Dear Corn Flakes,

Week 2 brings May Morning, speed sketching, and a chance to show your appreciation to the dining and kitchen staff at Kellogg for the wonderful job they do for students, fellows and staff all year. All the details are below.

The library will be closed for an extended period this summer. The dates you need to be aware of are:

25 June to 9 July – total closure.

9 July to 23 July – ground floor closed, including the main door outside the Richardson Room; the first floor will be open and accessible by the back staircase, though there will be a certain amount of disturbance from the work on the ground floor. The Bodleian Libraries will of course be open vacation hours ^( during this period and we are looking for alternative 24 access possibilities. I will keep you updated on that.

The Trinity Term card is now available. Sign up for the Compton Verney Trip is open, and don’t forget your ball tickets!

Your MCR President,


Regular events

College Bar: is open Wed-Sat 7pm-10pm

Yoga:  Monday, 23 April – 7-8:30pm, the Hub

Classes are free and mats are provided.

AWGs: This term Academic Writing Group will take place weekly on Tuesdays 5-8pm and Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays 2-5pm. Usually in Room 62 but ask at reception for confirmation.

Welfare Tea & Cake – Wednesdays, 4pm, Richardson Room


Wellbeing Information

And as always:

– free condoms, pregnancy tests and sanitary pads are available in the white cupboard in the  accessible toilet, near the Richardson Room. Please contact Anne at [email protected] if the items need replenishing.

Also, if you would like to have moral support while taking a pregnancy test, remember you can contact the peer support at [email protected] or [email protected], the Well-Being Officer.


– the Peer Support can be contact at [email protected]!

– Information for counselling can be found here: ^(

– For any problems, you can also contact Anne at [email protected] as the current Wellbeing Officer


Special Events

May Morning Breakfast: Tuesday, 1 May, Hub, 7am


PGCE Night: Thursday, 3 May, 7pm


Speed Sketching: Thursday, 3 May, 8:30, Hub


Houses of Parliament Tour: Friday, 4 May, 10am-12pm

Sign up is closed and participants have been notified. A big thank you to this year’s Bynum Tudor Fellow, Lord Bilimoria for hosting a group of Kellogg students each term.


Cinco de Mayo Lunch: Friday, 4 May, Dining Hall, 12:45

Join us in College for this special, themed lunch celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Afterwards, at around 13:15, we will head out to the garden where a piñata will be waiting. All College members and their guests are welcome. Standard lunch charges apply. Booking is not necessary.


Dining and Kitchen Staff Appreciation BBQ: Sunday 6 May, 4pm

In honor of our wonderful Kitchen and Dining staff, the MCR is putting on a BBQ to thank them for all that they do for us! We hope that you will please join us in showing our gratitude, while relaxing and munching on treats! PSA: In potluck style, we ask that all Kellogg students provide any food or drink they may want. The MCR is mainly providing food for the staff as this is a thank you event for them! Feel free to contact Lauren Feldman ([email protected]) if you have any questions or would like to make something to share for the event!


Forward planning


Exchange dinners

We have three MCR exchange dinners organised for this term and the dates are as follows:

Nuffield (15 places available)
10/05 Nuffield at Kellogg 30/05 Kellogg at Nuffield


Wolfson (15 places available)

25/05 Kellogg at Wolfson 30/05 Wolfson at Kellogg

Queen’s (15 places available)
06/06 Queen’s at Kellogg 11/06 Kellogg at Queen’s

How it works:
If you sign up for an exchange you are signing up to attend two dinners; one at Kellogg and one at the other college.  Please make sure you are free for both nights of the exchange. Poor attendance at either leg reflects badly on Kellogg, as we are guests of the other MCR and are hosting them in our turn. We can only take your booking if you can attend both legs of an exchange. Moreover, you will get charged in full (allowance doesn’t apply) if you don’t show up. A waiting list is being used, so if you are unable to make it contact [email protected]


Exchange Dinners count as two guest night dinners as you are hosting a person from the other college as your guest. You are able to use your free allowances to cover exchange dinners. Remember that any dinner over the allowances will be charged accordingly (£37).

