The week ahead — 1st Week preview



  • Matriculation and Matriculash, 18th October– compulsory for all new students, Matriculation consists of a short ceremony by the Vice Chancellor in the Sheldonian, full subfusc required. Matriculash will take place in the evening, and your college will likely have organized a pub crawl for it



  • The Oxford Imps, 13th October- returning to Oxford after their annual show at the Edinburgh fringe, the Imps will be enlivening their usual venue The Wheatsheaf with entirely improvised comedy based on audience suggestions: light-hearted, fast-paced, and only £3.50 to watch
  • The Furies, 15th to 18th October- performed just once every three years, Oxford’s Greek Play is a rare opportunity of experiencing classical drama in its original language – although the English subtitles will be helpful for most. This year Aeschylus’ The Furies, will be showing at the Playhouse, concluding the Oresteia trilogy with the tale of Orestes’ pursuit by the terrifying Furies in revenge for his murdering his own mother



  • OURFC Blues v Nottingham, 14th October- our Oxford University Rugby Football Club will take on Nottingham on home ground, playing at the Iffley Road sports centre
  • Varsity Horse Race, 17th October– the inaugural Varsity Horse Race, between Oxford and Cambridge, will take place at the end of the week. It will take place at the Newmarket Racecourse, near Cambridge, and tickets cost £10. Although far away the organizers will arrange transport for Oxford students wanting to support our Blues



  • Nick Mulvey, 12th October – pursuing a well-received solo career after his debut works with the Portico Quartet, folk and rock artist Nick Mulvey will be playing Oxford’s 02 Academy this Sunday, featuring songs from his Mercury Prize-nominated album. Tickets £12.50
  • Anne-Sophie Mutter, 13th October– world-famous virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will be joining the Oxford Philomusica orchestra in a rendition of Bruch’s 1st violin concerto that promises to be as technically masterful as it is emotionally stirring, followed by Tchaikovksy’s brooding 6th symphony.  Tickets start at £15. Earlier in the day, Anne-Sophie will be running a masterclass for real violin aficionados. Both events will take place in the Sheldonian Theatre



  • Jan Brewer, 14th October- governor of Arizona, Brewer is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights and takes a hard-line on illegal immigration. She will give a short talk at the Oxford Union and take questions after
  • Nicky Morgan MP, 16th October- Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan will host an informal women-only event, after which she will give an address open to all OUCA members. The event will take place in Christ Church
  • No Confidence debate, 16th October- the Oxford Union’s traditional No Confidence debate will take place this week, still open to non-members. Notable speakers will include Hilary Benn MP, Baroness Shirley William and  Alan Duncan MP
  • Andrew Smith MP, 17th October- the Oxford East MP, previously Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, will be visiting OULC at Corpus Christi and answering questions from students. OULC’s fresher drinks will take place earlier in the week also at Corpus Christi, on the 14th of October


 Nicky Morgan MP will visit OUCA on the 16th, before attending the No Confidence debate at the Union. Image: Flickr


Talks and academic

  • Black History Month lecture, 14th October- Esther Stanford-Xosei, an internationally acclaimed reparationist and radio broadcaster , will be speaking at Pembroke College on the topic of ‘Women’s contribution to the fight for equalities.’ Entry is free
  • Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, 15th October- executive chairman of google and the ex- Senior Vice-President for Google Products respectively, the two will come to the Oxford Union to discuss their new book, “How Google works”
  • The Invention of Modern Science, 17th October- a panel of speakers composed of Melvyn Bragg, the host of the In Our Time discussion series, Nobel prize winner Sir Paul Nurse, astrophysicist Joanna Dunkley and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy will gather in the Sheldonian to give some lectures. Entry is free but booking is required  



  • Ai Wei Wei exibition, all week in an ongoing exhibition, Blenheim palace has on display an inspirational collection of Ai Wei Wei’s latest works in a variety of media, including photography, textiles, pottery, woodwork (in the form of a table made from wood reclaimed from temples dating to the Quing dynasty) and metalwork. This is a chance to experience the work of one of the most influential cultural figures of this century in beautiful surroundings



  • Oxford Beer Festival, 16th to 18th October – Oxford Town Hall will host the 17th annual Beer Festival featuring, among a huge selection of others, 140 varieties of real ale. £2 admission, with beer paid for at the bar using tokens bought at the festival



  • Fresher drinks, all week – Many societies will host freshers’ drinks or welcome events this week, so check your emails if you signed up at freshers’ fair. Alternatively most events will have been publicized on society websites and facebook. In particular be sure to make it to Cherwell freshers’ drinks, Monday at Worcester


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