College Bulletin 12 February 2021


News and events this week


St Cross Accommodation Survey - For students unable to return to College accommodation
We appreciate that many students in College accommodation have been unable to return to Oxford due to the ongoing travel restrictions, advice and guidance from the UK Government and the University. This is particularly the case for taught students. For students who have been restricted in their ability to return to Oxford due to these restrictions, we may be able to offer rent rebates for those students who were not permitted to travel. The exact details are complex as it remains unclear as to when return travel to Oxford will be permitted, and each of you have different circumstances. If you expect to request a rent rebate, please complete this form . This will help us gather information and make informed decision to support you as quickly as possible.

St Cross Research Presentation Prize Competition - DEADLINE TODAY
Present your Oxford academic research in a talk of no more than 5 minutes in an online Zoom event in 7th week for the chance to win a prize award of £300. Applicants should send their presentation title together with copies of their PowerPoint slide(s) (up to a maximum of 3) to the Senior Tutor (Academic Affairs & Programmes) at by 17:00 on Friday 12 February.

St Cross Library Latest News
The Library continues to remains open for study but spaces MUST be booked by 10 pm the day prior to your visit. Please do supply us with your full name at the time of booking. It is essential that all Library users wear a face covering at all times unless medically exempt and that you clean your desk before leaving with the cleaning materials provided. Food, non-silent study and congregating are not permitted. Sadly, a number of students have not been following these rules and if this continues we will take action, which may result in closing the Library.  

Information about the latest St Cross Library acquisitions can be found here. As more University wide libraries open and extend their opening hours you can keep up with the changes here:

Next week Bodleian iSkills are running some useful online referencing workshops, for more information and to book a space please take a look at what's on offer.

Referencing: RefWorks (Mon 15 Feb 10.00-11.30; repeated 2 Mar 14.00-15.30)
Referencing: Endnote (Introduction to) (Tue 16 Feb 10.00-12.00; repeated Thu 25 Feb 14.00-16.00)

College News

St Cross Member of Common Room Dr Matthew Snape, Associate Professor in Paediatrics and Vaccinology at the University of Oxford, is the Chief Investigator of the first trial to explore alternating different COVID-19 vaccines. He appeared in 60 Minutes Australia this week. You can catch-up on this interview, which was filmed in St Cross, here.


Managing Exam Anxiety

Wednesday 17 February, 12:00
via Zoom

With Dr Ruth Collins, University Counselling Service

This session will identify some of the main causes of why people turn the normal pressures and stress
in facing the challenges of exams into what feels like overwhelming and incapacitating exam anxiety.
Most of the session will then look at practical strategies to manage and overcome these worries.

Please RSVP here by 18:00 on Tues 16 February


Working in International Cooperation
Part of our St Cross Careers Sessions

Wednesday 17 February, 15:00
via Zoom

Come along and talk about working in international cooperation with three St Cross alumni in the field. Speakers are happy to answer questions and chat with students about their experience in this informal session.

Josep Garí - UNDP Senior Policy Advisor (based in Geneva, Switzerland) 
Kimiko Kuga - Administrative and Budgetary Advisor and Researcher at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN (based in New York, USA) 
Lawrence Huang - Intern for the International Organization for Migration in the UN (based in Sydney, Australia) 

Please book here. More information about all Careers Sessions taking place this term can be found here.

Towards a plasticity of the mind - New-ish ethical conundrums in dementia care, treatment, and research

Thursday 25th February, 12.30 - 14:00 (GMT), on Zoom. Please register here.

The St Cross Special Ethics Seminars are jointly arranged by the Oxford Uehiro Centre and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities. 

Speaker: Dr David M. Lyreksog (Wellcome Centre for Ethics & Humanities; NEUROSEC, Department of Psychiatry)

Full details and abstract are available here.

Space Travel Across the Decades and Beyond

Friday 26th February, 17:00, via Zoom

A discussion panel will discuss the history and future of "Space Travel Across the Decades and Beyond".

Confirmed panellists are:

Dr Jim Green (Chief Scientist, NASA)
Professor Günther Hasinger (Director of Science, European Space Agency)
Professor Mikhail Marov (Former Scientific Secretary of the Soviet Space Council)
Professor Gu Yidong (Chief Scientist, China Manned Space Programme)

Confirmed discussants are:

Dr Mae Jemison (former NASA astronaut and first African American woman in space)
​​​​​​Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma (former cosmonaut and first Indian in space)

Session Chair : Dr Alice Bunn (International Director, UK Space Agency)

This event is free to attend, but please book your ticket here

University Events

Our Visiting Fellow, Professor Shadreck Chirikure, is hosting a series of global webinars in collaboration with AfOx on the future of anthropological research. The first event is on 19 February - find out more here.