ST ANTONY'S GCR
St Antony’s College Graduate Common Room Committee is a democratically elected group of individuals who ensure that the activities and community spirit of the College engage and meet the needs of current members of the Graduate Common Room.
A BIT OF HISTORY
St Antony's began with 7 students when the College opened its doors in 1950. From that day on, St Antony’s had attracted brilliant individuals from all over the world. and from a wide array of backgrounds As C.S. Nicholls (2000) has pointed out in her History of St Antony’s College Oxford, 1950-2000: For many students the college was a fascinating mixture of cosmopolitanism and 1950s Britishness. British students,
in particular, were struck by the number of foreigners, especially Frenchmen. In 1953 seven students were French and
seven British; together they comprised half the college’s resident student body. Of the others three each came from
Belgium, Israel, Germany and the United States; while Canada, Czechoslovakia, Iraq, Italy and South Africa were all represented by one student [220-1]. Nowadays, this is even more true since St. Antony’s College is the most cosmopolitan of the seven graduate colleges of the University of Oxford! And, from the creation of a common room in 1964 to today, successive GCR committees have always shown the same motivation to represent as good as possible the diversity and the multiculturalism of their members through a series of ideas and initiatives, and a number of traditions and events, which have transformed not only the GCR but the entire College.
Welcome to the St. Antony’s GCR website! I’m absolutely honoured to have been elected GCR President for the coming academic year. Our website is a space where you can find information on different aspects of student life, ranging from events we organize, restaurant recommendations around college, and whom to contact for specific concerns. We hope this information is useful for prospective and current students, and members of other colleges keen to collaborate with us. If you have something on your mind and cannot find the information here, please reach out to us via email and we promise to help!
St. Antony’s takes pride in its diverse student population, a strength of ours that we try not to take for granted. Instead, we believe that it needs to be engaged with in consent workshops, BME workshops, and mental health awareness events. The GCR is committed to creating and maintaining safe and inclusive spaces for college members. We wish to keep these spaces vibrant and fun by organizing exciting BOPs, picnics, karaoke nights, and other fun events! The warm, welcoming, and fun spirit of the college can only be sustained with the active support and engagement of the student community.
This year, we look forward to the reopening of the Hilda Besse after its renovation, with work set to finish on the building sometime in December. We can't wait to take advantage of the new bar and dining hall (safely), providing the college community with new and improved social spaces to make the Antony's community stronger than ever!
Incoming students are particularly encouraged to join our GCR facebook group.
If you have any ideas, concerns, or doubts, contact me.
Best wishes,Josh Allen
This is only some of us, the rest will pop out at you lower down on the page...
Josh Parker Allen
I have loved my time at St Antony's so far and am super excited to help my fantastic committee make the College community as fun, inclusive, and supportive as possible. Please do get in touch with any question/concerns from welfare to events and even pub recommendations. I look forward to an exciting year and can't wait to get to know you better!
Reading MPhil Development Studies - researching assumptions made about masculinity and sexuality in public health literature and policy on HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
I also care about American Football - despite no connection to the States. So any NFL fans get in touch; we're a rare breed this side of the pond.
Co-Oxford University Student Union Officer
Chané J. Rama Dahya
Returning Officer and Webmaster firstname.lastname@example.org
Me? I count the votes, and tinker away on this website for more hours than I really should. I chose St Antony's for its Gardening Society, and then learned about all the other wonderful things the College has to offer. That includes you! Warm, interesting, interested people - the lot of you! I look forward to meeting you on a quiet walk, or over coffee/tea - perhaps around my favorite place, Port Meadow/Burgess Forest.
Reading MSt Diplomatic Studies
I also care about sustainability, animals and foreign fiction
Staff-Student Liaison Officer
This role builds stronger links between staff and students at St Antony's and encourages student engagement around issues that affect College and University staff.
Language Immersion Nights
The first Language Immersion Night of Michaelmas 2020 took place on Monday 26 October with the following languages:
Spanish - French - Italian - Bengali - Dutch - Urdu - Mandarin - German - Georgian - Russian.
This is an informal way to practice your language conversation skills and gain proficiency in one of the languages of our student volunteers who are native or near-native speakers. Watch out for announcements or polls in the GCR facebook group to indicate the language you want to practice or add the language you want to offer. For questions contact Tom Sutton.
Research Exchange Network
Join. Share. Connect. Collaborate
It's relatively easy for most of us to find our academic peers focused on the same region, but relatively more difficult to find peers working on the same topic.
We're here to help connect those St Antony’s students working on similar topics, but from different disciplinary or regional perspectives.
