ST ANTONY'S GCR
The St Antony’s Graduate Common Room Committee is a democratically elected group of people who ensure the Graduate Common Room of the College runs efficiently and effectively.
It is known that there were 7 students when St Antony’s opened its doors in 1950. From that day on St Antony’s attracted brilliant students from all over the world. 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. The renovation of the Hilda Besse building might prove to be a challenging experience for students but we hope that the interesting events we have lined up for this year will make up for college campus looking slightly different in the academic year 2019-2020. To incoming students, it’s all going to be alright!
Incoming students are also encouraged to join our GCR Facebook group- https://www.facebook.com/groups/250372427395/
If you have any ideas, concerns, or doubts- contact me on email@example.com.
Hello hello! Welcome to St. Antony’s.
I’m reading for an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies and am currently researching missionary experiences in 19th century India while consuming exorbitant amounts of coffee and chocolate. I’ve spent the last year in St. Antony’s building friendships and talking about student experiences. I hope that you enjoy the warm, friendly space at St. Antony’s. Feel free to reach out to me with any concerns you may have. The GCR is committed to making your time at St. Antony’s as comfortable and memorable as possible! Also get in touch if you’d like to casually chat about your time here or if you share a passion for dance (I’m in desperate need of a dance buddy).
Hello! Welcome to St. Antony’s College! It is one of the most diverse colleges in Oxford and I’m sure you will learn to appreciate that over the course of the year. I’m currently a second-year MPhil candidate in Development Studies and my research is focused on development-induced displacement in Pakistan. As GCR Secretary I will be the one flooding your inbox on a weekly basis so keep an eye out to find out what is happening around college! Also, I can understand how daunting academic and social life at Oxford can be so please feel free to reach out!
I am a first-year MPhil candidate in Russian and East European Studies. As treasurer I’m responsible for overseeing the GCR budget and distributing the Clubs and Societies Funding within St Antony’s College. Please feel free to reach out to discuss any ideas you might have to make academic and social life at St Antony’s even better!
I'm a second year DPhil candidate in International Relations focusing on contemporary Russian foreign policy. My research focuses on Russia's increased willingness to use force in response to popular revolutions and examines the drivers of Kremlin decision-making in Syria and Ukraine. I co-organized a major conference on Russian foreign policy last year with my fellow VP Academic Nicole Grajewski, which taught us both a lot about how fulfilling it is to be actively engaged in the academic life of this college. As VP Academic, I want to provide forums for Antonians, new and old, to showcase their fascinating research interests, and benefit from the insights of the stellar range of faculty and fellows who are affiliated with our great college.
Daniel was born and raised in United States to Pakistani immigrant parents and is currently reading for an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies. He is currently Managing Editor of the St. Antony’s International Review, Oxford’s only student-run, peer-reviewed, academic journal of international affairs. Please get in touch with him regarding any academic groups or events you’d like to host with St. Antony’s..
C0-Director of Research Exchange
Kate is a second-year MPhil in Comparative Social Policy. She is excited to help Antonians connect with each other, find research mentors, and get ideas out through fun, relevant platforms. Feel free to reach out to her with any research-related questions!
Co-Alumni Relations Officer
Hi! I’m Karen from Uruguay. I am reading for an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies. If you want to participate in the Language Immersion Nights in any capacity please contact me or Achille!
Alumni Development Officer
Linda is a second year MPhil student in International Relations and is currently serving as the Alumni Development Officer. She is the Managing Editor of the St Antony’s International Review and generally excited about all things academic at St Antony’s (and everything else at the best college in Oxford). If you are an alumni or have any alumni-related issues to raise, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Gloria is a DPhil student in History of Art. As the college's OUSU officer, she facilitates the communication between St. Antony's and the Student Union in order to foster a safe, inclusive, and aware community. Don't hesitate to get in touch with her regarding any ideas, concerns, or if you want to get involved in OUSU!
Hey there! I am a first year DPhil student in International Relations. Academically, I focus on the gendered inter-state relations, especially the intersections of gender, race and class in the case of war. I am particularly curious about how states narrate their war stories through a gendered logic and the effects of such. I am native Beijinger of Korean heritage. Please reach out in person or via FB on whatever matters you want to discuss with me.
Hi! We are George and Jannis, you're LGBTQ+ Reps for this year. Our job is to make the time of LGBTQ+ students at Antony's as good as possible, so look out for any of our events! If you ever want to chat about anything then always feel free to contact us by email or on Facebook, we'd be delighted to talk.
