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    Working on the frontline of COVID-19 - student experience

    Tell us about your journey to working on the COVID-19 vaccine at Oxford

    I grew up in South-East London, but came to Oxford 7 years ago as an 18 year old, first pursuing a masters in Biochemistry at St Anne’s College, before I joined my DPhil scheme in 2017. Our lab look at developing vaccines against emerging viral diseases. My DPhil focuses on vaccines against Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHFV), and the closely related Nairobi Sheep Disease (NSDV).

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    Oxford student creates platform for Black creatives

    What inspired you to set up the magazine?

    The inspiration to set up Onyx came from being surrounded by the talented work of young Black writers, poets and artists. I set up the magazine because I hadn’t seen a creative literary publication solely dedicated to uplifting Black creatives and I saw the importance of unearthing these voices.

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    Give us your input on stress-soothing student activities

    Would you like to get involved with planning a programme of activities to help students relax and unwind?

    Doing a degree at Oxford can be stressful at the best of times but particularly so when also trying to navigate a global pandemic.

    Research is showing that the most protective behaviours for mental health during lockdown are creative activities such as arts and hobbies.

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    Enterprising Oxford venture spotlight: SkyLimit

    SkyLimit is designed to provide tools and resources for users to reach their personal and careers goals through short, daily practices on essential skills such as time management, strategic thinking, career planning, communication, and more. SkyLimit was created with the intention of making their soft skill training readily accessible, with the current pilot course free and open to everyone. Its bite-size audio lessons and coaching tools, all delivered on a single platform, mean that SkyLimit’s reach extends beyond Oxford, bringing education to learners across the globe.

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    Plastic-Free July: Student Blog

    "As a student, it can be easy to fall into a hyper-consumerist, “single-use” lifestyle. I have been environmentally conscious since becoming vegan for environmental and ethical reasons at sixteen, but for some reason was largely ignorant to the damaging environmental impact of my plastic use. This all changed in my first year at Oxford. Increasingly disconcerted by the immensity of plastic piling up in my shopping basket, I slowly started making changes.

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    Oxford University Awarded Fairtrade University One Star Status

    The University has once again received the Fairtrade University and College Award, following a student-led audit.

    We are delighted to announce that the University, Colleges and Students’ Union have been awarded Fairtrade University One star status to mark their achievements in Fairtrade improvements over the past 18 months.

    Oxford University’s Fairtrade Partnership has been working towards expanding the variety and quantity of Fairtrade items sold in the University alongside raising awareness of the Fairtrade Foundation.

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    Applications for graduate funding now open

    Applications for postgraduate master's finance for UK/EU students for 2020/21 are now open. Information on the funding available, eligibility criteria, and how to apply can be found at:

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    Students join the COVID-19 frontline in research and clinical practice

    We’re immensely proud of the contributions made by our students to both COVID-19 research and clinical practice, and have highlighted just some areas in which they have played a role in the University’s efforts against the pandemic. Oxford’s response to the SARS-CoV2 pandemic has demonstrated the power of our research and discovery, with contributions to vaccine development and trials, structural biology, population health, data science, and more.

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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.