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    (Original post by Poppyxx)
    I don't say on TSR - mainly because I like to maintain some privacy. Otherwise putting together my name, subject and college (plus other personal info I mention on here - netball captain. JCR position etc) would mean I could be easily found. The logical solution would be to change my username, but I can't be bothered.

    All I'll say is that I'm at one of the central colleges, and there are no other frequent posters on TSR from my college. Well unless they're doing the same as me and being evasive about what college they are at!
    completely understood!
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    (Original post by michael321)
    I presume this is ok (and free) if you want to help out at interviews or whatever? I quite fancy spending an extra week or so there in December. Can pretty much anyone do this or is there generally quite high demand?
    I seem to remember you're going to Trinity (this will be a bit embarrassing if you're not! ) so here is a more college-specific answer:

    I helped out with the interviews in my second year and, yes, the demand is quite high. We got free accommodation and free food (yep, those other smilies you used in another post are entirely justified - our helper badges and bright yellow student helper polo shirts allowed us to take whatever food we wanted at mealtimes. It was rather a let-down when I came back for Hilary term and had to start paying attention to how much the different options cost again! ). We also got a small allowance for getting food at the weekends at the end of 8th and 9th week when hall wasn't open, and for buying drinks and nibbles in order to host a party for interviewees applying for our subject. The other perks were a £70 book voucher and a free high-table standard dinner in Hilary term. When all the interviewees had gone home, we were treated to mulled wine and mince pies and the three team leaders gave out 'awards' to the rest of the helpers.

    So yes, definitely apply to help out! It's good fun and a lovely time to be able to relax in Oxford.
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    (Original post by RampantLion)
    What's the situation with May balls? Does each college have it's own one? Are you allowed to go to other college's balls? And I think i heard somewhere that Magdalen, New and Worcester have huge ones... Is this correct?
    I don't know if every college has a ball - over a 3 year cycle I'd expect the vast majority do.

    The Commemoration Balls are the big ones - normally held in the 9th week of Trinity. These a white tie balls. There's a triennial cycle with certain colleges holding theirs in certain years of the cycle i.e. Magdalen in the first year (although Oriel seem to have joined them), New in the 2nd, traditionally Worcester in the 3rd (but now it's also ChCh, Trinity and St Johns).

    I could be wrong there.

    Tickets for Commemoration Balls are the hardest to come by.

    Throughout Trinity term (and the odd one or two in other terms) there are Summer Balls at a number of colleges - black tie and a LOT easier to get a ticket for. Normally around the £80 mark for a non-dining ticket, for Commemoration Balls non-dining tickets are well over £100.

    They are great events to go to - people often get a group of friends together to go to a ball at another college.

    Forgot Merton - they do a Winter Ball every 3 years (I think) which I believe is White Tie
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    (Original post by RampantLion)
    What's the situation with May balls? Does each college have it's own one? Are you allowed to go to other college's balls? And I think i heard somewhere that Magdalen, New and Worcester have huge ones... Is this correct?
    There are commemoration balls which are the big balls in the summer (9th week). They rotate on a triennial cycle between Magdalen, New then Worcester, Trinity, ChCh and John's in the 3rd year.

    Other colleges do host their own smaller balls though yes.
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    (Original post by RampantLion)
    Thanks for the response guys How do you come across tickets these then? Do members of the college of the ball get preference?
    members get priority.

    They are usually allocated at least 2 tickets (i.e. them and a guest minimum).

    Some colleges will hold a ballot for members to get more tickets.

    Alumni are normally offered tickets as well.

    Then whatever is left is open to the rest of the University, normally through the ball website.
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    (Original post by Poppyxx)
    I don't know if every college has a ball - over a 3 year cycle I'd expect the vast majority do.

    The Commemoration Balls are the big ones - normally held in the 9th week of Trinity. These a white tie balls. There's a triennial cycle with certain colleges holding theirs in certain years of the cycle i.e. Magdalen in the first year (although Oriel seem to have joined them), New in the 2nd, traditionally Worcester in the 3rd (but now it's also ChCh, Trinity and St Johns).

    I could be wrong there.

    Tickets for Commemoration Balls are the hardest to come by.

    Throughout Trinity term (and the odd one or two in other terms) there are Summer Balls at a number of colleges - black tie and a LOT easier to get a ticket for. Normally around the £80 mark for a non-dining ticket, for Commemoration Balls non-dining tickets are well over £100.

