Take time out from the pressures of revision and exams and enjoy some relaxing activities in the beautiful surroundings of Oxford University’s gardens, libraries and museums. From late April to the end of May, you’ll find a programme of free activities to help you unwind during exam season.
On Sunday 5 May, Oxford SU will host Springtide - a community focused family friendly festival that aims to bring the student and non-student community together for day of music, fun and adventure.
Taking place in University Parks from 11am-7pm, the festival will showcase some of the best local music, a petting zoo and food & drink from across the world.
The event is free and family friendly, with lots of entertainment regardless of your age. We hope to see you there.
May Morning is a traditional celebration of the coming of spring and brings together Oxford’s communities to enjoy dancing and singing on 1 May.
Celebrations start at 6am with the choristers of Magdalen College choir singing from the Great Tower. Magdalen Bridge will be open to pedestrians and closed to traffic on May Morning to enable everyone to enjoy the singing in safety.
Longwall St, Merton St, Rose Lane, Queen's Lane, The Plain and the A420 High St will all be closed to bicycles and cars from 02:00 – 09:00 on Wednesday 1 May.
A series of focus groups are being held about Parks College in early Trinity term. The small-group discussion forums are designed to help inform the academic blueprint for the proposed new graduate college by canvassing opinion about what a community of scholars should look like in the 21st century.
The 2.5 hour discussion forums are open to all interested members of the collegiate University, but the participation of graduate students and final-year undergraduates would be particularly welcomed.
Interested in postgraduate study? Curious about what it would be like to do research at Oxford?
Applications are now open for UNIQ+, a six-week summer school aimed at students who would find it challenging to progress to postgraduate study for financial or socio-economic reasons.
UNIQ+ is free to take part in and includes a £2,500 stipend, plus free accommodation in an Oxford college. It will give you the opportunity to experience postgraduate research at Oxford by carrying out a research project, and a chance to meet our staff and student community.
Students can claim a 20% discount off all talks at this year’s festival from 30 March to 7 April, which will once again welcome a wealth of authors to the city.
The festival offers something for all ages and interests. Categories include art, business, current affairs, children’s literature, engineering, fashion, environment, gardening, philanthropy, satire, science, technology, wildlife and women in society – to name just a few.
When the sunny spring days still feel a little cold, it’s tempting to avoid heading out, but keep cycling around Oxford and you won’t just be staying fit, protecting the planet and helping brush away the winter – you’ll also have the chance to win great prizes.
The University’s Environmental Sustainability team have more than 100 prizes to give away, from bike seat covers and extra lights to warm snoods and five goodie bags with t-shirts and mugs.
The Oxford Hub has lots of exciting volunteering opportunities working with young people; such as Weekend Activity days, Sport mentoring, 1-1 mentoring and a huge range of early years provision, working with an overall age range of 0-16 years.
Nominations are open for the Oxford SU's Student-Led Teaching Awards.
This is a chance to celebrate those teachers and support staff who have really gone the extra mile to improve your experience at Oxford.
To see the full range of categories and nominate someone, visit the Oxford SU website. Oxford SU will let all nominees know that they were nominated but all nominators will remain anonymous.
Once a term, the Clubs Committee meets and makes awards to clubs and societies who have applied for funding.
Last term, funding was granted to various clubs, including the Oxford University Polish Society, who were awarded £1,000 towards the organisation of a formal hall in college to mark Independence Day. The event was attended by several Polish dignitaries.