freshers' guide 2008-09
03.. cr president’s welcome 16.. things to really think about before you buy a bike
04.. linacre cr exec 17.. sports and societies
06.. linacre head staff 19.. welfare
08.. a bit of history 21.. linacre social scene
08.. linacre common room 21.. a note about ousu, linacre’s disaffiliation and the freshers’ fair
09.. making money 22.. local colour
10.. computing information 25.. environment
11.. accommodation 25.. recycling guide
12.. an important triumvirate: supervisor, advisor and mentor 26.. formal oxford
12.. things to do in your first days 26.. food
15.. considerations for international students 27.. oxford lingo
15.. linacre college library 28.. freshers’ week schedule
a Linacre Common Room publication
put together by: olivier jarda
uncredited photos, exceptions p.6,7,8, by: olivier jarda
thanks to the cr exec, club captains, all other contributors,
Jackie Cameron, Phil West and Jan Krendler for proofreading,
and those who wrote the bulk of this guide last year.
special thanks to the major efforts of last year’s editor nicholas luke.
LINACRE COMMON ROOM
CR president's Welcome
Hello and a warm welcome to Linacre and its Common Room! Congratulations for
making it to Oxford and for choosing a fantastic college.
It can often be a little overwhelming when you find yourself in unfamiliar surround-
ings, especially in a new town or country, so we hope this guide will help to ori-
entate you and answer some of the questions you might have about life at Linacre,
Oxford or the UK.
After you have dropped off your bags and settled into your new room, I suggest
you have a wander around the college to get your bearings. You’re sure to stumble
across the Common Room, where there is usually a friendly face or two. The col-
lege system at Oxford is truly special and I would strongly encourage you all to
take advantage early on to get to know your fellow Linacrites. At Linacre we pride
ourselves on being a diverse, friendly and relaxed college so don’t be shy! We also
have a full schedule of events planned for freshers’ week so there should be plenty
of opportunities to meet others and have fun.
Your time at Linacre will undoubtedly be a very busy – and hopefully exciting –
chapter of your life. Of course, your primary focus here will be the work in your
department but you’ll soon find that graduate life can offer more than just a degree.
Oxford is crammed with numerous clubs, societies and social events to suit all
tastes so make the most of your time and explore what’s on offer.
On behalf of the Common Room exec committee, I would like to wish you the best
of luck for your studies and look forward to meeting you soon.
Linacre Common Room President
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linacre college executive committee visit our case-sensitive website: linacre.ox.ac.uk/commonroom
“As president, I'm responsible for the day-to-day affairs of the “I am in charge of all accounts of the CR and make annual budg-
Common Room. I work closely with the staff of the college and ets for the societies of college. I also give advice to the Executive
promote the interests of Common Room members to Linacre’s Committee about the commercial validity of balls. Anyway, we
governing body as well as outside agencies and organisations. will do our best to spend the Common Room budget in a fair and
I chair the executive committee and together we try to ensure just manner.”
that everything is running smoothly and that we are fulfilling the
Common Room’s founding purpose of promoting the social, cul-
tural, sporting and recreational life of the college.”
“My plan, once per term: to publish an entertaining “My aim as Bar Sec is to make sure that as many members
and eclectic but not necessarily topical magazine for of the college find the bar a comfortable and fun place to
the good people of Linacre College, filled with the be. I also hope that the bar serves Linacre members' al-
best and worst of college life, pop science, politics, coholic, non-alcoholic and chocolate needs as well as it
top tens, recipes and illustrations. If you’re interested can.”
in writing for our esteemed CR publication Linacre
Li(n)es, please give me a shout at lines@linacre.
ox.ac.uk. I’m also in charge of preparing this Linacre
email@example.com ben firstname.lastname@example.org
editor bar sec
“It’s my job to support Linacre’s green initiatives and “I was told the only requirement of this job was a
to promote environmental awareness among students, love of the colour pink. That sounded good to me
staff, and fellows. Our college is known as the green- and when I told them I had my own crayons to
est in Oxford, and it takes all of us to earn that reputa- make posters with they were sold. I also send out
tion. I’m also standing in as your Food Rep this year, the emails, update this website and whore out CR
and will be liaising between you and our excellent events to the masses. If you got it and you need it
kitchen. So if you’ve been wondering about recycling promoting let me know.”
(yes, we do batteries!), carbon reduction (double glaz-
ing finished at Iffley...), or where your beef is coming
from (it’s local!), drop me a line. Any questions about
sarah email@example.com our policies or suggestions for their improvement will david firstname.lastname@example.org
environment rep always be welcome.” publicity sec
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“As part of the Social Sec dynamic duo I help to “As social sec, it’s my job to make sure everyone
maintain the solid social reputation that Linacre has a chance to play as hard as they work. Lina-
has built up over the past years. We always have a cre has a reputation for great bops, parties, and
well packed term card with events revolving both social life in general. I’m really looking forward
around the Common Room and all the other grad to keeping up that tradition, and to adding some
students out there in the other colleges. Ash tells new events as well (cake night, anyone?). If you
me what to do and what to drink. Aside from that I have any questions, concerns, or suggestions for
spend my life in Oxford wishing I could be surfing things to keep Linacre-ites amused, please let me
or snowboarding.” know!”
social sec social sec
“As the Sports and Recreation Secretary, my role
“My main job is offer advice, support and a sympathetic ear to
is to represent and promote the sporting interests of
any member of the college who feels in need of it. Please feel
members of Linacre Common Room and to organise
free to get in touch with any problems, be they large, small,
sporting and recreation activities. I play basketball
work or home related and I’ll be happy to help in any way I can.
for the Oxford Blues and am involved in many of the
My other roles are to provide info on health and welfare related
sports and recreation societies that Linacre offers in-
issues and to organise family events in college.”
cluding pilates, cricket, rowing and more basketball.
Getting involved and becoming a member of one of
the many societies is a must as it is the perfect way
to meet new people and take some time out from re-
louisa email@example.com search and studying.” firstname.lastname@example.org
sports sec welfare rep
“As CR secretary it’s my job to organise the Exec to convene at, “My role is to act as a go-between for the Common Room and
aptly named, “Exec meetings” which I arrange and schedule to take the Development Office. With the completion of the college's
place twice a term. I take the minutes at said meetings as well as at new building and Linacre's 50th anniversary approaching, my
bi-term-ly CR meetings. My role also covers the displaying of pub- job is to ensure the Common Room members are kept up to date
licity/academic posters outside the TV room and kitchen, distribut- with progress and plans for the future.”
ing the CR mail and making the tea on request.”
secretary Development reP
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linacre college HEAD STAFF
PRINCIPAL: Paul Slack
This individual is at the apex of the power structure in college. “Bloke number
One”. The man may appear to be absent-minded (or even absent), but do not la-
bour under any misapprehensions, he is all there. Not only does he have a strong
influence on the decisions of Linacre’s Governing Body. It is probably helpful to
remember that Principal Slack is not merely the person who intones a short Latin
prayer at formal dinners; he is also the one who has the greatest say when it comes college secretary principal domestic bursar finance bursar
to awarding a studentship. He is sensitive to the needs of students and very support- jackie.cameron paul.slack patrick.heffernan alison.reid
ive of their efforts. Interaction between students and the Principal is scant (most @linacre.ox.ac.uk @linacre.ox.ac.uk @linacre.ox.ac.uk @linacre.ox.ac.uk
problems are addressed by the College Secretary), so he may take a long while to
get your name right. However when you have had a couple of interviews with him
and the Senior Tutor regarding your academic reports, you’ll come to realise that he
is genuinely interested in the welfare of his students. The Principal usually invites
groups of new students for wine and nibbles early in the year and in the summer
everyone is invited to his secret garden party.
FINANCE BURSAR: Alison Reid
Alison is the person who is in overall charge of college finances. As a student you
probably won’t deal with her directly, considering the types of financial issues rel-
evant to you (mostly the dreaded battels - for these see Jan, the Accounts Manager).
However, if Jan is away you can go straight to Alison.
accounts manager accomm. manager maintenance sup. IT manager
jan.krendler hilary.sudbury andrew.creasey rob.devereux
DOMESTIC BURSAR: Patrick Heffernan
@linacre.ox.ac.uk @linacre.ox.ac.uk @linacre.ox.ac.uk @linacre.ox.ac.uk
Patrick, like Alison, lives up in the Bursary. He is in charge of all the domestic
issues at the college, including student accommodation, catering, and pretty much
anything else. That said, it is important to note that for your normal accommo-
dation questions and queries it is Hilary, the Accommodation Manager, that you
should go to see (see below). Patrick is much more visible than the Principal, but
no less nice. In fact, when you get to have a chat with Patrick, make sure you set
aside some time, as he is certainly not short of conversation. Even if you do not
necessarily have to talk to Patrick, go up and say hello and make yourself known
to everyone in the bursary. Everyone is on a first-name basis; the informality of
the College does not stop in the Common Room. Patrick is very concerned with
student issues, and goes to great length to ensure that we are all treated fairly and
chef head chef receptionist receptionist
derek.soden michael.bockett marie.duffy susan.jones
@linacre.ox.ac.uk @linacre.ox.ac.uk @linacre.ox.ac.uk @linacre.ox.ac.uk
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ACCOMMODATION MANAGER: Hilary Sudbury
Her office is right next to Patrick’s, and she is the one REALLY in charge of accommodation issues from the students’ perspective (we just like to humour Patrick). All queries about your college
room, short-term lets, study rooms, and extending your quasi-lease over the summer should be directed to Hilary. She’s always happy to see you.
ACCOUNTS MANAGER: Jan Krendler
Jan’s role is to manage the financial aspects of students’ lives at Linacre. If the bar sales total on your battels seems to be a digit or two too big, if you receive outside funding for your education,
or if you just happen to be wandering around the Bursary, step into her office and say hi to Jan. As is par for Linacre, she is very friendly and approachable and always willing to help you out.
