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Women of Achievement Lecture Series


21st century leaders lead complex, diverse and culturally complex organisations: Do women lead these organisations differently?

The Women of Achievement lecture series aims to raise the profile of women of high achievement and increase the range of role models accessible to women at Oxford, and challenge and inspire the entire Oxford community. It is funded by the Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity Fund, and is hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson.

  • Baroness Valerie Amos CH, Director of SOAS, University of London, 'Values-based leadership in a changing world', 17:30-19:00, Monday 24 October 2016, Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College

For more information and to book visit the lecture series webpage.




Oxford half marathon


Register to take sign up as an individual or with a college team

Up to 10,000 runners are expected to take part in the 2016 Oxford half marathon. You are encouraged to sign up to take part in college teams for 'Oxford University Challenge' that will see colleges compete for the fastest combined time at the race. The winning team will receive a trophy and a £250 donation for a charity of their choice. If you want to get involved with the challenge, email for more information. 


OUSU Freshers Fair 2016


OUSU Freshers Fair 2016

  • 5-7 October 2016, Examination Schools, High Street

The Oxford University Student Union Freshers’ Fair 2016 will be packed with stalls showcasing Oxford student life. The free event is a great chance to sign up to clubs and societies and find out more about living in and studying at Oxford. The first two days of the fair are ticketed and reserved for freshers only, with continuing students welcome to attend ‘ReFreshers' Fair’ on Friday. Find out more from the Freshers’ Fair website.

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Complete your University registration by 14 October

If you are returning to Oxford in Michaelmas term 2016, you will need to register

An essential part of being a student of the University is the annual completion of registration. Whether you are a new or continuing student you must complete your registration using Student Self Service by Friday of Week 1, 14 October 2016. If you are a new student, you will not have your status as a member of the University confirmed until your registration has been completed by your college (or department if you do not have a college). If you fail to register loans or funding will not be released, examination and assessment results will not be available and your name will not appear on the council tax exemption list. For more information visit the guide to registration

When you complete your University registration you will be invited to apply to the Electoral Register. By opting in, you give the University permission to provide your information (including National Insurance number) to Oxford City Council. Further guidance on enrolment can be found on the Student Self Service page.


Research students, Oxford

Be aware of phishing scams


Phishing scams targeting students are very common, particularly around the start of term.

Please be mindful whenever you are contacted about finances or asked for your personal details. You should ensure you are familiar with the IT security advice on the Information Security website including: creating strong passwords; protecting your devices when using public networks; and backing up your work. Students in receipt of UK government funding from Student Finance should also refer to the Student Loans Company Online safety webpage which includes contact details for forwarding on communication that appears suspicious.  

Student consultancy

Keep informed with Oxford Talks


Oxford Talks is a one-stop shop for academic seminars taking place across the collegiate University.

You can search for talks by date, series, speaker or venue. Seminars are organised into lists and you can sign up to receive daily or weekly emails including details of relevant talks.




Students receive a 20% discount on bike hire

OXONBIKE is a self-service bike hire scheme for getting around quickly and cheaply, and includes pedal and electric bikes. You can hire and return bikes at any OXONBIKE docking station. There are docking stations around the city; download the Oxonbike app to find out more about the service and to get started.

University of Oxford students are eligible for a 20% discount on annual membership rates. To apply use your University email address and the following discount code: UOX/REG01.

Enterprising Oxford

Enterprising Oxford


Enterprising Oxford includes resources designed to encourage and promote entrepreneurship

The website is an easy way to find out about local events and training. Whether you have a business idea, or run a start-up or established company, Enterprising Oxford highlights opportunities to help you develop it further or support others. If you are new to entrepreneurship read the information in Entrepreneurship 101 for help with research or employability. If you already have some experience and want additional advice, jump in at the deep end with the Explore & Build section.


Oxford Careers Fair


There are ten careers fairs this term

  • Tuesday 18 October 2016, Oxford Town Hall.

This fair is a chance to explore all major career sectors. 

Other fairs coming up soon include:

  • Finance Fair, Wednesday 19 October 2016, Oxford Town Hall
  • Management Consultancy Fair, Thursday 20 October 2016, Oxford Town Hall

For more information about organisations attending, download the Oxford Careers Fair Plus app from the iTunes App store or Google Play. Visit the Careers Service website to see the full list of careers fairs this term.

Graduate students have full access to all careers fairs and services and events, as well as additional workshops and seminars tailored to early steps in a research career, whether you are thinking of academia or other sectors. For further information log in to CareerConnect and check the events calendar.


Nominations for the Trudeau Foundation


The call for nominations for the Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, an external body providing scholarships to DPhil candidates from Canada, is open.

