Keble College JCR

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Three Keble crews win blades in Torpids

UPDATE SATURDAY 27TH FEBRUARY: All 4 crews successfully bumped today meaning that W1, M1 and M2 have won blades. Well done to all Keble crews. 🙂

Original post (Friday 26th February):

Keble M1, W1 and M2 will win blades tomorrow (Saturday 27th February) if they successfully bump in the Neptune Torpids. Also rowing will be Keble M3, who unfortunately cannot win blades, but it would be great if they are able to bump tomorrow.

The race times for Keble crews are:

Keble M3 – 12:00 (Men’s Div VI)
Keble M2 – 14:00 (Men’s Div IV)
Keble W1 – 15:30 (Women’s Div II – see note below)
Keble M1 – 16:00 (Men’s Div II)

N.B Keble W1 are at the head of Women’s Div II. To win blades, they must row over and then bump in Women’s Div I, which is at 16:30.

It would be great if as many students as possible came down to Boathouse Island to support Keble, walking directions are available here (please note that bicycles are not permitted in Christ Church Meadow). There will be refreshments (e.g. sweets) in the boathouse.

A special mention also to Keble W2, who missed out on qualification for Torpids by only 1 second on Sunday after a seat in the boat broke, meaning that they only had seven people rowing.

Finally, a quick reminder that informal hall is from 18:00 to 18:30 only tomorrow, due to a private dinner in hall.

Good luck to all Keble crews rowing tomorrow. 🙂

6th Week Updates!

Hey y’all, it’s 6th week Hilary. We’ve made it past halfway through the year, oh how time flies.

This week is a big one for Keble! First, we have the annual Keble Arts Festival, themed “Let’s Talk”. The theme centers around using different types of art as a method of communication, both for everyday topics and also discussion that is more “taboo”. Here is a link to the KAF timetable – highly recommend attending any of these! (Bop is Monday, bar tab and everything!)

In other extracurricular news, Torpids is this week as well. From Wednesday-Saturday, 32 college rowers, 4 coxswains, and 4 coaches will race down at the Isis River. Come support as our four boats aim to be the fastest on the river; you can find our racetimes here.

We’ve also got loads of university sport representation playing in their respective Blues matches this weekend. On Saturday at the Uni Parks you can watch our four lacrosse players shoe the tabs, or head down to Iffley to watch the football women’s team, two of which are Keblites!

That’s all for now –

Shao out

New Keble Mascot

The results are in, and you have decided on the new Keble mascot costume!

The new mascot costume will be a — drumroll please…..

Keble Brick!

Now if anyone can nominate who will go in the costume…

Shao x

Keble reach Saturday of Christ Church Regatta

Both Keble WA and Keble MA are rowing on the final day of Christ Church Regatta, the annual regatta for novice rowers.
This is tomorrow Saturday 28th November

Racing starts at 12:32 with the first race for Keble MA being their fourth round race at 12:44 v Oriel MB and the first race for Keble WA being their quarter-final at 13:16 v Wolfson WA.

Winning boats proceed to the next round, with the final being at 14:45 for men’s boats and 14:50 for women’s boats.

It would be great if students came down to Boathouse Island to support Keble, walking directions are available here (please note that cycling is not permitted in Christ Church Meadow).

Good luck to Keble WA and Keble MA. 🙂

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