COLLEGE SECRETARY: Jackie Cameron
Jackie is one of the ﬁrst people you will meet on arriving at Linacre. She will be the one who will give you the starter pack, which is meant to ease you into the groove of college life. During the
course of your stay at Linacre, this is the one person on whom you can rely for guidance and help. She is friendly, patient and will attempt to answer the most difﬁcult questions you can think
MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR: Andy Creasey
The College Mr ix-it! Andy is around to make sure that Linacre and all its properties stay in one piece. It’s a hectic job, but deep down we all know he loves it. Don’t be surprised if you see Andy
or his partner in crime Rodney Murray in your kitchen. They won’t hurt you… unless you deserve it.
RECEPTIONISTS: Sue and Marie
You: “Can I have the key to the sports equipment please?” Porter at Posh Oxford College (takes a long drag on cigarette and adjusts blazer): “No.” None of that at Linacre, with our smiling recep-
tionists. Sue and Marie are here to help you in your quest for life-long happiness. They also deal with guest rooms, punt bookings, NUS cards, sales of T-shirts, phone cards, mail etc.
HOUSEKEEPER: Sam Gaisford
The housekeeper helps organise formal events in College and is in charge of College cleanliness – from supervision of the superb team of cleaning staff, to retrieving lost underwear after the col-
lege May Ball.
CHEFS: Michael and Derek
If you enjoy good food, and want to taste a mix of classic British food and international delights, you are unlikely to be disappointed by Linacre. Even stubborn foodie-bores are impressed and
relish in the daily creations of our friendly chefs: Michael (head chef) and Derek (do give them a wave, and let them know when you like their creations). At lunchtime, people descend from far
and wide (particularly the South Parks Road science area) on our beloved dining hall to sample the delightful fruits of our kitchens, both members and non-members of college. The evening meal
usually attracts mainly Linacre folk, so is an excellent way to catch up on all the gossip, and discuss the relative merits of different lamb marinades. Cost of food is actually very reasonable (less
than £3.00 for a main course, potatoes and veg), due to a sizeable subsidy on members prices. Once a week you can sign up for a formal hall, where the chefs put even more creativity and skill
into the menus. Although more pricey than normal meals, formal hall is considerably below anything you’d pay in Gee’s or Le Petit Blanc, and certainly worth taking guests and family to, or for
the occasional treat.
IT Manager: Rob Devereux
Rob has done a fantastic job knocking the college computer system into shape, keeping us safe from a constant barrage of nasty worms and viruses. Whether you have a question about your email,
the library pcs, or need help with ﬁguring out why your own machine seems to have a mind of its own, Rob is your man. He is extremely friendly and helpful, especially if you help him by regis-
tering your machine promptly, and he welcomes suggestions on anything IT related, whether it’s the content of the college website or the software in the library. His ofﬁce is at the top of the main
building (yes, follow the stairs all the way to the top…), or he can be contacted on email@example.com. There is also a lot of helpful information on the college website.
Development Director: Anne Keene
One floor below Rob is the College Development Office, headed by Dr Anne Keene. Responsible for fundraising and alumni relations, the Development team is delighted that the 40th Anniversary
Capital Campaign, which ended in 2005, raised £3 million, and that major gifts from Old Members and Friends have enabled the College to have its new Griffiths Building. They are now gearing
up for the 50th Anniversary of the College in 2012.
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a bit of F ounded in October 1962, Linacre had its origins in the later
1950s and began life as Linacre House, a university depart-
ment for graduates based on St. Aldates. Named after the outstand-
the naming of the college, as he worked in the humanities and
ing Renaissance figure, Thomas Linacre (1460-1524), there were Being a pitifully “new” college in a town which decided that a
history originally 135 graduate students in the arts and sciences from 35
countries. Under the guidance of the first principal, John Bambor-
college founded in 1379 should be named New College, Linacre,
like all delightful young things, prides itself on the facts that it
ough, Linacre House soon gained independence from the Univer- is engaging differently from the other older places. Unlike tradi-
sity, and became Linacre College in 1965. The current premises, tional Oxford colleges, we are free from those silly, hierarchical
formerly known as Cherwell Edge, were built in 1886-1887. The notions of High Table, of separate common rooms for Fellows and
site once served as a convent, and later as a residence for Oxford students, of quaintly dressed porters, and the imposition of fines
grad students from various colleges before it came to house Lina- on non-Fellows for treading on the college lawn. Linacre was the
cre College in 1977. first Oxford college to admit male and female students on an equal
Thomas Linacre was a humanist scholar, a Fellow of All Souls
College, King's physician to Henry VIII, and the founder of the A new chapter in Linacre’s history opened this summer, on the
Royal College of Physicians. From its foundation, the College has northern edge of our quaint quad: Linacre's newest real estate ex-
consciously aimed to nurture a multi-disciplinary academic envi- pansion, the Griffiths Building.
courtesy of the internet
ronment. Thomas Linacre was an appropriate figure to choose for
the Common room
T he Common Room (CR) refers both to an actual room located in the main building of
Linacre College, as well as to all the students, fellows and staff of the college. Unlike most
Oxford colleges, which have separate common rooms for undergrads, post-grads and Fellows,
come down and strut your stuff on the dance floor. Linacre is famous for its bops, and they
don’t disappoint. Linacre hosts some of the best grad bops in town, which feature two dance
floors and great DJ’ing, an Oxford rarity. There are also regular movie nights on the big screen.
Linacre is a place where Fellows, staff and students share the CR all together. The lack of seg- Join the fun.
regation between fellows and students has created a relaxed and informal environment, where
everyone can mix freely.
Incorporating the bar, the CR plays a central role in college life. College members often re-
tire to the CR after meals to enjoy a cup of coffee (or something a little stronger) and it’s an
ideal spot for socialising and catching up on college gossip. The walls serve as an informal art
gallery with regular exhibitions and the comfy sofas are perfect for spending hours avoiding
work. There’s a shiny new digital jukebox with which you can belt out your favourite tunes,
a dart board for regular arm exercise (most effective when combined with regular pint-lifting
sessions), foosball or footy on the TV to develop friendly rivalries and an array of daily news-
papers from around the world.
Add in a high quality low cost bar with a variety of liquors, hot drinks and fairtrade goodies
(complete with some fun people always slacking off from work, hanging around looking to so-
cialize) and the CR becomes a magnet of attraction. A non-smoking area (as the whole college
now is), the CR is the most popular hangout in college.
But be warned! Friday and Saturday nights often see the CR transformed into a disco hall
complete with DJ’s and lights for Linacre’s bops and parties, where it is a tradition for you to
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make money money Save a little money each month and at
the end of the year you’ll be surprised at
how little you have.
T here are two (and sadly only two) ways of earning a little extra money at Linacre. One is portering and
the other is working at the bar. Working these positions has its benefits, though. If your shift coincides
with mealtimes, you get a free one. Also, your wages are automatically deducted from your battels! Be-
lieve me, this makes a huge difference when you get that monthly printout from College saying you owe
them money. For more information, you can contact the Head Porter, Kate Hibbs (kathryn.hibbs@linacre.
ox.ac.uk) or the Bar Secretary, Ben Lazarus (benjamin. lazarus@linacre. ox.ac.uk). They will tell you the
rules of the game. Here is a general idea...
From 4:30PM-11:00PM on weekdays and from 8:30AM-10:30PM on weekends, the Linacre reception
desk is transformed into the Porter’s Lodge. During this time students of Linacre perform various duties
such as answering the telephone, dealing with general inquiries, keeping track of keys, dealing with fire
alarms (mainly false ones), locking up the college and Security surveillance. If all this sounds intimidating
then relax; elaborate instructions on how to deal with portering adversities are provided in the legendary
porter’s files. However, students will not generally be considered for the position until they have spent a
couple of terms at Linacre. The pay is a reasonable £5.89 an hour and portering shifts are for 3 hours (if you
undertake to do a shift then it must be covered). It’s a good life, really, sitting in the Porter’s Cupboard (as
it is lovingly called), sipping coffee, gathering gossip, commanding friends to bring the porter chocolatey
offerings from the bar and occasionally answering a query correctly.
WORKING AT THE BAR
Like the porter, the bartender receives a wage of £5.89 an hour (more on bop nights) and a free meal
when the kitchen is open. The bar is open at lunchtime (12:00PM-2:00PM, weekdays) and every evening
(6:00PM-11:00PM, except Saturdays, 7:00PM-11:00PM). As a bartender you will be at the centre of Lina-
cre’s social life, pouring cheap drinks and happiness. The job entails quite a bit of responsibility: cleaning
up the bar at the end of a shift, learning to respect the delicate dishwasher and mastering the art of pouring
out the perfect cosmopolitan.
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you arrive but it is banned in the University and it can be a College and University disciplinary
offence to be found using it.
Anyone turning up to the College with a pirated, illegal or invalid version of Windows will not
be allowed on the College or University network – it constitutes too big a security risk. You can
check the validity of your Windows here – http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/ww/
windows/default.mspx. The IT team have some very good online deals to upgrade Windows
cheaply for students but be aware that you will be required to buy one of these (for about £70),
wait for the licence to arrive and then have it installed before you will be allowed online. This
computing information for new students can take a few weeks and might mean you are still waiting until November to get online so it is
worth checking beforehand.
