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Examination Schools - Michaelmas term closure dates


The Examination Schools, High Street will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 21 December until 8.30am on Wednesday 3 January.

If you are intending to submit work during this period, the building will be closed for submissions delivered in person, by post or by courier. Submissions made via the Examination Schools post box will not obtain proof of submission.


Alumni Christmas events


Many of the Oxford alumni groups are holding festive events which current students are invited to attend.

These provide the opportunity to meet and socialise with other current and alumni students whilst you are home for the holidays and get involved with festive activities including Christmas dinners and carol singing.

There will be events in London, various European locations, and the US. To find and sign up for events near you, visit the Alumni website.


Language Centre courses in Week 9


The Language Centre is offering two courses in Week 9 (Monday 4- Friday 8 December):

Modern Foreign Language Short Courses

Do you want to learn a new language or improve an existing language skill? Short Courses provide an introduction to Modern Foreign Languages so you can decide if it something you wish to pursue. The following courses last 14 hours and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis:

• Beginners Taster - Arabic
• Beginners - Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish
• Lower Intermediate - French

Intensive academic writing course for international students

This intensive week-long course covering key issues in academic writing is aimed at all international students who do not have English as their first language. The course will cover similar topics to the Michaelmas term time course Key Issues in Academic Writing. Each course is 15 hours in total and two groups will be running daily in Week9 from 10am-1pm and from 2pm-5pm.

All Week 9 courses will be held at the Language centre, 12 Woodstock Road. To register for either course, visit the Language Centre website and for more information, email


IGNITE: Career confidence for female masters students


The Ignite programme is an opportunity to explore your values, create tangible goals, practice presenting your achievements positively and build assertiveness and networking strategies.

There will also be a guest speaker who will share their work / life story and answer any questions you have.

  • 9.15am-4pm, Wednesday 6 December at the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road.

Lunch will be included.Spaces are limited, and booking is required via CareerConnect by 30 November. You will also need to upload a one or two page CV which you will use during the workshop.

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Help to shape the University’s websites


Student volunteers are needed to help gather insights into how the University’s various websites could be structured and organised.

The research will take the form of an on-line ‘card-sorting’ activity, and will help to inform the future of future University websites (excluding college sites).
If you are a current student who regularly uses the University’s websites and would like to participate, go to the Optimalsort site and follow the instructions before Friday 1 December. The exercise should take no longer than 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Student studying

Introducing Workplace Finder


Did you know that the University has over 150 places for you to study, from college and department libraries to common rooms and cafés?

Workplace Finder is a University of Oxford Innovation Challenge project which provides a simple but comprehensive directory of the University's workspaces. Using the site, you can browse a map and photographs of potential workplaces, consult opening hours and input search criteria to find somewhere which fits your needs. For example, you might need to find a quiet workplace where you can bring a hot drink and plug in a laptop, or perhaps you want somewhere which will be open from 9am, has a livelier atmosphere and plenty of light.

Integration with Single Sign-On allows the Finder to tailor the list according to which places you have access to. To use the Finder, visit the IT Challenge website.

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Go International: stand out campaign


Universities UK International is launching a three-year campaign to increase the number of UK students studying, working and volunteering abroad as part of their studies.

Currently, just 6.6% of UK students complete placements abroad, despite strong evidence that mobility can increase students’ academic achievements and job prospects.

Here at Oxford, we help over 300 students each year to engage in study or work experience across 30 different countries. For more information about the opportunities available to you, visit the Oxford Students website.

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GSS reporting opens in Week 6

Student reporting for Michaelmas term will soon be open.

It will open in the Graduate Supervision System (GSS) from Monday 13 November to Friday 24 November. This is your opportunity to contribute to your termly supervision reports by reviewing andcommenting on your own academic progress. You should also check that the detailsdisplayed are correct and inform your college (for college advisor amendments) or the relevant Graduate Studies Assistant with any changes. Supervisor reporting will open from Monday 27 November and you will be notified by email when your report is ready to view.

Group counselling

Sexual violence: prevention and support


Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual act.

The Oxford Students website contains advice and supportive resources for victims of sexual violence, including guidance on what to do immediately after an attack. To view this information, access psychological support offered by the University Counselling Service and contact trained Independent Sexual Violence Advisors in Oxford, visit the Oxford Students website.

There are also a number of specially trained people at the University you can talk to if you have experienced sexual violence recently or in the past. Email the Director of Student Welfare and Support Services team at for a confidential discussion.

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Digital entertainment and copyright advice


Whilst in residence, you may want to catch up on films, TV shows and music around your busy studies.

Subscription services such as Netflix, Amazon and iTunes are welcome for use over the University network, however there are forms of software and digital entertainment services that are not permitted.

