Keble College JCR

Keble JCR

JCR Charity 2015-2016

Your Charities reps are pleased to announce that the winner of the vote for JCR charity is Medecins Sans Frontières! MSF offers worldwide medical aid to those who need it most: from rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean Sea to treating those affected by the conflict in Ukraine.Across the globe, MSF help people caught up in conflicts, epidemics and natural disasters, so the money raised by the JCR really is going to a worthy cause.

Thanks to everyone who got involved my nominating a charity and voting- this year’s JCR charity won the ballot by one vote, so every vote really does count! Look out for fundraising events around college coming soon.

Charities love x


Academic Affairs – How to report your Academic Concerns

Happy 5th week everyone!

This post is quite a long one, but it’s worth a read as it outlines what to do if you have any concerns about your academic work or the way you are being taught.

I’m in the process of finalising a form on which you will be able to report your academic concerns, anonymously or not, to college who will take it further. If you’re struggling with a particular tutor, with the workload you’ve been set, or just feel that you’d like to talk to someone about how to manage the work that you’re getting, you’ll be able to report this and I’ll take the appropriate course of action.

It will all go through me as I’m here to support you and back you up. I’ll be able to forward your concerns and complaints and take the right course, but, if there is something particular that you’d like me to do (e.g. putting you in touch with another student who’s taken that paper so you can get some advice) I’d of course be happy to do that. I also welcome submissions from groups of students or tutorial groups.

It’s just got to get approved by college and then it’ll be available for download right here on the JCR website, and there will be paper copies available in the JCR itself.

For now, my e-mail address is and please e-mail me if there’s anything I can do for you in the way of academic concerns. If you’d like to talk it through, the other peer supporters and I will be based outside the library from 8-11 on Tuesday night as part of the 5th week fun that’s been planned. You’re welcome to come and visit us for some sweets and a chat, whether it’s for some peer support, academic support or just a break from your evening in the library.

We’ll also be posting a mobile number on Tuesday so if you’d like a peer supporter deliver some sweets to your room, for a chat or not, just drop us a message with you request.

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday night!


5th Week Events~

As I have said before, I don’t believe in the so-called “5th Week Blues”. However, for those of you who do, your JCR can help with that! Here is a timetable of the events that the committee are putting on throughout the week, and a link to all the welfare support available for you (during the entire year, but especially if you’re feeling blue).


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Your Starter for 10….

Trials for the 2016 University Challenge Series are taking place this week!

This week Keblites will trial for their chance to take on Paxman face to face in the ultimate quiz for students that know random facts like what the letters U.S.B stand for and which US state is the third largest after Alaska and Texas!

It has been decades since Keble students managed to battle through the TV rounds and reach quizzing glory in the final… the famous teams of 1975 and 1987 wait with bated breath to see if their legacy shall finally be upheld, and if current Keblites will once again take their place among the University Challenge heroes of yesteryear.

The trials are at 8 30pm on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th in the Jean Robinson Room (Arco Basement). Come along – the written test won’t take longer than 30 minutes, all scores will remain anonymous and all you need is a pen! Each college can send four students plus a reserve to the next round, and from there looks to bag a spot on the TV rounds.

VP x

Environment & Ethics Update

This year a number of schemes set in motion last term continue for Environment and Ethics;

– The plastic salad boxes in hall should only used for taking salad out, as the ceramic bowls are now an option

– The Keble Cafe Discount Card Scheme continues to operate in the cafe (bring your own mug for 9 hot drinks, get the 10th one free!) *see attached images*

– ‘Milkshare’, a word coined by Rich Gibbs encourages you to share your milk in hall during breakfast, instead of leaving it half full and wasted

– There is a poster of the staff members and college structure in the JCR and MCR to clarify who is who

– There is a box in the JCR for used batteries to be recycled

– Unwanted food and linen were collected for the Just Love Campaign, after we filled a huge box in the JCR

New plans for this term!

– We are signed up to the student switch off, where individuals and colleges can win a range of prizes. Keep an eye out in JCR emails and on the Keble Noticeboard for information about this, as well as coasters soon to be distributed throughout college

– Put another box in the JCR for collecting unwanted food to give to charity

– Looking into the prospects of having food waste bins in ARCO kitchens and 1/2nd year corridors so that it can be composted and less goes to landfill

– Promote recycling bags and encourage people to go and collect them from the Porter’s Lodge if they don’t have them, and ask the Scouts to replace them after emptying them

– Looking into prospect of having recycling bins outdoors round Keble

– Open to any other suggestions about how to reduce Keble’s carbon footprint and increase our ethical approaches to a range of issues.

That’s all for now!

Helen xx

Nominate a charity to be supported by the JCR!

