Congratulations on finishing your first term!

As you find time to relax and wind down, we imagine you may also be thinking about life beyond Oxford, and what comes next. Don’t panic! As the convenors of the Migration and Refugee Law Discussion Group, we would like to invite you to an informal chat on the decision to do a DPhil in Migration related topics (or not).


The deadline for DPhil applications is coming closer, and we would like to offer Masters students the opportunity to discuss the choices and challenges in deciding to apply and undertaking a DPhil. If you are thinking about applying to a DPhil (this year or in the future), have found yourself debating over what to do, or would like to hear about experiences of DPhil students in migration issues at Oxford – please join us for this informal conversation.


The event will take place TuesdayDecember 4, 1pm – 2:30pm at Gilly Leventis Meeting Room,Bonavero Institute of Human RightsMansfield College, Oxford OX1 3UA.


Biscuits, coffee and tea will be provided.


There will be representatives from a breadth of experiences present, including students or staff from various departments where undertaking a DPhil in migration related issues is possible. Contributors will include: Carlos Vargas-Silva (COMPAS), Mimi Zou (Law), Cathryn Costello (Law, RSC), Eleanor Pritchard (Social Sciences Divisions), Nora Bardelli (ODID), Maayan Ravid (Criminology - Border Criminologies).


Students currently undertaking DPhil research in migration-related issues will also be available to discuss their own experiences and advice.


The Refugee and Migration Discussion Group also welcomes offers to present papers or other work-in-progress to the group or to lead discussion. Please do contact one of the convenors if you are interested in talking to the group or if you have an idea for an informal discussion.


The group’s co-convenors are Maayan Ravid ( Büchsel (, Emilie McDonnell ( and Maeve Moynihan ( Our Senior Member is Professor Cathryn Costello


If you would like to join the group’s mailing list, please send a blank email

You can also join our Facebook group at:


We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the event!


Best wishes, 


Maayan, Teresa, Emilie and Maeve