Hey, we are Nia and Johanna, responsible for spending this year’s college charity fund responsibly and always keen for input! Johanna is a second-year MPhil in Development Studies and Nia ….. Reach out if you’ve got ideas for us!
Susan is an MPhil student studying Visual, Material, and Museum Anthropology. As Welfare Secretary, her role is mostly support to the VPs. She’ll be facilitating informal mindfulness meditation courses here - drop her a line any time with comments/questions/concerns - she’s open to any requests or new ideas!
Staff-Student Liaison Officer
Emma is keen to build relations between the students and support staff at St Antony’s and to make sure our staff receives the fair treatment they deserve. She is on fieldwork for the academic year 2018-2019 but you can always contact her via email or Facebook!
Carina is an MSc Candidate in Latin American Studies from Brazil. She is excited to be working alongside amazing Women Officers for the upcoming year! You can find me (procrastinating) at the late bar, so come by with any concerns, ideas or just to say hi!
Dominic is a second-year MPhil student in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Make sure to drop him a line on any exciting ideas you have about social life at St Antony’s! Also, please do check out our Term Card to see what we’ve got planned for you as Social Team.
Katrina (or Kat in short) is a first-year student, reading for an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies. Kat is really looking forward to seeing you all at our socials, and if you have any suggestions for future events, we would love to hear from you!
Co-Social Secretary for Formal Dinners
Boro is a second-year student reading for an MPhil in International Relations. He is often found either at Blackwell’s hunting down all of its 3-for-2 deals, at University Parks running and looking half dead, or at the dining hall complaining about the potatoes. The only reason he is in charge of formal dinners is because he is already there all the time.
Priscilla, from Florida in the United States, is an MPhil student in Latin American Studies. She loves history, politics, and film. As social secretary, she focuses on media (fb) outreach and is excited to work with the social team in building the strong community at St.Antony's college.
Katherine, from South Africa, is an MSc student in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation. She is looking forward to working with the Social Team to bring some exciting social events to the St Antony’s community.
Hi, I am a first year DPhil in History. I am studying the development of Democratic Citizenship in Brazil and the United States. I love to discuss politics and sports. My job is to be an independent voice on the GCR so please feel free to reach out!
Hello Antonians! This is Fudie from China (Chengdu if you happen to be familiar with Chinese geography) and DPhil candidate in Oriental Studies specialised in using digital methods to study East Asia history. I am currently maintaining this website. So if you encounter any technical issue when visiting our website or have any suggestion to improve it, please feel free to email me!
Co-Alumni Relations Officer
Federico is studying European Politics and Society. He is interested in European integration and governance of the EU. As alumni relations officer, he is strongly committed to foster the relations between the current students and the alumni community and he thinks that the College can thrive through strong intergenerational connections.
Follow what the VP Academic has in store for you this term!
Research Exchange Network
Join the St Antony’s Research Exchange Network! Describe your research interests in a few keywords, find out what other people are doing, and get in touch! Find the group here.
This initiative is intended to make it easier for St Antony’s students to find peers working on similar topics, but from different disciplinary or regional perspectives. While it is easy for most of us to find our academic peers who are working on the same region (at the area studies centres), it is more difficult to find peers working on the same topic, but in a different regional context or discipline, and exchange thoughts with them. This forum is intended to facilitate making connections with your ‘thematic peers’. The idea is that you post a few keywords on what you are doing research on in the group, so that others doing research on the same topic can find you and get in touch.
The Facebook group is meant to gauge interest for the initiative, so for now, it is meant to connect you to your peers, so you can have discuss your work over a coffee or beer at St Antony’s Café or Late Bar. We encourage you to use the forum as a way to set up panels for St Antony’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Conference on May 5th.
Stay tuned for more information!
Language Immersion Nights
Mondays Weeks 1-8, 8pm-9pm
St Antony's Late Bar
Group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1383370801984380/
Practice your language skills with your peers in the informal setting of the St Antony's Late Bar! Gain proficiency in one of the languages offered by our student volunteers who are native or near-native speakers.
How does it work? Simply respond to the weekly polls posted on this Facebook group every week, indicating the language you want to practice, or adding the language you want to offer.
Please get in touch with Kishan Patel, the GCR Director of Global Languages, via email@example.com if you have any questions.
We host 3 formals at St Antony's and have 3 exchange dinners with other Colleges each term!
Formal Dinners, 6.30pm at the CCR and Exchange Dinners, 6pm at the Porter's Lodge.
