In defence of academic liberty

A Student Council motion recently passed arguing that the current legal definition of what constitutes ‘hate speech’ is not enough. While the motion has good intentions, it is severely flawed and strikes in the wrong direction. The resolution sought to push for university policy to also prohibit hate speech regarding gender identity, socio-economic status, and […]

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Remove “hateful material” from mandatory teaching, says SU council

A motion which mandates the Oxford University Student Union (SU) to condemn the use of “hateful material” in mandatory teaching was passed in Student Council this Thursday. The motion also resolves to create a new SU Policy, entitled “Protection of Transgender, Non-binary, Disabled, Working-class, and Women* Students from Hatred in University Contexts”. Named the ‘Academic […]

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Q&A: Pro Vice Chancellor clarifies arrangements for Trinity and tuition fees

Oxford University students currently face the most disruptive changes to their academic lives since the Second World War. In response to the extraordinary circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic, Oxford has been forced to prepare for a Trinity Term taught and examined entirely remotely. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Martin Williams, has been at the centre […]

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Boris Johnson: ‘we will come out of all this smarter, sleeker, and with fewer split ends’

The Prime Minister, after returning to work following his recovery from Covid-19, has once again proved a beacon of hope and, as he settles back into Downing Street, has proposed a new quarantine initiative: ‘Bojo’s cut above; Best Barnetts for Britain.’ Known for sporting a ‘frosti blonde textured do’, the Prime Minister’s quintessential cut has […]

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E-Sports & Gaming

Sign-up link is here! So, we have to admit that things next term aren’t exactly going to plan. However, we hope to find an opportunity within this adversity, and whilst the regular sports fixtures will unfortunately not be taking place in the foreseeable future, the e-sports industry is booming! What better time than now to […]

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All Bodleian Libraries to close today

Following University-wide policy changes in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, all Bodleian libraries will close at 5pm today for the foreseeable future. An email to all Bodleian library staff has revealed the University’s measures to close all public spaces, including the Weston Library and Old Bodleian, with immediate effect. All book deliveries and loans will […]

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‘Boycott Taylors!’ Students launch petition

Coalition Against Homelessness (CAH) launched a petition this week to boycott Oxford-based gourmet sandwich shop, Taylors. The petition encourages potential customers to cease purchasing goods from any Taylors’ stores. The boycott demands Taylors and other local businesses in Oxford to agree to five commitments. It follows an incident last summer in which the sandwich chain […]

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‘Crude Divisive Dangerous’: Oxford XR responds to counter-terrorism document

Extinction Rebellion (XR), the global climate activist group, has had its hour-glass logo listed on a UK counter-terrorism document alongside the logos of neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups. The leaked police document, which contains a list of signs, symbols, and tattoos, was distributed to medical staff and teachers as part of anti-extremism briefings. The document […]

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