College Registration, Freshers' Week, and Beyond

Freshers' Week Schedule

The Undergraduate Freshers' Timetable and the Graduate Freshers' Timetable can be found in the downloads box at the top right-hand side of this page.

The Blue Book

The Blue Book (Information and Regulations for Junior Members): note that this is the 2020/21 version. The 2021/22 version will be uploaded before the start of term and students will be sent a link to it at that time.

The Blue Book is the College’s Student Handbook and contains very important and useful information about procedures, general processes, and regulations. This document must be read in full, from beginning to end, by all Christ Church students every year (following updates).

The University Student Handbook

The University Student Handbook

The University Student Handbook provides general information and guidance you may need to help you to make the most of the opportunities on offer at the University of Oxford. It also gives you formal notification and explanation of the University’s codes, regulations, policies and procedures.

Health and Welfare

The following information is also available to view as a PDF with images, attached to this page.

Welfare Support at Christ Church

Congratulations on gaining a place at Christ Church. We are writing to you as Welfare Coordinator (Clare) and Junior Censor (Kevin). Clare lives on site with her family and so you will see her around regularly. Kevin is the Senior Member with overall responsibility for welfare (and discipline, but we don’t need to worry about that now!).

Christ Church is a wonderful place to live and study, and we hope you are getting excited about the move. At the beginning of term you will receive a Welfare Handbook and we are also preparing several videos which will have all of the information you need regarding who to contact if you need support or advice. You can also access all of this information from the welfare pages of the Christ Church website.

At Christ Church we believe that it is vital that you have the support that you need to enable you to thrive here, in your studies of course, but also personally and socially. We are hoping that things will be able to return to ‘normal’ having had a year with a great deal of Covid restrictions, but whatever the regulations we will do all we can to make sure that your time here is happy and healthy, and that you are supported if you need to quarantine or isolate at any time.

If you have a pre-existing support need such as a physical or learning disability, a mental health issue or a particular personal or family issue, then it’s really helpful to let us know before you arrive so we can make sure we have support in place for you. We work closely with the Disability Advisory Service and University Counselling Service and so can ensure support is in place from the moment you arrive if necessary. This information is confidential and won’t be passed on to tutors unless you give us permission to do so.

Last year we trialled having a short 1:1 conversation via Zoom/phone between all undergraduate freshers and a member of the welfare team. These were very well received and so we are going to offer them again and we hope it will give you an opportunity to ask anything about life in Christ Church before you arrive and to speak about any concerns you might have. These will take place during the week beginning 20th September and we will be in touch about it in due course.

Here is some information in advance about the support available from the College and University.

College Support

We understand that there may be times when things get tough and most people need some support at some stage in their time here, even if that’s just a chat with the chaplain, a walk round the meadows with a peer supporter, or some advice from the nurse. There are quite a number of us in the welfare team and you can find out more on the Welfare Support pages on our website, which includes the JCR and GCR Welfare Handbook.

University Support

Disability Advisory Service

The DAS provides information, support and resources for those with sensory or mobility impairments, long-term health conditions, specific learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions or mental health difficulties. It is vital you get in touch with the DAS before you arrive if you have a support need. Christ Church has a link advisor at the DAS: Pauline Graham (pauline.graham@admin.ox.ac.uk). You can make contact with her directly, or via Helen Etty, our Academic Registrar and College Disability Coordinator (academic.registrar@chch.ox.ac.uk). For more information on the DAS see the website linked above.

University Counselling Service

The University has an excellent counselling service which is freely available to all undergraduates and graduate students. If you need to have counselling in place before you arrive here then email them via the link on their website. We also have an on-site counsellor one day per week: more details under College Support.  

Podcasts and Resources

The Counselling Service have put together a range of resources including some very helpful podcasts and the ones titled ‘Advice for Freshers’ and ‘International Students’ are well worth listening to before you arrive. You can access them via the link above.

Finally, one of the most important members of the Welfare Team is Layla the Cockapoo! Layla lives on campus and enjoys being walked every day by students! There is even a ‘dog-walking rota’ that gets sent out every week in term time and so if you like dogs, you’re coming to the right place!

We really look forward to meeting you and we wish you every success and happiness during your time at Christ Church.

Best regards,

Clare and Kevin

Libraries (including induction timetable)

Libraries will play a big part during your time at Oxford, whether providing access to online articles on your reading list or helping you find that elusive book. The Bodleian Libraries is the library service supporting the University and can help you get the most out of your course. Find out how the libraries can help you by visiting this Getting Started webpage where you can watch a brief welcome video and register to attend short webinar hosted by friendly library staff.

