Welcome to St Hilda’s

Dear freshers!

We are the MCR (Middle Common Room), which consists of all graduate students at St Hilda’s (about 200). The MCR has a committee, who represents you to the college and the University student union, organises social, academic, and exchange events for you, and moderates the facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/260321360673037/. The committee will also host a number of freshers’ week activities starting October 4th. If you need anything from us before then, or want to get involved, please contact the current MCR president Kameron St. Clare (kameron.stclare[at]st-hildas.ox.ac.uk), and feel free to join and use the facebook group! In the meantime, here are some photos from the events organised by last year’s committee, to give you an idea of what you can expect at St Hilda’s. We’re looking forward to meeting you!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCR Notices – Week 9 TT

SUMMARY

1.      College – End of Year Party

2.      University – “Like a Chemist from Canada: Shostakovich, Isaiah Berlin and Oxford.” Play, 3rd July.

3.      University – Cowley Road Carnival Fundraiser

4.      University – Sub-dean positions

 

COLLEGE

1.      End of Year Party

We will be celebrating the end of a great year together in style with a Vienna-themed garden and cocktail party on the 27th of June.

You can look forward to:

*live music

*themed drinks, canapés and desserts

*Viennese Waltz demonstrations and lessons by the OU ballroom dance club

We will start at 6pm on the JDP lawn with a festive reception and some group photos. If you need to come later than 6, that’s also fine (do let us know if you’ll be later than 8pm for ticketing purposes).

All St Hilda’s MCR members are invited, and can bring 1 guest who is not an MCR member.

There is no dress code: you can let the Viennese theme inspire you and dress for ballroom dancing, but not dressing up at all is also perfectly fine.

Please sign up using this google form:

http://goo.gl/forms/slv6GhlW9j

One of the questions is about your interest in the dance lesson. Just to be clear: you do not need to formally sign up in order to take part in this and there is also no extra charge. But because of the size of the JDP auditorium, we might need to have two teaching sessions to accommodate everybody, so it will be useful for us to have a rough idea how many of you want to learn the waltz with us.

Signing up early is recommended, as college enforces strict capacity limits for the JDP. Tickets cost £6 or £3 if you don’t want alcohol (please indicate this on your payment) and you can pay by transfer to:

St Hilda’s MCR

sort code 60 70 03

account number 50216864

reference: EOY followed by your first initial and last name and whether you want a non-alcoholic ticket, for instance EOYJSchnurrAlc or EOYJSchnurrNonalc

or by pidging cash to our treasurer Lina Guo. Please pay before Friday the 26th.

You can email Johanna (johanna.schnurr@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk) with any questions. You can find the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1133098176706549/

 

UNIVERSITY

2.      “Like a Chemist from Canada: Shostakovich, Isaiah Berlin and Oxford.” Play, 3rd July.

What: play “Like a Chemist from Canada: Shostakovich, Isaiah Berlin and Oxford.”

Where: Sheldonian Theatre

When: Friday 3 July, 7:30pm

Early bird tickets: until 15 June

You are warmly invited to the upcoming play “Like a Chemist from Canada: Shostakovich, Isaiah Berlin and Oxford” taking place at the Sheldonian Theatre on 3 July.

The play tells a story about the visit of famous Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich to Oxford University to receive a Honorary Doctorate of Music in 1958 by invitation of Sir Isaiah and Lady Berlin. From the initial invitation by Oxford to Shostakovich in Moscow, the story is a fascinating, humorous and poignant portrayal of the clash of two distinct, and distinctly insular, worlds: the Byzantine rituals of Oxford University and the unsmiling officialdom of Soviet Russia.The story is based on the official correspondence surrounding that visit and reminds us of the value of art in the Cold War period. The play is followed by a recital by internationally acclaimed pianist Colin Stone and The Sacconi Quartet.

There is a limited number of £5 tickets for students exclusively and early bird ticket prices are live until 15 June.

