Study, learning and research

Students will find at Reuben College a vibrant, interdisciplinary, diverse and intellectually-stimulating College community with a strong focus on addressing the big questions of the 21st century in an engaging and accessible way.

This page offers the following information about the College provision to support students academic lives and learning at Oxford:

Overview / College AdvisersGraduate Supervision Reporting (GSR)Feedback and ComplaintsOther learning support resources

Overview of academic provision

Our intention is to provide you with an academic experience that complements and enhances your departmental activities, supporting you to engage with a wide range of people across disciplines, professional career stages and types of expertise, including close association with public engagement, gardens libraries and museums, and entrepreneurship teams. 

Fellows and the Graduate Student Committee play a key role in developing initiatives to support the College’s aims, and may often work together to organise a range of interdisciplinary and collaborative events throughout the year. 

In our inaugural year with students, 2021-2022, we will offer regular events during term time, which include:

  • Weekly Thursday night dinner with a TED talk style lecture and discussion
  • Regular skills workshops or seminars focused on College themes (e.g. on public engagement, entrepreneurial thinking or sustainable living)
  • Monthly brunch social at Farndon Court

Additional activities may include:

  • Reuben College Insights Festival – a showcase of innovative research and ideas in development by people in Reuben College
  • Lunch-time themed discussion groups for research students (for students to present their work in progress, rehearse conference presentations). 
  • Interactive workshops on various academic topics, life and study skills  
  • A variety of informal social and networking occasions

Subject to personal circumstances, students are encouraged to engage fully with the academic life of the College by taking part in or contributing to the development of such events and initiatives.

College advisers

Each student will be assigned to a College adviser when they arrive at the College. The College Adviser is different from a Department or Faculty Supervisor(s), and is not responsible for directing your academic work or for giving detailed academic guidance. Your College adviser will not necessarily, therefore, be from your department or subject area. Your College adviser provide a focal point for your relationship with the College, and can offer general academic or pastoral advice and assistance throughout your course of study.

You will first meet your College Adviser during your first term, and you are encouraged to contact your College Adviser as and when you need advice or help. (You should also feel free to consult other College officers as necessary: see below.)

Students will also meet with the College President (President’s Collections) annually. In these meetings, which function as an annual progress review, you will have the opportunity to discuss your experiences in College and Department, review your progress, and receive guidance and advice, as appropriate.

Graduate Supervision Reporting (GSR)

All graduate students are invited to complete the online Graduate Supervision Reporting (GSR) termly.   This is an opportunity for you to reflect on the progress you have made, note any achievements and flag up any issues you may have.  Your progress report will be viewed by your College Advisor, Senior Tutor or the Academic Administrator.  They will follow-up with you or any relevant bodies, including your supervisor or relevant person in your department/faculty to discuss any appropriate response to support your studies here at Oxford.  The GSR reporting is to assist departments/faculties and colleges to identify problems at an early stage and ensure that we provide the right support for you. Your faculty/department supervisor will also submit a report on your progress for the term.  

Feedback and Complaints

As a new college, student input will be crucial to the college as it establishes itself.  For the first couple of years, students will be asked to complete a feedback questionnaire termly. The results of the questionnaire will be considered by the Academic Office and the Graduate Student Committee. The Graduate Student Committee may also bring matters raised in the questionnaire directly to the other relevant college committees for discussion.There will further be a standing item for student matters on relevant committees, each with student representation and with actions taken communicated as appropriate. Student involvement in the discussion of academic policy in the College will be essential. As much business as possible will be taken in the open (rather than reserved) section of committee meetings. However, it is not expected that students would be present in meetings when cases involving specific individuals are discussed.

Reuben College will have a written complaints procedure set out clearly in terms accessible to students, in accordance with the latest guidance from the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. The complaints procedure will be provided here when it has been approved.  

Other learning support resources

We will provide further information about facilities such as library access and IT support specifically for Reuben College students over the coming months.

 

Visit the Information for Students webpage.