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st. hugh’s jcr<br />

<strong>freshers</strong>’ handbook 2003

contents<br />

introduction 3<br />

<strong>freshers</strong>’ week 4<br />

hugh’s the college 6<br />

entertainments 8<br />

clubs & bars 10<br />

eating out 12<br />

drink 13<br />

‘culture’ 14<br />

the oxford union 16<br />

jcr 18<br />

ousu 19<br />

hugh’s history 20<br />

accommodation 22<br />

food 26<br />

money 27<br />

international students 28<br />

mature students 29<br />

religion 30<br />

welfare & equal opportunities 32<br />

academia 33<br />

subjects 34<br />

clubs & socs 42<br />

rowing 46<br />

jcr committee 48<br />

equal opps committee & peer support 50<br />

people 51<br />

an oxford glossary 52<br />

useful stuff 54<br />

stuff you need 55<br />

maps & getting here 56<br />

st. hugh’s college junior common room<br />

st. hugh’s college<br />

st. margaret’s road<br />

oxford<br />

ox2 6le<br />

massive thanks to everyone who contributed any sort of writing for the guide and to those who helpfully<br />

criticised the content/kept omar and myself relatively sane whilst we were in the depths of producing it. thanks<br />

to martin loach for his beautiful pictures of college.<br />

compiled and edited by tom hamilton<br />

assistant editing, design and typesetting by omar salem<br />

published by st. hugh’s college junior common room<br />

printed by cypher digital print ltd.<br />

first edition: august 2003<br />

produced in the oxford university student union publishing suite<br />

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introduction<br />

Welcome<br />

Welcome to <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s! It’s going to be difficult to put<br />

your mind completely at rest until you’ve arrived<br />

and spent a couple of weeks here, but I can say<br />

without too much hype that wherever you’re from and whatever<br />

you’re into you’ll find it an excellent place to spend a<br />

few years. <strong>Hugh's</strong> is overflowing with ridiculously friendly<br />

people, so whilst you've probably got loads of unanswerable<br />

questions about what it's like to live here, try not to worry<br />

about arriving and settling in. It will take a while to figure out<br />

what's going on, and <strong>freshers</strong>' week will knock you out for a<br />

few weeks anyway, but everyone's in the same boat... you<br />

may as well just kick back and enjoy the ride. Yeah, nice<br />

pun.<br />

This handbook has been put together to give you an<br />

idea of the sort of thing to expect at <strong>Hugh's</strong>. Feel free to do<br />

whatever you want to any of us - point and smile wryly/give<br />

us moustaches and appendages/circle any hot ones, but do<br />

also have a read through. As well as a few people's takes<br />

on college life, it's been rammed to the teeth with boring,<br />

useful, practical information. Some of this won't mean much<br />

to you yet but it should help decode the masses of paper<br />

that college will try to offload onto you over the next few<br />

months. Hopefully you can also use it as a reference in the<br />

future. Any email addresses in the guide belong to people<br />

who are genuinely happy to help if they can, so do get in<br />

touch with anyone if you have questions/worries about<br />

absolutely anything at all! A couple of other places to check<br />

Never considered incest morally acceptable!? Re-think... You are about to enter into a unique relationship with two people<br />

you've never met before who will grow to love, care for and nurture you as if you were their own. Every fresher will find<br />

themselves related to two parents and a sibling (along with an extended network of grandparents, aunts, uncles and scandalously<br />

estranged step-mothers) who they will get to meet on the first night in college. The more responsible parents have<br />

written to their children to introduce themselves and give subject-related advice, so you should have some sort of a letter<br />

enclosed with this guide giving you an idea of who you're dealing with and how to contact them. <strong>College</strong> parents, much<br />

like real parents, exist mainly to amuse you at how pathetic they are, until you realise you've become exactly like them.<br />

They might seem like the oldest, wisest and most refined of role models when you first arrive, but some time later it will<br />

become clear that most of what they told you had to be figured out on your own in the end... So, the main things you can<br />

expect from your college parents are a reassuring smile and someone to talk to if you're not sure what's going on, either<br />

before or after arriving at college. Feel free to get in touch with them with any questions about anything at all - most of<br />

them are just desperate to meet you... mwahuhahaha.<br />

If you're having trouble getting in touch with your parents or feel that they are neglecting the family, drop me a line.<br />

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<strong>College</strong> Parents<br />

if you're unsure about<br />

things are in the oxford<br />

handbook that you can<br />

get hold of in <strong>freshers</strong>’<br />

week, and on the new<br />

<strong>Hugh's</strong> <strong>JCR</strong> website at<br />

the address below (click<br />

on fora if you want to<br />

chat online to other<br />

<strong>Hugh's</strong> people or join the<br />

Freshers’ forum) - it<br />

looks nice and is updated<br />

regularly.<br />

You're wondering<br />

who this punk is dictating<br />

what to do with your<br />

time at uni... I'm Tom, your First Year Rep, which means I<br />

organise Freshers' Week as well as this handbook and will<br />

generally be around to help you adjust to life here once<br />

you've arrived. For the next year, I'll be living on the second<br />

floor of MGA in a big room with a big phat sofa (MGA40) -<br />

feel free to come and find me anytime or just call, on 07944<br />

435652. Meanwhile, you can email me about absolutly anything.<br />

Anyways, plenty more time for idle banter in <strong>freshers</strong>'<br />

week... I look forward to meeting you all very soon and seriously,<br />

don't worry about a thing - <strong>Hugh's</strong> is a cracking place<br />

and you'll enjoy yourself here whatever you get up to. See<br />

you soon! tom<br />

tomas.hamilton@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />


At first, Freshers' Week can seem a pretty nerve<br />

racking prospect; you're in a new place, you don't<br />

know anyone and you're about to be given a lot of<br />

work (which you're convinced everyone's going to<br />

do better at than you). My first night in Main Building at<br />

Oxford did little to ease any of these fears, when my college<br />

mother invited me round to her's for a cup of tea; "We're<br />

having a little sort of party!" she enthused. Alarm bells don't<br />

ring this loud.<br />

Welfare lunch: free food<br />

There were about five people in the room, three of<br />

whom nervously introduced themselves whilst the other two<br />

studiously ignored me, content to sit hunched over the floor<br />

with vapid expressions firmly in place. Conversation began<br />

with the subject of tea and stuck with it for a worrying length<br />

of time. Who wants tea? Who has cups? Who wants milk?<br />

How much? What's the best kind of milk for tea? Now while<br />

bullshit conversations like this might be excusable amongst<br />

polite strangers, these were second year students who had<br />

already spent a year in each other's company and, as a<br />

result, I was a little concerned about the 'social scene' I was<br />

joining. Not unduly, it would seem, as this discussion proceeded<br />

to develop into a rather heated argument over the<br />

chemical properties of Oxford's water supply: "The tap<br />

water here's obviously soft!" "I think not. The waterways<br />

are limestone composite; the water's harder than spatial<br />

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<strong>freshers</strong>’ week<br />

Whatever you get up to in <strong>freshers</strong>’ week it’s unlikely to involve<br />

much sleep. Nick Kay tells it like it is...<br />

thermo-dynamics."<br />

Rescue finally came when a trio of thoroughly spannered<br />

<strong>freshers</strong> fell through the door, clutching several bottles<br />

of wines, singing 'Build Me Up Buttercup' (much to the<br />

bemusement of my tea-posse). The only guy of the group,<br />

introducing himself as Rob, rested a hand on my shoulder,<br />

OUSU Freshers’ fair: lots of clubs and socs want you<br />

"Youshafresha, mate?" I nodded, his grip tightened,<br />

"You're comin with us..." And that's where it all kicked off,<br />

the evening descending into an all-out bender. Indeed,<br />

things had gotten to a fairly sad state when Rob threw his<br />

arm around my shoulder, held up the last bottle of red wine<br />

(that we had fetched from my room a few hours earlier) and<br />

proudly announced, "I got this off some twat in Main!" I<br />

here took the opportunity to introduce myself to him for<br />

about the fifth time that evening; names take a while to stick<br />

‘the discussion developed into a<br />

heated argument over the chemical<br />

properties of Oxford’s water’<br />

in Freshers' Week.<br />

There were several club outings during the week, first<br />

to Bar Med and then to the vile cheese-fest that is Park End.<br />

I failed to go to the latter due to a lengthy queue, but a friend<br />

later told me it was so cheap and foul even he was afraid of<br />

being taken home by some letchy second-team rugby player.<br />

Luckily for you, Tomas Hamilton Esq, being a gentleman<br />

of refined taste, has secured two additional and rather more<br />

enviable venues for your fresher parties. The Bridge is<br />

renowned as one of Oxford's finest R'n'B/Hip-Hop venues<br />

(as reflected by the ever-present huge queues) while Thirst<br />

is undeniably one of the best bars in Oxford, offering sublime<br />

cocktails and top-notch funky house beats. These<br />

nights are always great fun and well worth going to, if only<br />

for the socialising, but if you'd prefer to spend the evening<br />

in a slightly more relaxing way, theatre trips and film nights<br />

(amongst other things) will be arranged. From my experience<br />

I would advise you not to feel obliged to go out on the<br />

razz at every opportunity; there'll be alcohol-fuelled activi-

<strong>freshers</strong>’ week<br />

The back to school bop rounds off <strong>freshers</strong>’ week<br />

ties taking place every night (and most days) so if you feel<br />

like chilling out with a DVD one night, do it. DVDs, incidentally,<br />

are the student Pokemon and collecting as many as<br />

possible (whilst managing to retain enough money for food,<br />

drink and clothing) is a finely-honed skill; true masters are<br />

well into their overdrafts by fifth week.<br />

Should you not become entangled with any socially<br />

inept second years, Tutors’ Drinks should provide you with<br />

a crash course in awkwardly polite Oxford conversation,<br />

and if you don't make a fool of yourself there, the ensuing<br />

‘Tutors’ Drinks should provide you<br />

with a crash course in awkwardly<br />

polite Oxford conversation<br />

Fresher/Tutor dinner should provide plenty of opportunities.<br />

My tutor was most understanding of my gleeful consumption<br />

of his bread roll (N.B. take from the left) while I subsequently<br />

squirmed in embarrassment, sensing the distinct<br />

disdain of my peers attempting to move ever so slightly<br />

away from the social leper. I should perhaps mention here<br />

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Arriving<br />

A parent reminds<br />

himself why he’s at<br />

University<br />

the importance of going to as<br />

many 'free meal' and ‘free drink’<br />

events as possible in Freshers'<br />

Week. Having just left a fullycatered<br />

home environment, the<br />

university equivalent of free<br />

school meals probably doesn't<br />

sound all that exciting. Four<br />

weeks down the line, however,<br />

when you find yourself coshing<br />

your new best friend with a chair<br />

leg for the last Worther's Original,<br />

you'll think wistfully of the days<br />

when others cooked for you.<br />

Along with all the fun and late<br />

nights out, however, you are of<br />

course expected to partake in<br />

early morning activities: library<br />

tours, subject talks, faculty visits...<br />

I missed half of them and I cer-<br />

tainly wouldn't recommend doing so to any of you. You can<br />

end up feeling very lost when you don't know where anything<br />

is or how it works, especially when the inevitable<br />

fresher flu epidemic spreads through college like a forest<br />

fire at the end of the week leaving most people in a total<br />

state. Indeed, the trouble is that Freshers' Week feels like<br />

being on holiday and then come monday morning, you're<br />

suddenly under a considerable amount of academic pressure,<br />

which can be fairly difficult even if you did manage to<br />

attend all the introductory sessions. Which of the many<br />

library tours told you which of the many libraries you're supposed<br />

to go to for which of the many books on your reading<br />

list? I mention this not to put a downer on what is a great<br />

week but to reassure you that if these problems crop up,<br />

you're not the first to experience them and if you need help,<br />

that's what your college parents are there for.<br />

Anyhoo, enjoy Freshers' Week, speak to everyone,<br />

slag them off to everyone else and hopefully you'll end up<br />

with lots of friends and have a good time. Which is what it's<br />

all about really.<br />

nicholas.kay@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Freshers' week starts on Sunday 5th October and it's best to turn up sometime that morning/early afternoon, especially<br />

if you've got a lot of stuff. International students may want to arrive a few days before to get settled in, but let college<br />

know your plans if you want to do this. Once you've found the college, just come straight through the main doors and I'll<br />

be sitting on a desk to say hi and give you some bits of paper...You can then go to another desk, in the Wordsworth room,<br />

to fill out a couple of registration forms, pay the college and get the chance to buy meal vouchers if you want to. Then,<br />

take your receipt from paying college to the Porter's Lodge and they'll give you the keys to your room.. Come back inside<br />

and I’ll give you someone to whisk you off and you your beautiful new room....sounds a bit complex now but everything<br />

should be pretty easy when you get here - I promise. Nothing much will happen for the next few hours so you can plan a<br />

new filing system for your cds, go to sleep or go to the <strong>JCR</strong> or whatever. At about 6pm you'll have a chance to meet the<br />

other people on your floor/corridor/staircase over a drink or two and someone will then take you down to get some food<br />

in the dining hall. After dinner you can have your first drinks in the bar and meet your college parents. Then things start<br />

to kick off properly...<br />

<strong>College</strong> have also asked me to pass on a warning about being careful with your stuff when you’re moving in. There<br />

have been some things stolen in the past so try not to leave car boots open/unattended etc. - tom<br />


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Gentleman, scholar and<br />

acrobat Liam Brooker...<br />

You will no doubt find that, in the first flush of youthful<br />

exuberance that accompanies a week of free lunches,<br />

you sign up for a wide variety of University clubs<br />

and societies. Earnest young English students will undoubtedly<br />

pledge allegiance to the Oxford Marxist Forum; the disturbingly<br />

chirpy will probably sign up to be a capella<br />

singers; and those of you who wear lots of black may well<br />

join OUDS, the drama club (or become a vampire - in which<br />

case, no offence...) If you’re anything like me, a week later<br />

you’ll be deeply embarrassed by what you signed up for,<br />

and spend a lot of time wondering why the “unsubscribe”<br />

email doesn’t work. Truly, there is no such thing as a free<br />

lunch.<br />

Throughout this period of disillusionment, however,<br />

you’ll meet individuals from all over the university. No, don’t<br />

stare. And when you launch into the stock conversation and<br />

inform this strange beast which college you’re at, you’ll<br />

probably meet with a single stock response:<br />

“<strong>St</strong> Hugh’s? Isn’t that miles away?”<br />

First, point out to this ignorant buffoon that you’re within<br />

twenty minutes’ walk of the town centre. As such, your legs<br />

will be beautifully toned by the end of your first term,<br />

although you may have to trade your collection of high heels<br />

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hugh’s - the college<br />

for hiking boots. Or get obliging men to carry you. Unless<br />

you are a man, in which case pass on the number of your<br />

cobbler, so I can get a pair of size 10 stilettos.<br />

Instead of describing the position of your college as<br />

“the middle of bloody nowhere,” use the phrase “splendid<br />

isolation.” Univ., Merton, Queens et al may consider themselves<br />

a cut above, but really they’re all just huddling round<br />

High <strong>St</strong>reet like a bunch of dipsomaniac tramps round a<br />

brazier. Or a pack of cheap lawyers round a car accident.<br />

You get the idea, I hope. Distance equals class. It also<br />

means that we have some of the most pleasant grounds in<br />

Oxford. One sunny day, and the entire college decamps on<br />

to the lawns, even that odd person who does physics and<br />

listens to Gregorian Chant.<br />

I’m certainly not your average horti-freaking-culturalist,<br />

so once I’ve described the ‘grass, flowers, trees’ bit, I’m<br />

stuck. Let me instead say that you can enjoy the kind of<br />

afternoons that seamlessly shade into evenings which pass<br />

unnoticed into night time, thanks to bottles of wine, picnic<br />

food and a few blankets. It’s like an idyllic trip to the country,<br />

except you’re never more than five minutes from those two<br />

essentials, an off licence and a toilet. I can also confirm that<br />

our lawns are ideally suited to Frisbee, enormous waterfights,<br />

unicycling, pogo sticking, and romantic assignations<br />

(make sure you’re wearing a jumper, though, as the cold<br />

can have ‘undesirable’ side effects.)<br />

Meanwhile, what of those poor fools in the town cen-

hugh’s - the college<br />

tre who sneer at our solitude? Whilst they have to shoulder<br />

their way through thousands of Nebraskans in LOUD<br />

shorts, we’re safe behind our bendy metal gates. It’s probably<br />

sensible for me to describe precisely what it’s like on the<br />

‘one sunny day and the entire<br />

college decamps on to the<br />

lawn’<br />

other side, given that you’ll be climbing over them every<br />

time you’re out past midnight - not that such a thing will ever<br />

happen to innocent little cherubs like yourselves.<br />

<strong>St</strong> Hugh’s is one of the largest Oxford colleges, and<br />

we pride ourselves on the easy going and fun atmosphere.<br />

The smug bastard we met at the beginning of this article will<br />

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be forced to live miles out of town in his second year, probably<br />

above a kebab shop in Cowley, in a house which<br />

smells of cabbage. At Hugh’s, however, everyone can live<br />

on site, which has its positive elements, both financially and<br />

socially. The danger of cabin fever - more acute in our exclusive<br />

location - means that it’s important to get out and about<br />

in town, but we certainly have a diverse and friendly array<br />

of folks up here (although personally, I’d leave town on the<br />

night of the footballers’ curry.)<br />

Meanwhile, a short hop down the road and you’ll find<br />

our local shops. Not many colleges can claim to have a genuine<br />

‘local’ but we actually have two. I’ll leave you to decide<br />

on their relative merits (but the Gardener’s is better). We<br />

also have shops supplying the essentials of drink,<br />

baguettes, Pro Plus and super noodles. Just down the road,<br />

meanwhile, is Ali and his kebab van a North Oxford institution,<br />

perfect for those late night study sessions. Because<br />

yes, you will need them. However well you think you plan,<br />

however hard you work, there will be a night when you’re up<br />

working till 6 AM - actually it’s quite invigorating. (Rather like<br />

being birched in a Swedish sauna, but less kinky. Probably.)<br />

Let me set your mind at ease, however. Hugh’s is by<br />

no means an Oxford exam hothouse. It isn’t really a hothouse<br />

for politics, sport, or indeed anything much, being<br />

more a warm conservatory with a long cool drink. And quite<br />

frankly, that sounds much more civilised to me......<br />

liam.brooker@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />


The mainstay of college entertainment<br />

(entertainments) is the<br />

‘bop’. The word ‘bop’ may conjure<br />

up petrifying images of the 1980’s:<br />

big hair, shoulder pads & Jason<br />

Donovan, and in most other colleges<br />

these images might be accurately<br />

attributed to the events that they<br />

laughably label ‘entzt’. At Hugh’s we<br />

are proud of the fact that we provide<br />

some of the best ‘bops’ in the<br />

University, nay, the world! Every fortnight,<br />

a generous faction of the student<br />

body descends into the murky<br />

depths of the bar, to be overwhelmed<br />

by some of the most incredible<br />

scenery and awe-inspiringly funky<br />

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entertainments<br />

music that has ever arrested them up<br />

to that point. The themes for these<br />

masterpieces of stimulation range<br />

from the perennial favourites of ‘crossdressing’<br />

and ‘back to school’ to the<br />

retro classics of ‘early nineties acid<br />

house techno’ and ‘super heroes and<br />

super villains’. Any one of these<br />

themes allows the incumbents to<br />

parade their ingenuity with the costumes<br />

that they create, and to flaunt<br />

their talents on the dance floor, taking<br />

it to the max! (…Nice. –ed)<br />

The lavish preparations for a bop<br />

can take up to a whole day, and your<br />

<strong>JCR</strong> entertainments reps are the people<br />

responsible for making sure that<br />

everything (sound, lighting, DJs, decorations,<br />

props etc…) runs smoothly.<br />

Things start to kick off properly from<br />

about 8pm and continue until around<br />

1:30am, when the mammoth task of<br />

finding a room to collapse in begins.<br />

However, college authorities have<br />

recently been making moves to reduce<br />

the amount of time that we spend having<br />

fun by curtailing our bopping to<br />

11:30pm, so there is a chance that<br />

entz at <strong>St</strong> Hugh’s will be a bit different<br />

this year…<br />

The <strong>JCR</strong> also has balls. Once a<br />

term, the Mordan Hall (a spacious and<br />

majestic Ball Room in the Main<br />

Building), is the host of a themed ‘ball’.

entertainments<br />

As one would expect, such an occasion<br />

demands supremely smart dress,<br />

free flowing champagne, and only the<br />

best music – the <strong>College</strong> band and<br />

their jazzy alter egos. Recent displays<br />

of such magnificence have included<br />

the ‘RAG Heaven and Hell Ball’ and<br />

the ‘Moulin Rouge Ball’.<br />

If you thought that the skill of the<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s Entz Machine (tm) was<br />

sapped with these two enterprises<br />

alone, you would be embarrassingly<br />

mistaken. In the summer time, when<br />

arrays of sensually appealing foliage<br />

are in full bloom, we are to be found<br />

sipping Pimms and fruit punch in the<br />

shade of oak trees and bouncy cas-<br />

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tles, to the sound of a twanged guitar<br />

string. At other times of the year, we<br />

are engaged in whatever miscellaneous<br />

activities our delightful Entz<br />

Reps and Committee see fit, whether<br />

it be enjoying the fruits of Oxford’s<br />

moonlit venues en masse, or challenging<br />

rogue colleges to meet us in battle,<br />

at LaserQuest! The entz reps also put<br />

on videos every Sunday and organise<br />

a bar quiz roughly every other Monday.<br />

In addition to weekly formal halls we<br />

also have guest dinners where you<br />

can bring along people from other colleges<br />

and watch fireworks in the garden!<br />

thomas.inglis@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />


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The honest truth about<br />

Oxford clubbing...<br />

If you enjoy sweating it out to chartcheese,<br />

pouring myriad quantities of alcohol down your<br />

throat and then stumbling back through the Canterbury<br />

Road gate at 2am, then your choice of university could not<br />

have been more apt. If, however, you consider yourself a<br />

more sophisticated reveller, the news is, unfortunately, not<br />

quite so encouraging. For those of you from big cities like<br />

Manchester or London, clubbing in Oxford will probably<br />

seem rather limited and definitely of the stilton-flavoured<br />

variety, but for a small city there's quite a lot on offer (and<br />

bear in mind that real clubbing is only an hour and a half<br />

away on the Oxford tube to London). Though often on a<br />

small scale, every kind of music is here, somewhere. Even<br />

the most dedicated lover of neo-gothic prog rock ‘n’ bass<br />

usually gives up once in a while and lowers themself into an<br />

enormous vat of sweltering fondue. You'll almost certainly<br />

find yourself grooving away to Summer of 69 and Chesney<br />

Hawkes with copious amounts of Reef inside you on more<br />

than one occasion. Apologies in advance. If this prospect<br />

fills you with dread, fear not: you'll be surrounded by half of<br />

college in a similar state.<br />

Bar Baby: Classy Bar on Walton <strong>St</strong>reet (Jericho).<br />

Bar Med: Regular venue for out of college <strong>hughs</strong> entertain-<br />

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clubs & bars<br />

ments events and hence the site of much debauchery.<br />

Beat Cafe - Cheap cocktails till 9, good place to migrate to<br />

from the Duke of Cambridge. The Bridge: One of the most<br />

queued-for venues in town. Arrive early or brave the bizarre<br />

'one in-one out' queues for some decent R n B/Hip Hop &<br />

chart tunes on the club's two floors. Entry is quite steep but<br />

worth it if only for a quick spin around the pole. Code Red,<br />

aka Code Rah (on alternate Wednesdays) is Oxford’s official<br />

‘see and be seen’ night. Cellar: A funky little underground<br />

club, just off Cornmarket, which plays host to some<br />

of the more serious music nights in town, perhaps the pick<br />

of these being “Sunday Roast”; Hip-hop, Breaks, Drum &<br />

Bass, electro, techno and so on. Wurd. Club Latino: Dodgy<br />

looking club at the bottom of <strong>St</strong>. Clement’s, popular on fridays<br />

despite the poor sound system. Coven II: Little known<br />

club a bit out of town (rumoured to be near the ice rink) -<br />

slightly grungy and has a false ceiling so the inebriated are<br />

convinced they are trapped inside a cave. The main danceroom<br />

looks and feels a bit like the beggining of Blade. But<br />

with less blood. Duke of Cambridge: Classy bar on Little<br />

Clarendon <strong>St</strong>reet, happy hour half price cocktails till 8.30 -<br />

after that go across the road to the Beat Cafe. DTMs:<br />

Tragic, but entry is free on a Monday, when it's reasonably<br />

popular among <strong>Hugh's</strong> students. Filth: (real name THE<br />

STUDIO, but filth is more appropriate). Located at the top of<br />

the westgate shopping centre and similar to OFS in music<br />

and the concentration of dodgy old pervs per square metre.<br />

<strong>St</strong>ill worth a visit when drunk. Frevd: A large, old church<br />

which cleverly manages to appear to be the classiest joint<br />

in town by forgetting to paint the walls. It operates as a<br />

smart cocktail bar & restaurant (with a 2am license and<br />

good well-priced food), also the closest ‘venue’ to <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Hugh’s. A refreshing change from the average Oxford discotheque,<br />

with regular live acts and a salsa night on<br />

Sunday... Genesis: A small and mysterious club. We<br />

couldn’t find anyone who had been here...Has anyone been<br />

here? Green: New kid on the block, a restaurant by day<br />

and a bar/club by night, making for some rather eclectic<br />

decor, but the Cosmopolitans are always on offer and<br />

there's a VIP room if you fancy yourself as a bit of Oxford Alist.<br />

The rest of us make do with the basement. Green offers<br />

a variety of music from 70s through hip hop to R n B to<br />

house, with Friday's Rockstudent night being the most popular.<br />

Hollywood Cocktails: New addition to the Little<br />

Clarendon/Walton <strong>St</strong>reet bar ‘row’ in Jericho, which now<br />

comprises 7 bars. Looks dodgy due to the darkened glass<br />

and a wee bit out of place. Happy hour from 4-7pm with<br />

cocktails ranging from £2.25-3. Fast developing a cult following.<br />

Jongleurs: Mostly a comedy club but home to Kit<br />

Kat on Wednesday nights - playing Frank Sinatra and the<br />

like with the odd live set, be sure to bring your prescription<br />

pills. Located above Bar Risa, which usually has some<br />

decent drinks offers. Occasional and random other nights<br />

– check posters round town! Love Bar: for all you trendy<br />

young things, with cocktail prices to match (although avoid<br />

the basement on a Tuesday unless you want a fight in the<br />

unisex loo with a transvestite dressed as Avril Lavigne).<br />

Mood: A small and intimate R n B club for when you want<br />

to escape the student scene (reputed to be full of ganstas

clubs & bars<br />

SUNDAY<br />

Sunday Roast @ The Cellar<br />

MONDAY<br />

Flirt @ OFS<br />


Lionel Vinyl@ OFS<br />


The Zodiac (new OUSU night -details tba)<br />

Vodibull @ Parkend<br />


Kabaret/Code Red @ The Bridge<br />

Thursday @ The Bridge<br />

Po-na-na<br />

Slide DJs @ Thirst<br />

FRIDAY<br />

Purple Turtle<br />

Friday Night @ Green<br />


Hughs Bop!<br />

Non Bop weeks: Purple Turtle or Bar Med<br />

-eds). Old Fire <strong>St</strong>ation (OFS): strange place attached to a<br />

theatre - hosts Oxford's most popular gay night, Flirt, on<br />

Mondays, and on Tuesday you can usually find a fair few<br />

Hughsies knocking back Smirnoff Ice rip-offs, especially<br />

after guest dinners. For some reason it's always a laugh,<br />

even if it is only at other people's dancing. They play a variety<br />

of music from 50s to current, but try to arrive after the<br />

horrific and obscene pseudo-70s lunatic Lionel Vinyl & his<br />

floorshow. It's enough to give you nightmares, unless you’re<br />

a poor deprived cheese machine. Park End: is a stickyfloored<br />

maze of a club with 3 rooms, and is more popular<br />

with townies than students. A classy joint it is not. It may be<br />

one of the only venues to play dance every night and the R<br />

n B DJ may be good on a Saturday, but it's a pretty grim<br />

place unless you like being touched up by randoms. That<br />

said, some people do like it (Park End, not being molested).<br />

Po-na-na: the closest proper club to <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s. Part of a<br />

