President’s Epistle: Hilary Week 1

Dear Cruncheroos!

Exams and assignments have been the New Year lot for many of you already. Well done to all of you for powering through!

The MCR has lined up a cracking Hilary Term Card to help you carve out some time with friends, some time for study, and some time for you. You can find the Term Card on the MCR website or on the Facebook group ^(

I would also like to announce that February 19 is the date for the next tour of the Houses of Parliament with Bynum Tudor Fellow, Lord Bilimoria.  The Tour will start at 11:15am. You can enter the ballot for one of the twenty spots available below.

Yoga, Academic Writing Group (note the day and time changes, and the chance for virtual participation), and Welfare Tea & Cake all resume this week, in addition to some special activities like the Cafe Crawl and the International Student Drinks.  I hope to see you at an MCR event soon!

Your M(iddle)C(ommon)R(oom) President



Special Events

Planning Ahead

Weekly Events


External news and opportunities ^(

 Sunday Night Chill is LGBTQ Movie Night – Sunday 21st January, 20:00- 22:00 – The Hub ^( Deadline to enter is February 5. Please note: A tour will also be run in Trinity Term.

Information about Exchange Dinners will be sent around shortly.

Weekly Events

Yoga: Mondays, 7pm – The Hub

Tea and Cake: Wednesdays 4pm, Richardson Room

Academic Writing Group –

Meeting room 62 Tuesdays 2pm-5pm, Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm, Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm and Sundays 2pm-5pm and Virtual Academic Writing Group Sundays 2pm-5pm.

What is Academic Writing Group? It is an organized study period to help you concentrate and get work done. Set a goal, share it, work for an hour and 15 minutes, report on progress and take a break (and some biscuits!), and then do it all over again. You can be writing, reading, or researching but no email or social media. Come along and see what you can accomplish with the support of your fellow students! Contact MCR Academic Officer Charlie Freitag for more information on going the Virtual Sunday edition.

Kellogg Rowing Society

Have you ever wanted to try out rowing while you were at Oxford, but weren’t sure about getting up at 5am every day? Are you looking for a way to stay in shape this year? If so, make Kellogg Rowing Society your New Year’s resolution! We aim to be an accessible and friendly way to try out that quintessentially Oxford sport – whether you’ve rowed before or never even seen a boat. We have weekly training sessions on Mondays at 5:30pm at the gym, and we will have a mixed boat race in July.

If you are interested, you have three choices:

  1. Contact the coach
  2. Post your question on our Facebook page: ^(
  3. Simply show up to the Iffley Road gym at 5:30pm on Mondays

Eventbrite ^(

IT Services offers IT sessions for a brief introduction to key assistive technology and apps that might help you to work and study more efficiently. Tools for planning and organisation, reading and writing will be included. You will be shown free or low-cost tools available for both PCs and Macs, with information on where and how to source the tools yourself.
These sessions might be of particular interest to disabled people who can face additional challenges with study/work.

They are 1 hour session at IT Services (13 Banbury Road, Isis Room) on:
Wednesday 24th January at 4.30pm
Wednesday 21st February at 5.30pm

You have to book a place online through the IT Learning Centre by using one of the following links:
24.01…/sho…/basket/wizard/EditBasket ^(

  •…/sho…/basket/wizard/EditBasket ^( ^(

 The session will be a fun and interactive workshop providing you with skills in communication and environmental campaigning. It will look at the Student Switch Off campaign ( ^( as a practical example of how to encourage behaviour change. Their tips and tricks on effective communication will be transferable to your academic and extra-curricular activities and attending will look great on your CV!

As a bonus, everyone who attends will provide you with a Fairtrade Student Switch Off t-shirt and a reusable Ben & Jerry’s coffee cup!


Tue 30th Jan, 12:05-12.50pm, 1:05-1:50pm or 3:05-3:50pm

Exam Schools, room 14

 Indian Society Bollywood BOP

Saturday January 20th – Emporium 10pm-2am

 Varsity Education recruitment

Varsity Education is a not-for-profit education company that runs summer programmes in both Oxford and Cambridge. Students attending our programmes are aged 15-18 and are keen to learn more about their chosen subjects and looking to apply to top UK Universities.

