Week 4 Presidential Epistle – Vote! and Parliamentary Tours

Dear Coco Pops!

Special announcement for all students: The newly appointed Bynum Tudor Fellow, Lord Bilimoria, has offered to host students for a tour of the Houses of Parliament each term this year. The Michaelmas Term date is 17 November from 3pm-5pm. The tour will begin in Westminster Hall and will visit both the Lords and Commons. Afterwards, the participants will visit a committee room for a discussion and question session with Lord Bilimoria.  Numbers are strictly limited to 18 students and participants will be selected by ballot. You can enter here: https://goo.gl/forms/gIAzjs2FrLBy7BOE3

A big thank you to all those, MCR Committee and others, who provided such stellar help at the HalloCorn BOP On Saturday night. You made this an amazing night of dancing, disco, and costumes!  College and the MCR continue the Halloween and Bonfire season with a number of events this week.  Book for the Halloween and Bonfire Night Celebration on November 4 (details below) and join the MCR for pumpkin carving earlier in the week.

Results of the MCR Election will be announced tomorrow but there is still time to VOTE!  Polls close at 12 noon, Monday 30 October.  You will have received an email from your friendly Junior Dean with instructions on how you can do this. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your voice represented in college!

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


Special Events

Halloween themed lunch – Tuesday 31st October 12:45- 1:45, Hall

A special themed lunch for Halloween. Fancy dress is optional! (No booking required)

DPhil Dinner – 31st October Tuesday 6:15-7:15, Bar

Come along and meet some fellow Kellogg DPhil students at our DPhil dinner.

Part-time student lunch – Thursday 2nd November – 12:30-1:45, Bar

Part-time students come along for a drink and lunch and meet other part time Kelloggians!

Pumpkin Carving – Thursday 2nd November – 8pm, Bar

Put your pumpkin carving skills to the test! All pumpkin and carving tools will be provided, just bring your creativity!

Halloween and Bonfire Night Celebration – Saturday 4th November 7pm, The Hub

This is a college event, so please note the booking procedure. The cost is 12.50 for Kellogg students and you can read more here:

Join us on Saturday 4 November to celebrate the spooky festival of Halloween! Be prepared to be scared. The Hub and your fellow guests will be looking their most fearsome, and the DJ will have a stack of horror-filled tunes to terrify. (Please note that we will not have a bonfire or fireworks.) We will be holding a ‘best pumpkin’ competition, there will be a prize for the winner. Food will be served buffet-style and there will be a cash bar (run by your friendly MCR!).

Dress is informal. Come wearing your scariest outfit! This event is child-friendly but also great fun for adults. Booking is required: Email bookings@kellogg.ox.ac.uk

Sunday Night Chill– Table Tennis – Sunday 5th November – 8pm, Bar

Come along and show us your table tennis skills!


Advance notices


Parliament Tours with Bynum Tudor Fellow, Lord Bilimoria – 17 November, 15:00-17:00

Places are strictly limited to 18 students. Enter the ballot here: https://goo.gl/forms/gIAzjs2FrLBy7BOE3 Please note: Tours will also be run in Hilary and Trinity Terms.

Whiskey Tasting – 21 November, 7 pm – Kellogg bar

Kellogg Alumn Gareth Langley will lead us through a tour of Scottish whiskies. Space are limited to 30 and you can sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/u/0/d/1vBNeSPg4fzeoDvvE2u1gyFLjmK9Ne7R8ViOXJB29SVE/edit?usp=forms_home&ths=true

Weekly Events

Yoga: Mondays, 7pm – The Hub

Kellogg Academic Writing Group: Tuesdays 1:45pm-4:45pm (Meeting Room 62) and Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm (Mawby)

Tea and Cake: Wednesdays 4pm, Richardson Room

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



Experiments in Digital Scholarship: people, technology, and Ada Lovelace Monday 30th October – 11:30-12:30 Mawby Room

Everyone is welcome to attend this seminar which reflects on the work of the Bodleian Libraries’ Centre for Digital Scholarship and in particular the EPSRC-funded Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies project.

Two years ago, the Bodleian Libraries’ Centre for Digital Scholarship opened with a mission to bring together people, technology and ideas. We have experimented with different approaches in sharing research methods and outcomes with multidisciplinary audiences, and in catalyzing and enabling new research and study. This talk reflects on some of the Centre’s activity, and focuses on our work in one project:  the EPSRC-funded Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies.

The seminar will be given by Pip Willcox, Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship, and has been organised by Kellogg Junior Research Fellow, Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran.



External Opportunities


OUSU Homelessness campaign

On Your Doorstep is organising a Homelessness Awareness Week in week 4. The first important event will be the Dignity Drive, and collection boxes will be prepared and placed in every college for donations of sanitary products (tampons, pads, menstrual cups) to the Oxford Women’s refuge centre. This is an important campaign drive, as the issues of period poverty are often overlooked in the discourse on homelessness (we are being backed by Oxford Women’s Campaign, Dignity Drive and the Oxford University Labour Club).

If you are interested, follow the Campaign’s page on https://www.facebook.com/pg/OnYourDoorstepCampaign/events/ to see the full list of upcoming events, including a volunteering induction at the Gatehouse, a Jazz night fundraise, and many more. Get involved!


Advertising Research Study


Researchers at the Department of Experimental Psychology University of Oxford are seeking men who stutter for a trial investigating whether Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) can improve speech fluency in people who stutter. tDCS is a non-invasive and painless way of stimulating the brain by passing a very weak electrical current across the head between two large sponge electrodes placed on the scalp.  Volunteers should be male, aged 18-45 years and native English speakers. You will be asked questions about your medical history to check your suitability for an MRI scan and brain stimulation.


The study involves five visits to receive tDCS and fluency training. These can take place either in Oxford or at another mutually convenient location. The study also involves MRI scanning of the brain and vocal tract, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which will take place during one or two visits to the OHBA Centre at the Warneford Hospital in Oxford.   MRI gives very detailed pictures of structure and function. TMS is used here to measure the excitability of the brain areas involved in speech production.  These methods are non-invasive and do not involve ionising radiation.  We will reimburse volunteers for their time and cover reasonable travel expenses.

If you are interested in participating in this study and/or would like further information, please contact the Speech and Brain Research Group on speechbrainlab@gmail.com


Oxford Magic Society

Oxford Magic Society is back for the 2017/18 year! Join us weekly on Thursday evenings for fun things such as:

    • hanging out in a pub
    • drinking in a pub
    • showing each other cool magic tricks in a pub

We’re open to everyone and anyone, so come along if you like learning or performing magic! More details about timings and all that jazz on our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/oxfordmagicsociety/

Production Editor wanted

The St Antony’s International Review (STAIR) is recruiting a production editor for the academic year (2017-2018). The Production Editor manages the technical layout and production of the journal, taking it from word documents to a finalized product. For this role, experience with Adobe suite is an asset, but not a requirement. We invite applications from a wide range of backgrounds and colleges who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of academic publishing. Previously elected members of the leadership team will help you transition into your new role. The deadline for self-nomination is November 3rd. See attached call for application instructions.



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