0th Week (Noughth Week)
A peculiar but nonetheless accurate name for the week preceding the commencement of the University term. Students are expected to arrive or return to college in 0th week, in preparation for classes. Less commonly used, the week preceding 0th Week is referred to as 'Minus First Week'.
Have a good summer! I'll see you in 0th Week next term!
Ab (Abingdon House)
Abingdon House (also 'Ab House' or just 'Ab') is a residential college annexe for undergraduate members, located on Abingdon Road in South Oxford.
Where are you living in your second year? I'm going to be down in Ab.
Alumnus (m)/Alumna (f)
An old member of the college, usually a past graduate. The plural is alumni.
The Development Office is hosting a dinner next Friday for alumni from 1996 to 1998.
A prestigious event, hosted by a college or society. These are usually formal events, and depending upon colleges can be very lavish.
This year's ball at Trinity is going to be amazing.
Expenses account accrued as part of college membership (incorporating fees, rent, dining, certain charitable donations), charged on a termly basis by the Bursary.
Don't forget to visit the Bursary before third week to settle your outstanding battels.
Formal eveningwear or formal event. There are many black tie events in the Oxford calendar, and the purchase of a dinner jacket (tuxedo) for men or appropriate outfit for women is recommended.
The summer ball at Magdalen is black tie, with masks.
A large bookshop located in central Oxford, considered to be one of the best in the UK. It has satellite stores selling music and artwork, all located on Broad Street.
I'm going to Blackwell's to grab a book and a coffee.
A rowing honour, bestowed upon crewmembers after a successful series of races during an intercollegiate rowing event. Those that have won blades receive an oar, the blade of which is painted to mark the four victories required to win it.
The Ladies' first 8 won blades at Torpids, but the men were bumped twice.
A sporting honour, given to those that have represented Oxford University in a varsity event. For some sports, a half-blue or quarter-blue is awarded.
James received a much-deserved blue in rugby for his performance in the varsity match.
An annual varsity rowing event held in London, for blues rowers from Oxford and Cambridge University.
I cannot believe how well/badly we did in the Boat Race.
A Bodleian Library card, a photographic ID card that allows the bearer access to and use of university library facilities. Bod cards feature unique barcodes, and within Hertford they can be used for the purchase of food via an Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) system, as well as for borrowing of books from the college library. Many Oxford stores offer discounted prices to Bodleian cardholders.
Hang on, I think I've left my Bod Card in my room.
The Bodleian Library, the main library of Oxford University
I'm going to the Bod, see you later at Hall?
A student party, usually themed.
The first bop of term has a 'London Underground' theme: I'm dressing up as a clown and going as Oxford Circus!
In modern times a title used for the porters of Christ Church College, conspicuous by their traditional bowler hats.
I was going to walk in to Christ Church without paying, but there were a pair of bulldogs on the gate.
Senior administrators within colleges. Estates/Finance Bursars (commonly shortened to Bursars) oversee finances and budgets, and have overall managerial responsibility for the college bursary. Domestic or Home Bursars (sometimes called stewards) oversee the delivery of domestic services such as catering, housekeeping, and maintenance. The two roles tend to work alongside each other. Hertford College has a Bursar and a Home Bursar.
The JCR President has discussed the matter with the Bursar and Home Bursar, and they have agreed to find a way to address it before their next meeting.
A historic medieval tower, commonly used to mark the centre of the city of Oxford.
Meet me at Carfax at two o'clock, and we'll walk down to the river together.
A common name for St. Catherine's College.
We're playing Catz next Wednesday at hockey.
The titular head of Oxford University. The operational head is the Vice Chancellor.
Make sure the cutlery's been polished: the Chancellor's a guest on High Table tonight.
A residential Anglican priest, responsible for the provision of chapel service as well as non-denominational pastoral welfare. The current College Chaplain is the Reverend Gareth Hughes.
The Chaplain will be conducting a wedding in the Chapel this Sunday.
Pronounced Char-well. A tributary river that meets the Thames (Isis) in Oxford. Popular for punting. Cherwell is also the name of a student newspaper, published weekly during term.
We're punting on the Cherwell later if you fancy joining us.
Christ Church Regatta
An intercollegiate rowing event, held annually in Michaelmas term.
I hope the weather improves in time for the Christ Church Regatta.
