8.1 Graduate Common Room
8.3 Guest Rooms
8.4 Room Bookings
8.5 College Events
8.8 Sports Facilities and Linacre College Gym
8.9 Music Practice Room
The ‘Graduate Common Room’ and ‘Graduate Common Room Exec/Committee’ are terms often used interchangeably. Technically (and perhaps unhelpfully) there is no physical graduate common room – all members share the same space, and historically the Graduate Common Room (known in many other colleges as MCR) is a term used to refer to the collectivity of graduate students in a college. That collectively elects from amongst itself graduates to represent their interests in college committees, act as welfare reps, party organizers etc. This is a GCR ‘executive’ or ‘committee’ but again, for shorthand is often referred to simply as the ‘GCR’.
As the representative body for all students at Reuben College, the GCR [Committee] works to develop and promote opportunities for students to fully engage with the academic, social, sporting, cultural and recreational life of the College. It also represents members in their corporate relations with societies, colleges’ clubs and other bodies across the University of Oxford.
All on-course students at Reuben College will be electors to the Graduate Common Room, and elections will take place in stages during Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, for the new officers to take up their functions at the beginning of the next term. A staggered series of elections will allow for the participation of students on taught as well as research courses, and for the transfer of skills and experience between committee members. The composition and breath of the GRC will be agreed in conjunction with student members. The committee will be re-elected annually and would expected to encompass the standard positions (President, Social Secretary, Treasurer, Welfare Officer, Equality and Diversity Officer, Housing Rep) as well as potentially Reuben-specific posts.
To assist the College with its planning, a Graduate (Advisory) President, Lauren Bolz (email@example.com) has been appointed by the Fellows of the College for the 2021-22 academic year: Lauren will support and encourage incoming students to stand for election to up further key Graduate Common Room positions.
The Linacre Dining Hall is open throughout the year except, although there may be a reduced service during some short periods. Announcements will be made when this is the case.
Normal meal service is cafeteria (self-service) style, and the College attempts to cater for as wide a range of diets and preferences as is possible. By showing your University card at the till you will be entitled to student subsidised prices. Meals will be charged to your battels account. The dining-hall also accepts payment by debit/credit card but this will not entitle you to subsidised prices. Non-Reuben members pay by debit/credit card.
The standard pattern is of breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Friday. There are no meals on weekends and Bank Holidays. Dining Hall opening hours are available on the website. The cost varies according to what is eaten. Students may take as many or as few meals as they wish.
Students are encouraged to bring in guests and no signing-up is required for normal everyday meals. Only Reuben student members are entitled to the subsidised student prices. All guests and other members (e.g. ‘continuing members’), are charged nearer the full economic price for a meal; Value Added Tax (VAT) is chargeable on all non-student meals.
There will be a Reuben Guest Night dinner on Wednesday evenings (weeks 1—8) at 7.30 p.m. (preceded by an alternative early takeaway evening meal from 6.00¬6.30 p.m). In order to give all students an opportunity to bring guests on guest nights, students are asked not to pre-book spaces by signing up with guests for more than two guest nights per term in advance. If spaces are available at the end of the week preceding a guest night, they can of course then be booked. Charges for the Guest nights are available here and bookings can be made on this booking site. You must sign up for Guest Night dinners by 9.30am on the previous Monday.
[Linacre College holds Linacre-only guest nights every Tuesday and Thursday in term. This means there will only be an early evening meal service on these nights.]
Guests nights will normally be preceded by informal ‘skills talks’ in the Reuben Common Room at Linacre (see Section 7.4). Students are welcome to attend both, or either, signing up for each independently.
‘Dining with the Dinosaurs’
In recognition that Reuben lacks its own dining spaces 2021-22, and to promote intellectual exchange, Reuben students are being invited to dine on Thursday nights in term-time at the University’s Natural History Museum. These meals are available to Reuben students who attend the prior lecture (see Section 7.4), free of charge, with the expectation that diners will engage in discussion flowing from that lecture, during the meal, often with particular questions given by the speakers to be considered there. These dinners cannot be transferred to others, or exchanged for other benefits. Depending on take-up and any COVID restrictions on numbers, the College will work with the graduate body to investigate whether a limited number of guests, from Linacre or other colleges, might periodically be invited, at cost. You must sign up for Dining with Dinosaurs by midnight on the previous Monday. [Although free of charge to Reuben students attending the prior seminar, to avoid waste, late cancellations and ‘no shows’ will incur a charge].
