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 or 01865 482733.

    Academic Year 2018/19

  • Semester 1

  • Wednesday 17 October 2018, from 5.00pm, Room TBC

    All research students and their supervisors are welcome to attend this networking social event, with drinks and snacks – and it is, in particular, a good opportunity for new research students to get to know some friendly faces. Meet other students - in your subject area and across the entire University, full timers and part timers, at all stages in their programmes - to share experiences and make contacts. Meet the staff from your subject area and from the Research Degrees Team who are there to support you throughout your programme.

    Research students are invited on a private guided tour at the birthplace and heart of MINI production.  Since production of new MINI started in 2001, more than 2.5 million cars have been made at Plant Oxford. Manufactured to individual customer specifications, hundreds of MINIs leave the plant's assembly lines each day, off to meet new owners in more than 110 countries around the world.

    But even if you have absolutely no interest in cars, this tour is a mind blowing experience and definitely not to be missed. The MINI Plant in Cowley is like nothing you have ever seen before. Experience not only incredible 21st century engineering, the phenomenal logistics of every car coming off the line being made to a unique specification but, the highlight of the tour - the robots at work, like something from a science fiction fantasy. You won't forget this in a hurry!

    MINI Plant Oxford, Eastern Bypass Road, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 6NL

    Tuesday 6 November 2018, 1.30pm

    Places are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis so book early to avoid disappointment. Bookings will open on Monday 8 October 2018 at 9.00am and you will need to book your place via the Brookes Online Shop.

    Tickets cost £5, but the ticket cost will be COMPLETELY REFUNDED to attendees after the event.

    If you have any further questions please email

    Tuesday 18 December 2018, 9.30am to 12.00pm, JHB 201

    Our Research Student Breakfast Seminar will kick off with tea, coffee and pastries from 9.30am. This will be followed by talks from up to 5 research students from across the faculties. Talks will be 15 minutes long with 10 minutes allocated for Q&As. 

    If you wish to speak at this event, please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Please note you must have formally registered your research project in order to take part in this event.

    Please also confirm if you will be coming along as a spectator so we know numbers for catering.

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  • Semester 2

  • 3 and 4 April 2019, 10.00am to 5.30pm

    The exhibition will be held in The Forum of the John Henry Brookes Building, Gipsy Lane Site, Headington Campus and will be available to view on 3 and 4 April 2019 between 10.00am and 5.30pm.

    The lunch and prize-giving will be held in JHB128 Executive Suite in the John Henry Brookes Building on Wednesday 3 April 2019 from 12.30pm.

    Further details can be found on the Graduate College Research Student Exhibition webpage.

    May / June 2019 - Date TBC

    Led by a costumed character guide, you will be taken on a tour of the 1000 year old building, and learn about the rich and fascinating history of Oxford and its castle and prison.

    You will get to:

    • CLIMB the Saxon St. George’s Tower, one of the oldest buildings in Oxford, and enjoy its stunning 360° panoramic views over the historic city of Oxford
    • DESCEND deep underground into the atmospheric 900-year-old crypt, the only surviving remains of St. George’s Chapel
    • EXPLORE the austere confines of the 18th-century Debtors’ Tower and Prison D-Wing
    • MARVEL at the mound of the 11th century Motte-and-Bailey castle, and discover its vaulted Well Chamber
    • EDUCATE yourself about the modern history of the site and its inmates, in the historical Exhibition Wing

    After your tour, you will be inducted into the castle’s prison and the wider site where you will be able to explore at your own leisure.

    Tickets cost £5, but the ticket cost will be COMPLETELY REFUNDED to attendees after the event.

    Further details, including how to book, will be posted here as soon as they are available.