6th Week Newsletter

Dear members,

Please find below information on the events being held this week and take special note of the application deadline if you'd like to attend the UBS event.

OUEngSoc Events:

Visual Effects: Using science and maths in the film industry
17th November (Week 6 - Tuesday)
Time: 19:30
Venue: Lindemann Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Lab, Physics Department
"Have you ever considered working in the film industry? A career in visual effects can be an ideal path for people who want to do something creative with their science and maths skills. On Tuesday night, three industry professionals - Eugénie von Tunzelmann, Nicola Hoyle and Jeff Clifford - will be coming to talk about roles for scientists and mathematicians in the VFX world, and how their technical skills have been used in films such as The Dark Knight, 2012, Hellboy II and the Harry Potter series."
This is a talk hosted jointly by OUEngSoc and the Physics, Computing and FEST societies.

Other events and opportunities of interest:

UBS: The end of the beginning: where in the world recession are we?
18th November (Week 6 - Wednesday)
Time: 19:00
Venue: The Oxford Union, Frewin Court
"Paul Donovan, Global Economist at UBS Investment Bank and Honorary Fellow of St Anne’s College, will discuss the current economic climate and present his views on the short and long-term economic future. This will be a lively discussion and Paul will welcome your questions and personal views. It is an excellent opportunity for you to further your knowledge on the current state of the market, regardless of your degree discipline."
To sign up, please email your name, college and graduation year to by the end of Monday 16th November 2009.
Speaker biography:
"Paul joined UBS in 1992 and is a Managing Director and Global Economist. Paul is responsible for formulating and presenting the UBS Investment Research global economic view, drawing on the bank’s world-wide resources. He co-authors the Global Economic Perspectives publication with the other members of the Global Economics team and writes Global Economic Specials that focus on key topics of interests to investors. Paul regularly appears on the CNN, Bloomberg TV, and CNBC television stations.
Paul took a degree, and was a scholar, in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. He holds an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London. He is a co-founder of the Peter Culverhouse Memorial Trust, a charitable fund that raises money for cancer research and patient care, and an economic adviser to the East London Business Alliance."

Oxford Biomedical Engineering Society
"This is a new society founded and driven by Oxford University students with the following aims:

  1. To provide a platform for increased exchange of knowledge between engineers, scientists and clinicians to provide improved medical services to patients
  2. Building associations with bodies from clinical, industrial and academic spheres, to further knowledge of clinical and industrial needs, and to gain insight on research and career opportunities in the biomedical engineering field
  3. Promote the understanding of biomedical engineering among the engineering students (who are looking to take up Biomedical engineering as a fourth year option ) and the general public"

If you're interested in becoming involved or joining the mailing list, have a look at the website:
Or contact the society at

Bluestock Online Journal
"Bluestocking is an online journal that investigates the intellectual and artistic achievements of women throughout history. We publish insightful articles about the work of female thinkers of the past and thereby raise the profile of women as major figures in the history of creative thinking. We are looking for 3 articles to put in the Science section of our Michaelmas 2009 Edition that goes out at the end of the term. There are no restrictions on the topics and all articles can be written with the guidance of our editorial team, who are happy to talk through any ideas prospective writers may have. We welcome contributions from both male and female writers. This is also an opportunity for people to get a place on the Bluestocking committee."
If you're interested please get in touch via the website:

I hope you all have an enjoyable week!


James Dolan
OUEngSoc Secretary
OUEngSoc thanks the sponsors that support the society.
Find out more here

Posted: Mon 16 Nov 2009 23:33 | Read more →

5th Week Newsletter

Dear members,

It hardly seems possible that half of the term is already behind us! We still have many events to let you know about, however, so please find below information about events for the coming week.