Tickets available:

via Oxford Playhouse – 01865 305305, or here:

https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/ticketsoxford/index.aspx#event=19740

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1628316927382993/

3.      Cowley Road Carnival Fundraiser!

Cowley Road Carnival is an annual event to celebrate the diversity of the Cowley community, and last year was attended by 45,000 people. This year the carnival is on Saturday 5th July - www.cowleyroadcarnival.co.uk

There will be a pub quiz fundraiser for the carnival in Pembroke hall bar on Saturday 6th June, 6-9pm. Entry is £4 each, a cash bar is available, and there will be an acoustic performance by Oxford student Caitlin Cook.

Facebook event here: www.facebook.com/events/959882440722608/

4.       Sub-Dean positions 

There are two positions opening up at Wadham, please see Robyn’s email for details.

MCR Notices – Week 7 TT

SUMMARY

1.      College – End of Year Party  

2.      College – MCR Feedback Survey

3.      College – Saturday’s Film Night

4.      College – St Hilda’s alumnae for St Hilda’s Summer Drinks in London

5.      University – Summer work for OAC

6.      University – “Like a Chemist from Canada: Shostakovich, Isaiah Berlin and Oxford.” Play, 3rd July.

7.      University – Cowley Road Carnival Fundraiser

8.      University – Rag Lost

9.  University – Participants needed

 

COLLEGE

1.      End of Year Party

I hope that after last week everyone marked down Saturday 27th June (9th week) in their diaries for our end of year party. This week’s new information is that it will be held in the JdP, AND that we will have members of the Ballroom Dancing Society involved (dancing will not be compulsory!). There will also be canapés and drinks available, and live music. Hope you’re all looking forward to next weeks revelations!

2.      College Feedback Survey

 The College Feedback Survey is still up! http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HY3X4/. This is a really important survey, and College takes the results very seriously. If there is anything you would like to tell College about, regardless of size, do take the survey and let them know.

3.      Film Night – Sunday 14th June 

Pizza and film night! Keep an eye of the facebook page to find out what the film will be.

4.      St Hilda’s Summer Drinks in London with Alumni

 Date: Tuesday 16th June (6.30pm – 8.30pm)

6.30pm – 7pm approx., guests arrive, a selection of Pimms and drinks with delicious refreshments are served

7pm – Zanny Minton Beddoes (PPE, 1986) will give a short talk; Zanny is Editor-in-Chief for The Economist (the first woman to be appointed to this post in its 170-year history).

Questions and discussion to follow.

 Venue: Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, 5 Fleet Place, kindly hosted by Sarah Higgins (History, 1981) Partner at CRS.

Directions: http://www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com/media/311478/5fleetplace-directions.pdf

 Register by Friday 12th June: https://sthildasinthecity.eventbrite.co.uk Places are limited. Admission is free for St Hilda’s students (kindly sponsored by St Hilda’s alumnae Law Network).

 

UNIVERSITY

5.      “Like a Chemist from Canada: Shostakovich, Isaiah Berlin and Oxford.” Play, 3rd July.

What: play “Like a Chemist from Canada: Shostakovich, Isaiah Berlin and Oxford.”

Where: Sheldonian Theatre

When: Friday 3 July, 7:30pm

Early bird tickets: until 15 June

You are warmly invited to the upcoming play “Like a Chemist from Canada: Shostakovich, Isaiah Berlin and Oxford” taking place at the Sheldonian Theatre on 3 July.

The play tells a story about the visit of famous Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich to Oxford University to receive a Honorary Doctorate of Music in 1958 by invitation of Sir Isaiah and Lady Berlin. From the initial invitation by Oxford to Shostakovich in Moscow, the story is a fascinating, humorous and poignant portrayal of the clash of two distinct, and distinctly insular, worlds: the Byzantine rituals of Oxford University and the unsmiling officialdom of Soviet Russia.The story is based on the official correspondence surrounding that visit and reminds us of the value of art in the Cold War period. The play is followed by a recital by internationally acclaimed pianist Colin Stone and The Sacconi Quartet.

There is a limited number of £5 tickets for students exclusively and early bird ticket prices are live until 15 June.

