College Bulletin 19 February 2021


News and events this week


As many of you will know, we are expecting the UK Government to give an update on Monday (22 Feb), to outline a roadmap out of this current lockdown and the easing of restrictions. Following this announcement, we expect that many of you will have questions about what these changes will mean for you. The University and the College will be working through the updated guidance and advice once this is made available, but this could take a number of days. We may not be able to release updated guidance until later next week. If possible, please refrain from asking members of staff questions in relation to Monday’s announcement, until you have received this update. As advised in last week’s bulletin, if you expect to make a request for a rent rebate as you have been unable to return to your College accommodation this term, please complete this form.

St Cross Library Latest News

The Library continues to remain open for study and spaces MUST be booked by 22:00 the day prior to your visit. Please be sure to supply us with your full name at the time of booking and only a book a space if you intend to use it as demand for desks is high. 

It is essential to wear a face covering at all times unless medically exempt and to 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. 

Next week Bodleian iSkills are running a useful workshop on finding research materials, for more information and to book a space please take a look at what's on offer.

As more libraries open and extend their opening hours you can keep up with the changes here: 

Don’t forget, your SRC also have some great events coming up:

LGBTQ+ History Month with Trinity College
Tonight - Friday 19 February, 19:00

Screening of Disclosure (2020) - a documentary tracing the representation of trans people in the film industry. Open to all. Further info here.

Teams Common Room Coffee Chat
Every Wednesday at 15:00

Grab a hot beverage and share a collective space in these difficult times. Feel free to turn up for as long or short as you like, and there is no pressure to contribute to conversation, just come along for some company if you like. Contact Hollie if you would like to be added to the invite list.


College News

St Cross Fellow Professor Rana Mitter appeared on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 this morning talking about vaccine diplomacy. You can listen again here (from 2hr45min mark).




Building your own Organisation
Part of our St Cross Careers Sessions

Wednesday 24 February, 12:00
via Zoom

Interested in hearing about setting up and building your own organisation? Come along to this drop-in session and chat with St Cross alumna Aanya Niaz, a Strategy and Management Consultant for Ernst & Young, and an education advisor and researcher. 

Sessions are designed to be interactive and informal, so please come along with plenty of questions, ready to chat with speakers and find out more about their experience and expertise.

Book here

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

Thursday 25 February, 12.30 - 14:00 (GMT), on Zoom. 

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 26 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

Further upcoming sessions in our St Cross Careers Programme for Hilary Term:

Careers in Management Consulting
Wednesday 3 March, 11:00
via Zoom - book here

Interested in a career as a management consultant? Come along to this informal interactive discussion with St Cross alumni Nic Dillon (Management Consultant, Nous Group) and Soraya Weill (Associate, Oliver Wyman).


Careers in Tech
Wednesday 3 March, 17:00
via Zoom - book here

Interested in a career in tech? Come along to this informal interactive discussion with St Cross alumni Andrew Leaver (Software Engineering Director, Google), Salone Kapur (Global Lead, Brand & Reputation Marketing, YouTube), and Ryan Murray (Senior Manager, Policy, Risk & Response, Amazon).

Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop

Thursday 4 March, 17:30
via Zoom

Mindfulness is a well-researched, secular and effective means of alleviating stress, anxiety and depression, and promoting wellbeing and flourishing.

This 75-minute workshop run by Oli Bazin from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre will provide an introduction to Mindfulness in theory, practice and research, and will offer a few tips to keep you grounded and steady in the midst of these challenging times.

Please RSVP via this form by 17:00 Wed 3 March

Research Presentation Prize Competition

Friday 5 March, 17:00
via Zoom

The College's inaugural Research Presentation Prize Competition will take place on Friday 5 March when the shortlisted six students will present their talks in an accessible way with just three slides and for no longer than five minutes.

The presentations event are open to all members of College and the successful winner of the Prize Competition for the best presentation will be voted on in a live Zoom poll by everyone attending.

Please RSVP via this form by 17:00 Thurs 4 March