People with Desktop PCs
Most people will turn up with a laptop, but if you have a pc, the IT guys will normally come out
Getting Online in College to your room to set up the network on this for you. Remember to inform them that you need
Linacre College has a fast cabled network that joins into the main university network. All Col- this.
lege students are entitled to use their personal computers on the College network so long as
they pre-arrange an appointment with a member of the IT team to have their machine security- Couples and Partners
checked. Please bear in mind that these guys get incredibly busy in the run up to the new term The College doesn’t stop you using your partner’s pcs on the College network, so long as they
so it will not be unusual to be given an appointment a week after you speak to them, owing to are registered as above. However, there is a one-off administration fee of £30 to cover the costs
the sheer number of new students all wanting to get online at the same time (normally about of arranging this and they will be asked to sign an agreement to abide by the College’s and
180-200). Speaking to them as soon as you can after you arrive is a good idea. Please don’t try University’s rules and regulations on Computing (this completed agreement should be brought
connecting your laptop before you do as this will tend to annoy them and that isn’t the best start to the IT team when you want to register their pc).
to your College life. Some other factors to be aware of are:
Security Programs You get a College Login account when you start at Linacre. It is usually a six digit code made
The University has a site-wide licence for Sophos Anti-virus and unless you come along with a up from your family name and initials. The College Secretary will have details of this when
full, purchased version of a well-respected Anti-virus product (Symantec, Sophos or Macafee you arrive as well as details about how to register to get your University card. She will also
preferred), you’ll have this installed for you. need you to sign an agreement to adhere to the College’s and University’s rules and regulations
on Computing Use. This isn’t anything suspicious but just involves making sure you don’t do
They also install two free programs – A Spyware Checker, Spybot Search and Destroy (from anything illegal, immoral or unscrupulous on the University network.
http:// www.safer-networking.org), and a fi rewall, Zone Alarm (from http://zonelabs.co.uk and
select the bottom ZoneAlarm option from the Home and Home/Offi ce products). These have You also get an Oxford University email address which has the form firstname.familyname@
been found to be more reliable and consistent than other Spyware removers and firewalls so it linacre.ox.ac.uk. Because the University is setting-up thousands of these every year and they
could be a good idea to get these onto your pc before you come. Any lesser products may be are dependent on your University card being registered by you when you arrive, this can some-
removed and these put on in their place. times take some time to come through but just be patient and they are normally all operational
by November. You do have to activate this and the University will send you notification of how
If you have broadband at your home and can do so, make sure you update your Windows pcs to do this. Don’t bother the IT guys with queries about email until you have this paper because
at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com. Pick a Custom install and when the website fi nds the they cant help until you have it.
downloads for you pc, select all the optional as well as the critical options.
The College has a very good Computing facility in the College Library. It has a combination of
Big No-nos Apple Macintosh and Dell Computers and two dedicated laser printers for students to use (one
Don’t turn up with any Peer-to-peer or File Sharing software on your pc, e.g. Kazaa, BitTorrent, is colour). There is also a scanner and readers for Digital Memory cards. There are also spaces
Limewire, eDonkey, Azureus, EMule. Not only will you have to remove the software when for students to use laptops once you have registered to get on the network.
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L inacre’s main site contains four accommodation buildings, comprising mostly single rooms.
Main building, the main college building, offers all the convenience of instant access to the
bar and dining hall. Bamborough building is about ten steps away, with twenty highly sought
CLOSE TO YOU
To help you settle in and find your way around, you will find a map in your pigeonhole by Fresh-
ers’ Week that will point you to some of the local amenities and attractions. Linacre aims to
after rooms, as well as Abraham, an award-winning environmentally friendly building. All offer accommodation to all students for their first year, after which people generally have to live
rooms are modern with wooden floors, and the gym and music room are to be found in the base- out, although some scholarships entitle you to a room in subsequent years, as do most positions
ment. Griffiths building, which was just recently completed, is the newest addition to the main on the Executive Committee. The college offers a mixture of single and double rooms, split
site’s residences. The new building is comprised of 32 rooms, four of which are for couples. between the main site and a number of houses scattered around Oxford, and each building has
its own head resident. These responsible individuals are your first port of call if you have any
bradmore properties questions or if (when) you lock yourself out. They are there to ensure that things run smoothly
A pleasant 10 minute walk through the University Parks, Bradmore Road is a quiet tree-lined and usually organise a party in the first term.
street of huge Victorian houses. 5 and 8 Bradmore mainly contain single rooms. All have some
parking and although room quality varies, each house has a lovely back garden, perfect for par-
ties, barbecues or a game of Frisbee.
Ursula hicks and walton
Ursula Hicks house at 105 Banbury Road is a beautiful 3-storey Victorian mansion with a
mixture of single and double accommodation, parking and a beautiful back garden. A fifteen
minute walk from college, 49 Walton Street enjoys prime location in the heart of Jericho, close
to the Phoenix cinema and enough pubs, restaurants and cocktail bars to keep you occupied for
many an evening…
Cowley Road area
A little further out, but still just a ten minute cycle ride from college and the centre of Oxford,
Rhodes House (189 Iffley Road), Holloway House (201 Iffley Road) and The Beeches (194
Divinity Road) are all located near Cowley Road, the heart of student Oxford, featuring as
many different bars, pubs, restaurants and shops as you could possibly want. There is also the
incredibly convenient late night Tesco, and for the athletically orientated, the University sports
ground, gym and swimming pool near by.
Students relaxing in the garden at Ursula Hicks House.
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an important triumvirate
the supervisor Your supervisor is your main link to the university; this relationship is crucial. They
will most likely contact you and arrange to see you. If (s)he hasn’t contacted you by
the end of the first week, then contact her/him. If you’re encountering any difficulties
with your supervisor or faculty, talk to your Linacre Mentor or College Advisor and
they will be happy to offer help and advice to overcome any problems.
the advisor Every student is assigned to a College Adviser - a Fellow of Linacre who is available
to offer advice on personal or academic matters. You meet them at Newcomers’ Din-
ner - you’ll receive full details when you arrive.
the mentor Every first year will be assigned to a second, third or fourth year in college who has
volunteered to be able to answer any questions you might have, and who wants to
get to know you and make sure that you have a great start to your year. If you don’t
bump into this person sooner, you will have the opportunity to meet him/her at the
“Meet our Mentor” dinner during noughth week.
things to do in your first few days
Get a Bod card
If you complete the form from the university when you receive it and send it along with a couple of photos, your Bodleian card (commonly referred to as the ‘Bod card’) should be waiting for
you with the college secretary, though it won’t be activated until October 1. It will work for college meals beforehand, however. Keep this card safe and take it with you everywhere. You’ll use
it to get into libraries, to buy food in hall and drinks at the Common Room bar. This card is also your ticket to student discounts all over town (at the theatre, cinema, concerts, on buses, trains
and other places).
Register with the police
If you are not from the US or an EU or Commonwealth country, you will probably need to register with the Oxford police. For full details please see the College Handbook.
Get a gown and full sub-fusc.
You’ll need at least a gown for formal dinners and official college or university events. This can be the gown of your previous degree. You will also need complete sub-fusc for matriculation on
October 18 (for those joining in October) and for examinations later on. Some students borrow gowns from friends or buy them secondhand. The sub-fusc for men is a dark suit, dark shoes and
socks, a white shirt and a white bowtie. For women, you need a dark skirt (with dark tights) or trousers, dark shoes, white shirt and black ribbon tie. You will all need a gown and cap, which you
can buy at these locations: Castell & Sons 13 Broad St, Walters & Co. 10 Turl Street, Shepherd & Woodward 109/114 High Street.
Register with a doctor
This involves getting a National Health Service (NHS) card. Don’t wait until you’re sick! With this card, each prescription will cost around £7. In order to register with the college doctor and
NHS you need to complete the forms that were sent in the pre-arrival pack.
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Try to read the chunky grey book Freshers’ Week (which in Oxford is classed as 0th Week). Try not to miss any classes, as some
Aside from being a thick slap to the environment, this tome is the one with all the degree regula- are compulsory and attendance is recorded.
tions in it. Most of it won’t be relevent to you, but make sure to know exactly how you are going
to be assessed, especially if you’re doing a masters. If there’s something you don’t understand EXPLORE YOUR SUBJECT LIBRARIES
in the book, ask your supervisor for clarification. Go on. OK, this whole list is predicated on the fact that you’re really not going to be working
for the first couple of weeks at least, but it’s not a bad idea to know where your faculty library
Check out the language centre and other libraries that may be relevant to your topic are located and how to use them.
Located at 12 Woodstock Rd, this is the place that offers language classes and a language library
for all Oxford students to use. There are also classes in English as a second language. Unfortu- COLLEGE MEALS & FORMAL GUEST NIGHTS
nately, the language classes fill up very quickly, so register right away. Eating in college is the best way to meet other Linacre members. Most people around will be
first years looking for other first years to befriend. Be there; be befriended. If you want to ex-
Go to the College freshers fair perience a more traditional Oxford dining experience, sign your name up (well in advance) for
Discover the many clubs and societies on offer at Linacre. Sign up for everything, as that will at Thursday night formal guest dinners (gowns are worn) and the separate but very social dessert
least guarantee mail in your pigeonhole for the first few weeks of term! (for only 22 in the fancy dining room, just by the back staircase from the Common Room) or
Tuesday night meals (for only 22 in the special dining room). The menus and sign-up sheets
Go to the College induction meeting are located just left of the bottom of the main staircase to the dining hall. Your first two formal
This will give you a chance to meet the college personalities, including the principal, the do- meals per term are half price and after that full price (check the sign-up list for exact prices but
mestic bursar and your lovely CR president, among others. For those arriving in October, the they are quite reasonable), so find some other students who want to attend and go mix with the
meeting will be held in college October 8th at 2:00PM. Fellows. Also, be aware that a couple of times a term the CR arranges exchange dinners to
dine at other colleges. There will be a sign-up sheet for these on the Social Events notice board.
