Jargon

    • 0th Week (Naught Week): The week that preceeds the first week of official term. The week before this is refered to as -1th week.
    • Battels: The termly bill from the college, that includes your rent food purchased in hall, and any items charged to battles from the MCR, e.g. dinners, trips and wine.
    • Black Tie: Dinner Jacket (tuxedo) or dark suit and black bow tie for men. For women ‘Black tie’ means a cocktail dress (i.e.: a dress ending at knee length or above) or an equivalently smart outfit (suit or dress trousers are also acceptable).
    • The Bod: Short for the Bodleian Library, the main Library of the University. Located opposite Hertford College main entrance.
    • Bop: A party, usually involving music and dancing. These are generally held in the MCR. Smart dress is seldom required; fancy dress (costume dress) is often involved.
    • Bursar: Senior administrators within colleges. Estates/Finance Bursars (commonly shortened to Bursars) oversee finances and budgets, and have overall managerial responsibility for the college bursary. Domestic or Home Bursars (sometimes called stewards) oversee the delivery of domestic services such as catering, housekeeping, and maintenance. The two roles tend to work alongside each other. Hertford College has a Bursar and a Home Bursar.
    • Carfax: The historical tower at the intersection between High St and Cornmarket St.
    • Chancellor: The official head of the University.
    • Cocktail Party: A party with music and cocktails, often held by the MCR in the Octagon. Cocktail dresses are not normally required!
    • Collections: The examinations that take place in the beginning of term, often in 0th week.
    • Dean: A fellow responsible for overseeing all disciplinary (decanal) matters, and welfare provision within the college.
    • Encaenia: An annual degree ceremony, in which celebrated individuals receive honorary degrees in recognition of their professional achievements.
    • Fifth Week Blues: A commonly-used slang term for the purported sense of lethargy believed to manifest itself among the student population in the fifth week of every term.
    • The High Table: Evening formal dining served to members of the Senior Common Room (SCR) and their guests. They sit on a raised platform at the end of hall.
    • Holywell Quad: The newest of the three quadrangles on the main site. In addition to accommodation, its features include the Baring Room and the Junior Common Room (JCR)
    • Hilary: The spring term.
    • JCR: Junior Common Room. Refers both to the body of undergraduate students within the college and to their common room, situated in Holywell Quad and equipped with comfy chairs, pool table, vending machines and so on. MCR members are automatically JCR members and entitled to use the facilities.
    • Matriculation: A ceremony that grants you admission to the University of Oxford. You cannot sit exams or graduate if you have not matriculated—it is therefore essential that you attend!
    • MCR: Middle Common Room. Refers both to the body of postgraduate students and their common rooms (eg. the Octagon, the MCR computer lab, the tea room, mailroom, etc.) located in NB7 staircase.
    • Michaelmas: The autumn term.
    • New Building Quad (NB Quad): Contrary to its name, the second oldest of the three quadrangles on the main site. In addition to accommodation, its features include the College Bar and the Middle Common Room (MCR).
    • Sconce: Historically a fine imposed for a breach of university or college discipline but today reserved for after formal dinner in hall where a person has to drink his beverage as penance for an untoward act committed by said person.
    • SCR: Senior Common Room. Similar idea to the JCR and MCR, but for the fellows (tutors and lecturers) of the college.
    • Simpkins: The college cat, who lives in the lodge. Also the name of the ‘informative’ JCR gossip sheet.
    • Sub-Fusc: The apparel worn for any University-wide event, such as Matriculation and exams. For men: black suit, white shirt, white bow tie, gown and cap. For women: black skirt with black stockings or black trousers, white shirt with collar, black velvet ribbon worn around neck, black shoes, gown and cap.
    • The Octagon: The octagonal MCR common room, found next to the tearoom in the NB7 staircase.
    • Old Building Quad (OB Quad): The oldest of the quadrangles on the main site. Its features include the Bursary, Chapel, Hall, Old Hall, Lodge, Library, and Senior Common Room. The lawn is accessible for college members in Trinity term.
    • OUSU: Oxford University Student Union.
    • Scout: A member of the Housekeeping staff. Scouts provide cleaning services for residential college members. Known in Cambridge as a bedder.
    • Trinity: The summer term, and the only term in which Hertford College junior members can walk on the grass in OB quad. Fellows of the college can walk on the grass whenever they please.
    • Viva: A viva voce exam is an oral examination, typically used for postgraduate students.
    • Wicket Key/Gate/Card: A wicket gate is a door recessed within a larger gate. Wicket keys and cards provide access to members.

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