• ST ANTONY'S GCR

  • ABOUT US

    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.

    OUR HISTORY

    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.

    PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT

    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 November. We can't wait to take advantage of the new bar and dining hall, providing the college community with new and improved social spaces to make the Antony's community stronger than ever!

     

    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 gcr-president@sant.ox.ac.uk.

     

     

    Best wishes,
    Josh Allen

  • GCR COMMITTEE

    Board

    Josh Allen

    Hello Antonians new and old! I am your new GCR President and look forward to continuing Nainika's excellent work over the course of my tenure. I'm reading for the MPhil in Development Studies and am currently doing research on the assumptions made in public health literature and policy on HIV/AIDS in Uganda regarding masculinities and sexualities. I have loved my time at 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 don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns about absolutely anything from welfare and social events to accommodation issues and pub recommendations! I am also a huge American Football fan (despite no connection to the States), so any NFL fans get in touch - we're a rare breed this side of the pond... I look forward to an exciting year ahead and can't wait to get to know you all better over the coming months!

    Shrinidhi Narasimhan

     
     
    Coming soon!

    Henry Kennelly

     

     

    Coming soon!

    Kushal Sohal

    Oxford University Student Union Officer

    kushal.sohal@sant.ox.ac.uk

    Hey! I'm on the MSc Modern South Asian Studies programme, focusing on Indian educational philosophy. I'm the St Antony's OUSU Representative for this academic year and my job is to reflect the opinion of our diverse GCR at OUSU Councils and update our community on university wide initiatives! Do get in touch if you have any ideas to share and champion; let's make sure that our voices as St Antony's students are heard at OUSU!

    Shruti Iyer

    Staff-Student liaison officer

    shruti.iyer@sant.ox.ac.uk

    I'm on the MPhil in Socio-Legal Research, and my research interests are in labour law, supply chains and occupational health. My role as Staff-Student Liaison Officer is to contribute to building links and relationships between staff and students at St Antony's, student engagement around issues that affect staff at the University and at the College and creating a more welcoming environment for staff. Please do get in touch if you have any concerns regarding staff welfare that you'd like raised at the GCR, event ideas for engaging students and staff, or want to get involved in work around worker welfare at Oxford!

    Maria Puolakkainen

    Hello! I'm Maria, a first year MPhil student in Latin American Studies, working on the development consequences of armed actors in Colombia. I feel so happy to be a part of the warm and inclusive St Antony's community. In my spare time, I am working towards my goal of becoming a polyglot (fluent in five!), so our weekly language immersion has been one of my favourite events in college this year (not to forget the extraordinary shapes thrown at the bops!) It really feels like home here. Always open to meeting new people, so if you do too, drop me a line!

  • Academic Team

    Twan Van Der Togt

    VP Academic & Sports Officer

    gcr-vpacademic@sant.ox.ac.uk

    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 Singer

    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!

    Caroline Godard

    Director of Global Languages

    caroline.godard@sant.ox.ac.uk

    Hello, I’m Caroline Godard (she/her) and I’m reading for the MSt in Modern Languages with a focus on sixteenth-century French literature. As St Antony’s Director of Global Languages, I organize the Language Immersion Nights taking place in the Hilda Box every Tuesday during term time from 9-10 pm. My goal this year is to offer as many languages as I can to as many people as possible, and I’m currently liaising with Oxford’s Language Centre to make this happen. I am always looking for effective ways to contribute to the St Antony’s community, so please reach out to me with questions, suggestions, or just to learn more about my role in the GCR.

    Ben Graham

    Co-Director of Research Exchange

    benjamin.graham@sant.ox.ac.uk

    Ben is a first-year MPhil student reading Modern South Asian Studies. He is interested in helping Antonians find platforms to present their academic research. Please feel free to contact him if you have any research-related questions.

    Surajkumar Thube

    Co-Director of Research Exchange

    surajkumar.thube@sant.ox.ac.uk

    I am a first year DPhil student at the Faculty of History, University of Oxford. My brief research outline is the Origins of Hindu Nationalism in Western India, with a focus on late 19th – early 20th century. As a Co-Director of Research Exchange, I will be involved in organising major events like the Research Colloquium, preferably twice a year, in order to encourage students to make presentations of their ongoing research in a seminar like set-up.This will be organised to improve their public speaking skills as well as to get constructive feedback from fellow students.

    Feel free to come in contact if you have any ideas about organising any academic events, talks or seminars at St Antony’s!

     

  • Welfare Team

    Hannah Stewart

     

    Coming soon!

    Nestor Maslej

    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!

    Kate Yoon

    Co-Women's Officer

    kate.yoon@sant.ox.ac.uk

     

    Coming Soon!

