VC: Oxford perception not priority for access

The Vice Chancellor has dismissed claims that improving Oxford’s image is the most important task facing the University’s access campaign. In a letter published in OUSU President Tom Rutland’s weekly email, Professor Andrew Hamilton said that “reality was more important” than the way potential applicants view the university. Rutland said in his email that many […]

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Increase in joke candidates in JCR elections

This week has seen a spate of unconventional nominations in JCR elections, with candidates pledging the abolition of democracy, deer racing and the capture of the staff lodgings. Michael Rundle, running for JCR President at Teddy Hall, pledged a bronze statue of himself in the front quad, while Magdalenite Mohammad Wadud promised as President to […]

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Taxi disservice

A female student at Wadham has claimed she was told she was “not eligible” for the College’s taxi service, and was forced to walk home alone late at night. The student, who lives outside of Oxford city centre, was unable to get home in the early hours of 13th November after her bicycle lock malfunctioned […]

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RAG break out of RadCam

RAG Oxford set loose an escaped convict in Radcliffe Square this week to promote the opening of Jailbreak. Jailbreak is an annual event to see which students can get the furthest from the start in 36 hours without spending any money.  Universities across the UK participate in the competition and raise money for the charity […]

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News from the Light Blues

Cambridge police were on fine form this week, incompetently attempting to spy on Cambridge student activists. Who knew that asking a protester, who is guided by principle, to spy on his fellow protesters against his principles would go so wrong? The police also seemed genuinely surprised that they were filmed because people, totally groundlessly, don’t […]

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This House is Proud to be Patriotic

Must we apologise for wanting to belong? Should we feel ashamed on memorial days, such as Remembrance Day? The Oxford Union’s Patriotism debate evoked many provocative questions. Varun Sivaram, a Rhodes Scholar and former Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Los Angeles, opened the case for the proposition with one such intriguing question: “Why is […]

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Award recognises teaching talent

Vice Chancellor Andrew Hamilton presented the Oxford University Teaching Awards at Rhodes House last week. Launched in 2006, the award aims to recognise teaching excellence within the University. It focuses on student engagement, development of new course structures, exceptional lectures, or innovative demonstration, such as videos and podcasts. The award is geared towards academic staff […]

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Breakthrough for Living Wage Campaign

This week, the University pledged preliminary support to paying the living wage to its outsourced workers following a proposed amendment to its Sustainability Procurement Strategy. This follows the discovery earlier this month that OUSU was only able to name four University departments that definitely paid a living wage to all workers on their premises. The […]

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Bleak future for People’s Supermarket

Volunteers at Cowley Road’s The People’s Supermarket have this week admitted that the future for the business looks bleak.According to acting manager Anton Saberimuttu, the supermarket owes £7,000 in rent, which it is unable to pay. He told The Oxford Mail that he was more frustrated by the dearth of enthusiasm shown by members, saying: […]

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Equal opportunities for JCR committees

Both Merton and Somerville have this week voted to increase their number of JCR reps for equal opportunities positions. An ‘Equality Sub-Committee Motion’ was passed on Sunday at the Merton OGM, with no opposition and one friendly amendment. The motion redefined the position of Equal Opportunities rep, and created the position of Gender Equality rep. […]

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Catz disagree with E&E

Last week St Catherine’s JCR voted against a motion to divest from fossil fuel investment. In the next two weeks a similar motion will be put to a number of other colleges. The motion, which was proposed by members of the Environment and Ethics campaign, calls on all JCRs and MCRs to support the Divestment […]

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Teenage Tyrants

In a new study, Oxford University researchers have compiled the first official data on the problem of adolescent-to-parent violence in the UK. Data collected from the Metropolitan police showed that over a 12 month period between 2009-10 there were 1,892 reported cases of 13 to 19 year olds committing violence against their own parents in […]

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Quantum leap

A team of physicists, including a member of the University’s Materials Department, have overcome a key barrier to the construction of ultra-fast quantum computers. Stephanie Simmons, Junior Research Fellow at St John’s, was part of a team that sustained a normally fragile quantum state at room temperature for 39 minutes. The previous world record was […]

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Landslide victory for BoJo over Joe

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been invited to take up the role of administrator on popular Facebook group ‘Overheard at Oxford Uni’. He was sent a letter following an a landslide election, in which he won 80 per cent of the vote. However, quirks of the electoral system mean that the capital’s mayor […]

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