Normans conquer Oxford names

New research has found that surnames originating with the Norman aristocracy are still over-represented at Oxford. By contrast, there are disproportionately few students with surnames associated with poverty in the 19th century. The study, conducted by the London School of Economics, takes names from the wealthiest caste of society 1000 years ago – such as […]

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Oxford themed board game launched

An Oxford graduate has created a board game named Dreaming Spires that allows players to build their own college and manage them strategically. Jeremy Hogan, who studied Psychology and Philosophy at University College, said: “Dreaming Spires is a board game that lets 3-5 players lead an Oxford college from the medieval era through to the […]

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Sexism campaign launched

OUSU Women’s Campaign has launched an “Oxford-based, student version of the Everyday Sexism Project.” The national project details the stories of sexism submitted by ordinary women. The Oxford version seeks to provide “a forum for women to share their experiences of sexism on a day to day basis, no matter the size, and thereby highlight […]

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Asbestos forces St Giles closure

During recent renovation work, asbestos was found under the floor of St Giles Church. As a result, the church has temporarily closed. The church was fitting a new heating system when the dangerous chemical was discovered in an old pipe lagging. Speaking to BBC Oxford, the Reverend Canon Dr Andrew Bunch said: “It’s not safe […]

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Patchy reception for exam PC proposal

The Oxford History Faculty is considering allowing students to sit their exams using a computer. The move was announced in a November 4th email. The PPE administrator also announced that similar proposals were under consideration for PPE finalists. Dr Andrea Hopkins, the History Faculty Administrative Officer and the organiser of the consultation, claimed the main […]

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Campsfield arson charges

A detainee has been charged with arson, following a fire at the Campsfield Detention Centre that left two men in hospital.The centre in Kidlington, 15 minutes’ drive north of Oxford, has space for 216 male detainees. The long-term detention centre accommodates illegal immigrants, pending their case resolutions and subsequent removal from the United Kingdom.Last Friday, […]

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