UK wide chain, this is one of the few places you can expect<br />

Lionel Vinyl at OFS: shocking, but a large afro is<br />

always attractive<br />

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to see decent DJs<br />

without getting on the<br />

Oxford tube to London.<br />

“Hedflux” on Thursday<br />

is perhaps the best<br />

night, with the likes of<br />

Norman Jay, the<br />

Scratch Perverts, Mr<br />

Scruff, Killa Kella and<br />

4 Hero having graced<br />

the decks in the last<br />

couple of terms;<br />

expect Hip-Hop, Drum<br />

& Bass, Funk. Selecta.<br />

The Purple Turtle (or<br />

‘PT’): The Union bar,<br />

feels like (and is) a<br />

sweaty student bar.<br />

Popular at the weekends<br />

since entry is<br />

free to union members<br />

and the closest oxford<br />

gets to a central student<br />

bar - good place<br />

to ‘meet’ people from<br />

other colleges. Raouls: Classy cocktailbar on Walton<br />

<strong>St</strong>reet (Jericho) - good music. Thirst: little sister of the<br />

Soho bar/club and styled in the same vein. Smooth decor<br />

throughout, and Slide DJs playing the funkiest House music<br />

in town. Zodiac: Oxford's only real live music venue (mostly<br />

indie), and serves as a club which offers a variety of<br />

music every night, from funk to rock and metal. Friday's<br />

'Boogie Basement' is worth a look, but its location down all<br />

the way down Cowley Road means it's probably best to<br />

leave the stilettos at home. “Cheesy Listening” on Thursday<br />

and the monthly Drum & Bass event “Source” are also popular,<br />

DJs such as Andy C, Fabio and DJ Marky having<br />

played there recently. Pick up one of their poster flyers from<br />

the lodge for more info on gigs.<br />

So there you have it, the wonderful world of Oxford<br />

nightlife. Hope to see you out and about all glammed up and<br />

merry maintaining our reputation as a hard-partying college.<br />

Websites with more info on clubs and guestlists are:<br />

w w w . r o c k s t u d e n t . c o m<br />

www.oxfordcity.co.uk/arts/nightclubs.html<br />

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rupert.kay@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

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Arguably the best Indian restaurant<br />

in Oxford, Bagicha’s combines<br />

a typically interesting décor (the plaster elephants<br />

are my favourite) with a scrumptious and wide<br />

ranging menu, helpfully labelled with spiciness rating<br />

for those (including myself) who are less than knowledgeable<br />

about Indian cuisine.<br />

High Point: The eat-all-you-like buffet on Sunday evenings<br />

(only a tenner).<br />

Low Point: Can be a bit pricey the rest of the time.<br />

£<br />

£ £ £ £ £<br />

A personal favourite of mine, not<br />

least because of the relative<br />

cheapness of the food and ever-friendly staff. The<br />

menu, which is vaguely Mediterranean, may be fairly<br />

small, but the portion sizes most definitely are not!<br />

The crepes in here are yummy and well worth a try.<br />

£ High Point: The Poulet Estragon seems to be a universal<br />

favourite, and Diana’s Pasta is a must for<br />

cheese lovers.<br />

Low Point: This is quite possibly the smallest restaurant<br />

ever, so it’s best to reserve ahead.<br />

£<br />

£<br />

This is a real ‘ladies who lunch’<br />

establishment – hushed French<br />

£ waiters, thick napkins, chandeliers, palms – all in a<br />

large conservatory which is quite beautiful (as are the<br />

£ toilets – visit them if you get the chance). The food<br />

here matches the surroundings – high quality and<br />

£ stylishly presented; try not to scream when you see<br />

the bill.<br />

High Point: The Maitre d’s beard, a work of art in itself.<br />

Low Point: Gee’s, as befits such an expensive place, can<br />

appear a little intimidating for students better used to Hall.<br />

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eating out<br />

Hatty Brown takes you through your culinary options when you’ve<br />

had enough of salmon and chicken<br />

Amazing<br />

Abysmal<br />

Bring the parents<br />

Pocket Money<br />

Bagicha’s (North Parade)<br />

Chez Gaston (North Parade)<br />

Gee’s (Banbury Road)<br />

£<br />

Jamal’s (Walton <strong>St</strong>reet, Jericho)<br />

A favourite for football curries and the<br />

like, this review is a little difficult to<br />

£ write as I have never left the place sober. However,<br />

the staff must be complete angels as they always continue<br />

to provide good service despite the vomit and<br />

nudity that invariably seem to accompany a Hugh’s<br />

£ sports night out. Tasty Indian food at a reasonable<br />

price.<br />

High Point: A good place to start a night on the town.<br />

Low Point: The food is good but not astoundingly original,<br />

and the toilets are less than comfortable.<br />

£<br />

News Cafe (Ship <strong>St</strong>reet, Town)<br />

This constantly busy café has,<br />

quite simply, the best chunky<br />

£ chips ever. Come here. Eat them with mayonnaise<br />

and ketchup. You’ll never look back. The theme of this<br />

place being (obviously) news, there are magazines<br />

and newspapers strewn all over the place in case you<br />

£<br />

get bored of your lunch companions. You can also<br />

watch Neighbours and Diagnosis Murder with subtitles<br />

on the TV in the corner in you come at the right time<br />

(and yes, I am that sad). As far as the rest of the food goes,<br />

the panini are fat, the garlic bread superbly buttery, and the<br />

green salad surprisingly interesting, as far as salads go.<br />

High Point: The chunky chips. Can’t get enough.<br />

Low Point: Avoid the salads: taste OK but overpriced.<br />

Best of the rest<br />

Chiang Mai: Pricey but good, authentic Thai food in a<br />

beautiful old building off the High <strong>St</strong>reet. Wok 23: Friendly<br />

and fairly reasonably priced Chinese take-away and<br />

restaurant down Woodstock Road. The Randolph: Posh<br />

and expensive but worth visiting at least once. Set lunch<br />

menu is about £9 if you can’t afford the full whack.<br />

Livebait: Although part of a chain, a very good fish restaurant<br />

with occasional live jazz evenings if you want to feel<br />

sophisticated. Situated off Broad <strong>St</strong>reet. Quod:<br />

Pretentious bar and grill on the High <strong>St</strong>reet with a buzzy<br />

atmosphere. The prices are probably better suited to special<br />

occasions and the service is in rapid decline Meltz: A<br />

good place to come for a reasonably cheap,<br />

Mediterranean style lunch, which good melted sandwiches<br />

and service. Found off Cornmarket, Meltz tends to get<br />

sy quickly so booking can be a good idea. The ‘Lumpy<br />

Bumpy Cake’ is worth a try. Aquavitae: Hidden under folly<br />

bridge. Don’t expect great service but pasta is well priced<br />

and the view is lovely.<br />


drink<br />

Oxford has its critics when it comes to the post-lecture,<br />

post-tutorial, post-working-your-arse-off day.<br />

However these critics seem to ignore the many public<br />

houses the city has to offer . There are all sorts of drinking<br />

holes to cater for any drinking taste, and if you don’t<br />

crave top-notch DJs or drink prices that are great for your<br />

street-cred but not so great for your bank balance, then<br />

you’re bound to find somewhere to end up at the end of the<br />

day.<br />

The Bookbinder’s Arms (Jericho): Free monkey nuts!<br />

This place gives you as many nuts as you can eat, along<br />

with decent drink prices,<br />

student-friendly owners<br />

and a live jazz accompaniment.<br />

A bit of a trek to the<br />

other side of Jericho but<br />

well worth it. The Eagle<br />

and Child (<strong>St</strong>. Gile’s): A<br />

special Pub. Former hangout<br />

of C.S. Lewis and<br />

Tolkien. Good place for a<br />

quick pint on the way into<br />

town, if you can’t bear the<br />

walk without a drink or two.<br />

or if just want to make a<br />

phone call. The<br />

Gardener’s Arms (North<br />

Follow these two down <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Helen’s passage (an alley),<br />

which lead to the Turf<br />

Finding a decent pint in<br />

Oxford shouldn’t be too difficult...<br />

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Parade):Our nearest pub<br />

and a local to be proud of.<br />

Hidden away from the city<br />

centre, the comfy chairs<br />

and flat lemonade are<br />

ideal for a Summer evening. It’s cute, quiet and we love it.<br />

The Gardner’s Arms (Plantation Road): No this isn’t a<br />

typo. North Oxford loves its gardeners. An ickle pub that’s<br />

just been refurbished. Only all vege menu (that anyone<br />

knows of anyway) in Ox. with lots of vegan options, great for<br />

those who like their rabbit food.. Well worth a visit if you can<br />

find it (plantation road links woodstock road and besides<br />

being a handy way to get to Jericho is very pretty indeed).<br />

The Goose (Town): Fine centre-of-town establishment,<br />

with a large beer garden for whiling away Summer afternoons.<br />

Actually most people just go here for the cheap beer.<br />

Avoid the food – it’s crap. Just round the corner from the BT<br />

Theatre.The Jericho Arms (Jericho, Suprise!): Oxford’s<br />

Yellow Pub, cheap drinks and food. Close to town, as well<br />

as college and other pubs and bars. Claims to have a beer<br />

garden, but actually the manager has put a few benches<br />

next to the bins. Good fun place, with pool tables and big<br />

sofas, especially on the way to the bridge on thursdays. The<br />

King’s Arms (Town): Between Wadham and the<br />

Sheldonian. Benches outside are a good place to see and<br />

be seen, but pints are bloody expensive. Super fast food<br />

and good coffee for those working late in the Bod/Rad Cam.<br />

The Royal Oak - sells beer.<br />

The Radcliffe Arms (Jericho): The cheapest and best<br />

value pub food is what attracts people to this far and distant<br />

Mecca. When there’s nothing in the fridge except mouldy<br />

fruit (and who wants to eat healthy fruit at the best of<br />

times?), the Radcliffe Arms is the place you might think of,<br />

and rightly so. The food is traditional and the menu somewhat<br />

restricted, but comes in such huge portions that you<br />

won’t be left complaining. The prices are so good that you<br />

won’t even know you’ve been there. Maybe. The Royal Oak<br />

(Woodstock Road): Favourite of the football crowd, serving<br />

beer you’ve heard of and showing all the big matches.<br />

It’s got a small but pleasant garden and is only a short walk<br />

from college. The Rose and Crown (North Parade):<br />

<strong>St</strong>rangely shut at random points in the afternoon, and<br />

ignored by many at <strong>St</strong> Hugh’s and used merely for it’s cash<br />

machine. However, despite it’s slightly stern staff and<br />

plethora of old men who drink out of their own glasses, it<br />

has a beautiful vine-covered garden and tasty but expansive<br />

menu. Beware the Landlord is still imperial (and<br />

remember to say may not can, or you won’t get served).<br />

Underrated. The Trout: Good place to take the parents.<br />

Feels like a ‘Ye Olde English’ theme park. Positioned on the<br />

banks of the river north of Port Meadow. The Turf Tavern:<br />

Oxford’s best and most popular pub. Its low ceilings and traditional<br />

ales make it feel like you’re drinking with That Bloke<br />

Whose Book You Wrote About In Your Essay Today. Any university<br />

event is traditionally marked by a visit to the Turf,<br />

from Matriculation in October to the end of exams in<br />

June.Tiny inside, but has three outside seating areas;<br />

always packed, and atmosphere-a-plenty.<br />

And if all that isn't enough for you, there’s always the<br />

option of invading other college bars. Keble’s spaceship bar<br />

is one of the best and hosts a very entertaining acoustic<br />

night or try <strong>St</strong> Anthony’s - it is a little known fact that it has<br />

a late bar serving till the ungodly hour of 11.30pm. If you’re<br />

willing to head into town to visit a college bar, both New and<br />

Wadham are to be recommended.<br />

When the weather is still warm there’s always the<br />

option of visiting the offie and heading to to Port Meadow<br />

(north of Jericho), the University Parks or even Christchurch<br />

meadow if you can manage the walk (back).<br />

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Theatre<br />

Oxford is a great place for drama with four public theatres in<br />

the city centre alone, not to mention the fact that many colleges<br />

put on their own in-house productions. The biggest of<br />

the theatres is the Apollo on George <strong>St</strong>reet, which does not<br />

seem to show (m)any(?) plays but hosts lots of big-name<br />

ballet, opera, comedy etc. (think Rambert, Welsh National<br />

Opera, French and Saunders). Tickets can be pricey but<br />

worth it if you want to treat yourself.<br />

The Oxford Playhouse is the next biggest theatre and<br />

can be a very good place to go if you like your plays. Many<br />

of them are put on by touring companies, but with six-hundred<br />

seats, the Playhouse is much more intimate and cosy<br />

than the larger Apollo. There is also much higher quality student<br />

theatre to be savoured here. Alongside the plays there<br />

is music, readings (poetry etc.), dancing and the like. Nice<br />

décor too!<br />

Moving on, The Old Fire <strong>St</strong>ation is also popular<br />

amongst students and hosts many of their productions. The<br />

seats move around a lot here, which makes life interesting.<br />

Make sure you find the right entrance (on George <strong>St</strong>reet)<br />

and don’t actually spend the night in the OFS club when<br />

you were supposed to meet your date for an evening of<br />

Romeo and Juliet.<br />

Finally, the Burton Taylor theatre, very small and perfectly<br />

formed, it can be found just round the back of the<br />

Playhouse. The BT has a reputation for rather unconvential<br />

student productions ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.<br />

Hugh’s students have put on and acted in their own<br />

productions here over the last year.<br />

Classical Music<br />

In terms of ‘classical’ concerts in Oxford you will certainly be<br />

spoilt for choice. Many are held in the Holywell Music<br />

Room, which can be found on Holywell <strong>St</strong>reet and is apparently<br />

the oldest custom built concert room in Europe. There<br />

is also the Sheldonian Theatre (you will get to experience<br />

this place during the madness that is the matriculation ceremony),<br />

where you can find some very good music along<br />

with some very hard seats – bring a cushion. Tickets for<br />

Sheldonian concerts are often sold at the Playhouse. As<br />

with plays, colleges often put on/host their own concerts<br />

and it is hard to miss the hundreds of coloured posters<br />

around town. These are likely to vary in quality but at their<br />

best they are excellent. You can also find similar kinds of<br />

musical events at the Apollo and in the Playhouse as mentioned<br />

above.<br />

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Marcus talks music<br />

Oxford is renowned for being the origin of Radiohead, but<br />

there is more to it's musical life than that. It boasts a small<br />

but varied music scene, with a surprising number of<br />

venues (The Wheatsheaf, Zodiac, the Bully, and the Cellar<br />

all host local bands). Keep an ear out for the deformed<br />

blues rock of the Mules, and Elizabeth for their ear-bending<br />

post-rock.<br />

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‘culture’<br />

Ashmolean: look out for the free <strong>freshers</strong>’ tours<br />

Cinema Oxford has some great places for film-buffs to<br />

explore and also about seven big public screens for more<br />

mainstream cinema. There are two independent cinemas<br />

which both offer an interesting range of the cult, the ancient,<br />

the foreign and the arty, mixed in with a selection of classic<br />

popular films. One of these, The Phoenix, is to be found on<br />

Walton <strong>St</strong>reet in Jericho, the other, The Ultimate Picture<br />

Palace (UPP) is on Jeune <strong>St</strong>reet off the Cowley Road. The<br />

Phoenix is the closest cinema to college and quite rightly<br />

one of the most frequently visited – it’s often worth booking<br />

if there’s something you really want to see. Meanwhile, the<br />

UPP is on the opposite side of town but it is worth making<br />

the trek to check out one of the most bohemian places in<br />

Oxford, compete with peeling paintwork and bits of film projector<br />

lying around in the aisles.<br />

Galleries and Museums<br />

There is a ridiculous quantity of museums in Oxford and it<br />

is quite possible that your tutors will send you to one or two<br />

at some point over the next three years. However, you may<br />

even want to go of your own accord as there is some very<br />

interesting stuff to be seen. Certainly the Ashmolean<br />

Museum (on Beaumont <strong>St</strong>reet) is worth a look, housing<br />

some very famous painting. If you are into art you may also<br />

like to check out the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in<br />

Pembroke street. Although it is quite small, the exhibitions<br />

there change pretty frequently and MOMA houses a wide<br />

range of stuff. Admission is free at certain times of the<br />

week.<br />

None of that grab you?<br />

That’s nowhere near the end of it. If your interests are a little<br />

more specialised, there’s bound to be a university society<br />

to accommodate you. So, there’s a few ideas for a rainy<br />

day. I’d also like to add that I’m not trying to distinguish<br />

between what’s ‘cultural’ and what’s not, simply to point out<br />

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61<br />

Tash debates the merits<br />

of Union membership<br />

Most people join the Union thinking they might miss something<br />

if they don’t. This can be the case. It’s annoying to<br />

have to pass up the chance to speakers such as Yoko Ono,<br />

Sven-Goran Eriksson and Matthew Perry if everyone else is<br />

going and having to queue up in the vain hope you might<br />

get in as a guest isn’t ideal, though the best solution if you<br />

don’t want to pay the ludicrous £145 (if you join after the first<br />

couple of weeks, it goes up by another 20 quid) joining fee<br />

(though a new scheme means the fee is reduced if you<br />

don’t pay fees). Like a puppy, membership is for life and as<br />

such you can look forward to the possibility of later in life<br />

joining the slightly out of place geriatrics who can sometimes<br />

be found wandering the garden. You should also be<br />

aware that there is a standing order of £7 a year on top of<br />

this. So it’s quite expensive. On the whole, however, you get<br />

value for money. If you’re fanatical about debating the union<br />

has lots to offer, the union gets its fair share of brilliant<br />

speakers – and on the more emotive issues when the<br />

chamber is packed debates can get quite heated. A point in<br />

case was the War on Iraq debate last year, in which s the<br />

ex-Director of the CIA, the Labour MP Tam Dallyel and the<br />

Iraqi Ambassador to Britain gave their opinions. Not only<br />

are some of the speakers very famous and interesting to<br />

see for that reason alone, but many of the debates are strikingly<br />

informative. The chamber also sees more than<br />

metaphorical fisticuffs when it plays host to the odd boxing<br />

match.<br />

If you get worked up enough by some of the things<br />

you hear in the atmospheric grand Chamber where this<br />

excitement all takes place, you might be moved to make a<br />

contribution of your own. There are opportunities for students<br />

to speak in debates and take part in regular debating<br />

workshops.<br />

There are a number of enticements for the less serious<br />

minded. If the prospect of trying to stumble into such a<br />

Visits to Purple Turtle on Fri/Sat<br />

Debates Attended<br />

Pints Drunk<br />

Hours of Snooker Played<br />

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the oxford union<br />

Is it worth it? Here are the numbers..........<br />

serious milieu is too much, you can just volunteer to be hypnotised<br />

by Paul McKenna, something many did when he<br />

came to the Union last Michaelmas. It’s also amusing to<br />

see these big shots in the Bar after their show or coming<br />

out of the toilets for that matter. The Union has a wellstocked<br />

library (and the largest fiction lending library in the<br />

University), complete with computers that wouldn’t look out<br />

of place in a star wars film, 2 full sized snooker tables (costing<br />

£1.50 an hour)), TV room with sky and a ‘pound a pint’<br />

bar. There are regular events such as balls and the Beer<br />

Fest, costing between £5 and £25 which are worth going to<br />

if you join. There is also free entry (though on most weekdays<br />

days you can get in free with a bod card) to the Purple<br />

Turtle (PT), which you are liable to end up in on alternate<br />

Friday nights anyway.<br />

Whether or not you decide to join the Union really<br />

should depend on how much you will have to do with it. If<br />

getting ahead in debating and drinking cheap beer in the<br />

bar are things that will interest you, by all means join. The<br />

main downside of this institution (aside from cost), is the<br />

service. The doorman isn’t always the most polite of guys<br />

and you should be aware that the Union is a separate body<br />

from the University, with its own rules. Yet the tradition sur-<br />

x £5 =<br />

x £3 =<br />

x 70p =<br />

x £3.50 =<br />

TOTAL =<br />

(£5 gets you an hour of snooker at Colours Bar, whilst a pint of Carlsberg will cost you £1.70 from the<br />

<strong>College</strong> Bar and more a most Oxford pubs).

the oxford union<br />

rounding this place is one of the things that<br />

attracts many to it- the idea of smoking cigars<br />

and talking politics enticed a number of <strong>hughs</strong>ies<br />

to join. A lot of its money seems to be<br />

spent on the President’s drinks rather than the<br />

comfort of its members, but as long as you can<br />

deal with such a system, it’s a nice place.<br />

Whoever thought up ‘the heart of oxford<br />

life’ was either slightly deluded or bent on<br />

recruiting as many members as possible to<br />

shore up the slightly dodgy union finances.<br />

Non-members can still go along to debates for<br />

3 quid and the PT for 5 quid ‘at the weekend’<br />

and on alternate Saturdays hugh’s bops beat<br />

the PT hands down. Further, a lot of members<br />

find that they rarely use the facilities they’ve<br />

paid for so it is worth thinking about whether it<br />

is really worth the dough. Successive <strong>hughs</strong>ies<br />

have found it possible to blag some or all<br />

of the cash off relatives – a tactic that may be<br />

well worth a try.<br />

All in all – one bit of advice when deciding<br />

whether to or not – try before you buy. The<br />

union is an open house for the first week or so<br />

of term so it is worth while ambling down to the<br />

first debate of the year, sampling the bar and<br />

PT and having a general look round.<br />

natatasha.proietto@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.u<br />

omar.salem@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

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David & Jenny Rhymes<br />

Welcome You To<br />

The Gardener’s Arms<br />


Just around the corner from <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s<br />

North Parade<br />

Oxford<br />

(01865) 554007<br />


Oxford loves to confuse, nowhere more so than when<br />

it comes to the Junior Common Room (<strong>JCR</strong>). The<br />

<strong>JCR</strong> is highly efficient, being capable of using a single<br />

term to refer the physical room (the glasshouse complete<br />

with TV above the bar) where you were probably force<br />

fed huge amounts of tea by over-enthusiastic interview<br />

helpers), the undergraduate community and as a synonym<br />

for <strong>St</strong>udent Union. It all makes a bit more sense once you<br />

find out that there is also Middle Common Room (made up<br />

of post-graduates) and a Senior Common Room (made up<br />

of tutors).<br />

The <strong>JCR</strong> does a fair bit, although much of it is quite<br />

mundane and easily forgettable. One of its major roles is to<br />

represent the views and interests of the <strong>JCR</strong> to members to<br />

‘the <strong>College</strong>’ (essentially the SCR). Issues discussed range<br />

from negotiations over battels (rent) to what areas of college<br />

should be refurbished and the *quality* of curry in hall.<br />

Every year, a committee is elected to sit on various college<br />

committees that discuss these tasks and do other fun stuff<br />

like fix the photocopiers. The committee carries out a range<br />

of jobs, from providing welfare support to collecting up recycling<br />

materials from around college.<br />

You’re a member of the <strong>JCR</strong> as soon as you arrive at<br />

<strong>College</strong> and the first formal interactions you’ll probably have<br />

with the <strong>JCR</strong> (unless Tom gets to you first) is at a <strong>JCR</strong> meeting.<br />

