Kellogg College MCR Newsletter: Week 4


A Note from the MCR President:

Hello again, my lovely college mates!


I’d like to extend warm congratulations to all of our newly elected MCR Committee officers!


For anyone who hasn’t applied for a committee position yet but is still interested, don’t worry! There are still some roles available for appointment. (See the section below titled “Involvement on the MCR Committee” for further details.)

In other news, the MCR will be holding try-outs to be on the Kellogg University Challenge team. University Challenge is a TV game show that pits universities and Oxbridge colleges against one another on matters of niche academic trivia. Try outs will take place on Tuesday 12th November in the college bar at 7:15pm.

I hope you are having a wonderful week!




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


  • 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:

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

This Week at Kellogg:



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


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



  • Welfare Tea and Snacks: 4-5PM, Bar area
  • Guest Night Dinner: 6.45-10PM (booking required)
  • Formal Exchange Dinner with Pembroke College (at Kellogg) 6.45-10PM (booking required)



  • Karaoke Night at the Mad Hatter: leaving at 7.30PM, meet in Bar area
  • Language exchange: starting at 7.15PM, meet in the Bar area
  • Formal Exchange Dinner with Pembroke College (at Pembroke) 6.30-10PM (booking required, meet at Kellogg College Reception to walk over)



  • 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


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 until Saturday, November 9, at noon. Nominations must be accepted by Sunday November 10 at noon. A quick outline of your goals in the role are required to be submitted by November 10 at noon as well. Announcements of appointments will be made next week.


Roles available: 

  • Disabilities Officer: advocate on behalf of students with disabilities
  • Welfare Officer: work toward enhancing welfare offerings
  • Communications Officer: communications, marketing, etc.


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

  • Welfare Sub-Committee* Apply here. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
  • International Student Sub-Committee* Apply here.


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


Upcoming Special Events at Kellogg


Try out for Kellogg College’s University Challenge Team

November 12th in Kellogg College Bar at 7:15pm


Exchange dinners

List of exchange dinners this term:
–        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)


Opportunities, Offers, and More


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:


AHRC-TORCH Graduate Fund


The AHRC-TORCH Graduate Fund scheme runs every year during Michaelmas Term. The Fund supports interdisciplinary student projects in three streams: Interdisciplinary Graduate Conferences (2 awards of up to £1500), Public Engagement with Research Projects (2 awards of up to £1000), and Podcast Series (2 awards of up to £500). It is open to current graduate students; the lead applicant(s) must be a doctoral student with masters students welcome to apply as co-applicants. More information on the fund, including application form and guidelines, can be found on the TORCH website (  

Proposals will be assessed by the Student Peer Review College and by the Humanities Graduate Studies Committee. The deadline to submit applications this term is 29 November 2019 at 12pm, applicants will be notified of the outcome via email by the end of Week 9 (13 December 2019). Applications should be made by completing the application form found through the website above, and returning it to by the 29 November deadline.


For more information on how to apply, please attend our info session on Monday, 4 November 2019, 3.30-5pm Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Radcliffe Humanities Building.

Applicants with questions regarding the Fund or application process should email the Graduate Project Coordinators, Stefanie Arend and Francesca Kaes, at for further advice and assistance.


Humanities research &  the Creative Industries: Where to begin?


This session aims to provide a candid discussion of the challenges and benefits of working with the Creative Industries.

About StoryLab

Abigail met Annette Parry, COO of To Play For, at a Creative Industries workshop run in the Humanities Division in early 2019. Following a successful application for a small amount of Seed Funding, Abigail held a workshop with colleagues in the English Faculty to explore the potential educational uses of AI storytelling platform, A further application to the Business Engagement and Partnerships Seed Fund enabled the prototyping of two scenes from Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.

Read more

Who is it for?

This session is for anyone who is interested in embarking on a collaborative project involving research and the Creative Industries.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the session.

Please sign up at Eventbrite.


Oxford Cortex club


The Cortex Club is the student-led Oxford Neuroscience society that deals with cutting-edge topics and challenging issues in Neuroscience. We regularly host local and international neuroscientists, who are experts in their field, to give research seminars and participate in panel discussions. Our events are open to ALL interested students!

We are delighted to host Dr Viola Priesemann, from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, who will be giving a seminar on: ‘Assessing Cortical Dynamics and Function despite the Subsampling problem’ at 4pm, this Thursday, the 7th of November in the library of the Sherrington Building on Parks Road. Please see the abstract attached.

Go check out our website, sign up to our mailing list here and follow us on facebook and twitter to keep up to date with our future events!



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!



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


Registration for Voting in UK General Elections

All those eligible to vote in a UK general election can register to vote here:


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,