Post a few keywords on your research area/topic in the group so others can find you and get in touch.
The Facebook group is meant to gauge interest for the initiative. We encourage you to use the forum as a way to collaborate with others on upcoming events, like the St Antony’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Conference.
For questions contact Suyesha Dutta or Suraj Yengde
Twan Van Der Togt
Hey! I am reading for the MPhil Politics: European Politics and Society, and I am currently researching the evolution of climate change as a political issue in West European party systems. As VP Academic (together with the wonderful Scott Singer), I hope to build bridges between faculty and the student community and provide spaces for fruitful academic discussion to bring together Antonians with a wide variety of research interests. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about academic life in Oxford! In addition, you can also ask me any questions you might have about sports at St Antony's, as I will be Sports Officer until the end of Trinity 2020 as well. Other than that, I am always happy to chat about music, football (still looking for Antonian Ajax fans), cooking, and EU politics.
Scott is a first-year MPhil student in International Relations with research interests in international political economy, Chinese diplomacy, and security and counterterrorism in Israel. As VP Academic, he is looking forward to showcasing the wealth of academic work our faculty and students engage in as well as creating meaningful spaces for academic discourse, both formal and informal. Feel free to email him with any questions about academic life at St Antony’s!
Co-Director of Research Exchange
Director of Global Languages
Welfare Tea & Cake
Sunday afternoons, virtual
Take a break from your studies and join us for some afternoon tea and a huddle with your fellow Antonians.
St Antony's Yoga Society offers ashtanga and vinyasa flow classes throughout the academic year. Classes are given by certified yoga instructors and are open to students of all levels. A poll is currently running on facebook for suitable session times. All College members are welcome. For further questions contact the President of St Antony's Yoga society, Hannah Treon.
Closed until further notice, but alternative fitness activities are on offer. Please contact Dominic Gerhartz for more about outdoor HIIT classes (announcements usually made in St Antony's GCR facebook group). You can also reach out to our Sport Officer, Ash Dharmasingham, to find out about other sport offerings.
Have a question, but too shy to ask?
Contact your Welfare VP anonymously and they will address your concerns via the blog or another channel!
My name is Nestor and I am a first year MPhil student, originally from Toronto, studying Comparative Government. I’m excited to be serving as one of your co-VPs of Welfare, and love working with my fellow St. Antony’s executive team, and any St. Antony’s college member, in building a strong mental health support network at the college. When I’m not studying for my course, or pretending to be working on my thesis, I enjoy creative writing, exercising and doing sports analytics. If you ever want to chat, feel free to reach out to me about anything!
Black and Minority Ethnic Officer
I am a second-year MPhil candidate in Modern South Asian Studies. My research interests are postcolonial spaces and identities, Indians writing in English, sexuality and race politics.
As your BAME Officer, my goal is to ensure St Antony's is an all-inclusive space that welcomes and accommodates diversity without homogenising.
Feel free to reach out to me via mail or the BME facebook group about exciting BME events, discussions, talks you would like to organize or if you need help regarding anything else. Oxford can be an overwhelming space to navigate, not just in terms of studies but also politics and ideologies and I am here if you need to talk!
Please click here to see the term card for Michaelmas
Watch this space! We're working hard to bring back formals!
Usually: three formals and three exchange dinners a term
Formal Dinners: 6.30pm at the CCR
Exchange Dinners: 6pm at the Porter's Lodge
Formal Dinners take many different forms, but no matter the College, these have a special place in academic and social life at Oxford. At St Antony's, our Formal Hall is student-run, and so we try to have as much fun as possible on these fancy occasions several times a term. The evening usually begins with a champagne reception in the CCR and ends in our beloved Late Bar. It is a fantastic opportunity to dress up and enjoy the company of fellow Antonians, guests and members from visiting colleges. An exquisite dinner, wine, music and a heightened sense of energy in the Hall make these truly, nights to be remembered.
Exchange Dinners with other Colleges similarly have a long tradition at Oxford. It is a great way to meet members of other Colleges in a more intimate setting and have a peek into their dining halls and College life.
Virtual Movie Nights
Watch the St Antony's GCR facebook page for announcements. The next virtual movie night is coming up on Sunday, 1 November and we're celebrating a Halloween theme!
Not running currently
"BOP"s / party, is another one of those Oxford words, entails lots of dancing and many a drink. These are definitely the biggest social events at St. Antony's and usually take place twice a term. We often pair up with Oxford University societies to run a themed BOPs.
We love to hear your ideas you!
