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Women of Achievement lecture 2017


The lecture series aims to raise the profile of women of high achievement and increase the range of role models accessible to women at Oxford.

  • Marin Alsop, 17:30-19:00, Friday 24 February 2017, Holywell Music Room

Marin Alsop is an inspiring and powerful voice in the international music scene. She is recognised across the world for her innovative approach to programming and for her deep commitment to education and to the development of audiences of all ages. She became the first woman to head a major America Orchestra (the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra). In September 2013 as the first female conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms in London.


International Careers Day


One of the University's biggest careers fairs of the year

There will be speakers and exhibitors covering international development, governance, consultancy and further study.

  • 11:00–15:00, Saturday 21 January 2017, Blavatnik School of Government

For more information visit the Careers Service website


Inaugural Roger Penrose Lecture: Black Holes


Stephen Hawking gives the first in a series of annual lectures

In recognition of a lifetime's contribution across the mathematical sciences, a series of annual Public Lectures in honour of Roger Penrose is being initiated. The first lecture will be given by his long-time collaborator and friend Stephen Hawking.

  • 17:00, Wednesday 18 January 2017

The lecture is now fully booked, but will be streamed live. See for more details.

National Student Survey 2017

Are you in your final year?


Have your say about your University experience - complete the National Student Survey

If you are a final year undergraduate student you are invited to have your say on what you have and haven’t liked about your time at Oxford by taking part in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS). Results from the survey will be used to inform improvements across the collegiate University, and will help prospective students to select the right course and university. Completing the survey will give you the opportunity to win one of 25 University of Oxford dark blue hoodies. Eligible students will receive an email this week with more information and a personalised hyperlink to complete the survey which runs from January through to the end of Hilary term. 

Jobs and internships

Internship opportunities


A wide range of internship opportunities available - in the UK and abroad

  • Micro-Internship Programme: two to five day voluntary placements available across Oxfordshire and London taking place during Week 9 of Hilary term 2017. Opportunities this term include Oxera Consulting, Hogrefe Publishers, SmartWorks and Pamela Steele Associates. Applications open on Wednesday 11 January 2017.
  • Oxford University Internship Programme: nearly 500 summer internships are available in more than 40 countries. Placements include working with the UN International Development Agencies (Amman, Beijing, Nairobi and Bangkok), CERN (Geneva), consulting (China) and historical research (Budapest). Applications open on Monday 16 January 2017. Further internship opportunities will be advertised later in Hilary term. 

All opportunities can be viewed and applied for using CareerConnect; you can also book application support sessions via Career Connect. Stay up to date with the internship programmes by signing up to the Internship Office email alerts.

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Student helpers needed for Oxford & Cambridge Conferences


Conferences are taking place during March 2017 all around the UK

The Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach Office is looking for undergraduate students to help at the annual Oxford & Cambridge Student Conferences. You would be required to fulfil a range of duties, most importantly to talk with prospective applicants about your experiences at Oxford.

The conferences are taking place between Friday 17 and Wednesday 29 March 2017 at the following venues:

  • Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
  • Aintree Racecourse, Merseyside
  • St James’ Park, Newcastle
  • Epsom Downs Racecourse, Greater London
  • Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn
  • Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
  • Liberty Stadium, Swansea

If you are from the local area you are particularly encouraged to sign up. You will be paid £75 for each conference. In order to be selected you must attend a selection centre. Register your interest in attending a selection centre by Thursday 19 January 2017. If you have any questions, email

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University registration open for Hilary term


If you are starting a new course this term or began your current course during a previous Hilary term you will need to register in Student Self Service.

The process is quick and simple and you are encouraged to complete it as soon as possible; the deadline is 16:00, Friday of Week 1. Completing University registration ensures that you gain/maintain access to University facilities and services and remain on the Council Tax exemption list. If you are required to register in Hilary term you will have received an email with instructions.

Degree ceremonies at Oxford

Book your degree ceremony


You can book your ceremony via Student Self Service

If you are an undergraduate or graduate taught student and are due to complete your course in the current academic year you should have received an email in December inviting you to book your degree ceremony using Student Self Service. You can amend your choice of booking date until Tuesday 31 January 2017, after which time you will be able to amend only your accessibility and college catering requirements.

If you are a research student or on a modular programme you will receive an invitation upon being granted leave to supplicate.You can amend your choice of date or your requirements up to 30 days before your chosen ceremony date.

For more information visit the Degree ceremonies web page


LGBT History Month Lecture


The 2017 LGBT History Month Lecture will be given by activist and author CN Lester

  • 18:00, Thursday 9 February 2017, Blavatnik School of Government

The 2017 LGBT History Month Lecture will be given by activist and author CN Lester and the lecture is entitled 'The shock of the new: cultural amnesia, trans erasure and what we can do about it’. The lecture is free to attend; book a place on the events web page


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

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the TedXOxford website.

Research toolkit

Research skills toolkit workshop


Need to brush up on your IT and information skills for research?

These free two-hour workshops are designed for first and second year graduate researchers and cover tools and techniques that will make a real difference to your research. Topics include a range of practical IT and information tools: literature searching, manipulating images, analysing data with Excel, Word for your thesis and podcasting. You will also have the opportunity to meet subject specialists. You can book your place via the Skills Toolkit website


IT Innovation Challenge 2017

Oxford University IT Innovation Challenges 2017 open


Do you have an idea for a digital project that would benefit students at Oxford?

The 2017 Challenge is seeking innovative ideas for digital projects particularly related to teaching and learning and student welfare. However, any idea that will benefit students, staff or the University will be considered. Student/staff collaborations are welcome but projects must be led by a student. Successful ideas will receive funding of up to £15,000.

To take part please visit the Oxford Ideas website to submit a brief description of your idea. Sharing your idea allows others time to comment, offer advice and support, will increase your chance of success. Submission deadline is 29 January.

Please join us for a brief information session at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road on 23 January at 12:30.

The Language Centre

Language Centre courses


Booking open for Hilary term

Booking for the English for Academic Studies and Languages for Study and Research courses are open for Hilary term registration. Classes will begin in Week 1. Visit the Language Centre website for further information and to register. Email with any queries.

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.

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.


Podcasts and workshops from the Counselling Service


A series of podcasts is available to help address concerns and to get the most out of life as a student at Oxford.

The podcast series includes advice on improving sleep; mindful breathing for calm and focus, or when feeling stressed; exploring overwork and strategies when finding it difficult to work. There is also a dedicated guide for undergraduate freshers and a guide for mature students. 

The Counselling Service run a range of workshops to help you build skills to respond to the demands of life at university; topics this term include relaxation; overcoming panic and mindulfness. For the full programme and to book visit the Counselling Service webpages.

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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

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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! 

 The survey will remain open until Friday 27 January 2017.

Study abroad advice

Application for graduate study: January deadlines


There are application deadlines in January 2017 for graduate courses in 2017/18

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

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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.


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