Virtual Oriel

  • The word 'Oriel' spelled out by sparklers in the dark
  • Students in academic dress have a pancake race in First Quad
  • Photo of Oriel College's Second Quad by graduate student Alejandro Salgado Montejo
  • Oriel College Senior Library interior with desks and antique books
  • Boats stored in the Oriel College boathouse
  • The Oriel College library from above
  • Oriel College Island Site with bicycles in an enclosed courtyard
We know that this term is going to be a challenging one for our students, and that many of you are disappointed not to be studying in Oxford. We have gathered together the content below to help you feel more connected to our College community during this time.

Library Support

Visit the Library WebLearn pages for links to key online content and resources from Oxford and beyond. This page will be updated with the latest information throughout Term.

Virtual Chapel

The Chaplain has arranged a series of online sermons and services for the Oriel community during this strange time of separation. Visit the Virtual Chapel page for the latest online content. You can also follow the Chapel on Instagram (@oriel_chapel) to keep up with the latest developments.

Academic Resources and Contacts

Senior Tutor: Prof Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra -

Academic Registrar: Joseph Cole -

You can of course also contact your tutors should you need their support.

Support from the University

The University has created a lot of new resources to help support students during this challenging time, and you can find links to many of them below.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Support and Advice for Students - This provides a range of information and advice for current Oxford students related to the ongoing pandemic. It is a good starting point to look for advice or information from teaching and exams to health and wellbeing.

General Advice and Communications from the University - here you can find general advice and an archive of communications sent by the University to date.

Student Welfare

In addition to the usual College welfare resources (, there are also further new resources available to students via the University.

Student Minds has a list of advice and tips on their website and further links. The Counselling Service website has a range of supportive resources and information about managing mental health conditions. You can still access Student Welfare and Support Services, although our physical building is closed, all services are offering online telephone appointments.

Students can now access free online support 24/7 through Big White Wall. Big White Wall is a free service giving you access to a global welfare community. To join, simply visit the official website and Register under ‘’I’m from a university or college” with your Oxford e-mail address. 

Online Mindfulness Sessions

The University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) is offering weekly online mindfulness sessions, as well as an online introductory mindfulness course, open to all who feel they would benefit. Both are completely free and suitable for those who have no prior knowledge or experience of mindfulness. Each weekly session will also be available as a free podcast shortly after for anyone who missed the live session or who wants to practice again. You can find the resource on their website.

A Stroll Around the Quads

Missing the Oriel quads? You can take a virtual tour of Oriel (including going into the Hall, Chapel and Library).

Other Virtual Tours

If you're missing Oxford life, why not take a virtual look around some of the city's famous museums:

Student Financial Support

We understand that this in an especially challenging time and that Oriel students may need financial assistance to support their home study. The College has funds set aside to assist students who have run into unexpected financial difficulties. If you require financial assistance as a result of special circumstances and would like to apply for student financial support, please contact the Treasurer's Assistant, Kristina Masih, ( More information about student financial support can be found here.

Updates on Facilities and Procedures

The latest updates about what is open and closed in College, and what procedures students still on site should follow can be found on this page, which is being updated as things develop.

Oriel Talks

On 21st May, the MCR hosted the first ever virtual 'Oriel Talks', with speakers Suzanne Chiodo (Stipendiary Lecturer in Law and DPhil Candidate), Matthew Collier (DPhil Candidate in Philosophy, MCR), Neil Misra (MSc Modern South Asian Studies, Oxford SU VP Graduates, MCR). It can be viewed on the College's YouTube channel, or below.

Zoom Backgrounds

We have a selection of stunning Zoom backgrounds that can be downloaded and used for online meetings and tutorials. You can download them via the Facebook page.

Extracurricular and Career Opportunities

Virtual Internships - The Careers Service is still running, albeit remotely. There are opportunities to apply for virtual internships, and you can book a remote Internship Advice session via CareerConnect.

Town and Gown Virtual 2020 - Following the disappointing cancellation of this year's Town and Gown 10k, the organisers have arranged a virtual Town and Gown event. The virtual race allows you to either run 3k, 10k, or 10 miles at a time and date that suits you, in the location that you are staying. You'll still receive the satisfaction of completing the run, sharing with others and receiving a well deserved medal, sent to you in the post once you have uploaded your run. The organisers do ask that you complete this run as your 'one form of exercise a day', as per government guidelines.

Keeping in Touch

Please keep in touch with us on the social media platform of your choice! We would love you to be as involved as possible, do send us your stories and pictures or videos if you would like to share them with the rest of the community.

Twitter - @OrielOxford

Facebook - Oriel College, University of Oxford

Instagram - @orielcollegeoxford


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