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31May

Oxford Pride Festival: We can be heroes

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A celebratory series of short talks on the theme of heroes in honour of the Oxford Pride Festival

  • Tuesday 31 May 2016, 18:00-19:30, Trinity College

You are invited to attend a celebratory series of short talks on the theme of heroes in honour of the Oxford Pride Festival. The event is free and all are welcome, booking required

11May

Staying in the UK to work – which visa?

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A session for international students looking to remain in the UK to work after study.

This session will provide an overview of all visa provisions, including  the requirements to be eligible to apply under Tier 2 for sponsored employment.

  • 12:30–14:00, Wednesday 11 May 2016, the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

Registration is not required. Following the session the advisers will remain at the Careers Service to answer any specific personal questions from students.

04May

Chavasse memorial lecture

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The lecture will be delivered by General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCV CBE ADC Gen, Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces

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Help shape the University’s digital channels

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The University is looking for your views on what information helped your decision to study at Oxford

  • 12:30-13:30, Thursday 12 May 2016 (Week 3), Examination Schools

What do you wish you’d known before you started at Oxford? The University is looking for your views on what information helped your decision to study at Oxford – or what you think was missing. If you can spare an hour out of your lecture and revision schedule, register to attend a focus group to help improve the University’s digital channels for the next generation of prospective undergraduate students. Lunch will be provided.

Medical emergencies

Have you had your Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination?

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Uptake of the vaccine was lower at the time current university students were offered the vaccine as children

Measles is a highly infectious viral disease that can be a severe illness in adults. Two doses of MMR vaccine are routinely provided as part of the NHS Childhood Immunisation Programme in England, however, uptake of the vaccine was lower at the time current university students were offered the vaccine as children. Those who are unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated, remain susceptible to the disease. It’s never too late to have the vaccine. If you have not received two doses of the vaccine in the past – or are unsure whether you have or not – speak to your college doctor or GP. There’s no harm in receiving an additional dose if there is any uncertainty.

Measles can include cold-like symptoms, sore red eyes, a high temperature or a red-brown blotchy rash. If you experience symptoms, phone ahead before visiting your GP so arrangements can be made to prevent others from being infected. If you have been in close contact with someone who has measles you should also see your GP if you have not been fully vaccinated (had two doses of the MMR vaccine) or haven’t had the infection before.

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Deadline to apply for a Micro-Internship - 8 May!

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Micro-internships are two to five day work placements in Oxfordshire and London during Week 9, and are available every Oxford term

They are an opportunity to develop your professional skills, gain valuable work experience to put on your CV and provide insight into particular sector. Organisations range from start-ups and charities to consultancy firms and heritage organisations. Trinity term placements will be available on CareerConnect. The deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday 8 May 2016. For more information visit the Careers Service website or email micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Photo competition winner 2015

Photography competition winners announced

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Entrants were invited to submit photos showing their experience of student life at Oxford

The top prize was £200 in vouchers. The winning entries for this year’s competition are: Christian Forrer’s secluded doorway at Balliol College; Charlotte Ainslies’ precious moment of calm at St Hugh’s College; Martin Lohrer’s house on Holywell Street; and Daniel Kim’s image of note writing, the old fashioned way. To view the winning entries visit the Oxford Students website.

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Mock examinations and examination preparation sessions

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Sessions will be taking place during Weeks 2 and 3, Trinity term 2016.

Register in advance to attend sessions via WebLearn. Details of all sessions are available on the Examinations web pages.

  • The examination preparation session will take place from 16:00-17:00, Tuesday 3 May 2016, at the Examination Schools. The session will cover: examination day orientation; revision and time management tips; health and welfare advice and a student’s experience of sitting examinations. Following the session there will be an optional tour of several examination rooms at the Examination Schools.
  • Mock examinations are an opportunity to experience sitting a three-hour invigilated examination; you must provide your own question paper or bring revision notes to the session. Past examination papers are available from the OXAM website using your Single Sign-On.
  • Orientation sessions are a one-hour presentation to guide you through regulations and factors to bear in mind when sitting examinations at the University; they are being held at both the Examination Schools and Ewert House, Summertown.
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Leaving this term? Collect your Alumni Card

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Oxford Alumni benefit from a wide range of opportunities.