    Sana Naeem

    Co-Women's Officer

     

    Hi, I’m Sana, a second year MPhil student in Social Anthropology. As one of the Women’s Officers my role is to facilitate the creation of safe, inclusive spaces for all womxn in college, and build towards a community where all of us feel heard. As part of the Welfare team, Kate and I conduct workshops on consent, signpost mental and sexual health resources, organize events and are always available for a chat! Our goal this year has been to foster spaces and conversations where we can talk about the intersections of womxn’s struggles.

    Dexter Docherty

    My name is Dexter Docherty (pronouns he/him) and I have just begun an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation. I ran for Welfare Secretary because I believe I have something to contribute to the discussion around mental health, well-being, and community building at St Antony’s. In this role I would put a huge emphasis on reaching out to all college members (and the families who may have joined them here), listening to and understanding their concerns, and advocating alongside them for the ideas they want to see implemented. If you have any questions about my vision for this role, thoughts about welfare, or just want someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Jannis Hussain

    Hey, I’m Jannis, currently a second-year MPhil in IR. I’m passionate about fostering our little rainbow community at St Ant’s. Look out for regular activities on our Facebook page! To honour our reputation as Oxford’s most diverse college, I’m also planning to organize some events around the themes of gender and intersectionality this year. If you have ideas or want to help put something together, please do get in touch. Also, feel free to reach out anytime, even if it’s just for a chat!

    Devika

    Black and Minority Ethnic Officer

    devika.devika@sant.ox.ac.uk

    I am a first-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 that Antony's is an all-inclusive space that welcomes and accommodates diversity without homogenising them.

    Please feel free to reach out to me via mail or our 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!

    Joaquim Muntané Puig

    Co-Environmental Officer

    joaquim.muntanepuig@sant.ox.ac.uk

    My name is Joaquim and I’m reading an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance. My role as Environmental Officer, together with Marianna, is to provide information and address questions, complaints and proposals in relation to anything we can consider as “environment” here (water, waste, energy, biodiversity, spaces...). We aim both to encourage individual good practices and to push for institutional improvements at College and the University.

    Marianna Beltrami

    Co-Environmental Officer

    marianna.beltrami@sant.ox.ac.uk

    Marianna has just begun an MSc in Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance and she is looking forward to applying the expertise she should technically have to the role of Environmental Officer. Our environment must be at the core of College life and she would love to organise workshops, drop-in sessions, and events that can be engaging and effective.

    Together with her fellow coursemate, Environmental Officer and Box-decorating teammate Joaquim, she is here for any environmental concerns, suggestions, complaints, ideas and such like - so please do get in touch via technological means or face-to-face - she is usually found wearing a red Wham! jumper.

    Yi Yang

    Disabilities Officer

     

    Coming soon!

  • Social Team

    Dimitra Mina

    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.

    Boro Nguyen

    Secretary for Formal Dinners

    gcr-social-sec-dinners@sant.ox.ac.uk

    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.

    Miri Pittalis

    Secretary for Formal Dinners

    gcr-social-sec-dinners@sant.ox.ac.uk

    Hello Antonians! I’m Miri, a first year MPhil student in Russian and East European studies. My research interests are in the security of the region. I’m a huge formals fan and organising them as formals secretary has been a highlight of my year. Boro and I run three home formals in college each term and up to five exchange formals per term at other colleges. I’m always happy to hear from GCR members as to how to formals might be improved, so do get in touch if you have any suggestions or queries.

    Joanna Remzi

    I have just begun reading for an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern studies at St Antony’s College. As part of the social team, we’re in charge of planning St Antony’s social life! This includes BOPs, karaoke nights, quiz nights and more, ensuring that they are fun and safe events for everyone. Get in touch if you have any suggestions!

    Aslı Töre

    Social Secretary

    asli.tore@sant.ox.ac.uk

    Asli is reading for an MSc in Social Anthropology. As your social team, we organize events for every week of the term for you to relax, have fun and socialize! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions!

  • Sustainability Strategy

  • Start of working group on Sustainability Strategy

    During the first half of 2020, a working group has started working on a Sustainability Strategy for St Antony’s College. The objective of this document is to set a clear direction and a list of commitments to improve the college’s performance on key environmental areas (energy, water, food, travel, health and wellbeing, etc.), in line with the actions being taken across the university, such as the Oxford Climate Action Plan (a joint effort between researchers, students and staff) and Oxford University’s new Environmental Sustainability Strategy (to be adopted in 2020-2021).

     

    St Antony’s strategy is being initiated by the GCR’s Environmental Officers (MSc students Marianna Beltrami and Joaquim Muntané), Jose Maria Valenzuela (DPhil student) and the GCR’s president (MPhil student Josh Parker Allen), with 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).

     

    We aim to develop a first draft of the strategy over this summer, and to start a college-wide consultation process during the next academic year. Opinions and suggestions from students, staff and college administration are already being asked.

     

    If you have any requests, ideas, or suggestions, please get in touch: gcr-sustainability@sant.ox.ac.uk
     

    ~24/07/2020

  • GCR ACADEMIC

  • Follow what the VP Academic has in store for you this term!

