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30Jun

Beginner lunchtime language courses

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The Language Centre is offering lunchtime language courses.

Each course lasts for 12 hours in total.

  • Monday–Thursday, 19–30 June 2017 (Weeks 9 and 10, Trinity term), Oxford University Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road (French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Mandarin)
  • Tuesday–Friday, 19–30 June 2017 (Weeks 9 and 10, Trinity term), Oxford University Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road (German)

Classes last 90 minutes and will focus on speaking and listening skills for beginners. An intermediate French course will also run. For more information, visit the Language Centre website or email admin@lang.ox.ac.uk.

06Jun

Editing your thesis with Corpora

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The Language Centre is offering a special course this term for DPhil students who are non-native speakers of English who have started writing chapters of their thesis.

The aim of the course is to help you edit your thesis using the software program Corpora.

  • 11:00–13:00, Tuesdays during term (starting Week 3), Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road

To register, visit the Language Centre website and email admin@lang.ox.ac.uk if you have any questions.

05Jun

General Elections hustings

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OUSU and the University will host two rounds of hustings in the run up to the General Election on Thursday 8 June 2017.

The events will give you an opportunity to question Oxford’s parliamentary candidates from across the political spectrum on their approaches to important issues affecting students and the University.  Two events will take place:

  • Oxford West: 18.00, Monday 22 May 2017, St Hugh’s College. No registration necessary.
  • Oxford East: 18.00, Monday 5 June 2017, Sheldonian Theatre. To register, visit Eventbrite.

Remember, you must be registered to vote by Monday 22 May 2017 if you wish to vote in the election. It is the responsibility of each student to register themselves - your college or a member of your household cannot do this for you. You can register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote; you will need your National Insurance number. This infographic provides further information.

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Manchester attacks: Oxford vigil and security advice

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Students took part in a vigil held by OUSU on Monday 23 May as a mark of solidarity for those affected by the Manchester attacks.

Taking place at Radcliffe Square, the vigil provided an opportunity to leave messages of support and listen to the perspectives of speakers.

No Oxford staff or students are known to have been involved in the Sunday 22 May attack in Manchester. However, if you have family and friends who were involved in the events then you should get in touch with welfare staff within your college or department or contact the Counselling Service.

As you may be aware, the threat level to the UK was raised to critical by the Prime Minister last week. There is no known threat specific to Oxford. However, you may notice an additional police presence. The advice remains that you should go about your business as normal, but stay vigilant and ensure you do not leave your personal belongings unattended in public spaces. Any suspicious activity can be reported to the police or to the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

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Apply for a Micro-Internship

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Applications will open for the Trinity term 2017 Micro-Internship Programme on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

Micro-Internships will be taking place in Week 9 of Trinity term (Monday 19–Friday 23 June 2017) and are open to all full-time, matriculated students. The voluntary placements are offered by organisations across Oxfordshire and Greater London, and are an opportunity to make your CV stand out from the crowd with unique industry experience. Projects on offer this term range from event management and radio production, to creating engaging science experiments for schools.

Application support sessions are taking place to provide guidance to applicants on their CV and personal statement from Week 1 onwards. To find out more and to apply, visit the Careers Service website or email micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday 7 May 2017. 

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Insight into Teaching

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Insight into Teaching offers the opportunity to spend three days in a UK school and includes lesson observation, getting involved with activities and possibly the opportunity to try out some teaching.

The programme is taking place from 19–23 June 2017 (Week 9, Trinity term). Placements are available in a wide range of schools, mainly in or near Oxford on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on eligibility and to apply, visit the Careers Service website. The deadline is Wednesday 31 May 2017.

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Facebook and crime study

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Researchers from the Centre for Criminology are looking for 1,000 applicants for an online experiment.

The experiment aims to anticipate how cutting-edge developments in behavioural analysis could impact the criminal justice system, and looks at why people commit crime and how we can draw links between personality and use of Facebook. You will have the chance to win a cash prize and help a group of researchers from universities all around Europe. The experiment takes no more than 20 minutes and can be completed on the Qualtrics website.

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Student barometer results

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The Student Barometer survey looks at student satisfaction on a range of topic areas including living, learning, support services and arrival matters.

The last survey took place in Michaelmas term, and Oxford received more than 8,000 responses - one of the highest response rates of all UK universities. Thank you to everyone who took part. The results from this academic year and previous years, plus examples of how we acted on your previous feedback, can be seen on the Oxford Students website. This year’s results show that 93% of University of Oxford students are satisfied with their experience overall.

