ST ANTONY'S GCR
your college community at
62 Woodstock Rd, OX2 6JF, Oxford
Welcome to one of the most cosmopolitan Colleges at Oxford!
While others are familiar with the term Middle Common Room, we at St Antony’s prefer Graduate Common Room (GCR). After all, we are one of eight graduate-only Colleges at Oxford.
The GCR is comprised of all current, matriculated students of the college. Any member of the GCR may stand in elections to become part of the GCR Committee - a democratically elected group of individuals who foster community through a range of offerings and thus significantly shape the spirit of the College and your time at Oxford. Here you can find the current committee members, social and academic events, societies and the support on offer for almost every eventuality.
We encourage incoming Antonians to join our facebook group for a taste of our welcoming and diverse microcosm of the world.
When in doubt, reach out.
This is only a handful of us. Keep scrolling for the welfare, social and academic teams.
Role I take up your concerns with College leadership and participate in university-wide structures (Oxford Student Union) echoing the same concerns on your behalf).
Role I manage the GCR purse, find ways to generate income and disburse funds for successful student project applications so check your college email for any open call for proposals.
Chané J. Rama Dahya (South Africa)
Returning Officer and Webmaster email@example.com
Role I run all GCR elections and tinker away on this website for more hours than I really should.
About me 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!
Reading MSt Diplomatic Studies
I also care about sustainability, animals and dumplings (of all kinds).
Staff-Student Liaison Officer
Role I build stronger links between staff and students at St Antony's and encourage student engagement around issues that affect College and University staff, including pushing for fair wages and working conditions.
Environmental and Sustainability Officer
Role My goal is to implement a sustainability framework and to encourage a circular system across college that helpfully engages everyone, is convenient to implement. Please get in touch with any suggestions you may have or to join the sustainability task team.
About me I previously did an MA in Philosophy and Film so I have a unique appreciation for the intersection of humanities and environmental sciences.
Reading MSc Environmental Change and Management.
Co-Oxford University Student Union Officer
Role a big challenge and opportunity in this role is to reflect the opinions and ethos of our brilliant student body. Please feel free to get in touch with me about issues that are shaping your Oxford experience and you think should be voiced in the university-wide domain!
About me In my spare time I love to play tennis, write music, and research a little more social policy!
Reading MSc in Comparative Social Policy. My main research interests are policymaking and family policy.
Philipp Dietrich (Germany)
Role I am looking forward to defending the interests of the college on university level
About me I am broadly interested in anything regarding Russia, politics and football - not the American one, the real one ;)
Reading MPhil in Russian and East European Studies.
Jonathan Israel (Australia)
Role I am looking forward to using his position to facilitate constructive debate and ensure the GCR is focused on serving the St Antony’s community within the framework of its constitutional mandate, while bringing as many people to the table as possible.
About me I studied at the University of Western Australia before spending three years consulting and researching in the big bad world. While here I hope to make the most of the St Antony’s academic support, row, play ultimate frisbee, debate, and attend as many speaker sessions as possible!
Reading MPhil Economics, with interests in macroeconomic, policy, financial economics and development.
Remember: anyone can propose and run an event, just get in touch.
Language Immersion Nights
Informal conversation practice in any one of the languages offered by our proficient student volunteers.
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.
Check Facebook for announcements.
~ by St Antony’s Academic GCR
Research Network and Research In Progress Colloquium
Connect and collaborate with others working on similar topics from different disciplinary or regional perspectives. Introduce yourself in the group for others to find you and watch out for opportunities to showcase the progress of your current research, fieldwork, dissertation, or photo & video essay in a conference-style environment.
next Research In Progress Colloquium:
8pm on 4 March 2021
Contact suyesha.dutta.ox.ac.uk and/or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jolly Good Fellows
facebook: Academics at St Antony’s
We introduce you to the academic fellows at St Antony’s and the fascinating topics they’re investigating.
