Social and networking events

The Graduate College organise a number of social events across the academic year for the postgraduate research student community.

If you require any further information regarding the events listed below, please do contact us.

We are always interested in any feedback you may have regarding our social programme, along with any suggestions for future activities. In either case, please contact the Research Degrees Team via

Upcoming events for Academic Year 2022/2023

New research students welcoming celebration

4 October 2022

The induction celebration was a success - despite the travelling problems arisen due to a burst water mains in Oxford. A good number of new and current students plus some supervisors, had the chance to socialize and enjoy a light buffet. This networking event finished at around 7.00pm.

One of the new students commented 'I have been reading all the induction materials, but today everything made sense, thanks for a great general induction and networking celebration'. 

Mystery trail in Oxford City and Castle

Wednesday 26 October 2022

Eleven of us from a variety of faculties, met at Bonn Square last Wednesday, on a sunny and mild autumn day. We completed the trail in about two hours and managed to solve the mystery despite one of the clues being hidden by scaffolding!

There was plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of Oxford hidden streets and to network. We finished at the Slug and Lettuce for a cocktail, a bit of food and a good rest. 

Headington Hill Park Guided Tour

1 November 2 - 4pm

A selected few met today for a guided walk at Headington Hill Park. Despite the overcast skies and earlier rain, we had a sunny and dry afternoon walk. 

Dr Andrew Lack excelled once again in giving us a very knowledgeable and enjoyable botanical tour of the park which of course included very interesting facts. We are very grateful to Dr Lack for giving of his time and we might ask him to guide us again in the spring. 

Mini Plant Oxford Tour

23 November at 3pm.

Where: Meet @ MINI Plant Oxford, Gate 6, Visitor Centre, Eastern Bypass Rd, OX4 6NL

For some years now the tours of the Mini Plant in Oxford have been cancelled. But they are now back and we can have a private guided tour for a maximum of 15 people. The tour lasts for around 100 min and we will experience the production of MINIs, from the welding of steel parts into car bodies to the individual interior equipment in the assembly. We will be able to see how thousand of parts come together to produce up to 1,000 MINIs per day!

Please bring your student card as we will get a discount.

We have now no more places left. 

Three Minute Thesis Competition

This event will be on Tuesday 27 June 2023 from 12:00pm to 2:00 pm at the Green and Music Room in Headington Hill Hall. After the prize presentation there will be a free lunch and networking opportunity.

More information to be included later.

Past events

A mystery trail in Oxford

On Tuesday 26 July 2022, ten students gathered to solve this detective mystery walking Trail around Oxford. We divided into six teams, but very quickly we joined forces and working as a team we solved the mystery in about two hours. The weather was perfect and the company great. We finished this long walk at All Bar One for a good chat. It was great to meet and network with students from all the faculties.

This was the last social event for this term. More events are being planned for next academic year, keep an eye on this section.

Guided Visit to Oxford Botanical Gardens

The visit to the gardens was the first of our live events in the Graduate College. It was great to see so many students from all faculties, a total of 28 students and several staff members including our fantastic guide Senior Lecturer Dr. Andrew Lack who managed to keep such a large group attentive and entertained at all times, thanks to his enthusiasm and extensive botanical knowledge. We are very grateful to Dr. Lack for giving of his time, making that visit a truly enjoyable one!

Three Minute Thesis Competition

We received fourteen video presentations from students across all faculties and they were all superb! The awards were given before lunch at Headington Hill Hall. Students from all faculties came to support their peers and enjoy a good lunch on a very sunny day.

The first prize of this year's competition was awarded to Sanjana Karnik (HSS), her presentation will be sent to the national 3M competition to be held at the end of July. This competition was very close and two students were shoulder to shoulder, the judges made a final decision and the runner-up prize was awarded to Luna Dou (OBBS) while Amber Ridgway (HLS) was highly commended. The people's choice award (based on students votes) was given to Mayuri Agrawal (OBBS).

We all enjoyed the gardens, networking and generally relaxing after a good competition. Well done to all the competitors!

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