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    Welfare advice: Transitions

    The end of a university degree is an important transition from one stage of life to another.  Transitions are usually marked by rites of passage, and across the globe, communities acknowledge significant changes in the lives of their members in recognised ways.  Rites of passage are often undertaken during key life stages, with the intention of tracing a thread of continuity from what has gone before, to the transition to something new, through to the incorporation of change. 

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    Arrangements for the 2020/21 academic year

    The health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. We will have a range of measures in place including a dedicated testing service, support for students needing to self-isolate, and clear guidance informed by scientific advice.

    Our education will be built around Oxford’s distinctive focus on face to face small-group teaching, laboratory practical work and supervision, with access to world-class facilities and resources, supplemented by high quality digital materials. We will work flexibly to maintain suitable levels of contact time for students.

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    Postgraduate research students: return for those outside Oxford

    The range of postgraduate research (PGR) students who may be asked to return to the University has expanded due to changes in Government guidance.  If your department is re-opening under the Return to On-site Working programme, you may be able to return even if you are based outside of Oxford or overseas. 

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    New seminar series: Our Mental Wellness

    We have come to realise the importance of mental health issues and the impact they can have on individuals as well as on society at large. But how do we separate the facts from the myths? How can we improve our own mental wellness and help those around us? How can we recognise when a normal bout of low mood, stress or anxiety has become a more serious problem?

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    Coronavirus welfare advice: Virtual support

    In this unprecedented and unpredictable time of COVID-19, virtual and remote support is more vital than ever. We can create virtual spaces to connect and support each other appropriately. Social distancing does not always have to equal feeling lonely or isolated.

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    Case study: How the Careers Service has supported me during lockdown

    The Careers Service continues to serve all Oxford students despite the ongoing pandemic. While its buildings are temporarily closed, students can still benefit from one-to-one advice, and all events and careers fairs are taking place online.

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    Welfare advice: new blogs & podcasts

    The University Counselling Service has created two new blogs and two podcasts to support students during the pandemic. LGBT+ at home offers advice to students who may be on lockdown with family who struggle to accept their sexual identity. The second blog highlights the value of compassion and gratitude during crisis, and the podcasts explore the benefits of journaling and how to best use digital devices during lockdown.

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    Planning for Michaelmas Term 2020

    The University and colleges intend to be open and operational in the 2020/21 academic year, with the optimum combination of face-to-face teaching and online learning, and a fully operational research programme. A high-level working group, known as the Michaelmas Coordination Group (MCG), has been established, bringing together the colleges and University, to create an operational framework for Michaelmas term and beyond.