What next for the institutionally racist Union?

On seeing the poster used to advertise the Union’s ‘Colonial Comeback’ cocktail spread across the media the day after the debate, I felt two distinct emotions: disgust and disappointment. The poster is nothing short of disgraceful; it’s insensitive and denigrates the oppression of people through the institution of colonialism. Being originally from West Africa made […]

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Our libraries are being treated as an economic luxury

The other week, nine Oxford academics submitted a ‘Question in Congregation’ on the cuts to the University’s libraries budget. The immediate cause of this was the recent proposal to close the Oriental Institute Library, currently in the Oriental Institute, and transfer its holdings to the Sackler Library, already under considerable pressure. This move has been […]

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Oxbridge is not the be-all and end-all

The Oxford editor of the Tab recently published an article titled “Don’t kid yourself: If you’re not at Oxbridge, you’re wasting your time”. We are, of course, used to this kind of hyperbole from the Tab – it is hardly known as being the forerunner in professional journalism – but we should be careful not […]

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Our obsession with being thin is lethal

About a month ago, 21-year-old Eloise Parry took four times what is considered to be the lethal dose of a diet pill that she had bought over the internet, and later drove herself to hospital when she began to feel unwell. Shortly afterwards, she began “burning up from the inside” and her metabolism “exploded like […]

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