Presidential Epistle – Week 7

Dear Frosted Wheats,

We are coming into the home stretch, with Week 7 bringing us opportunities for intense study as well as relaxation. The first Virtual Academic Writing Group, specifically for students at a distance from Oxford, will take place this Sunday 2-5pm. Stay tuned for further information about how to join that.

The Christ Church Regatta is happening this week. Come down to the Isis Wednesday to Saturday to cheer on the men and women’s novice crews.

And in the midst of your studies, keep the creativity alive and submit a work of art, in any medium, to the Arts Week MCR Exhibition. The exhibition has the theme “Serial: Creativity in Process” and I look forward to seeing the myriad ways in which Kellogg students interpret this. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 22.

Keep popping!

Your MCR President,



Special Events

Weekly Events


Free mindfulness course for Kellogg students

Call for Art Submissions

External Opportunities


Special Events

Whiskey Tasting Tuesday 21st November – Bar 7pm

Join us for our MCR whiskey tasting event! It’s £10 for Kellogg students and £15 for guests. There will be a variety of interesting Whiskies for you to try as well as small snacks and chocolate (do have dinner beforehand, though!). Sign up is required and can be done here

DPhil lunch Thursday 23rd November – Hall 12:45-1:45pm

Come along and meet your fellow Kellogg DPhil students! No sign up is required, just show up!

DPhil/PhD Application Help Session – Thursday 23rd November, 5pm-6:30pm, Hub

Fellow David Mills will give a talk about what a good DPhil/PhD proposal looks like followed by a Q&A with fellows from various disciplines. There will also be the opportunity to get individual feedback from fellows and fellow students on your application so bring your draft research proposal/statement of purpose/CV along.

Liquid Lounge at Magdalen – Friday 24th November – Meet at Kellogg 8:30pm

This is an opportunity to explore the beautiful Magdalen MCR, located in the medieval cloisters and is a great opportunity for meeting other students. Sign up is required and can be done here  Sign up will close Wednesday 22nd November at 5pm and you will be emailed if you have been allocated a place.

Oxmas Party at Pembroke – Saturday 25th November – Meet at Kellogg 8:30pm

Join us as we celebrate Christmas in style with a proper Oxmas party at Pembroke College together with their MCR and the St John’s MCR. This will be loads of fun and include glühwein, hot chocolate, mince pies, gingerbread and other winter-y yummies! Sign up is required and can be done here  Sign up will close Wednesday 22nd November at 5pm and you will be emailed if you have been allocated a place.

Weekly Events

Yoga: Mondays, 7pm – The Hub

Kellogg Academic Writing Group Mondays 2:30-5:30pm, Tuesdays 1:45pm-4:45pm, Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm, and Sundays 2:00-5:00pm. Please ask at reception for the location. This Sunday will host the first virtual AWG. Stay tuned for further info.

Tea and Cake: Wednesdays 4pm, Richardson Room

Blue Planet Screening: Thursdays 7:30pm The Hub

Sunday Night Chill: Movie night 8pm

You can find more information about all MCR events on the Kellogg MCR website and the MCR Facebook page.



The Full Picture: Oxford in Portraits – 27th November Mawby Room, 17:30 – 18:30

All are welcome to join for this lecture about the work behind the upcoming exhibition at the Weston Library, ‘The Full Picture: Oxford in Portraits’, which opens on Friday 24th November.

Hundreds of portraits of exceptional individuals hang on the walls around the University of Oxford: celebrating our past, making visible our values for the future, and helping shape the present environment. ‘The Full Picture: Oxford in Portraits’ exhibition will display new portraits of a diverse range of people selected from over a hundred nominations of living Oxonians.

This joint talk, given by the project organisers Ruth Scobie, Laura Hodsdon and Laura Miller, will examine the project in the context of the work of the Equality & Diversity Unit at the University of Oxford.

There is no need to book for this event, all are welcome. Refreshments will be served at 17:00, the talk will begin at 17:30.


Free mindfulness course for Kellogg students

We can all become wrapped up in the stresses and strains of life. A mindfulness course helps you develop skills to better respond to the ‘ups and downs’ of everyday living. Getting to know your patterns and habits in reaction to stress and challenges, you can learn to recognise when your reactions are unhelpful to you and find more skilful ways of dealing with the situation.

This course will be free, and is supported by the MCR Health & Welfare Initiative and Kellogg College. It will be run by Linn and Maggie, as part of their programme in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Sessions will take place at Kellogg College every Thursday, 6-8 pm, from 18th January – 8th March 2018. (Please note, the first session, on 18th Jan, will finish at 8.30 pm). Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  You would have a short meeting with either Linn or Maggie prior to the course, to discuss the aims and intentions of the course, your expectations, and the home practice requirements. It is important to set aside the time to attend the full course (8 sessions) in order to really gain from the learning and practice.

If you are interested, please contact Maggie at and / or Linn at by end of Thursday, 23rd November 2017.


Call for Art Submissions

Theme: “Serial: Creativity in Process”

Proposals Deadline: Wednesday, 22nd November Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, 28th November – Friday, 1st December

The Kellogg College MCR Committee invites you to submit your work to an MCR-run exhibition celebrating the creators of Kellogg College during Arts and Culture Week!

“Serial: Creativity in Process” will highlight creativity as an iterative process, something you have to come back to over time in order to improve.  As such, we encourage artists to consider submitting works in progress, work that relates to their research, work that interrogates the creative process, and work that shows their progress as an artist.

We welcome art in any medium that speaks to you: graphic design, photography, painting, video, sculpture, spoken-word, or musical performance.  Works will be displayed on easels in the Kellogg College Hub from Tuesday, 28th November to Friday, 1st December. A closing drinks reception will be held on 1st December from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to allow artists to interact with visitors to the exhibition.

To apply, please send a brief proposal to including the medium, a brief description of the piece, and any display needs (easel, projector, floor space, etc.).

Please send questions or concerns to


External Opportunities

Pets as Therapy

A team within the Student Consultancy is partnering with Pets As Therapy (non-profit charity organisation) to help conduct a survey so as to understand how it may contribute to the wellness of Oxford students by introducing pets as a form of health and well-being for students who are going through stressful periods during term time.

See the following link for more information about the Pets As Therapy: The organisation aims to understand what the demands are and how open students are to the idea by asking students to complete the following short survey

Summer Teaching Opportunities

Oxford Summer Courses have now opened applications for Summer 2018! We have both on-course staff and teacher/tutor availability, you can follow this link to view the specific job roles and then if you wish, apply for your preferred position. Returning staff will be directed to an email where they just need to register their interest.

If you have any questions please email Hannah the Programme Support,

 Oxbridge Academic Programmes

Oxbridge Academic Programs leads well-established (est. 1985) academic summer programs for advanced secondary school students in Oxford – the Oxford Tradition, Oxford Prep, and Oxford Seminar. The programs are based in Corpus Christi, Oriel, and Pembroke Colleges. Oxbridge invites applications for teaching positions in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and creative arts. Further information, including a complete list of courses is available online:  Applicants should be well-qualified graduates who either have obtained or are working towards an appropriate postgraduate qualification (MSc, MPhil, DPhil). To apply email a CV and a brief cover letter to: Justin Bangs, Associate Director of Faculty, The deadline to apply is 15 January 2018.

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