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Paul Beatty talks to Jon Day


The Oxford Literary Festival is offering University students a 20% discount for tickets to the preview event for next year’s festival:

Paul Beatty, Man Booker prize winner will talk about his latest novel The Sellout – described by the judges as ‘a novel of our times . . . a tirelessly inventive modern satire’.

  • 19:00, Friday 16 December 2016, Sheldonian Theatre.

To claim the discount simply use code OUBEATTY when purchasing tickets. Book via the Oxford Literary Festival website



University Sport and the Rugby Varsity Match


There are over 80 different sports clubs at the University with beginner sessions taking place during the first few weeks of term.

You can take part in sport at all levels; many University teams (known as the Blues) compete in an annual Varsity Match against Cambridge.

  • The Rugby Varsity Matches will take place at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday 8 December 2016.

You can watch the men’s and women’s teams play on Monday and Tuesday evenings at the Iffley Road as they prepare for the Varsity Match. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the OURFC website.


Romanes Lecture 2016


The 2016 Romanes lecture is entitled ‘The Commonwealth of Nations’.

The Lecture will be delivered by Baroness Scotland of Asthal, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations. The lecture will be an examination of the Commonwealth’s distinctive contribution to such pressing issues as climate change, the countering of extremism and the elimination of violence against women and girls.

  • 17:45, Monday 5 December 2016, Sheldonian Theatre

 The lecture is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place, visit the event webpage.

Studying in the fresh air

Make your voice heard - help improve the student experience


University of Oxford students have the opportunity to give feedback about life at Oxford through the Student Barometer survey.You are strongly encouraged to respond to the University-wide Student Barometer survey by midnight, Friday 2 December 2016,

This is your opportunity to provide feedback about your University experience; what works well and what could be improved. Your feedback will be used to identify strengths and weaknesses and put in place changes to help improve the student experience at Oxford. Visit the Oxford Students website to see how the University responded to student feedback from the 2015 Barometer or email Student Information with any queries.

Please note all students except final year undergraduate students are eligible to respond. You can find your unique link to complete the survey in an email sent to you from the Academic Registrar, the ‘from’ field will display as ‘University of Oxford <>’.

Pembroke College christmas tree

Christmas closure dates and submission deadlines


The submission desk will be closed over Christmas and New Year

The Examination Schools submission desk will close for Christmas and the New Year at 17:00 on Wednesday 21 December 2016 and will reopen at 08:30 on Tuesday 3 January 2017. If you are intending to submit work during this period by post, or deposit in the Examination Schools post box, you will not obtain proof of submission.  

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Virtual Learning Environment review survey


Help to shape the future of WebLearn by sharing your views in the VLE Review survey.

 WebLearn has been Oxford's online learning and teaching tool for some years but does it still meet your needs? Help to shape the future of WebLearn by sharing your views in the VLE Review survey. Free ice creams will be awarded to the college with the highest student response rate. So, when you've taken the survey, pass it on to your friends! 


A scary grotesque, on the walls of St Johns College, Oxford

Calling all budding bloggers, interviewers and writers!


Is one of your goals to write for a well-respected publication?

Is one of your goals to write for a well-respected publication once you have left Oxford? The Digital Communications team is looking for tomorrow’s top writers to produce content for the Medium channel and the website – the most visited university website in the UK. 

They are looking for your stories on:

  • Student life: what is it really like to be a student at Oxford? Is it what you expected and if not how is it different? What was the catalyst that made you apply? What would you tell the younger pupils at your old school about Oxford?
  • Research in conversation: unlock some of the fascinating research taking place in the University’s laboratories, libraries and departments by adding to our popular interview series. This is your chance to finally speak to that academic whose work you’ve been following.

You are also invited to pitch your own ideas for website content. If you are interested please send your best (short) piece of writing and a few lines about yourself to the Digital Communications team by Wednesday 7 December 2016. Please use the subject line ‘Student writing’. Successful applicants will be contacted in the new year.


Student Switch off

Help build a more sustainable Oxford with the Student Switch Off


The annual Student Switch Off competition is underway, with colleges competing in a series of energy-saving themed challenges.

The winning college gets a trophy and £250 towards an end-of-year event; there are also individual prizes. There are a range of environmentally-themed challenges, including coming up with suggestions for environmentally-themed songs; the best entries will win an NUS (National Union of Students) extra card that gives money off everything from groceries to music subscriptions. To find out more about the various challenges and to get involved, visit the Student Switch Off Facebook page.

Student studying

Lynda Lab sessions for private study


You have access to an 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. course can be taken anywhere at any time via the free app or by downloading courses in advance.

The IT Learning Centre are 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.


Academic dress for undergraduate viva examinations


Dress requirements for undergraduate viva examinations have changed.

The Proctors wish to draw to your attention that from now on, your commoners’ gown should be worn for viva examinations. All other academic dress requirements remain the same and are explained on the Oxford Students website and in the Student Handbook.

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Japan Summer Programme 2017


If you are an MPhil or DPhil student, the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Summer Programme provides an opportunity to study in Japan for two months.

Successful applicants will attend a one-week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems on arrival, and will move to a JSPS-approved host institution of their choice to conduct collaborative research activities.

For more information and to apply by Sunday 15 January 2017, visit the British Council website.

Oxford Graduands

Inflationary increase in tuition fees from 2017/18


This increase affects Home/EU undergraduate students.

