Dr Afsie Sabokbar Director of Graduate Studies MSc Programme Director Senior Research Fellow Welcome to the oldest University in the English-speaking worldEstablished 1167 “Oxford” Terminology • Academic Terms • Subfusc • Matriculation • Summative/formative • Proctors Academic Terms The year is divided into three eight week terms • Michaelmas- October to December • Hilary- January to March • Trinity- May to June • LONG SUMMER Vacations!! “Subfusc” Subfusc comes from the Latin for "of a dark/dusky colour", and refers to the clothes worn with full academic dress in Oxford. • For men: Dark suit, black socks and shoes, white shirt and collar, white bow tie. • For women: White blouse, black tie, black skirt or trousers, black stockings or tights, black shoes. Happy Subfusc! Matriculation • Ceremony at which new students are entered into the register of the university (Latin for Matricula) • Cambridge, Durham and Bristol Matriculation old and new! Summative/formative • Summative assessment is characterised as assessment of learning (summarizing the development of learners) • Formative assessment characterised as assessment for learning (determines the students’ attainment) Proctors Proctors play an important role in the conduct of University Examinations (distinct from colleges). • • • • • • Course conduct Late submission Complaints Special arrangements Jury service Plagiarism Plagiarism • Plagiarism- "the wrongful appropriation, close imitation and publication of another author's language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions and the representation of them as one's own original work”. • www.admin.ox.ac.uk/epsc/plagiarism • Screening by software “Turnitin” PRS status and “Transferring” • What is PRS?- Probationary Research Student Status • MSc and DPhil Transfer of status • Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) Role of DGS • • • • • Transfer status Complaints GSS- Graduate Supervision System Change of supervisor or programme Freezing “suspending” status • College advisor Other useful contacts www.ox.ac.uk/students/course_guidance_su pervision/graduates/contacts/ Divisional Contacts • Humanities- Mr Padraig O'Connor • Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences- Mrs Helen Beauchamp • MSD- Miss Tessa Finlayson (except for Biochemistry, Experimental Psychology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics) • Social Sciences- Dr Andrew Garlick Balancing work ! • Enjoy this “life-time” opportunity • Balance your work !! • Visit historic sites and learn more about Britain!!! Good luck!