Kellogg College MCR Newsletter: Week 3

A Note from the MCR President:

Hello again, my lovely college mates!


A huge welcome to the new freshers who have just been added to our mailing list. Make sure to read through for details on events going on in college this week and in weeks to come! A highlight for this week is Thursday’s Halloween party in the Hub—mark your calendar!


The newsletter includes information about welfare and wellbeing, details on various opportunities, and also has an outline of events going on in college (the “This Week at Kellogg” events section).


Consider adding yourself to our Facebook group as well if you haven’t already done so!


Some cool opportunities and events I’d like to highlight that will be recurring throughout term-time are listed below:



  • Tea and study group: Drop by our tea and study group and let the power of positive peer pressure help you focus on your latest assignments! You can stay for some or all of the time. Plus, free snacks! (Times listed under the events section in the email)
  • Student Colloquium: Present some of your research (and get a free informal dinner for presenting). OR stop by and listen to some other students presenting their work! (Times listed under the events section in the email)
  • Language Exchange: Want to get started learning a new language? Stop by our language exchange event! You’ll learn from other students in a very informal setting. You don’t need to be able to teach a language to attend. All are welcome! (Times listed under the events section in the email)



  • College Families: Want to make new friends at Kellogg? Get assigned to a college family, which will consist of some students who have been a Kellogg for a year or more (your “college parents”) and some new students (“college children”). After your first term, you’ll be able to “college propose” to someone and find yourself a “college spouse”! This is a great way to meet new people! Sign up here to indicate interest in joining a “college family”.  
  • Games Night and Pub Quiz: Enjoy a good round of trivia? Or maybe you just want to play a few rounds of your favorite board game? Tuesday nights are your time to shine! We alternate between the two events so check the calendar to see what’s on during a given week. (Times listed under the events section in the email)
  • Movie Night: Get ready for a night of relaxation! Every week during term, there’s a movie playing in the Hub! (Times listed under the events section in the email)


  • Welfare Tea and Snacks with Ekin Genç (Welfare Officer): stop by to either discuss welfare issues or simply relax mid-week! (Times listed under the events section in the email)

Involvement on the MCR Committee


Nominations have been opened for appointments to the MCR. You may nominate yourself or someone else via e-mail to from today (28/10) until Friday (01/11) at noon. Nominations must be accepted by Saturday (02/11) at noon. A quick outline of your goals in the role are required to be submitted by 02/11 at noon as well. Late nomination acceptances and goal outline submissions will not be considered. Announcements of appointments will be made next week.

Roles available: 

  • Disabilities Officer: advocate on behalf of students with disabilities
  • Social Secretary: organize events, etc.
  • Communications Officer: communications, marketing, etc.

Also available are appointed roles (non-voting) on the following sub-committees*:

  • Welfare Sub-Committee* with Ekin Genç. Apply here. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
  • International Student Sub-Committee* with Siyang Zhou. Apply here.

*sub-committee members have no voting rights during MCR Committee meetings unless they also hold a role on the main committee


There are also roles available on the Kellogg College 30th Anniversary Ball Committee. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. (ball committee members will receive free tickets to the Kellogg College ball and one other ball):

  • Roles available:
    • Secretary– takes minutes at all meetings, keeps all required material organized, helps create handover document for next year’s ball president
    • Sponsorship– focuses on getting ball sponsorships
    • Logistics– works closely with negotiation team
    • Creative and Marketing Positions– assist with visual design, décor, social media, and marketing for the ball
    • IT Officer– works on the website
    • Vendor Selection and Negotiation: focus on reaching out to vendors and negotiating pricing
      • Entertainment (x1)
      • Music (x1)
      • Food/Drink (x1)


To submit interest, email: and



Other Events and Opportunities Reminder

Don’t forget that we also have a number of other exciting events scheduled throughout the term. If you’d like to be able to keep up with events as they’re updated, consider subscribing to our Google Calendar here. (Clicking the link doesn’t automatically subscribe you, so keep that in mind). Events are added/updated often, so make sure to check back regularly!

If you’re looking for other ways to get involved, feel free to contact us and we can provide you with further details regarding involvement in college life. Don’t forget that you’re always welcome to propose an event (either for us to lead or for you to lead). Just e-mail us with your idea!


