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Christ Church Women in Science: Sam Giles
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Dr Sam Giles is a Junior Research Fellow in Biological Sciences at Christ Church. She uses fossil...
Dr Sam Giles is a Junior Research Fellow in Biological Sciences at Christ Church. She uses fossil data to understand the evolution of modern groups of vertebrates. You can find out more about her on her Christ Church website profile. Tell us a bit about your work, and some of your proudest achievements I use an innovative technique called...
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Christ Church Women in Science: Kerri Donaldson Hanna
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Dr Kerri Donaldson Hanna joined Christ Church in 2017, and she is also a UK Space Agency Aurora...
Dr Kerri Donaldson Hanna joined Christ Church in 2017, and she is also a UK Space Agency Aurora Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on understanding the formation and evolution of planetary crusts of airless bodies like the Moon, Mercury and asteroids. You can find out more about her on her personal website and her...
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Christ Church Women in Science: Brianna Heazlewood
Friday, February 9, 2018
Dr Brianna Heazlewood is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Christ Church and an EPSRC Early Career...
Dr Brianna Heazlewood is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Christ Church and an EPSRC Early Career Fellow in the Department of Chemistry. You can find out more about her on her Christ Church website profile. "I'm interested in one of the most fundamental questions in physical chemistry: how do reactions occur? To try and understand more about...
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Christ Church Women in Science: Leah Morabito
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Dr Leah Morabito joined Christ Church as the Millard and Lee Alexander Postdoctoral Research Fellow...
Dr Leah Morabito joined Christ Church as the Millard and Lee Alexander Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Galaxy Evolution in 2017. She was Co-President and Co-Founder of the Society for Women in Physics at the University of Michigan, and is currently Outreach Officer at the Oxford Society of Women in Physics. You...
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Christ Church Women in Science
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
11th February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This year, we've decided to...
11th February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This year, we've decided to focus our attention on the female Junior Research Fellows (JRFs) and Postdoctoral Research Fellows at Christ Church who are doing research into various areas of science. These women are at the beginning of their academic careers, but have already...
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A guide to tutorials
Friday, February 2, 2018
Tutorials are an intrinsic part of the Oxford experience, and they're one of the many things that...
Tutorials are an intrinsic part of the Oxford experience, and they're one of the many things that have contributed towards giving Oxford its excellent reputation for teaching. But they can seem quite daunting if you’re not really sure about what will be involved, especially if you’ve heard the term but aren’t quite sure how it differs to...
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Hilary Term
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
We're currently in the first week of Hilary Term, which is when undergraduates will start this...
We're currently in the first week of Hilary Term, which is when undergraduates will start this term’s lectures, tutorials and classes. Despite being the term when you’re most likely to get the worst of the weather (except the snow, which is always welcome in Oxford’s beautiful quads), there are plenty of things to look forward to in Oxford...
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A guide to Oxford interviews
Monday, December 4, 2017
Interviews at Oxford can feel very daunting, and it can be easy to think that this is your only...
Interviews at Oxford can feel very daunting, and it can be easy to think that this is your only chance to impress the tutors and win your place at the University. But this isn’t the case – interviews are just one part of the whole Oxford application process, and they’re used along with the rest of your application (including your personal...
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Merry Oxmas!
Friday, November 24, 2017
I know, I know, it's barely even the end of November, but we're already talking about Christmas....
I know, I know, it's barely even the end of November, but we're already talking about Christmas. Trees are going up all over Oxford, the Christmas lights have been turned on, and we might possibly have even started getting out the mince pies and mulled wine (by which we mean definitely). But actually, a lot of this can be put down to ‘Oxmas’,...
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A guide to the Oxford term
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
We're now into 6th week of Michaelmas Term, which means that the first of Oxford's famously short 8...
We're now into 6th week of Michaelmas Term, which means that the first of Oxford's famously short 8 week terms is nearly over! Oxford terms tend to run from 0th to 8th week for undergraduates, although you may find yourself starting earlier and/or staying longer depending on your course and if you have coursework deadlines. But generally, you’ll...
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College life: quick facts
Thursday, October 26, 2017
You may know most of the main facts about Christ Church, such as whether it offers your subject and...
You may know most of the main facts about Christ Church, such as whether it offers your subject and where it is in Oxford, but there's probably a lot of info relating to college life here that you haven't heard about yet. Read on for a quick summary of some of the aspects of Christ Church life that you may not be aware of... - There’s always...
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Oxford's green spaces
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
You may not be a typically outdoorsy type, but it's always good to get out in the open air every now...
You may not be a typically outdoorsy type, but it's always good to get out in the open air every now and then, especially in the lead up to exams so that you have a chance to clear your head, get some exercise, and take in plenty of Vitamin D. And even in the autumn and winter months, Oxford’s full of beautiful trees, and there are loads of...
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A guide to Matriculation
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Matriculation is another one of those weird Oxford terms that you might hear either before you...
Matriculation is another one of those weird Oxford terms that you might hear either before you arrive in Oxford or once you've been here a few days. According to the University's website, Matriculation 'confers membership of the University on students'. But simply put, it's basically a ceremony where you, and hundreds of other freshers, are...
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A guide to sub fusc
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Sub fusc, or academic dress, is one of those Oxford quirks that it can take a while to get your head...
Sub fusc, or academic dress, is one of those Oxford quirks that it can take a while to get your head around before you start at Oxford. For one thing, you first need to work out what it actually is, and then you need to decide which clothes you're going to wear for it, and find out when you need to wear it. It can all get a bit confusing. So...
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Where to go if you need help
Monday, October 2, 2017
Whether you're just starting at university or you've already been here a while, you're going to have...
Whether you're just starting at university or you've already been here a while, you're going to have some great experiences while you're here - but it might not always be plain sailing, and you're bound to have ups and downs. It’s all very well being encouraged to go out and enjoy yourself when you arrive in Oxford, but there may be...
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Before you arrive at Christ Church
Friday, September 29, 2017
Starting university gives you lots of things to be excited about. You'll be living...
Starting university gives you lots of things to be excited about. You'll be living independently for the first time, in a new place, meeting loads of new people and enjoying some exciting new experiences. But all of these things can feel quite daunting, especially if Oxford is a very different place to what you’re used to, and when you add...
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An interview with... Dr Hadia Almahli
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Nearly two years ago, in October 2015, a group of visiting academics arrived in Oxford to take up...
Nearly two years ago, in October 2015, a group of visiting academics arrived in Oxford to take up positions at Christ Church, Merton College, and St John’s College. They had arrived in the UK as part of a scheme to provide refuge to academics fleeing war, persecution or discrimination, and these particular academics were escaping the civil war in...
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An Introduction to College Life
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
One of the (many) things that make universities like Oxford and Cambridge unique is their...
One of the (many) things that make universities like Oxford and Cambridge unique is their collegiate structure. When you arrive here, you’ll be part of the university, as well as a specific department that teaches your subject, but also part of a college. This may be the college you picked when you submitted your UCAS form, it may be one you...
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