.
Vaccinations before you arrive
Due to an increase in cases of Meningitis type W, new first year students (aged under 25) at all UK universities are now recommended to have the Meningitis ACWY vaccine.
Oxford colleges are at the core of welfare provision, each college has a link to a group of National Health Service (NHS) General Practitioners (GP), often referred to as the ‘college doctor’. You are strongly encouraged to register with the practice and will receive information from your college on how to do so.
Due to an increase in cases of Meningitis type W, new first year students (aged under 25) at all UK universities are now recommended to have the Meningitis ACWY vaccine. This is different from the previous Meningitis C vaccine. Please make an appointment with your local doctor/general practice to have this vaccine before coming to Oxford. The ACWY vaccine has not been part of the routine immunisation schedule before, although some people will have had it for travel purposes. If you have had the ACWY vaccine in the last five years, you do not need another dose.
If you have not had both the normal doses of the MMR vaccine, it is strongly recommended that you are immunised before coming to Oxford, as there have been clusters of cases of mumps and measles at various universities. The MMR vaccine can be given at the same time as the ACWY vaccine if required. It is better to be immunised before arrival (because of the risk of transmission during events at the start of term) but it will be possible to have the vaccine later, once you have registered with a college doctor or another Oxford General Practitioner if you prefer.
Verifying your qualifications
The University can authorise requests for information on your educational attainments.
Visit the Verifying qualifications page of the Oxford Students website for details on requests from employers or prospective employers or from other educational institutions, funding bodies or recognised voluntary organisations. Information may include, for example, confirmation of degree awarded, dates of attendance and subjects studied.
Once your examination results are released you will be sent an email letting you know that they are available to view in Student Self Service.
More information can be found on the Results page of the Oxford Students website.
Attending a degree ceremony?
The degree ceremonies page provides useful information to help prepare you for the day.
On the page, you will find information on what you should wear, venue accessibility, obtaining your degree certificate, eligibility for the MA, taking photographs on the day, and purchasing your ceremony DVD. In addition, the Oxford University Shop specialises in Oxford clothing and gifts, with the profits helping to support the University's work in education and research. University of Oxford students receive 10% off purchases (excluding original artwork, sale items and promoted items).
Preparing to leave Oxford?
If you are completing your studies there are a few things that you need to do before you leave.
The entitlement to your full range of IT services continues until your course completion. For details on access to your email account and entitlement to optional email forwarding, Student Self Service and 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.
The Orientation programme for European and international student is available to help you settle into the University.
The Programme provides the opportunity to meet students from more than 100 countries, and gives you advice about practical aspects of living and studying in the UK and Oxford. The Orientation Programme will be held on Thursday 1 October (for graduates reading subjects in Social Sciences Division), Friday 2 October (for graduates reading subjects in all other Divisions) and on Monday 5 October (for undergraduates and visiting students). A partners and families event will be held on Saturday 3 October. Your college will send you information about how to register for the Programme over the summer (you will need the Oxford online code), together with details on when you can arrive in your accommodation.
Get involved in clubs and societies at Oxford
With more than 150 officially recognised clubs and societies to choose from, there is a something for everybody at Oxford.
When it comes to sport, Oxford has a breadth and history to be proud of – from rowing and rugby to korfball and octopush, the University offers pretty much every sport you’ve ever heard of, and a lot that you haven’t, and at every level. Some leagues are quite informal offering a chance to stay fit and socialise with friends, while others are much more competitive, with some of the best teams nearing University standard. The main event for any University sports team is the Varsity match – an annual fixture against the Cambridge University equivalent club, where participants in selected sports have a chance to earn themselves the famed ‘Oxford Blue’, the highest sporting recognition the University offers. At whatever level you choose to play at, the most important part of sport at Oxford is you. Each club is always looking for new members, and many hold preseason training camps before the start of term, which are open to people of all abilities. To find out more, visit Oxford University Sport.
The Oxford Newcomers’ Club provides a meeting point for partners of newly arrived graduate students, including coffee mornings, tours of Oxford colleges, visits to museums, and coach trips to places of interest in the surrounding area.
Check with your college if you need to arrange contents insurance before your arrival at your accommodation.
Some colleges have insurance policies that cover their students' belongings. Endsleigh is the official insurance service of the National Union of Students and offer a student policy protecting you against theft, loss and accidental damage on items including laptops and mobile phones. An international student policy is also offered by Endsleigh for those coming from overseas.
Finding graduate housing
There is a wide range of accommodation options available to graduate students, both privately and within the University, to suit a variety of needs and living arrangements.
Your college will contact you to confirm whether they are able to offer you accommodation during your studies. If college accommodation is not available or right for you, the University’s Graduate Accommodation Office can help find a suitable property for you and, where required, your partner and/or children. You can find out more about living in Oxford through the Graduate Admissions website, the Oxford University Student Union or the Oxford Student Pad.
Graduate students must reside within twenty-five miles of Oxford Carfax Tower (in the city centre) unless given special permission to work away from Oxford for a period, or granted a dispensation from the residence limits by the Proctors. You must also be resident for at least six weeks in each term of your course unless excused by the Proctors. Research students may be granted dispensation from the requirements to keep residence if it is necessary to carry out academic work elsewhere.
Continuing your studies in Michaelmas term?
If you are returning to Oxford to continue your studies in Michaelmas term, registration for the 2015/16 academic year will open from 1 September via Student Self Service.
You need to complete your registration to attend your course, release any maintenance loans and grants (where applicable), use your University email, print your enrolment certificate as proof of student status and enter for examinations. Visit the guide to registration.
Protect your information
Following reports of recent scams, you are reminded never to enter your Oxford Single Sign-On username and password on any website unless taken via the Webauth log in.
As information security provides an increasing challenge to us all, you are also advised to consider other important factors such as password security and the issue of accessing sensitive or personal details on public machines and open wireless networks. Advice on staying safe online can be found on the Oxford Students website.
New digital services from the Bodleian
Items are freely available to access via the Bodleian’s digital services for the first time.
The new Digital.Bodleian online collection allows users to view the Library's resources online, including more than 115,000 images and items. You can search the digital archives, browse by collection, create your own collections and share online with friends. Visit the Digital.Bodleian website.
Get involved with The Student Consultancy
The Student Consultancy offers the opportunity to work with local businesses on real issues and to develop key skills and experiences.
Focussing on developing confidence, team work and business engagement skills, as well as boosting consultancy-specific knowledge and building valuable contacts, students who have worked with the Consultancy have been placed with local businesses including IBM, Modern Art Oxford, Oxfam, the Playhouse Theatre, Low Carbon Headington and Oxford City Council. More information can be found on the Careers Service website. The scheme will re-open for applications in Michaelmas term.
GSS 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 until Friday 10 July 2015 (Medical Sciences Division only) or Friday 16 October 2015 (all other divisions). Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) reporting will open on Monday 29 June 2015. You will be notified by email when your report is available to view and/or print from your GSS homepage. For more information, visit the GSS website.
Oxford Careers Network
Volunteer to share your experiences of life after Oxford with future students.
By becoming part of the Oxford Careers Network you can help future students with their career choices and life beyond their degree. Volunteers represent a broad range of occupations including the legal sector, journalism, development, medicine, media, music and business.
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