Examinations conducted at the start of a term (often in 0th Week)
I'm coming back up to college on Wednesday, because I've got Collections the next day.
One of the communities within the college; also the room or rooms dedicated to those groups. Within the college there are the Junior Common Room, Middle Common Room, and Senior Common Room.
This time next year I'll be on an MA course: new subject, new common room!
A short black gown worn by an undergraduate student without a scholarship.
I'll need a commoner's gown, a cap, and a white bow tie.
The central shopping street of the city.
I need to go over to the bank on Cornmarket.
An intercollegiate sporting event, held in a variety of sports and other games.
We're in the Cuppers semi-final for football.
A Doctor of Philosophy, known as a PhD outside of Oxford.
He's got an MA from Harvard, and a D.Phil from Oxford.
A fellow responsible for overseeing all disciplinary (decanal) matters, and welfare provision within the college.
I'm sure that the Dean will see the funny side of this...
A department of the college that deals with old members (alumni), oversees fundraising to support the college's purposes, and organises events.
I'm working on the telethon for the Development Office this January.
Don (Oxford Don)
A traditional term of honour for a senior academic fellow, the term 'Don' is more commonly used today in a tongue-in-cheek manner to refer to popular stereotypes of Oxford professors as bookish or eccentric.
When I first met him I thought he was an old-fashioned don, but actually he's very cool.
Down ('Go Down')
To depart Oxford at the end of term.
We're going down on Saturday morning, right?
Down ('Sent Down')
An antiquated term for expulsion from the university.
He got sent down for cheating in his finals.
A common term for a rowing boat or crew comprising eight men or women and a cox.
Hopefully I'll be in the first eight this year.
An annual degree ceremony, in which celebrated individuals receive honorary degrees in recognition of their professional achievements.
The speech by the Public Orator at last year's Encaenia was really funny.
A series of buildings on the High Street where lectures and examinations are held. Sometimes just called 'Schools.'
Our first exam is at Schools on Monday.
A member of the college's governing body and its Senior Common Room (SCR), usually an academic. Contrary to the origins of the term, many fellows are female.
She finished her D.Phil in January, and was appointed as a fellow in May.
Fifth Week Blues, The
A commonly-used slang term for the purported sense of lethargy believed to manifest itself among the student population in the fifth week of every term.
Let's go to the cinema tonight: I'm worried I'm getting the fifth week blues…
A dinner at which fine dining is served, and for which gowns are often worn.
Let's sign up to go to formal hall tomorrow night.
A first year student.
Good morning Freshers, welcome to orientation.
A feast, held in college for alumni.
On Friday night there will be a gaudy for the class of '76.
A traditional robe worn by members of the university community, to indicate their individual academic status.
I've got a Principal's collection this morning: where is my gown?
The main dining hall on the college's Catte Street site: also used as a general term for dining.
See you in Hall for lunch later, ok?
Evening formal dining served to members of the Senior Common Room (SCR) and their guests.
The Principal and the Bursar are both on High Table tonight.
Historically the central thoroughfare for the city, 'The High' offers a number of shops and restaurants, bus stops for locations throughout much of the city, as well as coach stops to London and airports.
There's an amazing pub just off of the High that we should go to one night.
The second term of the University Calendar, from January until March.
I can't believe it's Hilary already.
The newest of the three quadrangles on the main site. In addition to accommodation, its features include the Baring Room and the Junior Common Room (JCR)
I've got a room in Holywell, just across from the JCR.
An old-fashioned but still common nickname for Christ Church College.
They had fireworks at the House for their ball on Saturday.
Local name for the River Thames, where it passes through Oxford.
Let's take a punt out on the Isis this afternoon.
JCR (Junior Common Room)
The community of undergraduate students within a college: and also the associated common room established for their use. The Hertford College Junior Common Room is located in Holywell Quad.
They're showing the football in the JCR later if you're interested.
JRF (Junior Research Fellow)
A fixed-term junior academic fellow and member of the Senior Common Room. Typically JRFs are recent graduates in their first professional appointment.
The new JRF in history is teaching us for one of the courses next term.
A residential warden, usually an advanced postgraduate student, responsible for ensuring disciplinary behaviour and providing welfare support.
My room is next to the Junior Dean's flat, so we should probably hold the party somewhere else.
