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Research photography competition
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Science Photo competition is your chance to share your research through pictures.
The competition is open to all EPSRC-supported researchers and students. Prizes will be awarded in a range of categories, competition closing date: Monday, 16 December 2013.
For submission details and further information please visit: www.epsrc.ac.uk/photocomp.
Interested in the Arts, Media and Marketing?
Learn more about routes into these industries, what employers are looking for and how to stand out, through a series of filmed panel talks from the Arts, Media and Marketing Fair 2013.
The series of films have been uploaded to the relevant sector pages on the Careers Service website. The films cover advertising, marketing, journalism, TV & broadcasting and museums and galleries.
If you're keen to find out more about marketing and other industries, also see 10 Minutes With..., which includes a whole host of filmed interviews with industry experts. One of the latest interviews is with Mark Gonnella, Communications Director at Arsenal FC.
If journalism is more appealing to you, Creative Access and SEO are currently recruiting for a year-long internship with The Daily Mail. The internship begins in September 2014, and successful candidates will be on the best journalism course in the business and be paid a competitive salary while they train.
The details of the role are available on the SEO Website. The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Friday, 13 December 2013.
Ever thought of doing postgraduate study?
Over 1,000 scholarships are now available to students planning to undertake master's or doctoral study at Oxford in 2014.
Application deadlines for the scholarships, funded by the University, colleges and other supporters, are on Friday 10 and Friday, 24 January 2014. Find out more information and how to apply on the Think Oxford webpage.
Do you want to find out more about what is going on, how you can get involved and what initiatives are out there?
Visit the University’s NETpositive website to discover more about sustainable activities that are going on at the University, the City and even specifically about your College.
NETpositive can help you get the most out of your student experience, give you great new ideas and can help with your CV. It also allows you to register what is important to you and drive sustainable engagement initiatives for future students.
Help shape the IT Services website
Students are invited to take part in a user research session relating to the improvement of the IT Services websites.
The one to one sessions will be taking place from 12:00 onwards on Thursday, 12 December and from 14:30 on Monday, 16 December in the Lovelace Room, 13 Banbury Road.
The session will involve a short interview to understand current frustrations and suggestioned improvements to the existing site and a card sorting exercise to help ensure that the new site structure and navigation reflects how the people who will actually be using the site think about the content.
The session will take about 30 - 45 minutes. All participants will receive a £10 Amazon voucher. To register your interest or ask any questions about this opportunity, please email: email@example.com
Booking your Degree Ceremony for 2014/15
Information on how to book your place at a degree ceremony is now available on the Student Gateway and via email.
If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student, due to complete your course in the current academic year, you will receive an invite to book your degree ceremony on Monday, 2 December. You may amend your choice of booking date up to Friday, 31 January 2014, after which time you will be able to amend only your accessibility and college catering requirements.
If you are a postgraduate research student, you will receive an invite upon being granted Leave to Supplicate.
For further details about how to book your degree ceremony and what is expected to happen on the day, please visit the Student Gateway.
Funding opportunities to study abroad
A wide range of bursaries are now available for students who wish to undertake a period of study abroad.
Charterhouse European Bursaries: Awards of up to £6,500 are available for periods of undergraduate or graduate study ranging from three months to one year. The closing date for applications is Friday, 21 February 2014.
Scatcherd Scholarships: Awards of up to £6,500 are available for periods of study ranging from three months to one year. The closing date for applications is Friday, 21 February 2014.
Hanseatic Scholarships: Enables final year undergraduates to undertake research or pursue a workable project not connected to a research degree at an academic institution in Germany. Or for graduate students to undertake research at doctoral or postdoctoral level, to pursue a workable project not connected to a research degree, or undertake a degree, at an academic institution in Germany for one to two years. The closing date for applications is Friday, 7 February 2014.
Michael Foster Memorial Scholarship: Enables final year undergraduates or graduate students to undertake research or other academic work in a field of their choice at any university, excluding art and music academies, in Germany for one to two years. The closing date for applications is Friday, 7 February 2014.
The following scholarships are for Graduate students only:
Theodor Heuss Research Fellowship: This fellowship is intended for postgraduate or postdoctoral students wishing to undertake research in a field of their choice in Germany for one to two years. The closing date for applications is Friday, 7 February 2014.
Jenkins Memorial Fund Scholarships: are available to graduate students to undertake study in Humanities and Social Sciences at a Europaeum partner university. Awards of up to £10,000 are available for periods of study ranging from three months to one year. The closing date for applications is Friday, 21 February 2014.
Last chance to apply for the Oxford-Geneva Bursary
Applications close on Friday, 13 December to apply for a €500 bursary to study or research at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
The bursary at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva is for a period of two to three weeks in 2014/15. More information is available from the Europaeum Oxford – Geneva website.
Oxford China Lecture: The Future City
The University is to showcase some of Oxford's ground-breaking research in the inaugural Oxford China Lecture, taking place in Shanghai on Tuesday, 10 December.
The lecture will draw on a range of disciplines to outline why the great cities of the world could very well be the crucibles where the future of humanity will emerge.
During his talk, Professor Steve Rayner will discuss whether we can create cities that truly evolve and reflect the needs and demands of the 21st Century? And what can cities deliver in helping to solve the seemingly intractable problems of climate change and resource scarcity?
For more information, please visit the Oxford China Lecture website.
Student wall planner competition winner announced
Congratulations to Adan Reyes Sanchez of St Edmund Hall who has won the 2013/14 student wall planner competition.
Don’t get caught by phishing scams
Students are reminded to be mindful of possible phishing emails and advised not to reveal your login details via email or over the phone.