In the last event, Diego Sánchez-Ancochea (Prof.) presented his book
The Costs of Inequality in Latin America: Lessons and Warnings for the Rest of the World (Bloomsbury, 2020).
facebook: St Antony’s GCR
This Hilary Term we present weekly informal virtual breakfast chats exploring topics relevant to LGBTQ+ life, love and learning.
Every Monday at 8am.
We’ve broken the mold of our usual weekly tea and cake meet-up. Instead we’re putting our purse at your disposal for a sweet treat at every true Antonian’s favourite neighbourhood spot in North Parade Ave. Check your mail or get in touch if you’ve missed it!
~ by St Antony’s Welfare GCR
Fitness after Five
Join facilitated virtual fitness sessions with your peers.
Sign up sheets are posted on facebook.
Contact philipp.dietrich @sant.ox.ac.uk
Blind Friend Walks
Meet other Antonians while you stretch your legs and take in some fresh air.
~ by St Antony’s Social GCR
Bring whatever you’re working on - your sketch, knitting, crochet, sewing - to our casual hangout.
Regular free, virtual ashtanga and vinyasa flow classes.
Saturdays at 10am during Hilary Term.
~ by St. Antony’s Yoga Society
Creative content by and tips from fellow Antonians tackling the quagmire of responsible living on the regular through trial and error. Get in touch to contribute.
~ by St Antony’s Sustainability
Virtual formal exchange dinner
Sit down with students from St Hilda’s and Wolfson College at our next virtual formal.
9pm on 5 March 2021
~ by St Antony’s Social Secretary for Formal Dinners
St Antony’s Cookbook
Try out one another’s recipes and revel in the flavourful food enjoyed by our cosmopolitan community.
A network to expand your interests and develop your research
Twan Van Der Togt
Soon to be up for election!
Role 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.
Co-Director of Research Exchange
Role I hope to create an inclusive space for academic dialogue, bring in diverse voices and research interests, and thereby challenge existing notions of academic debate, as well as raising matters of decolonizing and reforming the academy. Feel free to email me with queries or suggestions. I am also available via Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter.
Reading MSc in Modern South Asian Studies and interested in identity politics and religious violence in postcolonial India, specifically the bystander effect in communal riots.
Director of Global Languages
Role I organise the regular Language Immersion Nights.
About me As a bilingual speaker of English and Japanese, and an enthusiastic learner of many more, I'm eager to encourage others to develop these abilities and create opportunities to do so.
Reading MPhil Japanese Studies, with a particular interest in Japanese politics, and topics of protest, ideology, and identity across NE Asia.
If you don’t know where to go, you should probably come to us.
Mackenzie Griffith (USA)
Charlotte Grupp (Germany)
Black and Minority Ethnic Officer
Role 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!
Reading MPhil Modern South Asian Studies (2nd year). My research interests are postcolonial spaces and identities, Indians writing in English, sexuality and race politics.
Karo Becker (Germany)
Role Despite researching women’s empowerment in Malawi, I became women’s officer so we can finally tear the patriarchy down!!! -Just kidding. St Antony’s already is a great community and I want to be an active part of keeping and creating an inclusive space where people feel home and comfortable. I will follow the women’s officer’s tradition and organise events like feminist poetry nights or (post-covid) formals for women, so stay tuned!!
Reading MPhil in Development Studies.
Liam Bekirsky (Canada)
Reading DPhil (Oxford Internet Institute)
Larissa König (Germany)
Ash Dharmasingham (UK)
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!
We’re also here to support you in planning and running your event
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.
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.
Hi everyone! My name is Cora. I joined the committee because this year more than ever it’s important for us to create a welcoming College community and I am excited to contribute to that! Outside my studies I enjoy running and reading historical fiction books, and I am excited to join the St Anthony’s Boat Club.
Reading MPhil Russian and East European Studies. I have a background in economics and history.
I’m looking forward to working with the welfare team and building connections and a strong sense of college community, a support network that’s more important than ever right now. Feel free to reach out to me to talk about welfare or to say hello, I’m always up for a chat!
I’m excited to join St. Antony’s Societies like Live Drawing and the St. Antony’s Boat Club and am also a member of OU Fencing.
