Oxford keeps ticking even when its students are on holiday – so we at the OxStu News team have put together a weekly newsletter for all your Oxford news in one quick bite. Every Monday, to start your week, we’ll bring student, university, research and city news all together in one place.
100,000 sign petition to keep OU offer holder in UK
A petition urging the Home Office to enable Oxford offer holder Brian White to stay in the UK has taken off with over 100,000 signatures. See our article for details.
Campaign for living wage launched across Oxford
The University’s Labour Club and Oxford SU’s Living Wage Campaign have joined forces with many of Oxford’s most prominent councillors to campaign for a “real” living wage, currently set by the City Council at £9.26 an hour. The campaign follows record numbers of children of working families living in poverty. See our upcoming article for details.
Public bike pumps installed throughout city
Bike pumps have been installed in Broad Street, St Michael’s Street, Magdalen Bridge, Cowley Road and Summertown for the public to use free of charge. Councillor Louise Upton said: “Our long-term ambition is to significantly increase the number of people commuting to work by bike, to help reduce air pollution and congestion […] installing these bike pumps is an example of that.”
St Giles Fair returns
The 400 year old St Giles Fair is back on 4th and 5th September, filling the streets with rides and stalls. In the words of Councillor Dee Sinclair: “We are delighted to welcome the Fair to town. It is a well-established and incredibly popular event and one that brings communities across Oxford together and a fantastic atmosphere to the city centre’s streets.”
Improvements continue on Oxford community centres
Oxford City Council is to start work on improvements to the accessibility of South Oxford Community Centre, shortly after the Rose Hill, Iffley and Littlemore Neighbourhood Policing Team moved offices to Rose Hill Community Centre. The changes are just the beginning of planned improvements in Oxford’s community centres: a £4.5m refurbishment of the city’s sports pavilions is already underway, and Bullingdon Community Centre is to receive a £500,000 revamp next year.