SIGN ON TO YOUR LINACRE COMPUTER ACCOUNT AND SEND E-MAIL Regular mealtimes are: LUNCH is served Monday-Friday from 12.15-1.30 and DINNER is
This is particularly important if you’ve come from overseas and want to communicate with served Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 6.45-7.30. Because of the Thursday formal dinner
friends and relations back home. There are two aspects to this process. The first is setting (during term times only), you can eat normal dinner from 6.00-6.30 those nights. Meals are not
up your Oxford email account which you should do as soon as possible (you will receive in- available on the weekend. Partners, spouses, friends and children are very welcome at Linacre
structions and usernames for this on arrival). The second is setting up your Linacre computer mealtimes (although children are excluded from Formal and Exchange Dinners).
account so you can use the college computers in the library or use your laptop on the college
network. Again, you will receive isntructions and usernames on arrival. The library comput- SOCIAL EVENTS
ers give you access to e-mail, Microsoft Office applications, the Internet, the Bodleian on-line Come to college social events! There will be loads to do, especially in the first couple of weeks,
catalogue (OLIS), the Common Room Home Page, and much, much more). You will be given thanks to your ‘dedicated’ CR Executive. This is a great way to meet both new and old mem-
an IT starter pack by the College Secretary, Jackie Cameron, when you arrive at Linacre. The bers of the College.
pack is pretty self-explanatory, however, if you encounter problems: 1. Go to On-Line Help; 2.
Read the manuals; 3. Contact Rob Devereux the Linacre IT Officer at rob.devereux@linacre. Full details will be sent out on the CR email mailing list. Social events continue throughout the
ox.ac.uk. However, chances are, he won’t be too sympathetic if you haven’t followed steps 1 year and cater for all Linacre Students. Please fill in the Linacre Families Form if you have a
and 2 first and he might say in indignant tones, “RTFM!” (figure that one out.) partner, spouse or children and would like to be included on the mailing list for specifi c social
events geared towards these members of the Linacre community.
PICK UP A LECTURE LIST FROM YOUR FACULTY OR FACULTY LIBRARY
There will also be some on the table on the first-floor staircase of Linacre. Many graduates GET TO MEET THE PEOPLE IN YOUR HOUSE OR BUILDING
won’t be required to attend lectures, but you still CAN—in the interest of wider learning and Find out who your head resident is, as (s)he is the person who can let you into your room if you
all that. Some classes start as early as Monday morning of 1st Week, this is the Monday after lock yourself out. If something seems wrong about the house or about your room, ask about it.
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Also, you can request repairs for your room or your building in the College Maintenance Book
BUY A BIKE
No, you can’t really survive without one, and the longer you wait, the harder it will be to find a
cheap used one. Buy one or two really good locks to go with it. A U- or D-lock is essential to
lock one wheel to the frame, while a snake/chain lock is good for attaching the frame and wheel
to a stationary object (like a fence or pole). Bike theft is legendary in Oxford, so be aware.
Remember that you must also have lights on your bike, but make sure that you take them with
you if they are removable. Lights get stolen more often than bikes. Register your bike with
college at Reception, and, if your bike was expensive then insure it. You can buy bikes from a
variety of shops listed below and the Oxford Union Society on St. Michael’s St also sells used
bikes one day every week.
Linacre CR owns and maintains a high quality bike repair kit for fixing anything and everything
that could possibly go wrong with your bike. It is kept in the bike shed; sign out the keys from
the lodge. The Common Room has appointed a bike representative to be responsible for the
repair kit. You can get in touch by emailing Gavin Killip at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more
on bikes including a list of recommended shops, check out page 17.
CHECK OUT GRADUATE FACILITIES WHERE YOU WORK
Find out if your faculty has any kind of graduate society or social group and go along to its cheapest stationery. It doesn’t. Shop there (if you can find it) for official U of O logo files etc.,
meetings. Doing a research degree at Oxford, especially in the humanities, can be very isolat- but also compare prices with WH Smith on Cornmarket, Ryman’s (10% student discount- don’t
ing. Get out there and talk about your work with like- (or not so like-) minded individuals! forget your student card, or else no discount) on High St., and Honest Stationery on Cowley Rd.
Office World on Park End St. (near British Rail) is a bit further
POST OFFICES away, but has some cool & bigger stuff.
The main post office is just a couple of hundred metres down St. Aldate’s St. There are numer-
ous other small postal outlets (St. Clements, North Parade, Walton St., Summertown) and many CHEMISTS/PHARMACIES
shops that sell stamps. In town, you have your choice of Boots or Superdrug, both on Cornmarket St (Superdrug is just
off Cornmarket, towards the Covered Market). They also list the names and addresses of late
FOOD SHOPS night & weekend chemists around Oxford.
Marks & Spencer on Queen St. has great quality food, but, unless you’re a Rockerfeller, it’s a bit
expensive for students. There’s a Sainsburys at the Westgate Centre (mall) at the end of Queen INSURANCE
St. There’s also a smaller branch of Sainsburys on Magdalen St. For late night opening, check Consider insuring the contents of your room, especially if you have equipment like a computer
out Tesco on Cowley Road and there’s an 8am to 10pm Co-Op supermarket on Walton Street in or stereo. There are packages available for students in college rooms from some insurance
Jericho and in Summertown. companies (i.e., Endsleigh Insurance at 2 King Edward St). There will probably be some pam-
phlets floating around the 1st-floor staircase table. The College’s insurance does NOT cover
OUSU shop your stuff!
Located on Bonn Square (near the Westgate Centre at the end of Queen St.), claims to have the
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With the number of international students studying and living in Oxford, it’s sometimes easy to forget that youre in a foreign country.
Two things you might find tricky are acquiring a bank card and a mobile phone.
Most mobile companies offer two options for connecting to their networks: contract or pay-as-you-
It’s very useful to have a British bank account, but the process is difficult and time-consuming, so it go. Pay-as-you-go plans usually have fewer requirements and no set length, but you usually have
may not be worth it if you are on a one-year course. Here is some information on the hoops banks to buy the phone at full price. You might want to check kijiji.com and similar sites, and you may
will make you jump through, so that you can make an informed decision about opening an account. find a good deal from an outgoing Oxford student looking to sell a used phone. You might be able
If you decide to open an account, it’s wise to get the ball rolling shortly after you arrive in Oxford, to score a phone from a friend, as it’s common for students to buy a new phone even if their old one
before the waves of undergrads. still works.
Many major banks in Oxford have branch offices on or just off Cornmarket Street (the pedestrian Contract plans offer deals on new phones, but you have to pay a set amount each month even if
shopping street in the centre of town). The required documentation varies, but you’ll want to bring you don’t use the phone and you usually have to sign up for a year or more. Before you decide on a
your passport, any required visas and a letter from Jackie Cameron, the college secretary. Ask Jackie dealer, talk to people in the areas where you work most often. Oxford has spitty network coverage
for a letter a couple of days in advance and specify the name of your bank and the address. and some networks may have no signal in your lab. Some companies offer deals for calls to other
phones within their network, so it might help to find out what network your friends use.
The banks have different policies depending on the length of your course. Some banks will offer you
a debit card, or a SOLO card (which is not accepted by all merchants). With some accounts you will To set up a contract, you may need your passport, your UK bank details and a letter confirming your
also be eligible to apply for a credit card. Note that the majority of cashpoints (ATMs) will not charge Oxford address. For this you can photocopy your bank letter from Jackie. For pay-as-you go, you
you for withdrawing money. Some independent cashpoints, often found in bars, will charge a fee. will only need a passport and some money.
Before you go to the bank, bring your passport and a letter from college. The letter must include your Hint: if you don’t plan on using your cell phone much, pay-as-you-go can be cheaper than a contract,
address in Oxford and your address in your home country. Some banks will ask for confirmation that especially if you stick to text messaging. If you like to talk though, pay-as-you-go will get pricey
your college has corresponded with you at that home address. Some of the major banks are Barclays, quickly.
HSBC, Lloyds, NatWest and RBS.
coffee in hand, the common room
magazine is waiting for you.
please, write for li(n)es.
the Linacre college Library
The Linacre College Library has:
• 24 hour access
• Three different study areas
• Variety of computing facilities and software
• Access to 25000 e-journals and 600 databases
• Book Swap for light reading
illustration: helena maratheftis
• Classic literature collection
• Core textbooks for selected courses
• Range of works to support research
• Fast response to book requests
The Library is on Facebook too, linked from the Thomas Linacre page.
courtesy of facebook page
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things to really think about before you buy a bike by gavin killip
T here are lots of people on bikes in Oxford and consequently lots of bike shops. Some are very good, friendly and
knowledgeable, while others seem to exist solely to sell poor quality bikes to the unwary. Buyer beware!
ECI staff with some knowledge and experience of these things dailyinfo.co.uk - an Oxford-specific news and infor-
recommend the following shops as providing a good, profes- mation service. Also try www.ebay.co.uk and www.
sional service. Not only do they sell good quality bikes and ctc.org.uk for UK-wide 'for sale' adverts.
accessories, they are also there to help if things go wrong and
provide some level of post-sales service. The ones we have At the time of writing, there are ways of getting tax
tried and liked are (in alphabetical order): back on cycle purchases if you pay UK income tax,
which can save a significant amount. Ask about tax-
-Beeline Cycles - http://www.beelinebicycles.co.uk/ back schemes in the shop. The University also op-
-Bike Zone - http://www.bikezoneoxford.co.uk/ erates a Bicycle Salary Sacrifice Scheme which en-
-Oxford Cycle Workshop - www.oxfordcycleworkshop.org.uk ables the University to provide a bicycle and related days at the time of writing). University staff pay only for parts,
-Summertown Cycles (no website) - 202 Banbury Road, Sum- equipment to employees and recover the cost by reducing their with labour subsidised 100% by the University. Students pay
mertown Tel 01865 316885 gross salary by a small amount each month over a period of for parts and labour. Drop your bike off (or get in the queue) at
-Walton Street Cycles - http://www.spoke.co.uk/ 12 months. As a result, more than 250 staff are enjoying the 9.40 - 10.00 and collect towards the end of the afternoon. The
-Warlands Cycles - http://www.warlands-cycles.co.uk/ pleasure of riding to work on a new bicycle knowing that it as service operates on a first-come-first-served basis and is very
cost them, on average, £170 less than it would have otherwise popular: people do sometimes get told to come back next week
For a full list of shops in Oxford (provided by the County Coun- done. See http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/estates/travel/sssbike. if it's really busy. If you are interested, ask colleagues for up to
cil) see: http://apps.oxfordshire.gov.uk/wps/wcm/connect/In- shtml for further details. date information and detailed directions to the Bike Doctor.