Lodge (Porter's Lodge)
Historically the gatehouses for the colleges, the Lodges are the first point of arrival and enquiry for students and visitors. Open 24 hours a day, Hertford's Lodge is available to offer support and guidance to questions, and handle emergencies. The Lodge also receives post and holds packages for college members. Lodge staff-members are known as Porters.
I've got a package to collect from the Lodge.
The Long Vacation between the end of Trinity term and the commencement of Michaelmas term; the term 'long' differentiates it from the 'short' vacation at Easter.
I'm so excited, I'm going to Macchu Picchu during the long vac!
Oxford covered market, located in the city centre, contains a broad range of shops and cafés.
Let's go to the market and get a sandwich.
A formal ceremony, held soon after arrival, by which students become members of the university.
Where's my bow tie? Matriculation is in half an hour!
May Day/May Morning
A traditional day of celebration in Oxford, involving a series of events from dawn onwards.
I'm getting the jump on May morning by staying up all night before.
MCR (Middle Common Room)
The community of postgraduate students within a college: and also the associated common room established for their use. The Hertford College Middle Common Room is located in NB (New Building) Quad.
Is the coffee in the MCR free? Cool!
A colloquial term for a student of medicine.
Have you met her? She's a second-year medic.
The first term of the University Calendar, from October until December.
I can't believe that Michaelmas is nearly done already.
Moderations: examinations held at the end of the first year of undergraduate study.
I've got Mods next week, so I think I'll give the bar a miss until then.
A formal cap, carried (although rarely worn) as part of the formal outfit of gown and sub fusc.
I need a mortar-board, but I can't remember what my head size is…
NB Quad (New Building)
Contrary to its name, the second oldest of the three quadrangles on the main site. In addition to accommodation, its features include the College Bar and the Middle Common Room (MCR)
My room is in NB, above the laundry.
An outer door to a traditional fellow's rooms: closure of the outer door indicates that the resident does not wish to be disturbed.
I went to my tutor's room, but her oak was shut: so she's either very busy, or she's gone for the day.
OB Quad (Old Building)
The oldest of the quadrangles on the main site. Its features include the Bursary, Chapel, Hall, Old Hall, Lodge, Library, and Senior Common Room. The lawn is accessible for college members in Trinity term.
I'm up in OB3, above the SCR.
Oxford English Dictionary.
Anyway I looked it up in the OED; and sure enough it turns out that I was using the wrong word entirely.
Other Place, The
A euphemism for Cambridge University.
We're going to the Other Place next weekend to see some friends.
Oxford University Computing Services, a university service that offers facilities, training and advice to members of the University with regards to academic computing.
I think I'd better take my computer to OUCS and see if they can sort it out.
They should have the book that you want in the OUP shop on the High.
OUSU has put forward a proposal that really deserves our support.
A term coined by the media to refer to both Oxford and Cambridge simultaneously.
There's an article in The Times today about the admissions process at Oxbridge.
OxStu (The Oxford Student)
The Oxford Student is a student newspaper, published weekly during term.
Have you read this week's OxStu? The cover story is interesting.
A member of the Lodge staff.
I asked a porter, and he was able to point me in the right direction.
Preliminaries: examinations held during the course of an undergraduate degree.
Prelims start tomorrow, so early night for me!
The head of the college. In other Oxford colleges, these 'heads of house' are also known as rectors, masters, provosts, wardens, or presidents. The current Principal of Hertford College is Will Hutton.
The Principal is hosting an event next month, and all members are invited to attend.
A review meeting held between the Principal, a student, and their subject tutor.
My Principal's Collection went really well, and my tutor was happy with my results this year.
A university official responsible for ensuring matters of discipline and protocol are adhered to. They also supervise and coordinate events involving VIPs where security may be involved.
The Proctors are monitoring the security for this afternoon's visit by the Duchess.
A flat-bottomed boat, steered with a pole in the same manner as a gondola. Punting is a popular pastime in Oxford during the summer months, and many colleges (including Hertford) provide access to punts for their members.
We're going for a punt: interested?
A quad (or quadrangle, to give it its full title) is an open square or rectangular area within a college. In many colleges including Hertford, quads have lawns or an ornamental feature, surrounded by a path. Typically the lawns are only made accessible for the use of college members during the summer term, known as Trinity.
