After the summer tourists have left and undergraduates are back for Michaelmas, autumn signals the beginning of a new year for the University. 

There is a buzz in the air at Oxford in the Michaelmas term: freshers find their bearings, undergraduates hurry to lectures, bikes rattle along cobbled streets, and snug pubs offer refuge from chilly breezes. Hours can quickly slip by on a stroll in the University Parks or beside the River Cherwell - or in the warm dark corner of a library. 

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By Helen Ward

Autumn this year has been particularly lovely, but October in Oxford is always my favourite time of the year. Sunshine through golden leaves is beautiful in itself, but it's extra special because it reminds me of the beginning of the new academic year when I was a student. Hashtag nostalgia!

By A. Ilan (St Ant...

All true, but the beauty of autumn, or indeed any season, to exist wihun us must first have some living eyes to exist and absorb it, and such such a visual memotry is are never apart from particular daily events are for ever tied up to a personal, individual's personal experience and to aparticular stage of his Oxford life. It is only years later that the two separate impressions algamate into one memorial image and only as such may produce a "memory" that a photograph then jion together. U us rarely eaxctly the same view what amplifies within us the strong sntiment which connects the two experiences into a sentimenal "memory".

By Alan Simcock

The photo "Ivy covering the south wall of the Regent's Park Quad" seems misdescribed. There may be some ivy just to the left of the door, but the normal Englsih ivy (Hedera helix) does not turn purple like most of the creeper shown. It seems likely that this is the so-called "Boston Ivy" (Parthenocissus tricuspidata), an East Asian native.

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