These are held in the <strong>JCR</strong> roughly every fortnight on<br />

Sunday evenings. <strong>JCR</strong> meetings are a forum for you to<br />

decide how the <strong>JCR</strong> runs and what kinds of things it should<br />

do or support. Meetings also allow the committee to gauge<br />

the opinion of members on different issues and report back<br />

to the <strong>JCR</strong> about whatever they’ve been doing. Any <strong>JCR</strong><br />

member can submit a motion to be discussed at a <strong>JCR</strong><br />

meeting or ask committee members questions. Recent<br />

motions have included spending <strong>JCR</strong> money to support<br />

plays that Hughsies are involved in and affiliating the <strong>JCR</strong><br />

to the trade justice movement. <strong>JCR</strong> meetings are also a way<br />

of finding out what the <strong>JCR</strong> thinks about stuff being discussed<br />

in OUSU. For example, last term following Aung<br />

San Suu Chi’s imprisonment (the <strong>JCR</strong> is also named the<br />

Aung San Suu Chi room), we passed a motion in the <strong>JCR</strong><br />

and then OUSU council calling for her release and sending<br />

lots of letters in support. The <strong>JCR</strong> has 3 votes in OUSU<br />

council and they are used on the basis of what is decided<br />

in <strong>JCR</strong> meetings. A lot of issues come up repeatedly, so<br />

rather than going back to the <strong>JCR</strong> and saying well ‘what do<br />

you think about x?’ Only to get the reply…’what we thought<br />

three weeks ago’, the <strong>JCR</strong> has policy. This basically means<br />

that when a motion is passed on a particular issue we form<br />

policy to think x or y about and it’s then put into a policy<br />

Dude, where’s my NUS card?<br />

The <strong>JCR</strong> is not affiliated to the NUS so<br />

<strong>JCR</strong> members are not eligible to have<br />

NUS cards. Many discounts can be got<br />

by using a bod card, or using other cards<br />

available free of charge (e.g. Virgin<br />

<strong>St</strong>udents has a discount card that is<br />

widely accepted). Also, OUSU is currently<br />

in the process of developing a discount<br />

card which may be available this year.<br />

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jcr<br />

book so that we don’t forget what it is. Policy can be overturned<br />

at anytime and expires after three years<br />

The <strong>JCR</strong> provides members with services including<br />

photocopying, Sky in the <strong>JCR</strong>, punts, welfare support and<br />

finally Bops! These are paid for via a combination of funds<br />

provided by the college and subscriptions levied on battels<br />

of 6 to 10 pounds a term. The <strong>JCR</strong> is affiliated and pay subscriptions<br />

to OUSU (see opposite) . It’s important to empha-<br />

Aung San Suu Chi: Ex Hughs PPEist and elected<br />

leader of Burma<br />

sise that despite all the seemingly endless bureaucracy,<br />

much of the work done by the <strong>JCR</strong> is part of a process of<br />

essentially deciding how your money is spent or changing<br />

college and students’ homes. The <strong>JCR</strong> will represent your<br />

views and opinions on things ranging from the colour of the<br />

beer mats in the bar to whether or not students should have<br />

to pay for their education. Even if you have no interest whatsoever<br />

in the obsessive world of student politics it’s certainly<br />

worth having your say in what goes on - it’s your <strong>JCR</strong>.<br />

Punting: a good distraction from revision

ousu<br />

John Blake introduces<br />


Every member of Oxford University is automatically a<br />

member of Oxford University <strong>St</strong>udent Union, known<br />

by its initials, OUSU (pronounced “ow”, as in painful,<br />

and “zoo”, as in full of animals). OUSU is totally distinct from<br />

its the Oxford Union. OUSU is the official representative<br />

organisation of all Oxford students, and as such representatives<br />

of OUSU sit on many of the University’s committees,<br />

including its most senior functioning body, the University<br />

Council. OUSU also represents the views of Oxford students<br />

to the city and county council, the media and the government.<br />

OUSU is run entirely by students: all major decisions<br />

of policy and practice are taken by OUSU Council, which<br />

any OUSU member may attend, although only certain elected<br />

representatives have votes: <strong>JCR</strong> and MCR Presidents<br />

and OUSU Reps, OUSU’s Executive Committee (the Exec)<br />

and Council Delegates. Any motion can be debated at<br />

Council, and issues over the past year have ranged from<br />

OUSU’s position on the war on Iraq – we opposed it – to<br />

whom to support for Chancellor of the University – we<br />

backed Sandi Toksvig as an anti-fees candidate. Motions<br />

can be put forward by any member of OUSU, all you need<br />

is a proposer and a seconder and to email the motion to<br />

enquiries@ousu.org.<br />

Once Council has passed something as official policy,<br />

it is the job of the various OUSU committees and elected<br />

‘OUSU campaigns and<br />

committees are open to all’<br />

representatives to act on it. There are a large number of<br />

campaigns/committees dealing with a variety of issues; particularly<br />

prominent over the past few years has been the<br />

Finance and Funding Campaign (which campaigns against<br />

tuition fees/rent rises), but others include Health and<br />

Welfare, Equal Opportunities, Clubs and Societies, Ethics<br />

amd Environment (which recently got the University to<br />

change to ‘green electricity’, making it the biggest user in<br />

the UK). Campaigns/Committees are open to all (except the<br />

Women’s Campaign which is solely for women), just turn<br />

up, and are a good way to get involved. You can find out<br />

more by visiting www.ousu.org.<br />

The committees’ co-chairs are chosen by the Exec,<br />

which deals with the day-to-day management of OUSU. It is<br />

Anti-fees protest: one of the issues OUSU campaigns on<br />

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OUSU: Shiny building, load up on stationary here<br />

Finding OUSU<br />

OUSU is located in Thomas Hull House, Bonn Square, opposite the<br />

Westgate shopping centre (behind the war memorial when looking<br />

from the Westgate centre). The main stairs lead down to New Inn Hall<br />

<strong>St</strong>reet. The Shop, meeting room, student advisor and reception are<br />

located on the 2nd floor. Sabbatical Officers, the Oxford <strong>St</strong>udent and<br />

Altered Radio (not part of OUSU but in the same building) are located<br />

on the third floor). Swiping your bod card to get in. Disabled<br />

access is available from New Inn Hall <strong>St</strong>reet.<br />

made up of a dozen current undergraduates (of which I am<br />

one at present), about half are post-graduate students and<br />

seven sabbatical officers, usually students who have just<br />

graduated. The sabbatical positions are President and the<br />

Vice Presidents for Welfare and Equal Opportunities,<br />

Access and Academic Affairs, Women, Charities and<br />

Community, Finance and Graduates; all are full-time<br />

employees of OUSU who serve for one academic year.<br />

All of these positions and Council Delegates are elected<br />

in Annual Elections in 6th Week, Michaelmas Term.<br />

Although people might tell you it is impossible to stand for<br />

these positions unless you are an OUSU insider, they are<br />

wrong – anyone can stand and lots of people do. Getting<br />

involved is not difficult, and well worthwhile – after all, it is<br />

your voice which OUSU speaks with and your money it<br />

spends to do so.<br />

john.blake@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

OUSU Services<br />

OUSU provides numerous services, details for which you will see<br />

dotted about this guide, such as the Nightbus , <strong>St</strong>udent Advisor,<br />

the OUSU Shop, which sells cheap stationary, laminating, photocopying,<br />

tampons, contraceptives and rape alarms. There are<br />

also heaps of publications including the Oxford <strong>St</strong>udent, one of<br />

the two weekly student newspapers (the <strong>JCR</strong> gets both the<br />

<strong>St</strong>udent and The Cherwell), the alternative prospectus and the<br />

Oxford Handbook. OUSU organises a weekly club night and<br />

<strong>freshers</strong>’ fair.<br />


02<br />

Omar goes back through<br />

<strong>hughs</strong>tory<br />

For an institution that has been in existence for only a<br />

little over a century, <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s has a remarkable history.<br />

Remarkable not so much for the personalities and<br />

events that have dotted it but for the present <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s<br />

being the result of struggle, perseverance and campaigning;<br />

a triumph of progressive forces. The <strong>College</strong> has<br />

changed massively over its short history. Those who notice<br />

‘1886’, the year of founding,<br />

inscribed about the <strong>College</strong> (for<br />

instance at the entrance to the principal’s<br />

lodgings) might be forgiven<br />

for believing that the <strong>College</strong> sprung<br />

up in close to its present form<br />

(minus the more modern buildings<br />

and men) roughly six score years<br />

ago. The 1886 inscriptions are<br />

somewhat misleading. <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s started life as a hall of<br />

residence attached to LMH (Lady Margaret Hall). Originally<br />

named <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s Hall (after <strong>St</strong>. Hugh of Avalon who like<br />

Elizabeth Wordsworth’s father had been bishop of Lincoln)<br />

it was situated at 25 Norham Road, about five minutes walk<br />

from the present <strong>College</strong> site. The student population could<br />

be counted on one hand, numbering only four. <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s<br />

<strong>College</strong> very nearly never came into existence, but a plan to<br />

incorporate it fully into LMH was rejected in 1894 and from<br />

then on <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s began its march towards <strong>College</strong>hood.<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s was only to become an official <strong>College</strong> of the<br />

University in 1959 along with the other Women’s <strong>College</strong>s<br />

(which had previously been referred to as ‘societies’). In the<br />

time between founding and reaching ‘official’ <strong>College</strong> status<br />

there were battles, upheavals and difficulties.<br />

The <strong>College</strong> was founded by Elizabeth Wordsworth,<br />

niece of the poet and principal of LMH, for ‘girls from modest<br />

homes’, who could not afford the more expensive<br />

Women’s colleges. Accommodation Fees, at £45, were<br />

25% lower than Somerville and 40% lower than LMH. The<br />

savings were to be made not through a lesser standard of<br />

education but economic and simple living. Between founding<br />

and 1920, when following the extension of the franchise<br />

women were finally given Oxford degrees, there was a slow<br />

process of advancing women’s position within University.<br />

Women were first allowed to attend lectures, then take separate<br />

exams from men and finally to sit exams with men and<br />

eventually in 1920 obtain a degree (the first move to open<br />

the BA to women in 1897 had been defeated by 229 votes<br />

to 164).<br />

Throughout the early history of <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s the idea of<br />

‘being on sufferance’ was prevalent, and the belief that the<br />

women of <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s had to ‘prove’ themselves. The result<br />

was strict control of women by the <strong>College</strong>, when attending<br />

lectures at other <strong>College</strong>s they sat together at high table<br />

rather than in the body of the hall and if alone would be<br />

accompanied by a (knitting) chaperone. There was a curfew<br />

imposed for much of upon students for much of the history<br />

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Don’t be fooled<br />

hugh’s history<br />

of <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s and this lead to undergraduates appending<br />

much of their time climbing into college via a window following<br />

a late night rendezvous. There was some division<br />

between the ‘constitutional’ suffragettes who believed ‘good<br />

behaviour’ would lead to the acceptance of women within<br />

the University and the militant suffragettes but on the whole<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s fell largely into the former category, at least when<br />

in came to internal Oxford politics. However, Clara Eveyn<br />

Mordan (one of the <strong>College</strong>’s great benefactors) helped<br />

finance and was involved in the Women’s Social and<br />

Political Union, which was fighting for the enfranchisement<br />

of women. In 1908 a ‘<strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s contingent’ joined the<br />

WSPU procession, which had been advertised on the<br />

<strong>College</strong> noticeboard. More famously in 1913 Emily<br />

Davidson,an alumnus of <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s, ran onto the<br />

racecourse on Derby day and tried to grab the reins<br />

of the King’s horse and was trampled to death. She’d<br />

been active in the suffragette movement and had<br />

been imprisoned in 1909 for throwing rocks wrapped<br />

with paper at the carriage of the chancellor of the<br />

Exchequr. The paper bore the words “rebellion against<br />

tyrants is obedience to God’. Her <strong>College</strong> record simply<br />

states ‘killed at Epsom’<br />

In 1911 <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s Hall became <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s <strong>College</strong><br />

and a council was created to govern the <strong>College</strong>. The government<br />

of <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s was to change over the following<br />

years, as tutors wish for a greater say in the running of college<br />

affairs eventually culminated in ‘the row’. ‘The row’ was<br />

to scar the psyche of <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s for decades, new tutors<br />

being told that ‘there were some things that weren’t talked<br />

about’. The Principal, Miss Jourdain, and Vice-Principal,<br />

Miss. Ady, fell out and eventually, in Michaelmas 1923, the<br />

Principal refused to support her deputy’s reappointment.<br />

The Principal was supported by the <strong>College</strong> council, but<br />

only by one vote and six members of council and five tutors<br />

resigned. The <strong>JCR</strong> on the whole supported Miss. Ady, largely<br />

due to her youth and friendliness (she would take them<br />

out in her car), but whether this had much effect is<br />

unknown. Eventually the Chancellor of the University<br />

appointed Lord Curzon to investigate. Curzon cleared the<br />

Miss. Ady and shortly afterwards the principal died of attack<br />

in April 1924. The result of the ‘row’ was a reorganisation of<br />

the <strong>College</strong> and in 1926 <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s was granted a royal<br />

charter, and ceased to be a company governed by the<br />

board of trade, as it had been from 1911. The <strong>College</strong> was<br />

to be governed by a mix of tutors, those elected by old students<br />

via postal votes and co-opted ‘outside members. The<br />

level of Old student representation fell and tutors were to<br />

have a greater say in the running of <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s.<br />

In January 1916 <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s moved to its present site,<br />

although this only really comprised what is now Main building<br />

(minus the Wordsworth room and Mordan Hall) and due<br />

to lack of funds only the front <strong>College</strong> wall was built, the rest<br />

left ‘for the present’. The site was to be added to over the<br />

years, by the building of MGA (1928) and the gradual purchase<br />

of the various house on the edge of the ‘Island site’,<br />

82 Woodstock road (1924), the Lawn (1924) and Principal’s<br />

lodgings (leasehold was purchased in 1943, the freehold in

hugh’s history<br />

1951 and it was eventually put to use in 1963).<br />

Eventually, Kenyon (1965), the Wordsworth<br />

room (1965), Wolfson (1967), RTB (1991) and<br />

Maplethorpe (1999/2000)were built. The building<br />

of Wolfson seems to have been one of the<br />

occasions when the <strong>JCR</strong> was seriously involved<br />

in the college decision-making process. The<br />

<strong>JCR</strong> formed a committee to examine the plans<br />

for Wolfson and recommended various<br />

changes, which then lead to some alterations in<br />

the plans. The building of Maplethorope was far<br />

more contentious and was opposed by the <strong>JCR</strong>.<br />

If you ever wonder where the statue of <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Hugh (and swan) on the library steps originates, it was the<br />

gift of the then Principal, Miss Gwyer, to celebrate 50 years<br />

of <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s in 1936. Miss Gwyer was renowned for her wit,<br />

she would leave undergraduates curt notes reminding<br />

them for example that ‘The Entrance to your room is<br />

through the door only.’<br />

The 1930s was when <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s was probably at its<br />

most political and with 2 million unemployed and the growing<br />

threat of Fascism abroad the left was in ascendance.<br />

The Hunger Marchers were met with support by <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s<br />

undergraduates when they passed through Oxford in 1931<br />

and the <strong>JCR</strong> instituted four bread and cheese lunches a<br />

term, so that the money saved could be sent to<br />

Republican Spain. Among the ‘personalities’ of the<br />

time at <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s were Barbara Betts (Castle) (a<br />

future Cabinet Minister) and Edna Edmunds (she later<br />

married Denis Healey – who you may see occasionally<br />

dining at high table).<br />

During the Second World War the <strong>College</strong> was<br />

to be scattered across Oxford as much of the main<br />

site became a military hospital for the treating head<br />

wounds. The 40s were a time of much activity, from<br />

drama to politics in Oxford as men returned from the<br />

war. In 1949 Mary Warnock was appointed as a lec-<br />

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Emily Davidson<br />

turer. The government of the <strong>College</strong> changed again<br />

in 1951, with the Council reconstituted to include only<br />

the Principal and fellows, bringing an end to the<br />

involvement of old students in the running of <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Hugh’s.<br />

The 60s (at <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s) were not as tumultuous as<br />

might be thought and the 70s were a far more eventful time.<br />

The early 70s saw significant student unrest within Oxford<br />

as students protested against secret files about undergraduates<br />

held by the proctors, the banning of the distribution of<br />

political material and in favour of a central student union.<br />

There were numerous sit-ins and petitions, including one of<br />

800 of the Clarendon building and a petition of 5,000, leading<br />

to the creation of a <strong>St</strong>udent Union (OUSU). However, <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Hugh’s was not a particularly restful college and did not<br />

experience sit-ins (although a college report states that ‘it<br />

came closer than was comfortable, but the swift and skillful<br />

handling by the Dean and the tutors averted the danger’).<br />

The <strong>JCR</strong> did get a greater voice in the running of the<br />

<strong>College</strong>, with the decision of governing body to invite two<br />

members of the <strong>JCR</strong> to attend meetings. The <strong>JCR</strong> was<br />

<strong>St</strong>atue of<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Hugh of<br />

Avalon<br />

largely ambivalent towards the creation of<br />

OUSU and politics played a fairly minor role in<br />

the <strong>JCR</strong> affair, with domestic issues being most<br />

prominant. Visiting hours were extended and<br />

the <strong>JCR</strong> got a bar in 1971., which it ran independently<br />

of the college. The increasing numbers<br />

of graduates led to the creation of a Middle<br />

Common Room in 1971, which must have had<br />

an effect on the character of the <strong>College</strong>. A further<br />

highlight came in 1975 when the <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s<br />

eight boat made the first bump ever on a men’s<br />

crew and the boat club was extremely successful.<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s also had a fun eight named the<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s Bunny girls, sporting black t-shirts with baby<br />

bunny motifs sown on (apparently the most stylish on the<br />

river).<br />

Men were allowed to become tutors in 1983 and this<br />

was to be followed by the admission of male undergraduates<br />

in 1986. Whilst it is unclear different opinion existed in<br />

the college about the former in the later case there was certainly<br />

some difficulty within the <strong>College</strong> as both the Principal<br />

(Miss. Rachel Trickett) and the <strong>JCR</strong> (following a referendum,<br />

although there were certainly differences of opinion on the<br />

matter within the <strong>JCR</strong> and exact result of the vote is<br />

unknown) opposed the change. However, the Principal was<br />

out voted and men admitted.<br />

The media came to <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s when in 1983<br />

Ruth Lawrence was admitted to read mathematics<br />

when only 12 years old. She went on to get a starred<br />

first in finals, despite sitting them early. Very little is<br />

known about the 80s and after, mainly because the<br />

book I’ve been plagarising from stops there. However,<br />

post 80’s highlights include the opening of the current<br />

bar in 1992 under the management of the <strong>College</strong> (following<br />

the tendency of the <strong>JCR</strong> bar manager to serve<br />

his friends first) and the ‘revolution ball’ in the summer<br />

of 2001, which got considerable press attention and<br />

raised funds for the Oxford access schem. The post-<br />

80s period also saw the first male principals take<br />

headship at <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s, first Derek Wood and then<br />

Andrew Dilnot, last year (he’s also the youngest college<br />

head in Oxford and the first to have attended a comprehensive).<br />

A couple of Alumni rose to prominence in politics.<br />

Aung San Suu Chi became the democratically elected<br />

leader of Burma, only to be deposed. She was subsequently<br />

awarded a Noble Prize Theresa May, famous for her<br />

shoes, was to become the first female Chairman of the<br />

Conservative party<br />

Surveying the history of <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s the overwhelming<br />

impression is of a <strong>College</strong> at ease with itself.<br />

Undergraduates always seemed to be busy with trips to the<br />

theatre, drama and the general enjoyment of life, and it that<br />

sense, not much has changed at all.<br />

You can find out more about the history of <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s by asking the<br />

Librarian for a copy of ‘<strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s: One Hundred Year of Women’s<br />

Education in Oxford’, Edited by Penny Griffin or reading the history<br />

available on the library section of the college website.<br />

omar.salem@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />


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Certainly preferable to a skip, but<br />

most still have their opinions......<br />

An accommodation form should make its way to you somehow<br />

or other (if it doesn’t e-mail Tom or Nicky Watson<br />

(nicky.watson@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk) or join the other <strong>freshers</strong><br />

jamming the college switchboard). You’ll be given a choice<br />

of building and the form should include somewhere to list<br />

any special requirements or requests. Most college accommodation<br />

is decent enough and all rooms have access to a<br />

kitchen and ethernet access. If there are any problems with<br />

your room contact Nicky Watson (the domestic bursar) or<br />

Louise Southern (the <strong>JCR</strong> Vice-President), the Hugh’s<br />

accommodation gurus. When you get here you should be<br />

provided with the college ‘code of practice’, which lists what<br />

you can expect in terms of accommodation - but most of the<br />

relevant bits are on these pages. The <strong>College</strong> also has a<br />

legal responsibility to keep your room secure. Here's a run<br />

down of where you could be living.<br />

Main Building (MB)<br />

Main building is, in my opinion, definitely<br />

one of the best places to wind up in your<br />

first year here. The rooms are quite new despite it being the<br />

oldest building since it has been recently refurbished, with<br />

nice carpets and desks. The only downside is the lack of<br />

sink in rooms, which means you have to wander down the<br />

corridor to clean your teeth or get a drink etc. But it's a small<br />

price to pay.<br />

There can be some pretty fantastic views of the college<br />

grounds as main building overlooks the gardens which<br />

are damnably cool in the Summer. Unfortunately the other<br />

side of main building overlooks... the bike racks, but at least<br />

you can see whether people are going to lectures. Another<br />

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accommodation<br />

Cleaning: What to Expect<br />

point worth mentioning is that main building is the site of the<br />

college dining hall and is extremely close to pigeon holes<br />

(and close to mordan hall where those enjoyable collections<br />

are held). This will probably seem like a small thing, but if<br />

you eat at hall it means you are on its doorstep and don't<br />

have to queue, whilst pigeon holes are a great place to go<br />

to avoid sitting at a desk and working.<br />

Main building is one of the most sociable buildings twide<br />

corridors and big kitchens are good for standing<br />

around in (but beware sociability means lots of noise too),<br />

whilst a mixture of loads of <strong>freshers</strong> with a good number of<br />

second and third years makes for a good and well-balanced<br />

atmosphere.<br />

christopherascott@yahoo.com<br />

The maintanence fee that you pay college each term should guarantee that your bin is emptied everyday and that your<br />

room is cleaned once per week. If you leave your bin outside the door then your scout (poncy oxford word for cleaner) will<br />

leave you alone, but if you leave it inside then they will unlock your door and empty the bin (sounds simple - not at 3:26am<br />

when planning your lie-in after half a litre of absinth). Once a week your room should be cleaned but only if your bin is<br />

not outside your door on the day that room cleaning day (this varies depending on where you live and you should be<br />

able to find out from your scout). This has been a source of much confusion in the past with rooms not being cleaned due<br />

to lack of communication between scouts and students, so please make sure that you’ve been had your bin in your room<br />

on your room cleaning day before complaining about not having your room cleaned. Communal facilities including bathrooms/toilets<br />

and kitchens are cleaned daily but scouts are not paid to do washing up. If they are going to bin any of your<br />

prize fungi cultures then they should give you three days to remove them by leaving a note. This is what you pay for, so if<br />

it's not being done properly then let someone know (either Nicky Watson or Louise Southern).<br />

If something breaks in your room, don't panic! Having things repaired or replaced is another service that you pay for and<br />

as long as you write something in the Maintanence Book (in the Lodge) it should be dealt with within 48 hours. Again, if<br />

you're not getting the service you feel you should, then complain (once again to Nicky Watson or Louise Southern). Lastly,<br />

if your light bulb goes then you can exchange it for a new one in the Lodge, although they're only available in boring<br />


accommodation<br />

MGA is a hotbed of cosmopolitanism,<br />

camaraderie and erudite conversation. It<br />

has everything everything except sinks (only three rooms<br />

have them). However, there is much more to MGA than its<br />

lack of sinks. MGA residents enjoy its retro and minimalist<br />

decor, the lino floors and the zany curtains of the larger<br />

than average rooms. There is also lots of storage space for<br />

their bits and bobs. One big advantage of MGA is that if you<br />

want to stay in college over the holidays your unlikely to<br />

have to move room. You might want to buy some posters<br />

spice up the walls and possibly a rug of some sort to help<br />

make everything a little more homely. MGA boasts three<br />

kitchens, over the two floors (one on the first floor and two<br />

up top) that are some of the best at <strong>hughs</strong>, with fridge-freezers,<br />

ovens, microwaves and even sinks. MGA's expansive<br />

corridors make great playgrounds for drunken rolypolying<br />

and are the site of some of the happiest floor parties in college.<br />

MGA residents even have the privilege of a trapdoor<br />

to the roof that is opened up for special occasions providing<br />

a spectacular vantage point for Bonfire Night.<br />

Lucky residents have an unobstructed view of the<br />

lovely gardens, while those less fortunate will have to make<br />

do with the road. MGA's position also places it more or less<br />

equidistant from all the useful areas of college: pigeon<br />

holes, washing machines, <strong>JCR</strong> and bar all being short<br />

walks away. MGA is also very close to many of the tutorial<br />

rooms in college, some of which occupy areas of the first<br />

floor. Some lucky people therefore will be able to scuttle<br />

Mary shows off her room<br />

Mary Gray Allen (MGA)<br />

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Your Room: What to Expect<br />

The bare minimum that should be in your room when you<br />

arrive is:<br />

bed, with blankets (though these are usually fairly<br />

manky), bedspread and under-blanket<br />

2 pillows<br />

desk, desk chair and reading lamp<br />

another chair<br />

bookcase<br />

chest with drawers<br />

wardrobe<br />

bin<br />

mirror<br />

curtains<br />

If any of this is missing from your room then go to the<br />

Lodge and moan!<br />

happily down to a tutorial in their slippers, although the<br />

presence of tutors on the first floor means that everyone<br />

must be on their best behaviour during the day. MGA first<br />

floor is also the site of the surgery so the walking-wounded<br />

need only drag themselves a short distance to see our<br />

friendly medical staff.<br />

maxwell.swindley@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />


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Rachel Trickett (RTB)<br />

It is rumoured in college that in order for<br />

a Fresher to get an RTB room, complete<br />

with en-suite bathrooms, big<br />

kitchens, and carpet, promises of certain<br />

‘favours’ will have had to be made.<br />

We can dispel that rumour and tell you<br />

that one or two of you will be as lucky as others, and will find<br />

yourselves here merely by putting it first on your accommodation<br />

form. RTB is a bit of a maze; it was built around all<br />

the other existing buildings and therefore has a snake-like<br />

aspect to it, devoid of any real order or symmetry. By your<br />

third term however, you will have learnt which corridor leads<br />

where and will no longer be scared to venture in at night.<br />

RTB comes with all the mod cons this college's accommodation<br />

offers, and is well situated next to the bar and the<br />

<strong>JCR</strong>, as well as in a position whereby you don't have to go<br />

outside in the pouring rain to get anywhere. If you live here<br />

you will be surrounded mainly by third years, who will<br />

expect you to respect and uphold their ethic of hard work<br />

and early nights. Either that or they'll bang on your door at<br />

3 in the morning moaning that you've gone to bed already!<br />

It can feel a bit anti-social at times due to the thin corridors<br />

and swimming pool life atmosphere but not a bad place to<br />

live at all, especially if you’re sharing a flat.<br />

chloe.dunbar@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

fiona.mcdonald@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

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accommodation<br />

Wolfson (WB)<br />

Wolfson is arranged in staircases, with<br />

doors from the corridors opening onto a<br />

cluster of eight rooms, two on each floor,<br />

and on the whole is populated by second years who claim<br />

a staircase as their own, with poor little Freshers squeezes<br />

in the empty spaces (this should be less prevelant this year<br />

due to improvements to the room ballot system). This may<br />

seem daunting, but they are all really looking forward to<br />

having someone random living with them, and so should<br />

you. My lot posed no problems, even with my nocturnal<br />

activities and large schlong, like cooking lasagna at three in<br />

the morning.<br />

The rooms all have sinks, which is a definite plus, and<br />

wooden floors which are actually quite nice - although a rug<br />

is a good idea. Some rooms have balconies, perfect for lazy<br />

summer days and spying on people coming and going.<br />

Wolfson has a very communal, social air about it. There are<br />

disadvantages, however; the kitchens and bathrooms are<br />

often on the poky side, and have fairly basic equipment,<br />

including ovens that seem to have been designed and built<br />

in a former Soviet state. Furthermore, some of the Wolfson<br />

windows face the delightful edifice that is the Kenyon building.<br />

On the other hand, it acts as a reminder that things<br />

could be worse - you could be inside it.<br />

liam.brooker@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Kenyon (KB)<br />

