Why is our mascot a beaver?

Symbol of industriousness. Among other things. RF Butler explained: Beavers live in communities and undertake work of a communal character but he returns to sleep in his own little lodge (remaining at heart a ‘home student’).
One of the founders of St Anne’s College was married to a Canadian, and the beaver is the national animal of Canada.
You can read a bit more about the St Anne’s history in this booklet.

Who was Saint Anne?

The mother of the Virgin Mary, who taught her to read.

How do I obtain my Bod Card?

Please check your emails, as you have been given extensive information about this before coming to Oxford! Your Bod Card (university card) is very important as you need it to get into University buildings and libraries, loan books, and get food at St Anne’s. There are several registration sessions at the start of each term at which you can pick up your Bod Card; you have to bring your ID (and visa if applicable).

How do I obtain my college fob?

Ask at the college lodge (at the entrance from Woodstock Road). The porters will be happy to help. Visit the lodge also in case of a damaged/lost fob.

How do I book a meal?

You only have to book for special events such as formals; you don’t need to book for a regular meal in hall.
Log in to WebLearn and pick “Meal Booking…” on the right-hand panel.
You will end up on the Meal Booking home page, which shows all of the meals you can currently book for.
Make sure you have enough money on your Bod card: the cost of the formal will be deducted immediately.

Once you have signed up for a regular formal, you will have to book yourself onto a table. This is done on paper, on a seating plan which is hung next to the entrance of the Danson Room in Hartland House.

How do I pay for food and drinks/top up my Bod card?

You will need to put money on your Bod card before buying a meal or drinks at St Anne’s. STACS and the bar take cash, but in Hall you can only pay with your Bod card.
Log in to WebLearn and pick “Meal Booking…” on the right-hand panel. On the Meal Booking home page, select “Top-Up Card”. Under Payment Description, select “Food Top Up” (for food in Hall and STACS) or “Bar Top Up” (for drinks at the bar). You can then pay with your debit or credit card.

Can I bring my partner/friend/child to a meal in hall?

You can bring anyone you like to regular meals, although you have to pay for everyone with your St Anne’s bod card.
For regular formals, you can bring a maximum of three guests, for whom you have to book places via WebLearn. For MCR dinners, you can bring one guest (booking through the WebLearn too).

There are some formals to which you can’t bring guests, such as the Graduate Freshers Formal and the Christmas Dinner.

College doesn’t allow children to attend formals.

How many guests can I bring to event X?

Regular formal hall: A maximum of three guests.
MCR Dinner: One guest.
Exchange dinners, Christmas formal, wine tastings: No guests.
MCR parties: Ask the Social Secretaries for permission.

How do I sign up to event X?

If it is organised by the MCR, you can sign up via this website. Click on the event on the Event Calendar to go to the booking page.

Where can I buy a bike?

Second-hand bikes are mostly sold online (e.g. Gumtree or Stuart Bikes). On Facebook, you have the Students of Oxford Swap (Shop) and Buy and Sell Cycling Stuff in Oxfordshire. You can also visit some of the Oxford bike shops, such as Summertown Cycles or Walton Street Cycles. These shops also sell second-hand bikes.

How can we find out the prices of different formal dinners?

Visit WebLearn and check the info on the particular event. Regular formal dinners have different price when wine is included.

How do I cancel tickets for event X? / What is the cancellation policy?

Formal Dinners can usually be cancelled via WebLearn up to three days before the event. For MCR events, contact the social secretaries or the treasurer.

How do I sign up to go punting?

Punts can be booked from the start of Trinity Term until the end of the summer vacation. Therefore, we will display a folder labelled ‘MCR Punting’ in the common room. This contains a sign-up schedule and punting snippets. First, write your name in a free slot (do so much in advance as it becomes increasingly popular during Trinity Term). On the day of your punting slot, take one of the snippets out of the folder, write your name and day/time on it and get it stamped by one of the porters in the lodge. Then take this snippet with you to Cherwell Boathouse.

Can I pass my ticket for event X on to somebody else?

You can do so, but please inform the organisers of the event (e.g. the social secretaries).

How can I hold an event in the EPH Common Room?

Every member of the MCR can book the Common room once a term for a private event. Please contact the MCR President much in advance.

What does an Exchange Dinner involve?

We go to another college to eat, that college comes to us a week later to eat.

What are the Oxford dress codes?

In normal parlance, one could safely presume that a ‘formal’ and a ‘smart’ dress code would be synonyms for one another. However, Oxford, like in many other things, insists on doing things differently.

Please note that at the wine tasting, no formal dress is required. (There’s no dress code at all really, but smart-casual is always a safe option.)


Smart attire

For events with ‘smart’ as a dress code, such as the graduate dinner, MCR dinners, and all other formal dinners at college, the general guide to dress is as follows:

Men: Typically wear a dark suit with a tie
Women: Cocktail dresses are very popular – save your ball gowns for ball season in Trinity term!

However, at formals you will not be turned away for dressing inappropriately; even so, people will usually make an effort to look their best (e.g. no jeans, no torn clothing, no sportswear).


Formal attire

Formal attire usually implies that one wear a gown and something smart underneath (see below). However, with very few exceptions, at St Anne’s you will not need to wear a gown to any event save your matriculation ceremony to which you MUST wear sub fusc. If you are invited to formal dinners at other colleges, you may be required to wear a gown; however, simply ask the person inviting you to advise you on the appropriate dress code for these


Black and White tie

These are the two most formal dress codes you will likely encounter at Oxford. However, aside from if you are feeling flush in Trinity ball season, and have friends who invite you to special and expensive dinners in other colleges, you will not need to wear this at St Anne’s.

Men: Dark suit/tuxedo, white shirt, black bow tie (for black tie), white bow tie (for white tie)
Women: Ball gown/prom dress or other similar equivalent


Sub Fusc
Sub Fusc is worn at matriculation and exams. For the official description of the Sub Fusc, see the university website.

You should all have been given explanations about your matriculation ceremony and the sub fusc uniform by the college in the information packs you received when you arrived. However, if any of you are still unsure about it the attire is as follows:

Men: Dark closed shoes, black suit/tuxedo, white dress shirt, black tie/black bow tie/white bow tie, graduate gown, mortar board

Women: Dark smart shoes, Dark stockings, black skirt/trousers, white collared shirt, black ribbon tie thingamabob/ black tie, graduate gown, mortar board.

Please note that the university regulations for sub fusc are NOT actually gender specific and so you need not feel constrained to the gender binaries suggested by the above recommendations.

Sub fusc is required for your matriculation ceremony and all examinations you may take during your time at Oxford.

We hope this helps you navigate the at times unfamiliar, sometimes downright archaic, but usually fun dress codes and look forward to seeing you bedecked in all your finery in due course. (Written by Tim Abel, 10/15).

How do I apply for a travel grant?

You will need to complete an application and submit to the college, usually by the Friday of 5th Week of each term. Grant requests of more than £150 require the support of your supervisor. Any unsuccessful or partially successful grants will be forwarded along to the MCR Academic Affairs Officer for further review, though the available fund is much smaller (typically £500 per term). See the College Travel Grants page for the application form and more details.

How do I subscribe to the MCR mailing list?

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