Events - June 2019


University Staff Offers

Win VIP tickets to Fitfest Oxford on 15 June 2019

We have a pair of VIP tickets on offer - and a 20% discount off tickets for the Fitfest event at the Oxford Academy.

  • To claim the 20% University staff discount use code FFOOU20 when booking:

  • To enter the prize draw to win the pair of VIP tickets to the event, simply send your contact details to by 12pm on 11 June (please write Fitfest in the email subject line) 

Oxford Wine Festival 2019 – Free tickets and 20% staff discount

The Oxford Wine Festival returns on 6 and 7 September. The organisers are again offering University staff discounted tickets to the event and a prize draw for free tickets.

  • To claim the 20% University staff discount please enter discount code OxStaff19 on the booking page. Please use your or email address for verification purposes
  • To enter the prize draw to win a pair of tickets (we have two pairs to give away), send your contact details to by 5pm on 12 August (please write Oxford Wine Festival in the email subject line)

Details of other staff discounts can be found on the HR website

Lectures and Seminars

Can spying be principled in this digital age?

5.30pm-7pm, Tuesday 11 June, St Cross College (booking required)

The question of how far a state should authorise the peacetime collection and use of intelligence gathered by secret agents and by interception of communications has long been a thorny issue of public policy. Today, new ethical and legal questions arise from the ability to access in bulk personal information from social media and from Internet use and to apply artificial intelligence trained algorithms to mine data for intelligence and law enforcement purposes. In his talk Professor Sir David Omand, a former director of GCHQ, will lay out an ethical framework for thinking about these powerful developments in modern digital intelligence.


Novel approaches to assessing the safety and efficacy of new medicines

6pm-7pm, Tuesday 11 June, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building (booking required)

Under the leadership of Professor Duncan Richards, St Hilda’s College is establishing a Centre for Clinical Therapeutics Research. Sir Michael Rawlins GBE, MD, FRCP, FMedSci delivers the inaugural lecture, ‘Novel approaches to assessing the safety and efficacy of new medicines’, on 11 June 2019, 6pm, at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building


A Graduate Student's Tale; discovering pulsars as a young woman

5.30pm-6.30pm, Friday 14 June, Mansfield College

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is a world-famous physicist and Professorial Fellow of Mansfield College. In 2018 she was awarded a belated Breakthrough Prize for her discovery of pulsars as a radio astronomy PhD student 51 years ago. She was the first female President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland's National Academy).


Windrush Memorial Lecture

6.30pm-9pm, Saturday 22 June, Pitt Rivers Museum

To recognise Windrush Memorial day this evening lecture will explore racism, repression and resistance as a legacy to the Windrush Generation. The generation of British Citizens invited from the Caribbean to the British isles to help rebuild after the war. Keynote Speaker, Professor Horace G. Campbell, is a noted international peace and justice scholar and Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University, New York.


Time to Wake Up: The Importance of Getting Good Quality Sleep

6.30pm-7.10pm, Thursday 4 July, Lecture Theatre 1, John Radcliffe Hospital (booking required)

With one in three people in the UK affected by insomnia, improving our sleep quality is fast becoming a key public health priority. Dr Simon Kyle will discuss how sleep disruption affects our physical and mental health and the science behind optimising sleep.

Refreshments at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.


Family Friendly

Windrush Day

12pm-4pm, Saturday 22 June, Ashmolean Museum

Come to the Ashmolean for a vibrant programme of music, dance, stories, talks and tours, which have been designed and delivered collaboratively with community partners. The free event is part of a programme of Windrush events across the city of Oxford and links to the newly installed Nice Cup of Tea? Contemporary art installation at the Ashmolean.


Heads Up!

1pm-4pm, Saturday 22 June, History of Science Museum

Sculpt your own response to the Tomorrow's Oxford Heads art installation outside the Museum.

Suitable for all ages. All Galleries. Drop-in, no need to book.


Doing Up Our Flies

2pm-4pm, Saturday 8 June, University Museum of Natural History

A behind-the-scenes look at the British fly collections. Meet the experts and learn about the UK's 7,000+ species of fly!

Music Events

Recorders galore!

1.30pm-2.15pm, Thursday 13 June, Harris Manchester College

Programme of music ranging from Renaissance to Baroque, and Swing to Modern.