This network was created in summer 2016; members are either African nationals, living in Africa or elsewhere, or other Linacre members with a strong link or interest in the continent. Current members number over 300, and include links with 35 African countries. Thus far, our physical meetings have been held exclusively at the college and have been organized by our enthusiastic representatives, Annette Riziki and Deng Chol. With ten current scholarships for African students, and 44 students from across the continent, there is a strong African presence in college. Convenors for LAN are:
Annette Riziki, Linacre DPhil student (Education)
Deng Chol, Linacre DPhil student (Oxford Programme for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems)
Also key to Linacre’s African Network is TEST for Africa, the educational charity set up in 2008 by Old Member and Honorary Fellow Dr Keith Lloyd (1967) along with Linacre Old Members in Africa who forms its trustees. The TEST chair is Dr Nick Brown, Principal. To date this charity has funded hundreds of scholarships for students in Ghana, Malawi and Uganda. Its aim is to aid the social and economic development of Africa by enabling students to receive undergraduate education at local public Universities and Polytechnics against their personal pledge to work for the benefit of their communities and their nation upon graduation.
For more information about Linacre’s African Network, and with your ideas and offers of help, contact Liz Welsh
The boat club comprises the waterborne might of two college, and represents Linacre and Nuffield at the major rowing competitions in Oxford and further afield. The club fields several boats and takes prospective coxes and rowers of all abilities, from experienced to complete novice. As one of the longest and most Oxford of sporting traditions, rowing has a hallowed place in college life, and no time at the university is complete without at least dipping an oar into the water. You can learn more about Linacre Boat Club from their dedicated website here.
The Linacre Ladies that Lift are cis women, trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary or intersex people who train in powerlifting. We are people of all ages and abilities/disabilities. Beginners are always welcome.
This 10-minute video by filmmaker Guy Loftus gives an idea of what lifting with us is like: empowering and fun.
“Joining LLtL has been an amazing experience. I was initially hesitant to start powerlifting, but the warm welcome and community, stellar and safe coaching, and the progress made after only a few sessions ticked all the boxes for me. It’s been a standout experience during my time in Oxford.”
If you’ve got questions about whether powerlifting is for you, you can email us here.
When do we train?
Linacre students, JRFs, Fellows and staff, and their spouses and partners train all year round, on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Students, staff and academics from the wider University can take available places on Saturdays.
Are you interested?
We welcome new members throughout the year. Your first session is free. Just fill in this short form. We’ll send you more information, and we’ll put you on our mailing list.
You don’t need special clothing; ordinary gym kit is fine. We’ve got sports hijabs to lend as well.
At your first lesson, you will be one of only a few new members, so our coach Shez Naqvi can give you a good foundation. After that, Shez will personalise your workouts, monitor your progress, and coach you from lesson to lesson.
Note for non-Linacrites: Michaelmas Term 2023
We are pausing new memberships for non-Linacre members until all the new Linacrites have had their first lesson. If you’re not a Linacrite, you can fill out the questionnaire, but you will only be able to begin once we’ve integrated the new Linacre lifters.
You don’t have to commit to regular attendance. There is a weekly sign-up system, with priority for Linacrites.
These are the current fees per session, after the first session. There is no annual membership fee.
Linacre students, and Linacre staff up to and including Grade 5: £4.50
Linacre Junior Research Fellows: £7
Linacre professional staff at Grade 6 and above, and Fellows: £9
Partners and spouses of Linacre students, staff or Fellows: you will be asked to put yourself into an appropriate category
non-Linacre students, and non-Linacre staff up to and including Grade 5: £6.50
non-Linacre post-docs: £9 per session
non-Linacre professional staff at Grade 6 and above, and academics: £12 per session
If you can’t afford the fees, you can approach a club officer to arrange a lower financial contribution, or none.
The Linacre / Corpus MCR Football Team is a friendly and fun environment to enjoy playing football. We are open to all levels and experience. We typically have a friendly small sided kick about once a week on a weekday evening and play league and cuppers games on the weekend. If you wish to find out more and/or join the team please email email@example.com
Linacre Music Society is the home of all things musical at Linacre. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in getting involved in the college’s music scene. We have performances regularly throughout the year and welcome all kinds of musicians and singers.
