President's Collections

It is a well-established Oxford tradition for the Head of a College to meet their students individually over the course of a year for a short chat about their progress and experience. This is a tradition known as ‘President’s collections’ (or “Principal’s collections’ if the Head of House is a Principal). Whilst we keep the best traditions from the other 38 colleges, we also introduce a Reuben flavour, and this will be reflected in the topics discussed in these collections.

Over the course of Wednesday evenings during Hilary and Trinity terms, the College President, Lionel Tarassenko, will meet every Reuben student for a 10-minute chat. These meetings will either be in Farndon Court or the Graduate Common Room, for those who wish to meet in person, or online.

Book your appointment for the President's Collections here.

At least 24 hours in advance of your appointment, please send an email to, answering three questions, on which to focus discussion:

Since starting at Reuben College in October 2022,

  1. What have you most enjoyed about being a student of Reuben College?
  2. If there was one thing that you could change about the college, what would it be?
  3. What is it that you enjoy the most in Oxford, outside of your studies?

If you would like to discuss an entirely different topic, please answer just one of the above questions and then write about your topic of choice.

Given that meetings will be relatively short, you will be expected to attend your meeting on time. Ahead of your meeting, you will be sent details of your appointment as well as a reminder of the request for the pre-meeting email with your answers to the above questions: two or three sentences on each topic would be fine.

Although President’s Collections are formal meetings, there is no need to wear a gown.