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Interested in media, digital technology and China?
Tsinghua University, China, is running a Leaders of Tomorrow summer programme, 'Building a Sustainable Digital Nation'.
The programme, to be held from 3-11 August 2013, will bring together students from different countries to generate ideas and conduct research on the design of digital integrated systems. The programme fee and accommodation, plus meals and cultural events, will all be covered by Tsinghua University. The application deadline is 20 June 2013. For further details please visit the International Strategy Office’s website.
Suit into Loot week, 17-23 June
The University of Oxford has partnered with the textile recycling charity TRAID, to recycle and reuse as many unwanted clothes/shoes and textiles as possible from staff and students during Suit into Loot week, 17-23 June.
Your unwanted clothes can help TRAID raise valuable charitable funds to help tackle poverty and injustice in the garment industry. Low wages, unsafe working condition and a lack of trade unions, has millions of textiles workers in bonded labour, sweatshops and exposed to hazardous working conditions.
What can I recycle?
TRAID make use of everything - from suits, dresses, shoes, curtains to old tea towels! They will take it all. Why not have a read of the projects you can support as you turn your Suit into Loot.
You can drop off your bag of unwanted items at TRAID bins located at the following University sites between 17-23 June:
Said Business School, Park End Street
Zoology Department, South Parks Road
Mathematical Department, St Giles
University Club, Mansfield Road
Magical Books - from the Middle Ages to Middle-earth, 23 May-27 October 2013
The Bodleian exhibition features the work of five celebrated authors of children’s fantasy literature: CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Susan Cooper, Alan Garner and Philip Pullman.
The exhibition will include a selection of Tolkien’s original artwork for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings; C.S. Lewis’s ‘Lefay notebook’ and his map of Narnia, and manuscripts of novels and poems by Alan Garner, Philip Pullman and Susan Cooper. A rare illustrated first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone will be on display in the Bodleian exhibition room until 10 June. JK Rowling's personal annotations cover forty-three pages of the volume and include references to the Harry Potter series as a whole and also the film adaptations. A programme of lunchtime lectures will support the exhibition. Visit the Bodleian Libraries website.
Celebrations after Examinations
The following is a message from the Proctors regarding conduct after examinations.
In our capacity as Proctors (as well as tutors in our normal lives) we should like to wish you very well, if you are taking exams this summer.
We are emailing you, though, about celebrations after the end of exams. We want you to enjoy coming out of your last exam, or meeting others from theirs, but we urge you to celebrate responsibly and to show consideration for others. Safety and public order are our core concerns.
Closed champagne bottles, flowers and balloons are all fine! But please, bring nothing which will create litter in the streets, and above all, NO FOOD ITEMS. The waste of food is particularly offensive in a city where there are many homeless and hungry people. In previous years members of the public have been injured by slipping on flour wet from champagne and eggs, and complaints have been made by shop-keepers whose businesses have been affected by mess left on their windows and doorways.
Rotting food, vomit, broken glass and other items causing litter are simply not what any of us wants to see. They are a disgrace and potentially dangerous. Please note that the University’s rules are given at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/proctors/oxonly/conduct/. The Proctors will not hesitate to take disciplinary action against those who break them. Spot fines are normally £80, but higher penalties will be imposed for more serious breaches of the Regulations.
Please also be aware that several local pubs do not admit students covered in foodstuffs. And please remember that every pound the University has to spend on the cost of cleaning up means that there is one pound less for bursaries, scholarships, and hardship funds.
We need your help in ensuring that your celebrations are safe and responsible. We hope very much that you will lend us your full co-operation over the coming weeks. We wish you good luck in your exams and enjoyable celebrations when they are over.
Jonathan Mallinson, Senior Proctor and Rebecca Surender, Junior Proctor
Volunteer through Oxford Hub
Oxford Hub, Oxford's student volunteering centre, has a range of projects designed for and run by student volunteers.
Opportunities vary from getting involved in local schools, working with the elderly, homeless or migrant groups, to managing a community allotment or running a student food co-operative. Whether you just want to try something new for an hour a week, or you're up to the challenge of leading a project to address a pressing local need, there's something for you.
Through the Ethical Network you can also see all of the ethical student societies active in Oxford, including International Rights and Development groups and Environmental campaigns, as well as plenty of groups making local social change.