The Social VPs will make sure you receive all the support you need to navigate the established procedures to get your event up and running. The GCR Event Booking Form will help you begin the process.
Hey, I’m Dimitra Mina and I am your Social VP! I am reading for the MPhil Politics: Comparative Government with a focus on religion in politics. As St Antony’s Social VP I organise social gatherings such as bops, exchange dinners, welcome week events, and other social events throughout the year. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or suggestions.
Social Secretary of Events
St Antony's Sustainability Strategy Working Group
During the first half of 2020, a working group convened to collaborate on a Sustainability Strategy for St Antony’s College to set a clear direction, and put forward a list of commitments, to improve the College’s performance in key areas (energy, water, food, travel, health and wellbeing, etc.).
A first draft of the strategy was completed over the summer and a motion to gauge support for the Strategy was held in week 2 of Michaelmas Term. It passed with an overwhelming majority. of the votes A college-wide consultation process is expected to begin formally during the current academic year. Opinions and suggestions from students, staff and College administration are already being gathered.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or would like to support this work, please get in touch with Waco Yokoyama at email@example.com
St Antony’s strategy was initiated by the GCR’s Environmental Officers, Marianna Beltrami (MSt) and Joaquim Muntané (MSt), together with Jose Maria Valenzuela (DPhil) and the GCR’s president, Josh Parker Allen (MPhil). It has benefited from additional support from Dr Thomas Hale (St Antony’s Governing Body Fellow) and Kaya Axelsson (Oxford University Student Union Vice President for Charities & Community 2019-2020). This initiative is in line with actions being taken elsewhere, such as Oxford Climate Action Plan and the University of Oxford's own Environmental Sustainability Strategy (to be adopted in 2020-2021).
(last updated by Webmaster on 27/10/2020)
CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
Find out a bit more about the different clubs and societies you can join as a St Antony's Student
St Antony's International Review (STAIR)
The St Antony's International Review (STAIR) is the only peer-reviewed journal of international affairs at the University of Oxford.
Set up by graduate students of St Antony's College in 2005, the Review has carved out a distinctive niche as a cross-disciplinary outlet for research on the most pressing contemporary global issues, providing a forum in which emerging scholars can publish their work alongside established academics and policymakers. Past contributors include Robert O. Keohane, James N. Rosenau, and Alfred Stepan.
For information on how to get involved email Marco Moraes at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stairjournal.com
St Antony's Rowing Club
St Antony's Boat Club has offered any member of the College the opportunity to learn how to row and compete at various University and external competitions for over 50 years. Novices are just as welcome as experienced oarsmen, and the Boat Club has a proud record of success in different regattas throughout the year.
President: Louisa Wagner email@example.com
Women's Football Team
The Foxes are a football team composed of graduate women from St Cross, St Antony's, Wolfson, and Nuffield. There is an mix of players of various skill levels. No tryouts or cuts! Practice is on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games are on Saturday afternoons in Michaelmas and Hilary term. Contact our co-captains to get involved.
Join the St Antony's men for practice, kick-abouts, and football matches against other Oxford Colleges!
St Antony's Gardening Society
Founded by Aries Poon, St Antony’s Gardening Society meets every Sunday at 14.00 (weather permitting) in our small plot in Winchester Rd, just behind the Church Walk houses.
We grow a number of different fruits and vegetables as well as flowers and herbs. We also help students grow indoor plants providing pots, soil and seeds/bulbs. Everyone is welcome and there is no membership fee.
The Art Club at St Antony's College
The Art Club is an open and inclusive space for creative and multi-disciplinary expression and exploration within the fine arts. Open to all students regardless of artistic ability and experience. The purpose is not only skill building in the visual arts but also an opportunity for student therapy and well-being during the stress of the academic terms.
(Founders: Christopher Sisca, Onaiza Drabu, and Emily Gong)
Antonian Brewing Society
uncertain whether this society is running currently
St Antony's Brewing Society has officially reclaimed its former glory amongst Oxford University's premier student-run, beer brewing societies. The mission of the society is simple: brew beer and drink it. All St Antony’s beer lovers are welcome to join the society as members.
The Global South Film Society
Not running currently.
The Global South Film Society, like St Antony’s, is a cosmopolitan, politically engaged, independent collective. The only place in town where you can watch and discuss films from around the globe – from the Philippines to Iran, and Bogotà to Ramallah – facilitating active participation in good company and in the spirit of freedom in a more unconventional way. Established in Michaelmas term 2011, the GSFS is increasingly involved in inter-disciplinary events, such as organising lectures and discussion roundtables. Everyone is welcome to join.