Formal Dinners have a special place in academic and social life at Oxford taking on lots of different forms across colleges. Our Formal Hall is student-run and we try to make it a fun and fancy night out several times a term. It is a fantastic chance to dress up and enjoy the company of fellow Antonians, your guests and members from visiting colleges over an exquisite dinner with wine, music and a whole new air to the Hall. The evening usually begins with a champagne reception in the CCR and ends in our beloved Late Bar.
Exchange dinners with other Colleges have a long tradition at Oxford that we foster by inviting other Colleges to our Formal Halls and visiting them for a dinner in return. It is a great way to meet members of other Colleges in a more intimate setting, visit their dining halls and spend a lovely evening together.
Hilda Besse Building, 9pm
"BOP"s ("party" - one of those Oxford words) are definitely the biggest social events we have at St. Antony's and normally take place twice a term. Basically consisting of lots of dancing and drinks, we often pair up with Oxford University societies to offer particular themed BOPs.
GCR Event Booking Form (for student groups)
If you have any idea for an event, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Social VPs - we would love to hear from you! :-) There is a planning procedure in place, and we will make sure you receive all the support you need to get your event up and running as soon as possible!
The above form will help you with the process of planning an event at St Antony’s.
Keep up to date with what you can do to maintain a healthy body and healthy mind
Welfare Tea & Cake
Sunday afternoons, 4pm, Buttery
Come along and take a break from your studies with some afternoon tea. Grab a nice hot cuppa', a biscuit (or two, or three, or ten...) and unwind with your fellow Antonians.
Open 24h for students - £25/year
We have gym on-site which can be kept clean and updated thanks to the contributions of students. We aim to have users pay £15 a year by signing up with this form and the fee will be included in their next Battels statement. You will also need to have completed a safety induction and have certification on file with the Accommodations Office.
Please contact the GCR Treasurer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information about gym membership.
Erin O'Halloran & Emma Troop
St Antony's Yoga Society offers ashtanga and vinyasa flow classes on the college campus throughout the academic year. Classes are given by certified yoga instructors and are open to students of all levels. All College members are welcome.
WHO TO GO TO WHEN...
We get it! Oxford can be complicated... Here's who to go to when you encounter any sorts of issues.
...you need to talk or you're encountering issues in college
The Peer Supporters, GCR VPs for Welfare, Liberation Officers, Junior Deans
The Peer Supporters are there to provide a listening ear, whatever problems you may have. For more info, a list of our current Peer Supporters, their contacts and bios, see below!
If you identify as a BME or LGBTQA+ student, you can also contact Peers of Colour or the Rainbow Peers for a chat (some of our Peer Supporters are part of these groups, so have a look below too!).
The GCR Welfare Team is there to listen, provide guidance, and implement your suggestions. The VPs for Welfare (Susan Degnan and Yang Han) oversee the Welfare Team. Send them an email if you want to chat; alternatively, you can find them sporting pink welfare vests at BOPs or cutting cake every Sunday at 4 pm in the Buttery for our weekly Tea&Cake.
If you are a BME, LGBTQA+ student, or self-define as a woman, you may want to contact one of the Liberation Officers. The 2018 BME Officer is Aftab Mallick, the LGBTQA+ Officers are George Carew-Jones and Jannis Hussain, and the Women's Officers are Kate Yoon, Carina Uchida, Greta Hoaken, and Margot Grubert.
The 2017-2018 Junior Deans are Katie Hoeger and Andrés Noé. They can listen, provide you with advice and guidance, and relay your concerns or issues to the administration if you wish. Contact them at email@example.com or pop in during their office hours, (advertised on the GCR Facebook Group).
College Nurse & Doctor, Summertown Health Centre
The College Nurse is available on a drop-in basis in the basement of the Hilda Besse, on:
The College Doctors are available by appointment (call or drop in the lodge to arrange one), also in the basement of the Hilda Besse, on:
Outside term time or in case you need an emergency appointment, you can contact Summertown Health Centre, with which you registered at the beginning of the year. It is a short walk from the college, 10min North of Banbury Rd. To set up an appointment, call them at 01865515552 or contact them via their website.
In case of emergency, call 111 (non-life threatening) or 999 (life-threatening).
...you're feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed
Peer Supporters, GCR Welfare, Junior Deans, Counselling Services, College Doctor, the Nightline
You're not alone!
The Peer Supporters, VPs for Welfare, Liberation Officers and Junior Deans can all provide a listening ear and will be able to advise you on any issues you may have (see above).
The University Counselling Service provides confidential, professional services for assistance with personal, emotional, social and academic problems. They are available by appointment; you can call them at 01865 270300.