Tickets available:

via Oxford Playhouse – 01865 305305, or here:

https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/ticketsoxford/index.aspx#event=19740

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1628316927382993/

6.      Summer work for OAC

OAC are looking for a small team of enthusiastic activity mentors to help us run summer sessions for international high school students here in Oxford. We’re looking for mentors from across all fields and backgrounds to work with students in their late teens. Payment would be £40-100 per day for a range of dates across July and August.

Oxbridge Academy Courses was formed from Oxbridge Tours, a well-established company which has throughout the years been providing students with well-paid part time work as tour guides. If you want to be updated about opportunities like this and more, drop us a line.

The deadline for applications is June 30th. Please fill in the form linked here, and we’ll get in touch with mentors we’d like to approach about paid work nearer the time. For more information, contact Eli Keren at emk37@cam.ac.uk

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1r5ZNgvV5yJDVxQKC8LiNB73PhK0w6r7NcmYgPjIGn24/viewform?usp=send_form

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Eli Keren

7.      Cowley Road Carnival Fundraiser!

Cowley Road Carnival is an annual event to celebrate the diversity of the Cowley community, and last year was attended by 45,000 people. This year the carnival is on Saturday 5th July - www.cowleyroadcarnival.co.uk

There will be a pub quiz fundraiser for the carnival in Pembroke hall bar on Saturday 6th June, 6-9pm. Entry is £4 each, a cash bar is available, and there will be an acoustic performance by Oxford student Caitlin Cook.

Facebook event here: www.facebook.com/events/959882440722608/

8.      RAG LOS

RAG has just launched a new event for Michaelmas 2015: LOST!

Turning Jailbreak on its head, the concept is a one-way hitch hike back to Oxford. There are some great prizes to be won including ball tickets and a mystery first prize, plus the chance to raise money for RAG’s four elected charities!

Full details are on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OxfordRAGLost2015?fref=ts

And discounted early bird sign ups are now live, so don’t miss out:

http://tinyurl.com/pvubcuj

PLUS check out our brand new promo video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPgU6UXqqmo&feature=youtu.be

9.  Participants needed

We’re currently recruiting for a study involving people who watch football; it’s paid, and conducted in our offices just off Banbury Road. The only requirement is that participants are over 18 and can choose a preferred Premier League football team.

Initial online questionnaire:

https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_6VjRXkADM64yuIR

Notices TT 2015: Week 3

Summary

1.      College – MCR Elections

2.      College – Library newsletter and book sale (starts Monday 18 May)

3.      College – Performing Colour / Staging Sound 12-13 May 2015, 8pm

4.      College – Film Night 17th May

5.      University – DPhil, Medics & Post Doc. careers event on Thursday, 28 May: The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

6.      Call for participants – Online Survey

7.      University – New Programme of Micro-Internships for Trinity Term 2015

8.      University – Call for participants in neuropsychological study

9.      University – Filming for BBC’s The Big Questions (call for audience members).

10.  University – Which crowdfunding platform should we choose to present our project?

11.  Other – The Tingewick Society

12.  Other – COWLEY ROAD CARNIVAL

 

COLLEGE

1.      MCR Elections

Within the next few weeks, nominations will officially open for the MCR committee 2015-2016, and elections will then be held towards the end of Trinity term. We usually reserve a few open positions for the next generation of freshers, but you will nevertheless be able to nominate yourself for any position on the committee. If you are here next year, please think about becoming involved. We would like to warmly invite anyone interested in running for a post to come speak to any member of the present committee in person with any questions, or to attend committee meetings to get an idea of what goes on.

2.      Library newsletter and book sale (starts Monday 18 May)

As noted in the Library’s Trinity newsletter (attached): “From Monday 18 May onwards, there will be a booksale of duplicates and ex-library stock in the issue desk area. Prices start at just £0.50, so make sure to take a break from studying to come and browse what is on offer! All proceeds will be used to buy new books for fiction collection.”