Reading MSc Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology interested in publicly engaged archaeology and the formation and presentation of cultural heritage.
Social Secretary of Events
Social Secretary for Formal Dinners
What are you doing?
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, however 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 05/01/2021)
Progress and projects
CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
If it’s not here, you can start it!
St Antony's International Review (STAIR)
Since 2005, the Review has carved out a niche as an outlet for cross-disciplinary research on the most pressing contemporary global issues. As the
only peer-reviewed journal of international affairs at the University of Oxford it is a forum for emerging scholars to publish their research alongside the work of established academics and policymakers. Past contributors include Robert O. Keohane, James N. Rosenau, and Alfred Stepan.
For information on how to get involved email 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.
Contact them at email@example.com
The Foxes are a team composed of self-identified women graduates from St Cross, St Antony's, Wolfson, and Nuffield Colleges. We’re a mix of various skill levels and there are no tryouts or cuts!
Practice is on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games are on Saturday afternoons in Michaelmas and Hilary term.
Join for practice, kick-abouts, and matches against other Colleges!
St Antony's Gardening Society
The Society meets weekly at 21 Winchester Rd to plant, maintain, and care for our humble plot of land. 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.
Drop by any Sunday at 2pm (weather permitting)
(Founder: Aries Poon)
We host regular craft nights not only for creative and multi-disciplinary expression and exploration within the fine arts, but also as an opportunity to unwind during stressful academic terms.
Open to all students regardless of artistic ability and experience.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
(Founders: Christopher Sisca, Onaiza Drabu, and Emily Gong)
WHERE TO GO FOR...
Resources for health, resolution, guidance or advice
☎️ 111 (non-life threatening) / 999 (life-threatening) / medical attention by appointment
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
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!
...a chat or challenges in college
Fellow students / College staff
Peer Supporters (incl Peers of Colour or Rainbow Peers)
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 may be, guide you to additional support channels.
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 email@example.com
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.
...support when you’re struggling
Fellow students / anonymous listening / counselling
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 with personal, emotional, social and academic problems. The Service is available free to all matriculated students. However, it can take a while to get an appointment and is usually only provided on a short-term basis (four sessions within term time). 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.
Including an extension or particular 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.
...resolving issues with your course/department/supervisor
Your allocated advisor or the College Senior Tutor
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Senior Tutor by appointment
Professor Paul Chaisty
Is available to consult with all students and can provide advice on any issues affecting academic work.
...stuff to store
In college / private service provider
College offers a limited number of lockers with combination locks (W490mm, D485mm, H880 mm) and racking facilities for bigger boxes. Contact email@example.com for more. If the lockers are not suitable, these are trusted companies students have used:
Lovespace is recommended most often by Antonians and are one of the most affordable options. They offer a pick-up service, storage and return delivery at your request. Visit their website for a quote. They operate across UK. https://lovespace.co.uk/blogs/student-moving-guide/
Magenta is based in Oxford and offers discounts before summer. They offer a padlock with the lockers so you don’t have to worry about the safety of your stored items. Request a quote on their website: https://www.magentastorage.co.uk/storage/student/
There are currently nine Peer Supporters at St Antony’s. All are trained to listen effectively, communicate sensitively, respect boundaries and above all, maintain confidentiality. Every other week, Peer Supporters also attend an hour-long supervision meeting with a trained counsellor. Drop them a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer Supporters also run the 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 have also come together to form:
Peers of Colour facebook | email@example.comRainbow Peers facebook | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
A seasonal mythical figure of the college. If one of your friends is feeling low or stressed you can email the fairy to make sure they get a cookie or a treat to make things better! They won't know you sent it.
Feel strongly about something the college or university should do? File a motion.
Motions and resolutions
passed or rejected during GCR Committee meetings
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.
Find the full text of the motion here.
Picture: Copyright World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org), swiss-image.ch/Photo by Remy Steinegger - https://www.flickr.com/photos/worldeconomicforum/2215686603/
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.
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.
Read the PDF version here
(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.
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