Study Advice

The College has four Graduate Study Advisors who can provide undergraduates with guidance on study skills. Their guidance is not subject-specific, but they can help with issues such as organising your reading productively, planning essays or getting to grips with statistical analysis.

One student said, “My contact with the GSAs was invaluable; it helped to prioritise revision topics, organise how to go about revising and to discuss concerns…I would recommend them to everyone”. Come talk with a GSA and see how they can help you!

Each of the GSAs covers a particular set of subjects and has office hours each week, so if you would like to arrange a half-hour meeting with them, please e-mail them directly.

To be appointed for MT18

Subjects: Maths & Science
Office hours: TBA

Qinyi Zhang

Subjects: Maths & Science
Office hours: An appointment may be arranged by email and will be held in a mutually convenient location.


Jacob Bird

Subjects: Humanities
Office hours: Meetings arranged by appointment and held in the McCall MacBain Graduate Centre building

Cian O Concubhair

Subjects: Humanities/Social Sciences
Office hours: Meetings arranged by appointment and held in the McCall MacBain Graduate Centre building

Getting to know the GSAs...

Qinyi'I am a second year DPhil student in the Statistics Department. My research interests lie in kernel methods in machine learning, nonparametric association measures of dependence and multivariate interaction, and the tradeoff between computational and statistical efficiency. Prior to my DPhil, I completed the MSc in Applied Statistics in the same department and my undergraduate study in Mathematics at Imperial College. 
I am here to help you to take control of your study and to do your best. If you have anything that you are struggling with or even unsure of, email me or come by my sessions :)'

Jacob‘I am a second year DPhil student in Musicology, and previously I completed my undergraduate degree at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. My thesis is focussed on drag lip-sync performance, and I’m hoping to find a theoretical framework for understanding the practice, and explain why lip-syncing is felt to be such an empowering experience for the performers. More generally, my academic interests are in phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and ethnography. I am also one of Wadham’s Peer Supporters. Please do feel free to drop me an email!'

Cian: ‘I am from the west coast of Ireland, and studied law in Trinity College Dublin before coming to Wadham for the BCL law degree in 2014. I am in the second year of my DPhil in Criminology which is exploring contemporary police communications and police-media relations using ethnographic methodologies. Along with my doctoral research, I work in the fields of law and social policy. Before studying law I trained and worked as a stone mason.’


The GSAs present a number of workshops during the academic year. Future workshops will be advertised here and on the Wadham’s Events page.


Please help us by giving feedback on the support provided by the Graduate Study Advisors. You may email the Graduate Administrator or send your feedback to the Academic Office labelled 'Attention: Graduate Administrator'. All feedback will be anonymized before being shared.

Study skills resources

  • Visit section Z of the Wadham Library.
  • Wadham's Undergraduate Freshers' Study Guide
  • The University's Study skills and training page includes advice on the following topics: Plagiarism, Managing your workload, Research and library skills, Referencing, Revision and examinations, and Tutorials at Oxford.
  • The University Counselling Service's Supportive resources page includes study-related podcasts as well as a section on Academic life.
  • The Department of Continuing Education's Study skills for students page includes online skills guides for current students (single sign on required) and a list of recommended study skills texts.
  • The Student Advice page of the Oxford University Students' Union