Careers Fairs held in Asia in September 2013
Working in collaboration with Cambridge University, Imperial College London and the London School of Economics, the University of Oxford will be hosting the following careers fairs in Asia this September:
- Hong Kong Careers Fair, Monday 2 September 2013, 15:00-19:00, British Council
- Shanghai Careers Fair, Wednesday 4 September 2013, 14:30 – 17:00, Ramada Plaza Hotel
- Beijing Careers Fair, Friday 6 September 2013, 14:30 – 17:00, Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel
The fairs will be attended by a variety of employers from different employment sectors and are an opportunity for students to meet top western multi-nationals and local organisations who are recruiting into the region. For more information visit the Careers Fairs webpage or email Careers. Registration closes on 30 August 2013.
Zhejiang University Scholarships
Are you interested in studying in China? Zhejiang University are offering 2 full scholarships to Oxford students applying to study on their new China Studies programme in September 2013.
For further details and to apply, please visit the Zhejiang University website. The closing date for Oxford applicants is 10 July 2013.
Clinical Vaccine Trials Volunteers
The Jenner Institute are developing vaccines against major global diseases and want healthy volunteers to take part in trials of them.
If you are aged 18 to 55 and are in good health, get in touch to receive more information. Participants will be paid compensation for expenses and time put aside to take part. Email VaccineTrials@well.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 857406 or visit the Jenner Institute website. Each study will require short visits to an outpatient clinic over 4–12 months. A response to this advertisement will be recorded, but carries no obligation to take part.
All students who commenced their studies on, or after, Michaelmas Term 2007, will automatically receive one paper copy of their final transcript upon completing their degree.
Volunteers needed for Undergraduate Open Days
The University Open Days are taking place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June – are you a graduate student and would you like to help by giving directions, handing out the Open Day Guide and generally assisting potential applicants who have come to see what Oxford is all about?
You won’t need any specialist undergraduate admission knowledge and we’ll provide you with a University T-shirt to wear on the day! We need people on both mornings for the train station and Water Eaton Park & Ride, and to help throughout the day in the city centre and in the Exams schools. If you are able to spare some time to get involved, whether it’s a couple of hours or the full day, please email Jan Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (2)70745. We will also be looking for volunteers for Friday 20 September. Please let us know if this is of interest.
Childcare Services Holiday Playschemes
Wondering how to keep the children entertained over the school holidays? Why not book them onto a holiday playscheme?
- Oxford Montessori Schools is running a Create Holiday Club at Forest Farm School for children aged 3 to 15, with University of Oxford students receiving a 5% discount.
- Oxford Active runs camps for children aged from 4 to 14, based at Cherwell School, St Mary's School, Blenheim Palace and Cropredy School.
- Mini-Media Art & Adventure Summer Holiday Workshops are for ages 6-12 years and based at St. Michael’s School in Oxford.
- Ultimate Activity Camps run camps for children aged 4-14 at Headington School and Beachborough School (Brackley).
- Schools of Sport offer elite sports coaching for children aged 7-16 at different facilities including Headington School, St. Edward’s School and Oxford University.
Volunteers required by the Oxford Vaccine Group
Oxford Vaccine Group, part of the University of Oxford, is currently recruiting volunteers for a study entitled 'RSV001 – A new vaccine to prevent severe viral chest infections.'
If you are aged 18 to 50 years old and in good health you may be eligible to take part in the study. You will be compensated for your time, inconvenience and travel over the study period. If you are interested in participating in this study, please read the Study Information Booklet (195kb) or visit the Oxford Vaccine Group website.
My favourite Oxford memory
Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach are looking for stories about your time at Oxford to use in the prospectus, on the website, or for ideas about parts of Oxford life that we should be exploring further.
Anything is potentially interesting - stories from your academic studies, your extra-curricular activities, or your social life. To share your memories with us, please complete the two-minute online survey.
Healthy Volunteers needed for a malaria study starting in September
Aged 18-45, in good health and never had malaria? You could be eligible to take part in our study testing the effectiveness of new malaria vaccines.
Mumps health advice
The University of Oxford is seeing seasonal incidences of mumps among our student body. If you think you might have mumps-like symptoms, you should stay in your room or at home and phone your college doctor, nurse or GP for advice. Students who have not had the two MMR vaccinations should contact their GP to arrange to be vaccinated.
If you are due to sit exams and are unwell please consult your college in the first instance. For guidance on illness during exams, refer to the Examination Regulations. More information and advice is available from the Health and Welfare section of the Student Gateway. The network of college nurses and doctors will work in partnership with Public Health England to take all the appropriate measures.