Other News

In unrelated (but still exciting) news, Nicoleta, the receptionist, has just given birth to a baby girl, Catalina Andreea Eftimie! They are both doing well. We send them our best wishes in this happy time.


Read the e-mail below to find out more about: Wellbeing Information, College Updates, Upcoming Events, Opportunities, and more!



Wellbeing Information

For peer support contact: You can also contact our welfare & equality officer, Ekin, at

The Junior Deans are available to chat confidentially about any welfare issues you might have, no matter how big or small. You can contact them at

Information on counseling services can be found here.

Free condoms, lube, pregnancy tests, and sanitary pads are available in the white cupboard in the accessible toilet, near the Richardson Room. If you would like to have moral support while taking a pregnancy test, remember that you can contact the Junior Dean(s), the welfare & equality officer, or peer support.

This year, welfare team members (junior deans, peer supporters, welfare officers, etc.) will all be wearing bright yellow lanyards that say “Kellogg College Welfare Team 2019-2020” in order to increase their visibility as welfare resources. Please utilize them! We are here to support you. It’s never a bother to have a chat with us.   

To find out about exam support available, visit the University’s Stress Less webpage.


Welfare committee applications


Are you interested in welfare? Apply to be on the welfare committee. There are many new positions open, so definitely consider! Apply HERE.




College Updates

Starting this term, Kellogg is utilizing a non-manual sign-in policy during lunches and dinners. There will be a till where you can tap your university card (if you’ve topped up via UPay) or pay with your bank or credit card.

Would you like to help out with working the till? E-mail! Only a limited number of places are available for this role. Students will be monetarily compensated and receive a free meal for the meal times they work.


  • College Brunch: As many of you know, Kellogg offers brunch on most weekends during the term. The brunch consists of an English breakfast. However, the kitchen is considering switching to a rotating set menu (similar to the lunch/dinner schedule style). Is this something you would be interested in? If so, let us know! Link:
  • Payment Change: You will no longer have to sign in for meals at college. UPay is now going to be the “currency” of choice, with the line moving much quicker with a till this year rather than sign-in sheets! So set up your UPay account soon and top up! ( Also, keep in mind that the bar does not accept UPay!
  • Food Options: Are you keen to have more cultural meals on the menu during the term for formal and informal dinners? Let us know what meals you’d like to see via the Food Feedback Form here:
  • Dietary Requests: Do you have a specific dietary request that you want the kitchen to be aware of when you come to college for a meal? Let us know via email 48 hours ahead of time via





Want to keep up with the latest events? Subscribe to our Google Calendar here, which is updated with all the events going on throughout the term. (You must click the link and then subscribe—just clicking the link doesn’t subscribe you). Events are added/updated on an ongoing basis as planning is finalized.


In addition to syncing our Google calendar, enable notifications from our website to get the latest updates. Instructions on how to do so are here. The Kellogg College MCR website has updates about events we have hosted and things coming up. View the site here:

This Week at Kellogg:


MCR Committee Elections are open! Don’t forget to vote!



  • Tea and Study Group: 2-5PM, 62 Meeting Room
  • Yoga: 7-8PM, the Hub


  • Mindfulness: 7.20-8.20PM, Mawby Room
  • Board Games Night: 7.30PM, Bar area



  • Researcher Skills Taster: 11AM-12.30PM, Mawby Room
  • Welfare Tea and Snacks: 4-5PM, Bar area
  • FREE Salsa Dance Class: 5.30-6.30PM, The Hub (no dance partner required)
  • Exchange dinner @ St. Hughs: Meet at reception at 6.30PM (Booking required)
  • Guest Night Dinner: 6.45-10PM (booking required)



  • Language exchange: starting at 7.15PM, meet in the Bar area
  • Kellogg College MCR Halloween Party: 8pm in the Hub (see Facebook event here for details)



  • Tea and Study Group: 9.30AM-12.30PM, 62 Meeting Room
  • MCR bar night: 8PM-onwards, starting in Bar area
  • Liquid Lounge @Magdalen: 9PM, meet at Reception/Bar area



  • Movie night: 8PM, the Hub



  • Tea and Study Group: 2-5PM, 62 Meeting Room


Upcoming Special Events at Kellogg


Research Skills Taster: Making the most of Oxford’s online libraries

Take this opportunity to increase your research skills by joining Bodleian Libraries staff members Cathy Scutt, Doctoral Skills Training Coordinator & Education Librarian and Angela Carritt, Rewley House Continuing Education Librarian as they share their special knowledge & experience of helping both part-time and full-time students at all levels of study.