We are running two two-week programmes in Cambridge between 8th July – 5th August and one two-week programme in Oxford between 7th August – 21st August.

We are looking for advanced undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates from Oxford and Cambridge to lead students in small group classes (in both subject specific lessons as well as study skills workshops), complete general pastoral tasks and accompany students on excursions and activities around the city. There are a number of roles on offer and this is a great opportunity for those keen to spend the summer in the city, gain valuable teaching experience and work with bright students from the UK and around the world.

Most applicants will be required to be available for the full two-week session they apply for however, there will also be some part-time work available with flexible hours.

We can provide accommodation for those interested in the role of Housemistress/Housemaster and some meals will be included. Pay will be between £300-£400 per week depending on the role.

If you would like to find out more, please email us at or apply by clicking on this link ^(

Position opening at the University of Oxford’s only peer-reviewed graduate journal of international affairs

STAIR is the University of Oxford’s only peer-reviewed graduate journal of international affairs. We are currently looking for graduate students to join our Managing board as Public Relations Officer and accepting applications for Theme Section Editors for the February 2019 issue. Gain experience in academic publishing behind the scenes by working at Oxford’s only peer-reviewed, student-run journal of international relations. All majors and colleges are welcome.

Founded by graduate students of St Antony’s College in 2005, the Review has carved out a distinctive niche as a cross-disciplinary outlet for research on pressing contemporary global issues, providing a forum in which emerging scholars can publish their work alongside established academics and policymakers.

See our website ( ^( for more details on the positions and election procedures.  Deadline for self-nomination (email is Friday 19th January (Week 1) by midnight. Elections are Monday 22nd January (Week 2) 19:30 at St Antony’s College.

 Experience strategy consulting with the Oxford Strategy Group

The Oxford Strategy Group is the premier student-run strategy consultancy in Oxford. We offer students hands-on experience in high-end strategy consulting projects, along with exclusive training from top consultancies and alumni mentoring. Each term, we work with global real-life clients to solve their business problems. Our diverse portfolio includes multinationals like DHL, Tesco, Jagermeister, World Wildlife Fund, Unilever and The British Museum, as well as rising startups from across the globe.

We are now opening up applications to our new projects for Hilary 2018. We seek candidates from all fields of study and stages of education. To apply, please upload a CV and an optional cover letter to ^( by 13th Jan (Saturday of 0th week) midnight.  Applications are expected to be competitive. Successful candidates will be called in for interview in 1st week.

Here’s what you can expect joining OSG this Hilary:

  • Clients including blue-chip companies in the FTSE 100 Index, a leading African billionaire entrepreneur, as well as projects from a range of high-growth SMEs, start-ups and charities.
  • Exclusive workshops and numerous office visits with our partner consultancies including McKinsey & Company, Accenture, Parthenon, AT Kearney, Applied Predictive Technologies, IMS Quintiles, CIL Management Consultants, and more.

Join us to work with real clients, solve real business problems and deliver real impact. For more information, visit our website ^(, our Facebook page or contact us directly at

Oxford Strategy Group Digital

Are now recruiting for Senirand Associate Digital Consultants. For more information please visit: ^(

 Summer School Tutoring Opportunities

The Oxford Scholastica Academy is a summer school for bright 13-18 year olds from around the world. We are looking for part-time Tutors for our summer programme to inspire our students to explore a subject and discover a career, preparing them for professions and life. Join our fun and friendly team of tutors, and get excellent development opportunities and remuneration (£30/hr). Apply if you could teach any of the following:
Computer Science | Debating/Public Speaking | Engineering | Creative Writing | Enterprise (Economics/Management/Business) | Law | Leadership | Medicine | Psychology

See ^( for more information or contact Jana and Lavinia at | Deadline: 9th February 2018.


Oxbridge Academic Programs invites applications for teaching positions in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and creative arts on academic summer programs held in Oriel, Corpus Christi, and Pembroke Colleges, Oxford. Applicants should be well-qualified graduates who either have obtained or are working towards a postgraduate qualification (MSc, MPhil, DPhil). To apply email a CV and a brief cover letter to: Justin Bangs, Associate Director of Faculty, Further information: ^( received by 15 January 2018 will be given priority.


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