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Competitions galore

Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on October 31, 2017.

Lots of firms across all industry sectors run competitions that students can enter, often in teams of 2 – 5. Competitions may be run locally (and exclusively for Oxford students) or opened globally with eye-catching prizes and finalists being flown out to an exotic location for the last round of judging.

A little bit of google-work will quickly lead to sites that bring these together (e.g Student Competitions), but you may also hear about competitions directly from firms at our Career Fairs or via email shots.

Individual companies sometimes pitch competitions to us directly, such as Rolls Royce – who have just launched a data visualisation competition open to anyone with a creative problem-solving mindset. Everything they need to know about the competition can be found on their dedicated online portal on the  Rolls Royce – where you can also register to take part and win a ten-week internship with the RR Digital team.

There are also third party platforms that partner with firms to run competitions. For example, Agorize are currently promoting 4 team competitions in healthcare, eco-energy innovation, airport planning and business strategy and prizes that include a ’round the world ticket’, flights and the chance to see your project integrated into the company’s business.

European competitions:

International competitions:

So why not scan the horizon, pull together a team and give it a try?

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CyberFirst Bursary for first year STEM students

Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on October 31, 2017.

To support the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Programme, GCHQ have created a new bursary scheme. Current first year undergraduates in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) subject can apply before 13 November.

CyberFirst is inspired and led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and aims to support and prepare undergraduates for a career in cyber security. NCSC partners with other government departments and selected industry, to offer students a comprehensive package of financial assistance and cyber skills training to help you kick start a career in cyber security. The scheme offers 3 benefits:

  1. At university: you will receive an annual bursary of £4,000 per year, tax-free.
  2. Each summer: paid employment , or bespoke training within government or industry, paid at £250 per week.
  3. After graduation: we aim to place you in a three-year graduate-level cyber security role within government or industry.

To earn while you learn,  visit the GCHQ website.

Applications are open now and close on 13 November.

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New! 15 minute CV check appointments

Blogged by Karan Karasinska on October 30, 2017.

On Wednesday 1 November we will be offering extra appointments for CV reviews. The appointments are 15 minutes long and you will be able to book them on CareerConnect from 8.00 on Tuesday 31 October. We expect demand for these appointments to be high; if you are unable to book one, you can still bring your CV to be checked at any Short Discussion appointment.

Please refer to our advice on CVs before bringing yours in!

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On-line test angst? Learn from the test-setters this Monday!

Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on October 25, 2017.
  • When: Monday 30 October, 13:00-14:30
  • Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road
  • Sign up: now via CareerConnect

Learn how to do well in online aptitude and ability tests, direct from a leading occupational psychologist and test developer who work at Enable Assessments – a leading firm used by companies in their recruitment processes.

  • Learn how you can prepare and be at your best in ability tests.
  • Understand why firms use situational judgement tests and evaluations of strengths and preferences, and tips for performing well on these.
  • Find out how to maximise the benefit from using our new Oxford access to Practice Aptitude Test’s online platform.
  • Put your questions to Guy Thornton, MD, Enable Assessments, and Nicola Tatham, Charted Occupational Psychologist, Enable Assessments.

Sign up now!

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The Law Fair 2017

Blogged by John Gilbert on October 25, 2017.
  • When: Saturday 4 November, Exhibitors from 11.00-15.00
  • Where: Exam Schools

Full details are in the fair booklet – now available to download.

A fair for law and non-law students

Meet solicitors, chambers, law schools and more!

Get advice at our talks

Practical Tips for becoming a Trainee Solicitor (11:15 – 12:00)

This session will be led by Sarah Pooley from the University of Law. Sarah is herself an experienced solicitor who now heads the University of Law’s Guildford centre. In this session she will take you through the process of qualification, the skills needed and the post graduate study required. She will also include an update on the forthcoming changes to the solicitors’ qualification route that the S.R.A. announced earlier this year and which are planned to start to take effect in September 2020.

Practical Tips for becoming a Pupil Barrister (12:15 – 13:00)

Obtaining pupillage is harder than ever. Every year, another cohort of highly qualified applicants enrols on the BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) and applies for an ever-shrinking number of pupillages. On top of that, the pupillage application process remains shrouded in mystery with horror stories of bizarre sifting systems and terrifying interview tactics whispered around the country.

Matthew Parker – a distinguished Barrister from 3 Verulam Buildings (one of London’s strongest commercial litigation chambers) – along with current Pupils, will share their insight, experience and tips about the process for applying for Pupillage. If you are wondering what a barrister does, considering whether to pursue a career at the Bar, or know that this is definitely the career path for you – then come along! Don’t miss this fantastic session.

Human Rights Law (13:15 – 14:00)

This session will take the form of a panel. An Oxford Human Rights Hub representative will be joined by practising lawyers from local law firm Turpin and Miller, and from the charity Just for Kids Law, who will talk about their work in the area of human rights law.

Meet 90 recruiters

Full details of all recruiters can be found in the fair booklet – now available to download.


  • Addleshaw Goddard
  • Allen & Overy
  • Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Ashurst
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • Bird & Bird
  • Boodle Hatfield LLP
  • Bristows LLP
  • Burges Salmon
  • Campbell Johnston Clark
  • Charles Russell Speechlys
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Clifford Chance
  • Clyde & Co
  • CMS
  • Cooley (UK) LLP
  • Covington & Burling
  • Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP
  • Dechert LLP
  • Dentons
  • DLA Piper
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Farrer & Co LLP
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Hogan Lovells International LLP
  • HFW
  • Jones Day
  • Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Linklaters LLP
  • Macfarlanes LLP
  • Mayer Brown International LLP
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
  • Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • O’Melveny
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP
  • Osborne Clarke LLP
  • Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Reed Smith
  • Ropes & Gray International LLP
  • RPC
  • Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Simmons and Simmons LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom UK (LLP)
  • Slaughter and May
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Stephenson Harwood
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Taylor Wessing
  • Travers Smith LLP
  • Vinson & Elkins RLLP
  • Watson Farley & Williams LLP
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP
  • White & Case LLP
  • Withers LLP


  • 1 Hare Court Chambers
  • 3 Verulam Buildings
  • 4 New Square Chambers
  • 7 King’s Bench Walk
  • Atkin Chambers
  • Blackstone Chambers
  • Essex Court Chambers
  • Francis Taylor Building
  • Henderson Chambers
  • Landmark Chambers
  • Monckton Chambers
  • One Essex Court
  • Quadrant Chambers
  • Serle Court
  • South Square
  • Wilberforce Chambers


  • BPP University Law School
  • The City Law School
  • Nottingham Law School
  • Oxford Brookes University, School of Law
  • The University of Law
  • Government Legal Service (GLS)
  • Just for Kids Law – Advocacy Year
  • The Notaries Society
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