There are lots of on-line cycle stores in the UK, which can be For news, campaigns, social rides and other stuff on cycling in
If you're thinking of buying second hand, it pays to shop good value if you know what you want and know the size of Oxford, see http://www.cyclox.org/.
around and be patient - your dream (second-hand) machine bike you need. Before you buy a bike on-line, find out how
may just not be for sale when you first look. If you're buying much assembly has to be done after delivery and about policies For details of bike hire, see:http://www.touristnetuk.com/Wm/
second-hand from a shop, it's reasonable to expect a (short) on warranties and returns. oxford/activities/cycling/index.asp
guarantee. The local second-hand specialists are Oxford Cycle
Workshop, although other shops also sell pre-loved (or pre- Oxford Cycle Workshop has a travelling mechanic (Bike Doc- Questions?
abused) bikes. See also the on-line 'for sale' board at www. tor) who comes to South Parks Road once a week (Wednes- Gavin Killip: email@example.com
My name is Thomas Linacre. Add me to facebook for the latest buzz from the Linacre common room.
I go to all the events.
graphic courtesy of facebook page
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sports & societies***
L inacre College has a number of very active sports clubs playing in the leagues and cuppers competitions of the collegiate system. Whether you are a novice or a world-class athlete, you can
easily find the competitive environment that suits you. Questions? Email the Sports Sec Louisa Coulson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Linacre also has one of the best equipped gyms in the entire university and is free for Linacre members. We have four ergs, a step machine, a bike and a variety of free weights and machines.
There’s a large free space area that can accommodate Pilates, yoga and fitness classes. The best part is that it’s onsite, a luxury many colleges don’t have.
linacre cricket club
Cricket, the greatest game ever played, comes to you in glorious shades of green on the pictur-
esque pitches of Oxford’s colleges. Sadly, but unsurprisingly, Linacre is not one of these colleges.
Linacre has no pitch. But this does not mean we don’t have a team, nor does it prevent us from
stealing other college’s pitches. In fact, we have two teams and we steal two pitches, one from
New College and one from Corpus Christi. Both of these pitches are picturesque.
If this all sounds like a load of waffle to you, you’d be right, so here are some more helpful details.
Linacre’s cricket club is probably the most popular, friendly, and successful of all Linacre’s sport-
ing clubs (unbiased analysis of course). The 1st XI team plays in the more serious 40 over league
on Wednesday afternoons of Trinity term (starting late April). We do try to win our games but we
also make sure we have a good time on the way. Last year we were 3rd of 10 teams in our division,
narrowly missing promotion to the top grade of University cricket. Our 2nd XI team plays in the
20 over competition on Tuesday evenings and is made up of an entertaining blend of beginners and
more experienced players. It’s lots of fun and a great way of getting an introduction to the game.
So, even if you’ve never played before get in touch (email@example.com) and come
play for one or both of the Linacre teams! (Stolen pitches included.)
photo: brendan head
linacre Darts club Yoga
Darts is the undisputed king of tradition- Be amazed by what your own body can do - Forget
al pub sports, and inter-college darts is a about your worries and just be - Become stronger
matter of fierce competition at Oxford. and suppler - Grant your body some attention - Fo-
The Linacre team look to follow up their cus - Relax - Breath - Sink - Float. The Linacre
championship-winning debut season with Yoga Society is there for all students, fellows and
domination of the heady heights of divi- staff. We offer two evening classes each week of
sion 5. Whether you're an accomplished term: one in hatha yoga, one in ashtanga yoga. No
ace at the oche or a total beginner, there is need to sign up: just show up for either, or both!
a place for you in the team. Find us in the For questions or to have yourself put on the mail-
bar or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ing-list: Anna.Geurts@linacre.ox.ac.uk, or see the
uk. Common Room website.
Photo: Harris Morgan photo: laura billings
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Linacre Boat Club valued more than ability. We have just been promoted to the linacre craftsters
President: Gillian Douglas (email@example.com) 3rd division, and so should have regular games and practices in The Linacre Knitting Society has an illustrious and productive
Women’s Captain: Erika Nitsch (firstname.lastname@example.org) Michaelmas and Hilary terms. Most of our players have little/ history, and this year we’re looking to branch out into other
Men’s Captain: Jon Shrives (email@example.com) no experience before joining the team, so if you fancy taking crafty areas to spread the handmade love! The newly formed
up a new sport where you get to brandish a stick, then please “Linacre Craftsters” hopes to bring together the creative
Rowing at Oxford hardly needs an introduction, so what better come along. If you’re good, then please please come along! folk of Linacre for workshops, outings, chat and inspiration
place to take up this most traditional of Oxford Sports than at throughout the year. Knitting will of course continue to rock
your College? We welcome freshers of all abilities, whether the common room to its core - along with sewing, crochet,
you were an Olympic sportsman for your country or you’ve
never even picked up an oar before. Each Michelmas we run a
novice rowing program to teach you the sport from the ground
(or water?) up! Once you know how to row, the options are
limitless - the men and women’s boats compete in many inter-
collegiate races and country wide regattas each year, and we
win our fair share of pots and bumps, too. If you want to really
experience Oxford, join LBC!
Linacre Squash Club
Captain: Rob Holbrook (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Linacre Squash Club recently reformed, and has been
very successful so far. Our men’s team won their league last
season, and the women’s team won the overall inter-college
league! Anyone of any standard can play for college, just sign
up at the freshers’ fair in October. We’ll be entering at least
one team in the men’s and women’s leagues, and maybe more, Linacre boat club celebrating at summer eights. Graduate Barbarians in action.
photo: Laura Richard photo: Ashley Gasten
depending on how many of you are interested in playing. We’ll
also be entering the college cuppers tournament, which is a Mens and womens basketball baking, country walks and anything else that people want to
knockout style competition with most of the colleges compet- Contact: Louisa Coulson (email@example.com) organize. Come and discover your inner domestic god(dess) at
ing. We have a selection of squash rackets and squash balls that the fresher’s fair where we will also be showcasing our fabu-
are kept in the sports cupboard for use by anyone in the col- Last year we had both a mens and a womens team. The men lous sewing machine which is available to borrow by any CR
lege. Any member of the college can play squash at the Corpus didn’t fair so well but had fun. The women did better but were member!
Christi court. If you want to use it, just go to the porters lodge knocked out prematurely in cuppers. We welcome players of
at Corpus Christi and book the court for when you want to all abilities to come out, work on your game and have a blast.
play. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me. Look-
ing forward to seeing you in October. Rugby - graduate barbarians
Contact: Dave Sleep (firstname.lastname@example.org) *** this ain't no exhaustive list:
Linacre Hockey Club Last year, the Linacre College Rugby team combined forces Netball, football, green society, table football and other clubs
Captain: William Unsworth (email@example.com. with two other grad colleges, Green and Wolfson, and invite have been known to exist. Come check it all out at the Linacre
uk) any grad student to join. To get involved or learn more about fresher’s fair on October 11 and the Sports and Societies Try-
We are a friendly, mixed hockey team, where enthusiasm is the club, contact Dave. it-out Day on October 12.
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T he Welfare Secretary is your point of contact if you need
information on welfare issues such as health, accommo-
dation and ﬁnance, and is also a good listening ear if you feel
other sources of advice and support. As discussed earlier,
mentors and college advisors can be of great help, as well as
lege Secretary — Jackie Cameron, and the Domestic Bursar
— Patrick Heffernan) and three fellows (the Senior Tutor —
Nick Brown, the Tutor for Women Students — Laura Rival,
a bit down and need a chat; all conversations are completely and Heather O’Donoghue).
conﬁdential. It’s the welfare secretary’s job to organise the Members of the Exec
mentoring scheme which pairs existing students (mentors) Members of the executive committee are always happy to Help outside Linacre
with new students (mentees) to give you a friendly face to point you in the right direction if you need some help. Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) offers a free
recognise among those who’ve been here for a while longer, conﬁdential and impartial Student Advice Ser- vice if you
and to ﬁll you in on all the info/gossip on life in Oxford and Members of Staff would like to talk through issues and explore your options
Linacre. Keep an eye on the welfare notice board outside the Do speak to members of staff if you are having difﬁculties. In (firstname.lastname@example.org). They also provide lots of information on
TV room for welfare information or get in touch with the Wel- particular, Bursary staff are happy to help you with accommo- their website http://www.ousu.org/ and in their various pub-
fare Secretary directly if you have speciﬁc welfare queries. If dation or ﬁnance issues, the College Secretary can help with lications (including Oxford Survival Guide, Graduate Guide
you have any questions you can reach her via email at kate. matters involving the university, and the Senior Tutor, Nick etc.). The Oxford University Counselling Service provides
email@example.com. Brown can help with problems in academic life. Dr. Laura professional help for students with personal/emotional, social
Rival is the Tutor for Women Students. and academic problems. Call them on (2)70300 to make an
Linacre has quite a team of people to help you out if you’re appointment. In term, you can call Nightline (2)70270 be-
having problems with work or life outside work, so you don’t College Advisory Panel tween 8pm and 8am to talk anonymously to another student.
need to suffer alone. You can always contact Kate in her ca- The college has an Advisory Panel to offer advice when need- All day and night, every day of the year, you can call the Sa-
pacity as Linacre’s Welfare Secretary, but there are also many ed. The panel is made up of two members of staff (the Col- maritans on 722122 or 08457 909090.