On 2 November 2016 the University announced more details of its plan to increase Home/EU undergraduate student fees in line with inflation from September 2017, subject to parliamentary approval.

The government has introduced plans for raising the Home/EU undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,250 from academic year 2017/18, and has indicated that universities will be permitted to apply the fee rise for all on-course students. As such, many universities will decide to charge different fee amounts to different year-groups, and Oxford's approach to addressing this fee rise is driven by a desire to find the fairest possible basis for its decision, based upon what information was communicated to students when they accepted their offer to study.

For students who began their course in the academic year 2016/17, the University contract mentioned that tuition fees might rise in future years in response to changes in government policy. The same terms and conditions will appear in the University contract for students starting in the 2017/18 academic year. In view of this, the University considers it fair to apply the £9,250 inflationary fee rise to students in these year-groups.

The same level of information was not provided to students who began their course in or before the 2015/16 academic year, because government plans for a fee rise were not envisaged at that time. Therefore, the University has decided to retain tuition fees of £9,000 per year for these year-groups.

The Student Loans Company will continue to provide all Home/EU undergraduate students with access to tuition fee loans for the duration of their course, and the University remains committed to assisting those in financial need by providing one of the most generous financial support packages in UK higher education. Nearly half of the additional income that comes to Oxford as a result of this tuition fee increase will be spent on bursaries, scholarships and outreach work, ensuring that our world-class education remains available to all our students, regardless of financial background.

Further information about fees and funding can be found in the Fees and funding section of this website.


TEDxOxford: ‘X Changes Everything’


TEDxOxford is an independently organised TED conference put on by University of Oxford students.

The theme for 2017 is ‘X Changes Everything’ and 12 speakers will share their thoughts on pivotal moments that have led to fundamental progress in the world – whether a ground-breaking scientific discovery, a cultural revolution or new branch of philosophical thought.

  • 10:00–17:00, Sunday 5 February 2017, New Theatre, George Street

A limited number of early bird tickets are available before the general ticket release on Thursday 1 December 2016. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the TedXOxford website.


Intensive language courses


The Language Centre is offering intensive catch up courses in French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Arabic.

Each course is 14 hours in total.

  • Monday 5–Friday 9 December 2016 (Week 9), Oxford University Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road

The courses will cover the Michaelmas term content of the Languages for Study and Research courses and are suitable for those who missed out on the Michaelmas term courses or who are looking to refresh their skills. For more information, visit the Language Centre website or email

Island commision study

WebLearn support videos


Watch a short video showcasing new WebLearn features

Following the recent upgrade to WebLearn a video is available to showcase the new features. The video includes support to customise your profile and favourite sites and help with calendars. View the video on the Academic IT YouTube channel. For any feedback or support, contact

2 for1 tickets

2 for 1 ticket offer – Michelangelo Pistoletto exhibition


Blenheim Palace is offering students a 2 for 1 offer on tickets to the Michelangelo Pistoletto exhibition, running until 31 December 2016.

The exhibition, the artist’s largest show in the UK to date, explores the diverse range of his fifty-year career from painting and sculpture to large-scale installation. New works, made specifically for Blenheim Palace, are also showcased and integrated into the fabric of the Palace’s eighteenth-century interiors and surrounding grounds. To receive the 2 for 1 ticket offer, valid any Monday to Friday until 31 December 2016, buy your tickets on arrival and present your University Card. Details of ticket prices are available here. Terms and conditions do apply – please see these Terms and Conditions.

Study abroad advice

Application for graduate study: January deadlines


If you wish to apply for a graduate course for 2017/18 entry, you are reminded that the application deadlines are in January 2017.

Check the relevant course page on the Graduate Admissions website to find out if your deadline is either 6 or 20 January. Although some courses may not close in January, applicants must submit their application by the January deadlines in order to be considered for scholarship funding from the University and its colleges. For over two thirds of scholarships nothing more than the standard course application is required. To find out which scholarships you may be eligible for, visit the Fees, Funding and Scholarship search tool.

The Application Guide provides detailed information on the application process. Remember to register your referees in good time and aim to submit at least a week ahead of the deadline to ensure any problems with your application can be resolved. Applications that are not ready for assessment at the deadline will not normally be considered. If you have any questions, contact the Graduate Admissions Office or call 01865 270059

Catching up with friends in the Dining Hall

Ambitious Futures: graduate programme for university leadership


If you are in your final year of study, you have the opportunity to apply for the Ambitious Futures graduate scheme, a programme designed to train the university leaders of tomorrow.

University administration can be a successful and rewarding career and this is a great way to start. To find out more and to apply before 21 December 2016, visit the Ambitious Futures website.

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Scholarships available to study in Europe


A number of scholarships are open for applications to undertake a period of study or research in Europe.

The Scatcherd European Scholarships and the Charterhouse European Bursaries offer awards of up to £6,500 for periods ranging from three months to one year. Applications close on Friday 3 February 2017. For the full range of study abroad opportunities, visit the Study Abroad website

In the Common Room of the Andrew Wiles Building.

Laidlaw Internship Programme in Research and Leadership


A new programme offering funding for undergraduate students during summer 2017

The Laidlaw Internship Programme in Research and Leadership offers funding for up to 25 students to design and undertake an 810 week funded research project to be undertaken in the 2017 Long Vacation and an externally accredited leadership training programme. The programme is open to all undergraduate students. The research project can be carried out at any world-leading research institution, including the University of Oxford. For further information and to apply visit the Careers Service website. Applications close on Wednesday 8 February 2017.


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