A twin-bedded room at Linacre College is available for guests of members of the College and may be booked through firstname.lastname@example.org, from where the scale of charges is also available. Letting will normally be for a period of not more than fourteen nights. A cancellation fee of 50% is payable unless cancelled with more than 7 days' notice. The full charge is payable if cancelled within 24 hours or upon non-arrival. The College member booking the room is regarded as guaranteeing subsequent payment of appropriate charges.
The Tanner Room and CTI Room at Linacre College may be booked through the Steward & Hospitality Manager at Linacre College for meetings of College clubs and societies. Bookings for teaching rooms should be made through Reception. They may also be booked for meetings of other bodies provided that a member of College is always present who will be responsible for the organisation of the meeting and any costs or expenses incurred. AV equipment is available. Permission for all meetings involving outsiders must be obtained from Reuben Senior Tutor not less than 7 days beforehand. A charge will be made for the use of rooms by anybody not consisting entirely of members of the College. All meetings must comply with both Linacre’s Freedom of Speech Policy, and Reuben’s equivalent policy. The Nadel Room can be used, by advanced booking with the PA of Linacre’s Principal, for students wishing to host a quiet meeting with their supervisor or academic visitors. Small, informal gatherings are also possible, but food is not permitted.
All events held at Reuben College will be listed on the InkPath app, with attendance at events are booked through the app. All students are thus asked to download the app onto their phone or tablet through Google Play or Apple Store. You can also log into InkPath using a web browser.
The app is free and you have to set-up your account when you first start using the instructions provided. When attending events, remember to bring the device with your app so that you can confirm attendance and provide feedback at the event or log-in using a web browser.
Fellows and students will play a key role in developing initiatives to support the College’s aims, and stimulating its academic life by organising events such as seminars, workshops, lectures and reading groups. Students are encouraged to attend at least one Thursday talk or Wednesday skills seminars fortnightly.
Students are also encouraged to put on and get involved in a wide range of student-led social activities within the Graduate Common Room. These events could take the form of formal exchange dinners, bar nights, international evenings, garden parties, sports competitions, movie nights, pub quizzes, and much more. Students who are interested in helping to organise such events might consider running for elected positions within the GCR Committee or getting in touch with the GCR Executive through Lauren Bolz (email@example.com).
Reuben College will be using the bar at Linacre College. It is open from 12.00 noon to 2.00 p.m. and from 6.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. on weekdays and 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. at weekends. The bar is “Members Only” with drinks charged via the University card. Only on larger social events can non-members purchase drinks for cash.
A limited number of lockers will be available for Reuben students near Reuben College Common Room at Linacre College. Further details will be provided once they have arrived and are available for us.
Linacre has a very active sporting tradition, including an active boat club (in collaboration with Nuffield College), touch rugby and football teams which play in various inter-College leagues. Other sports offered include tennis, squash, table tennis, yoga, darts, pool, boxing, and weightlifting. For more information on team membership or College sports contact the Common Room Sports and Recreation Secretary.
The Common Room owns two punts. A permit authorising you to use the Linacre punts, which are kept at Wolfson College, can be obtained from the Reception Office during the punting season.
Use of the gym and fitness equipment at Linacre is free to Reuben College members and their guests (one accompanied guest per member), subject to completion of a Gym Membership Form, Medical Form and attendance of a short Induction given by the Gym Manager. Please email the Gym Manager for further information. All users must note and abide by regulations posted in the gym about the use of the fitness equipment.
There is a Music Practice Room in the basement of the Abraham Building with a new Yamaha piano, There is Yamaha clavinova in the small Common Room and a Bluthner upright piano in the Thomas Linacre Room located within the OC Tanner Building. Headphones for silent practice on the clavinova are available from Reception. Use of the instruments can be booked at Reception who will provide advice on possible time restrictions and availability. In consideration of others practice of other instruments should not take place after 9:00pm or before 8:00am.