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Health Beaumont Street to discuss your medication. to pay. HC1 forms: The HC1 form can be used to claim help
One of the worst things that can happen when you are new to a with NHS Prescriptions, NHS Dental Treatment, NHS wigs
place is falling ill, and not knowing who to contact etc. If you Contraception and fabric supports, sight tests, glasses and contact lenses, and
do feel unwell and aren’t sure what to do, or you need to go to Contraception is available free on prescription. The morning travel to hospital for NHS treatment. For more information
the doctor/hospital and don’t want to go on your own, please after pill is available without prescription (though you do have go to: http://www.ppa.org.uk/ppa/HC1_form.htm or you can
contact the welfare rep, go to reception, or if you live in col- to pay for it if you do not have a prescription from your doctor) request a form by calling 0845 850 1166.
lege accommodation contact your head resident. from most pharmacies, just ask to speak to a pharmacist. Cur-
rently condoms are supplied in all college properties. How- Money
Doctors ever, these are only for ‘emergencies’. Free condoms can be Money can be a big worry for many students. But do not ignore
Students and their families are entitled to medical attention obtained from the Alec Turnball Family Planning Clinic (Rag- the problem: speak to someone before it gets worse. College
from the National Health Service (NHS). This is free apart lan House, Between Towns Road, Cowley, 01865 456666). wants to keep you here and are very receptive to helping you
from medicines, glasses and dental treatment. Our College This is a walk in clinic. You can also get free condoms from work out any problems, whatever the situation! Either speak
Doctor is Dr Neil MacLennan of 19 Beaumont St surgery – your GP. to myself, Nick Brown, or Jan in the Bursary.
telephone 01865 240501. A Doctor from the 19 Beaumont St
surgery will be present at the College Induction Talk Pregnancy Tests Hardship Funds
on Wednesday of Freshers’ Week. To register with the 19 Free pregnancy tests are available to students who require There are a few hardship funds from the university, the col-
Beaumont Street practice you just need to complete the them. These can be obtained in one of two ways: lege, and other funds and scholarships. Look for details in the
forms in the welcome pack that you received in the mail. It • Email Kate and she can arrange to meet you or can just place main college handbook, or ask me.
is wise to register as soon as possible. Their website is http:// a pregnancy test in your pigeon hole (the tests are very small
www.19beaumontstgp.nhs.uk and has useful details including and will be placed in an envelope). Linacre Members with Families
pharmacy opening hours etc. The surgery is open weekdays • Leave a piece of paper in Kate’s pigeon hole just saying you Partners, spouses and children of Linacre members are always
8am-6pm; after this time, on weekdays, and at weekends an need a pregnancy test (no name needed). She will leave the very welcome in college. Linacre is a very open and friendly
out of hours surgery operates, telephone 0845 345 8995 pregnancy test in her pigeon hole and you can collect it from college we actively seek to involve partners, spouses and chil-
or 01865 240501. They will arrange for a doctor to come out there. dren of Linacre students and fellows in college life. Partners
to you or tell you if you need to visit the out of hours clinic and spouses can register as dual members. They are given a
which is on Cowley Road. Sexual Health membership card which can be used in the dining hall and bar
The Harrison Department at the Churchill Hospital (Telephone and all Dual Members can use college facilities, join college
NHS Direct : via CH swithboard 01865 741841) provides free sexual health clubs and societies without the principal Linacre member be-
A really useful service if you need health advice or are not checks and HIV testing. It is an appointment clinic although ing present. Ask in the Bursary ofﬁce about dual membership.
sure if you should call the doctor out or go to hospital etc is they do have emergency appointments and HIV testing drop in One or two family events are organised each term, so do let the
NHS Direct. Their telephone number is 08454647 and you clinics, contact them for more details. welfare ofﬁcer know if you have children and would like to be
can speak to a nurse who will advise you on the best course of added to the Family Events email list. This will keep you
action. They also have a useful webpage www.nhs-direct.nhs. Hospital informed of events designed to give the kids some fun, and to
uk which gives advice on diseases, treatments, prescriptions Should the worse come to the worse the nearest Accident and introduce you to other Linacre parents.
etc. Prescriptions and Pharmacies: In the UK prescriptions cost Emergency department is at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Head-
£7.00 an item. You may be entitled to free prescriptions if your ington, with taxis charging approximately £7.00 from Linacre If there are any events you’d like to see organized, such as a
income and savings are below a threshold (see section on HC1 to the hospital. In an emergency you should telephone 999 children’s movie showing, an arts and crafts event, a barbecue,
forms). Children are entitled to free prescriptions automati- for an ambulance. or a special family dinner, please let usknow! We’re always
cally. keen to hear your ideas!
IMPORTANT: Not all drugs licensed abroad are available in It is extraordinarily difﬁcult to ﬁnd NHS dentists in Oxford.
this country. if you are on some form of long term medication/ Linacre has an agreement with the Oxford Dental Centre (162
contraception it is important you arrange an appointment at 19 Banbury Rd, Summertown, 01865 515806) but you will have
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linacre social scene
W e have a very healthy social scene at Linacre. In addition to all of the sporty things avail-
able for you to do, your social secretaries, Ashley Gasten and Guy Kingham, ensure that
the term is packed with lots of fun social events. The bigger events on the term-card are normally
projector in the common room to show movies on the big screen. These range from old classics
through to latest releases, or something a little different, depending on what people request from
us. The film nights are always very relaxed, and it’s nice to be able to kick back and chill out
bops and parties, which we normally have 1 or 2 of each per term. This involves getting in a with people in college at the end of the weekend, to build up your energy for the coming week!
paid DJ and having one or two fl oors of music with a late finish, around 2am, leaving plenty of Each term we also run an open stage night, where we hire a PA and set up a few guitars, micro-
time for dancing and boozing! Bops and parties are always themed and this year we’ve had rave, phones, etc, in the common room to give people a chance to show-case their talents to fellow
Hollywood themes to name a few. If reading the word “bop” fills you with terror and anxiety, Linacrites. Neither musical skill nor ability to play guitar are pre-requisites for joining in. We’ve
fear not, as “bop” is nothing more than Oxford-speak for inviting other colleges along whereas a also had some “interesting” poetry, some improvised stand-up comedy, trumpeting and even a
“party” just has people from Linacre. The best thing about the Linacre bar is that you swipe your didgeridoo-playing contest (where the challenge was to get a noise from the didge!). Also, there
university card to pay for drinks and don’t get charged until the end of the month, so for 30 days are generally enough guitarists around for you to grab someone if you’re a little too shy to sing
it is possible to maintain an illusion of infinite alcohol supply. Happy days!! unaccompanied…
On the odd occasion when it stops raining and the sun rears its head, we like to break out the bar-
We have a host of other social events each term, to cater for all tastes. In addition to the bops becue for a little charred food in the college grounds. In addition to the usual burgers, sausages
and parties, those amongst you who like to drink would enjoy the regular beer or wine tastings and chicken, we make sure that we can also cater for vegetarians or those not brave enough to
that we have in the common room, allowing people to try out something they might not normally try our authentic carbonised-cuisine! I must add that we’ve not yet had any cases of food poi-
experience. Sticking with the pub theme, we also occasionally run pub quizzes, which, as well as soning, but a hangover the next day is not unknown. Social life at Linacre is well catered for,
being fun, make for an interesting study into the effects of ethanol on cognitive function. One of both if you want drinking buddies or just somewhere calm to relax for an evening, and we have
the more notable events on the term card in Trinity (summer) term was a tour of nearby pubs. We regular events too numerous to list in detail here. The common room is always open, and the
hired a minibus which started off at Linacre and drove around various pubs in the countryside, bar is staffed (by Linacre students) at lunch times and evenings during the week. We also have
giving Linacre students a chance to explore life outside of the city centre, and also to sample fine a slammin’ new digital jukebox to keep the beat going. So, settle down, grab yourself a pint or
ales, food and fresh air. a hot chocolate in the common room, and watch out for the twice-weekly publicity emails that
will keep you informed of all the fantastic events that we have planned for you throughout both
The non-drinkers amongst you will be pleased to hear that not all of our social events are based term and holiday times.
around the consumption of alcohol. We have film nights on most Sundays, where we set up the
A Note about OUSU, Linacre's Disaffiliation and the Freshers' Fair
T he Oxford University Student Union (OUSU*) is the official students’ union of the Univer-
sity. All students are individually members of OUSU (unless they opt out) and the majority
of college common rooms (JCRs, MCRs etc.) are affiliate members of OUSU. Affiliation fees
According to the Oxford Freshers’ Fair website, one day of the fair will be open to all as a re-
freshers fair: “Friday 10 October – 09:00 to 16:00 (ReFreshers' Fair) … On the final day (Friday)
the Fair will be open to all members of the University to visit ReFreshers' Fair, where students
for common rooms are significant and, a couple of years ago, Linacre Common Room voted to will have the chance to catch up on everything they missed during their first year.” Whether or
disaffiliate from OUSU, citing concerns over the costly fees and little benefit for a graduate col- not this applies to Linacre members is unclear (although OUSU are advertising it to stall holders
lege. as such) therefore the Common Room cannot recommend that you attempt to attend this as an
Within Linacre, the perception is still widespread that OUSU membership does not bring enough
benefits to warrant the affiliation fee – especially considering Linacre is one of Oxford’s poorest If you are still keen to find out about societies, most have an active online presence and many
colleges – and as such, we remain disaffiliated. By disaffiliating from OUSU, it was felt that the offer taster events at the start of the year. As such it would probably be worthwhile looking on the
money would be better spent on activities and facilities within college. The one major impact this internet to see what is available. To get started, http://www.sport.ox.ac.uk/club-contacts is a great
has on some Linacre students is that we do not receive tickets for OUSU’s Freshers’ Fair (www. place to find contact details for most of the university sports clubs. There will also be a Linacre
oxfordfreshersfair08.org). Obviously this will be disappointing to many new members but hope- Freshers’ Fair for college clubs and societies held in the CR on Sat 11th Oct at 1pm.
fully, over your time at Linacre, you will come to appreciate the money saved on affiliation fees
*Note: OUSU is different from the Oxford Union, an internationally renowned debating society.
with additional CR activities.
