College Bulletin 13 November 2020


News and events this week

College Lunches

A reminder that you are able to collect takeaway lunches from the College catering team which you can book through the meal booking system. This will now open on a Wednesday at 08:30 for the following week, and bookings must be made by 14:00 the day before you wish to collect your lunch (14:00 Friday for a lunch on Monday). These lunches are charged at £5.00 per person and include a main dish, water and tea/coffee, fruit and a yoghurt or dessert.

We’d like to remind you that takeaways must be taken back to your room, as food is not permitted in the Common Room and at this time we are asking people not to eat in any public areas of the College.

The café remains OPEN for takeaway only from 08:30 - 11:30 Monday - Friday. Both the café and takeaway lunch service will remain open as long as remains viable, and either service may close if the service is not used.

Travel & Research Fund - FINAL Reminder

The deadline for the St Cross Travel & Research Fund is next Wednesday, 18 November, 12:00.

Whilst travel is not possible due to COVID-19, the Fund has been repurposed to provide support for students needing additional equipment, software or study materials that support studying, working and research at this time, including software, language courses, computer storage, or journal subscriptions that cannot be arranged through the Librarian. 

Applications can be made via this form.

 Walking Buddy Programme

If you're looking for a chance to meet new members of St Cross during Lockdown - sign up to our walking buddy programme!

We'll pair you with another student, and you can arrange to go for a socially-distanced walk and chat. If you would like to purchase a coffee and cake whilst you're out, send us a photo (to and we'll reimburse you with £5 from the KT Soo Bursary (this fund usually provides lunches to students). 

If you'd like to take part, please fill in this form.


Here are a few books from our wellbeing collection, covering a range of topics and approaches on how to cope with stress and anxiety in our lives. 

All of these books can be requested to be borrowed through SOLO and if you have any suggestions for further reading, we'd love to hear from you.

Take a look at the Library's November acquisitions here.

iSkills sessions in the coming week:

Bodleian iSkills: Keeping up to date with research (Tue 17 Nov 10.00-11.30)

Bodleian iSkills: UK parliamentary and government materials - an introduction (One-to-one sessions on Thursdays, from 5 Nov to 10 Dec)

iSkills Videos

Keeping up to date with research - These videos cover setting up alerts in SOLO, Web of Science, JournalTOCs and Zetoc, Nexis UK, JiscMail and others so that you automatically receive notification of new research in your area.

What is reference management software - This is the introductory presentation from the iSkills workshop: ‘Referencing: choosing and using software’. 

Would you like to appear in the St Cross College Admissions Video?

The University's Graduate Admissions team would like to film a St Cross student giving a short tour and introduction to the College to help give prospective students a flavour of St Cross life. Filming will be socially distanced and will take place towards the end of Michaelmas Term.

If you'd like to take part, please contact Ella Bedrock (

We're recruiting for a Student Film Production Assistant!

The St Cross Development and External Relations Office is recruiting for a short-term, part-time Student Film Production Assistant.

The role will involve creating, producing, and editing short films and video for the College website and as part of online College events.

The deadline is Thursday 19 November. To find out more and to apply, visit the College website.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Victoria Cox (

Pusey House

Sadly, the House can cannot offer public worship in-person due to the current national restrictions. Services will continue within the House, and these will be live-streamed, but access will be limited to residents and staff, as well as library users who are in the building at the right time. ​

You can watch all services via the Pusey House YouTube Channel:

​To be added to the e-list for regular updates, please email ​You may wish to read the chaplain's message on the eve of lock-down, Wednesday 4 November, here
More information is available on the 'worshipping online' page.

Slade Lectures 2021 Poster Competition now open

The Slade Professorship of Fine Art Board of Electors invites any and all current students at the University of Oxford to submit a poster design for the purpose of advertising the prestigious annual Slade Lectures in 2021 Medieval Iberia: A Material History
A prize of £100 will be awarded to the winner. The deadline is Friday 27 November 2021. Further details here.

College Events:

Fellows vs Students General Knowledge Quiz
Friday 13 November, 19:00

If you would like to watch the quiz and cheer along your team, please fill in this sign-up form

New St Cross Special Ethics Seminar: Affect, Value and Problems Assessing Decision-Making Capacity
Thursday 19 November, 12:30 - 14:00

Speaker: Jennifer Hawkins, Associate Research Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. Please register here

HAPP Lecture: Physics of the Impossible Revisited
Friday 20 November, 17:00 - 18:00

Teleportation, time machines, force fields and interstellar spaceships—the stuff of science fiction or potentially attainable future technologies? Inspired by the fantastic worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars and Back to the Future, renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Professor Michio Kaku will discuss the scientific history and what our current understanding of the Universe’s physical laws may permit in the near and distant future. This talk will probe the very limits of human ingenuity and scientific possibility.

Book your place here.

Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop
Wednesday 25 November, 17:30

This 75-minute workshop run by Oli Bazin from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre will provide an introduction to Mindfulness in theory, practice and research, and will offer a few tips to keep you grounded and steady in the midst of these challenging times.

Book your place here.

More events on the College website.

College News:

Fellow Professor Dan Hicks has published his latest book The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution.
Read more

Vice-Master Professor Andy Pollard appeared on BBC's Newsnight last week speaking about the news of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. You can watch this on BBC iPlayer here.

The 6th Lorna Casselton Lecture took place on Thursday 29 October with Dr Bryan Wells, NATO Chief Scientist, speaking on "Science in Peacekeeping and Security". 
Read more and watch the recording here

External events in College:

For your information, the following event(s) will be taking place in College over the next week. Visitors have been informed of the College's COVID-19 guidelines regarding face coverings and social distancing, and each event is fully risk-assessed. Any concerns can be raised by contacting

Monday 16 - Friday 20 November
Oxford Internet Institute - Seminar Room /Lecture Theatre

Friday 20 November
Master's student appointments - Lange Room