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Welcome letters from the presidents

Sam Williamson (2020, Engineering)

Sam Williamson (2020, Engineering)

A welcome from the JCR

Greetings, new members of the JCR! I and the rest of the JCR Committee are very excited to welcome you to Univ. As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, both the College staff and JCR team are aiming to provide a much more “normal” Oxford experience this academic year – though we’re hoping you’ll have an extraordinarily good time!

For many students, this term will be your first time living away from home, which can be scary. If you’re feeling homesick or vulnerable, please do reach out to Univ’s wonderful peer supporter team or welfare staff – they are here to help you! Furthermore, in Welcome Week and beyond, please do reach out to us on the JCR committee if you have any questions or concerns.

The JCR represents the undergraduate student body – including you – and handles affairs ranging from accommodation to Entz (entertainment). If you want to get involved, there’s a variety of ways you can do so. Firstly, do join our JCR Facebook group for the latest updates! Next, on biweekly Sundays during term-time, you can take part in in-person JCR meetings – plus, there’s usually free pizza! You can also stand for election as one of our representative or committee member roles, working on a great team to achieve the best results for your peers.

Your time at Oxford is a great opportunity. I encourage you to seize it fully, expand your horizons and make some great memories along the way. I’m much looking forward to meeting you all this term!

Sam Williamson, JCR President 2021-2022

Ethan Petrou

Ethan Petrou (2018, DPhil Earth and Environmental Sciences)

A welcome from the WCR

Dear incoming graduate students,
It is a great pleasure to have this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to University College and the Weir Common Room (WCR), the graduate body of Univ. My name is Ethan Petrou and I am the current WCR President here at Univ. As an incoming Univ graduate, you have become a member of the WCR, which is one of Oxford’s most active and social graduate communities. Univ is a proudly international, open and diverse group and the WCR Committee and our returning members look forward to having you join us!

Welcome Week, which runs from 3 to 9 October, is always remembered as a highlight of the academic year and I am sure that this year will be no exception. The WCR committee is also planning a whole host of pre-welcome week events for those graduates who have arrived in Oxford early for course commitments. Please refer to our timetable of Welcome Week events which commence prior to 0th week on Friday 24th September, and join us at as many of these events as you wish to. All our events are loaded within our WCR Google Calendar and use this link to integrate the events with your personal calendar. The WCR events will provide the opportunity for you to get to know fellow new Univ students, and for you to meet the rest of the vibrant graduate community here at Univ.

For the most up-to-date information on our activities, please join the Univ WCR 2021/22 group on Facebook. More general information on the WCR, Univ and Oxford may also be found on the Univ website. The website also has up-to-date college COVID-19 information and a series of useful FAQs which I recommend using as a first port of call. On a more social front, please feel free to get connected with us on Twitter (@UnivWCR) and Instagram (@thegradlet and @univwcr) where we post regular posts and student profiles.

Finally, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or the excellent WCR welfare team or any of the other committee members by email. The entire WCR Committee and I are more than happy to help in any way we can. I wish you well in your move to Oxford and I very much look forward to meeting you all.

Ethan Petrou, WCR President, 2021-2022

Published: 24 September 2021

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