When entering your Single Sign On details online, please also ensure that you check the URL to confirm the site is an official Oxford webpage. To see an example of a phishing page and for more details on spotting phishing attacks, see the IT Services webpage.
Princeton in Europe Christmas Lecture
Students are invited to the first Princeton in Europe Christmas Lecture, entitled 'Would you Kill the Fat Man?'.
Princeton author David Edmonds will be discussing the ideas within his new book Would you Kill the Fat Man? The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us about Right and Wrong with Nigel Warburton, followed by a reception of drinks and canapés.
- 18:15, Thursday 12 December
- The Randolph Sculpture Gallery, The Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street OX1 2PH
- RSVP: Katie Lewis on 01993 814506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please visit the University events webpage.
Christmas presents with an Oxford twist
The University of Oxford shop offers a festive gift collection, featuring items commissioned exclusively for the shop and made in the UK.
The High Street shop will be open until 19:00 every Thursday in December, when students can enjoy a double discount. To take advantage of the 20% discount, show your University Card prior to purchase. You can also enjoy the same discount at www.oushop.com - enter the code OUstudent20 at the checkout.
Oxford Sparks is pleased to announce a new series of training courses in public engagement and science communication.
The following four Oxford Sparks courses will be running during Hilary Term 2014:
An introduction to public engagement and science communication:
- 12:30-14:00 on Thursday, 9 January 2014
- A whistle stop tour which will allow you to meet researchers who actively engaged with the public and think about how you might share your research with the public.
- Further details and to register
Translating your research into a hands-on activity:
- 13:00-17:00 on Thursday, 16 January 2014
- This comprehensive introduction to working with hands-on activities will include thinking about how people learn, the value of a hands-on approach and consideration of the practical issues you may face. This course will be delivered in conjunction with the Museum of Natural History.
- Further details and to register
- 09:30-17:00 on Friday, 31 January 2014
- Using your own research and interests, learn the essential ingredients of a compelling narrative, how to draw an audience into a story and keep them involved and how to turn your story into an effective ‘pitch’.
- Further details and to register
Social media for communicating science
- Date TBC
- A practical introduction to using social media tools to develop and maintain an online presence, and how to start defining your audience and developing strategies for engagement.
- For further details and to register interest in this course, email: email@example.com
These courses will be available to all graduate students and research staff, and are part of a wider range of researcher training opportunities. Further information on training opportunities in public engagement and science communication, at Oxford and further afield, can be found on the Oxford Sparks website.
Students to take on cricket's best
Oxford MCCU have been matched against professional counties Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire and Middlesex in the England and Wales Cricket Board's 2014 fixture list.
The students first welcome 2013 40 over champions Nottinghamshire from the 1-3 April, before Warwickshire (7-9 April) and Middlesex (9-11 June) visit. All matches take place at The Parks, the home of Oxford University CC.
The full fixture list for Oxford MCCU and Oxford University CC is due to be announced in January. for more information or to become a supporter member, please visit the OUCC website.
Student immigration rule changes
Changes from the Home Office have now come into affect regarding International students and their families.
Family members can now apply as dependants from within the UK instead of having to return home to apply. Students will also be allowed to remain in the UK (under Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange) for 12 months to undertake an internship directly related to their studies.
More detailed information will be added to the Student Gateway when available from the Home Office.
Want to undertake research in Japan?
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is offering current UK MPhil or PhD students funding for a two-month research opportunity at a Japanese university.
The JSPS Summer Programme 2014 includes a one-week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems, followed by a two-month collaborative research placement at a host institution in Japan. Eligible research fields are not limited. Applications should be sent to the British Council Tokyo before Wednesday, 15 January 2014.
Santander Academic Travel Awards
Awards of up to £1,000 are available for students to participate in academic-related activities in Santander network countries.
Applications close on Friday, 28 February 2014. Please visit the Santander Academic Travel Awards website.
WebLearn: Report a problem or suggest an idea
Following feedback several features have been added to the WebLearn Welcome page to make it more student focused.
A ‘Contact and feedback’ section has been introduced on Weblearn, explaining - via the ‘course-related problems’ link - how to find contact details for department or college staff who can help with subject-specific questions. ‘Suggest a system improvement’ allows you to submit an idea, and browse or vote on improvements suggested by other WebLearn users. There is now also a ‘Contact the WebLearn Help Desk’ link to report problems of a technical nature.
Tell us about overseas placements
Full-time graduate students are being asked to help the University further improve the services and support for students studying overseas.
Simply tell us about your experiences of overseas study placements/experiences by updating your profile on Student Self Service. Overseas placements may include field trips, laboratory or library work, visits to other universities, research, or the writing up of a dissertation or thesis. Please only provide details of placements or activities that contribute towards your course, that are two weeks or longer and that have been, or are due to be, carried out between 1 August 2013 - 31 July 2014.
Financial support for Liverpudlian students
A number of scholarship grants are now available to students who consider their normal home residence to be in Liverpool.
The Alderman Frederick Smith Bequest (for male students) and the Holt Education Trust (for female students) offer supplementary scholarships to students who receive support via Student Finance England and whose normal residence is in the City of Liverpool. Travelling scholarships are also available to students planning to travel abroad during vacations with a view to extending knowledge of the cultural, industrial and commercial life of the country visited, to complement formal studies.
For more information or an application form, please ring 0151 225 5147 or write to: Administration Support, Benefits Service, PO Box 2013, Liverpool, L69 2DY. The awards office must receive the completed forms no later than Friday, 21 March 2014.