In addition to the University Libraries the College also offers extensive Library services: https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/library#

College Libraries

Face to face tours (by subject) of the main library and Law Library will be available during 0th Week. Undergraduate tours will include a brief introduction to the Upper Library for students who might want to access special collections (manuscript and rare book collections). Students with a disability or long-term health condition who would benefit from a one-to-one induction to help familiarise with the library and its services are encouraged to contact the College Librarian (gabriel.sewell@chch.ox.ac.uk).

Christ Church Library Induction Sessions 2021

Tuesday 0th Week (5th October)

10:00-12:30 and 14:00 -16:30

Drop-in sessions for freshers whose tutors have set work early and for undergraduate students in other years who might like a refresher or were not able to attend a full induction last year.

Wednesday 0th Week (6th October)

For undergraduate students studying:

10:00 Modern Languages (single and joint honours) & Oriental Studies

10:20 Fine Art, History of Art

10:40 Geography

11:00 English

11:20 Engineering

11:40 PPE

12:00 Economics & Management

14:20 Medicine

14:40 Biochemistry, Biological sciences

15:00 Physics

15:20 Chemistry

15:40 Mathematics

16:00 Computer Science, Mathematics & Computer Science

16:20 Experimental Psychology, Psychology & Philosophy

16:40 Music

Thursday 0th Week (7th October)

For undergraduate students studying:

10:00 Ancient & Modern History, Classical Archaeology & Ancient History, Classics

10:20 History, History & Politics

12:00 Philosophy & Theology, Theology & Religion

Friday 0th Week (8th October)

10:00 Law (meet at the Burn Law Library in Tom Quad)

2:00 Postgraduate students (all subjects)

3:00 Postgraduate students (all subjects)

4:00 Drop in for anyone who could not attend their time slot.

IT Information

Please read the information on our IT page for students at Christ Church.

Chaplaincy at Christ Church - a letter from Clare Hayns

The following information is also available to view as a PDF with images, attached to this page.

Congratulations on gaining a place at Christ Church. I am writing to you as the College Chaplain and I also have role here as Welfare Coordinator.

As Chaplain I am here for all college members, of all faiths or none. I live onsite with my family, and you will see me around, often with our little dog Layla. Since its foundation, Christ Church has been a place where faith and spirituality are valued. We’re unique at Christ Church in that our ‘Chapel’ is also a Church of England Cathedral and pilgrimage site for thousands of visitors every year. There will be lots of opportunities to look around and it’s important for you to know it is also your chapel and you are welcome to use it for private or corporate prayer, and to join us for any of the services/events taking place.

At the beginning of term you will receive a Chapel Term Card which will have all of the information about services and events in the chapel and the cathedral. Services include a weekly chapel ‘College Communion’, Evensong every day at 6pm, regular services of Compline (night prayer), as well as social events and discussions.

Christ Church has a mixed voice College Choir which is non-auditioning and sings in the Cathedral on Monday evenings as well as at special services and occasional trips. The contact details for the choir are below.

Our hope is that people of all faiths (and none) will thrive at Christ Church. If you have particular faith needs that we can accommodate (whether dietary, provision for prayer etc), then please get in touch and we will do all we can to help. If you would like information about other churches  or faith communities in Oxford, including Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Sikh societies, then there is a helpful webpage here.

We’ve lots going on in Welcome Week:

Cathedral by Candlelight: a chance to explore the Cathedral in total darkness except for a few tea lights and glow sticks. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights, between 8-9pm.
Cathedral Guided Tours: Small group tours for Freshers - times to be confirmed.
Chaplain’s tea and cake: Thursday 4-5pm
Interfaith Tea: Sunday 10th October at 4pm
Freshers’ Evensong:  Sunday 10th October at 6pm
A special service to begin the new academic year, followed by drinks and dinner.

I really look forward to meeting you in October.