Put your idea to the test in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
The Green Challenge is looking for the next sustainable business idea that will help reduce Co2 emissions and encourage students to enter their sustainable business ideas for the chance to win £430,000 worth of funding to bring your idea to life.
Entries are measured on your ability to help reduce Co2 emissions in a range of categories including ICT, lifestyle, design, energy and mobility, and must be submitted before 17 July 2013. Visit Postcode Lottery Green Challenge.
Bodleian Libraries news
This term's Bodleian Libraries update includes news about a range of capital projects, including the refurbishment of the Weston Library, which is scheduled to open to the University in Michaelmas 2014, and the planned new South Entrance to the Radcliffe Camera, which will be created in the Long Vacation.
It also features the Saturday delivery service from the Book Storage Facility in Swindon, which is being trialled this term, and the role being played by the Libraries in developing and delivering services in support of open access to research publications for the University. The newsletter is available on the Bodleian website.
Healthy volunteers needed for anxiety drug study
A research group at the Department of Psychiatry are recruiting healthy volunteers for a study investigating the effects of the anxiety treatment diazepam on the processing of emotions.
Access Guide feedback survey
A new online Access Guide is being created to provide information on the accessibility of University buildings.
To help ensure that the Guide is comprehensive and user-friendly have your say on its content and style by completing the short online survey.
New Oxford University Sport website
Oxford University Sport has launched a new website with details on student sports clubs, membership options and a virtual tour of the facilities.
The website is a hub for sport at the University, signposting students, staff, alumni and the public to information effectively. The improved clubs and colleges listing displays information about all the sports clubs as well as detailing which sports are on offer at which colleges; this is of particular interest to prospective students. The new site also showcases the rich history of University sport.
Opportunities to develop academic, professional and personal skills for doctoral students are offered by departments, divisions and central services.
Many departments make their academic skills development courses available to doctoral students from other departments. Academic divisions as well as central services such as the Bodleian Libraries, IT Services, Careers Service, Safety Office, and Language Centre offer opportunities to help you develop your professional and personal skills and plan your careers. To view all the opportunities available and arrange bookings visit Graduate Training.
Graduate Photography Competition 2013 Results
The Graduate Photography Competition 2013 has now closed and the winners have been announced.
The two winners are Soufia Siddiqi (DPhil Education, St Anne’s College) with her entry ‘Psychedelia in the Library’ and Ralph Williamson (PGDip Psychodynamic Studies, Christ Church) with his entry of the Christ Church rowing team. The competition generated over 850 entries, many of which will appear in the 2014-15 graduate prospectus. All winning and shortlisted entries can be viewed on the Graduate Study Pinterest board.
Oxford University Newcomers' Club, Wednesdays, 10.30-12.00, The University Club, 11 Mansfield Road
New to Oxford? The Oxford University Newcomers’ Club welcomes wives, husbands and partners of visiting scholars, graduate students and newly appointed academics of the University.
The Club organises a programme of tours of colleges, museums and other places of interest each term, and there are plenty of groups to get involved in: Antiques; Book; Bridge; Craft; Conversation; Country Walks; Explore Oxfordshire; Warden Group; Newcomers with Children; Opportunities in Oxford; Singing. Membership is free. For more information please visit the Newcomers' Club website.
Misuse of Bodleian cards
There have been several incidents at the Bodleian recently where students have given their University Card to a friend to use for entrance into the Library.
Loaning your card to another person is a serious breach of security and should not be done. Please be reminded that misuse of your card, such as allowing another person to use it for access to premises or facilities, is a serious offence and will be reported to the appropriate disciplinary authorities.
2013/14 Student Finance Applications
Student finance applications have opened for the 2013/14 academic year for all UK students.
Students need to reapply for each year of their course and it is recommended that applications are made online as soon as possible to ensure funding is in place for Michaelmas Term 2013. For more information visit the Oxford Financial Support website.
Submissions for the Undergraduate Awards
Business, Science, Humanities or The Arts - there's a category in the Undergraduate Awards for you.