As it’s the beginning of the year, it’s time for us to choose a new charity for the JCR to support. This charity will receive the money raised by the different FUN events that we’ll be putting on each term. Last year we fundraised for Braille without Borders, but the charity really can be anything that you think is worthy of the college’s support!

If you would like to nominate a charity to be supported by the JCR for the coming year then please send us this nomination via email before 5pm next Friday (ie. Friday 2nd week).

We’ll then have a college-wide vote to decide in Week 3.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email any of the Charities and Donations Officers!

Lots of charities love xox


Four brand new bikes from Brainlabs will be available from Wednesday, 14 Oct 2015 to use for all JCR and MCR members. There are two men’s and two women’s bikes that can be checked out from the lodge for up to 4 hours.

These bikes, locks, and lights are all completely new, so please take good care of them if you take a bike out for a ride. Please return the bikes on time, there are many students in college who would like to use this scheme, and if you continually return late you will be suspended from using the bike scheme for a period of time.


Read the rules of borrowing the bikes, and if you find any maintenance issues with them send a report here:


On Saturday 10th October Keble will be hosting it’s first Bop of the year: Cockney Rhyming Slang. So whether you’re coming as a “dog and bone” or “Lady Godiva” grab a china plate and get down to the bar at 9pm and we’ll have a kitchen sink or two, then a good old kick and prance.
If you have no idea what we’re talking about, have a look at these for inspiration:
There are alumni events in college on Saturday so it’s important that everyone brings their BODCARD to the BOP so that security can keep track of who is there.
At the helm of the DJ decks will be the musically questionable but undoubtedly entertaining combination of DJ Surrey and 50 $hed (Jonathan Mitchell and Matthew Jamshed) and we’ll see the return of Dominic Parr and our resident DJ Robert Goode, giving the people what they want!
As usual we shall be providing free tokens for alcoholic and non-alcoholic bevs for people in costume, provided on a first-come-first-served basis from 9pm!
So whether you’re a homesick Cockney fresher or 3rd year in need of cultural acclimatisation ahead of starting your grad job in the city – get down to the bar on Saturday!
Love Entz xox
*Note for new students* although you may get your hands on a free drinks token, in order to buy drinks at the Keble bar you can either bring money (which can be a pain in costume) or you can go to then click >epos>top-up card and you can put money on your bod card which can then be used to pay at the bar.

Pre-term Updates

Hello lovely members of the Keble JCR,

I am very excited to welcome you all to Keble, whether you’re a new fresher or a returning student. I have a few updates from the JCR Committee and myself:

1. Welcome freshers! Keble’s Fresher’s Week Committee has gone above and beyond preparing this upcoming week for you. A few tips: if you don’t know your schedule for the week, check here. If you get lost in town, and the passerby you’re asking directions from doesn’t know where Keble is, ask where the Lamb and Flag is, guaranteed they’ll know it. If you’re feeling lost in college, we’re all friendly here! Good luck.


2. JCR Representative positions are open! These include:

  • Speaker- chairs JCR meetings and cracks jokes.
  • Bike Rep- looks after our new and improved bike scheme.
  • Yearbook Rep- compiles and distributes yearbooks for finalists.
  • Sports Rep- manages sports budget, equipment, and does other sporty things.
  • IT Rep- helps with this website and sets up online voting for elections.
  • LGBTQ Rep- is a point of contact for anyone in college who identifies, and this year will be putting on events!
  • Disability Rep- (see above)
  • BME Re- (see above above)
  • Arts & Pubs Officer- oversees the Keble Art Society and Keble Art Festival.

If you’d like to apply for any of these positions, take a look at the constitution for these roles’ responsibilities and email with a manifesto (check your email) by Thursday, October 8th at midnight.


3. If you are a 4th year or a 1st-3rd year who is “significantly older” than your year group, you can apply for associate membership of the MCR. Those guys have a cool hangout MCR room with a kitchen and a big TV, and lots of MCR-only events. Application forms and rules can be found here.


Lastly, if any of you have any questions or need any help, don’t hesistate to drop me a line. I’m here for ya.

Welcome Freshers!

So you’ve just received confirmation that you’re officially going to study at the most magical place on earth (Keble). Congratulations! You’ve hit the jackpot in the college pick, and have fortunately ended up at the best one. Keble has a wonderful community full of bright, unique, and passionate students, and we are so happy for you to join us.

You’ve probably found this website because being the keen-o you are, you Googled ‘Keble College Oxford’ and this came up. Well done, you. Bookmark this website, or set it as your homepage- you’re going to use it a lot. And while you’re here, take a look, you can find all sorts of information regarding the college and everything you’ve been anticipating your whole life.

Meanwhile, you can hop on over to the Fresher-specific website for packing lists, Fresher’s week calendar, and even the names of your college parents (btw, if you’re my child add me on Facebook pls). Get excited, and I’m looking forward to meeting all of you in October!

With love,

Shao x