Meet me in Front Quad at 7 and we'll go up to Hall.
A senior academic post.
We've been invited for drinks to celebrate that my tutor has just been promoted from a lecturer to a reader.
Shall we meet for coffee later? Three outside Schools?
A member of the Housekeeping staff. Scouts provide cleaning services for residential college members. Known in Cambridge as a bedder.
My Scout is hilarious: she knows all the gossip but is too nice to name names!
SCR (Senior Common Room)
The Senior Common Room is the body of Fellows and lecturers that comprise the governing body of the college.
The Senior Common Room itself is located over two floors in OB (Old Building) Quad.
The Fellows are meeting this afternoon in the SCR, following Governing Body.
Status, Confirmation of
A process, usually involving the submission of written work and an accompanying oral examination, by which the research conducted by a postgraduate student towards a doctoral-level degree is assessed and approved, prior to the final submission of their thesis.
I've just had my confirmation of status interview: the examiners suggested a couple of things, but they were really happy with the thesis so far.
Status, Transfer of
A process, usually involving the submission of written work and an accompanying oral examination, by which a student's degree is assessed and changed (most commonly from a masters' to a doctoral level) in recognition of status.
At the end of this term I'll have my transfer of status interview, and if I pass that then I'll move onto the DPhil programme next year.
The formal apparel to be worn with a gown and cap or mortar-board: often used as a term for the entire outfit. It comprises either dark suit with dark socks, or dark skirt with black tights or stockings, or dark trousers with dark socks, black shoes, plain white collared shirt or blouse, white bow tie, black bow tie, black full-length tie, or black ribbon.
I have an exam on Monday, so I'd better find where I packed up my sub fusc from last time.
An intercollegiate rowing event, held annually in Trinity term.
They're holding drinks and barbecue for Summer eights at the Boathouse.
A slang term for a member of Cambridge University, derived from the suffix Cantab., used by graduates of that institution. The term is often used in a derogatory manner, but is not considered offensive.
I think we'll leave you to work this one out for yourself.
A common name for St. Edmund Hall.
Half the varsity rugby team this year seem to be from Teddy Hall.
The academic year divides into three terms, Michaelmas (autumn), Hilary (spring), and Trinity (summer). Each term last eight weeks.
See you next term in Hilary!
An intercollegiate rowing event, held annually in Hilary term.
We had a disastrous performance in the rain at Torpids, but hopefully we'll be in better shape next term.
The third term of the University Calendar, from April until June. Not to be confused with the college of the same name.
How is it Trinity term already?
Common term for a tutorial.
It seems like I've got tutes every afternoon next week.
A college fellow or lecturer in a particular subject, who conducts tutorials with undergraduate students.
Dr. Jones is my tutor in Archaeology.
A small group meeting held between one or more undergraduate students and their assigned subject tutor.
I've got a tutorial tomorrow morning, but I could meet you for lunch.
Union, The (Oxford Union)
A private members-only institution (founded in 1823), the Oxford Union hosts regular debates featuring prominent public figures, academics and celebrities.
The Prime Minister is speaking at the Union on Wednesday.
A common name for University College.
We beat Somerville, but then we lost to Univ in the semi-final.
Up ('Come up'/'Go Up')
To arrive in Oxford: to depart is to 'go down.'
This year the calendar is a bit late, so we won't go up again until the third week of April for Trinity.
A sporting event fixture played between traditional rival universities, particularly Oxford and Cambridge.
I've got a spare ticket for the varsity rugby at Twickenham if you're free.
The operational head of Oxford University.
The Vice-Chancellor is presiding at the matriculation ceremony.
A viva voce exam is an oral examination, typically used for postgraduate students.
I've submitted my thesis, so I should have my viva in about six to eight weeks.
Geoffrey Warnock and Mary Warnock House (commonly referred to collectively as Warnock House) are college residential annexes for undergraduate students, located on St. Aldate's Street in South Oxford. Warnock may also be used as a colloquial term to refer to the satellite college kitchen located on that site, which provides breakfast and dinner services during term-time.
See you at Warnock for dinner, maybe?
A wicket gate is a door recessed within a larger gate. Wicket keys and cards provide access to members.
I think I left my wicket card in the bar again.