Oxford Student Mental Health Network provides training and workshops to support students and those who work with students. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College Doctor (see above) will be able to provide you with medical advice, if needed.
During the night (8pm-8am), the Oxford Nightline is there to listen - give them a call at 01865 270270.
...you need support for your disabilities, an extension, or special arrangements for your assignments
The College Registrar, the Disability Advisory Services
The College Registrar, Filiz McNamara is the first point of contact if you have queries about disabilities, exam arrangements and hardship funding.
The Disability Advisory Services provide support to all students who register with them. They can be contacted via email at email@example.com or you can call them at 01865 280459.
...you're encountering issues with your course, department, or supervisor
Your College Advisor, the College's Senior Tutor
Your College Advisor (whom you will have met at the beginning of the year) can provide you with advice regarding your work, course, or any issues you may encounter with your department.
The Senior Tutor, Ian Neary, is available on Monday afternoons, 4-5.30pm, and can provide advice on any issues affecting academic work. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
Peer Supporters are members of the student community that provide informal counselling and support to fellow students in the college. Whether it is issues with family, friends or partners, academic stress, or just personal dilemmas, however big or small, the Peer Supporters are there to hear you out and help you reflect back on your own thoughts and feelings, and guide you to additional support as the case may be.
There are currently nine trained Peer Supporters at St Antony’s. All Peer Supporters have been trained to listen effectively, communicate sensitively, respect boundaries and above all, maintain confidentiality. During this training we practice our listening and communication skills, how to act in a crisis situation, and learn about the support networks around the university. In addition, every other week trained Peer Supporters attend an hour-long supervision meeting with a counsellor.
To contact us, drop us a line at email@example.com
Within college, besides supporting individuals, the Peer Supporters run the very popular Cookie Fairy scheme and other termly events. We also have a partnership with the Green Templeton College Peer Supporters, you are very welcome to approach them and attend their weekly Welfare Tea & Cake!
Contact person at GTC: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peer Supporters from around the university also have come together to form:
- Peers of Colour
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oxunipoc
• Email: email@example.com
- Rainbow Peers
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rainbowpeers
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liliane is a DPhil student in History, researching the role of neutral states in international crisis management, following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. She has moved to St. Antony's from Lady Margaret Hall in 2016, where she previously read for the MPhil in International Relations.
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
BEING AN ANTONIAN
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Find some handy documents that can help you keep updated and informed about your GCR
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
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
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:
CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
Find out a bit more about the different clubs and societies you can join as a St Antony's Student
Managing Editor Marco Moraes
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.
St Antony's Rowing Club
St Antony's Boat Club is the rowing club of St Antony's College, Oxford. For over 50 years, it has offered any member of the College the opportunity to learn how to row and compete at various University and external competitions. Beginners are just as welcome to the Club as experienced oarsmen, and the Boat Club has a proud record of success in different regattas throughout the year.
Foxes Women's Football Team
Co-Captains Hannah Leftheris and Alexandra Zeitz
The Foxes are a football team composed of graduate women from St Cross, St Antony's, Wolfson, and Nuffield. We have an even mix of both new and experienced players - there are no try-outs or cuts! Our games are Saturday afternoons in Michaelmas and Hilary term, and we practice Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Kyle or Lyndsey (our co-captains) via the email addresses listed above to get involved.
Ivaylo Iaydjiev, Captain
Join the St Antony's men for practice, kickabouts, and football matches against other Oxford colleges!
Antonian Brewing Society
Evan Matsuyama, President
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. No elaboration is necessary.
All St Antony’s beer lovers are welcome to join the society as members.
The Global South Film Society
The Global South Film Society is how St Antony’s would be in cinema: cosmopolitan, politically engaged, independent and collective. The only place in town and beyond where you can watch and discuss films from around the globe – from the Philippines to Iran, from Bogotà to Ramallah – with active participation, good company and freedom in its more unconventional guise. Established in Michaelmas term 2011, the GSFS is more and more involved in inter-disciplinary events, such as organising lectures and discussion roundtables.
Everyone is welcome to join. To find out more, please visit our Facebook page.
The Art Club at St Antony's College
Founders: Christopher Sisca, Onaiza Drabu, and Emily Gong
Contact: The Art Club Facebook page
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.
St Antony's Squash Squad (SASS)
Founders: Joe Cash & Adam Pourahmadi
Description coming soon!
St Antony's Gardening Society
Founders: Aries Poon
The St Antony’s Gardening Society meets every Sunday (weather permitting) in our small plot 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.
For more information please join our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/318974531810103/