What does volunteering on the Together Neighbours programme involve?
“Being an Oxford Hub member on the Together Neighbours programme can involve anything from picking up and delivering shopping or prescriptions, to dog walking and topping up electricity metres for vulnerable people. Around halfway through term, I started volunteering, which involved me collecting and delivering shopping to a vulnerable person in Oxford each week.
Studying for a degree in the current climate requires flexibility, resourcefulness, discipline and resilience – all characteristics that will help you on your journey for the rest of your degree and life after Oxford. Take some time to consider how you have responded to the many challenges you have experienced by being a student at this time and the new skills you have developed.
Enrolment is once again open for all Modern Languages and Academic English courses in Hilary term. A number of new Academic English courses in will be running, including ‘Writing a Thesis or Dissertation’, and a continuation of the course ‘Introduction to Spoken Communication and Pronunciation’.
What is the role of a college doctor for students’ mental health and wellbeing?
“If you are struggling to cope with your mental health, your college doctor is one of the options available to you who can help. Being part of your college network means that we understand the wider collegiate University system and can fully support you when the need may arise. Even if you are not directly affiliated with a college, all students have the option to register with a college doctor, safe in the knowledge that any information you share with us is confidential.
Why you should get tested when you return
As we begin the new term we are faced with a fresh challenge: the infection rate is much higher than it has been in previous months, and it continues to climb. We also face yet more uncertainty about returning to university.
Term dates, and in-person teaching
Hilary term dates will remain as they are at present. For some taught courses, in-person teaching will begin from your existing start date. This particularly applies to those courses with practical elements or early assessments; those with students on placements; and non-residential part time courses. For most other taught courses, formal in-person teaching will start from Monday 25 January (2nd week).
What is SAD?
Symptoms of SAD can include:
- a persistent low mood
- a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
- feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
- feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
- sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
- craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
For some people, these symptoms can be severe and have a significant impact on their day-to-day activities.