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Examination Schools closure in Easter vacation

The Examination Schools will be closed from 17:00 on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 until 08:30 on Tuesday, 22 April 2014.

If you are intending to submit work during this period, please be aware that sending your assignment by post, courier or deposit in the Examination Schools post box means that you will not obtain proof of submission.

European and International Student Newsletter

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

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.

National Student Survey

Make your mark

If you are a final year undergraduate you can still make your mark by completing the National Student Survey.

Your feedback not only contributes to improvements in the facilities, resources and teaching on offer to current students, but also helps prospective students choose the right institution and course for them. Read how past student feedback has had a positive effect on your studies at Oxford or fill in the survey here.

Celebrate the digital: OxTALENT competition 2014

IT Services has launched the annual OxTALENT competition to celebrate and reward the innovative use of digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning, research, and outreach at the University of Oxford.

Entries from members of the University – both staff and students – are welcomed in the following categories:

  • use of WebLearn to support teaching, learning, or outreach
  • apps and mobile technologies
  • student IT innovation
  • videos created by students
  • conference posters
  • interactive infographics

For further information and an entry form, please visit the OxTALENT competition website.

Prizes will also be given for examples of innovation and good practice which have been identified by staff at Academic IT Services and the OxTALENT Committee during the year through a series of events, courses, and user engagement. If you would like to nominate somebody for an award, please contact the OxTALENT competition committee.

The closing date for entries is midday on Friday 16 May 2014.

(OxTALENT – Oxford Teaching and Learning using New Technologies – is an interest group bringing together representatives from the academic divisions within the University. The OxTALENT awards are part of the University Teaching Awards Scheme.)

Careers talk

Enter the CWIEME engineering challenge

The CWIEME Challenge is a platform for student engineers to promote their work in front of thousands of business visitors, potential employers and university partners at CWIEME Berlin in June.

Entry is free and students would get three days at the show to display their work in a poster exhibition, two informal discussion sessions and a live challenge session in which three finalists (selected by industry experts) from the entire poster display get to take part in a ’10 Minutes to Industry’ session promoting their project.

For more information, visit the CWIEME website.

BP Field Trip

Keble students win BP Ultimate field trip

Congratulations to three second-year students from Keble College - Christopher Clay, Talbot Kingsbury and Jan Paszkiewicz - who have won the BP Ultimate Field Trip 2014.

The students were presented with their prize, which includes spending the summer on an internship with BP’s Alaskan operations, by BBC broadcaster, Clare Balding, at the Royal Institution in London.

BP’s nationwide competition promotes science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills. The challenge to STEM students was: ‘The environment is facing more problems today than ever before. Greenhouse gases are building up at an alarming rate, pollution is one of the major problems facing us today and a change in the way we use energy is needed. Can you identify an innovative solution to significantly reduce energy consumption within the energy industry that could be implemented by 2025 and would be scalable across the industry?’

The team from Oxford successfully focused on a system that would see energy from gas flares at oil and gas wells used for aluminium electrolysis. The concept uses a modular and mobile system that could be deployed in areas of the world where both oil, gas and aluminium production currently occurs.

Student Gateway survey

You are the target!

You wouldn't leave your accommodation unlocked, so why not take as much care with your identity?

Sometimes the easiest way for a cyber-criminal to take control of your computer or steal your password is to simply ask for it. Learn how to be safe and secure online with IT Service's Security and Privacy online courses.

Oxford Hub

Tackling educational inequality

Are you passionate about education and the issues surrounding it in the UK?

The first Oxford Education Conference is committed to supporting and developing student's understanding of educational issues in the city and promoting lifelong engagement with education. If you would like to help run the event, taking place in 2nd week of Trinity term, email the conference team.

Stephen Fry

Live webcasting - Stephen Fry

Hear comedian Stephen Fry give his inaugural lecture as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor in Contemporary Theatre.

Using his own experience, Stephen Fry talks frankly about his acting roles as a student at Cambridge, the benefits of writing your own material and above all else, not to fear failure. To hear the talk, visit the University's podcasting website or download it via iTunesU.

The next live webcast in May will feature a talk from Nobel prize-winning physicist Peter Higgs, famous for investigating the existence of the Higgs boson particle.

Geneva bursary

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.

Green Economics conference

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.

Jenner Institute

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. To find out more and register, visit the Jenner Institute website.