All our new Hilary term 2014 SCIO students, as well as the year-long students from last term, have now arrived safely and are busy working on their weekly tutorial papers, attending lectures, and generally settling into the academic rhythm of the Oxford term.

This weekend a lot of us relaxed with an all-day tour of London, which included visiting a few of the most popular sites, but also enjoying some of the less-known jewels hidden within this amazing city, such as the ruined church of St Dunstan in the East. Attending an Evensong service at St Paul’s Cathedral provided a welcome spiritual rest within quite a busy day, and for some was the highlight of a fantastic day together.