Collect your Oxford Alumni card to access discounts in shops and restaurants, events, online services and more. To register to Oxford Alumni Online, visit the Alumni Office Website or email questions to communications@alumni.ox.ac.uk

04May

Women of Achievement Lecture

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The Oxford Women of Achievement Lecture Series showcases and celebrates women’s achievements and leadership across a wide range of sectors.

Ms Katherine Viner, Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian, will deliver the second lecture of the series.

  • 17:30–19:30, Wednesday 4 May 2016, Examination Schools

The lecture is free and all are welcome; booking required. A limited number of places at an onsite crèche will be provided free of charge; booking must be made in advance.

IT security, Oxford

Tips for online safety

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Information security is an increasing challenge for us all.

You should ensure you are familiar with the IT security advice on the Staying secure web page including: creating strong passwords; protecting your devices when using public networks; and backing up your work. You should also be aware of phishing scams which may ask you to disclose personal information via email or text. 

03May

Give your views on advertising and social media

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The Jenner Institute, a vaccine clinical trials research group at the University of Oxford, is looking to improve its advertising and communication methods.

  • 11:30-12:30, Tuesday 3 May 2016, Ferrar Room, Hertford College

If you are a student aged 18 or over and would like to discuss student views on advertising and social media platforms at the focus group email: vaccinetrials@ndm.ox.ac.uk. Free refreshments provided. All input will be anonymous and the results of the questions will not be published. You will not be asked to take part in a clinical trial.

Renewing your visa

Tier 2 work visa – no changes for international students switching status

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The government has announced that provisions will be retained for those on a Tier 4 student visa switching to a Tier 2 sponsored employment visa.

Employers will be exempt from paying the immigration skills charge when it is introduced. Additionally the minimum salary threshold for those switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2 will remain at £20,800. For further information visit the UKCISA website.

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Examination preparation support

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View the range of support for students experiencing examination anxiety.

Resources include mock examinations and orientation sessions, a series of podcasts covering examination preparation, overcoming perfectionism and revision, and counselling workshops to help manage anxiety. View the overview document.

IT security, Oxford

Tips for online safety

News

Information security is an increasing challenge for us all.

You should ensure you are familiar with the IT security advice on the Oxford Students website including: creating strong passwords; protecting your devices when using public networks; and backing up your work. You should also be aware of phishing scamswhich may ask you to disclose personal information via email or text. 

Young photographer

Interested in photography?

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PhotOx is a photography society for those passionate about photography to receive inspiration, technical advice and constructive feedback about their images.

The weekly classes, taking place from 18:00-19:00 on Thursdays during Hilary term 2016, cost £6 per class, plus a £10 membership fee for the term. To join the society email David Tolley using your University email.

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The Geneva Challenge 2016

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The Graduate Institute of Geneva is running an international competition on ‘The Challenges of Urbanisation’.

Teams of between three and five students are invited to submit a proposal for a development opportunity relating to the issues and challenges of urbanisation. Finalists will be invited to Geneva to present their work and answer questions from judges; first prize is 10,000 Swiss francs. For more information and to apply before Wednesday 25 May 2016 visit the Geneva Challenge website.

OxTALENT 2016

OxTALENT Awards 2016: Student IT Innovation

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Have you built a website, app, e-book or game? Used social media in an innovative way with other students?

The OxTALENT judges are looking for individuals or groups with entrepreneurial spirit who have used digital technology to make a difference to the student experience or the wider community. For more information and to enter before Friday 13 May 2016, visit the OxTALENT website

Renewing your visa

Working while studying - policies for UK and international students

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The University has paid work guidelines for all students. If are a Tier 4 visa holder you are also subject Home Office legislation.

You can view the University’s paid work guidelines are available on the Work experience web page. Undergraduate students are reminded that the University’s academic policy states that term time employment is not permitted except under exceptional circumstances. Graduate students are permitted to undertake a limited amount of paid work during studies.

If you are a Tier 4 visa holder you are subject to conditions restricting your permission to work in the UK. It is a criminal offence to exceed the maximum number of hours allowed per week. Further information is available on the Visa web pages. Students on a Tier 4 visa are not allowed to be self-employed which includes freelancing and consultancy work. The Home Office has formalised the position by amending immigration rules to state that students must not ‘engage in business activity’. For further information visit the UKCISA 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 please 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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