Languages Day at Brasenose College – Home Teaching Charity Jacari

On Saturday 20th February, the home teaching charity Jacari are holding a Languages Day at Brasenose College. They’re inviting people to come and learn a conversation in a language spoken by an immigrant community living in Oxford. Classes will be relaxed and interactive. They are asking for a donation of £3 for the charity for each class you attend. Cake will also be available.

Timetable for the day:
12-1pm – Nepali
1-2pm – Romanian
2-3pm – Portuguese
3-4pm – Arabic

Sign-up will be first-come first-served, and you can indicate which sessions you would like to attend by filling in this form.
Any questions, please contact Sophie at

You can also find out more about the charity on their website:

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2 part-time jobs starting Trinity Term

We have two part time, temporary, out of hours vacancies, both to start in 0th week of Trinity Term.
Post 1: We are looking for a clerical assistant to work Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 17.00-20.15 in weeks 1-8 and 17.00-18.45 in weeks 0 and 9.

You will provide reception cover and clerical support to the tutors and staff of the Language Centre. Together with the library assistant you will also be responsible for the safe lock-up of the building at the end of the day.

Good interpersonal skills, competence in the use of Microsoft Office, a pleasant telephone manner and excellent command of spoken and written English are essential.

Post 2: We are looking for a library assistant to work on Friday evenings 17.00-19.15 weeks 1-8 and 17.00-18.45 in weeks 0 and 9.

You will be responsible for providing out of hours library support to students, tutors and members of the University without direct supervision from the Librarian. You will be the first point of contact by tutors if they need assistance with IT or audio-visual equipment in the classrooms and help students and staff with the lending facilities. Together with the clerical assistant you will be responsible for the safe lock-up of the building at the end of the day.

An understanding of the use of computers and audio-visual equipment in classrooms is highly desirable, but training will be given to the suitable candidate.

Further details for both posts are available from , telephone 01865 283361.

The closing date for applications is noon on Thursday 25 February 2016.

To apply for these posts, please send your CV and names and contact details of two referees to or to The Language Centre, 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT.

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Bodleian Libraries training

In week 4 Bodleian Libraries are running the following information skills sessions:

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (repeat session Wednesday 10th February 9.15-12.15)

A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics.

Presenters: Joanne Edwards, Kate Beeby, Angela Carritt, Helen Worrell

Venue: Social Science Library Training Room, Manor Road, OX1 3UQ

Referencing: Mendeley (Friday 12th February 9.30-12.00)

Mendeley is a reference management package that helps you build libraries of references and then add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents. This session will be run in two parts with a break in between. If you are an advanced user of Mendeley you need only attend the second part, starting at 11.00.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.

Presenters: Oliver Bridle, Sophia Staves

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

What’s coming up in the iSkills Programme – See the full timetable at

Keeping up with Bodleian Libraries training opportunities: Why not follow us on Twitter at   or visit the Bodleian iSkills blog at

Questions? – Please contact


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Meeting room in library

We now have a new space ideal if you want to work in groups, watch a film together, or even want to use this as a room for self-reflection or prayer. You will need to book it in advance and there is a form on the door for this. This is of course reserved for language centre library readers and readers. Just for you! Enjoy!DSCF1809

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Pop Up Bike Safety Event!

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French cinema in close-up

A new book edited by Dr Abecassis

Not just biographies, but personal sketches of 175 French cinema actors and actresses (by a worldwide panel of contributors), looking at their personalities, acting, and careers.

Containing a comprehensive 34-page Index (and descriptions) of 2,200 French, Continental, and English-language Films.


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Postgraduate workshops

We begin our programme of Postgraduate workshops in Week 1 with further Research Skills Toolkits sessions. In addition to last term’s subject areas, we have added MPLS and Oriental Studies.

Research Skills Toolkit  (Daily workshops 18th – 21st January) Week 1

2 hour workshops to introduce key software and online tools for your research, hone your searching and information skills and introduce you to subject specialists. Topics on offer include: Finding articles, papers, conferences and theses; Keeping up to date and current awareness; Using Endnote to manage your references; Manipulating images using Gimp; Managing your thesis with word; Analyzising data with Excel pivot tables; Podcasting with Audacity; Plagiarism and how to avoid it; Your thesis, copyright and ORA; Finding highly cited journals and measuring research impact.

All sessions will be at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

Dates are as follows. Please pick one session from your subject area:

Humanities:  Wednesday 20th January 14.00 – 16.00  >Book a place

Medical Sciences:  Wednesday 20th January 10.00 – 12.00; Thursday  21st January 10.00 – 12.00  >Book a place

MPLS:  Tuesday 19th January 10.00 – 12.00; Thursday 21st January 14.00 – 16.00  > Book a place

Oriental Studies:  Monday 18th January 14.00 – 16.00  >Book a place

Social Sciences:  Tuesday 19th January 14.00 – 16.00  >Book a place

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