It is recommended that you disable any software, other than legitimate subscription services, used for downloading or sharing digital entertainment. In the UK most digital entertainment is protected under copyright and downloading or sharing these files is not allowed. When agencies run scans on University networks it can result in user accounts being suspended and even fines and disciplinary actions being taken against you.

To ensure this doesn’t happen, stick to legitimate subscription services and contact your local IT support for guidance if you are unsure whether a particular piece of software is ok.

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Medical studies


Healthy non-smoking men aged 18-40 are needed for an MRI study to assess how a gene and a drug interact to affect mental performance and brain activity.

For more information, visit the Department of Psychiatry website.

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Student Barometer survey


University of Oxford students have the opportunity to give feedback about life at Oxford through the Student Barometer survey.

A link to the Student Barometer survey was sent to your University email address on Monday 13 November from the Academic Registrar, if you are eligible to participate. Please note that the ‘from’ field will display as ‘University of Oxford’ as each student receives a unique URL link with some course data pre-populated. Your feedback will be used by colleges, departments, faculties and central University services to identify strengths and weaknesses and put in place changes to help improve your experience at Oxford.

Visit the Oxford Students website to see how the University responded to student feedback from previous surveys or email with any queries. Final year undergraduate students will be surveyed through the National Student Survey (early next year) rather than the Student Barometer.

Disability needs

4th annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics

Enter the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics by submitting an essay of up to 2,000 words on any topic relevant to practical ethics.

Winners will receive £300 and runners up £100, and all four finalist essays will be considered for publication in the Journal of Practical Ethics. Visit the Practical Ethics website for more information. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 1 February.

Counselling workshops

Male volunteers needed for psychological study


Healthy male volunteers aged 18-40 years are required.

The Department of Psychiatry are investigating the relationship between abilities on computerized problem solving tasks and measures of heart rate, skin sweating, and hormonal function.

If you are healthy, have no history of a psychological disorder, and are interested in taking part please, email or phone 01865 618319

You will be reimbursed for your time. 

Central University Research Ethics Committee number: R53870/RE001

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Volunteers needed for cognitive experiment


Motivated participants are required to take part in a 14-session cognitive training experiment.

The study involves 13 daily (Mon-Fri) sessions of cognitive testing in a three-week period including transcranical electrical stimulation (tES) and one short follow-up test three-five weeks later. Training sessions are roughly 90 minutes per day at University College. Times are flexible and participants are reimbursed for their time and effort. 

Training starts on Monday 6 November and ends on 22-24 November. Follow-up tests will be between Wednesday 13 and Friday 21 December.

To get involved, please email before Monday 6 November.

Studying in the fresh air free access to video-based resources


Free access to a vast online library of video-based courses at

To aid your studies at Oxford, you have free access to a vast online library of video-based courses at There are over 4,000 courses, which are perfect for developing IT skills to support your studies or future careers. Courses can be taken anywhere at any time via the free app or by downloading courses in advance. The IT Learning Centre is now running Lynda Labs – sessions in which you can work through courses away from interruptions and distractions. Visit the IT Services website, select ‘book a course’ and search for ‘Lynda Labs’ for more information and dates.

Study abroad advice

Applying for alternative examination arrangements for religious observances


If your examination timetable clashes with your religious observances, you can apply to the University for an adjustment to your timetable under Part 11 of the Examination Regulations.

To make an application you should speak to your college office (or department if you do not have a college) by the end of Michaelmas term 2017 for exams in Trinity term 2018 so that your timetable can be considered for adjustment. You can find more information about examinations and specific religious observances on the Oxford Students website.

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Nexus 365 upgrade


The Nexus365 project to move Nexus email and calendaring to the cloud-based Office 365 service has been re-scheduled.

The delivery of the new service will start in April 2018 and is expected to take three months. The project will liaise with local IT support staff regarding migration and you will receive further details to come including information on what to expect and support for using it. For more information, email or visit the IT Services website.

Visa obligations

Enterprising Oxford: promoting entrepreneurship


If you have a business idea or start-up or want to learn more about entrepreneurship, Enterprising Oxford may be of interest to you.

The website is designed to encourage and promote entrepreneurship by providing training resources, interviews with entrepreneurs and an events listing. For existing businesses and start-ups, Enterprising Oxford highlights opportunities to help them develop. For more information, visit the Enterprising Oxford website.

Students before an exam

Applying for alternative examination arrangements

You are advised to contact your college as soon as possible regarding examinations in Hilary term 2018.

If you require alternative arrangements for medical, religious or disability reasons, applications should normally be received by the end of Week 4 of the term proceeding your examinations taking place. In this case it will be Friday 3 November. Visit the Oxford Students website for further information.


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