What to do next:
To sign up for an exchange dinner please visit the link below and fill up the form: ^(


Volleyball Cuppers

Volleyball cuppers will take place in TT, if you would like to take part on this year’s team, please get in touch with Bo ([email protected] or [email protected]. All levels are welcome. Matches are casual and just for fun, held every Sunday. Kellogg finished third in the league last summer, we will aim to top that this year. ^(


Register online ^( Select ‘Join a team’ and pick ‘Kellogg College’ from the dropdown list. ^(


And get your tickets here: ^(

Find out more and book your place. ^(

Find out more and book your place ^( ^(


The feedback survey will close on Friday 4 May 2018 (Friday Week 2)


External Events and opportunities


Graduate accommodation rent rises: open meeting with David Prout, hosted by Oxford SU– 3rd May 13:00-13:45

Graduate accommodation rent will be rising by nearly 6% next year, with no new services or improvements to current university accommodation included in this. Oxfrod SU has invited David Prout (the University Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources) to Oxford SU to ask why. Make your voice heard.


Decision making experiment

The experiment aims to investigate the underlying neural mechanism during decision making. A computer-based decision-making task and non-invasive functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will be involved. Briefly speaking, two options will be presented in every trial and the options may lead to monetary reward outcome. Each option is characterized by variable reward size (amount of reward that can be won)
and reward probability (chance to win the reward). Participants will be asked to make choices between options to maximize their earning.
healthy right-handed adults, aged 18-40
Day 1 – Instruction and practice of the experimental task (~35 minutes)
Day 2 – functional MRI scanning + experimental task (~60 minutes)
£20–£25 (depending on the task performance)
Day 1 – Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
(location is negotiable)
Day 2 – Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain, John Radcliffe
Hospital, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DU
Please contact Kelvin Law on [email protected]
[email protected] ^( ^( ^(

Thursday 28 June ^(

Friday 14 September ^(


If you have any questions at all about student participation in 2018 Open Days, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at [email protected].




We are looking for participants to take part in a study looking at the effects of a hypertension drug (Losartan) on depression & emotion related processing. To do so, we want to compare the effects of a single dose of Losartan to that of a placebo on computer tasks that measure emotion, learning and cognition. The study involves 2 visits of 1 hr and 3.5 hours at Warneford hospital.

We are inviting healthy volunteers, aged 18-50, who have no history of medical/psychiatric/severe cognitive problems, are not currently taking (or in the past 6 weeks any medications) and are non-or light smokers. You will be reimbursed for your time and travel and also have a chance to win additional money during the study.

If you are interested in participating in this study and/or would like further information, please send me an email ([email protected]).


Ethics approval reference R56174/RE001


Eating Concerns and Compulsivity

We are looking for people that fit into one of two groups: healthy people who have been recovered from anorexia nervosa for over a year, and those who think a lot about their eating, weight and shape to participate in a psychological study. You should be a healthy female aged between 18 and 45 years. We are looking for women who do not have any current health or psychiatric problems. We will be asking you to do some questionnaires and complete two computer tasks, which measure behaviour thought to be related to compulsivity. Compulsivity is repetitively performing actions which aren’t rewarding or good for you. We will also non-invasively measure your pupils during one of the tasks.


If you are interested in participating in this study we’d like to hear from you! Feel free to ask questions – showing interest doesn’t commit you to anything! You will be compensated for your time if you decide to take part. You can email me on [email protected] or call 01865 618318 for more information. This study is run in the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry.


Alexandra Pike
Merton College
DPhil Candidate in Psychiatry
01865 618318


Staff required for Oriel Commemoration Ball 2018

Oriel’s Commemoration Ball is taking place on the 22nd of June and we’re looking to hire people to work on the night. Specifically, we need staff for the cloakroom, and staff for taking round canapés at the beginning of the night.

For cloakroom workers, the hours are 6pm – 7am and you will receive £130 in total for the night.

For canapé servers, the hours are 6pm – 9pm and you will receive £40 in total for the night.

Please fill in the form linked below to express interest. For any enquiries, email [email protected] ^(