Nuffield College would like to wish a warm welcome to all new students beginning their graduate degree programmes (DPhil and Masters level) with us this year.
The students arrive this week from a large range of different countries far and near, including 10 from the UK and others from Nepal, the Philippines, China, Ireland, Romania and Germany.
The Senior Tutor, Eleni Kechagia-Ovseiko, is responsible for planning an induction programme for all new students. “Like any good English tradition, our induction programme begins with an offering of tea and biscuits while students complete their registration with us,” she said. “From then, we’ve coordinated closely with departments and the central University to design a programme of events that will introduce students to their lives in Oxford for at least the next one to three years.”
New students will attend welcome events with the Warden and college officers, as well as introductions to College’s library and IT facilities. The JCR (Junior Common Room) also put on a range of social events for the new students (e.g., punting, walking tour of Oxford, JCR party).
Students who have not previously attended Oxford will also gain their first experience of wearing “sub fusc,” the full academic dress required to be worn at all formal University ceremonies, when they matriculate on 14th October. Matriculation is the ceremony that confers membership of the University on students. It is a celebratory event and one of the most famous Oxford traditions.
We’re looking forward to getting to know all our new students over the coming months.