3.      Performing Colour / Staging Sound 12-13 May 2015, 8pm

Performing Colour / Staging Sound (Spectra Ensemble)

Sponsored by the St Hilda’s College Graduate Seminar Fund

Schreker

Kammersymphonie

Coenen-Rowe

A Cosmic Joke

Kandinsky

The Yellow Sound (Der Gelbe Klang)

12-13 May 2015, 8pm with a pre-performance ‘conversation’ on the context of the pieces by Schreker and de Hartmann/Kandinsky in early 20th-century Viennese and German modernism by Dr Georgina Paul (St Hilda’s) and Professor Peter Franklin (Emeritus Professor of Music at St Catherine’s College) at 6:45pm in the Vernon Harcourt Room at St Hilda’s College on Tuesday 12th May (first night).

In this multimedia collaboration, four graduate students aim to present the aesthetic strands of two early twentieth-century works and their contemporary possibilities. A staged production of Kandinsky’s colour opera Der Gelbe Klang, paired with Schreker’s Kammersymphonie and Lewis Coenen-Rowe’s A Cosmic Joke, will explore the potential of staging concert works and the affective possibilities of lighting design in music.

Der Gelbe Klang, or ‘The Yellow Sound’, is a 30-minute colour opera by Kandinsky and was first published in the almanac Der Blaue Reiter in 1911. Though plans for its performance never materialised, the work was eventually completed and performed in 1982 in conjunction with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The opera is divided into six ‘pictures’ and is devoid of narrative or a plot: its emphasis is on movement, colour and expression.

Book: http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/ticketsoxford/#promoter=340

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=536Yb8xOGDA

4.      Film Night – Sunday 17th May 

Pizza and film night! We will be watching 8 Femmes.

 

UNIVERSITY

5.      DPhil, Medics & Post Doc. careers event on Thursday, 28 May: The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Thinking about what to do next? Looking for a new opportunity that will challenge and develop you?

If you’re thinking about the options available to you for the next stage of your career, come to our DPhil, Medics and Post Doc careers event to find out what management consulting could offer. Our team at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) includes many who have made the transition from academia to consulting, with backgrounds as diverse as medicine, tendon engineering, game theory, 18th Century literature and the history of art. This event will give you an opportunity to learn what it’s like to be a consultant and what that might mean for you. Please see the attached document for more information.

6.      Call for participants – Online Survey

Are you an Oxford student? Do you have 5 minutes to spare? OUSU and OxPolicy, Oxford’s student-led think tank, are researching student life at the University, and we need your help! Tell us about your academic and social experiences while at Oxford by filling out our online survey here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OxfordStudentExperiences.

We want to find out how different students’ backgrounds prepare them for life at Oxford. Do people from some nationalities find it easier than others to integrate within the student body? What about different religious groups? Does the Oxford teaching style suit some backgrounds more than others?

These are the sort of questions we’re trying to answer, and with your help we hope to be able to think of ways that the University could provide more personalised support to its international, as well as home, students.

And, if that’s not enough to convince you, by filling out our survey you’ll be supporting the Nepal earthquake relief effort. For every 10 responses we get, we’ll donate £1 to a charity working to rebuild a rural school that has been damaged by the disaster.

7.      New Programme Of Micro-Internships For Trinity Term 2015

The Internship Office is offering a new programme of internships for Trinity Term 2015. We have teamed up with organisations in and around Oxfordshire to offer local ‘micro-internships’ of two to five days’ duration, consisting of a defined project that will be of real value to the host organisation.

If you are interested in undertaking an internship but are unsure about a longer term or international placement, consider applying for a micro-internship. All placements are accessible by public transport from central Oxford, and your travel and lunch expenses will be covered.

Micro-internships for 9th week of Trinity Term (22nd-26th June) are available in:

- Human Resources

- Charities and not-for-profit

- Sustainability and the environment

- Museums

- University of Oxford departments

You will gain an insight into the sector and develop a wide range of employability skills. To learn more about this exciting new programme and for instructions on how to apply, visit our web pages http://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/internship-office-and-work-experience/micro-internships-for-students/ or email us micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk. Placements will open for applications on Monday 20th April, and will close on Friday 22nd May.

