The war on Christmas ends today: call Oxmas what it is

Oxmas is one of those traditions that Oxford is so proud of. Every year, to celebrate the fact that colleges need to maximise their conference incomes over the holidays and so can’t carry on teaching us, we have our own little Christmas a month before anyone else. Aren’t we lucky? Two Christmases! Institutionalised good cheer […]

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WomCam protesters try to shut down anti-abortion talk

Protesters were thrown out of a discussion panel hosted by an anti-abortion student society that included prominent Irish pro-lifers on Wednesday night. WomCam, Oxford SU’s women’s campaign, organised the demonstration. According to reports, around fifteen protesters entered the event and then started heckling the speakers when the talk began. Eye-witness reports, and statements from both […]

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Oxford fights back against Daily Mail’s anti-Brexit attacks

Heads of Oxford colleges and students from across the university have this week made their feelings clear in response to a Daily Mail front page that accused the university of spreading “Remain propaganda.” The original Mail article, headline “Our remainer universities”, cited a long list of professors and heads of colleges who have supposedly been […]

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Layla Moran: “Fighting social inequality is my fire that helps me get up every day. It’s what I’m passionate about.”

The last time we spoke to Layla Moran, she was a parliamentary candidate, busily fighting for a marginal seat in the 2015 general election. Despite an inspiring campaign backed by strong community support, it is fair to say that the legacy of the coalition government proved to be an obstacle in her path to representing […]

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Oxford to go emissions-free under new council plans

Oxford City Council have announced that they will start efforts to ban all non-zero emissions vehicles from the roads of Oxford, making the city the world’s first emissions-free urban area. The plan involves a gradual ban on petrol and diesel cars and vans from roads in the city centre, starting with Cornmarket and Queen Street […]

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How to get involved in student journalism at Oxford

Student journalism has a bit of a reputation, and to an extent it’s probably well-deserved. Some over-confident 19-year-old has got some Big and Important Opinions, and they’re gonna write them down and by golly are you gonna read them. You absolutely need to, they’re such Important Opinions! About politics! War! Love! The class struggles of […]

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NSS respondents fall after NUS-organised boycott

The results of the National Student Survey, published today, have shown a drop in the percentage of students responding following an extended campaign by the National Union of Students (NUS) and a boycott of the survey by students at leading universities including Oxford and Cambridge. The survey was one of the factors the Department for […]

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Death with dignity: patient autonomy in the wake of Charlie Gard and Noel Conway

Death is relevant to us all, but end of life care – particularly for the terminally ill – is something few consider before they have to confront it. Two pressing cases have recently caught the world’s attention, both in London, and both challenging what it means to die with dignity. One was of an 11-month-old […]

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Gloucester Green Bus station shut down after coach catches fire

A coach has caught fire in the Gloucester Green Bus Station, shutting down the entirety of the station. The Airline bus started to smoke from its engine at approximately 4.15pm on Saturday afternoon. Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue were tackling the blaze within minutes. By 4.40pm the smoking had stopped and the fire seemed to have been […]

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Government unveils plans for fast-track degrees

Government plans have been unveiled proposing that English Universities will be able to offer fast-track two year degrees. For such courses, they will be able to charge more than £14,000 a year, the price of three years worth of tuition fees. If Universities were to introduce these changes then annual fees in England would be […]

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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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Oxford named UK’s least affordable city – again

Oxford has once again been named the UK’s least affordable city by the Lloyds Bank’s Affordable Cities Review. Now, the average home price is nearly 11 times the annual gross average earnings. Home affordability is measured by comparing average city house prices and average regional pay. The average city house price across the UK has […]

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Fury as councillors insult LGBTQ community and the homeless

Two Oxford councillors have come under heavy fire this week for comments insulting the LGBTQ community and the homeless. John Tanner, Labour Councillor for Littlemore, branded Oxford’s homeless “a disgrace”, while Julia Gasper, a parish councillor currently affiliated with the English Democrats and previously UKIP, posted a picture of Jimmy Savile to commemorate LGBTQ History […]

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Oxfordshire hotels fail child exploitation tests

In a covert operation undertaken by Thames Valley Police on February 2nd and 3rd, nine out of twenty establishments failed to pass ‘child sexual exploitation tests’. As part of the operation officers visited guest houses and hotels in Bicester and Banbury, North Oxfordshire. A plainclothes officer and a fifteen-year-old girl visited the establishments and asked […]

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Cowley roundabout is second most dangerous in Britain

The roundabout at the end of Magdalen Bridge has had the second-highest number of bicycle-related accidents in the country, according to recently released data. From 2009 to 2015, there were 45 reported accidents on the roundabout, second only to Lambeth Bridge roundabout in central London. The data was compiled by Mapmechanics from Department for Transport […]

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Oxford denies plans to set up French campus

The University of Oxford has denied that it intends to set up a satellite campus in France. The denial came after the Telegraph reported that Oxford, along with at least one other Russell Group university, had been in talks with French officials about possible ways of retaining their European links post-Brexit. Jean-Michel Blanquer, a former […]

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