OUEngSoc Events:

Frazer-Nash: The challenges of working in a high-tech systems engineering consultancy
11th November (Week 5 - Wednesday)
Time: 18:30-20:30
Venue: LR2 Thom Building, Engineering Department
Food provided!
"Former Oxford Engineering Science student Dr Graham Hawkes will be visiting from Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd to give a talk entitled 'The challenges of working in high-tech systems engineering consultancy.' Frazer-Nash Consultancy is one of the UK’s biggest providers of systems and engineering technology, with over 350 permanent employees at seven UK sites.
By its very nature consultancy work offers the engineer a unique and diverse range of challenges. These include providing independent advice, applying the latest analytical tools, project management and developing business. Projects range from the small, lasting a few days or weeks, to multi-million pound programmes lasting many years involving many engineers and different technical disciplines. One week you may be reviewing new renewable energy technologies and the next you may be conducting trials aboard one of the world's largest mega-yachts!
Graham will give an overview of the types of work with which he has been involved with over the past 4 years and the challenges which these have presented."

HP Calculators: Calculator tips and tricks to enhance your engineering life
12th November (Week 5 - Thursday)
Time: 13.00-14.00
Venue: LR2 Thom Building, Engineering Department (TBC)
Lunch provided!
"This is a hands-on workshop using HP's calculators to discover how to use the tools to best effect & how to make your engineering calculations simpler & more efficient. The workshop will be led by one of the most senior calculator architects in the field - it will be a great chance to explore the inner workings of world class tools."

Other events and opportunities of interest:

Metaswitch Networks Presentation
10th November (Week 5 - Tuesday) - TODAY
Time: 18.30 -19.30
Venue: The Randolph Hotel
(Food and drink will be provided and you could win an iPod Touch!)
You may have known us as Data Connection. We now have a new name to go with our next phase of exciting growth and increased opportunities. Come and meet us to find out more about the exciting careers we offer.
Why us?
- Metaswitch is one of the world’s leading communications technology companies. For the past six years, we have consistently been in the top ten of the The Sunday Times '100 Best Companies to Work For'.
- We offer a variety of careers and recruit the brightest graduates and postgraduates from any degree discipline.
- There is no deadline for applications and we interview all year round. Most of our applicants have all A grades at A-level and a good degree.
- We have one of the best benefits packages in the industry, including a starting remuneration of £30,000.
Please register your interest via our website http://www.metaswitch.com/careers/registration.aspx?uni=oxford to be entered into a prize draw to win an iPod Touch, iPod Nano 8GB or £50 Amazon voucher. Winners will be announced (and need to be present) at our presentation.
Please see the attached poster.

Deutsche Bank: Technological Innovation Event
12th November (Week 5 - Thursday)
Time: 18.30-21.00
Venue: Malmaison, 3 Oxford Castle
"Do you see potential where others see only obstacles? Can you identify the big picture without losing sight of the detail? Interested in learning more about the cutting-edge solutions which are shaping the global business landscape? Our innovative and award-winning technological solutions have helped place Deutsche Bank on the leading edge of financial markets. Discover how we’ve achieved this by joining us for an evening where you can see live demonstrations of some the most innovative technology and talk with some of the leaders in our field."
To receive your invitation for this event, please email your CV to . Make sure you put "Technological Innovation" in the subject line.
See more at db.com/careers

Women in Grad School: Applications Workshop
12th November (Week 5 - Thursday)
Time: 17.30-18.30 (workshop); 18.30-19.30 (meet and greet)
Venue: Massey Room, Balliol College
"Thinking about graduate school? Get advice on your postgraduate research applications in a workshop run jointly by FEST, OUSU and Careers Service! After the workshop(5:30-6:30pm), there will be another "meet and greet" reception with wine and snacks from 6:30pm."
Cost: £1 for non-members, free for FEST members (membership can be purchased for £5 at the door). Also free for current DPhil students attending the "meet and greet".

Interested in Climate Change and Sustainable Energy?
"Join the FEST (Females in Science, Engineering, and Technology) steering committee for our upcoming conference, "Women, Energy and Climate Change - Leading Transformation", organized in collaboration with the UK Energy Research Centre Meeting Place (based at Oxford's Environmental Change Institute)! This is a great opportunity to meet important figures in the climate change and valuable organizational experience."
See the link for more details:
Contact if you would like more information.