Winners will be taken to the UA Summit 2013 - an exclusive three day networking event in Dublin. Winners and shortlisted students are recognised as the best and most innovative in their field which can be a significant catalyst when pursuing further studies or their chosen career. Places are limited. Students wishing to enter can reserve their space in the competition and register here. Before entering review the submission guidelines to ensure you're on the right track. You will need to write a 100-300 word abstract to accompany your submission and complete the submission form by 24 May 2013. You can submit up to 3 different papers/projects. Need a little assistance? Email email@example.com or join the community at undergraduateawards.com, facebook.com/undergraduateawards, @UndergradAwards
Maximum extension permitted for full-time doctoral students
The maximum number of terms’ extensions available to full-time doctoral students has been reduced from nine to six.
Applications for extensions which would take a student beyond six terms of extension and which will include Michaelmas Term 2013 or beyond, requires the full support of the student’s supervisor(s), college and department/faculty, and in addition, special dispensation from the Examination Regulations agreed by the University Education Committee. Such applications should be made through your Graduate Studies Assistant in the first instance.
ArtMill Bohemian Workshops, 7-28 June 2013
This three-week programme explores the diverse intersection of art and sustainability while gaining awareness of the culture of the Czech Republic.
The programme begins in Prague with a cultural survey of the Czech capital, and continues at ArtMill, Centre for Sustainable Creativity, located in a rural farming community in Southern Bohemia. Visit: ArtMill.
Race to the Stones, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July
The Race to the Stones is a 100km walk or run across the Ridgeway in Oxfordshire, where you can chose to complete it nonstop or break it into two days staying at the overnight base camp.
It takes place on the 13 and 14 July and participants will pass Iron Age forts, ancient burial chambers, cross the mighty Thames and the mystical down-lands of Salisbury plain on the way to the finish line at the 3,000-year-old stone circle at Avebury. Participants can choose whether to complete the 100km non-stop or break it into two days staying at the overnight base camp, making the event suitable for elite runners through to weekend walkers. For more information visit the Race to the Stones website.
UNISCA Summer Course, University of Amsterdam, 15–26 July 2013
UNISCA is a Model United Nations (MUN) organised by the University of Amsterdam.
The two week Summer Academy, in which a simulation of a United Nations Conference takes place, is open to students of all universities and offers programmes for both Bachelors and Masters levels. UNISCA is an interdisciplinary course worth 6 ECs based on the Model United Nations principle. Visit: http://www.unisca.org.
Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme - a new work visa available for International DPhil students nearing completion
From 6 April 2013 the UK Border Agency has introduced a new scheme that allows students who are nearing completion of a PhD (DPhil) to apply for a 12 month period under Tier 4 to look for and undertake work.
You will be able to work full-time under this scheme. As part of the scheme you will also continue to be sponsored by the University during the 12 months, or until you apply for another visa, and you will need to report to us at regular intervals by email to confirm you continue to require our sponsorship.
If you wish to apply, the University must issue you with a new CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number with an ‘anticipated end date’ and you must apply for a visa extension before this date i.e. before you complete your DPhil. As each student will have different circumstances and a different time schedule you should read the instructions on the website carefully and take special note of the timeframes involved. For further information see the Student Gateway Visa and Immigration pages.
Keep informed with Oxford Talks
The Oxford Talks website attempts to solve the problem of finding out what’s going on across a multi-divisional collegiate University.
The website acts as a one-stop shop for all academic seminars, regardless of subject or degree of specialisation; you can search by date, talk, series, speaker or venue. Seminars are organised into lists and groupings and you can tell Oxford Talks what you are interested in, so if you find a list you want to follow, you can receive daily/weekly emails or have just those seminars appear in your calendar.
Research Supervision Website
The Oxford Learning Institute has developed a Research Supervision website for DPhil students.
You can use the Research Supervision site to discover more about student and supervisor expectations, as well as hints on negotiating the relationship with your supervisor, beginning your research and making progress through the structured pathway to the DPhil degree. The site aims to offer a helpful insight into Oxford’s research supervision culture and help you to respond to the challenges of being a graduate student here.
Changes to single sign-on accounts for Research Post Graduate Students
As a result of the new eVision online system to support the administration of degree ceremony bookings, single sign-on (SSO) access to eVision for research post graduates has been extended from 6 months post University card expiry to 10 months.
This is to allow sufficient time for you to book degree ceremonies in the event of delays to course completion and the right to supplicate. Access does not extend to other resources such as library resources or email accounts; the entitlement to the full range of University IT Services continues until the expiry date on your University Card. Prior to leaving the University it is recommended you register an alternative email address using the self registration pages. You can also set your University email account to forward email to a new address for a further two months following Card expiry, providing this is carried out before your University Card expires.