Dates and Events for New Postgraduates

Please be aware the following information is relevant to Michaelmas Term starters only.

Please note: the information on this page is likely to be updated as the start of term approaches, so please ensure you check it regularly.

This page summarises some of the key dates that you need to be aware of in your first weeks at Brasenose.

Wednesday 4th October, 18:15: Welcome meeting with College Officers and Pre-Dinner Drinks

A welcome meeting in the Ante-Chapel, with introductions from the Tutor for Graduates, Senior Tutor, Dean and Chaplain, followed by Pre-Dinner Drinks.

Wednesday 4th October, 19:15: Graduate Freshers’ Dinner

The Graduate Freshers’ Dinner will be your first opportunity to enjoy a formal dinner in College. The dress code for this dinner will be smart (e.g. for men, jacket and tie, but NOT black tie). Gowns should also be worn if you have one by then (see point 1 of the Next Steps page for more information).

Saturday 14th October: Matriculation

Matriculation is the formal ceremony, held in the Sheldonian Theatre, by which you become a full member of Oxford University. It is anticipated that you will be expected to attend matriculation in person, and attendance is compulsory unless (i) you have previously matriculated at Oxford for another course, OR (ii) you have a previous degree from Cambridge University or Trinity College Dublin and wish to incorporate your previous degree instead of matriculating. If you have a degree from Cambridge University or Trinity College Dublin and would like to arrange to incorporate, or would like more information about incorporation, please email us (please note that there is a charge for incorporation).

Some students have been given special permission to matriculate in absence (e.g. EMBA students), and your Department will inform you if this is the case for your course. If you do not matriculate, you may still attend the Freshers’ photo at Brasenose after the ceremony. Further information about matriculation can be found here.

Full sub fusc must be worn for matriculation. Further details of timings and the dress code will be sent nearer the time, but in the meantime you can read more about matriculation and sub fusc here. A. number of clothing shops in Oxford offer special deals on academic dress which you may like to take advantage of. These include Shepherd & Woodward, Castell and Son (the Varsity Shop), and Walters.

A full timetable of freshers’ events has been prepared by the HCR – please come to these events and meet your fellow students!

The following induction events are also part of Freshers’ Week and mandatory for Graduate Freshers as they become a member of Brasenose College. The HCR timetable will show when these are taking place.

  • Healthy & Safety
  • Library
  • Medical
  • Welfare & Equalities/Diversity

All events that take place in Freshers’ week have been organised in communication with the College and a full risk assessment has been undertaken to ensure that all events are conducted as safely as possible. The format of events may change at short notice and contingency plans are in place for most events should there be a need to revert to previous government COVID restrictions. Please do not hesitate to contact the Freshers’ Rep if you have any concerns about participating in social events.

The University Freshers’ Fair will take place on Wednesday and Thursday of 0th week (4th & 5th October) in the Examination Schools, which sits in central Oxford on the High Street. Brasenose has been allocated a slot of 14:00 – 15:00 on Wednesday 4th October.