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Digital theses and ORA: When to deposit

Oxford Glossary

Supplicate: Ask for a degree to be conferred at a degree ceremony.  E.g. candidates who satisfactorily complete a DPhil are granted ‘Leave to supplicate’, meaning they have passed.

Leave to supplicate

You should deposit your thesis to ORA after you have been granted leave to supplicate, after examination. Please deposit in good time before your graduation so that this can be processed by the ORA team. 

Deposit the digital copy: in the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA), click on 'Deposit'. You will need your Oxford username and password (also known as WebLearn/WebAuth/SingleSignOn password) in order to deposit your thesis. If your Oxford username and password has expired and you wish to deposit a digital copy of your thesis in ORA, please complete the 'request a new depositor account' via

We will then provide you with a login and password that can be used with the ORA deposit system. Note: this is not a login for any other part of the Oxford University services. For details on how to become part of the Oxford Alumni see the University's Alumni site.

Oxford Research Archive






Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) is an institutional repository for the University of Oxford and is home to the scholarly output of its research members. It holds publications, theses and research data.

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