Best wishes,

Clare

Revd Clare Hayns

College Chaplain

Chapel People and Useful Contacts

All Chapel events and services will be advertised on our Facebook group and so please ‘like’ our chaplaincy page - @chchchaplaincy

College Chaplain                 Revd Clare Hayns                chaplain@chch.ox.ac.uk

Chapel Assistant                 Alannah Jeune                      ahj20@uclive.ac.nz

College Choir                      Sebastian Thomas                sebastian.thomas@chch.ox.ac.uk

Catholic Chaplaincy: https://www.catholic-chaplaincy.org.uk/
Roman Catholic Rep: Gianni Tam-McMillan        
JCR Ethnic and Religious Minorities Rep: Shiv Patel and Gracie Oddie-James 
University Jewish Chaplains: Rabbi Michael and Tracey Rosenfeld-Schueler michael@mychaplaincy.co.uk  tracey@mychaplaincy.co.uk      

University Muslim Chaplains: Professor Muhammad Talib Muhammad.talib@antro.ox.ac.uk; Afifi Al-Akiti afifi.al-akiti@worc.ox.ac.uk

Hindu Chaplain: Shaunaka Rishi Das shaunaka@ochs.org.uk

University Matriculation

At the ceremony of University Matriculation, members of Christ Church are formally admitted by the Vice-Chancellor to membership of the University. New students will be matriculated at the end of 1st week of Michaelmas term on Saturday 16 October 2021. More information about matriculation will be made available during September 2021.

For further information, please visit this page: https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/new/matriculation

Academic Dress

After your arrival, you should obtain an academic cap and gown. Undergraduates wear the Commoner’s gown (except Academical Clerks, who wear the Scholar’s gown). Details of academic dress can be found on the University website: https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/academic/dress.

Leaflets from suppliers will be circulated by email.

Oxford University Term Dates 2021/22

Oxford's year is divided into three terms and three vacations. Current and future dates of term can be found on the following webpage, including extended term dates for students in certain subjects: University Dates of Term.

Within each term, a ‘Full Term’ of eight weeks is the main teaching period for most subjects, running from ‘1st Week’ to ‘8th Week’. Students may be required to arrive at, or return to, Oxford and the College for 0th Week (i.e. the week before 1st Week), for example for ‘Freshers’ Week’ or examinations – all students will be advised accordingly. Each Oxford 'Week' starts on a Sunday; the dates given on the University website are from the Sunday of 1st Week, to the Saturday of 8th Week.

College Advisers for Postgraduate Students

College Advisee: guidance

Every graduate student at Oxford has a College Adviser. This is often a senior academic member of the College such as a Fellow, but in many cases a wide range of staff act as Advisers such as other teaching staff, Junior Research Fellows, Senior Staff Fellows, or research members of the Senior Common Room.

Your College Adviser can:

  • provide pastoral support, for example on health, personal or coping issues, and/or direct you to appropriate persons for assistance;
  • monitor your progress, by discussing your University supervision reports and by being available for consultation, either in person or by email;
  • discuss with you any problems or difficulties you may be experiencing in your Department or Faculty, and/or with your supervisor;
  • consult the Tutor for Graduates if there are concerns about your academic progress and if you appear to be experiencing difficulties with your academic work;
  • offer guidance on sources of support available within the College and University.

In addition, your College Adviser may be able to offer you advice on academic-related matters such as: applications for research funding, conferences and seminar attendance, publication and career plans. 1

Your College Adviser is not expected to perform the role of your Department or Faculty Supervisor(s), and is not responsible for directing your academic work or for giving detailed academic guidance. Your College Adviser will not necessarily, therefore, be from your Department or subject area.

You will first meet your College Adviser during your first term, and you are encouraged to contact your College Adviser as and when you need advice or help. (You should also feel free to consult other College staff as necessary: see below.)

Your College Adviser may be changed during periods of sabbatical or other academic leave. Should there be reasons for you to seek a change of Adviser, you should contact the Tutor for Graduates.

Further information

This guidance focuses specifically on the role of your College Adviser. Your College Adviser will be able to direct you to relevant sources of advice and support, which you should feel free to consult as necessary. These might include (but are not limited to):

  • College Welfare Team: https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/welfare-support-christ-church
  • College Academic Office or Academic Registrar
  • College Tutor for Graduates
  • Common Room (GCR) President or Common Room (GCR) Welfare Officers
  • College Counsellor
  • College Nurse or GP
  • College Steward’s Office (Bursary equivalent)

Your College Adviser should contact you during Michaelmas term. If you have not heard from them by Week 5 of term please tell the Academic Office: academic.office@chch.ox.ac.uk

1 College Advisers would not normally be expected to provide academic references, as others are better placed to do so. They might provide a reference for other purposes, such as Junior Deanship, or a character reference.