The University may only nominate a certain number of candidates so the nominations are managed by a central University panel. Information is available from the Trudeau Foundation Scholarships webpage. To be considered by the panel, you must upload your application to the Trudeau Foundation online portal by 18 November 2016.

Please note that the University can only nominate students either currently enrolled on a Master’s programme who wish to apply for doctoral study or those who are in the first year or second year of doctoral study in 2016/17. Contact with any questions. 

Language lesson

The use of third party proof-readers


You have authorial responsibility for the written work you produce; proofreading represents the final stage of producing a piece of academic writing.

You are strongly encouraged to proof-read your own work, as this is an essential skill in the academic writing process. However, for longer pieces of work it is considered acceptable for students to seek the help of a third party for proofreading. Such third parties can be professional proof-readers, fellow students, friends or family members. To assist students, the University has introduced a new policy which sets out the limit to which a third party proof-reader may appropriately be used for pieces of work where the word limit is greater than 10,000 words in length. The new policy comes into effect from Michaelmas term 2016. The use of third party proof-readers is not permitted for work where the word limit is 10,000 words or less. This policy does not apply to the supervisory relationship, nor in the case where proofreading assistance is approved as a reasonable adjustment for disability.


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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Equality monitoring


The University of Oxford embraces diversity and seeks to achieve equity in the experience, progression and achievement of all students and staff.

The University collects equality data at admissions and at registration so that it can assess the impact of policies and practices on different groups and put in place appropriate provision and support for all students. During the registration process, you will be asked to provide several key items of personal information which will form part of your confidential student record. These include details of your ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as any disabilities. The University recognises that these are sensitive personal questions and you will always have an option to prefer not to say. However, hopefully you will feel able to provide this information, in confidence, to support efforts to create a more inclusive, diverse and equitable Oxford.

Your sensitive personal data will be stored securely in accordance with the University’s Data Protection Policy and, except for information about disabilities, will not normally be shared (except in an anonymised or aggregated format) with anyone in your college or department. The collegiate University will use disability information to manage any adjustments that may be required for teaching, living and examination purposes. More generally, your personal data is used to monitor equality and the effectiveness of our policies. Please see the Equality and Diversity Unit website for more information about equality at Oxford.

Out of hours IT support

Working late?


IT support available 24/7

If you are working late or at weekends and need IT assistance you can ring the 24/7 central IT Service desk on (01865 6) 12345. They can help with issues like resetting passwords, resolving connectivity or email problems. Local IT Support Staff should be your first point of contact during office hours.

Language centre

Language Centre course registration


You can register online

Registration for language courses opens on Monday 3 October 2016, via the Language Centre website. A range of foreign languages are available at different levels, as well as English for Academic Studies courses. Email the Language Centre with any queries.

University Student Handbook 2016-17

University Student Handbook 2016/17 available to download


If you are starting at Oxford, you will have received a printed copy of the University Student Handbook 2016/17 via your college/department.

If you are continuing your studies, you will have received the University Student Handbook when you first started your current course of study at the University. The 2016/17 edition is available from the Oxford Students website. The Handbook provides general information and guidance as well as formal notification and explanation of the University’s codes, regulations, policies and procedures, including residence requirements, examinations and how to apply for alternative arrangements. Please take time to read it.

Newcomers club

Oxford University Newcomers’ Club


The club helps partners of new staff settle in to life in Oxford

The Oxford University Newcomers’ Club welcomes partners, wives and husbands of graduate students of the University to help them feel settled in Oxford. Visit the Oxford University Newcomers’ Club website for information on the programme of events and activities held each term.

Language lesson

Language Centre course registration


You can register online

Registration for language courses opens on Monday 3 October 2016, via the Language Centre website. A range of foreign languages are available at different levels, as well as English for Academic Studies courses. Email the Language Centre with any queries.

Using a mobile phone

Wise Up to WebLearn


WebLearn has been upgraded and some changes have been made.

As well as a cleaner look, sites work better on mobile phones, and navigation has been improved, allowing you to find and use sites more easily. The changes are outlined in the Weblearn short guide for students.

Careers guide 2017

The Oxford Guide to Careers 2017


2017 guide available by the end of Week 1

The 2017 guide contains advice on strategies for making career decisions, developing skills and experience and making successful applications. This is supported by 50 alumni career profiles, introductions to over 20 industry sectors and more than 100 firms you will be able to meet in Oxford this year. Finalists, penultimate year undergraduate students and one-year Master’s students will receive a copy in college pigeonholes before the end of Week 1. Other students can collect a copy from the Careers Service (56 Banbury Road) or from careers fairs this term. 


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