The event will take place in the Mawby Room. It begins at 11:00 with refreshments.

The librarians will provide a varied menu of tips for using the online library resources of the University of Oxford, including using ebooks, citation counts, Google tricks, advanced techniques for journal articles, managing your data and anything else you might need to know as you start your course. You will be signposted towards more in-depth training and we welcome your requests for future in-house workshops timed to suit your study needs.



Opportunities, Offers, and More

Exchange dinners


List of exchange dinners this term:
–        October 30th: Kellogg at St. Hugh’s (Wednesday)
–        November 20th: St. Hugh’s at Kellogg (Wednesday)
–        November 6th: Pembroke at Kellogg (Wednesday)
–        November 7th: Kellogg at Pembroke (Thursday)
–        November 13th: Wolfson at Kellogg (Wednesday)
–        Tentatively November 29th : Kellogg at Wolfson (Friday)


Kellogg Student Colloquium


Hey team! The Kellogg College Colloquium is always looking for speakers!

If you have something that you would like to present, please send a title, a very brief abstract, and the week in which you’d like to present to .





At Kellogg, the bar isn’t just a place to go for a drink. While both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are served here, the bar is also a social space where you can play board games, meet up with friends, and simply have a chat!


Interested in becoming a bartender during term-time? Training will be run by our fantastic Bar Manager, Nicholas DeVito. Please contact him with questions or to express interest. You can also note your interest via this form.


Any bar volunteer can open the bar on any day after dinner, until 11pm (except when Guest Night Dinners take place). The night’s bartender will post it on the MCR’s Facebook page. If you’re around college for dinner, or working in the library, just pass by the bar area after dinner to see if it’s open!


Trying to save money? As of this term, Kellogg College MCR now has discount deals with a number of local businesses. If you’d like to save some money, check out these places for deals (MUST show Kellogg College ID):

  • Oxford Alterations: 
    • 20% discount off alterations
    • Choice of either free shirt or pair of trousers with a made to order suit
  • The One (restaurant): 
    • 20% off food bill any day of the week
  • Angels Cocktail Bar: 
    • 25% off
  • Sheyda (hair/nails/waxing/etc): 
    • 10% off any service more than 20 pounds (until the end of October, 2019)
  • Barefoot Café: 
    • 15% off cakes and drinks (until 31/12/2019); NOT VALID Monday through Friday 2-6PM
  • The Duke of Cambridge: TBC
  • The Mad Hatter: TBC
  • More discounts and/or offers coming soon!

Do you have a place that you frequent and would like to receive a discount at? Yes? Let us know! Send an email to me at with the name of the restaurant/pub/bar/etc, and I’ll get in contact with them and see what we can do!


Other Opportunities:


Wednesday (30th October), the Oxford University Scientific Society will be hosting Dr Neil Ashton for a seminar. The title is: “Turbulence and Aerodynamics – enabling a greener future”.


Dr Neil Ashton is a Senior Researcher within the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on bridging the gap between academia and industry and developing the next generation of Computational Fluid Dynamics approaches with a particular focus on turbulence modelling and High-Performance Computing (HPC).

In the upcoming talk, Dr Neil Ashton will introduce you to the broader meaning of turbulence and how it impacts the look of the whole world around us. From the Navier-Stokes equations to the largest supercomputers in the world we discuss how our modelling of turbulence is enabling us to build a greener future. We take a particular focus on aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics and learn how the growth of electric vehicles, both airborne and ground based, are making aerodynamics and turbulence a key deciding factor. We look at how a virtual design process could save billions of pounds and how machine learning and artificial intelligence could help to build the cars and planes of the future for us.