The Kenyon Industrial Processing Plant.<br />

First things first, don't believe the hype !<br />

As an impressionable fresher I was terrified<br />

by stories of the 60s style hell-hole, but after a few<br />

weeks living there I was pleasantly surprised. Per floor (5<br />

floors, all for <strong>freshers</strong> except the top floor), there are about<br />

11 rooms, 2 bathrooms & what is quaintly referred to as a<br />

'pantry', otherwise known as a small kitchen. The rooms are<br />

spacious enough, with huge windows (except the basement,<br />

that's not so nice), balconies if you live right at the

accommodation<br />

Kenyon: modern day castle grayskull<br />

back of the building, sinks (yes, this is quite a luxury, feel<br />

excited about it!), plenty of storage space & 2 big notice<br />

boards.<br />

Kenyon houses<br />

a laundry<br />

rooms so you<br />

don't have to<br />

tramp far for<br />

clean clothes.<br />

Kenyon is<br />

generally a<br />

bit quieter<br />

than Main<br />

Building but<br />

definitely not<br />

antisocial.<br />

The bathrooms<br />

are<br />

good & not<br />

s h a r e d<br />

between too<br />

many, but it<br />

has to be<br />

said that the<br />

Kenyon: Concrete staircase to heaven?<br />

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kitchens are<br />

quite crap &<br />

there are no freezers. It can't be denied that the building<br />

does look like a cross between a prison & a car park, but if<br />

you can ignore this architectural oversight & like your room<br />

with running water & a lawn view, Kenyon's the place for<br />

you.<br />

kate.turner@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Maplethorpe (MTB)<br />

Mwahahaha, why even bother reading?<br />

Apparently, fewer people are<br />

eaten by sharks each year than are kicked to death by donkeys.<br />

Even fewer <strong>freshers</strong> manage to get a room in<br />

Maplethorpe, the college's newest building and home to<br />

finalists and some second years. Most people will undoubtedly<br />

come to see it as a shining Mecca and use any means<br />

Maplethorpe: flash building, but might fall apart<br />

possible to spend a night there, but it is worth pointing out<br />

that some of the shoddy construction work is already starting<br />

to fall to bits and you can find larger rooms with high<br />

ceilings and a bit more 'character' elsewhere in college. All<br />

rooms are en-suite and the kitchens are very sexy.<br />

tomas.hamilton@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

82 Woodstock Road (82WR)<br />

The 'Quiet House' of <strong>College</strong>, so a good<br />

place to escape some of the chaos of student<br />

life. Nevertheless, its communal kitchen/hall areas are<br />

sociable, and its a popular choice. Rooms vary in size and<br />

shape hugely, with the biggest, smallest and most attic-like<br />

found here. Some have basins, the kitchen facilities are<br />

good (a huge kitchen has just been added) and its not far<br />

from the bar, not a bad place to end up.<br />

louise.southern@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />


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Ruth suggests a few<br />

alternatives to starvation<br />

One of the advantages of living in college is the wide variety<br />

of eating places that are available. No, I'm not just talking<br />

about Ali's kebab van [though the guy is a legend in his<br />

own right - ed] or the sandwich shop round the corner: eating-in<br />

is very much part of <strong>St</strong> <strong>Hugh's</strong> social life - a sure fire<br />

way to make friends, find out what's going on, and in the<br />

absence of parental cooking or whatever you're used to,<br />

keep yourself from wasting away; here are the options:<br />

Hall (Oxford speak for canteen/cafeteria)<br />

If you're too lazy to cook and don't fancy another pot noodle,<br />

then Hall is a cheap and easy way to eat. Meals are<br />

served three times a day, Monday to Friday: breakfast (8.30-<br />

10.30am) lunch (12.30-1.45pm) and dinner (6.15-7.15pm).<br />

Breakfast is by far the nicest (and well worth dragging yourself<br />

out of bed for), and you can get a full fry up for less than<br />

£1, just paying for things you want, which is good if you're<br />

veggie. Cereal, toast, tea, coffee and fruit are also there on<br />

offer. Lunch and dinner can sometimes be rather less<br />

savoury, looking and tasting suspiciously like school meals,<br />

but are surprisingly popular. It is worth remembering that<br />

meals are not served at weekends, except for a Sunday<br />

brunch in hall which is a perfect hang-over antidote. At<br />

<strong>Hugh's</strong> you just pay for whatever you eat, which is a great<br />

system if you do some cooking but want a backup. A lunch<br />

or dinner in hall will cost you about £2-3 and can be paid for<br />

in cash or with meal vouchers, which can be bought from<br />

the porters' lodge in books of £30, £50 and £80. Vouchers<br />

are worth £2.50 each but are sold at a 20% discount at the<br />

beginning of term. Its probably the best value meal you’ll get<br />

and the portions are generous.<br />

Formal Hall<br />

Once a week (usually Tuesdays, sometimes Friday) you<br />

have the option of dressing up like you're a failed auditionee<br />

from Brideshead Revisited and have a sit-down meal<br />

(with vegetarian option) in smart dress. Don't be put off by<br />

pretentious appearances - it's only £3.50 (less if you use<br />

hall vouchers) and a decent cheap meal is hard to come by<br />

in Oxford - though unfortunately Formal often becomes an<br />

excuse for everyone to get pissed. Guest Halls happen<br />

once or twice a term and are a bit posher (black tie), they<br />

are often followed by a firework display in the gardens.<br />

The Buttery<br />

This is the bar-run alternative to Hall, which can be found in<br />

the basement of RTB. Though less healthy and slightly<br />

more expensive, its menu of burgers, pizzas and baked<br />

potatoes is usually more appealing. Opening times are<br />

slightly erratic... Monday to Friday: 09:30-10:30; 12:00-<br />

13:30; and Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 18:30-20:00.<br />

It is most popular on Tuesdays as an alternative to Formal<br />

Hall, so arrive early.<br />

Self-Catering<br />

If meals are well-planned, self-catering can be a very cheap<br />

and enjoyable way of eating in college. Unless you can<br />

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food<br />

afford to eat out, cooking is essential for dinner on weekends,<br />

since both Hall and the Buttery are closed. If, however,<br />

you cook on a more regular basis, a regular shopping<br />

trip to one of the Co-op Supermarkets in Summertown or<br />

Jericho is advisable - the 9 to 9 may be close by, but it's<br />

range is limited and food is expensive. Clubbing together<br />

with friends for meals is also a good idea, and can make<br />

cooking less hassle. Aside from Maplethorpe, the kitchens<br />

in Main Building, 82 Woodstock Road and in RTB are the<br />

largest and best equipped, though it is possible to find adequate<br />

cooking space anywhere in college.<br />

If you give up on <strong>College</strong> you can always head down to<br />

trusty north parade for a hearty sandwich.........<br />

Bon Appetit (North Parade)<br />

The place to come for your hangover munchies. Huge<br />

baguettes are stuffed to bursting with all types of arteryclogging<br />

delights at a ridiculously low price. It’s probably<br />

better to resist the temptations of the rest of the deli-type<br />

food stocked as it is rather expensive, but the home-made<br />

cakes are almost as good as the baguettes. These are,<br />

quite definitely, the best baguettes ever - seriously. Even if<br />

you don’t exactly receive service with a smile. Watch out for<br />

the ginormous queues at lunch times - the baguettes have<br />

normally all gone by 2ish so you have to move fast.<br />

Le Parisien (North Parade)<br />

A tiny tiny coffee shop that also sells disgustingly goey<br />

panini (cheese and pesto is a good one). The staff are<br />

friendly and seem to be perfectly happy to let you sit at their<br />

one table doing the crossword for an hour for the price of a<br />

coffee and a slice of pizza. There’s also a discount for students.<br />

Le Parisien is also open right through the afternoon<br />

if you don’t get out of bed in time for Bon Appetit. The only<br />

downer is that there are only about 4 chairs so if you do<br />

want a relaxing coffee this might not be the place for you at<br />

busy times.<br />

On the Hoof (North Parade)<br />

If you like your morning (or afternoon, the breakfast is all<br />

day) fry up then this is the place to get it. They also have<br />

humongous 3/4 baguettes, a sure way to conquer the<br />

munchies. If you invent a new sandwich you get to name it!<br />

p.s. if you get really desperate there’s a snack/coke machin<br />

ein the basement of maplethorpe

money<br />

Omar talks finance<br />

<strong>St</strong>udent finance is an increasingly complex and murky<br />

business. All the same we’ll all have to deal with it and<br />

wade through the bureaucracy and hassle. This isn’t<br />

a definitive guide to budgeting simply an attempt to give you<br />

an idea of costs at Oxford, and some of the<br />

support that is available. You should be well<br />

into the process of applying for a student<br />

loan/lea funding etc. and must certainly be<br />

enjoying it. Basically if you have any problems<br />

just drop e-mail/ring me on 0774<br />

7610243 and I’ll happily help. More info is<br />

available <strong>JCR</strong> website (click on services<br />

then fiance), the NUS has good finance<br />

advice (www.nusonline.co.uk) and most<br />

national newspapers will have multiple pullouts<br />

and double spreads detailing the fine<br />

print of student finance.<br />

It is generally accepted (even by the<br />

government) that even a full student loan<br />

won’t cover your costs without some holiday<br />

work or other income. However, there are<br />

significant hardship funds and the <strong>JCR</strong> and college are very<br />

supportive.<br />

In terms of basic advice it may make sense to avoid<br />

taking out the overdraft banks will be luring you with, at<br />

least before you get here, lest you be tempted to spend it<br />

(likewise for credit cards).There are various sources of<br />

financial advice (details on the welfare page) should you<br />

Costs: The Breakdown<br />

Battels: £718 per term for 2003/4 and per term £776 for 2004/5<br />

Sub Fusc: gown, mortar board etc – you will get details of this<br />

before you arrive but you might as well wait till you get here as<br />

you may be able to borrow some of if off college<br />

parents/aunts/uncles for matriculation. It costs about £50<br />

(excluding the cost of a suit/female equivalent) - you may be able<br />

to procure sub fusc second hand if you’re quick. Field Trips: for<br />

some subjects (though usually well subsidised) Bike: (time<br />

saved = more time in bed = good investment) Living Costs: we<br />

have to eat to survive and this costs money. Hardto estimate, hall<br />

vouchers cost £2 each when bought in books at the start of term.<br />

Cooking yourself can be cheaper. When budgeting be serious<br />

and realise that you can’t get all your nutrition from Economy<br />

Baked Beans (7 pence per tin) and Economy Bread (15 pence<br />

per loaf) although these do offer great value! add to this the cost<br />

of toilitaries and washings (about £1 a load) ‘Socialising’: This<br />

can vary a lot, however try to be realistic when budgeting about<br />

how much you’ll actually go out, everyone needs a social life.<br />

Clubs/Soc/<strong>JCR</strong> subs: You can expect to add another 10 to 50<br />

quid a term depending what kinds of things you’re into.<br />

Insurance: May be worthwhile, <strong>hughs</strong> is fairly secure on the<br />

whole and many go without - but may be worthwhile for big items<br />

like computers. Books: Oxford has good libraries but you’ll probably<br />

need to purchase some key texts. Other: Room furnishings,<br />

duvet, bed linen, matriculation photo (£20-50), club & soc membership<br />

(a few pounds to £145 for the Union)<br />

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Not that kind of battle<br />

run into trouble. Expect to spend a lot in your first term as<br />

there are lots of random expenses.<br />

Some will have to pay tuition fees. These are means<br />

tested, with the full whack being around £1100. The whole<br />

lot is payable at the beginning of your first term (the bursar<br />

may allow payment in installments in ‘exceptional cases’). In<br />

theory your parents should pay them aswell as making up<br />

any difference between the non-means tested and the full<br />

means tested loan that you don’t receive<br />

(though there is no legal obligation). Next in<br />

the big-cheque-writing stakes is ‘Battels’ (i.e<br />

rent). These are paid prior to arrival (you can<br />

post date your cheque) and are currently<br />

£718 per term for 2003/4 and will most probably<br />

£776 for 2004/5. The <strong>College</strong> will write<br />

to you and ask for payment. You have to pay<br />

before college will give you your keys, but<br />

you can post date your cheque if you haven’t<br />

got your loan yet. If you send a cheque in in<br />

advance it will save you a lot of hassle on<br />

your first day. <strong>College</strong> will probably ask you<br />

to pay the rent for the entire year rather than<br />

a single term. There is no obligation to pay<br />

battels in anything other than termly<br />

installments. Paying termly is the norm<br />

for the vast majority of students. Simply write to the<br />

bursar asking to pay termly, this is nothing more than a<br />

formality. There is a good case for paying termly even if<br />

you can afford to pay the whole lot in one go. If you pay<br />

the full whack you will have very little leverage with college<br />

if, for example your room is unsatisfactory.<br />

One advantage of Hughs is that you can live in for the<br />

whole of your course, which could mean saving a small fortune<br />

on holiday rental (at many colleges you have to live out<br />

for at least one year and so have a twelve month contract),<br />

another is that besides getting a bike, once you’re here<br />

transport costs are low. The disadvantage is that work is<br />

generally discouraged (though some do, jobs in the college<br />

bar are popular). Any questions/problems drop me a line.<br />

omar.salem@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Hardship Funds<br />

There are numerous hardship funds <strong>JCR</strong> members are eligible to<br />

apply for. In all except emergency cases you are must take out a<br />

hardship loan. These are administered by the student loan company<br />

on behalf of the government. The exception to this is the<br />

Oxford Bursary which is a £1,000 grant to all <strong>freshers</strong> who<br />

assessed for full tuition fee remission. If you fall into this category<br />

then make sure you apply promptly (the college should contact<br />

you) as if you miss the deadline you may not receive the<br />

funds. The Vice-Principal, Prof. John Morris is in charge of hardship<br />

funds in college and is very helpful and approachable.<br />

Cash Machines<br />

The closest cash machine is in the Rose & Crown on North Parade.<br />

(though there’s a £1.35 charge/withdrawal). You can withdraw money for<br />

free at the postoffice on North Parade (Gimbles). The bar will cash<br />

cheques for 50p. There are free cash machines in Summertown and the<br />

Jericho Co-op supermarket.<br />


82<br />

Cedric imparts some<br />

worldly wise information...<br />

Welcome to <strong>Hugh's</strong>. Don't be afraid. We are all lovely,<br />

really. <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong> loves its international students,<br />

the fact that there are quite a few is proof.<br />

You'll probably be living near one or two yourself, and have<br />

at least one in your course. This is great because you won't<br />

be the only one facing the challenge of living abroad by<br />

yourself and there's always someone else who will complain<br />

about the food.<br />

The UK sounded like a strange place to me. People<br />

drive on the left, they say crisps instead of chips and chips<br />

instead of fries, and are proud of how much they can drink:<br />

"I was so drunk last night, I was sick eight times!" said one<br />

of my friends. And yet, Oxford is not so bad if you're an<br />

international student. In all fairness, getting used to the<br />

English and their mores can be tough but in the end, you<br />

will find they are a lovely bunch.<br />

Now here’s mucho advice, hopefully some of it will<br />

actually help in making the first few days here and all the<br />

preparation before that a little bit easier.<br />

InitIal Costs: England is probably the most expensive<br />

country in the world even if you have the lifestyle of a 16th<br />

century hermit.At the beginning and there will lots of essentials<br />

to buy, so come prepared to spend on a few things you<br />

hadn't expected in the first week or two.<br />

What to bring: First and foremost, WARM CLOTHES.<br />

You're likely to come from a warmer climate (e.g. north<br />

Sweden) so be ready to freeze during the first few weeks,<br />

after which even though it'll get colder, you'll adapt. There<br />

may be some occasional shiny days, praise them, but don't<br />

be overconfident and go out underdressed because temperature<br />

never seems to rise above 5°C. Other particulars<br />

(see useful stuff for more stuff to bring):<br />

multiple socket adapters (can be bought here but are<br />

expensive), plenty of passport photos, a small radio<br />

(English radio is great), snack-type home food that can be<br />

left unrefrigerated (the novelty value of it might make you<br />

popular). Cigarettes if you smoke as they are likely to be<br />

cheaper wherever you're from<br />

How to get things here? Carry as much as possible yourself.<br />

You might try sending things. Post is usually expensive<br />

so call various delivery / transport companies in your home<br />

country and try to find a cheap one. A cab from London, if<br />

EU <strong>St</strong>udents’ fees<br />

This passage is to prepare you for the initial shock EU students<br />

have had in the past when their battels included international<br />

fees instead of home fees (plus additional college fees). The<br />

problem is that the DfEE does not inform the college about your<br />

fee status so you have to inform the college yourself (simply by<br />

showing them the DfEE notification). Make sure you don't forget<br />

your DfEE notification(s) and everything should be OK.<br />

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internationals<br />

you're feeling very rich, costs around £100.<br />

Arrival: It may be worth getting here by the Thursday or<br />

Friday before Freshers' Week so that you have enough time<br />

to get settled in before Freshers' Week begins.<br />

Travel Documents: Make sure you have all your national<br />

documentation and the letter from your college offering you<br />

a place. Immigration Officers at Heathrow can be notoriously<br />

difficult but there's nothing to worry about; if you have<br />

all your documents in order, things should be fine. During<br />

Freshers Week, you will get information about the following:<br />

Insurance, extending visas (if you are a non-EU student),<br />

bank accounts and student identity cards.<br />

Food: The only serious problem apart from the mad cows<br />

is the coffee in this country. If you are already dependent<br />

on coffee (not instant) bring your own. And bring a lot<br />

because at 4am, it's the coffee that will be writing the essay,<br />

not you. A note on beer (hey, there's got to be one) from our<br />

German faction: After a while you will start loving English<br />

beer though a proper Bitter lacks any CO2 (ie. extremely<br />

unsparkling) which is a very English thing. To get an impression,<br />

buy a German Holsten, open the bottle and drink it<br />

after a couple of days.<br />

Luggage <strong>St</strong>orage: You won’t be allowed to leave anything<br />

in your room during the holidays try to bring only as much<br />

stuff as you can be bothered to pack up every 8 weeks! If<br />

you want to leave stuff in your rooms over the holidays, the<br />

rooms in Woodstock Road 82 and MGA building are the<br />

ones where you'd be most likely to be able to, but probably<br />

not over the Summer Vac. There is storage available for the<br />

holidays but you're only allowed to leave 5 trunks in the<br />

storage (internationals seem to be able to bend the rules a<br />

bit).<br />

It took me roughly a term to fully settle into college, (note<br />

that I had no exposure to the British beings), but believe me,<br />

it will only keep getting better and better.And if it doesn't, or<br />

if things don't seem to be going your way, then don't hesitate<br />

to drop me a line. Chances are, I've been through the<br />

same thing. The bottom line is that Hughsies are the nicest<br />

and most unpretentious people and, foreign or not, fresher's<br />

Week will be just as memorable and your time here will be<br />

just as amazing.<br />

cedric.soule@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Money (again)<br />

Opening an account takes one or two weeks (officially a few<br />

days) until your bank of choice can provide an account number<br />

to which your parents or rich uncles can transfer money for the<br />

battels (rent for accommodation; billed separately from University<br />

and <strong>College</strong> fees). You have to pay battels before term starts,<br />

this may turn into a bit of a hassle as you try to work out how to<br />

get money to college. The people you will need to talk to are the<br />

finance office (you should get details from <strong>College</strong> and if you<br />

have any problems dealing with college e-mail omar.salem@st<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk).<br />

The major banks are Barclays, Natwest, Lloyd's<br />

TSB and HSBC. It takes much longer to open an account in the<br />

UK than in some places (eg. Hong Kong) so be warned!

mature students<br />

Max tells us what’s in store<br />

for the more ‘experienced’<br />

fresher<br />

a mature student? Really? How old are you?’<br />

The novelty has just about worn out. Yes, I’m five<br />

‘You’re<br />

years older than you, yes; I’m in the year below you.<br />

Whether you are a mature student yourself or if you’re in<br />

desperate fear of running into one of us, be warned, we are<br />

many. What’s more, we are incredibly hard to spot. I didn’t<br />

actually know half of the mature students were so until the<br />

room ballot this year. Most of us are between 21 and 35,<br />

have left school and gone to work for a few years before<br />

seeing the error of our ways (or at least choice of careers in<br />

my case) and returning to study. However, there’s no ‘typical’<br />

mature student, so wherever you’re from, or whatever<br />

your background, you’ll fit in.<br />

<strong>St</strong> Hugh’s is extremely relaxed and will pretty much let you<br />

live your life as you see fit. On the other hand, it lets everyone<br />

else live their lives the way they wish as well, which may<br />

mean that noise could be a problem during your first year as<br />

your room placement and therefore your neighbours are<br />

largely luck of the draw. You are rewarded for this in two<br />

ways; and do not underestimate the envy that these will<br />

generate amongst said neighbours.<br />

1. You are basically top of the room ballot for the<br />

quiethouse in subsequent years.<br />

2. You have access to the Middle Common Room<br />

(MCR). That magic key raises the quality of your<br />

computing, photocopying and clothes-washing<br />

life enormously.<br />

Both of these are rights available to mature students, and I<br />

strongly suggest you assert them. Social and academic<br />

integration is not really a problem (you just have to trust us<br />

on this), and rest assured that feelings of being out of place<br />

are entirely normal and usually dissipate long before the<br />

‘<strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s lets everyone live<br />

their lives as they see fit’<br />

work starts. The beauty of the whole system is that regardless<br />

of your geriatric classification, you will be in the same<br />

Mature <strong>St</strong>udents Union (MSU) is an apolitical, self-funding<br />

campaign and support organisation dedicated to the<br />

equal inclusion of all students classified as ‘mature’. You<br />

can find out more from www.msu.org.uk<br />

The OUSU VP-Grads Dan Paskins, is responsible for<br />

mature students’ issues and is a good first point of contact<br />

if you have questions or any problems. You can e-mail Dan<br />

at graduates@ousu.org<br />

OUSU mature students society works on issues relevant<br />

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Useful info & contacts<br />

Omar - I’ve deleted your caption - it was obscene<br />

The fabled MCR: good for doing washing<br />

boat as everyone else. This is a new experience for everyone,<br />

so relax and enjoy it!<br />

maxwell.howells@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

to mature students and organises social events, find out<br />

more from the OUSU website or contact the VP grads.<br />

Childcare: The University has a number of nurseries, two<br />

of which are in North Oxford! Waiting lists are long so its<br />

best to register ASAP. The University also has a fund to<br />

assist with the costs of childcare. More info is available<br />

from http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/eop/child/. Home students<br />

are also eligible to apply to their LEA for a childcare grant.<br />

You can call 0800 7319133 for a free copy of the childcare<br />

grant booklet.

