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 email@example.com 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.
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!
This is your President speaking.
I have officially taken over the role for the 2015-2016 year. My first goal was to renovate the JCR Website so that it is newer and better than ever. If you’re reading this, you must have stumbled upon the website while we have been in the process of reaching this goal. Over the course of the summer, the committee and I will build up the website so that it is easy to use and a main point of contact for any Keble student. Hopefully, any questions about the college will be answered in the pages, and we can have better communication within the Keble community as a result of the widespread usage of this website!
In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding Keble feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The website will be up and running again before the beginning of Michaelmas 2015.
Have a great summer, and looking forward to a wonderful year,
Good morning Keble!
The rent deal for next year was approved by Governing Body yesterday, so we are happy to finally announce the figures.
Rent will increase for next year by 3.58%
Prices in Hall will be fixed and a new hall scheme has been agreed such that for every weekday evening meal you have in hall 10p will be taken off. So the first meal will be £4.28, the second £4.18, the third £4.08 and so on. If you attend all 40 sittings of hall in a term your average meal cost will be £2.28
In order to secure the rent figure we reduced the deficit in the Domestic Account (the one we have to balance) by £40,000, meaning that next year’s committee should be starting from inflation.
So hall will be a lot cheaper, rent has gone up by inflation and from this point on Keble should be looking to agree rent at least at the inflation level, and potentially below it. This leaves us still very low on the table comparing rents between colleges.
These are the headline figures however below is an explanation of how we got to them for those interested.
College offered us a figure of 6.1% which was comprised of:
VNI for the next year of 2.9%. This is the expected inflation for Oxford Colleges calculated by the Bursar’s Committee.
An adjustment for an undervaluation of last year’s VNI of 0.68%. Bursar’s committee also calculated that their prediction last year was an underestimate, given how much colleges have actually spent, accordingly they want to make up for this this year.
A 2.5% structural deficit in the Domestic Account. College is being run well when its three accounts break even. Domestic Account which we primarily contribute to consistently is in loss. In order to deal with this the Bursar wanted to make an increase in our rents of 2.5% which would eradicate a £50,000 deficit last year.
The MCR President and Treasure El Jaskowska and Jack Rowse, joined me and Rishi in tackling this figure. After many hours going through college’s accounts we found miscaluclations in the Photocopying account, telephone account, and the allocation of Hall Staff costs. We managed to challenge this figure and have the costs shifted to other accounts. This resulted in the removal of the structural deficit as noted above and therefore the 2.5% was removed from the offer.
We are happy with the final figure given that we had the highest offer of any Oxford college this year and we have to thank the Bursar and College for being so reasonable and open to us looking into the accounting system.
Monday 17th Feb 5.30pm-10.30pm
Tuesday 18th Feb Bar Closed
Wednesday 19th Feb 5.30pm-10.30pm
Thursday 20th Feb 5.30pm-10.30pm
Friday 21st Feb 6.00pm-10.30pm
Saturday 22nd Feb 1pm-7pm
Sunday 23rd Feb 5.30pm-10.00pm
Monday 24th Feb 6.00pm-10.30pm
Tuesday 25th Feb 6.00-10.30pm
Wednesday 26th Feb 6.00pm-10.30pm
Thursday 27th Feb 6.00pm-10.30pm
Friday 28th Feb 6.00pm-10.30pm
Saturday 1st march Bar closed
Sunday 2nd march 6.00pm-10.00pm
Monday 3rd March 6pm-10.30pm
Tuesday 4th March 5.30-10.30pm
Wednesday 5th March Bar Closed
Thursday 6th March 6.00pm-10.30pm
Friday 7th March 6.00pm-10.30pm
Saturday 8th March 1pm-7pm
Sunday 9th March 2.30pm-10.00pm
Monday 10th March 5.30pm-10.30pm
Tuesday 11th March 5.30-10.30pm
Wednesday 12th March 5.30-10.30pm
Thursday 13th March 5.30pm-10.30pm
Friday 14th March 5.30pm-12.30pm (bop)
Saturday 15th March Bar Closed
Sunday 16th March Bar Closed
Nominations for the positions of Female and Welfare Officers, Equal Opportunities Officer, Freshers’ Week President and Charities & Donations Officer are now open!
Please note that the position of Charities & Donations Officer is a by-election and due to be re-elected in 6th Week of TT14.
Nominations forms can be found here. Please hand in a hard copy to Katie Davies via pidge and en electronic copy by email to email@example.com. Nominations close on Thursday at midnight.
