Mindfulness Tester Day & Course
Mindfulness is a well-researched, non-religious and effective means of promoting well-being, and alleviating stress, anxiety and depression. Kellogg is hosting an 8-week practical introduction to mindfulness this Hilary Term, taught by teachers from the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC). The course has been designed specifically with the needs of students in mind and will be taking place on Monday evenings, Weeks 1 – 8, at 17:30 – 19:00, in the Mawby Room at Kellogg College. The course is heavily subsidised by the OMC at £65 per student for eight 90-minute sessions. College will offer an additional subsidy of £25 to Kellogg students who attend at least 6 out of the 8 sessions. Kellogg will be hosting a Mindfulness Taster Session on Thursday 16 January at 17:30 – 18:30 as an opportunity for students to learn more about mindfulness and it’s benefits, and a chance to try out a couple of short mindfulness exercises. For more information and to book, please click here.
Survey on Menstruation
Do you menstruate? Researchers at Oxford University are interested in your experiences the week before your period. Please help them with a 5-minute questionnaire. Why it matters? The Dphil student Gabriella Kountourides (St. John’s) at the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography: “Many menstruating people describe different experiences in the week leading up to their periods, however few surveys take into account the range of different experiences people have. I am working to build a questionnaire that encompasses all aspects of the premenstrual experience which will be important both to understand the social effects of premenstrual experiences, and medically”.
Cortex Club: Panel Discussion on Sleep: Features and Functions
Wednesday 11 December, 5:00 – 6:00 PM, Sherrington Library
For our final event of the year, in collaboration with the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (CNCB), the Cortex Club will be hosting a panel discussion on Sleep: Features and Functions with Prof. Amita Sehgal, Prof. Penelope Lewis, Dr. Jason Rihel, Prof. Stuart Peirson. The Panel discussion will be followed by a Christmas-themed drinks reception, then everybody is welcome to join us to a pub for dinner with the speakers. Go check out our website, sign up to our mailing list here and keep up to date with our future events by following our facebook, twitter and instagram.
Summer Teaching in China
The Social Enterprise Gotoco has opened applications for its 2020 summer TEFL programmes. These take place in diverse locations across China. The Directors Daniel Parrott (St. Anne’s) & Richard Lloyd (Pembroke) are the Oxford alumni and you can find there stories here. Last year around 50 Oxford students joined our project in China, apply now to grab your place on the 2020 Gotoco China team: http://www.go-to.co/apply-now.
- Earn a TEFL certificate (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language)
- Explore China and its diverse culture
- Learn some Mandarin, and take part in fun cultural exchange activities
- Gain valuable work experience and references
- Begin a summer of backpacking across Asia
- Give Chinese students the chance to experience a new style of teaching
- See stunning scenery, including the Karst mountains around Yangshuo, Guangxi
Oxford University Anglo-Chinese Research Society – Recruitment
The Oxford University Anglo-Chinese Research Society, which is in the process of being established, is recruiting students for some positions. This society’s primary aim is to help foster an environment of collaborative research here at Oxford, particularly focussing on students in the early stages of their research careers. The aims of this Society are as follows:
- to promote collaboration between the UK and China generally, with a specific focus on collaboration in academic research;
- to improve the quality of research by UK and Chinese academics by learning from one another; and
- to provide a forum for UK-based academics to network with Chinese academics and vice versa.
The Society will host lectures, networking events for its members, and discussions over dinner with guest speakers (e.g. academics from Oxford and overseas, diplomats, etc.), as well as run termly essay competitions. Having already secured sponsorship for the society, all that is currently left is to find a suitable treasurer and secretary, who have a passion for international research relations and a capacity to fulfil the needs of these roles. Those interested in either role should email the DPhil candidate Ryan Veryard (Linacre), at Doctoral Training Partnership in Environmental Research (NERC DTP) at [email protected] for more information.