A Thesis Class

The File ociamthesis.cls was written by K.A. Gillow. The latest version (2.2) was released on 22/11/2010. The class is based upon the standard report class around which most people design their thesis. Key features are

  • It defines the page size allowing for an offset for binding.
  • It defines the layout of the title page including title, logo / crest, name, college, submittedtext, degree name, degree date.
  • It uses the current university branding square logo by default (but can also use the older shield crest or belt crest).
  • Dedication page environment (layout as a verse).
  • Acknowledgements page environment (layout as a quote).
  • Alternative acknowledgementslong environment form which isn't set out as a quote.
  • Statement of Originality environment (originality) and long version (originalitylong). Formatting similar to acknowledgements enviroments.
  • Abstract page environment (layout as a quote).
  • Alternative abstractlong environment form which isn't set out as a quote.
  • Alternative abstractseparate environment form which isn't set out as a quote and has all the title page info on as well (useful for the separate copy required when you submit the final copy to the Bodleian Library).
  • Romanpages environment to number frontmatter pages in lower case roman.
  • Support for twoside and openright document class options

File Here is an example of how to use this class in a master latex document.

The structure of the dedications file (called dedications.tex in the example) is

\begin{dedication}
This thesis is dedicated to\\
 someone\\
for some special reason\\
\end{dedication}

The structure of the abstract (abstract.tex) file is of the form

\begin{abstract}
plenty of waffle, plenty of waffle, plenty of waffle, plenty of waffle,
plenty of waffle, plenty of waffle, plenty of waffle, plenty of waffle.
\end{abstract}

and the structure of the acknowledgements (acknowledgements.tex) file is of the form

\begin{acknowledgements}
plenty of waffle, plenty of waffle, plenty of waffle, plenty of waffle,
plenty of waffle, plenty of waffle, plenty of waffle, plenty of waffle.
\end{acknowledgements}

PDF icon This example PDF file shows some of the sort of output this class generates. This example output uses the gillow bibliography style file which is a very minor modification to the plain bibliography style.

Cover Page Logo / Crest

Current University Logo / Branding

As of version 2.2 the default is to use a graphical logo with file name oxlogo.eps (for LaTeX) or oxlogo.pdf (for PDFLaTeX).

The Mathematical Institute Linux systems have the class and logo files installed by default. If you are using this document class on another system you will need to obtain a suitable logo file to go with the class file available from this page. You can obtain this from the university's official branding page or by taking a copy of the files on the Linux system (just use the command locate oxlogo to find the file).

Previous Logos / Branding

It is still possible to use the older metafont logo of either the belt crest or shield crest by using the new (as of version 2.2) options beltcrest or shieldcrest in the documentclass line, i.e.

documentclass line for old belt crest logo using the beltcrest metafont

\documentclass[12pt,beltcrest]{ociamthesis}

documentclass line for older shield crest logo using the crest metafont

\documentclass[12pt,shieldcrest]{ociamthesis}

In these cases then either the metafont file oxcrest40 or oxbeltcrest installed (for legacy use) on the Maths Institute system are used.

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