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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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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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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Harris Manchester faces allegations of institutional racism in CCTV controversy

On Friday 3rd February, an email was sent by a senior member of college staff at Harris Manchester titled “please be vigilant of unauthorized persons in college”. The email, sent to all undergraduates, the JCR, MCR, and SCR mailing lists, contained a CCTV image of a black male walking through college grounds. He has now […]

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A Culture of Humiliation: Homophobia in Initiations

In universities across the world, the first term of the academic year means new people and new challenges. It also means, for many, the excitement of joining various clubs and societies. Unfortunately, with this comes a darker side, namely initiations. In case you don’t know, an initiation is a form of ceremony, made to admit […]

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Mansfield tops survey of colleges’ vegetarian food provision

Mansfield College, Oxford, has come top of a poll rating vegetarian and vegan food provision across the University. Over 200 students voted in the poll, launched at the beginning of Michaelmas term by the Oxford University Animal Ethics Society. Allan Dodd, Bursar at Mansfield College, said: “This ranking is the result of a great deal […]

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Mansfield Ball controversy as food and drink runs out

Attendees at the Mansfield College Ball on Saturday were dismayed to find that much of the promised food and drink ran out before the scheduled time, in some cases by several hours. Held on 27 February, the Mansfield Ball was a ten-hour affair lasting until five in the morning. The ball’s theme, ‘The Doors of […]

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Lettuce eating mandated by Magdalen JCR

Magdalen JCR is now requiring one of its committee members to eat lettuce at every general meeting. The undergraduate common room has proposed a constitutional amendment that  mandates the Oscar d’Tortoise (a JCR position with no real roles or responsibilities) to chow down on the vegetable at every GM. This amendment was part of a […]

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Mary Somerville will appear on the Scottish £10 note

The namesake of an Oxford College will appear on the Scottish £10 note. Following a week-long public vote on the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Facebook page, Mary Somerville, after whom Somerville College is named, was announced the winner. The competition invited users to like the Scottish scientist they would most like to see on the banknote from […]

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