Construction of Oxford’s new Radcliffe Observatory Quarter could face “considerable delays” because of the University’s dire financial situation.
Academics want the University to focus on fellowships and undergraduate bursaries, rather than activities like the Oxford Philomusica, an Oxford-based orchestra.
Just a week after the University published an influential report pressuring the government to lift the cap on tuition fees, one of the key figures underpinning the submission has been called into doubt.
Tuition fees must be increased, yet the inaccessibility of Oxford and the disillusionment of its students should not be, and need not be, as a result of that.
In a fundraising event in Hong Kong last Wednesday, Vice-Chancellor Andrew Hamilton met more than 1,500 Oxford alumni as part of the University’s new drive to win Chinese donations. Hamilton also hosted similar receptions in Beijing on 12th April and in Shanghai on 29th April.
Most DPhil students have only been required to pay for their first three years of study, but under the new proposal, doctoral students would foot the bill for any extra time it takes for them to finish.