Oxford Dictionaries names ‘post-truth’ Word of 2016

‘Post-truth’ has been named the ‘Word of 2016’ by Oxford Dictionaries after a dramatic increase in usage following Donald Trump’s success in the US Presidential election, and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals […]

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St Hilda’s JCR establishes Class Liberation Officer

St Hilda’s JCR have passed a motion to establish a Class Liberation Officer, who will represent members of the JCR from socio-economically disadvantaged and working-class backgrounds. The motion, proposed by Charles Ors and seconded by Nina Chatrath, notes that people from working-class backgrounds are under-represented at Oxford and asserts that they suffer from ‘microaggressions’ and […]

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Tyler Hamilton speaks out about doping at Oxford Union

US cyclist Tyler Hamilton, 45, delivered a speech at the Oxford Union in which he discussed his experiences of doping in the sport – the “dark side I wasn’t ready for”. Hamilton began competing professionally in 1995 as a member of the US Postal Service team; he was a team-mate of Lance Armstrong in the […]

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Somerville condemn alumnus MP over failed ‘Turing Bill’

Somerville JCR has voted to condemn the actions of its alumnus, Conservative MP Sam Gyimah, after his filibuster helped bring down a Private Member’s Bill to pardon those convicted of same-sex offences. The East-Surrey MP, who is a junior Justice Minister, spoke for 25 minutes during the debate, which took proceedings to the allotted time […]

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Worcester College gives Distinguished Visiting Fellowship to Sir Ian McKellen

The veteran actor Sir Ian McKellan has been elected a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Worcester College, a three-year appointment which can be renewed. Sir Ian is expected to visit the college twice a year, giving ‘in conversation’ events and masterclasses for students. He is also involved in developing several apps with the Provost of Worcester, […]

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Goodluck Jonathan discusses gay rights, business and Boko Haram at the Union

Yesterday evening, the former Nigerian president Dr Goodluck Jonathan addressed the Oxford Union to speak about education and business reform during his presidency. When the floor opened for questions, he was asked about poverty in Nigerian and government corruption, gender disparity, the criminalisation of same-sex marriage, and western and Chinese influences in Africa. In his […]

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Trump’s Twitter support ‘swelled by bots’

An investigation into Twitter activity during one of the televised US presidential debates has shown that Republican candidate Donald J. Trump’s support was boosted by support from automated ‘bots’. Although he would still have received more supportive tweets than rival Hillary Clinton (Democrats), four times as many bots endorsed him than they did Clinton. Overall, […]

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Somerville Principal to retire in September 2017

The Principal of Somerville College, Dr Alice Prochaska, will step down in September 2017 after seven years of dedicated service. Despite gaining the popularity of her undergraduates, Dr Prochaska is forced to retire because Somerville’s statutes state that the maximum age the serving president can reach is 70; she will be celebrating that milestone next […]

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Government pledges student loans for EU students starting courses in 2017

On 11 October, the Department for Education announced that EU students applying for undergraduate courses starting next year will receive student loans covering the tuition fees for their whole degree, regardless of Brexit. Under current regulations, full tuition fee funding is available for all UK and EU students for the duration of their undergraduate degrees. […]

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Oxford scientists help launch first UK driverless car

Oxford scientists have helped to launch the first driverless car in the United Kingdom yesterday (11 October) at a trial in Buckinghamshire. ‘Selenium’, which can seat two people, completed a 0.6-mile circuit on the pavements in central Milton Keynes. Developed by the Oxford Robotics Institute, part of the University of Oxford, the car uses LIDAR technology, […]

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Half of Oxfordshire’s accommodation for homeless to be cut

The number of state-funded beds for homeless people in Oxfordshire is to be reduced from 285 to 154 as part of £1.5 million of cuts expected over the next three years. In February, Oxfordshire County Council announced it would be reducing its support for homeless services (‘Housing Related Support’) following cuts to its funding from […]

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Tuition fees will increase for Oxford students in 2017

Undergraduate tuition fees will rise to £9,250 a year for UK and EU students studying at Oxford in September 2017, up from the £9,000 cap set by the Government in 2012. UK students completing their first degree will still be eligible for a full tuition fee loan from the UK Government. Oxford University press office said […]

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Oxford voters head to the polls in 2016 local elections: campaign round-up

The elections for Oxford City Council took place yesterday, Thursday 5 May. Half of the 48 councillors are elected every other year and one seat in each of the 24 divisions is being contested this time around. The Council currently consists of 33 Labour Councillors, eight Liberal Democrats, six Greens and one independent member. Last […]

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Eighth week election round-up

Conservatives The termly elections for positions on the Oxford University Conservative Association took place on 2 March at The Mitre. Harrison Edmonds, of University College, the Secretary in Hilary, was returned as President-elect. He secured 121 votes, giving him a 10 vote lead over his opponent, Wojciech Woźnicki of Christ Church, lately the Political Officer. Edmonds, a second […]

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News from over the Vac

Oxford University finishes top in THE rankings The Times Higher Education Supplement revised its university rankings over the vacation, placing Oxford first in Europe. UK institutions dominated the top 10 results, with Cambridge coming in a close 2nd, followed by Imperial College London (3rd), University College London (5th), London School of Economics and Political Science (6th), University of […]

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American overseas voters could decide the next US president, new report shows.

The race to become president of the US this year has been closer than ever. Candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have challenged the expected frontrunners and drawn international attention. In these uncertain times it is another form of international involvement that could be crucial: expat Americans.. Such are the findings of a new […]

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