A few words from some of the <strong>Hugh's</strong> tribe about their religion<br />

and the organisations operating in Oxford to support<br />

them. Feel free to get in touch with any or all of them via email<br />

for more ideas.<br />

Christianity<br />

There is a diverse cross-section of Christian groups in college,<br />

each of which attempts to foster devotion to Jesus<br />

Christ and a deepening trust in God’s love.<br />

Christians of all denominations and opinions worship<br />

together in the Chapel each Sunday evening – the service<br />

is Anglican (i.e. Church of England or Episcopalian) but<br />

inclusive of all, with a blend of modern language and traditional<br />

choir items. The Chaplain (me!) runs various groups<br />

for general and religious discussion and Christian growth,<br />

as well as social events (e.g. Film Nights). He also offers<br />

pastoral support to members of the college community,<br />

regardless of individuals’ beliefs or lifestyles, and co-ordinates<br />

aspects of student welfare throughout college. Within<br />

college, there is also an active student-led Christian Union,<br />

which meets for Bible study and prayer on Wednesday<br />

evenings. Roman Catholic students in college meet occasionally<br />

for socials and for a college Mass.<br />

Christians of other denominations normally find a<br />

home within one of these three groups; but there are also<br />

University groups and churches catering for a wide variety<br />

of different approaches – contact me for more info.<br />

jerry.gilpin@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Hinduism<br />

03<br />

Organised religion in<br />

Oxford...<br />

Hughs Chapel, Main Building first floor<br />

At first sight Oxford might not seem to be the best place to<br />

practise Hindu religion. Unlike London and other major<br />

cities in the country there is no single colourful Hindu temple,<br />

to which you can go to pray. But, never mind, Oxford<br />

has its little precious offerings for Hindu students: The<br />

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religion<br />

Oxford Hindu Society (HUM) is one of the many societies<br />

run by Oxford students. Its aim is to cater for the needs of<br />

Hindus in Oxford, but it is also open to non-Hindu students.<br />

HUM organises weekly aartis, Hindi and classical dance<br />

Bhangra dance night organised by HUM<br />

classes, which also provide a good opportunity to meet fellow<br />

Hindu students. Not only does it offer aartis or classes,<br />

but also a huge variety of social events ranging from Diwali<br />

balls to Bollywood film nights.<br />

Oxford also has a Centre for Vaishnava and Hindu<br />

<strong>St</strong>udies (OCVHS), an independent academic institution<br />

working closely with Oxford University, which is dedicated<br />

to the study of Hindu religion and Indian culture. Its library<br />

has a great selection of Hindu texts. During term-time it<br />

Plans of the new mosque being built at Manzil way,<br />

Cowley<br />

holds lectures and seminars, which are also open to all students.<br />


Islam<br />

religion<br />

At Oxford, there is a vibrant and growing community of<br />

Muslims, holding a plethora of social, educational and<br />

entertainment (and last but by no means least, FOOD!).<br />

Great people to hang out with, and all are welcome, so why<br />

not come along to some (if not all!) of these and join in the<br />

fun/food fest/discussions/chillout sessions? Check out the<br />

Islamic Society website. Also, a lot of us can be found at<br />

Pakistan Society events, e-mail me for more info.<br />

Oxford has a great deal to cater for the needs of<br />

Muslims. The Islamic Society organises Friday prayers (normally<br />

held in Wadham <strong>College</strong>, though the venue may<br />

change), Hadeeth, Da'wah and Arabic classes for both<br />

brothers and sisters. In addition, they provide free meals for<br />

Iftar during the month of Ramadhan.<br />

Alternatively, there are two well established mosques<br />

in East Oxford - Madina Mosque (on <strong>St</strong>anley Road, off Iffley<br />

Road) and the Bangladeshi Mosque (Cowley Road) and the<br />

Institute for Islamic <strong>St</strong>udies in town. All hold Friday,<br />

Taraweeh and Eid prayers and all (except Madina Mosque)<br />

provide Iftar facilities. A grand new mosque is being built on<br />

Manzil Way (off Cowley Road) as well.<br />

Maintaining a Halal diet is no problem. Oxford is dotted<br />

with several Halal restaurants (contact us for a full list)<br />

and many shops along Cowley Road sell Halal meat at<br />

competitive prices. Closer to <strong>St</strong> <strong>Hugh's</strong>, the "Le Parisien"<br />

and "Bagicha" on North Parade avenue, and even the<br />

famous Ali’s Kebab van offer Halal food.<br />

With regards to arranging tutorials and classes so as<br />

to avoid clashing with prayers, contact your tutors in<br />

advance and they will be very accommodating. Don't hesitate<br />

to contact<br />

the Dean,<br />

Domestic<br />

Bursar or the<br />

W e l f a r e<br />

Officers regarding<br />

any relevant<br />

problems that<br />

you may have.<br />

The Jewish centre in Jericho<br />

farooq.waraich@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Judaism<br />

The Oxford University Jewish Society (Jsoc) is the 3rd<br />

largest student society in the university. Its committee take<br />

great pains to organise a wide range of educational, social,<br />

cultural and religious events to cater for all Jewish students,<br />

whatever their background. Kosher meals are provided<br />

every night excluding Sundays (at the Jewish Centre, 21<br />

Richmond Rd, Jericho, Oxford), and Friday night is a big<br />

social affair! If you are interested in joining the Jewish<br />

Society, find the stall in the Culture Room at the Freshers'<br />

Fair... or check out their website (opposite).<br />

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There is also a<br />

Chabad House in<br />

Cowley whose resident<br />

Rabbi and his<br />

family always welcome<br />

Oxford students<br />

warmly into<br />

their home.<br />

With regards to<br />

keeping kosher at<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong>, it is<br />

worth getting in<br />

touch with the<br />

assistant domestic<br />

bursar (nicky.wats<br />

o n @ s t -<br />

<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk) to<br />

be sure that you are<br />

allocated a room<br />

with good selfcatering<br />

facilities<br />

(i.e. a wellequipped,<br />

shared<br />

kitchen - best to ask<br />

for MGA or RTB). There are rarely any academic activities<br />

scheduled for Saturday's, though exams often are, so<br />

speak to your tutor for advice on how to re-arrange.<br />

Being Jewish in Oxford is easy and really nothing to<br />

get worried about. The Jsoc is a great way to meet other<br />

Jewish students, and don't forget that our Chaplain at<br />

<strong>Hugh's</strong> is always there to answer any questions, regardless<br />

of your religion, or to offer pastoral care.<br />

a n n a . w a x @ s t - h u g h s . o x . a c . u k<br />

Sikhism<br />

websites<br />

Oxford University Buddhist<br />

Society<br />

users.ox.ac.uk/~oubudsoc/<br />

OU Catholic Society<br />

users.ox.ac.uk/~cathsoc/<br />

Oxford Inter-Collegiate CU<br />

www.oiccu.org<br />

HUM: Oxford Hindu Society<br />

www.oxfordhum.co.uk/<br />

OU Islamic Society<br />

users.ox.ac.uk/~islam<br />

OU Jewish Society<br />

www.oxfordjsoc.co.uk/<br />

British Organisation of Sikh<br />

<strong>St</strong>udents<br />

www.sikh-society.co.uk<br />

Oxford has a growing Sikh community. In April for the first<br />

time in the city's history a procession was held in the streets<br />

for the Vaisakhi festival. Cheney Community Centre in<br />

Headington is used as a Gurdwara every Sunday for services.<br />

Contact oxfordsikh@hotmail.com for more info.<br />

Punjabi dancers performing in Oxford at the Vaisakhi<br />

festival<br />


23<br />

Tom & Omar bandage you<br />

up<br />

Hugh’s makes a big effort to look after its students.<br />

During <strong>freshers</strong>’ week you’ll get a chance to meet the<br />

people responsible for making available medical<br />

treatment (when you’ll be able to register with the <strong>College</strong><br />

doctor), pastoral care, counselling, academic help and<br />

financial advice. There are services available to every student<br />

as a first point of call for help with any problems that<br />

you might encounter . You should receive some more information<br />

from the college about exactly what is available in<br />

terms of student support. In Michaelmas, you should<br />

receive the OUSU ‘Oxford Survival Guide’, which contains<br />

detailed welfare information and contact details.<br />

Welfare in college is comprised of a range of student<br />

related issues; including food, accommodation, student /<br />

college liaison, pastoral care, and equal opportunities. The<br />

welfare representatives act as an immediate port of call for<br />

food and accommodation issues, such as dietary requirements,<br />

problems with neighbours and noise. They sit on<br />

various college committees, liaising over issues such as<br />

food and welfare support.<br />

Both your welfare reps are trained peer supporters,<br />

and there is also a panel of peer supporters. Peer supporters<br />

are trained to listen to fellow students who may have<br />

problems; either small or great and are available in college<br />

on a formal or informal basis. An important role of welfare<br />

is to ensure equal opportunities are represented in college.<br />

The equal opportunities committee represents such<br />

as LGBT, international students, ethnic minorities, mature<br />

student, women and students with disabilities by promoting<br />

equal opportunities and targeting discrimination. They reps<br />

also attend various ousu equal opportunities (which are<br />

open to all) such as queer rights, women’s campaign and<br />

ethnic diversity.<br />

omar.salem@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

tomas.hamilton@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Basic emergency equipment is available from the Porters’<br />

Lodge, the Domestic Bursar, Assistant Domestic Bursar,<br />

and Welfare Rep.s<br />

OK, so coming to University can be a bit scary, and the<br />

thought of coping with a disability of any type may only add<br />

to your worries. But there’s no need to panic – no one<br />

expects you to deal with such a lifestyle change alone and<br />

the college has people screaming to help.<br />

The <strong>JCR</strong> has a disabilities/special needs representative<br />

on the Equal Opportunities Committee (me!) who can<br />

give you help and advice on anything from exam arrangements<br />

to the accommodation that you’re entitled to. Please<br />

do get in touch with me if you have any questions as we<br />

realise there isn’t much detailed information here.<br />

<strong>College</strong> itself will usually help students with any special<br />

equipment they need, but you may need to hassle them<br />

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welfare & equal opps<br />

<strong>St</strong>udents with disabilities or special needs<br />

Noise & Harassment<br />

The <strong>College</strong> Harassment Advisors are the Chaplain and Prof.<br />

Margaret Esiri. They can advise on the appropriate course of<br />

action if a member of college is the subject of threatening or<br />

exploitative. Prof. Esiri can be contacted as follow: tel: (01865)<br />

553 24403 or margaret.esiri@clneuro.ox.ac.uk. According to<br />

university definitions, harassment includes problems with neighbours<br />

such as excessive noise. If these cannot be sorted out<br />

informally via the welfare reps, the Junior Deans or Dean should<br />

be contacted via the Lodge.<br />

<strong>St</strong>udent Advice and Counselling<br />

The college counsellor, Elizabeth Treasure, is available discuss<br />

personal matters in confidence, can refer you to more specialised<br />

counselling skills Appointments can be made through the <strong>College</strong><br />

Nurse or Doctor, e-mail: counsellor@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk. The college<br />

chaplain is available for confidential consultation on any matter<br />

between 3.30 and 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday, or by appointment.<br />

The OUSU student advisor, Annily Campbell (advice@ousu.org,<br />

tel: (01865) 270300), can help you with almost any issue, from<br />

finances to dealing with harassment.<br />

Doctors & Nurses<br />

The college nurse, Mary Ann Dale (nurse@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk), is<br />

available every week day morning from 8:30 – 9:30am. There are<br />

also two Doctors, Richard Briggs and Penny Moore. Dr. Moore<br />

has surgery from 8:30am every Monday and Friday and Dr.<br />

Moore is present on alternate Wednesdays. They really understand<br />

our lifestyle, Don’t worry about going to see them if you<br />

have any concerns.<br />

Safety in Oxford<br />

Oxford is generally a fairly safe city but it is advisable to avoid<br />

walking back to college on your own. In an emergency you can<br />

contact the lodge on 07966 382488. Between 11pm and 2am on<br />

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, you can phone 07754 516<br />

172 and be collected by the OUSU Nightbus for a flat fare of £1<br />

per person to get anywhere within the ring road. Priority is given<br />

to lone students. Alternatively there are numerous taxi companies<br />

(see the getting to Oxford page for details) and the <strong>JCR</strong> is<br />

currently working on a scheme whereby if you run out of money<br />

whilst out and need to get a back to college it will be possible to<br />

borrow money from the lodge to pay for it. Rape alarms are available<br />

at the lodge.<br />

a little. You’ll need to let them know in advance if you have<br />

any special requirements so they can arrange what is necessary<br />

before you arrive. Financial help is also available for<br />

students with extra requirements and there are several<br />

funds you can apply to.You should be sent details on this by<br />

the University, but if you need more information you can call<br />

the University disability advisor on 01865 280660. this person<br />

can also provide you with a copy of the access guide<br />

which covers accessibility to all University buildings. <strong>St</strong><br />

Hugh’s has provisions for students with disabilities and<br />

good lifts operate in Maplethorpe and RTB.<br />


academia<br />

Louise tells what to expect<br />

when it comes to the hard<br />

stuff<br />

In the weeks before Freshers Week I was convinced that<br />

I would disappoint my tutors, not understand a word of<br />

lectures and fail to hand essays in on time. And I wasn’t<br />

wrong....you’d be unusual if at least some of this wasn’t<br />

true at some point in your academic career, and certainly<br />

in the first few weeks. Adjusting from A-level to degree<br />

standard is a challenge but in the end everything should be<br />

OK. The level and volume of work is manageable and it can<br />

be completed without sacrificing your social life, sports,<br />

music etc. Furthermore, the tutorial system at Oxford is<br />

excellent in terms of getting individual support and feedback,<br />

and the libraries are pretty good.<br />

However, it will take a few weeks to familiarise yourself<br />

with the system, and most people find their <strong>College</strong> parents<br />

to be a useful source of advice, notes, and free drinks!<br />

There is also your personal tutor (probably the best first port<br />

of call if you have any academic problems, though you can<br />

also talk to me or the tutor for undergraduates, Dr. Moore),<br />

forget your impressions at interview as tutors are generally<br />

approachable and helpful, in both academic and non-academic<br />

matters. You’ll probably have a meeting with your<br />

tutors, to sort out your tutorials in <strong>freshers</strong> week as well as<br />

dinner, to get to know them better.<br />

Your personal tutor will have meetings with you<br />

(called collections, but just to make things more confusing<br />

collections also means the exams set at the start of every<br />

term) at the end of every term to discuss your reports and<br />

your general academic progress. If you think that there’s<br />

some way your course could be improved or just think that<br />

your faculty could be run better, the best way to air you<br />

views is via the Junior Consultative Committee (JCC) for<br />

your subject. Though the system varies, and can be quite<br />

complex, usually each college is represented in each sub-<br />

‘<strong>College</strong> parents are a good<br />

source of advice, notes and<br />

free drinks!’<br />

ject on the relevant JCC, you can tell your rep if you think<br />

something needs changing and they’ll pass it on.<br />

In terms of libraries, if you are doing an arts subject<br />

you will probably be using the <strong>College</strong>, faculty and the<br />

bodleian library whilst the Bod won't be much use if you are<br />

a scientist (like me!) There will be induction tours for most<br />

libraries in <strong>freshers</strong>’ week when you’ll also be shown how to<br />

use your library/university cards (known as ‘Bod Card’) and<br />

OLIS (the catalogue for book searches). You also have<br />

access to loads and loads of journals online from OXLIP<br />

(www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/oxlip/index.html).<br />

OUSU provides many useful services, such as the<br />

Writing Workshop, which gives advice on improving the<br />

style and structure of essays, and the shop, which sells<br />

w<br />

I need a caption - please will you give me a caption?<br />

cheap stationary.<br />

I can’t really tell you much more as a lot of stuff is subject<br />

specific, have a look at your relevant subject in this<br />

guide and e-mail the author if you have any questions.<br />

louise.southern@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Access<br />

Oxford is known as somewhere that can have problems attracting<br />

applications from state schools, particularly comprehensive,<br />

generally due to misconceptions about what Oxford is like. There<br />

are various schemes related to ‘access’, which aim to over come<br />

these misconceptions and increase applications from state<br />

schools. In terms of getting involved in access work at Oxford<br />

there are three main initiatives. The first, the University<br />

Admissions Office generally doesn't recruit student volunteers<br />

during term-time, but needs helpers for summer schools (years<br />

11 and 12) and aspiration days throughout our holidays (year<br />

10s). For these, you are paid, although the hours are long, so<br />

its not just a job. The <strong>St</strong>udent Union's access initiative Target<br />

Schools is intended to cover all state schools, including grammar<br />

schools, and for this volunteers are generally needed for the<br />

school visits during the Easter vacation, as well as for various<br />

smaller events throughout the year, such as open days. The<br />

Oxford Access Scheme is the third initiative and is entirely independent<br />

of the university and the student union. It is run wholly<br />

by students, and seeks to portray the student's viewpoint of<br />

Oxford, much like Target Schools. The main difference is that<br />

the Access Scheme focuses on inner-city schools and non-traditional<br />

backgrounds of prospective students, and thus excluded<br />

grammar schools. This scheme requires large numbers of volunteers<br />

throughout the year, for interview and UCAS training<br />

days, both in Michaelmas, a shadowing programme in Hilary, as<br />

well as school visits in the Easter vacation, and summer<br />

schools. This year there will hopefully be a joint email list for all<br />

three initiatives so you will be able to see which one is doing<br />

what in any given week, and you'll be able to decide what you<br />

would most like to be involved in. If you have any queries about<br />

access please get in touch with me.<br />

charlynne.pullen@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />


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Archaeology and Anthropology<br />

Congrats. on two counts; firstly getting into <strong>St</strong>.Hugh’s (the<br />

best college in the whole entire universe) and secondly on<br />

becoming an Arch & Anther (the best degree ever). There<br />

are more than a million reasons why Arch & Anth is so<br />

good, but mainly because we only have 4 lectures a week,<br />

which leaves you lots of time to do what ever interests you<br />

– erm….. like trainspotting and things like that. The lectures<br />

are also conveniently placed, usually at 10am and 2pm to<br />

allow you to have a fairly decent lie in, unlike scientists<br />

who’ll you here dragging themselves out of college at 8.30.<br />

The work that is given is mainly essay based (1-2 per week)<br />

A boner! I’ve found a boner!<br />

but occasionally, and annoyingly,<br />

you have to do practical<br />

class reports that aren’t worth<br />

the paper they’re written on.<br />

There’s a lot of reading which<br />

can be quite daunting at first but it<br />

doesn’t take long to get used to<br />

and you’ll all be experts at sorting<br />

the crap out of the reading lists by<br />

4th Week. As long as you do the work<br />

you’ll be fine, it’s up to you how much<br />

work you put in, lots or little, either way you’ll be ok. I’ve<br />

been told that Arch & Anth is akin to Geography, but I’m<br />

afraid this blatantly isn’t true, mainly because we don’t use<br />

of colouring pencils as an educational aid, which in my<br />

opinion is a bit of a disappointment! Apart form this though<br />

there are lots of great things about Arch & Anth, such as<br />

pretty good tutors and fairly interesting lectures (in comparison<br />

to some other subjects). Have fun in Freshers’ Week<br />

anyway and see you then!<br />

oliver.wharton@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Biochemistry<br />

Congratulations on making it this far…only four more years<br />

to go! As a biochemist you can expect around 11 lectures,<br />

2 tutorials and 1 class per week as well as a practical once<br />

w<br />

subjects<br />

a week. Work is essay based for tutorials and problem<br />

sheet based for classes in addition to practical write-ups.<br />

Tutorials are held at different colleges with Dr Bird and an<br />

organic chemistry tutor. Lectures and practicals are in the<br />

department in town, which is about 10 mins walk or 5 mins<br />

on a bike. Biochemistry socials are held most terms.<br />

Although there is a lot of hard work, which can at first seem<br />

daunting, you will soon adapt and find plenty of time to<br />

socialise and even enjoy biochemistry! Look forward to<br />

seeing you soon!<br />

P.S bring your lab-coats!<br />

david.adams@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Biology<br />

First of all, well done for getting in, you’ve got the best time<br />

ahead of you. Biology at <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s is fantastic. We have the<br />

best tutors in the university without a doubt. Dr. Iles is an<br />

amazing cook and Owen -THE MAN- Lewis will maybe buy<br />

you a drink or two. Clive Wilson will probably give you cells<br />

and genes tutorials, which are the most difficult, but follow<br />

our advice and take mince pies with you (it’s the best way<br />

to avoid learning).<br />

Don’t be scared when you get your timetable. It may look a<br />

bit heavy compared to the historians but it’s not that bad.<br />

You will spend your mornings in lectures, coffee breaks in<br />

Darwin’s café, and your afternoon cutting things up and<br />

playing with flies. Lectures are great – you can play ‘Spot<br />

the Simpson’s character’ with Oxford’s very own Mr.<br />

Burns and Smithers. The work isn’t too difficult and<br />

tutors and lecturers will not expect you to have done<br />

any work over summer so they’ll lead you into the<br />

work very gently. That’s about it for now, we look forward<br />

to seeing you all in October!<br />

lauren.parr@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

lauren.bowen@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

james.milner@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

alwyn.craven@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

rhodri.lewis@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

helen.fones@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

l u k e . k a n e @ s t - h u g h s . o x . a c . u k<br />

victoria.cox@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Classics<br />

Classics is totally fab, nowhere more so than at <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong>.<br />

We're very lucky to have an incredibly funky tutor, and to<br />

have loads of really lovely peeps doing our subject here.<br />

Classicists seem to have a bit of a reputation for being lazy,<br />

which isn't strictly true, as we have a fair bit to read, one to<br />

two essays a week to plough through, and a host of language<br />

work, although we are fortunate enough to have<br />

three summers free of exams, since Mods (your first set of<br />

exams) are in the fifth term, not the usual third. Awesome!<br />

Whatever your interest, be it language, literature, history,<br />

philosophy, philology, or archaeology - you'll be able to<br />

explore it over the next 4 years. Mods are quite structured -

you have to do Homer's Iliad<br />

and Vergil's Aeneid, but you<br />

get to choose a philosophy<br />

option in the summer,<br />

and to do what<br />

you want in the winter<br />

after that. You’ll<br />

also have the joy<br />

of Greek and<br />

Latin Grammr<br />

classes in<br />

your first<br />

two terms.<br />

Greats<br />

[other<br />

Classicists take their subject<br />

seriously<br />

subjects<br />

subjects/universities/possibly<br />

everywhere else in the<br />

world refer to these as<br />

‘finals’-Ed] is no doubt even cooler,<br />

because you can choose pretty<br />

much whatever you like. There’s loadsa fun to be had<br />

beyond ‘Classics life’ - look forward to the BC bops and toga<br />

parties too - they Rock, with a capital 'R'!<br />

thomas.inglis@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Chemistry<br />

Congratulations on getting in to Oxford to study Chemistry<br />

at <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong>. I'm sure you will have a<br />

great time here. <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong> is an extremely welcoming college<br />

with some excellent opportunities in all areas of Oxford<br />

life. It's my job as the president of the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong> <strong>College</strong><br />

Chemistry Society to ensure that your transition to university<br />

life and work is as smooth as possible; if you have<br />

any questions or problems please ring me (mob: 07801<br />

702746, home: 01884 821290).<br />

There should be a chemist's lunch at some point in<br />

Freshers’ week for us all to get together; but, I'd hope to see<br />

you all before then and check things are alright.<br />

Some people may have told you that you need to prepare<br />

for Oxford; but while this is a wise move it's not essential.<br />

However, if you want to go over some topics then I would<br />

suggest brushing up on Pure Maths. Bear in mind that you<br />

will be working reasonably intensively for 8 weeks and you<br />

shouldn't burn yourself out before you get here. With<br />

respect to the books that you "need" to buy I would recommend<br />

buying only a good maths text book; specifically one<br />

covering the Further Maths course in Pure (P3, 4, 5, & 6).<br />

The book the tutors recommend is "Mathematics for<br />

Scientists" by M.Boas. <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong> has an excellent and well<br />

stocked library but if you have the opportunity in fresher's<br />

week it's worthwhile looking around for cheap second hand<br />

text books.<br />

On a final note I'd just like to say that: every year Chemists<br />

w<br />

throughout the university part-take in a wide range of activities<br />

and one of the strengths of the course is that, while<br />

being very work intensive,<br />

it allows time for<br />

other interests to be<br />

pursued. Thus, my<br />

two top tips for you<br />

are to keep good<br />

well-ordered notes<br />

from the very first<br />

term and to sign up<br />

for as much as possi-<br />

ble, you can always<br />

drop it at a later date.<br />

show me da monee<br />

Have a great summer, relax, and look forward to what I'm<br />

sure will be a great four years.<br />

timothy.sambrook@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Economics and Management<br />

E&M is a fun subject to take if you like maths and graphs<br />

that don't make much sense. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being<br />

the hardest, Management is about a 7, Economics is an 8<br />

and Maths is a good 10. One suggestion that we'd make is<br />

that you do brush up on your maths. The workload is managable,<br />

although it may be overwhelming at first, there will<br />

be plenty of time to party! The typical weekly timetable consists<br />

of 6 lectures, 2 tutorials and 1 maths class, in the first<br />

two terms. The 3rd term is technically a revision term for<br />

prelims. Our tutors are friendly and supportive, and will<br />

understand if you struggle (as we did in parts). Although<br />

some lectures may send you to sleep, the majority are interesting<br />

a n d<br />

entertaining.<br />

Other<br />

good<br />

things<br />

about<br />

t h e<br />

E & M<br />

course<br />

includ<br />

e the<br />

n e w<br />

business<br />

school<br />

which<br />

serves<br />

excellent chocolate brownies and cocktails on Fridays. The<br />

management society also provides regular social events,<br />

usually including free drinks or chocolates! I would encourage<br />

anyone to do E&M, especially at <strong>St</strong> Hughs, as you may<br />

be lucky enough to get us as parents!<br />

pradnya.kadoo@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

poie-ling.li@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.u<br />


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Engineering<br />

Once you’ve read this don’t bother reading about other subjects:<br />

you’ll just get depressed. While art students get up at<br />

two and read for a bit before going to the pub, you’ll either<br />

be in lectures, practicals, tutes or otherwise working your<br />

arse off on your own. It’s fine once you get going, but be<br />

‘art students get up at two<br />

and read for a bit before<br />

going to the pub’<br />

prepared for a big fat shock after <strong>freshers</strong>’ week. Basically,<br />

all you have to do is go to the majority of your lectures and<br />

you’ll be fine. The tutors are sound and will sort you out if<br />

you’re having trouble. The second and third years are also<br />

standing by with a ready supply of answers to the work.<br />

Don’t bother<br />

buying any<br />

books, you’ll<br />

hardly ever<br />

use them,<br />

and if you do<br />

need to, there<br />

are plenty in<br />

the college<br />

library.<br />

Unfortunately<br />

you will have<br />

to fork out 50<br />

odd quid on<br />

assorted crap<br />

when you first<br />

get here. Bringing up a decent set of drawing equipment will<br />

save some money. Although it may seem a bit daunting,<br />

You’ll still have plenty of time for going out and playing sport<br />

etc, just a bit less than everyone else!.<br />

daniel.shorter@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

English<br />

English. The Art of Good Plagiarism. Before arriving at <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Hugh’s, I though English would be a subject for which I<br />

could get away with doing a scandalously minimal amount<br />

of work. Oh how wrong I was. Contrary to popular belief<br />

(i.e. scientists) English has a steady and fairly demanding<br />

workload.<br />

‘contrary to popular belief (i.e.<br />

scientists) English has a<br />

demanding workload’<br />

Tutorials are frightening at first, but you soon get used to be<br />

in a pressurised environment. Tutorials can be singular<br />

w<br />

subjects<br />

Kay’s guide to playing the system<br />

English is all about books and how many film adaptations<br />

you can find of the ones on the reading list.<br />

10 points for each movie found in either VHS or DVD<br />

format<br />

15 points for each movie successfully downloaded<br />

from the internet (higher scoring reflects the difficulty<br />

of finding the right file type, getting it past Roach<br />

(college computer guy) unnoticed and actually managing<br />

to not have downloaded a misnamed lurid<br />

Japanese schoolgirl porno)<br />

5 bonus points for any of the following: a<br />

double boxset containing 2 or more required films<br />

(for top-level intellectual efficiency); a foreign language<br />

version with English subtitles (for extra postmodern<br />

panache.<br />

Add 15 points if stolen from a library<br />

Penalty - 5 points Watching a student drama production<br />

of any title (it's really not going to have<br />

helped you much).<br />

(nightmare!), in pairs (competition) or more (usually quite<br />

fun). My favourite tutorial quotation in my first year was ‘they<br />

are both similar but in very different ways.’ My advice is to<br />

do at least the majority of the reading of your texts before<br />

you get here but don’t stress over this too much; I did try to<br />

‘the tutors here are<br />

surprisingly young and sexy’<br />

get away with not reading the whole of George Eliot’s<br />

works. NOT a good idea!<br />

The tutors here are surprisingly young and even more surprisingly,<br />

rather sexy! Most are quite understanding about<br />

the workload and are very enthusiastic about wanting to<br />

help (the revision classes/tutorials are particularly useful).<br />

In terms of buying books, don’t buy any criticism before you<br />

get here as some texts are more important than others. It is<br />

a good idea to buy books from people in the year above,<br />

which is not only value-for-money but allows a night out for<br />

us too! The library stocks pretty much all the books you will<br />

need and second-hand books from the various shops in<br />

Oxford are a great way to look like a cultured dude.<br />

Fashion tips aside, there are plenty of opportunities for you<br />

to exercise your literary, creative and not to forget, social

subjects<br />

talents both within college and the university. The English<br />

posse at Hugh’s are a lovely bunch of diverse, fabulous<br />

people, all looking forward to seeing you soon.<br />

timothy.payne@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Fine Art<br />