    They are great events to go to - people often get a group of friends together to go to a ball at another college.

    Forgot Merton - they do a Winter Ball every 3 years (I think) which I believe is White Tie
    Its not only commemoration balls that can stipulate white tie, although black tie is probably more common. Merton's can be white or black tie. St Catz also has a winter ball every 3 years. Some balls are actually very cheap at around £30, although at this stage you do have the question the status of 'ball'. A few colleges have had to cancel these cheaper ones in recent years due to lack of sales (at considerable expense to the JCRs in question).

    (Original post by RampantLion)
    Thank you very much for the info
    Take a look at Magdalen Ball's website for some more info
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    Oriel's ball is a commem one this year; I think this might be a newish thing for them though. Not quite sure what the current situation with Merton is, since our 750th is coming up, and I think there's a ball planned for that, so I don't know what effect that'll have on the normal three-year cycle.
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    (Original post by dbmag9)
    Oriel's ball is a commem one this year; I think this might be a newish thing for them though. Not quite sure what the current situation with Merton is, since our 750th is coming up, and I think there's a ball planned for that, so I don't know what effect that'll have on the normal three-year cycle.
    The anniversary falls within the normal 3 year cycle, if you consider academic years. The JCR will need to decide if it wants to fund a second winter ball in addition to the planned special summer one (which i believe college intends to run instead of the normal JCR committee). At least, this is what college staff were saying last year.
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    (Original post by RampantLion)
    Thanks! How quickly do these commem balls sell out then?
    Fairly sure most of them sold out some part through last term. A bit annoying, since I wanted an excuse to get some white tie on, but ah well. :p:
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    What happens about accomadation? I haven't been sent anything and cannot find anything on my college website. Most of my friends are talking about applying for accomadation early to be sure to get it, how can I do this?

    Thanks
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    (Original post by james22)
    What happens about accomadation? I haven't been sent anything and cannot find anything on my college website. Most of my friends are talking about applying for accomadation early to be sure to get it, how can I do this?

    Thanks
    Some colleges let you choose a price band for accomodation, for others (including Merton) you just show up in October and get told your room, unless you have some special requirements. If you haven't been sent anything from your college don't worry about it.
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    (Original post by RampantLion)
    Thanks! How quickly do these commem balls sell out then?
    Magdalen Ball sold out its 1800 places pretty fast. In fact, it was so popular that tickets never went on public sale, so you'll have to have friends with a Magdalener to come as a guest if that's the ball you want to go to
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    Does it matter if you meet the grade offer but significantly miss your predictions? Will the tutors care?
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    (Original post by crazychef)
    Does it matter if you meet the grade offer but significantly miss your predictions? Will the tutors care?
    No.
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    (Original post by crazychef)
    Does it matter if you meet the grade offer but significantly miss your predictions? Will the tutors care?
    Nope don't see why they would - you meet the offer, you're in
    I suppose if it happened loads with one school they might start thinking that the school was inflating grade predictions for future candidates. Bit unlikely though.
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    (Original post by crazychef)
    Does it matter if you meet the grade offer but significantly miss your predictions? Will the tutors care?
    The UCAS offer is a legally binding contract - if you achieve all the grades specified they have to take you. This applies to every University, including Oxford, so there can be no practical consequences. The tutors might care to the extent that it might be an indicator that having received an AAA offer a candidate then slacks off and doesn't get the A* grades they were predicted - that could mean bad work habits have been developed or that the passion for the subject shown at interview was faked or has since waned. In practice, though, most tutors don't go back to the predictions when the results come out so it's unlikely to be noticed.
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    do most colleges have wifi in the accommodation?
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    (Original post by fudgesundae)
    do most colleges have wifi in the accommodation?
    Merton didn't until recently, but there's some new wifi system that (I think) is being rolled out across the university, and possibly even across multiple universities, and at Merton at least that includes accomodation. Bring an ethernet cable anyway, though.
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    (Original post by dbmag9)
    Merton didn't until recently, but there's some new wifi system that (I think) is being rolled out across the university, and possibly even across multiple universities, and at Merton at least that includes accomodation. Bring an ethernet cable anyway, though.
    okay thanks
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    (Original post by fudgesundae)
    do most colleges have wifi in the accommodation?
    I can't speak for other Colleges but Somerville has an ethernet (wired) connection in every room and college-wide wi-fi so you can connect from anywhere within the College grounds.

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