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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.


Alumni Weekend 2016


The Alumni Weekend 2016 is taking place on the 16-18 September 2016.

The event includes over 100 talks, tastings and tours. Stargaze with the University’s telescope, go on a pub and ale trail, hear comedian Ruby Wax speak about mindfulness or listen to experts discuss everything from the US presidential race to the nation’s health. If you have recently completed your studies you are eligible for a discount. Booking opens today, Monday 27 June 2016, via the Alumni Office website. If you will be continuing your studies in Oxford in the 2016/17 academic year you will only be able to buy tickets on the day. 


WILDCRU: Cecil the lion summit


Hear from lion experts on ways to conserve the African lion

  • 17:00-19:00, Wednesday 7 September 2016, Blavatnik School of Government

In the last century numbers of lions have plummeted from around 200,000 to closer to 20,000. The number continues to fall. This workshop has been prompted by global attention given to the death of Cecil the Lion, who had been tracked for years by WildCRU.

The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), together with Panthera, is holding a workshop to consider future initiatives to conserve the African lion. The summit culminates with a public session offering the opportunity to hear the views of top lion experts and also a variety of innovative thinkers from fields such as economics, development, international relations and ethics. The session will be introduced by Professor David Macdonald, Director of WildCRU and chaired by Alan Rusbridger, Principal Lady Margaret Hall. 

The event will be followed by a drinks reception. To register for the event please visit




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.

Have you met lynda?

Have you met Lynda?


All University members have free access to a vast 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. The video courses are supported by transcripts and practical exercises, and are a useful just-in-time reference. can be accessed anytime and anywhere so why not spend some time over the Long Vacation building your IT skills? To register using your Single Sign-On visit

EU Referendum

UK referendum on membership of the EU


Advice on fees following the outcome of the referendum.

To view the latest information for current students, offer holders and applicants, visit the EU referendum web page.

The result of the UK referendum announced on Friday 24 June 2016 was a vote in favour of the UK leaving European Union (EU) membership. Whilst the UK government will negotiate an exit agreement with the EU, there are no immediate changes to the current situation. The University of Oxford is and intends to remain a thriving, cosmopolitan community of scholars and students united in our commitment to education and research. The UK referendum result will not change this; our students from all across the world are as warmly welcome as ever.

Student cycling to lectures

Safe summer travel


Students travelling abroad over the summer are advised to plan their trip carefully and consider important pre-departure factors.

Whether travelling abroad for summer internships, work placements or summer holidays, you should think about factors including travel insurance, vaccinations, travel illnesses, and food and water quality abroad. The NHS offers valuable advice on these and other issues for those departing the UK.


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. 

Oxford Vaccine Group

Take part in clinical trials


Millions of people worldwide are affected by Typhoid Fever

Help us make a difference. Participate in our Typhoid vaccine study. We are looking for volunteers between 18 and 60 years old (male or female) and in good health to help us test new vaccines against Typhoid Fever. If you would like further information please visit: the Oxford Vaccine Group website

Newcomer's club

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.

Verifying qualifications

Verifying your qualifications


The Verifying qualifications page tells you how to authorise requests for information

Visit the Verifying qualifications page of the Oxford Students website for details on authorising requests for information on your educational attainments from employers/prospective employers, from other educational institutions, funding bodies or recognised voluntary organisations. Information may include confirmation of degree awarded, dates of attendance and subjects studied. 

Crossing three stepping stones in a river

Access the Counselling Service via Skype


The Counselling Service offers online counselling using Skype if you are not able to access the service

This might be because you have suspended your studies or are studying or doing research as part of your course away from Oxford. For further information view the Online Counselling Information (PDF). The Counselling Service will remain open during the Long Vacation. 

Students at a computer

Continuing students registration reminder

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

Registration for the 2016/17 academic year for students who started their course in a Michaelmas term will open from Thursday 1 September 2016 via Student Self Service. You need to complete your registration in order to attend your course, release any maintenance loans and grants (where applicable), use your University email, print your enrolment certificate as proof of student status and enter for examinations. For further information visit the guide to registration web page.

Arriving at Oxford

Pack For Good campaign


You are encouraged to donate unwanted items as you pack up for the Long Vacation

Whether you are leaving Oxford for good or simply moving out for the summer, you are encouraged to get involved with Oxford City Council’s Pack For Good campaign and donate unwanted items to the British Heart Foundation. Items that you no longer have a use for – including clothes, books and kitchenware – can be dropped at designated collection points around the city. Recycling advice can be found on the Council’s Recycling for Students webpage.

Research students, Oxford

Be aware of student-targeted scams


A number of telephone and email scams targeting students have recently been reported.

These include fraudsters claiming to be from the Home Office asking visa holders for money and emails claiming to be from the Department of Education or the finance office of a university relating to educational grants. If you believe you have received a scam email you are advised to forward it to If you have concerns relating to your visa contact or visit the UKCISA website for further information on how to recognise a potential scam.

Oxford degree ceremony

Lost University Card charge


Look after your University card carefully as you will be charged a fee for replacing a lost card.

If your card is lost, stolen or damaged inform your college or departmental administrator to request a replacement. Reporting a lost or stolen card quickly will help prevent unauthorised use including identify theft for which you may be held responsible. Return damaged, expired or found cards to your college or department administrator to destroy. From 1 August 2016 the card replacement fee is rising to £15. There is no fee for replacing a stolen card where a crime number is reported.


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