I know this section has a readership of one, so congratulations<br />

to our new Fine Artist.; we now make up a massive<br />

two of the <strong>St</strong> Hugh’s population!<br />

Life for a Fine Art student at <strong>St</strong> Hugh’s is entirely different<br />

from anyone else. Basically you get to enjoy all the good<br />

bits of college without all the nasty tutorials, classes,<br />

essays etc. While everyone else is getting cabin fever working<br />

away in their rooms, you will spend your days at the<br />

Ruskin on High <strong>St</strong>reet and the Cowley Road. None of the<br />

course is taught in college.<br />

Fine Art is the only subject that can honestly claim to do<br />

more colouring in than the geographers, but be prepared for<br />

long days and hard work. The first year is a total whirl wind.<br />

The first two terms are each split into two. You will spend<br />

four weeks in each of the areas of painting, sculpture, print<br />

making, and digital imagery. This culminates in a group critique<br />

of your work. During this time you will also have to<br />

attend four weeks of lectures, and then write an essay<br />

which you will read out in a one–on-one tutorial.<br />

On top of doing your own work you will also have human<br />

anatomy one afternoon a week, optional life drawing four<br />

times a week, and alternative drawing classes on Monday<br />

mornings. The final term is spent working towards your preliminary<br />

examinations. There are also visiting artists, student<br />

run lectures, events and student shows every week.<br />

The first year is very structured and has demanding deadlines,<br />

so being organised really helps. However we are in<br />

the enviable position that the students make the course, so<br />

in the end the course is as interesting or demanding as you<br />

choose to make it.<br />

w<br />

As for friends, you’ll probably lead a double life. Some art<br />

students do not get involved in college life at all, but I suggest<br />

that you try and find a balance between the two.<br />

Although you can sometimes feel like a bit of an anomaly in<br />

college, getting away from art is can be just what is needed.<br />

Oxford is an exceptional place to be. The Ruskin is really<br />

fun, and <strong>St</strong> Hugh’s unintimating, so don’t worry, you will<br />

almost certainly enjoy your time here.<br />

alice.mcginn@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Geography<br />

Hello there new geographers! We are all looking forward to<br />

meeting you in October. Hope you have had a great summer<br />

and don’t stress about the reading or the work to come.<br />

At first it all seems quite alien especially the libraries and<br />

work! However, after a few weeks it is easy to find your way<br />

around and settle in. The Geographers at <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s are a<br />

friendly bunch<br />

and we normally<br />

have a termly<br />

social. Be prepared<br />

to jump<br />

straight in, we got<br />

an essay in<br />

Freshers’ Week!<br />

Our work load<br />

was roughly an<br />

essay a week<br />

which gives plenty<br />

of time to play as<br />

long as you manage<br />

your time<br />

well. <strong>College</strong> has<br />

good resources<br />

for the subject<br />

and the tutors are approachable but may seem quite intimidating<br />

at first. There is a field trip during the Easter vacation:<br />

this year Hannah went to Paris and Trevor and Alice<br />

went to Northern Ireland. We all had a laugh and it gave us<br />

the opportunity to meet other Geographers.<br />

If there are ever any problems never hesitate to come and<br />

see us; old essays and any advice are always on offer. See<br />

you in Freshers’ week, where we will all be joining in the<br />

shenanigans with you!<br />

alice.chamberlain@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

History<br />

History at Oxford has the advantage of allowing you to<br />

choose every single module you take. Bear in mind that you<br />

will have to take one period each of Medieval, Early<br />

Modern, and Modern history during your whole degree, but<br />

it is still easy to just pick what you think you might be interested<br />

in. You may well consider in your first year picking<br />


periods and subjects you have never done before, as you<br />

might surprise even yourself in which period you find most<br />

interesting.<br />

You will undoubtedly spend most of your working time reading<br />

books, and there are a large number of relevant libraries<br />

in which to find your books. This means you don’t need to<br />

buy books unless they are absolutely essential e.g. set texts<br />

like Tocqueville. It is a good idea to do some reading before<br />

you start each module, just so you have some vague idea<br />

of the important dates and events during your period. But<br />

don’t worry if you don’t have<br />

time because not many people<br />

read much before they<br />

get here. You will, however,<br />

save yourself a lot of time<br />

and effort if you read your<br />

set texts before you arrive.<br />

It’s a good idea to go to lectures,<br />

but they’re not compulsory<br />

and the lecture list<br />

will tell you the subject title<br />

of each relevant lecture, so<br />

Charles Clarke: reckons<br />

medieval history is<br />

‘ornamental’<br />

83<br />

w<br />

you can avoid going to lectures<br />

on something you<br />

would never consider writing<br />

about. Tutorials may take<br />

some getting used to, but ask questions if you’re unsure<br />

about anything, because that is what the tutors are there<br />

for!<br />

charlynne.pullen@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Finches, badgers, great tits and Mary... apparently the first<br />

year of the Oxford Human Sciences course can be quite<br />

confusing. Despite being strapped to a revolving table and<br />

having our internal organs examined "without breaking the<br />

skin", we are still not completely sure what to say when<br />

asked what a degree in Human Sciences involves. The<br />

mmmmm, specimens...<br />

Human Sciences<br />

point is that you are about to embark on a brilliantly eclectic<br />

course that can take you pretty much anywhere you want<br />

it to, from Darwin through Marx to hill tribes and rutting<br />

subjects<br />

stags. Whilst you are very unlikely to feel bored at any point<br />

in the first year, you will probably feel slightly overwhelmed<br />

for most of it. But don’t cry. All of the first year work is introductory,<br />

so the difficult bit is just figuring out how to cope<br />

with a relatively large workload (look forward to about 10<br />

lectures and 2 or 3 tutorials per week). As you’ve probably<br />

figured out, this year’s intake will double the number of people<br />

ever to have studied Human Sciences at Hugh’s - we<br />

have been the guinea-pig year and so most of the teething<br />

problems have already been solved for you… The only serious<br />

advice we can give you is to make sure that you do go<br />

to all of the lectures (ummm because we didn’t and it hurt).<br />

Lastly, if you haven’t already decided on it, get a bike.<br />

Lectures and tutorials are spread out all over the university<br />

(although the HS Centre is only 2 minutes away) so you will<br />

need one unless you can fly, or skip quickly.<br />

tomas.hamilton@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

harriet.caldin@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

joshua.green@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Joint Schools<br />

The idea of a joint degree (History & German in Natasha's<br />

case, English & Spanish in Kate's) is definitely appealing,<br />

but when you first get here you might have some uncertainties<br />

about the structure of the course and how to divide<br />

your time between the subjects. Joint degrees involving languages<br />

provide the most work as they consist of 6 papers<br />

rather than 4, but in any Joint School degree there will be<br />

times when you find yourself juggling essays when both<br />

your tutors are piling the work on! The best thing you can do<br />

is to keep reminding them of your workload in your other<br />

subject (do this in both subjects at once for best results...).<br />

Seriously though, they tend to be understanding. Liaison<br />

between departments isn't great, at times it's non-existent,<br />

but just grin and bear it and you'll be fine. Another hard part<br />

is the dual nature of the course - twice the libraries, lectures,<br />

reading lists... However, doing two subjects is definitely<br />

worth it as it means your studies have a broader base,<br />

you're less likely to get bored and you have twice the opportunities<br />

to meet people.<br />

Before coming here in October, it's a good idea to email<br />

your tutors to ask what you'll be doing in your first term (if<br />

you haven't already been told) so you can concentrate on<br />

reading those books and leave yourself a bit more free time<br />

to enjoy the summer!<br />

natsahe.proietto@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

kate.turner@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Law<br />

Doing law at <strong>St</strong> Hugh’s? If you listen to people that don’t<br />

take it we have no time and too much work but put aside<br />

any fears of that kind! Agreed, we do have a fair bit of work<br />

to do, probably more than a lot of other subjects, but that<br />

doesn’t mean we don’t find time to have plenty of fun! You’ll<br />

soon find out how to get the balance right between work<br />

and play, it takes a while to settle down but that’s no differ-

subjects<br />

ent to other subjects. You’ll have<br />

probably three essays every two<br />

weeks in your first term, requiring<br />

you to read and digest a lump of<br />

textbook and some cases and<br />

convert it into a couple of thousand<br />

words or less. If you’ve<br />

done essay writing subjects for<br />

you’re A-levels, as I expect you<br />

have, you’ll be no stranger to it<br />

all!<br />

Don’t be nervous about tutorials,<br />

the tutors aren’t quite the ogres<br />

they first appear and you’ll soon<br />

get up your confidence to challenge<br />

them – just be prepared for<br />

them to knock you down again, its all part of the process<br />

and seems a little harsh at first but rapidly becomes the<br />

norm. Do a bit of reading before you come if you want to be<br />

ahead, but trust me the majority won’t have done what they<br />

were sent .<br />

You have exams at the end of your second term… maybe<br />

an advantage, maybe a disadvantage depending how you<br />

look at it. It does mean your summer term is nice and<br />

relaxed, plenty of time to punt and drink Pimms! Mods<br />

aren’t half as awful as you think they will be… everyone<br />

gets stressed but there is really no need.<br />

The lawyers this year have certainly dispelled the myth that<br />

lawyers have no time to go out so be prepared to party as<br />

hard as you have to work!<br />

catherine.adamson@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.oxford.ac.uk<br />

Mathematics<br />

Artists have lots of essays, scientists have lots of practicals.<br />

Maths is great because it has neither. We just have maths.<br />

Lots and lots of it. So it helps if you like the stuff, and if you<br />

like maths it means you are insane, but in a good way.<br />

‘we just have maths’<br />

The workload here is really very manageable. The first year<br />

lectures are at the nice sensible hours of 11am til 1pm, so<br />

you have no horrible 9 o’clock starts. You’ll get 4 or 5 problem<br />

sheets every week, one for each lecture course, and<br />

you have two tutorials a week where you go through the<br />

sheets. The tutors are really good, Glenys and Mary are<br />

“lovely, if a tad eccentric”, so they should help you with any<br />

problems. But they’re not the only ones who can help you.<br />

Us beautiful, wonderful and mental second years are<br />

always around if you want to ask any questions. We’re a<br />

nice bunch of people so don’t be afraid to come and find<br />

one of us if you need help with work. A little advice would<br />

be to bring your A-level notes with you for the start of the<br />

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first term, assuming you haven’t ceremonially burnt them. If<br />

you have, don’t worry. They just might come in useful to jog<br />

your memory about a few things when you start off. We’re<br />

all really looking forward to meeting you; we hope you enjoy<br />

your first year here as much as we enjoyed ours!<br />

sarah.dixon@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

james.hunt@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Mathematics and Computer Science<br />

The course is very rigorously structured. You will have a<br />

least two tutorials a week, which workwise will be on average<br />

4 problem sheets. It is almost essential that you go to<br />

lectures, of which there are 10 a week in Maths, normally at<br />

11 and 12am. However, all is not so good, as you will find<br />

that the lovely Computer Science department has scheduled<br />

lectures for 9am. Yes, 9am. Luckily (well in our case<br />

anyway) this is only the first term, and they move to a rather<br />

better time of 3pm in the second term. The advantage of<br />

early lectures is that you are free to play any sports which<br />

you wish to partake in at <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong> - and do take that<br />

opportunity, because socially it’s great. On the Computer<br />

Science side you also do practical work, which is done in<br />

the labs a short di distance away from <strong>St</strong> Hughs. There are<br />

compulsory 2 hour long practical sessions a week. I highly<br />

recommend bringing a computer - it gives you the option of<br />

doing practicals from your room, rather than having to<br />

organise your day around the times that the labs are open.<br />

In the second and third terms you will be doing a lot more<br />

Computer Science, although the Maths still requires a lot of<br />

work.You will rely heavily on the Maths students to help you<br />

out with problem sheets - tell them it helps their understanding<br />

and you're away...<br />


A final word of warning, learn how to write your greek letters.<br />

Although you are not here to do a Classics degree, its<br />

worth knowing your epsilons from your deltas and phi's -<br />

they can get horribly mixed into one in a last minute problem<br />

sheet bodge job!<br />

william.wilson@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

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Medicine<br />

As I write this introduction to medicine at <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s I know<br />

I should instead be revising. Not particularly because my<br />

exams commence in a few short days time but rather<br />

because I read medicine and this really should be a perpetual<br />

preoccupation of those of us committed to learning<br />

this ancient art. Unfortunately, I have only recently stumbled<br />

across this fact and so the least I can do is convey to you<br />

its basis. By weighing the first year medicine syllabus and<br />

multiplying the observed figure by a factor of 5000 you will<br />

be able to arrive at a medics appropriate annual work load<br />

(Assume: weight measured in<br />

Newtons, time in hours and the syllabus<br />

has a mass of 0.05Kg). I did this<br />

calculation, again in preference to<br />

revision.<br />

Medics and our tutors at <strong>St</strong>. Hughs are<br />

intimate in many respects and <strong>freshers</strong><br />

will soon find themselves<br />

embraced by a group of people committed<br />

to their success and wellbeing.<br />

Prof. Morris and Dr. Wilson look very<br />

much like tutors, which is convenient.<br />

Tutorials are frequent and appropriately relaxed and provide<br />

an excellent opportunity to win the admiration of Prof.<br />

Morris, by quoting from his books, and Dr. Wilson, by discussing<br />

fruit fly genes (his personal favourite is, PTEN).<br />

Departmental teaching forms a central tenant of the medical<br />

course. Some of it can be slept through - quite literally<br />

I’m afraid - whilst virtually the entirety of the remainder<br />

involves wearing a white coat and injecting pharmacological<br />

agents into various beating / breathing / twitching things,<br />

and generally having far more fun than a lawyer ever could,<br />

even with the English Law Review!<br />

By listening to the advice of those who have walked this<br />

path, using my special model for predicting exam questions<br />

(please e-mail me for details) and perhaps most significantly<br />

copying second year’s essays, first year medics will be<br />

able to avoid doing very much work for at least two terms.<br />

joe.taylor@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Modern Languages<br />

Hey…well done for choosing a course which means you get<br />

to disappear into the sunset for your third year and come<br />

back nice and tanned (well…that’s my plan anyway!) First of<br />

all, don’t be put off by the huuuge looking reading list that<br />

will pop through your door at some point this summer, if it<br />

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subjects<br />

hasn’t already done so. Do try to read as much of it as you<br />

can, just to get a general gist of the plot, so you know what’s<br />

going on in lectures! Don’t worry about doing any sec-<br />

ondary reading of criticism or anything, that’s what you<br />

come here for! Although it's possible to pass first year<br />

exams without having read the set texts, it probably isn't the<br />

best plan. I'd recommend emailing your tutor to ask which<br />

books you'll be doing in the first term so you can concentrate<br />

on those. Don't worry if you don't understand them at<br />

first (the books, not the tutors), try reading the translation or<br />

wait until you get here & plagiarise, sorry look at, criticism.<br />

Apart from that, it might be a good idea to look over a bit of<br />

grammar.<br />

Good news is that, unlike scientists, we don’t tend to have<br />

very early morning starts, but you will probably find that<br />

your day is broken up by a number of language classes.<br />

Language work is generally done in classes, whereas the<br />

literature is taught in tutorials. For the most part (but<br />

depending on which languages you are studying) tutorials<br />

take place here at <strong>St</strong> Hugh’s, but it is not unusual for some<br />

to be taken by tutors at other colleges, which gives you the<br />

chance to pretend that you go to some of the older more<br />

historical ones in town (if you feel at all cheated by <strong>St</strong><br />

Hugh’s, a sentiment that to be strongly discouraged!).<br />

lalle.pursglove@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Music<br />

First year music at Oxford is pretty cool except that, living in<br />

the badlands of North Oxford, you’re a million miles away<br />

from the faculty. Definitely get a bike. You’ll have most of<br />

your teaching and lectures there so it’s easy to meet other<br />

music people and get your talents known (in many<br />

ways…..!).<br />

The course is laid out into five modules: history, analysis,<br />

techniques of composition, keyboard skills and either performance-<br />

for the good time slackers and virtuosos; composition-<br />

for the arty bearded dudes; or extended essay- for<br />

the mentalists! Don’t stress too much before you get here.<br />

Flick through a few books and get a feel for the rhetoric and<br />

tone of them. The topics you’ll study in the first year aren’t<br />

any harder than those in the A- level course, but the level of<br />

understanding runs deeper and the way in which you pre-

subjects<br />

sent your ideas is extensively more sophisticated. (See how<br />

I tried to sound clever there!) Brush up on your musical<br />

terms- it sometimes helps to know what a hemi demi semi<br />

quaver is!- and maybe think about the logical construction<br />

of arguments- they’ll love<br />

you! Oh- one thing actually<br />

is that each module is<br />

worth the same. So, you<br />

spend loads of time each<br />

week on history and analysis-<br />

lectures, classes, tutorials<br />

and essays- but the<br />

OU chorus and orchestra in<br />

the Sheldonian<br />

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keybored, sorry, keyboard<br />

skills module is worth the<br />

same amount.<br />

Unfortunately you have to<br />

get down to it on your own which can be a bit difficult, but<br />

it’s easy to do well in and if you beast that then it’ll bolster<br />

up your overall mark- yeay! I can give you a huge file of<br />

exercises and some books when you get here.<br />

Practical music in college and the university is what you<br />

make of it.You might want to take an initiative within the college,<br />

or look to orchestras, bands and choirs elsewhere. As<br />

the uni music department is relatively intimate (as in number<br />

of people!), it’s incredibly easy to find out what’s going<br />

on music- wise and you’ll probably be inundated with people<br />

asking you to do stuff. Take it easy- there’s SO much<br />

going on, you can afford to be picky.<br />

It’s going to be the best time of your life- seriously! Maybe<br />

not specifically the music bit though…………..<br />

mairianne.reardon@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Physics<br />

Congrats on getting in to do Physics at <strong>St</strong> Hugh’s. You’ve<br />

got a great relaxing course ahead of you. You can lounge<br />

about, there’s little work, and it’s generally easy going. Oh,<br />

sorry, you want to pass the course? Ah, bit of a snag there<br />

then. Prepare for scrambling out of<br />

bed at 8:50 in the<br />

morning for that 9am lecture each<br />

damn day, practicals that will make<br />

you praise the fact that in the future<br />

at some point you could do theoretical<br />

physics only, and mathematically-entrenched<br />

problem sheets that<br />

will leave you wondering what it’s<br />

like to drive into a bridge support at<br />

100mph. OK, maybe it’s not quite as<br />

bad as this, but it can be quite<br />

bleeuaaaaaaahh<br />

demanding at times.You’ll have two tutorials a week, which<br />

on average are fine. The physics department being close to<br />

college makes it handy running down for a lecture in the<br />

morning whilst still munching on that bacon buttie from hall,<br />

and quite a few of the lecturers are, shall we say, “entertaining”.<br />

On the good side (this should be brief), you will be<br />

cordially invited to take part in the physics practical lunch-<br />

break baguette challenge. Four foot-long baguettes, one<br />

hour. I failed miserably by one measly stinking wretched<br />

inch, so I hope one of you can do better! (You’ll soon realise<br />

why we do these things during practicals.) You will have<br />

time to enjoy yourself with sports, clubs, going out etc.<br />

although the quantity might depend on how much you actually<br />

enjoy that thing they call “sleep”. Don’t worry though,<br />

you’re gonna have a blast, and if work’s a problem, we (2nd<br />

year physicists) can supply answers at, oh, I don’t know, 50<br />

pence a go maybe! Enjoy the summer, and we’ll see you in<br />

October!<br />

francis.bostock@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

PPE<br />

Congratulations on getting into <strong>St</strong> <strong>Hugh's</strong> to study PPE! As<br />

you've probably already realised <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong> is a great<br />

<strong>College</strong>. For PPEists Hughs PPE soc has the occaisonal<br />

talk (Theresa May, an ex-<strong>hughs</strong>ey spoke last year) or dinner.<br />

PPE is one of the most interesting, thought provoking<br />

and at times challenging degree you could choose. You will<br />

study all three subjects in your first year, two subjects a<br />

term. I'm not sure if your first year will be divided in the<br />

same way ours was, but in our first term we studied<br />

Descartes in Philosophy and Microeconomics. In our second<br />

term we could choose to study Mill or Logic in<br />

Philosophy and in Politics we studied a country of our<br />

choice and Political Theory. Then in the third term we finished<br />

off economics with a bit of Macro and looked at a second<br />

country in Politics. Perhaps the best thing about PPE is<br />

that it is such a diverse degree, you get to study a wide<br />

range of subjects in your first year and then focus on your<br />

particular interests after prelims. Do not worry if you haven't<br />

done any of the subjects, some people will and some won't.<br />

The tutors are really nice and approachable if you need<br />

help. You might find a little bit of background reading before<br />

you come up helpful; an introductory book on Economics,<br />

something on British Politics (Peter Hennessy’s ‘The<br />

Hidden Wiring’ is good), a general introduction to philosophy<br />

(try Simon Blackburn’s ‘Think’ [got me through prelims<br />

-Ed]) and maybe look at Descartes’ ‘Meditations’. It is not<br />

vital but it might make the first weeks a bit easier. Anyway,<br />

enjoy the rest of the holidays and see you in October!<br />

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clubs & socs<br />

Hugh’s boasts a veritable plethora of clubs and societies, encompassing<br />

everything from sport to letter writing and Hugh’s flag planting. In the event that<br />

we don’t have it all, the university wide <strong>freshers</strong> fair should have something to<br />

cater to your every taste. You’ll be able to find out more about in-college clubs &<br />

socs at the Hugh’s <strong>freshers</strong>’ fair but in the meantime here’s a quick survey.......<br />

ATHLETICS lara.bromilow@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Athletics at <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong> is comprised of two inter-college events, one in Michaelmas and one in Hilary. We do relatively well,<br />

considering that we don't have that many athletes. The athletes that we do have, however, are very good, with representation<br />

for the university track, field, and cross-country teams. <strong>College</strong> athletics is a great way of getting involved, and can<br />

be taken more seriously at university level.<br />

BADMINTON christoph.erben@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s Badminton Club is open to all male and female players in college. We particularly encourage newcomers to the<br />

sport to join and we keep a couple of spare rackets for people who have not played before. At the same time more experienced<br />

players will surely find a suitable challenge in some of our current members.<br />

We meet once a week for a two hour session, which is currently Sundays from 4-6pm in the Ferry Sports Centre about ten<br />

walking-minutes from <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s. There is a membership fee of five pounds per term, but the first session is free for anyone<br />

interested in joining at any time of the year. We have a men’s and a women’s team competing in the intercollegiate<br />

league.<br />

The Club’s membership is very diverse, including people of all years and subject groups and traditionally a large number<br />

of international students. The atmosphere at the practice sessions is very relaxed and friendly and there is at least one<br />

social event every term.<br />

BASKETBALL (MEN’S) paul.moore@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Basketball is blatantly the coolest sport in the world - and there's no exception at <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong>. Although we're a small club,<br />

it's still a great way to meet people across the <strong>JCR</strong> and MCR. Having our own court is unusual in Oxford and a huge bonus<br />

- often we're to be found out on sunny afternoons (they do exist in Oxford, honest!) exhibiting various 'mad skillz'. The intercollegiate<br />

competition goes on all year and this year we won 'Cuppers' and have players pushing for places in the second<br />

university team. However all abilities are welcome and game time is guaranteed - even if you've never really played before<br />

you'll be whooping "raise the roof", "get outta ma house", and "take me to the hole, big daddy" in no time!<br />

BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S) camilla.sen@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Women’s basketball is a growing Hugh’s sport. The team is joint with Brasenose so you get to meet loads cool peeps from<br />

Brasenose too. Practices happen on our very own bball court and the cuppers knock out competition takes place in Trinity<br />

term. To get involved you just have to sign up in the <strong>freshers</strong>’ fair. And of course regular socials with the men are an essential<br />

part of our training!<br />

CHRISTIAN UNION dereksteeden@hotmail.com<br />

As a Christian, I was encouraged by the support, fellowship and teaching available. In particular, several Churches run student<br />

groups for Christians, and courses for people investigating Christianity, however vaguely. Run by students, the university<br />

Christian Union, of which Hugh’s CU is an element, offers the chance to get to know lots of other Christians in college<br />

and the university, and to study the bible, think through and apply it. We believe that the issues raised by Jesus’ life,<br />

death and resurrection are of crucial importance to everyone. I have found the CU a great help in developing my faith and<br />

equipping me to tell others.<br />

CLIMBING emily.robertson@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

<strong>St</strong> Hugh’s is finally able to boast its own climbing club, set up last year by Emily Robertson and Laura Procter (now 3rdyear<br />

English and Biology). We now have a rope, harnesses and belay equipment available to all club members. The club<br />

meets regularly to climb at the indoor wall at Oxford Brookes, which has routes to cater for all abilities. Instructors can also<br />

be hired, and we plan to organise an instruction session early in Michaelmas for beginners, and anyone more experienced<br />

interested in climbing with the club who wants to come along and try out the wall. Membership of the club will be in the<br />

region £5-£10 for the year this year, to cover equipment replacement costs, and everyone is welcome to join! We would<br />

really like to hear from anyone who has any instruction qualifications or experience in climbing, especially outdoors.

