Wadham bans pint-sized cocktails following complaints of excessive drunkenness

Wadham College has banned its bar from serving cocktails in pint-sized glasses at big events, after complaints of extreme drunkenness. Cocktails will now be served in half-pints, and there will be no more three-for-ten-pound deals. In addition, the alcoholic content of drinks will be capped at six percent. These policies will apply only during Wadham’s […]

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Oriel to fly rainbow flag for LGBT History Month

Oriel’s Governing Body has voted to fly the rainbow flag for the whole of February for the first time in the college’s history. LGBT History Month takes place annually in February to promote equality and diversity and to raise awareness around the discrimination faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Oriel joins 12 other Oxford colleges that […]

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Balliol votes down motion to rename Christmas Dinner to become “faith-neutral”

Balliol JCR voted down a motion on Sunday to change the name of their annual Christmas Dinner to something “faith-neutral”. The motion was submitted by an undergraduate at Balliol to “signal Balliol’s acceptance and inclusion of people of faiths other than Christianity and non-believers”. The proposed motion noted that “there are people who view Christmas […]

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Queen’s bans JCR exec from exclusive dining societies

Queen’s College JCR has voted to ban all exec members from being members of “exclusive and/or secretive dining societies” in Oxford. Participation in these societies, which hold regular social events, is by invite only. They are also granted access to the SCR wine cellar. In a meeting that lasted around 2 hours and 45 minutes, […]

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LMH JCR approves Catalan Society to protest college Spanish Society

On Sunday of 3rd Week the Lady Margaret Hall JCR voted on the provision of £8.95 towards the purchase of a Catalonian flag, approving the motion 26 votes to 18 with 12 abstentions. The vote was put to the LMH JCR following the approval of a motion two weeks earlier which provided £100 to the […]

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Dame Maggie Smith awarded Mansfield honorary degree

Mansfield College has announced in a press release that Dame Maggie Smith, English actress, is to be conferred with an Honorary Fellowship of the college on the 20th October. Smith will then be in conversation with the Principal of Mansfield, talking about her life and career. The conferment and subsequent talk will mark the beginning […]

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Former women-only college criticised for fielding all-male University Challenge team

St Hugh’s college, originally an all-female college, has attracted criticism for fielding an all-male team on BBC quiz show University Challenge, prompting presenter Jeremy Paxman to joke in the introduction of the show: “On the basis of tonight’s team, we could be forgiven for thinking they’d [men] rather taken it over.” Founded in 1886 by […]

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Merton announce Professor Irene Tracey as new college warden

Professor Irene Tracey, head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience, has been chosen as Merton’s new warden, the college has announced. Professor Tracey will be Merton’s second female warden after Dame Jessica Rawson, who held the position from 1994 until 2010. She will succeed Sir Martin Taylor in September 2018. An alumna of the […]

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Keble divided over decision to allow quad boat burning

Keble College faces opposition after provisionally approving the burning of a boat on its front quad ahead of this year’s Summer Eights regatta. During a meeting of the college’s Governing Body, the decision was taken to allow Keble College Boat Club (KCBC) to burn an old boat in the middle of the college’s Liddon Quad […]

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Dramatic car chase ends on Merton sports grounds

At around 11:45 this morning, two males were arrested following a dramatic car chase that ended on Merton College sports grounds. A third man, also in the car, was arrested a short while after. Seven police vehicles (including an unmarked car) attended the scene, along with a police helicopter. The car (believed to be either a […]

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Transgender Oxford academic dies by suicide

A recent inquest has revealed that a transgender Oxford academic at Corpus Christi died by suicide in January 2017. Erin Shepherd had just started work as a paid academic in Corpus Christi College chemistry department, having recently come out to friends and family as transgender. “The university’s statement praised Erin as an “outstanding chemist” whose death […]

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Exeter’s long-awaited new accommodation formally open

Exeter College has officially opened the largest addition to its buildings since 1315 – providing 90 new bedrooms for its students. Located on Walton Street, and designed by Alison Brooks, the new quadrangle allows the college to guarantee accommodation to its members for at least three years. Named in honour of the parents of the […]

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Jesus College to host summer school for Welsh students

This August, a four-day summer school will be held at Jesus College for the brightest students from across Wales. Twenty-two students, all of whom are part of the Seren Network, will get the opportunity to attend, the aim being to give them a taste of student life and develop their critical thinking skills. Two students […]

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Malala Yousafzai receives conditional offer for Oxford

Pakistani girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai has received an AAA-conditional offer to study PPE at Lady Margaret Hall from 2017 If she meets the grades, she will follow in the footsteps of former, assassinated Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, an alumnus of the college. Head teachers at the Association of School and College Lecturers […]

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LMH to host homeopathy conference over Easter

Lady Margaret Hall has come under fire from scientific groups for agreeing to host a conference for homeopathy over the Easter Vac. Michael Marshall, Project Director of The Good Thinking Society, attacked the college’s decision to host the conference. Speaking to The Independent, he said “It’s pretty clear the Society of Homeopaths is seeking venues […]

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