Hustings will be held in the meeting on Saturday of 5th at 8pm – this weekend.
Welcome to the JCR’s State of the Union. Part trumpet blowing, this is also a record some of the successes of the term and more importantly we can see what is left to do (New Year’s Resolutions – coming 2014). This is not a full list of every task we have done as that would be far too boring a list for me to write, never mind for people to read. These are just the highlights, like Match of the Day.
A brief disclaimer: each section of this article was written by its relevant officer, so apologies for the stylistic changes from report to report.
The JCR as a whole:
- Moved to weekly JCR meetings
- Got a pool table, a piano, a display cabinet and a PS3.
- Made folklore, by topping the Queen’s portrait with the Missing Coffee Cup saga.
- Got some new officers: Vice-President – Chris Allnutt E+E – Jake Palmer Entz – Deanna Greenhalgh, Severin Limal and Greg Albery Careers + Alumni – Emma Brand
- Paid our respects to others: Vice-President – Luka Boeskens E+E – Fiona Elliott Entz – Sascha Eady, Joel Duddell and Tom Stokoe Careers + Alumni – Sort of Gompels
- Liaised with college regarding welcome drinks and decanal issues (phrased diplomatically)
- Finally took a JCR kitchen proposal to committee level. The 6 page document is available to be read, and governing body will be discussing the issue at the start of a new year. (#keepthejcrkitchenalive courtesy of the MCR President)
- Stocked the lodge with cheap bike-locks, which has saved students around £500 this term.
- Carried on James’ legacy by learning how to use the website, and I will take this opportunity to apologise for spamming the noticeboard.
- Organized trials for a JCR/MCR University Challenge Team (Congrats to Hossein Sharafi, Peter Larner, David Owen, Emilie Brignall & Nathan Graff)
- Decreased selected bar prices by a few cents, to be implemented at an undefined time in the future;
- Re-enforced the washing machines to be repaired within at most least 2 days;
- Potential slight diversification of the sandwich selection.
- Administered the finances of the JCR, ensuring all reimbursements (other than one) have been made within one day of receiving the necessary paperwork and details.
- Ensured the matriculation photos ran smoothly
- Created a short battels guide so first years knew what to expect in each battels statement!
- Organised, along with Welfare, a chocolate fountain event
- Ensured College took responsibility for paying the license fee for the TV in the bar
- Organised the Children in Need Raffle and bar tournaments raising in excess of £975 for charity.
- Created the JCR discount card!
- * Successfully inducted the Freshers to the JCR; well-attended induction session; disposable camera idea went down well with the Freshers and montage in the JCR to prove it; several motions submitted by first years early in the term; first year candidates for committee positions in 6th week
- * Great emails (I think you’ll agree?!) on time, colourful as promised, coherent minutes produced (clutching at straws here)….
- * Organised entertaining and largely well attended JCR meetings with the help of Jack Field
- Organised two great bops
- Fixed the speakers
- Peer Support Drop In Sessions
- Text-a-Mince Pie
- Welfare Teas, including an introductory session for Freshers
- Fruit Bank
- 5th Week Blues events including a free Zumba Class and Film Night
- Provision of condoms, lube, and pregnancy test with a condom machine to come in Hilary
- Working with the Dean to resolve and clarify Welfare issues
This term we have met with the Senior Tutor to finalise the implementation of Academic Feedback Sessions, a new more personal system of feedback designed for you. This will be trialled in Hilary Term with a view to rolling it out to all subjects next year if successful. Our main successes this term however have been in Access, or outreach. We have sent (I believe) an unprecedented number of students to our target region this term, where they have met around 400 aspiring School pupils and carried out presentations, Q&As and mock interviews. The latter programme was described by school staff as “insightful and inspirational” and we were spontaneously sent a card by some of the students. On top of this , we continue to run up to three school visits a week, dedicated essentially myth-busting. A busy term!
Accomodation: 1) Did the ARCO ballot 2) Pushed for hobgoblin in the bar and for lower spirit prices 3) Passed a motion for the college phone book, more coming next term 4) Organising a new pool table for the JCR 5) Organising various art competitions for the bar which will come to a head next term
This term Arts&Pubs have …. * Ran weekly Art Soc plus extra slots … * EXTRA Art Soc – on 5th week and 8th (Artsmas) * Keble goes to Endgame * Artsmas events in Bar after panto * Set up our KAF Subcommittee * Bought publications through JCR Motion – Oxfam Syria Appeal Anthology * Will open submissions for all entries to Fig.
