Student Activities

Junior Common Room

The Junior Common Room (JCR) Committee, headed by the President, Vice-President and Secretary consists of 26 representatives. These include an Admissions representative, Welfare representative, Computing representative, Environment representative, OUSU representative and two Entertainments representatives. All are elected by students. The Committee's objective is to represent the undergraduate students at Worcester College. The Committee arranges all manner of events including:

  • Welfare surgeries, where students can raise any concerns or simply chat over tea, cakes and biscuits;
  • Arts Week, in the spring term, which includes plays, concerts and recitals;
  • Freshers' photographs;
  • Social events such as themed evenings, comedy nights and charity auctions.

There are a whole host of clubs and societies, and plenty of scope to create new ones if students think something is lacking. Recent additions include the Worcester College Poetry Society and the creation of an Edible Garden.

It is a cliché to talk of College life as being like one big happy family with great community spirit, but there is undeniably a strong sense of unity at Worcester. The JCR is at the heart of student life and undergraduates become involved in many different ways, whether it is by being on the Committee, raising an issue in the meetings or simply playing table football in the bar.

Music

The student-run Worcester College Music Society arranges an active calendar of events throughout the academic year, consisting of choral concerts, a regular series of chamber music recitals, and orchestral concerts. There are also opportunities for students to participate in less formal choir and instrumental groups. Some of these concerts take place beside the lake in the College grounds. There are facilities for rehearsal and practice, including rooms in a house dedicated for this purpose.

Instrumental awards are available to all undergraduates of Worcester College reading for an Oxford degree, regardless of subject. Two are offered each year, on the basis of a short performance test. Although candidates are not expected to have taken Associated Board or equivalent examinations, award-holders in the past have normally attained the equivalent of distinction in Grade 8.

There are no specific duties attached, but it is expected that award-holders will take an active part in the fostering of the musical life of the College and that they will agree, if called upon, to serve on the committee of the Worcester Music Society.

Drama (Buskins)

Buskins, the Drama society at Worcester, puts on productions throughout the year. There is always a popular garden production in the summer; recent productions include Coriolanus, Twelfth Night, and The Merchant of Venice. A large thespian population is active at both College and University level.

1714 Society

The 1714 Society is a society with an eye on the past and the present. The date is the foundation of Worcester College and the society aims to encourage discussion about Worcester's colourful and varied past. It also holds popular dinners in College and drinks in the JCR.

Sports

Students can get involved with sport at any level, if they wish, and Worcester's teams have done very well in recent years. The College has the unique geographical advantage of having its sports pitches within its beautiful grounds, so they are easy to reach for practice sessions, or simply in order to cheer friends along in an afternoon match.

Most sports have two competitions which run simultaneously; a League competition and Cuppers (in which matches tend to be of a somewhat higher standard). Worcester's teams have recently been successful in Hockey, Football, Tennis, Netball, Cricket, Rounders and Lacrosse.

The main sports each term are listed below (unless stated, there are teams for both men and women; if there is not a team for both, this can change as soon as a group of students wish to organise one):

Michaelmas (winter)

Hilary (spring)

Trinity (summer)

Rugby (men only)

Rugby (men only)

Cricket

Football

Football

Tennis

Hockey

Hockey

5-a-side football

Netball

Netball

Swimming (men only)

Mixed Lacrosse

Mixed Lacrosse

Mixed Lacrosse

Squash

Squash

Mixed Hockey

Darts

Darts

Darts

Pool

Pool

 
Basketball (men only)    
Rowing*

Rowing*

Rowing*

* Worcester has a very active Boat Club and crews of all standards train throughout all three terms. Hilary (spring) term sees crews entered into "Torpids", and Trinity (summer) culminates in Summer Eights.