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CRICKET sam.philp@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s fields both a men’s and a women’s cricket team throughout Trinity term. The recently formed women’s team was<br />

highly successful last season, reaching the semi-finals of the inter-college competition, and the men’s team also compete<br />

to a good level within the University. <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s caters for all levels of cricketing ability, from absolute beginners to club or<br />

county players, and the atmosphere, whilst competitive, is never too serious.<br />

Nets session (with fielding practice if you're lucky!) take place once a week during Trinity term up at the ground we share<br />

with Wadham. League matches are played every week, and there is a Cuppers competition as well. But the main thing is,<br />

we all have a lot of fun while still playing to a decent standard.<br />

As always, <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s embraces the social side of sport wholeheartedly, and the cricket club put on a number of ‘teambonding’<br />

events throughout the year. So, whether you’re looking to work your way into the university cricket teams, or just<br />

fancy the chance to top up your tan on a Wednesday afternoon, get involved with cricket at <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s!<br />

CROSS COUNTRY lara.bromilow@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s has a number of runners competing on both university and college level, and this year has been pretty successful<br />

in inter-college events. There are 4 cuppers races a year, the last of which are the Teddy Hall Relays, a fun event<br />

that requires participation from people of every standard. There is no college-only training, but people are encouraged to<br />

join in with the university training sessions or to organise their own informal runs.<br />

DANCESPORT camilla.sen@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

In the sport of Ballroom and Latin American dancing <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s has found something that it is really good at! Dance classes<br />

are held through the year and there are even free classes in Trinity term with a professional dance coach. Nearly everyone<br />

is a total beginner when they arrive, but many people go on to represent the university after starting at college level.<br />

DARTS<br />

The Darts team is arguably the most successful sports team at <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s. Matches are generally on Thursday evenings<br />

and supporters are always welcome at both home and away games – it’s a great opportunity to visit new college bars. The<br />

team also maintains the ‘state-of-the-art’ darts facilities in the bar, which are available for all college members to use. Not<br />

Just for Fat Bastards!<br />

FOOTBALL (MEN’S) robert.forder@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong> Football Club has 3 teams, who all play regular league games, and enter cup competitions. We have regular<br />

social events including the football curry, pub-crawls, leavers / stayers match (8th week of Trinity), old boys match (8th<br />

week of Hilary) and a tour is planned for Michaelmas term next season, as well as an internal fantasy football competition.<br />

FOOTBALL (WOMEN’S) jennifer.williams@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

The great thing about women’s football at college level is that it is pretty chilled out. Basically we are just up to have a good<br />

time and a bit of a kick about. People range from university level, to having never kicked a ball before in their lives: everyone<br />

is welcome, and if you want to, then you are guaranteed to be able to play. It is a great way to meet people, especially<br />

from other years, plus we tend to have socials with the boy’s teams. These as you can imagine are great fun, and more<br />

than a little drunken at times. During the first two terms we play both League and Cuppers matches against other colleges,<br />

and during third term there is a five a side competition.<br />

HOCKEY (MEN’S) nicholas.wilson@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Hockey matches are played by the men’s, women’s and mixed teams, in a fun but reasonably competitive manner. There<br />

is also a good social side to the club, with termly meals providing an opportunity for everyone to get together off the pitch.<br />

HOCKEY (WOMEN’S) camilla.sen@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

So you want to play hockey then, that ultimately amazing adrenaline-pumping sport, or perhaps you are just flicking<br />

through the <strong>freshers</strong>’ guide on a lazy summer afternoon with nothing better to do. Well either way Hugh’s hockey is a brilliant<br />

social sport which anyone can get involved in whether you have played for England or just want to try something new.<br />

At <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s we have three teams: men’s, women’s and mixed. Most people play on more that one team and if you are<br />

really talented on all three! It is really easy to get involved – just sign up at the <strong>freshers</strong>’ fair or turn up to the first practice<br />

in <strong>freshers</strong>’ week. We even have hockey sticks to lend and a goalie kit for any budding keepers out there. All three teams<br />

have cuppers competitions and the men’s team has league matches too which means there is at least one match a week<br />

and more if you are up for it. Of course no Hugh’s sport would be complete without its socials at Jamal’s, Oxford’s famous<br />

curry house. If curry doesn’t become your staple diet by the end of Michaelmas you need to do more exercise!<br />

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HUGH’S NEWS marcus.leroux@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Hugh’s News is the <strong>JCR</strong>’s paper. It is home to college news & sports reports, but more importantly it is also your chance<br />

to contribute to college life by writing about whatever takes your interest. Last year HN featured satires and spoofs; interviews<br />

& reviews; poetry & prose; & lots & lots about squirrels. This year, with your help, we can expect more of the same.<br />

MUSIC matthew.newton@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s <strong>College</strong> Music Society is an inclusive group that aims to provide performance opportunities for all types of musicians.<br />

Our main groups are the <strong>College</strong> Orchestra and the <strong>College</strong> Choir, both of which are non-auditioning, yet aim for as<br />

high a standard as possible in the time available. We are putting on an exciting range of concerts and recitals and intend<br />

to make music a central part of college life.<br />

NETBALL jessica.booth@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

There are about 15 regular players. We are in the 3rd division and matches are every Friday. We have practices every<br />

week on the <strong>Hugh's</strong> courts at 2pm on Sundays. Everyone is welcome to come to practices and I select a team each week<br />

to play the matches. Boys are allowed to play in a centre court position (WA/C/WD) and are very welcome on our team.<br />

Players (Drama) john.blake@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s is a big player in the Oxford drama scene, with many Hughsies seeking the limelight in a plays across the university<br />

– indeed, several college members have gone further and taken an active interest in the running of the university<br />

drama society, OUDS.The Mordan Hall provides a wonderful space for productions.Your first involvement in Oxford drama<br />

could be ‘cuppers’ - an inter-collegiate drama competition in Michaelmas produced, directed and acted in soley by <strong>freshers</strong>.<br />

The players lend money to aspiring directors and producers from the college, most recently for last year’s acclaimed<br />

Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World. For those who would rather don the black of backstage crew, the opportunities<br />

are even more varied. Good technicians (or, frankly, bad or indifferent ones) are always required for astonishing array<br />

of productions that go on throughout Oxford. Oxford is a great place to get involved in Drama and <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s is definitely<br />

a good place to start.<br />

RAG victoria.cox@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

RAG stands for ‘Raise And Give’ - we make money and give it to charity. There is a Central University RAG (OUCRAG)<br />

and most colleges also have a smaller RAG group. Among the college groups <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong> RAG raises the most money,<br />

and we probably have the most fun too. Our main event is the RAG Christmas Ball at the end of Michaelmas term; it's the<br />

biggest and best party of term and it raises up to two thousand pounds each year. RAG also organises the Miss <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong><br />

competition at the cross-dressing bop in Hilary, and provides cheap alcohol at lots of college events: vodka jellies at bops,<br />

cocktails at the musical and at the Hilary end-of-term bop, and Pimms at the garden-party in Trinity. We also run other<br />

events like the Freshers' Week BBQ. There aren't many meetings and you can do as little or as much as you like. Money<br />

raised throughout the year is distributed to Central RAG and to charities of our choice. Getting involved in RAG is a cool<br />

way to meet people in <strong>Hugh's</strong>, it's fun and it doesn't take very much effort at all, so why not give it a try?<br />

ROUNDERS jessica.booth@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

We’ve got rounders equipment that anyone can borrow and take part in the intercollegiate rounders league in Trinity term.<br />

RUGBY <strong>hughs</strong>rugby@hotmail.com<br />

Basically, playing rugby here is awesome. Not only are the games great, but so is the social side (I'm not allowed to say<br />

too much about what happened on the last rugby curry, but there were elements of the law involved as well as a very large<br />

mound and perhaps a few drinks!). After another decent season we need to find replacements for those leaving. The club<br />

has a lot of potential and with a good intake this year there's no reason why we can't reach the top of the league. Whatever<br />

your ability, everyone will play games and get a lot of enjoyment out of it. In short: if you don't play, you're missing out! So,<br />

make sure you pack your boots. If any of you have any questions or queries then feel free to drop me a line.<br />

ST. HUGHS’S AMNESTY BURMA ACTION GROUP tomas.hamilton@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

SHABAG was set up in 1999 mainly to support the work of Aung San Suu Kyi, arguably Hugh’s most influential alumnus<br />

to date and now leader of the peaceful struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma. As well as aiming action at<br />

Burma, we take part in campaigns co-ordinated by Amnesty International voicing opposition to human rights violations<br />

worldwide. Surprisingly, spending time covering topics from death row to genocide doesn't stop us from having a good time,<br />

and meetings tend to be pretty interesting and laidback. Feel free to come along anytime and we can show you how to<br />

write a letter etc. and how else you can get involved. If you’re planning on saving the world whilst at Oxford then SHABAG<br />

is not a bad place to start… action taken is both worthwhile and evidently effective. SHABAG meets each Thursday at 1pm<br />

in the Old <strong>JCR</strong> to eat free food, write letters, discuss current issues and plan future campaigns.

clubs & socs<br />

SWASHBUCKLERS thomas.inglis@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

The recently formed Swashbucklers aims to plant a <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong> flag in the quad or garden of every other college in the university,<br />

thereby claiming their territory as our own, taking photographic evidence of said proceedings, and sending it to the<br />

Cherwell (student newspaper) for publication.<br />


In Oxford, table football is taken very seriously - there are 5 divisions of 7 teams. There are six players in a team and we<br />

meet up every Wednesday evening for a match against another college. The team is always looking for new players and<br />

playing for the team is a great way of visiting other college bars.<br />


Our <strong>St</strong>. Hughs TT society is joint <strong>JCR</strong>-MCR. Players of all standards are welcome, and the level of current players varies<br />

from university squad members to bloody amateurs. Each year up to four Hughsian teams enter Cuppers with great success<br />

(and fun) in previous years, culminating in being runners-up in 2001. Practice is normally held saturdays, 2pm-4pm<br />

in the Mordan Hall or lower <strong>JCR</strong> bar.<br />

We desperately need new people to organise the society, and especially a Treasurer/Secretary to get some funding from<br />

college. At the moment I am the 'Maedchen fuer Alles' and my days are numbered.<br />

TENNIS cedric.soule@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Tennis, as I'm sure all you <strong>freshers</strong> are aware, is an amazing sport. What's even better is that <strong>St</strong> <strong>Hugh's</strong> has TWO tennis<br />

courts!! We tend to line up a very good team every year but we still need lots more players. I'll be trying to get things up<br />

and running starting Michaelmas so we might be able to have a couple of games before the rain sets in. So if any of you<br />

are interested, at any level whatsoever, don't hesitate to drop me a line. See you on the courts...<br />

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Rowing is a fantastic sport to take up if you would like<br />

to try something new, and this is probably the best<br />

opportunity you will have in your life to give it a go.<br />

Each year we teach dozens of people to row from scratch,<br />

many of whom go on to represent the college, and in some<br />

cases, the university. It is by far the most popular participation<br />

sport at <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong>, with around fifty active members at<br />

any one time, and in Oxford, with over 1,500 students competing<br />

in the principal summer inter-collegiate event,<br />

'Summer Eights', and a similar number competing in the<br />

corresponding spring event, 'Torpids'.<br />

Rowing is a very technical sport, and, especially with<br />

novice boats, it is the crews with the superior technique that<br />

move faster, and not the tallest, biggest, or strongest.<br />

Thus we would urge you to try the sport, whatever shape or<br />

size you are, and however 'unfit' you consider yourself to<br />

be! No matter how seriously you want to take it, you will be<br />

able to find a crew for your level of commitment, and<br />

because rowing is such a good form of exercise, you will<br />

find yourself improving physically, even if you don't do too<br />

much training. In Michaelmas term we aim to put out as<br />

many novice crews as possible. These boats take part in<br />

the 'Christ Church Regatta', but are integrated with senior<br />

crews as quickly as possible, to prepare for the more substantial<br />

inter-collegiate events in Hilary and Trinity terms.<br />

Many novices go on to represent top college boats in their<br />

first year, and there will be plenty of scope to trial experienced<br />

oarsmen for these boats when they arrive.<br />

The role of a cox in a boat is often underestimated, as<br />

is the difficulty of the tasks involved. These include steering<br />

with the rudder, giving commands and encouragement,<br />

coaching on technical faults, and being responsible for the<br />

crew's safety. In fact the challenge is such that to become a<br />

very good cox requires a great deal of dedication, with the<br />

best coxes gaining a lot of respect from their crews. In training,<br />

coxes canhelp to improve the performance of the crew,<br />

but in a race, they can often make the difference between<br />

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winning and losing. Contrary to popular belief, the size of<br />

the cox is not too much of an issue at our level of rowing,<br />

and so, as long as you're not huge, we would urge you to<br />

give it a try. The club currently has fewer senior coxes than<br />

it needs and so there will be opportunities for novices to cox<br />

top college boats later on in the year, and for those with coxing<br />

experience to find a crew straight away.<br />

The social side of rowing is very important to us. Crew<br />

captains frequently arrange 'dates' with crews of the opposite<br />

sex from other colleges. Formal halls, cocktail parties,<br />

curries, and barbecues are other common events, organised<br />

by our dedicated Social Secretary. Because it's so popular,<br />

rowing is a terrific way to meet other people from all<br />

years and all colleges, and in particular your fellow<br />

Freshers, many of whom you would never get to meet otherwise.<br />

It's not a difficult sport, given a certain amount of<br />

application and determination, and is immensely rewarding<br />

when it comes to the big events, and you are rowing or coxing<br />

with a group of people whom you have come to know<br />

and appreciate, and are being cheered on frantically from<br />

the boathouse as you whiz past, chasing another college's<br />

crew.<br />

If you are thinking about giving it a go, come and have<br />

a chat with a few members of the boat club at Freshers' Fair,<br />

Boat Club Cocktails: a regular fixture of the Hughs calender<br />

or, even better, come and sample the delights of the sport<br />

during some sessions that we've arranged for you in<br />

Freshers' Week. For more information before you arrive,<br />

check out our website (www.shboatclub.org.uk), or e-mail<br />

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jcr committee<br />

Introducing your <strong>JCR</strong> Committee, they all do very exciting stuff (really) and are here to serve YOU!<br />

Nick, President nicholas.wilson@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Congratulations on getting into what is going to be a fantastic place to be over the next few years. The<br />

<strong>JCR</strong> is basically a student union on a college level. My job is to ensure that Committee members do what<br />

they are meant to, as well as doing my own jobs. I am here to represent <strong>JCR</strong> members to college. and<br />

have lots of meetings where we discuss issues such as Welfare, Accommodation, Food, Academic stuff<br />

etc. If you ever as any problems/queries/just wants a chat, you are always free to contact me.<br />

Louise, Vice-President louise.southern@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

My role as VP includes a host of unrelated things - running <strong>JCR</strong> elections, being Academic Affairs Officer,<br />

co-organising the room ballot - read the Website for the full blurb! The bit with the most immediate relevance<br />

to you is to do with accommodation/services. If you have a problem with your room's<br />

condition/cleanliness (inconceivable really..), the washing machines, vending machines etc. that you can't<br />

or don't know how to get <strong>College</strong> to fix, let me know and I'll do my best to solve it.<br />

David, Secretary david.wilkinson@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

It's been said that the jobs the secretary does are the ones nobody else wanted to do! It's sadly a pretty<br />

fair description. I have four main jobs: looking after the photocopiers; co-organising the room ballot,<br />

compiling the agendas and taking minutes for <strong>JCR</strong>/<strong>JCR</strong> committee & house committee meetings. I'm the<br />

person to contact if you want to submit a motion to be discussed at a <strong>JCR</strong> Meeting or if the photocopiers<br />

aren't working. Looking forward to meeting you all in October, see you then!<br />

Omar, Treasurer omar.salem@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

My job, surprisingly, involves taking care of the <strong>JCR</strong> accounts. If you think the <strong>JCR</strong> should spend money<br />

on something, from supporting a play to getting a new bike pump, just drop me a line. I also attend<br />

OUSU finance & funding campaign meetings, which campaigns against tuition/top-up fees. I generally<br />

keep myself involved in a wide range of things such as hassling college to improve hardship funds, getting<br />

pizza for <strong>JCR</strong> meetings, dealing with club/soc funding and working on this fair publication!<br />

Jayne, Development Officer jayne.merrick@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

The job of Development Rep has two parts; the first is the Development side and the second is acting as<br />

Careers Rep. Basically, I keep all the Careers stuff in college up to date and inform the <strong>JCR</strong> of careers<br />

events that are taking place. I work with the college development office by editing the <strong>JCR</strong> section of the<br />

college newsletter and recruiting and working on the annual telephone fundraising campaign. I also cowrote<br />

the alternative prospectus and made the finalists yearbook.<br />

Tim & Emily, Male and Female Welfare and<br />

Equal Opportunities Officers<br />

timothy.payne@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

emily.robertson@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

First and foremost we are a potential starting point for any questions, concerns or problems relating to<br />

welfare, (including financial, health, emotional and work-related), and accommodation/noise distrubence/<br />

food issues. One of the most important aspects of our role is in co-ordinating the peer support panel in<br />

college, a team of student (including Tim and Emily themselves) who have all attended a 30hr course in<br />

listening and pastoral support skills, run by the university counselling service. We run a peer support<br />

surgery where you can turn up and talk in confidence to a peer supporter, or you can contact the welfare<br />

reps and peer supporters individually for support, information or a listening ear (contact details are on the<br />

<strong>JCR</strong> website and welfare board). We also attend OUSU health and welfare events, distribute OUSU welfare<br />

information and advice, Co-chair <strong>JCR</strong> equal opportunities committee, appoint equal opportunities<br />

reps , keep <strong>JCR</strong> members informed about health issues and liaise with the Decanal team, personal<br />

tutors, harassment committee and other college authorities where necessary.<br />

Dom, External Affairs Officer dominic.curran@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

I have three important roles - to entertain foreign dignitaries and royalty on visits to <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Hugh's</strong>, to maintain<br />

a network of ambassadors, diplomats, and spies in other colleges, and to conduct wars against our<br />

enemies. When I'm not busy doing these, I deal with OUSU and NUS (the national union of students,<br />

though we’re not affiliated to the NUS so 95% of what I do involves OUSU). I hold one of the <strong>JCR</strong> votes<br />

in OUSU council, representing your views and keep you up to date with stuff that’s happening in OUSU.

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Ed, Entertainments Officer edward.humphreys@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

As the one half of the college Entz team I am Pete’s right hand man when it comes to organising Entz.<br />

As a scientist, Iorganize the technical side of things; lighting, sound and of course publicity. I also hand<br />

out free drinks to those fantastic people who come to help us with the famous bops. Indeed if there are<br />

any budding DJ’s out there who fancy having a go or want to help with bops just e-mail me and we can<br />

get you started without delay! p.s.Keep a look out for the bar quizzes this term, they will be huge!<br />

Pete, Entertainments Officer peter.laverack@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

I’m a PPEist going into my final year. I am other half of the double act that is responsible for college entertainments.<br />

As Entz reps Ed and I are responsible for organising social events for undergrads at <strong>St</strong> Hugh’s;<br />

we do all the hard work leaving you guys to concentrate on having massive amounts of fun. Entz at <strong>St</strong><br />

<strong>Hugh's</strong> is undoubtedly amongst the best in the university at present, which is mainly a reflection of the<br />

college’s community spirit and love of a good party!<br />

Claire, Charities Representative claire.capon@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Hi, I’m Claire, your charities’ rep. Two things. Firstly, do consider doing some voluntary stuff while you’re<br />

in Oxford; generally a great distraction from work, and fun too. Secondly, you’ll be charged for 3 charitable<br />

donations of £5 on your battels; these are all voluntary so you don’t have to pay them. The hardship<br />

donation goes to Hughs’ students in financial difficulty; the <strong>JCR</strong> votes on where the money from the other<br />

2 donations goes, so you have a direct say on what you’re giving money to.<br />

Tom, First Year Representative tomas.hamilton@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Hi again.First Year Rep is a pretty bizarre, sporadic role if you ask me... Pretty much all of my work has<br />

been in the past couple of months - compiling, editing, producing and finding funding for this handbook,<br />

as well as arranging everything for <strong>freshers</strong>’ week. I also organised a familiarisation day back in April and<br />

your matriculation photo - a future reminder of how sweet and innocent you looked in your first week here.<br />

Lastly, I represent first years on the <strong>JCR</strong> so let me know if there’s anything I can do for you.<br />

Charlynne, Green Representative charlynne.pullen@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

My job mainly revolves around collecting the recycling from the bins that you’ll see around college, going<br />

to OUSU environment committee and promoting green issues. The green issues I’m interested in relate<br />

to fair trade and trade justice. If you’ve got any questions about green issues I would probably be the<br />

best person to come to. Please use the recycling bins, and remember to turn lights off when you’re not<br />

using them etc, you know the drill!<br />

Sam, Sports Representative sam.philp@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

It does exactly what it says on the tin. I help organise college sports clubs and make sure they're providing<br />

well for you. If you're a high-flying sporty type,I can help get you involved with sport at a University<br />

level. Also, I'm in charge of our gym, so I'm the guy to moan at if your leg is trapped under a particularly<br />

heavy dumbell. I'm here to ensure you have lots of sporting fun at <strong>hughs</strong>, so whether you want to set<br />

up a new sports club, or just want me to yell at you to do press-ups, don't hesitate to give me a shout.<br />

Chongo, Website Representative thomas.inglis@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

My principle raison d'etre is to develop and maintain the <strong>JCR</strong> website, which involves me whacking up<br />

as much funky and useful stuff as poss. I could give you a list of all the fantabulously orgasmic things that<br />

we have on that bad boy, but its probably best if you check it for yourselves. As Freshers, the main protagonists<br />

might be the 'Clubs & Socs' section to see what you want to do with your spare time, or the<br />

'Photos' section to dig the kind of crazy fun we have here!<br />

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independent chair<br />

Tim timothy.sambrook@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

The independent chair isn’t a member of the <strong>JCR</strong><br />

committee but is responsible for chairing <strong>JCR</strong><br />

meeetings and making sure they run in a nice<br />

orderly fashion. (in fact he/she decides the order).<br />

The independent chair is elected for a term in tha<br />

last <strong>JCR</strong> meeting of each term The independent<br />

chair also has the enviable task of interpreting the<br />

<strong>JCR</strong> constitution.<br />


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= opps & peer support<br />

The equal opportunities committee acts to promote equal opportunities and ties in with various similar OUSU<br />

committees. The committee also includes the welfare reps ‘ex officio’ but since they’re on the previous page<br />

already, we’ll spare you (though some how Tim still managed to find his way onto this page).. Feel free to contact<br />

any of the committee members if you have and questions or problems whilst at <strong>hughs</strong>.<br />

Peer supporters are trained to provide support by listening in confidence without judgement. Feel free to contact<br />

any of them if there is something you’d like to talk about. The welfare reps are also peer supporters.<br />

Bryoney, disabilities/special needs rep bryoney.pawsey@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Hi, I'm Bryony, a 3rd year historian, and the <strong>JCR</strong> disabilities rep. Why me?- you might think.... Well, I see the disabilities role as being<br />

wider than simply for those whom you might consider to be disabled. Disability and special needs encompass a whole variety of things,<br />

including long term illness, learning difficulties and physical disabilities. I'm dyslexic so I suppose I fit into that description somewhere!<br />

Feel free to come and see me if you need any advice. As a side note - I didn't find out I was dyslexic until I came to Oxford and it would<br />

have been really helpful to have had a point of contact.<br />

Kira, Ethnic Minorities representative kira.king@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

My name is Kira, I'm a second year lawyer.. I'm of mixed race parentage with my Dad from England and my Mum from the sunny island<br />

of Jamaica. I really like socialising, going out etc, and I really, really luv R'n'B music, and I hate cheese! My fave artists are Eve, Alisha<br />

Keys, Tupac, Ginuwine, and Jagged Edge. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any probs or just wanna talk!<br />

Cedric, International <strong>St</strong>udents’ Representative cedric.soule@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Hi, I’m Cedric, a Second year PPEist.. Read this international section for more detailed info, but basically if you need any help or have<br />

any questions about the strange land you’ll soon be living in or have any problems once you get here just drop me a line.<br />

Mature <strong>St</strong>udents maxwell.howells@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Hi I’ve just become mature students rep, so haven’t much to say yet but I’m looking forward to meeting you all.<br />

Tim, LGBT Representative timothy.payne@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Hey dudes, I’m Tim and officially the laziest English student ever, as my Mods results prove! It is my utmost duty to<br />

look after LGBT Hughsies and make sure everybody is a happy, funky dude (or dudess). I can usually be found on the<br />

dancefloor of most local nightclub establishments, exercising my dance moves to Kylie with millimetre precision and<br />

not a drop of Reef spilt in sight. Then I enjoy nothing more than coming home, being sick in bush and falling in the gutter<br />

I like to call my room! When my stomach isn’t being pumped I can offer a friendly proverbial ear, welfare advice ago-go,<br />

and if not, at least a cup of tea and jammie dodger. What more can I say?<br />

Anna,Women’s rep (and a peer supporter too!) anna.rein@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Hi, I'm Anna. I've just done peer support training and so all the useful things I've learnt are fresh in my mind. Please<br />

feel free to come and see me about anything, from a major concern to just feeling a little bit stressed. It's always good<br />

to have someone to talk to, and I'm here to serve that purpose. Be assured that anything said to me will be in complete<br />

confidence. As for being women's rep, I hope you’ll contact me if you have any thoughts you’d like to share about<br />

women’s issues .<br />

Emma emma.lightfoot@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Hi, I'm Emma. I'm a third year arch and anther. Feel free to drop me an e-mail if you want to talk about something I<br />

don't have any tea, but I can offer chocolate and maybe even Neighbours!<br />

Lucy lucy.scott@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Hi, I’m Lucy, a third year Geographer (before anyone asks, yes I do have a nice collection of colouring pencils!). I’, living<br />

somewhere in Maplethorpe and you’re welcome to pop round to talk about anything or just to look at my wonderful<br />

sunflowers. I love travelling, punting, swimming and am always partial to the odd G and Ds [ice cream shop on little<br />

