UAS Conference: about the day

The second event of the UAS Conference series 2016/17 took place on Tuesday 28 March in the Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. 

The programme began at 09:00 with an opening plenary from the Registrar, Professor Ewan McKendrink, followed by four breakout sessions, which comprised over 70 workshops, training sessions, presentations and tours. There was also a range of information stands to browse during the day.

Charity stalls
Thank you to everyone who supported the two charity sales during the day. Over £300 was raised for the Brain Tumour Research charity by IT Services, selling hand-knitted chicks. Almost £200 was raised for Maggie's Oxford Centre from the cake sale. Thank you to everyone who made a cake.

Opening plenary 

Professor Ewan McKendrick

The Registrar, Professor Ewan McKendrick, delivered an opening welcome and a talk on the University’s current and future challenges and opportunities followed by a Q&A session with a combination of pre-submitted questions and questions from the floor.

European university administrator 'buddy' programme

The International Strategy office was hosting a staff training week for European administrators and volunteers 'buddies' from the University met with the European trainees and showed them around the conference on the day.

Lunchtime activities

Tudor Accidents: What Happened Next?
During the lunch break Tudor Accidents: What Happened Next? – an intriguing history guessing game with Professor Steven Gunn (Fellow and Tutor in History at Merton College) took place in St Luke's Chapel, just outside the entrance to the Mathematical Institute.

Language Centre
Also on offer was a visit to the Language Centre following in the footsteps of over 3,000 language learners who come to the centre each year to learn 12 modern foreign languages and English for academic purposes. There was a short talk in the Roman Bath area (yes, really!) on what the centre can offer to students and staff, and visitors were shown round the classrooms and library in the intriguing buildings. Known as the Red Barn and the Cottage, as the blue plaques on the buildings testify, they began life at the start of the 20th century as a museum for stuffed wild game, and then as a theatre (the precursor to today’s Playhouse).



Registration opens



Information stands available














Opening plenary delivered by the Registrar


Breakout Session 1


Refreshment break and charity cake stand


Breakout Session 2


Lunch break
Food available to purchase from the café or from local establishments


Breakout Session 3


Refreshment break


Breakout Session 4


Conference closes