St Antony's Squash Squad (SASS)
Founders: Joe Cash & Adam Pourahmadi
WHO TO GO TO WHEN...
Oxford can be...complicated...so here's where to go when you encounter challenges
...you need to talk
or are experiencing issues in college
Peer Supporters, including Peers of Colour or Rainbow Peers, are there to provide a listening ear, whatever problems you are experiencing. See below for a list of current Peer Supporters.GCR Welfare TeamTheir mission is to be there for you, to listen, provide guidance and implement your suggestions. Get in touch with the Welfare VPs (Hanna and Nestor) with email or approach them at the (virtual) Welfare Tea & Cake every Sunday at 4 pm. At BOPs - when there is no global pandemic - you'll find them sporting pink welfare vests. As a BME, LGBTQA+ student or self-define as a woman, you may want to contact one of the Liberation Officers who also form part of the GCR Welfare Team.Junior Deans can listen, provide you with advice and guidance, and relay your concerns or issues to the administration if you wish. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Chris Gerry, is responsible for all the non-academic affairs of students within the College and is the lead point of contact for welfare issues involving students. The Dean manages the Junior Deans, and works closely with them and other members of the College's welfare team to coordinate the College's pastoral care provision and oversee the College's work to support students.
...you feel unwell
Emergency: call 111 (non-life threatening) / 999 (life-threatening)
Mondays 2.00 - 4.00pm | Thursdays 2.00 - 4.00pm | Fridays 10.00 - 12.00pm
Our new College nurse has an office in the Old Main Building, but for the moment, is first-and-foremost available to respond to your email queries from Monday - Friday, and for primarily virtual appointments during term at the above listed times. In order to facilitate virtual appointments you must have access to a British phone number. If an in-person appointment is absolutely necessary, you can discuss this with the Nurse who will assess your situation and advise further.
Dr Dave Triffitt, College Doctor
Book an appointment
Mondays 2.15 - 4.15 pm | Fridays 2.15 - 3.15 pm (Dr Kyle Knox)
Appointments are 15 minutes and must be made in advance. If you are unable to make an appointment contact the Summertown Health Centre directly to arrange one with Dr Triffitt or another GP. We recommend using eConsult pages: https://summertownhealthcentre.webgp.com/
Outside Term by appointment
Contact Summertown Health Centre
College has an agreement with nearby Summertown Health Centre to provide NHS medical services for St Antony's students. Please ensure that you have registered with the NHS and Summertown Health Centre! If you have not done so, register here now!
...you feel stressed, anxious or depressed
Reach out to the Peer Supporters, Welfare VPs, Liberation Officers or Junior Deans, any of them can provide a listening ear. However, you may like to make use of any to the following services:
University Counselling Service by appointment
The University has a professionally staffed confidential Student Counselling Service for assistance with personal, emotional, social and academic problems. The Service is available free to all matriculated students. It can take a while to get an appointment; if you have an urgent need to speak with a counsellor, please contact the College Registrar.
Oxford Student Mental Health Network by appointment
Training and workshops to support students and those who work with students.
Oxford Nightline 8pm-8am
After hours, this wonderful anonymous listening service is readily available.
College Doctor by appointment
see above for details
Will be able to provide medical advice if needed.
...you need accessibility support, an extension or special arrangements for assignments and exams
Filiz McNamara is the first point of contact if you have queries about disabilities, exam arrangements and hardship funding.Disability Advisory Services
3 Worcester Street, Oxford, OX1 2BX
The DAS in the university-wide support service for students with disabilities. Please register directly with the DAS to access support that meets your particular needs. However, within St Antony’s, the Disability Coordinator is the College Registrar, Filiz McNamara, while the Senior Tutor, Professor Paul Chaisty, is the Disability Lead. Please reach out via email to make a virtual appointment.
...you have challenges with your course/department/supervisor
College Advisor by appointment
Allocated to you at the beginning of Michaelmas Term, your College Advisor can provide you with support and advice regarding as you navigate the university and assist if you should have any issues with your course and/or department. More information about the role of your Advisor in your academic journey can be found here. If you have misplaced these details, or think that you may not have been allocated an advisor, please contact our Senior Registry Administrator, Lesley Collins at email@example.com Senior Tutor by appointment
Professor Paul Chaisty
Is available to consult with all students and can provide advice on any issues affecting academic work.
Peer Supporters are members of the student community who provide informal counselling and support to fellow students in College. Peer Supporters will hear you out, whatever the challenge - be it related to family, friends, partners, academic stress, or any other personal dilemma. They will help you reflect and, as the case my be, guide you to additional support channels.
