"Hilary term is when it all kicks off"
Oriel College Oxford
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 Hilary is the name of the second term of the academic year in Oxford, running from January to March. Each term is eight weeks long. The three academic terms are:

Michaelmas term: October to December

Hilary term: January to March

Trinity term: April to June