Venue: Fitzhugh Auditorium, Cohen Quad, Warren Street, Oxford OX1 2HE

Time: 18:30 – 19:30

Final year of a degree?

Actively applying to graduate roles?

Want to get paid £20 cash per 1.5hr Research Group, simply reviewing grad scheme marketing materials?


Then Get Involved NOW!

Email to get involved in up to 3 groups!

High Fliers Research is looking for Oxford finalists to take part in their well-paid Research Groups looking at how employers promote their graduate opportunities.

Research groups:

· Take place in the weeks commencing 28th October & 4th November 2019

· Last approximately 1.5 hours (but many do it in much less time!)

· Entail providing opinions and feedback on brochures, adverts and websites

· Are paid cash-in-hand upon completion

· Have a strictly limited number of spaces available

If you’re interested in earning cash for your opinions, contact the Oxford University Research Manager, Olivia, on Places are expected to be filled quickly, so get in contact as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!


EPAfrica 2019-20 Launch, Information Session and Social


Monday 28th October, 7pm, Ferrar Room, Hertford College
Facebook Event:

Education Partnerships Africa is recruiting committed individuals to spend 10 weeks in East Africa investing their skills, time and fundraised money in one of our partner schools. We aim to improve the quality of education in rural East-African secondary schools whilst offering exciting, meaningful personal development opportunities to our volunteers. Living and working in a rural community, our volunteers develop essential transferable skills whilst experiencing vibrant East African culture. Sounds good? Come and meet us on Monday 28th for more information and to discuss any questions over some beverages.

Following personal fundraising and training throughout the academic year, volunteers invest in new educational resources, infrastructure projects and schemes to improve students’ health and welfare. Crucially, they are trusted to plan and deliver their own projects, a challenge that provides a rich and varied personal development opportunity.

Employers such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Deloitte and the WHO have regularly been impressed by the autonomy and critical thinking volunteers have demonstrated through their projects. Many volunteers also continue to build experience by volunteering with the charity after the project has finished. For a challenging, rewarding and inspiring summer, find out more and apply at

1st Round Application Deadline: 10th November


Want a hand to navigate Oxford? Sign up to our mentoring scheme!

Hello again from your Student Union! We hope you were able to discover some interesting societies at our Freshers’ Fair and take advantage of all the free stuff! This is just a friendly reminder to register for our international peer-mentoring scheme. When you opt-in to the scheme, you will be paired with an international mentor from your country of origin. That mentor will be happy to answer any questions you might have about adjusting to life in the UK as an international student. Sign-up using the link below!

Warm regards,

Neil Misra
VP Graduates & Internationals

Sign up here:

Note: If your nationality is different the country you grew up in (e.g. you are a South Korean national, but you spent your whole childhood in Australia and would like to mentor another Australian student), please email for more information


Supporting social sustainability

Dear Sustainability Guild members,


I know I’m potentially preaching to the converted when I note that there are activities that are necessary for a sustainable future which are not entirely environmental.  All of our systems and the people within them need to be secure and safe if we are to produce and share goods in a way in which are natural resources are respected.


Oxford’s annual “One World Fair and Fair Trade Festival” celebrates the many different elements of fair and ethical trade and other activities.  It showcases how we can all get involved.  Details are on the poster attached and you can find more information on Facebook or the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition’s website



·         Make a note in your diary now – Saturday November 9th – 1000 – 1600 – Oxford Town Hall

·         Come along on the day

·         Tell your friends and colleagues

·         Distribute the poster


Hope to see you at the Oxford University Climate Assembly next week!


Bart Ashton
Domestic Bursar – Lady Margaret Hall



Feedback Links:

Kellogg MCR Events Feedback Form:
Kellogg MCR Event Proposal/Suggestion Form:
Kellogg College Brunch Feedback Form:
Kellogg Food Feedback Form:


As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments. I’m always more than happy to help in any way that I can. I’m reachable via FacebookLinkedIn, e-mail, and phone! As always, if you want to chat in person, you’ll be able to find me in my usual spot, working on my thesis by the couches in the bar.

Phone: +44 7497 089727

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​Best Regards,