Mindfulness with Sophie McLaren

21 Oct 2020

Covid 19 has taken the energy out of many of us and we are in a moment of uncertainty. We have no idea how things will unfold.

With this in mind, Oxford10 invited Sophie who has been running mindfulness sessions for many years, to not only give us a talk about mindfulness but to also show us how we can use it in our everyday lives.

In today’s session we learned that mindfulness can give us stability when we feel the carpet has been pulled from under our feet. It appears that we are being distracted 47% of our time and this leads to our mind wandering around.

In two short mindfulness practice tasks of 2 and 4 minutes each, we found out that we have a direct experience and a narrative experience with our mind. Sophie told us what to focus on so that we can shift our experience with our mind in order to stop the talking in our head.

We finished the session by writing down ten things that nourish us and also a few things that deplete us and how we can shift these energy depleting things from our list. A wonderful experience that came at the right time when so many of us are experiencing fatigue and are looking for ways to calm our minds.

#StartedinOxford Demo Day

Applications are open for the #StartedinOxford Demo Day – deadline is 23 October 5pm.  Apply now

The #StartedinOxford Demo Day is a celebration and showcase of the Oxford-linked entrepreneurship community, and will be held online on Wednesday 18 November 2020.  This event will bring together exciting companies and ventures linked to the University of Oxford or Oxford Brookes University (students, staff or alumni) from across the globe, as well as those from across Oxfordshire.

In previous years, we have come together in Oxford, with 20-30 startups and over 300 registered attendees mingling and chatting over the course of an evening.  This year we will be virtual – there will be even more hand-picked companies to meet and engage with in a fresher’s fair style virtual setup.  The event will be open for almost 24 hours, with sector-specific sessions, panel discussions, and opportunities to hear selected companies pitch live throughout the UK work day.  Attendees can find out more about each company, request more information, chat with the company representatives, and vote for their favourites to win prizes, including cash, introductions to networks and VIP’s, and connections to the wider Oxford-linked ecosystem.

The Demo Day has multiple purposes: 

·         increasing awareness of Oxford-linked companies and ventures (in this case, from across the globe),

·         facilitating connections (ie water cooler discussions) between people and organisations in the ecosystem, and

·         supporting companies to finding the resources they need now (including cofounders or employees, workspace, advisors or mentors, access to networks or experts, or investment)

As a company you will get:

  1. The opportunity to showcase your company to a large worldwide audience, across the Enterprising Oxford platform and via its connected networks and partners
  2. A chance to win prizes, including cash, access to networks, experts, mentors and collaborators, and support packages
  3. To meet other companies exhibiting, from a range of sectors and stages
  4. Exclusive access to VIP guests, including senior executives, investors, and key connectors in the Oxford-linked entrepreneurship ecosystem

Apply now

Welcome to Oxford: Freshers’ Event

It’s tinted with nostalgia, but only for you.

On Thursday 17th September, Oxford10 held a Zoom event for London-based freshers (undergraduate and postgraduate) to help them ease into their exciting journey at Oxford. Nearly 100 freshers attended the event – a definite record for this Oxford10 committee – and they got to meet friendly faces, hear from current students about how the upcoming term was shaping up amidst the pandemic, and put their wits to the test in a three-round quiz.

Current second-years Seren Ford, Rachel Howe and Orly Welch shared their experiences at Oxford to date – including a Trinity term in lockdown – and their thoughts on how freshers could make the best of their time at Oxford, even amidst a global pandemic. The participants were then grouped by colleges – with some colleges bravely represented by just one person – and asked a range of Oxford-themed questions. We’d invite you to try answering some of them as well:

Which US president studied at University College?

How many libraries are there in Oxford?

When was the Oxford Union founded?

Eventually, the team of Corpus Christi and Christ Church emerged victorious, pulling ahead of the rest of the competition with full points across all three rounds. Seems like that lot are very prepared to do Open House next year, where they will undoubtedly charm wide-eyed sixth-formers with their formidable knowledge of Oxford.

Participants thoroughly enjoyed the event, as it gave them an opportunity to meet some friendly faces and make them feel at home in Oxford (even as they were mostly attending the event in their own homes!). The Oxford10 team wishes every fresher the very best as they began their journey from Oxford; if nothing else, the event gave us cause to reminisce fondly.

Answers: Bill Clinton, 100, 1823

A Dark Abyss or the Sunlit Uplands of New Opportunity? By Jonathan Black

On 8th September 2020, Oxford10 welcomed Jonathan Black (Director, Careers Service & Internship Office, University of Oxford, and also Chair of the Oxford Hub) for a live seminar on career prospects in the light of a pandemic-related slowdown.

In an interactive and engaging session, Jonathan shared his view on the effects the pandemic has had on the job market. These insights included quantified trends as shown by the number of job vacancies posted on the OU job vacancy board, and the outlook in different sectors under significant influence of forces such as COVID, Brexit and automation.

The talk finished with an encouragement to the alumni to use the careers service, which provides support to Oxford alumni for life. These services include the job vacancy board on CareerConnect, access to careers fairs and Skype appointments with alumni careers advisors.

Summer Events Roundup

Screen-sharing is so out of date. We have webcams of a projector screen instead.

We recently held two more fantastic social events (virtually, though hopefully not for much longer).

On 31 July, we held a doubleheader event, starting with a cocktail-making session (featuring a classic Mojito and a more exotic Singapore Sling), with plenty of ice to cool things down after a long workday.

That was followed by a pub quiz from the comforts of home – participants paired up and tackled categories such as General Knowledge, Entertainers, and About Oxford.

Do you still remember the price of an Oxford Tube single student ticket to London? (£8) Or the year both boat crews in the Boat Race managed to sink their boats? (1912) Well, neither did everyone there… but hopefully it gave everyone a healthy dose of nostalgia for their time at Oxford!

(If you did know, then turn up for our next quiz events in the near future!)

A few days later, on 4 August, we welcomed Dr. Tom Crawford to the online lecture theatre to share his work on ‘Using Maths to Clean-up our Oceans’. He shared how a mathematical model for river outflows can help predict which areas are most susceptible to pollution from rivers, making it easier to coordinate clean-up as needed.

If you missed it, check out this recording of his lecture (as part of the Teddy Talks series):