    Research Exchange Network

    Group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1015302781848566/

     

    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

    Tuesdays Weeks 1-8, 9pm-10pm

    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 Caroline Godard if you have any questions.

  • GCR SOCIAL

  • Formal Dinners

    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.

    BOPs

    Saturday

    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.

    Organising Events

    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.

  • GCR WELFARE

  • 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.

     

    Gym

    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 (gcr-treasurer@sant.ox.ac.uk) for further information about gym membership.

    Yoga

    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.

    To find out more, please visit our Facebook page or email the society.

  • 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 junior.deans@sant.ox.ac.uk or pop in during their office hours, (advertised on the GCR Facebook Group).

    ...you're ill

    College Nurse & Doctor, Summertown Health Centre

    The College Nurse is available on a drop-in basis in the basement of the Hilda Besse, on:

    • Wednesday 3.45pm - 5.00pm
    • Thursday 2.00pm - 3.00pm
    • Fridays 2.15pm - 3.45pm

    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:

    • Mondays 2.15pm - 3.15 pm
    • Fridays 2.15pm - 3.15 pm

    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 osmhn@brookes.ac.uk.

    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 disability@admin.ox.ac.uk 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 senior.tutor@sant.ox.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.

  • PEER SUPPORTERS

    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 peer.supporters@sant.ox.ac.uk

     

    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: madeline.nightingale@gtc.ox.ac.uk

     

    Peer Supporters from around the university also have come together to form:

     

    - Peers of Colour
    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oxunipoc
    • Email: peersofcolour@admin.ox.ac.uk
     

    - Rainbow Peers
    • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rainbowpeers
    • Email: rainbowpeers@admin.ox.ac.uk

    Emilie Curryova

    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

    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 Yildiz

    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

    Yang Han

    Welfare Officer

    irem.yildiz@sant.ox.ac.uk

     

    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.

    Cookie Fairy

    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

    Tips and recommendations about Oxford student life and information about wellbeing, health and fun.

    March 5, 2015
    When in Oxford... Sometimes people think that Oxford and Cambridge are very similar, however there is a big difference between these two university towns: PUBS. Oxford is famous for its pubs and some of the academic culture can revolve around visiting the range of quaint and historical buildings...
    February 17, 2015
    What is North Parade?! “North Parade has been described as one of the most interesting little streets in Oxford.” In actual fact this street just behind St Antony’s is so much better than this tepid little line on Wikipedia gives credit. North Parade is the reason that six days out of every...
    February 4, 2015
    Sometimes it can get a difficult to study in the same place day after day. Here is a list of some libraries to help you broaden your study space horizons and explore one of the best bits of Oxford! Happy studying! Some ideas for new places to study: Codrington Library – All Souls’ library...
    January 28, 2015
    What is it? OUSU stands for Oxford University Students' Union and it exists thanks to the 1994 Education Act which guaranteed that students' rights and interests could be represented to their Universities and the national government. In their own words:  We are represented in the OUSU council...
    Summertown Surgery Ideally all St Antony's students living on site will be registered with Summertown Surgery. Students normally do this during the first weeks of Michelmas Term, but if you missed it you can always walk to the surgery and register. You always need both proof of address and...
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  • RESOURCES

  • Find some handy documents that can help you keep updated and informed about your GCR

    Our Constitution

     

    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 gcr-secretary@sant.ox.ac.uk

     

    Room Reservations

    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:

     

    1. Lovespace: This company received the most amount of recommendations from Antonians. They offer a service that picks up boxes from college, stores them for the specific period and then delivers them at your request. You can request a quote on their website and are one of the most affordable options for students. They operate all over the UK! https://lovespace.co.uk/blogs/student-moving-guide/
       
    2. Magenta: Magenta is based in Oxford and offers special discounts before summer. Magenta offers a padlock with the lockers so you don’t have to worry about how secure your stored items are. You can also request a quote on their website. https://www.magentastorage.co.uk/storage/student/
  • Resolutions

    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.

     

    Find the full text of the motion here.


    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.

     

    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/

  • 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

    Contact: marco.moraes@sant.ox.ac.uk 

    Website: www.stairjournal.com

     

    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 marco.moraes@sant.ox.ac.uk or visit www.stairjournal.com.

    St Antony's Rowing Club

    Contact: boatclub@sant.ox.ac.uk

     

    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.

    Please visit the St Antony's Boat Club website or Facebook page for further information.

     

    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. 

     

    Men's Football

    Ivaylo Iaydjiev, Captain

    Contact: ivaylo.iaydjiev@sant.ox.ac.uk

     

    Join the St Antony's men for practice, kickabouts, and football matches against other Oxford colleges!

     

     

     

     

    Antonian Brewing Society

    Evan Matsuyama, President

    Contact: evan.matsuyama@sant.ox.ac.uk

     

    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

    Contact: maziyar.ghiabi@sant.ox.ac.uk

     

    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/

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