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Undergraduate Awards

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The Undergraduate Awards (UA) is an international awards programme that recognises top undergraduate students and provides the support, network and opportunities required to further their career paths.

Winners are invited to the UA Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland for a four-day networking event of lectures, workshops and discussions. You can apply for the programme if you are in penultimate or final year of undergraduate study, or if you graduated in 2016. The deadline to apply is Tuesday 13 June 2017. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Awards website.

 Revision and examinations

Examination resources from the Counselling Service

The Counselling Service provides a range of resources to support you with your examinations.

 You can sign up for revision and preparation workshops, listen to three examination-specific podcasts or visit Take 5, a free online resource to help with panic or anxiety related to examinations. For more information, visit the Oxford Students website or email counselling@admin.ox.ac.uk. To prepare for your examinations using past exam papers, you can use the Oxford Examination Papers Online (OXAM) service. For more information and to access these papers, visit WebLearn.

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Bursaries for UK students

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If you are from East Kent or Hertfordshire you may be eligible for up to £750 from your local Alumni Group.

These bursaries are offered to support a range of activities from internships to overseas travel. For more information including application deadlines and checking your eligibility, visit the Oxford Alumni website.

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Internship applications close this week

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If you are interested in undertaking an internship over the Long Vacation, you can apply for the Internship Programme.

Projects include:

  • Research projects with the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford (deadline Wednesday 17 May)
  • IT and research development projects with IT Services, University of Oxford (deadline Wednesday 17 May)
  • Business development with Anglo-Scientific and SeeQuestor Ltd, tech start-ups based in London (deadlines Wednesday 17 May and Sunday 21 May)
  • Research, data and communications with the Entrepreneurship Centre, Saïd Business School (deadline Sunday 21 May)
  • Supporting learning and participation at The Story Museum, Oxford (deadline Sunday 21 May) Internships provide a valuable opportunity to make your CV stand out from the crowd with unique industry experience.

Further opportunities will be advertised via the Internship Programme until the end of Trinity term. To apply, visit CareerConnect or email internships@careers.ox.ac.uk for more information.

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Harassment communications focus group

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A focus group will take place in Week 5 to help understand students’ views on the communication of the University’s harassment policies and supportive resources.

The focus groups will take place at 3 Worcester Street and lunch will be provided. If you are interested in participating or for further information, email fiona.whelan@admin.ox.ac.uk.

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Graduating soon? Win prizes before you go!

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If you are finishing your studies at Oxford this term you will receive your Oxford Alumni Card from your college.

You can use the alumni number on your card for exclusive discounts in shops and restaurants and also to access JSTOR. Visit the Alumni Office website for details of all the benefits. Take part in the ‘Three Little Words’ competition for the chance to win £100 worth of vouchers. To enter via the Alumni Office website, simply submit three words about your Oxford experience. You can also enter to win weekly prizes via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #threelittlewords and tagging @oxfordalumni.

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Understanding mathematical ability – participants required

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Are you studying mathematics, physics, computing or engineering?

The Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge, is seeking students to participate in a study looking at genetic links between autism and mathematical ability. All participants will be entered into a prize draw where there is the opportunity to win one of five £200 gift vouchers. To find out more and to check if you are eligible, visit the Autism Research Centre website.

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Update Student Self Service with overseas studies activities

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

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. This information is required for the University’s annual government reporting, and will help the University understand whether the services and support on offer for students studying overseas is appropriate and how overseas study contributes to academic learning.

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Counselling workshops

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A range of workshops are offered by the University Counselling Service to help you build skills to respond to the demands of life at university.

Topics change each term and include: mindfulness, overcoming panic, relaxation, self-care and resilience. You can view the Trinity term workshop timetable on the University Counselling Service webpage. Places are limited and early sign up is recommended.

Graduates

Japanese Government scholarship opportunity

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An 18 or 24 month scholarship is available for graduate students who wish to continue their studies in Japan.

Research can be undertaken in almost any field and should commence in either April or September 2018. No prior knowledge of the Japanese language is necessary and six months of Japanese language education can be included in the period of study. For more information and to apply by 17:00, Thursday 1 June 2017, visit the Embassy of Japan in the UK website. For questions, email scholarship@ld.mofa.go.jp.

Examinations

Conduct after examinations

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Please be considerate to others once you have completed your own.

Remember that 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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Lynda.com: free access to video-based resources

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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.

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