As I approached the summer vacation, it became increasingly apparent that I had nothing productive in plan for the three months I had free. Having seen the consistent email reminders that the Careers Service was always open to help, and with no CV, cover letter, or even any idea what kind of work I'd want to do, I decided to give it a shot. A short 30-minute session is all I booked just to see what exactly they could do to help. If I didn't like it there was no commitment to come back for another session, so why not?
Before applying to Oxford, I was sceptical about my chances of gaining a place at the University. However, attending schemes such as Target Oxbridge and UNIQ, allowed me to make an informed decision as to whether the University was for me.
Mindfulness is an effective means of alleviating stress and promoting well-being.
This exam period, Oxford University Sport and the Mindfulness Centre are introducing free mindfulness taster sessions for students.
Enjoy an introduction on 'Mindfulness in Movement' at University Parks (by the Cricket Pavilion) on Thursday 30 May from 1-2pm or Tuesday 11 June from 5.30-6.30pm.
The sessions will introduce mindfulness in theory, research and practice, and registration is not required.
If you’re an Oxford female student with an early-stage start-up, check out the Oxford Foundry’s L.E.V8 women pre-accelerator programme, where you can skill up and develop your business ideas this summer.
You’ll also get direct guidance and advice from the incredible L.E.V8 Women Ambassadors, a strong and diverse network of business leaders from a range of backgrounds and industries.
Interested in applying to the programme? Applications close Sunday 9 June.
Oxford Pride is a celebration of LGBTIQ+ life in Oxfordshire, and the annual parade through the city will be taking place on Saturday 1 June.
In celebration of Oxford Pride, the University and Oxford SU have worked together to create a short video about the transgender community in Oxford - featuring Oxford student Aaron Hughes and staff member Clara Barker.
Drink spiking commonly occurs with alcohol, but it can also involve drugs.
Symptoms may include a loss of consciousness, a loss of balance, visual problems, lowered inhibitions, confusion, nausea, or vomiting.
Never leave your drink unattended and don’t accept drinks from strangers. When holding a bottle, try to cover it with your thumb when you’re not drinking.
This summer, Oxford Foundry, Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) and Oxford University Innovation (OUI) will run the StEP scheme to engage student entrepreneurs in creating new spinouts.
StEP will provide 40 students with access to the OUI intellectual property vault, a month long intensive training programme, and a £1,500 stipend - with the goal of creating startups based on OUI ideas.
The winning team will receive a £25,000 investment to get things going.
If you will be sitting exams shortly, do check your personal exam timetable carefully to ensure you have been entered for the correct exam papers.
The James Dyson Award is an international design engineering competition which rewards students and recent graduates.
The brief: design something that solves a problem.
The best invention is selected by Sir James Dyson and awarded £30,000. Two runners up receive £5,000 each and £2,000 is given to the winning project from each participating country.
Media exposure has also helped previous winners commercialise their concepts.
Entries close Thursday 11 July.
I went to a non-selective state school in Wales, where only one person had been admitted to Oxbridge in the last 10 years before me. Not only is Wales typically underrepresented, but no one had ever got a physics A* at A-level when I enrolled in the sixth form.