Clarendon <strong>St</strong>reet, Jericho]<br />

Rufus rufus.willett@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

I'm Rufus Willett, a third year maths and philosopher. Come and talk or e-mail me whenever - I'm so easy going and<br />

open minded I irritate most people.

people<br />

Andrew Dilnot, Principal andrew.dilnot@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

The head honcho (left). Oxford’s youngest college head (and first to be educated at a comprehensive<br />

school). Formerly he was director of the Institute of Fiscal <strong>St</strong>udies. He’s appears fairly regularly on TV and<br />

has his on radio show on Radio 4 ( called ‘More or Less’). You should see him at some point in <strong>freshers</strong>’<br />

week and in your Principal’s collection (see glossary)towards the end of the year.<br />

Professor John Morris, Vice-Principal john.morris@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Tutor in Medicine and in charge of running the college hardship funds. He’s very happy to advise on the applications<br />

process just drop him a line.<br />

Ian Honeyman, Senior Bursar ian.honeyman@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Ian Honeyman runs the college finances, and oversees the finance office which deals with battels. If you have any problems<br />

with paying battels/fees you should contact him Financial Advice can always be obtained from Ian Honeyman who<br />

can be seen at his office (MB 5/6) by appointment through his secretary, Miss Toms - telephone (01865) 274914.<br />

Professor David Robertson, Senior Tutor ian.honeyman@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

David Robertson (left) is responsible for overseeing the academic side of <strong>College</strong>. He is a politics tutor and<br />

also chair of Senior Tutors’ committee which brings together all the tutors in the University.<br />

Dr. David Walker, Dean david.walker@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

The Dean is concerned with student discipline and welfare. He oversees the decanal team, which is made up of jun ior<br />

deans (usually graduate students) and deal with noise complaints and similar issues that might arise.<br />

Dr. Adrian Moore, Tutor for Undergraduates adrian.moore@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Adrian Moore (eft) is a Philosophy Tutor and responsible for undergraduates (mainly the academic side) If<br />

you have any academic problems l he’s the probably the best person (besides you personal tutor) to contact.<br />

Unfortunately he supports Manchester City, but on the other hand he does know lots about infinity.<br />

Professor Margaret Esiri, Tutor for Women margaret.esiri@clneuro.ox.ac.uk<br />

Deals with any issues relating to Women that may occur. Also the college harassment advisor and can be contacted by<br />

anyone who feels harassed.Tel: (01865) 553 24403<br />

Jerry Gilpin, Chaplain jerry.gilpin@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

I’ve 2 roles. One to co-ordinate much of the college pastoral care, and be available to all for confidential<br />

support. The other is to run the <strong>College</strong> Chapel (see ‘religion’ section).. I studied at Pembroke and taught<br />

for 3 years before training for ordination. I’m married, to Elisabeth, a graduate of <strong>St</strong> Hugh’s and a headteacher,<br />

and I have a son, Matthew. I’m in college on Sunday afternoon/evening, and from Tuesday to<br />

Thursday. My room is upstairs in the Lodge, and you’re welcome to contact me by email/phone (mobile:<br />

07905 280115, college: 01865 274955).<br />

Deborah Quare, Librarian deborah.quare@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Runs the library, she’ll be showing you how it works in <strong>freshers</strong>’ week. Debbie read Classics at Bristol and<br />

then did research in Greek and Roman Comedy for her thesis.Her professional interests centre round cataloguing<br />

and bibliography, but she still keeps up her interest in Classical drama and does occasional<br />

teaching for Special Subjects in this field.<br />

Nicky Watson, Domestic Bursar nicky.watson@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Knows everything about the ins and outs of <strong>College</strong>. She deals with everything from accommodation to<br />

hall. Always incredibly busy and helpful you’ll certainly dealing with her at some point whilst at <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’s<br />

Martin Wilkes, Head Porter head.porter@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

Runs the Lodge. Font of all knowledge and very helpful.<br />

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an oxford glossary<br />

Okay. It may seem very unnecessary and slightly irrational, but people at Oxford University have their own dialect and nobody<br />

knows quite why it still perpetuates. You can shun it on the grounds that "I'd just come out of Mods at Schools and the proctors<br />

saw me take off my sub fusc and go down for Trinity" isn't a very sensible way to speak, but then the problem is communicating<br />

with anyone here. Most people give up and learn the lingo - by the end of the first year it will all seem strangely<br />

normal. .More of the same at http://web.comlab.ox.ac.uk/oxinfo/guide/section3_10.html#Bulldog....<br />

Oth Week:The week before the first week of term. In Michaelmas term this is Freshers’ Week.<br />

Battels:Big bill for everything including your rent that you owe college after every term. Great.<br />

Blue: This is what you suddenly become if you play sport at university level. You also get to wear a blue jumper. Almost<br />

doesn’t seem worth it…<br />

Bod: The Bodlean – a big mysterious library in the centre of town. The Bod claims to have a copy of absolutly everything<br />

published in English. There is a pornography room to prove this.<br />

Bop: A fortnightly college party that’s like a fancy dress school disco with alcohol available. Accordingly, they are fraught<br />

with all sorts of travesty and catastrophe. Hugely amusing, and <strong>St</strong> Hugh’s are the best at them.<br />

Collections: These are at the beginning of each and every term and are either based on the previous terms work or work<br />

you should have done in preparation for the coming term (don’t worry - you won’t have any in your first term). Collections<br />

are similar to end of term tests and are not all that important unless you haven’t been doing any work and someone has<br />

noticed, in which case they may be more important. They are usually held in <strong>College</strong> (you may even be given work to do<br />

in your room) and are fairly relaxed. They can also mean ‘report reading’, which occurs at the end of term with your personal<br />

tutor who will go through reports from your tutors with you, once a year you’ll have a ‘Principal’s’ collection where<br />

the Principal and your tutor will do the same.<br />

Cuppers:Inter-collegiate competitions in every discipline and sport that you could imagine.<br />

Entertainments:(abrv. Entertainments) Treats lavished upon you by kind members of the <strong>JCR</strong> to take your mind off your<br />

studies.<br />

Finals (or ‘Greats’ if you’re a classicist): These are a similar to prelims or mods but harder, more work and most importantly<br />

determine most of your degree classification. 3rd years morph into light hating creatures as a result of spending<br />

time in libraries preparing for these. Scary.<br />

Formal Hall:Weekly salmon-fest where you’re given the chance to dress up, eat a three course meal and drink loads of<br />

wine at a very reasonable price.<br />

<strong>JCR</strong> (abrv. Junior Common Room): 1) The student union representing the body of undergraduates at a college, including<br />

your good self. 2) All the actual undergraduates at college 3) The common room where this body hangs out ours is<br />

named the Aung San Suu Kyi room, or The Greenhouse.<br />

Lodge: Home of the Porters – the most knowledgeable people in college - and the Pigeon Holes. For some reason,<br />

always worth a visit at the end of a night out…<br />

Matriculation: Bizarre pseudo-Pagan-Latin ceremony where everyone rocks up to the Sheldonian in fancy dress, chills<br />

for a bit and is suddenly pronounced a fully-fledged member of the university. Odd.<br />

MCR:(abbrv. Middle Common Room) As for <strong>JCR</strong> but for the graduate students of college.<br />

OUSU: The Oxford University <strong>St</strong>udent Union – represents every Oxford student at a university-wide level.<br />

Penal Collections: These are set if you’re underperforming and your tutor wants to ‘motivate’ you. Penal collections are<br />

much the same as normal collections except that you’ll be set a minimum mark.<br />

Pidge: (abbrv. Pigeon Hole): Your very own personal message box where numerous flyers and angry letters from tutors<br />

build up. Usually checked every day.<br />

Pigeon Post: Internal mailing system that allows you to send work to tutors in other colleges without leaving college.<br />

Preliminary Exams (Prelims) & Moderations (Mods): These are the first ‘public’ (i.e. official) exams you sit at Oxford<br />

(unless you do something like medicine). Whether you sit mods or prelims depends on what subject you do amd how the<br />

course is structured. They are usually set at the end of Trinity term (unless you do law or Classics) and consist of anything<br />

from two days to a week and a half of exams. They can be quite nerve-wracking but most people get through them<br />

OK as you only have to pass. These exams, like finals, are held centrally and you have to wear full sub fusc for them.<br />

Rad Cam: The Radcliffe Camera… A big library in town with nice views.<br />

Rustication:The process whereby college kindly asks you to leave and ‘reconsider your position’ at university.<br />

Scout: <strong>College</strong> cleaner who has to deal with all your crap whilst hovering your room and will empty your bin. Please warn<br />

them if you sleep naked.<br />

SCR (abbrv. Senior Common Room): The body all your tutors belong to. Allegedly in conjunction with the <strong>JCR</strong>, they<br />

make up the rules and we bare the brunt.<br />

Sub fusc: Weird outfit, made up of a black skirt, white shirt and black neck-ribbon for women, whilst guys wear a dark<br />

suit, white shit and white bow-tie. Both are topped with a black gown and a mortar board and are worn to Matriculation<br />

and for all exams. If you adhere to tradition then the mortar board is not worn by a student until they graduate.<br />

Tutorial/tute: Weekly grilling from tutor for which you have to write an essay. Can be more fun than they might sound .<br />

Vac/Vacation: A holiday where we get the chance to leave college.

On the Hoof<br />

North Parade Avenue<br />

Sandwich Bar & Coffee Shop<br />

Huge Breakfast Baps (served all day), Hot<br />

toasted Pannini’s, Baguettes, Ciabatta, Jacket<br />

Potatoes, Salads and Omlettes<br />

Try some of our unique sandwich fillings -<br />

Duck in Hoi Sin Sauce, Cajun Chicken, Minted<br />

Lamb Mayo, Chicken Tikka Masala, Spicy<br />

Spinach with potato & onion, hummous &<br />

roasted vegetables to name but a few!<br />

and for the really hungry 3/4 baguettes from<br />

2.10<br />

‘Breakfast specials’ 7.30am -11.30am<br />

A regular coffee, tea or hot chocolate or pain<br />

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useful stuff<br />

Washing machines and dryers are located in the basement of Kenyon, Maplethorpe and Wolfson <strong>St</strong>aircase 3 (there’s only one in<br />

Wolfson). A wash costs 80p and drying costs about 40p. They take 20p coins so be prepared.<br />

Yes, you may think you look stupid. You may think that cool people drive Skodas and Reliant Robins. But I’ve got news for you, you ohso-hip-and-trendy<br />

fresher. It’s not about being cool any more. This is Oxford for goodness sake. Bring a bike. The rustiest, oldest, most<br />

embarrassing heap of junk you’ve got lying at the bottom of your garden shed. Because Oxford is officially flatter than Panda Cola at<br />

a school fete, there’s no need for a state-of-the-art mountain bike with all the trimmings. It’s only more likely to get nicked. No-one will<br />

think you look stupid either – helmets, baskets and bells are the status quo amongst students (well, maybe not the bells, but you could<br />

always start a trend). Oxford is a very bike-friendly city – full of attractive green cycle lanes, with bike racks outside lecture theatres<br />

and faculties, and since the whole of the centre of town has seriously restricted access for cars, its by far the quickest and cheapest<br />

way to get down to lectures and practicals when you’ve overslept. And lets face it, <strong>St</strong> Hugh’s is far enough away from urban civilisation<br />

to make any more than one journey a day on foot bloody tedious and tiring. Bring a sturdy bike lock (or a Rottweiler, though the<br />

lock is cheaper to feed) and bike lights – the flashy variety are recommended as it gets dark by late morning in winter. A small word of<br />

advice – despite Oxford being about as cycle-friendly as a city can be, it might be worth brushing up on your right turn signals (yes<br />

you all did them in ‘Cycle Proficiency’ in primary school) and general road confidence before you get here. When you are pelting<br />

through town during rush hour to return that overdue book, weaving between cars like a slightly lethargic Batman, its worth knowing<br />

you can avoid that insane Granny who darts out from behind a bus as if she actually meant for you to hit her. In any case, you are<br />

strongly urged to bring a bike if you are capable of cycling in any way at all (and if you really can’t cycle, I’m sure the engineering<br />

department would be more than happy to design some revolutionary new stabilisers for you). There are numerous bike shops up on<br />

Cowley road and in Summertown but probably the best place to get a bike is the bike sale, which includes new and second hand bikes.<br />

Apparently you can get your bike fixed on Wednesdays at the union cheaply (you don’t need to be a member to use the service).<br />

sam.philip@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk<br />

The <strong>College</strong> has a number of<br />

computer rooms, a couple in<br />

the basement of RTB and the<br />

other in MGA. One of the RTB<br />

computer rooms also has a<br />

printer (which is free -all you<br />

have to do is supply paper), as<br />

does the lodge.You can print to<br />

both from the college computers<br />

and if you’re techie enough<br />

to download the printer driver<br />

you can print to them from the<br />

comfort of your room via the<br />

college network. You should get a username & password sometime<br />

in <strong>freshers</strong> week. You’ll also get an e-mail address along the<br />

lines of firstname.lastname@st-<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk.<br />

All <strong>College</strong> rooms have ethernet connections, meaning you<br />

Washing Machines<br />

Keeping in Touch & Communication<br />

Phone: There are 3 telephone booths in college from which you can make international calls, one accepts coins while the other two<br />

accept phone-cards that can be bought at the newsagents round the corner from the college. Alternatively, you can install a phone line<br />

in your room, which cost around £100 pounds, and are subject to price changes.remember that to dial a UK number from abroad you<br />

have to drop the (0) from (0)1865. If you live abroad let your parents know this before you leave. E-Mail:See below Post: There’s a post<br />

office on North Parade and if you give stuff to the lodge they’ll post it off off.Pigeon Post: Everyone also has a pigeon hole in the Lodge<br />

which people check daily, usually to find a massive amount of junk and flyers, but also some important stuff like notes from tutors and<br />

<strong>College</strong>. If you want to send anything to one of the 16,500 students at Oxford or one of the 3, 700 academic staff then there is a free<br />

University-wide pigeon post system for letters/notes/small parcels. Just give your item in ta porter, and it will be whisked away by bike<br />

to arrive at the recipient's 'Pidge' (yes you will say it...) in about half a day. If you have an urgent message for one of the more archaic<br />

tutors who is not yet on email, then you may be able to send it by carrier pigeon - <strong>Hugh's</strong> is the only college to proudly retain this tradition,<br />

and because of our location it's actually more practical than it might at first sound! We have three well-cared-for pigeons, who<br />

seem to be renamed by people from year-to-year but are currently called Polly (vaguely parrot-like apparently), Pinky and Perky.<br />

Undergrads don't usually get a chance to send anything Hogwarts-style but if you have something genuinely urgent then it's certainly<br />

worth grovelling to Martin (the Head Porter) - it's fun if you get the chance!<br />

BIKES: Cycling – the most fun you can have with trouser clips on<br />

Computers, Printers & Photocopiers<br />

can get superfast internet access if you bring a computer with<br />

you. All you need is an ethernet card (some computers may have<br />

these built in) and connecting lead, both of which can be purchased<br />

from the University Computer Shop at 13 Bambury Road<br />

(Ethernet cards ost less than £15 for a desktop computer and up<br />

to £50 for a laptop plus approx. £5 for a cable to connect the<br />

Ethernet card in the computer to the wall socket). You’ll then have<br />

to register with the college computer office and you should get the<br />

necessary form sometime in <strong>freshers</strong>’ week - but beware the<br />

process can be long and laborious (but once registered you won’t<br />

have to do it again). If you have any computer related problems<br />

the best first port of call is one of the computer reps (their contact<br />

details are in the people section), who should be able to sort you<br />

out in a jiffy.<br />

There are photocopiers in Main Building (faithfully cared for<br />

by the <strong>JCR</strong> Secretary), which are free to use (like for the printers<br />

you only have to supply your own paper).

stuff you need<br />

Don't worry too much about having absolutely EVERY-<br />

THING when you arrive here for the first time. Figuring out<br />

which things are useful and which things are just making<br />

the back wheels of the car scrape along the ground can<br />

take a while, and it's quite likely that you will survive for at<br />

least a few weeks even if you don't have the perfect combination<br />

of graded-sized matching non-stick saucepans.<br />

Remember also that there are shops in Oxford. Should you<br />

happen to forget your favourite, irreplaceable brand of<br />

washing-up liquid then you're unlikely to be alone - the vast<br />

majority of people turning up in October will be setting up<br />

home for the first time and it's a good excuse to invite someone<br />

to wander around town for a few hours in search of a<br />

cork-screw.<br />

Some essentials:<br />

Clothes: <strong>Hugh's</strong> has a reputation as a fairly liberal, laidback<br />

college and, come the Summer months, naked sunbathing<br />

on the lawns is the norm [alexandra.dixon@st<strong>hughs</strong>.ox.ac.uk].<br />

Even so, clothes are useful. There are a lot<br />

of black-tie events in Oxford including college formal halls<br />

and Summer balls, which most people end up prancing<br />

around at during their time here and so they buy the necessary<br />

attire. Whilst you can get away with not spending the<br />

money on black-tie, there are some University events which<br />

require you to wear a suit or female equivalent (with white<br />

shirt) so it's definitely worth having this as a bare minimum<br />

for formal wear. Sub fusc: is the ridiculous clothing that you<br />

are expected to wear - in the name of tradition - to<br />

University ceremonies and during any University exams you<br />

take. The first time you will wear it is at the matriculation ceremony<br />

two weeks after you arrive so you will need to have<br />

got hold of a gown, mortar board and a white bow-tie/black<br />

ribbon (for guys/gals) by then. There are a few shops in<br />

town that will sell you all the necessary bits, as well as a<br />

couple of private advertisers who will send you one to arrive<br />

in your pigeon-hole at college. Sub fusc adds up to over £50<br />

if bought brand-new so you might want to wait and see if<br />

you can borrow anything from a college parent once you're<br />

here.<br />

Things for your room (also see the accommodation section<br />

for what will already be in your room):<br />

Towels & Bed linen - sheets and a duvet. Posters/photos/paintings/pictures<br />

- OUSU and The Oxford Union<br />

organise poster sales in Freshers' Week and there is also a<br />

good photo/print/poster shop on Broad <strong>St</strong>reet in town so<br />

you can wait 'til you arrive if you like.<br />

Cushions/Bedspread: college supplies a bedspread but<br />

you might want to bring something nice. Rug: useful if<br />

you're living in Wolfson, Kenyon or MGA but can wait until<br />

you get here. <strong>St</strong>ationary: You may like to wait until<br />

Freshers' Week and go to the OUSU stationary shop in<br />

town (see the OUSU page) which is cheaper than elsewhere.<br />

Music: A hi-fi/CD/MD/decks/radio/sub obviously<br />

with something to play on it: CDs, MDs, MP3s, 35s, 45s,<br />

78s, wax rolls or whatever is your preferred format for sonic<br />

exquisitry. Kettle & toaster - There will be loads of these<br />

around so buying a spanking-new one isn't essential by any<br />

means. Quite often people will share them by leaving them<br />

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in the communal kitchens. Kitchen stuff: saucepan, frying<br />

pan, plates, cutlery, tin-opener, mugs and glasses, spatula,<br />

small chopping board, cheese grater etc... Depends on the<br />

amount of cooking you plan on doing but having the basics<br />

is an investment that will pay off when you spend less on<br />

hall food. Washing-up stuff:sponges, scouring pads,<br />

washing-up liquid and a tea-towel. Washing stuff: washing<br />

powder, a bag of some sort for carrying/collecting washing,.<br />

A clothes horse is useful but you might want to share one<br />

with someone once you get here.<br />

Not so essential<br />

Bike See what Sam has written about this but basically<br />

very, very useful,especially at <strong>Hugh's</strong>. Bike = more time in<br />

bed. (Sleeping. Get your mind outta the gutter...). Camera:<br />

Takes photos. Iron: There are some ironing boards, but not<br />

many irons in college. We keep it quiet, but most of us go<br />

wild and wear creased clothes. Although there is a guy<br />

called Tom Berry who has his Y-fronts pressed. TV:<br />

Probably one of the last things to think about bringing, and<br />

if you do you're supposed to pay for an individual TV<br />

licence. There is a communal TV in college with DVD and<br />

Sky but if you do decide to bring your own expect your room<br />

to be invaded regularly and to do very little work. Fridge -<br />

Some people end up getting a fridge for their room, as the<br />

communal ones can get quite full, but not really something<br />

to decide on until you're here and know where you're living.<br />

Other stuff:<br />

Toiletries: good way to keep your neighbours happy Food:<br />

Just some stuff to get you started like some pasta and<br />

some cereal or whatever. Musical instruments - music<br />

stand if you're planning on joining the orchestra. Otherwise<br />

bongos, guitars and a big phat Amp.<br />

Sports stuff<br />

Letters from LEA/<strong>St</strong>udent Loan Company/Bank details-<br />

ID - Passport photos are also useful.<br />

Cheque book<br />

Dressing gown<br />

Alarm clock - Indispensable<br />

Drawing pins and blu-tack-Multi-plug extension lead if<br />

you have loads of stuff to plug in (though most rooms have<br />

at least 6 sockets).<br />

Mobile phone: Most first year rooms don't have phones<br />

installed but there are plenty of pay-phones around college<br />

if that's what you prefer. There is the possibility of having a<br />

BT phone line installed in your room, though it's expensive<br />

(roughly £100 for installation plus monthly line rental and<br />

call costs).<br />

Raincoat/umbrella: It rains like a bastard in Oxford, oh yes<br />

it does.Torch: Always on these sort of lists but probably not<br />

very useful.<br />

Lastly, bear in mind that you're very unlikely to be able to<br />

leave things in your room over vacations. Although you can<br />

leave a couple of large suitcases/trunks in the store-room at<br />

college during vacations (more if you live abroad), chances<br />

are that you will move most of your stuff to or from college<br />

at least six times each year - if you travel light it will pay off<br />

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north oxford map

Hugh’s viewed from banbury road<br />

Getting from Oxford City Centre to Hughs<br />

There are lots of taxis at both Oxford Train <strong>St</strong>ation and Oxford<br />

Gloucester Green Bus <strong>St</strong>ation. Just in case though, here are<br />

numbers of a couple of local cab companies:<br />

Radio Taxis (44) (0) 1865 249743 ABC Taxis: 242424 / 770077<br />

Fares are usually between £3.50 - 5. There are also buses which<br />

run up <strong>St</strong>. Gile’s from the bus stop and outside the Sainsbury<br />

Local on <strong>St</strong>. Gile’s.<br />

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Chooo Chooo!<br />

UK transport info www.pti.org.uk/<br />

Frequent rail services include:<br />

London Paddington - Reading - Oxford<br />

Birmingham New <strong>St</strong>reet - Banbury/Coventry - Oxford<br />

More Info:<br />

(44) (0) 345 48 49 50 (National Rail enquiry line)<br />

www.railtrack.co.uk/travel/index.htm<br />

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getting here<br />

By Car<br />

M40 or A40 from London, the M40 or A34 from Birmingham, the<br />

A420 from Swindon and Bath, and the A40 from Cheltenham.<br />

There is unloading/parking space in/around <strong>College</strong>.<br />

Useful Website<br />

transport info: www.pti.org.uk<br />

The wheels on the bus...<br />

If you're arriving by air, there are very good direct coach<br />

links to Oxford from Heathrow, <strong>St</strong>anstead and Gatwick airports.<br />

Getting to Oxford from Luton airport is considerably<br />

trickier, and takes much longer (there are buses, but you<br />

need to make changeovers).<br />

National Express’ JL757 runs from direct from<br />

<strong>St</strong>anstead to Oxford. More Info:<br />

www.nationalexpress.com (Luton, <strong>St</strong>anstead and other<br />

destinations)<br />

The Oxford Bus Company runs very convenient 24 hour<br />

coach services from Heathrow,Gatwick and Central<br />

London:<br />

X70 Heathrow Airport - Oxford: every 30 minutes during<br />

day. Fares £13 single £16 period return., charge for very<br />

big luggage (e.g. trunks) 2 pounds. Boarding point:<br />

Heathrow Central Bus <strong>St</strong>op Bay 10 or Terminal 4 - Bay 15<br />

Journey time 70 - 100 mins.<br />

X80 Gatwick Airport - Oxford: every hour during day.<br />

Fares £20 single £23 period return. Boarding points: South<br />

Terminal Bus <strong>St</strong>ation Bay 8. North Terminal Bus <strong>St</strong>ation<br />

Bay 4. Journey time 2hours 10 mins approx.<br />

X90 Central London - Oxford: Fares £9 single (7 pounds<br />

for students), £12 period rtn. Boarding points: Victoria<br />

Coach <strong>St</strong>ation Bay 10, Grosvenor gardens Bus <strong>St</strong>op B,<br />

Marble Arch Bus <strong>St</strong>op Y, Gloucester Place Bus <strong>St</strong>op Q,<br />

Hillingdon Tube <strong>St</strong>ation (near Barnards Lodge Hotel).<br />

More Info:<br />

(44) (0) 1865 785 410/785 400<br />

www.oxfordbus.co.uk<br />

info@oxfordbus.co.uk<br />

<strong>St</strong>agecoach runs the ‘Oxford Tube’ (it IS a bus service)<br />

from London to Oxford every 12 minutes Monday to<br />

Saturday, every 15 minutes on Sunday (during the day)<br />

and every 90 minutes in the evening (all week). Single<br />

tickets are 9 pounds (7 if you have a student card).You can<br />

catch it from Victoria (Grosvenor Gardens), Marble Arch,<br />

Notting Hill Gate, Shepherd's Bush (Kensington Hilton) &<br />

Hillingdon (Barnard's Lodge Hotel)<br />

More info:<br />

www.stagecoach-oxford.co.uk/oxfordtube/<br />

(44) (0)1865 772250<br />

All buses go to Gloucester Green Bus <strong>St</strong>ation.

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Broughtons<br />

7 North Parade Avenue<br />

Oxford<br />

OX2 6LX<br />

(01865) 515944<br />

for<br />

Small electrical appliances, Domestic Hardware,<br />

Wide range of light bulbs, electrical accessories<br />


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