College Bulletin 6 November 2020


News and events this week


New National Restrictions "Lockdown" Update

A reminder that we are now unable to provide sit-down meals in Hall, and as such Dinners, Halls and suppers scheduled to take place from 9 November until 2 December have been cancelled. Pub nights have also been cancelled. This is due to the new national restrictions in place (Lockdown).

We are sorry not to be able to support students and College members throughout this challenging period by providing you with wonderful food in the time-honoured tradition of St Cross, and we hope that we can enjoy meals together before too long.

From Monday 9 November you will be able to collect a takeaway lunch which you will need to 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). Lunches will be charged at £5.00 per person and will include a main dish, water and tea/coffee, fruit and a yoghurt or dessert.

You must return to your home/room to eat, in accordance with Government guidance. The College cannot allow students to eat or drink in any public areas such as the Common Room.

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 - Reminder

The deadline for the St Cross Travel & Research Fund is 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

As the College is no longer able to provide its usual catering services, and to encourage exercise and socialisation during lockdown, we are starting a Walking Buddy Programme.

Sign up, 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.

Lorna Casselton Memorial Lecture

If you missed the opportunity to watch the 6th Lorna Casselton Memorial Lecture with NATO Chief Scientist Dr Bryan Wells on "Science in Peacekeeping and Security", or would like to watch it again, you can do so here.


Blackwell's bookshop on Broad Street has closed its doors to browsing during the lockdown period. However, books can be ordered via their website, where a click and collect option is available and their Christmas Hotline 01865 792792 is available for those who wish to purchase books over the phone.

If you live within the ring road they are able to offer free same day delivery by bike for orders placed before 12:00, and free next day delivery for orders placed in the afternoon.

Oxford Society of Ageing and Longevity

A new student-led Oxford society seeks to explore all aspects of ageing, including biology of ageing, the socio-economic ramifications of longevity and the possibilities for cognitive enhancement. They are currently recruiting committee positions. 
Applications for these positions can be submitted here (deadline 30 Nov). They are also looking to recruit College ambassadors - if you are interested in this, please email them at Further details here.

Planet Pledge

During November you can pledge to reduce your impact on the environment to raise awareness of the climate crisis. The College with the most pledge will be crowned the greenest college. Find out more on the Facebook page.

College Events:

How to be More Effective in Your Postgraduate Research: Overcoming the Psychological Challenges
Friday 13 November, 12:00

This session will identify some of the familiar psychological challenges that face many students doing postgraduate research. This session is open to all research students.

Please register here. Booking closes 17:00 on Thursday 12 November.

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. If you would like to take part in the quiz, please contact Student Vice-President Gulnar Abdullayeva ( 

More events on the College website.

College News:

St Cross DPhil student Boon Lim is part of a team that has rolled out their rapid COVID-19 test at Heathrow and Hong Kong airports.
Read more

Four St Cross fellows have been awarded professorships in the latest Recognition of Distinction exercise.
Read more

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 9 November - Friday 13 November
Oxford Internet Institute, Seminar Room and St Cross Room.