College Bulletin 5 February 2021


News and events this week


St Cross Research Presentation Prize Competition
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.
Interested 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.

STAIR Journal

St Antony’s International Review (STAIR) is the University of Oxford’s only peer-reviewed journal of international affairs. They are seeking reviews of recent publications on the topics related to our current issue's theme, titled, "Revolution, Retrenchment, or Reform? Social Movements in a Changing Political World." The deadline for the Call for Book Reviews of up to 1500 words is Saturday 20 February. Further information on this along with a list of suggested books can be found here.

Beauty Industry Survey

St Cross alumna Irene Rizzo is looking for people to answer a short survey which will form part of her DPhil research. The survey concerns the beauty, health and wellbeing industry and it is aimed at making its products more accessible and affordable to most people. 

You can answer the survey here - responses are anonymous.

St Cross College Library Update

The Library remains open for study and 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. Action will be taken if anyone is found not to be adhering to the Library rules.

For updated details of the Bodleian's ever useful iSkills sessions please take a look at this term's schedule:

College News

In Memoriam: Paul Crutzen

The College is saddened to announce the death of Honorary Fellow Professor Dr Paul Josef Crutzen.

Read more

Matthew Snape leads first trial exploring alternating COVID-19 vaccine doses

Member of Common Room Dr Matthew Snape is leading the COVID-19 Heterologous Prime Boost Study, evaluating four different combinations of the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.

Read more



Careers in Law
Part of the St Cross Careers Programme

Wednesday 10 February, 14:00
via Zoom

Come along and talk about law careers with four St Cross alumni in the field, in this interactive panel discussion and Q&A session. Speakers are happy to answer questions and chat with students about their experience.

Please register on Eventbrite For more information about other Careers event taking place this term please check: 

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

Regional Gatherings

Over the next few months St Cross College will be coming to you! We are holding a number of regional gatherings, to say hello and catch up with our St Cross community across the globe and we hope you will join us. These gatherings are open to all including: alumni, current students, Fellows, MCRs, donors and supporters. These will be short, informal get-togethers, giving us all the opportunity to see one another, chat about College and to find out which other St Crossers might be living in your area.

South Korea - 18 Feb
East Coast USA - 18 Feb
Hong Kong - 11 Mar
East Coast Canada - 11 Mar
West Coast USA - 11 Mar
USA - 17 Mar
Singapore and Malaysia - 18 Mar
West Coast Canada - 18 Mar
UAE and Middle East - 25 Mar

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