- Organised between several members of the committee to organise the 5th Week Blues event, and was particularly involved with Keble Goes Bear Faced
- Along with Alex Fox produced a very memorable Panto which raised a lot for charity.
- Among the great causes this term have been: Meningitis UK, DEC Philippines Appeal and Movember Europe
Attended the bi-weekly meetind and fed back to the JCR on key issues such as the Vice Chancellor’s speech and the protests regarding lecturer’s wages.
- A term of dealing with the JCR bikes, we got a new bike and bought them some lights
- Organised the Student Switch-off Campaign
Our saga begins in that week of joy and confusion known in common parlance as freshers’ week, a week practically lost in the mists of time (otherwise known as October). On the fifth day of freshers’ week, Keble gave to you a sexual consent workshop, run by Flo and I. Now, I’m not saying that there were lots of people there, not when compared to, say, the number of people watching the moon landing, or the number of people out there who are big fans of oxygen, but we definitely turned up. That was part of a scheme championed by my predecessor, actually, so very Keble related. What came next? Well, the black history month movie night of course, where one of Spike Lee’s finest, and most controversial, works was displayed for the enjoyment of you guys. It was, of course, ‘Do The Right Thing’, and personally I thought it was a brilliant movie.
Who could forget, too, the Disability Awareness Week Games Night put on in our very own JCR! There were competitions, there were blindfolds, there were phones, there were people headbutting the table in an attempt to text. You think I’m joking? Fine then, have some proof!
Proof! There you go! A good time was had by all, and hopefully some people became made aware of how difficult everyday activities can be for those people who have disabilities. But don’t stop looking now, boys and girls, because there’s more to come next term! So stay tuned for LGBTQ month and more, coming up, after this holiday break. Merry Christmas!
Freshers’ Week President
- Pusey Room welcome on Monday
- Stash organised including hoodies, t-shirts, mugs, diaries
- Roving welcome team
- Gate shifts
- Helpers for evening activities Monday-Friday
- Tour of Oxford
- Assistance with Keble induction
- Keble Treasure Hunt
- Keble Freshers’ Fair
- Oxford Union Tour
- Oxford University Student Union Freshers’ Fair Escort
- Gerard’s Bar Quiz Setup
- Jazz Night including In The Pink/Alternotives
- We got a new one:
- Made some memorable trailers
- Bought him a bell
- Introduced story time to the JCR
‘We should all want a smarter, more effective government. And while we may not be able to bridge our biggest philosophical differences this year, such as whether the toasties in the cafe are better or should Matt be allowed to sing at next term’s open mic, we can make real progress. With or without this College, we will keep taking actions that help the common room grow. But we can do a whole lot more with your help. Because when we act together, there is nothing the JCR of Keble College can’t achieve.(except a kitchen)” – Barack Obama, Jan. 24, 2012
The results from yesterday’s elections:
Careers & Alumni Relations – Emma Brand
Entz – Severin Limal, Greg Albery & Deanna Greenhalgh
Environment & Ethics – Jake Palmer
Vice President – Chris Alnutt
See here for the BREAKDOWNS
Congratulations to the new committee members and thank you for everyone who ran and those who voted!
The JCR committee has organised an extravaganza of events to keep away the dreaded 5th week blues:
1. We have the bar tournaments throughout the week with big prizes up for grabs:
Table Tennis on Monday
Darts on Tuesday
Pool on Thursday
Fifa will be going on throughout the week
If you would like to enter any of these email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. If this isn’t your thing we also have a free Zumba session on MONDAY at 7-8pm, so turn up and dance those blues away.
3. We also have ArtSoc on every single day of next week, so head down to JCR 2 from 3-5, Monday through Friday, to get creative
Further to this there will be a Life Drawing Class provisionally on Wednesday. More details to follow.
4+5+6. We also have Open Mic Night on Friday (all singers, dancers, musicians, comedians do apply) and Gerard’s Bar Quiz on Saturday at which we will draw the raffle prizes. If you don’t know about this check your emails, as there are some amazing prizes up for grabs. Tickets will be being sold most days in lunch or brunch and even Matt the Barman is getting involved, and will be contributing 10% of Bar Profits to Children in Need (big thank you to College).
7. We also may be having a comedy night and film nights, but will update this page if and when.
8. Perhaps most importantly – Jack Field is doing double story time at this weekends JCR meeting. Get pumped.
The next week has loads going on, and the committee has spent a lot of time sorting this all out, so do get involved.