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D o the tourist stuff now be-
fore you become a dyed
in the wool Oxford yokel. You
may think that the tourist stuff is
beneath you, but when your fam-
ily come to visit you at last, you
may be ashamed to discover you
know nothing about where you
Museum of Modern Art, Pem-
broke Street (behind the West-
gate Centre): This museum is
good and it’s free. Showings of
up and coming modern artists
and a groovy shop and café. Colleges: see and a real slice of English history. You have to pay to view
Come in all shapes and sizes, from the Universe of Christ inside. There are bus services from central Oxford.
Ashmolean Museum, St. Giles: Intellectual, beautiful paintings, Church (and its famed dining hall) to the teeny Teddy Hall.
sculptures - enough to keep those art buffs amongst you happy Definitely worth a peek inside. Just stride in like you belong University Parks: Beautiful big park with a river running
for at least a couple of hours, and granny for half a day. and you’re away. Technically, all Oxford University students through it, a bridge across for playing pooh-sticks, tennis
have access to all of the colleges, but beware of grumpy por- courts, cricket pitch, and lots of space for just walking, sitting,
Pitt Rivers Museum (within the University Museum ters! You may have to show your Bod card to get into the more sleeping, playing football, or anything else you might want to
of Natural History), Parks Rd: If you fancy yourself as a bit touristy colleges (es-pecially Christ Church and Magdalen). do. Located right next to Linacre, so spend some time here – a
of an Indiana Jones (think of the big warehouse at the end of Check out Magdalen’s impressive grounds and deer park. few intakes of pure air and you’ll regain your sanity.
‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’...) or you’re a budding anthropolo-
gist, this is the place to go to enjoy shrunken human heads, Views: Christ Church Meadows and Botanic Gardens: Somehow,
spears, shields, funny tassly things… you get the picture. Despite what Magdalen students claim about their tower, the completely different from the University Parks. Less struc-
best views of Oxford’s spires and the Radcliffe Camera come tured and less neat but, unfortunately, not more wild. A beauty
Museum of Oxford, St Aldates: We think this museum is some- from atop the University Church (St Mary’s). A good place to nonetheless, which will soon become very familiar to those
thing to do with the history of Oxford but we are not entirely take visitors. of you who decide to join the Linacre Boat Club and get up
sure. Free entry. before sunrise to practise. For the rest of you, the Botanic
Punting: Ask at reception to hire the Linacre punt, which is held Gardens are free of charge to all University members and are a
Tour bus, Broad Street, in front of Trinity College: If you like at Wolfson (not in the winter). Or, if you don’t mind spend- really nice spot to go to chill out from downtown Oxford.
someone barking at you through a megaphone and being a tar- ing a bit more cash, just go to the punt purveyors at Magdalen
get for local pigeons, this is the quickest way to learn Oxford. Bridge, Folly Bridge, or the Cherwell Boathouse. Port Meadow: Hidden away in North West Oxford, right be-
When you get tired of your relatives, put them on this and re- hind the Phoenix Movie Theatre, Port Meadow makes you feel
tire to the near- Blenheim Palace, outside North Oxford: Magnificent building as though you were in the middle of the countryside. Vast
est pub, see below. with beautiful grounds, all the ducks you could ever wish to fields of buttercups in the spring, the perfect place for picnick-
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ing. A great place for a cycle ride to get away from the buzz- The Ultimate Picture Palace, Cowley Road: This is definitely pub culture. Rock up with friends after supper and grab a
ing city, especially as there are two great pubs on the way (the the cinema for all your arty cinematic and nostalgic if not drink. Many pubs also have snooker tables, quiz machines
Perch and the Trout). Watch out for random horses and cows. downright nutty types. Be warned one of the authors ended up and quiz nights.
THEATRES AND CINEMAS King’s Arms: Popular with
Sheldonian: Concert upon many people, on the corner of
concert upon concert - all Broad Street and Parks Road.
year round, usually classi- It’s easy to find, in the centre
cal, and in evocative sur- of town and right across from
roundings. The experience the main library if you fancy
will be enhanced by your a drink after being harassed
memories of Matriculation by the evil gatekeepers of
- are you in for a treat!! the New Bodleian. Some
of the bad attitude seems
Playhouse: Holds plays and to have migrated across the
concerts. Student discounts road. Half the student popu-
available. Go along and lation’s dedicated hatred
pick up their list with some of the KA never seems to
famous touring companies. make any difference – even
the people who hate it go. It
The New Theatre: Ever does, however, have benches
wondered where people see outside for sunny days, and
really tacky shows? This small cosy spaces inside for
is the place! Although, it those dark and rainy winter
does also have decent tour- nights. The KA’s downfalls:
ing comedians and bands. It’s pricey (£4.80 for a pint
of Hoegaarden!) and it’s al-
Burton-Taylor Theatre, ways very busy. However, it
Gloucester Green and the is licensed until 12am so I do
Old Fire Station, George St: still find myself going there.
Both hold student produc- Beware, they ring the bell
tions, so the ticket prices when the bar closes, NOT at
are generally quite low. last orders…
The OFS also has comedy.
The Lamb and Flag: Located
The Phoenix, Walton Street, Jericho: Shows a small selection watching a film about strange old ladies with poodles seducing just across the road from the Eagle and Child (the Tolkien and
of films, some mainstream, some arty. Good bar upstairs. out of work actors. C.S. Lewis pub) on St. Giles, this pub is a favourite with many
a Linacrite. Perhaps the closest pub to Linacre, and with oc-
The Odeon, George Street (Gloucester Green), and Magdalen PUBS casional live music, the atmosphere is usually good, the bar
Street: Showing the mainstream flicks. If a popular film comes There are other places to have a drink and chill out with friends large and the people nice. It is, however, owned by St. John’s
into Oxford, book in advance. than the Linacre bar. One of the best things about Britain is College.
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The Turf: This is where everyone gathers after finishing exams, NIGHTLIFE chain, apparently, and also part of the Oxford Union. It is free
or when they just feel like going somewhere nice. Probably For those of you who haven’t had quite enough to drink by to Union members on all nights. Non-members only have to
the most popular pub in Oxford, it is located in a little passage pub closing time, or just want to get out there and swing your pay on Thursday-Saturday, when there is usually a DJ, but may
off Holywell Street, down from the Bodleian and KA. It is a hips and get wild with the music. If you have just come from a have to come along as guests of members. So why go? Well,
cosier alternative to the Kings Arms. It is one of the oldest slightly bigger town, Oxford’s club scene may not be the most its open until 2am.
pubs in Oxford, has a great selection of beers and two large impressive, however just remember that London is only a bus
outside areas with park benches and heaters for cold evenings. trip away (buses run between Oxford and London 24 hours a Po Na Na (Magdalen Street): Best for sitting in alcoves drink-
The atmosphere is usually great, however, on busy nights, your day)! These are a few of the most popular clubs around: ing cocktails, comes with a mix of ambient alternative funk,
chances of getting a drink start to diminish rapidly after 20 past whatever music.
ten or so. Park End Club (Park End St, near train station): Hip with the
Brookes students and undergrads. Two floors, sometimes Baby Love (King Edward Street): Funky little club. Good
The Royal Oak: Woodstock Rd - nice, cosy little pub with a three types of music from garage to cheesy to hip hop. Not cocktails upstairs and dancing downstairs. Stays open all night
small outside area and decent food. Lots of little nooks and bad for a little dance. ready for May Day morning (singing from Magdalen and the
crannies to hide away whilst you knock back a couple of pints infamous jumping in the river - not recommended!!), the club
with friends... Bar Risa/Jongleurs (Hythe Bridge Street): A comedy club and even brings in breakfast at around 5am! Generally open until
nightclub all in one. Popular with townies on weekends and 3am.
The Radcliffe Arms: A lovely little pub tucked away in Jericho. students during the week. Two floors, massive dancefloor up-
It’s off Walton Street, just past the Phoenix cinema, and it stairs for shaking that booty. Escape (Covered Market, High Street): This place attempts to
serves some excellent, very well-priced food. It’s a wee bit be a little more chic and doesn’t do too badly. Two floors, large
off the beaten path so you’re not likely to find too many under- Filth, (Westgate Centre): Tucked away upstairs in the Westgate bar space and some good dancing to be had., although they did
graduates there, but it’s a lovely place to go for a spot of Sun- centre is this little gem of a club, which pretty much lives up play three Beyonce songs in a row once. Open til late, not sure
day lunch (cheap and tasty roasts). I highly recommend it. to its name. Recently renovated so your feet no longer stick how late.
to the carpet.
The Trout: A country house hotel masquerading as a pub. We Freud’s: Impressive place to drink in Jericho - at first. The
all know that real pubs don’t have gorgeous locations by the The Bridge (Hythe Bridge Street): Popular with the beautiful more you frequent this converted old church, the more it looks,
river, albino peacocks and better than drinkable house wine. people. Great for R’n’B and dance music and even has its own feels and sounds like an old gym. Sometimes there’s a DJ or
But we wish they did. It’s far enough out of Oxford to pre- pole, if that floats your boat. live music and it’s open late.
tend you’re in the country and fully enjoy the unusual lack of
claustrophobia. Possibly the nicest way to spend a sunny af- Mood, (George Street): Only mentioned so you can remove it Duke of Cambridge (Little Clarendon Street): Good place for
ternoon with your friends, and coming here involves a lot less from your list of possibilities. Tacky, sweaty and overcrowded cocktails in Jericho (as is Raoul’s). Look out for happy hours
personal risk than going punting. Only a bicycle ride across with lecherous men and a very small dance floor. But it can be (5 to 8pm I think) for cheap cocktails.
