Zuleyka under fire for “censorship” as Oxford Union election heats up

The launch of Zuleyka Shahin’s campaign for the Oxford Union Presidency sparked online controversy this week, after administrators on her Facebook campaign page appeared to delete critical comments, leading to accusations against Shahin of “censorship” and attempts to “stifle free debate”. In addition, several students expressed outrage at transphobic comments addressed toward Shahin on the […]

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Cornmarket “abortion is murder” preachers prompt student fury

Evangelists standing on Cornmarket Street on Saturday have angered students after preaching conservative doctrine and addressing passers-by. Preachers were seen holding signs with slogans including “abortion is murder”, and “evolution is a lie”, as well as quoting the Bible and addressing specific passers by. John Paul, a first-year Music student, said: “One guy picked me […]

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Oxford University Labour Club considers endorsing left-wing candidate Corbyn

Oxford University’s Labour Club may choose to endorse MP Jeremy Corbyn for party leader at its General Meeting today. Jeremy Corbyn recently announced his leadership candidacy, and is considered to be on the Left of the Labour Party, having voted against tuition fees and other contentious New Labour policies. He stands against favourites Andy Burnham, […]

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Former OUSU RO under scrutiny for association with election rigging

A former OUSU Returning Officer is under intense scrutiny this week after facing a motion of no-confidence at OUSU Council for alleged “association” with last year’s rigging of the NUS referendum. Alexander Walker, a third-year Chemistry student at Wadham College, has been accused in a motion of no-confidence of “improper” and “anti-democratic behaviour” for his oversight […]

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Out with the Hamilton, in with the Richardson: Oxford’s new Vice Chancellor

Louise Richardson, chosen as the 272nd Vice-Chancellor of the University, comes to Oxford next year after a long life in academia and administration, having been at university in some form or another since 1977. Through her career she has shown an acumen for institutional leadership, accompanied by a willingness to publicly defend controversial opinions and […]

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Oxford postgraduate sentenced to death by Egyptian government

Students throughout the university have expressed their outrage at the death sentence granted to Oxford student Sondos Asem in Egypt. The 28 year old researcher and graduate student Sondos Asem is studying at the Oxford University Blavatnik School of Government and is a member of the Freedom and Justice party. Asem was sentenced to death […]

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Oxford Brookes turns 150

Oxford Brookes University celebrated its 150th anniversary this week. In 1865, the Oxford School of Art was established by John Brookes – thus starting a long journey for the university; from relative obscurity, to the establishment of it’s own identity in the city of dreaming spires. Celebrations were prepared, and on Friday alumni, guests and […]

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Academic dispute over apparent Shakespeare portrait

A furious academic dispute has broken out between Oxford and Harvard Universities this week, over an apparent portrait of William Shakespeare. The feud between Edward Wilson, an emeritus fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and John Overholt, a Harvard University Curator, started in Country Life magazine, when historian Mark Griffiths revealed that he had discovered an […]

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St Catz JCR declares independence after conflict with college

St Catherine’s JCR has declared independence from the college following a financial dispute that has run since Hilary term. The decision, made at an Extraordinary Open Meeting on Tuesday evening, was a direct response from the JCR after St Catherine’s College has declined to transfer payments worth £4,000 into the JCR account for Trinity term, […]

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Council retract plans to “criminalise” rough sleeping in city centre

Oxford City Council have retracted a proposal to allow the police to penalize rough sleeping in the City Centre. This move comes in reaction to an online petition hosted by On Your Doorstep, the OUSU homeless campaign, in protest of this proposal received over 70,000 signatures. In a new draft of a proposed city centre […]

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Launch of £300 million Science Innovation Fund

Oxford University’s commercial arm has set up a £300 million fund to develop and bring to market companies  based on the University’s scientific research. On 14 May, Oxford University and Isis Innovation (the University’s technology commercialisation subsidiary) announced the launch of a £300 million partnership to boost the development of science and technology business. Oxford […]

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University failed to investigate rape claim, says former Oxford student

A former Oxford student has failed in her attempt sue the University for neglecting to properly investigate her rape claim, after accusing the institution of a “discriminatory stance on sexual assault”. Elizabeth Ramey, a former Master’s student at St Antony’s College, attempted to overturn the University’s policy on investigating complaints of sexual assault after she […]

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