Heathrow protestors avoid jail

Thirteen protesters, including an Oxford graduate, who chained themselves together on a runway at Heathrow Airport have avoided jail sentences. This comes after they were found guilty of aggravated trespassing in January and warned to expect custodial sentences. The protestors belong to the action group Plane Stupid, who oppose plans to build a third runway […]

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University announces honorary degrees for 2016

On 25 February, Oxford University announced the names of ten prominent figures to whom it will award honorary degrees this summer. Pending approval by Congregation, the degrees will be awarded at the university’s annual Encaenia ceremony this summer in the ninth week of Trinity Term. The honorary degrees will be awarded to eminent figures within eight separate disciplines, comprising […]

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Chancellor Patten compares Rhodes Must Fall movement to Chinese government

In an opinion piece published by Project Syndicate, chancellor of Oxford University has compared the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement with the Chinese government, arguing that both would display similar mechanisms of suppressing free expression and critical discourse. Western students should not abuse the freedoms bestowed upon them, freedoms that Chinese students have to fight for or barely know […]

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Oxford alumna claims university is complicit in LGBT ‘paedophile movement’

On 23 February, Dr Julia Gasper, a Somerville College alumna and noted anti-LGBTQ activist, engaged in a Twitter dispute with the Oxford University Social Sciences Division. In the online exchange, Gasper attacked the Bodleian Social Science Library (SSL) for tweeting a photo of various LGBTQ-related texts intended to demonstrate the department’s support for LGBT History Month, which is […]

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Blavatnik School of Government now open

The Blavatnik School of Government’s buildings on Walton Street are now complete and open for use. This will allow the 117 post-graduate students at the centre to move from the three separate locations they occupy into this purpose-built space. The BSG opened in 2010 following a £75 million donation by Russian billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, which […]

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City Council plans heat-sharing network

Oxford University and Oxford City Council have jointly funded a £136,000 study into the possibility of creating a shared heat network amongst the laboratories and businesses of Oxford. Should a heat network be built, it could cut carbon emissions and save an estimated 20 percent on heating bills in the long term. Oxford, it should be noted, aims […]

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OULC in midst of anti-Semitism allegations

The resignation of former Oxford University Labour Club Co-Chair, Alex Chalmers, has now reached most major news outlets in the UK and Israel, with repercussions ranging from condemnation from the Israeli Embassy in London, to the cancellation of Ed Miliband’s visit to OULC later this term. The resignation was followed by fresh accusations of antisemitism […]

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New drugs are unsustainably expensive

Researchers from Oxford University say that the development of new drugs has become unsustainably expensive due to misguided research practices. Dr Jack Scannell and consultant Jim Bosley from Oxford and UCL’s Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation presented their findings in a paper for scientific journal PLOS ONE, entitled ‘When Quality Beats Quantity: […]

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Somerville JCR in move for Liverpool star

Somerville College JCR has passed a motion authorising an attempt to sign exiled Liverpool left back José Enrique on loan following the opening of the Premier League emergency loan window this week. The reasoning for the motion acknowledged that the Somerville Men’s Football Team, despite performing well recently had serious defensive problems, conceding 15 goals in their previous 6 […]

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OUSU condemns Oriel over Rhodes statue

On the evening of Wednesday, 3 February, the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) Council—Oxford’s highest decision-making body—voted to hold Oriel College accountable for its failure to follow through on its ‘listening campaign’ to Oxford students regarding the status of the Rhodes statue. The emergency motion, entitled ‘Holding Oriel College Accountable’, was proposed in light of […]

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Magdalen JCR supports Meat-Free Mondays

  The Magdalen College JCR passed a motion supporting Meat-Free Mondays at its general meeting on Sunday. Proposed by Jack Evans and seconded by Matthew Steggles, the motion mandates the JCR’s Environment and Ethics Representative “to speak to the college on behalf of the JCR in favour of instating meat-free Mondays”. Cutting back on meat […]

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