The Linacre Community Choir rehearses from 1-2pm on Mondays and 4-5pm on Thursdays in the Small Common Room: Everyone is welcome!
Do you have an idea for a group / ensemble? Please let us know! We will try to put you in touch with like-minded Linacrites!
President: Dr Vibe Nielsen (since 2022)
Secretary: Jessica Edgar (since 2022)
Linacre Table Tennis Club welcomes players of all levels, from beginners to potential BUCS competitors. We are equipped with a professional match table located in the Linacre gym, a TT robot, and recreational bats. If you are good we have university squad players that you can train with; or if you are just looking for a fun time with college mates, come to our Saturday night sessions and we can have a laid-back double game!
Interested members are advised to fill out the register form here.
The LCCC (AKA the honey badgers) are a friendly cricket team open to both seasoned veterans and complete beginners. We compete in the inter college competition cuppers and after founding the club last January, we made it to the cuppers semi-finals. If you want to help us in trying to take the title this year look out for information about training during Hilary term or contact the email below to be added to our mailing list.
Beginner and advanced runners alike will find something for them in Linacre’s Running and Cross Country Club. We go on weekly Fun Runs which are aimed for beginners, though advanced runners will still enjoy the chance to socialise and to get an aerobic workout that’s an important part of any advanced training plan. The club is also a network for Linacre students to train together on longer runs. We join some Oxford races, typically the Teddy Hall Relay in March and the Oxford Half Marathon in October. We discuss proper running form and may do a session with video cameras so you can inspect and adjust your own form.
Note that the Swimming Club is not currently organising events/gatherings. Any questions regarding free membership for Linacre members at the University Pool, please contact the Sports Officer at the address below.
We have been running yoga classes in the Tanner Room for over 10 years. We welcome all levels of experience and offer practice that is both a good workout and meditative. You are welcome to join whether or not you are a member of Linacre College.
We provide mats; please clean them with the provided wipes and put them back in the store room after your practice!
Linacre Garden Society (LGS) is for anyone who loves gardens and wants to make time to learn about gardens and their place in nature. You may join LGS because you want to:
learn how to cultivate;
experiment with different styles of gardening;
explore the ways in which college life may be further enriched through innovative garden designs;
or simply because you enjoy being outdoors and making new friends.
LGS’s centre of activity is the back garden at 105 Banbury, accessible to all LGS members. There’s a shed full of equipment and tools; individual and collective gardening plots; and a range of containers for patio gardening. Pots and seeds are also available for cultivating herbs or small edible plants on window seals back in your own rooms.
Students come and go, but gardens stay put. Continuity of care is essential to their slow evolution throughout seasons and years. When the garden society was revived a few years ago, it was felt that bridging between leavers and newcomers was the best way to keep both the society and 105’s garden healthy.
Laura Rival, Fellow at Linacre, is currently acting as that bridge. So get in touch with her if you’d like to become a member! Laura is an experienced gardener who loves sharing her garden passions with others!
Linacre College hosts a Green Society, which was initially developed to cultivate environmentally friendly outlook amongst students and has since evolved to further promote sustainable lifestyle choices. Our society aims to educate other students on the 3R’s- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and to positively feedback to the environement. We aim to organise sustainability-oriented events, dicsussions and other activities throughout the year to raise awareness, be part of the change for a better planet!
Whether your interest is the environment, sustainable living, gardening, or otherwise, all are welcomed to join! Come join us on the greener side of life!
We are a group of students passionate about pizza and artisanal baking. We meet monthly, holding tutorial sessions and themed lunches for newbies and aficionados alike. We are really excited to be able to share our passion for baking with you. It’s a fun, useful skill that anyone can learn, and it’s delicious too! We hold monthly lessons on making pizza from scratch in a variety of regional styles using only the best fresh ingredients we can find. It’s great fun, fantastic food, and good company over a lunch hour, give us a shout!