Port Meadows. Reasonable food but quite expensive after re- a good time.
The Old Fire Station (George Street): Infamous for its seven- INFORMATION
And many more… Oxford does have a very good selection of ties’ nights on a Thursday night! A lot of fun, although it costs Check Oxford’s Daily Info (www.dailyinfo.co.uk) for lots of
pubs although some do have prices on a similar level to Lon- £5 after 9pm. On Wednesday night, many of Oxford’s Blues information on various events, venues and attractions in town.
don. However, go out and explore them – some are very lovely athletes flock to this place.
indeed and the pretty spires of Oxford do make a good back-
drop for both a debauched pub-crawl or a relaxing pint. The Purple Turtle (Frewin Court): Open until 2am! Part of a
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I f you’re concerned about looking after the environment, Linacre is probably the best college for you. Not only
are many of the students and fellows actively engaged in studying climate change and environmental policy,
but the college authorities (or, as we like to call them, Patrick) have put in place some great policies that make
it easy to be green! Linacre is the first Oxford College to be Climate Neutral – we offset all our emissions from
transport, heating and electricity with a local company called Climate Care. Some of our buildings are geared to-
wards minimizing their impact on the environment; the Abraham Building won the 1998 “Green Building of the
Year Award” for its environmentally friendly features, including reducing carbon dioxide emissions, cutting gas,
electricity and water consumption, and using recycled building materials, sustainable timber and organic paint.
If you want to get involved and contribute some ideas of your own, the Linacre Green Society is the place for
you. Check out their stall at the Linacre Freshers Fair, or if you can’t wait that long, there’s a link to the Society’s
website on the Linacre environment webpage. We’ve got a really exciting set of events lined up for the coming
year, so why not make this your year to go green? Linacre also has a college wide recycling scheme – there are
paper recycling bins in all the rooms on main site, and bins for glass, card and cans in the kitchens. Off site ac-
commodation is served by the council’s domestic waste services and they provide facilites for recycling paper,
card, tins, glass and plastic. These schemes make a big impact on the amount of waste that goes into landfills,
but they need your help, so please sort your waste and remember to take your turn at taking out the recycling. It
only takes a couple of minutes to do, but the warm feeling you get will last much longer!
The easy guide to recycling at Linacre...
L inacre has a reputation as an environmen-
tally friendly college, but to keep that rep-
utation we need your help. If you can reduce
2) Sort your waste - Glass, tins, cans and pa-
per can all be recycled. Plastic bottles can be
recycled in the off site accommodation, but
There are also a few re-use schemes operating
Cowley Road on Saturdays – see the Linacre
environment webpage for more details. Last,
but by no means least, is Fairtrade. Linacre is
the amount of waste you produce, perhaps not at Main Site. There are posters and labels in college: there is a book exchange in the Li- the first Oxford College to achieve Fairtrade
by buying less or by choosing products with telling you which container to put each type brary where you can take your old novels and status, and we have Fairtrade tea, coffee, hot
less packaging, that’s great. And please reuse of waste into. pick up some new ones. There is also a maga- chocolate, bananas, biscuits and other sweet
as much as you can – plastic bags and water zine rack (supplied by the Green Society) in treats available at the bar.
bottles can be used several times. Eventually 3) Check the rota and if it’s your turn, please the Common Room where you can share your
you’ll have to throw some stuff away. Some take the recycling out. Your head resident will old magazines with everyone else. There are also other Fairtrade outlets in Ox-
things have to go to landfill sites, but some show you where to dispose of the recycling; ford. Faritrade@ St. Michaels is well worth
things can be recycled. Recycling is a bril- every kitchen has a rota so that no single per- Finally, there’s the issue closest to every envi- a visit; it has lots of wonderful food, as well
liant way to reduce waste and to save some of son has to deal with everyone’s recycling. If ronmentalist’s heart: food. There is a vegetable as clothing, stationery and gifts. If you think
the earth’s resources, but it requires a tiny bit you have a passionate objection to recycling box scheme at Linacre – for £5.50-£10.00 (de- there is anything else the college should be
of effort on your part: and are prepared to give a cogent argument pending on the size of your order) you can get a doing, or if you have any questions about re-
explaining why you should not be on the rota, get a delicious assortment of organic fruit and cycling, or other “green” issues, the Environ-
1) Wash out empty bottles and jars - this is please contact me. If everyone does these 3 vegetables from a local farm. If you prefer to ment Rep, Sarah Womack, sarah.womack@
really important; dirty items can’t be recycled simple things it will go a long way towards choose your vegetables yourself there are two linacre.ox.ac.uk. Sarah is also the Food Rep.
and they stink! minimising our impact on the environment, farmers markets in Oxford, one at Gloucester
and your kitchens will be much pleasanter Green on Thursday afternoons and another on
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Although Linacre is generally a very relaxed college, this doesn’t mean we don’t retain any of
the traditional college formalities. Every Thursday during term time, there is a formal guest
night in the dining hall. This is a great way for members to enjoy some quality food but, above
that, they’re a fantastic social event where you can dress up and bring friends and guests to dine
in college. These are quite formal occasions with all students required to wear a gown and ex-
pected to behave well and dress smartly (most men wear a suit, generally with tie, and women,
a dress or smart trousers). There isn’t a high table as such (there is no platform for a table to
sit on) but we do still have a senior table, which students are technically allowed to sign up for
but in practice it is generally only done so when you are bringing an academic supervisor to
In addition to the main guest night on Thursday, there is an opportunity to have a second dessert
in the small dining hall if you signed up in advance. Be aware that drinks are always passed in
one direction around the table and doing otherwise is considered inappropriate. After second
dessert, you are also entitled to have drinks and quiet conversation in the Nadel room – be
warned that these drinks are not free and you must sign for them. This, in particular, is a formal
occasion where college members are generally entertaining guests and, understandably, expect
polite, respectful behaviour from the rest of the people present.
A few pointers:
• At formal hall, after entering the dining hall, remain standing next to your seat and wait
for the principal / presiding fellow to enter and say a very brief Latin grace. You can then sit
O ne of the great appeals of Oxford is the sense of being surrounded by tremendous history.
Despite being vigorously modern and at the cutting edge of international research, there is
an equal measure of esoteric and antiquated tradition to embrace. Most members of the Univer-
• Remember that some members prefer a more formal atmosphere so please don’t ruin
their nights by being overly boisterous.
• Try to avoid overt signs of affection when in particularly formal situations – i.e. sitting
sity take great pleasure in these traditions but, to some, they can be a little suffocating at first. on a partners lap, holding hands or be too “coupley” as some members will take offence.
• Enjoy yourself, meet people and have a lot of fun at college formals!
L inacre is renowned across Oxford for the range and qualiy of the food its dining
hall serves. The hall serves lunch and dinner Monday to Friday, although no meals
are served on the weekends. Lunch is typically the busiest time of day, as it serves as
a convient nibbling spot for students and staff working nearby. Whether you’d like
to debate, gossip or simply chow down in groups, Linacre’s hall has a great social
Main dishes cost approximately £2.20, plus small extra charges for veg and salad.
There are normally five dishes to choose from at lunch and four at dinner. These in-
clude a vegetarian option or two. The dishes include traditional British meals, such as
shepherd’s pie, battered fish, roast beef and toad-in-the-hole, but also include options
from all over the globe.
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O xford is infamous for the number of eccentric (and often downright silly) terms that all students are just assumed
to have been born knowing. These are a few of the more common ones:
Battels The monthly bill you receive from college for the various debts you have incurred (rent, meals, formal dinners, drinks at the bar…).
Black Tie Men: dinner suit (tuxedo); women: stylish long dress or equivalent.
Blue University award for being a jolly good sport in something like rowing or cricket.
Bod, The The Bodleian Library. Not merely the glorious building housing the oldest library in the English-speaking world, but now something
resembling a huge multinational corporation that controls all the books in Oxford.
Bop A college party. Linacre’s bops are the best in Oxford University – fact.
Bumps A boat race - because the river at Oxford is not wide enough for large races abreast, the idea is that crews have staggered starts and
seek to crash into the boat ahead.
Cuppers An inter-collegiate competition (there’s a cuppers for almost every activity).
Don A fellow/tutor/professor/lecturer type.
Fresher A new student, whether graduate or undergraduate.
Linacaring Linacre love; used predominately in boat club circles.
Lodge Another name for college reception.
Matriculation Ceremony in your first term wherein you dress up in sub fusc, shuffle to the Sheldonian and are inducted
into this great university. Involves Latin and fancy gowns.
Pigeon Post The internal mail network within the university. (Free)
Sub Fusc Dark suit and white bow tie for men; black skirt or trousers, white blouse and black ribbon for women.
You have to wear it your entire time at Oxford. Honest.
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Saturday October 4th
Welcome drinks in cr 8pm
Sunday October 5th
Wine and Cheese meet the exec in cr 5pm
Film night meet in cr 8pm
begins Monday October 6th
saturday College tours meet in cr afternoon
october Pub crawl starts in cr 8pm
fourth Tuesday October 7th
Newcomers Dinner 1 meet in cr / Alternative Dinner 7pm
Wednesday October 8th
Wine & Nibbles in the Library 5:30pm
Newcomers Dinner 2 meet in cr / Alternative Dinner 7pm
Thursday October 9th
Mentor Dinner meet in cr 6pm
Oxford Grad Nights event meet in cr 9pm
Friday October 10th
Mentor Dinner meet in cr 6:45pm
Endless Summer Party in cr 9pm
Saturday October 11th
Linacre Freshers Fair & BBQ Dining hall 1pm
Pub Quiz in cr 9pm
Sunday October 12th
TWO THOUSAND 8 Sport and Societies Try-it-out day meet in cr, university parks
Darts night in cr