There are currently nine trained Peer Supporters at St Antony’s.
All are trained to listen effectively, communicate sensitively, respect boundaries and above all, maintain confidentiality. In addition, every other week, trained Peer Supporters attend an hour-long supervision meeting with a trained counsellor. Drop them a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Within college, besides supporting individuals, the Peer Supporters run the very popular Cookie Fairy scheme and other termly events. There is also a partnership with the Green Templeton College Peer Supporters, and you are therefore very welcome to approach them and/or attend their weekly Welfare Tea & Cake.
Peer Supporters from around the university also have come together to form:
Peers of Colour facebook | email@example.comRainbow Peers facebook | firstname.lastname@example.org
Emilie comes from the Czech Republic and is currently a 2nd year DPhil in Latin American Studies focusing on the history and politics of Argentina. As Peer Supporter she is aware of the immense pressure and stress of academic and personal life in Oxford. Feel free to contact her by email or approach her in person if you would like to discuss troubles of any nature or just want someone to talk to.
Josh P. Allen
Josh is a 1st year MPhil in Development Studies and has 2 years of experience as a peer supporter. Don't hesitate to reach out to talk about absolutely anything.
Irem is a second year D.Phil. student in Oriental Studies focusing on late 19th century Ottoman Empire. She knows that sometimes life gets so hard and people might feel stuck in it. But, it’s okay. You are not alone. Irem would love to listen to you. When you see her around the college, feel free to approach her or drop her a line
I am a DPhil student in International Relations (2018 - ), focusing on China's understandings of international hierarchies. I have engaged with St Antony's GCR's work as GCR Secretary and co-VP Welfare. If you have questions or welfare-related concerns you do not know who to talk to, don't hesitate to reach out! I will try my best to direct you to the most helpful resources and respond to welfare initiatives together with the College and GCR's welfare teams.
The cookie fairy is a seasonal mythical figure of the college. If one of your friends is feeling low or stressed you can always email the fairy to make sure they get a cookie to make things better! xoxo
Find all the motions passed or rejected by the GCR meetings.
GCR demands vegetarian day at the canteen and further action for the environment
Environmental action can not be left to politics only! The GCR demands measures by the college to lower the environmental footprint of St Antony's.Amongst others, the demanded steps include a vegetarian day at the canteen, the reduction of the number of meat options in the daily menu and the provision of a food compost bin for college housing.- GCR meeting on February 5th, 2020.
Find the full text of the motion here.
GCR supports UCU strikes in HT 2020
The GCR of St Antony's stands in solidarity with the Strike of the UCU and encourages students to not cross the picket lines on strike days and to attend rallies by the UCU.
- GCR meeting on February 5th, 2020.
If you want to read more about the reasons for the strike, check out this article.
GCR unanimously passes a motion requesting transparency on Schwarzmann-donation
The GCR meeting on November 27th, 2019 unanimously passed a motion requesting the University of Oxford to (1) release details of the vetting process of Schwarzmann's £150 donation, (2) demonstrate a transparent ethical framework for donations and (3) disclose information on Mr. Schwarzmann's ongoing influence on the Centre.
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Find some handy documents that can help you keep updated and informed about your GCR
Read the PDF version here
Editable Word version here
Read College Code of Practice here
Our constitution regulates how we operate as a student organisation and outlines how we keep each other accountable and work transparently. The constitution also stipulates all the rules and regulations concerning GCR Meetings and the elections.
How to File a Motion
Click here to download our document with tips
Deadlines for motions are 72h before a meeting
Motions are the formal way in which we introduce new ideas or requests to the GCR. It is always good practice to talk to somebody in the Committee (preferably the secretary or chair) before the meeting. Please send any motions to the Secretary 72 hours before the meeting to email@example.com
Click here to download the event booking form
Forms must be submitted at least one week in advance
Members of the GCR and student groups at St Antony's may reserve rooms in the college for events. Events require approval from the Domestic Bursar and other members of the college administration, as well as a member of the GCR executive. Please contact the Domestic Bursar or Accommodations Officer with further questions about the reservation process.
Storage Information for Students
St. Antony’s College offers lockers with combination locks (W490mm, D485mm, H880 mm) which are kept in the attic, with racking facilities for bigger boxes. To receive a locker, students must sign a document stating the time period during which they need the locker. Items not picked up from the lockers after one calendar year will be thrown out.
If college lockers are not suitable for all your storage needs, here are some trusted companies that students have used in the past:
BEING AN ANTONIAN
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