8.      Healthy volunteers needed for neuropsychological study

Time and expenses will be reimbursed. Healthy volunteers are needed for a study investigating the effects of naturally occurring amino acids on cognition and processing of emotions.

If you are healthy, with no history of a psychological disorder please contact Mia for more information:

mia.thomaidou@psych.ox.ac.uk

9.      Filming for BBC’s The Big Questions (call for audience members).

I wanted to get in touch with you because we will be broadcasting live from Wychwood School in Oxford on Sunday 17th May and we’re looking to invite engaged members of the local community to be part of our audience.

I hope this will be of interest to your students and I would be so grateful if you could forward the below information on to your mailing lists.

ABOUT THE BIG QUESTIONS: The show itself features specially invited front-row speakers who have a particular interest, expertise or personal story that relates to one of the week’s debates. These speakers debate in front of a wider studio audience. While we cannot guarantee everyone the opportunity to speak, our audience is sometimes invited to contribute to the discussion too.

PRACTICAL DETAILS: We will be recording two episodes in Oxford…

- The first episode will be a live broadcast which requires the audience to be on location at 8:30am on Sunday 17th May. This will be a more topical programme revolving around the week’s news events

- The second episode will be a pre-record which will air on Sunday 31st May and requires the audience to be on location at 12:30pm on Sunday 17th May. This will be a special programme revolving around one question – Is God the problem?

HOW TO APPLY: If anyone would like a seat in our audience, please contact audiencetbq@mentorn.tv or 0141 611 9626. Please include your full name and a contact telephone number.

10.  Which crowdfunding platform should we choose to present our project?

Venue: Oxford Launchpad, Saïd Business School

Date: 12th of May 2015

Time: 19:00 – 20:00

The presenter will introduce different crowdfunding platforms which serve different purposes, for instance education-related initiatives, charitable works, new products and start-ups.

Presenter: Shan Huang, DPhil student at the Department of Education, Founder of OxFund

We encourage you to sign up through our Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/899654900090565/

OxFund – the Crowdfunding Society for Oxford Students

Email: hello.oxfund@gmail.com

Website: http://oxfund.wix.com/oxfund

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OxFund/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OxFund

Fund OxFund to run events: https://hubbub.net/p/oxfundsociety/

 

OTHER

11.  The Tingewick Society

We are delighted to invite you to the Tingewick Fête, on Saturday, 16th May from 3 – 7 pm, in the Osler House Gardens at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The event will feature live music, from the Ultrasounds, the Aneurhythms and Sham Jack; traditional fête activities, including face painting, magicians, and games; and various refreshment stalls, including ice cream, candy floss and Pimms tent.

This year we are supporting the Mind your Head Campaign, an Oxford based charity that seeks to raise awareness and reduce stigma of mental illness, and the Silver Line, a national charity that provides a 24 hour helpline for older people. To support these causes, we will be charging £6 a ticket, or £5.27 in advance via our website http://www.tingewick.org/summer-fete (children go free). If you would like to find out more about our two amazing charities, please visit http://www.thesilverline.org.uk/ andhttp://mindyourheadoxford.org/ .

12.  Cowley Road Carnival

Cowley Road Carnival is the major community event in Oxford’s annual calendar (www.cowleyroadcarnival.co.uk). On 5th July 2015 up to 45,000 people will get together on Cowley Road to enjoy music, food, performance, art, fun and of course the procession.

Lots of volunteer-run fundraising and participation events (www.cowleyroadcarnival.co.uk/events/)  will be happening in the run up to Carnival, including a Blues Brother gig on May 9th. ON THE DAY we also need lots of VOLUNTEERS to help manage the partygoers and to make the most of the fundraising opportunities – it takes £120,000 a year to run the programme of community events and Carnival itself.  Will you come along to have fun with us and take charge of a collecting tin for the day, carry a direction sign, and sell programmes? With your help we could ask every person to give £1 of their change on the day and make a major contribution to securing Carnival for the future.

If you’d like to volunteer, or hold a fundraising event, please email events@cowleyroadworks.org