I hope you all have an enjoyable week!


James Dolan
OUEngSoc Secretary
OUEngSoc thanks the sponsors that support the society.
Find out more here ?
Website: ouengsoc.org

Posted: Sun 15 Nov 2009 12:13 | Read more →

4th Week Newsletter

4th week
Dear members,

It was great to see so many of you at the social last Tuesday! Please find below information on events upcoming in the next fortnight.

UBS: Using Engineering and Maths in Financial Markets
2nd November (Week 4 - Monday) - TOMORROW
Time: 18:00-19:00 (Lecture); 19:00-20:00 (Refreshments)
Venue: LR2 Thom Building, Engineering Department
"Lindsey Matthews, the Head of Risk Education at UBS, will explain how valuable your Maths and Engineering degrees are for a career in Financial Markets. You’ll also have the opportunity to find out more about internships at UBS by meeting former Oxford students who have interned with us.
UBS is one of the world’s leading financial firms. We are among the leading global wealth managers, a top-tier investment bank, one of the largest institutional asset managers and a leading bank for Swiss corporate and individual clients."
Please sign-up by sending an email to stating your name, year of study and college with the email subject “UBS Presentation”.

Grant Thornton: Oxford Pizza Night
3rd November (Week 4 - Tuesday)
Time: 18.00-20.00
Venue: The Living Room, Oxford Castle, New Road
See attached flyer for more information.

Science and Engineering Fair
4th November (Week 4 - Wednesday)
Time: 16.00-19.00
Venue: Town Hall, St Aldate's
"More than 40 employers interested in recruiting science and engineering graduates and postgraduates will be ready to talk to you. Opportunities in Research & Development, patent work, manufacturing, healthcare, the oil industry, engineering and others will be featured."

Engineering Careers at BP
4th November (Week 4 - Wednesday)
Time: 19.00 - 20.00
Venue: Lower Lecture Room, Lincoln College
Separate email with more details to follow.

Frazer-Nash: The challenges of working in a high-tech systems engineering consultancy
11th November (Week 5 - Wednesday)
Time: 18:30-20:30
Venue: LR2 Thom Building, Engineering Department

HP Calculators: Calculator tips and tricks to enhance your engineering life
12th November (Week 5 - Thursday)
Time: 13.00-14.00
Venue: LR2 Thom Building, Engineering Department (TBC)

I hope you all have an enjoyable week!


James Dolan
OUEngSoc Secretary

Posted: Mon 2 Nov 2009 00:23 | Read more →

UBS Challenge

Dear Members, this competition is a unique opportunity for 1st years to get involved in the world of trading in a fun virtual environment with the possibility of going onto the final, which will be held at a secret location in November. The deadline is 31st of October, so hurry with your applications!

The UBS Challenge: the ultimate test of mental and physical prowess

Are you - or do you know - someone who's up for the challenge of a lifetime?

Global investment bank UBS is challenging first-year students to prove themselves in the cut-throat world of trading stocks and shares. We're giving hundreds of students a virtual budget of £100,000 each to trade on our fantasy stock market.

What's more, we'll be whisking the top-performing investors away to an amazing hideaway location. There, they'll enjoy an unforgettable day of outdoor activities designed to test mind and body to the limit.

Both parts of The UBS Challenge will be tough but exhilarating - and only the best will be able to stay the course.

So sign up today - and get ready to prove yourself in the UBS Challenge. Go to www.ubs.com/challengeuk

Or forward this email to a first-year student at your university who you think could rise to The UBS Challenge. You'll both be in the running for a top-of-the-range laptop and other great prizes.


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Posted: Thu 29 Oct 2009 00:16 | Read more →

OUEngSoc members might be interested in the following opportunity
with Procter & Gamble (the largest FMCG), if interested please follow
the link below, or come join us at our Main Careers presentation at St.
Anne's college on Monday 26 October at 6:15pm.

Click "read more" for more details

Posted: Mon 19 Oct 2009 23:37 | Read more →