Oxford University sees 11% rise in EU applicants since referendum

There has been an 11% rise in EU applicants this year, according to the University’s recently created Brexit Strategy Office. 2417 students applied to study at Oxford in 2016, up from 2169 in 2015. Between 2011 and 2014, meanwhile, the number of applicants stayed between 1940 and 1961. In an interview with the Oxford Student […]

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Investigation: students overwhelmingly believe Oxford has a homelessness problem

98.5% of students surveyed believe there is a homelessness problem in Oxford In an investigation carried out by the Oxford Student, 98.5% of participants stated that they think there is a homelessness problem in the city. Only one respondent answered in the negative, whilst four said they did not know. The survey also asked in […]

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Iffley Open House ordered to vacate within two weeks

Iffley Open House has received notice from Wadham College to vacate the old VW garage on Iffley Road by the 27th February. Despite an agreement reached last month between the group and leaseholders Midcounties Co-operative, Wadham confirmed this week that they have ended the lease early and plan to take back possession of the site […]

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Asbestos closes Zoology and Experimental Psychology building

The university’s Tinbergen building will be evacuated from Monday morning after extensive deposits of asbestos were uncovered early last week. University authorities have said that the teaching of those studying some science degrees will be severely disrupted, and that it is ‘unlikely’ that students will have a full set of practical classes this year. Authorities […]

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Ahmed’s nominated for British Kebab Awards 2017

Ahmed’s Bar B-Q has been nominated for Kebab Van of the Year in the 2017 British Kebab Awards. Better known as Ahmed’s, the High Street institution is one of only ten establishments to be nominated in the country. Speaking to the Oxford Student, proprietor Ahmed Semlali said: “It’s a privilege to have been nominated for kebab […]

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Kate Cole elected OUSU president for 2017/18

Kate Cole will be the next OUSU president, after convincingly beating opponent Vivian Holmes in a record turnout for the student union elections. With 4002 ballots cast, Cole picked up 56% of the vote compared to Holmes’ 34%. The total turnout was 4,454, which represents 19% of students and a 42% increase on last year. As Dr Jack […]

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Sixteen organisations compete in RAG charity ballot

Every year, Oxford Raise and Give supports four charities – two local, two national or international – which are selected by ballot. These charities share RAG’s fundraising profits for the following academic year. This week, students have the chance to vote for four new charities. With so many to choose from, however, the Oxford Student offers […]

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Polls open for OUSU elections

Voting has opened in the OUSU elections for 2017/18, following a fortnight of campaigning and hustings. The two candidates for President, Kate Cole and Vivian Holmes, are running on opposing slates which endorse students for the other sabbatical positions. Cole’s slate is entitled ACTion (which stands for accountable, consistent and transparent), and includes Katy Haigh for […]

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Not our business? The politics of depoliticising our student movement

Much has been said during the recent OUSU election debates – and across the country more generally – about the futility or general irrelevance of the student movement, its propensity for unnecessary “posturing“ on international issues, and its incessant tendency to get “too political” without real justification. On this narrative, there stands in stark contrast […]

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“Widespread outage” hits Oxford IT services

Oxford University IT Services declared a “major incident” this morning after a power outage at one of its data centers left a range of services offline. The affected services, which included the Nexus Web App, Mailing Lists and the University’s main website, have since been restored. “Most of the of the affected services have been brought back […]

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Brexit principles are procrastination, not a plan

The government’s official policy document for leaving the European Union was published on Thursday, with the aim of clarifying the plans for the country’s departure from the EU. Think that was tautology? Try reading what I can only assume was the Lancaster House speech before someone stopped to look at the word count. The White […]

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Oxford University reports lowest state admissions figures in Russell Group

55.7% of Oxford University’s 2015/16 undergraduate admissions were from state schools or colleges, new statistics show. This leaves the University with the 4th lowest state admissions figures in the country, behind only specialist institutions the Royal Agricultural University, the Royal Academy of Music and the Courtauld Institute of Art. It also represents a 2% decrease compared […]

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Mental health takes centre stage at OUSU hustings

Vivian Holmes and Kate Cole, the two candidates for OUSU President 2017-18, set out their visions for the student union at a hustings at Somerville on Monday, placing an emphasis on mental health and accessibility to the Student Union. The two candidates, who if elected will have control of an annual income of over a […]

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Oxford stands with Muslims: protest on Cornmarket targets travel ban

Students, residents and campaigners gathered in Cornmarket this evening to protest President Trump’s ban on Muslim immigrants entering the country. This forms one of thousands of nationwide campaigns against Trump’s executive order – a response which Barack Obama’s spokesman said the ex-president was “heartened” by. The protest was called by Stand Up To Racism, Oxford […]

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Cyclist dies after falling from Magdalen Bridge in River Cherwell

Thames Valley Police have confirmed that a man who fell into the River Cherwell on Monday afternoon has died in hospital. They said that the man, in his 30s, died “a short while” after being taken to John Radcliffe Hospital. Firefighters have praised a woman who jumped into the river to try and rescue the […]

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Iffley Open House Still At Risk Despite Court Ruling

On Wednesday evening, a meeting of Oxford City Council’s west area planning committee granted permission for the new student development planned by Wadham. The college is planning to construct a 135 bedroom development to provide homes for second year students who currently live out of College The news follows a court hearing on Friday 20th […]

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