Union declares itself “institutionally racist”

The Oxford Union debating society has declared itself “institutionally racist” during a meeting of Standing Committee today. During the four hour meeting, to which representatives of campaign groups including Rhodes Must Fall were present, the Standing Committee also condemned the “Colonial Comeback cocktail” and all materials associated with it as unequivocally racist. Due to legal concerns over […]

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OUCA President-elect banned from Cuntry Living

The President-elect of Oxford University’s Conservative Association, Jan Nedvidek, has been removed from feminist discussion group Cuntry Living after sharing sensitive posts elsewhere. Nedvidek was removed by Cuntry Living administrator Alyson Cruise after it emerged that he had posted screenshots of Cuntry Living posts onto the Oxford Liberal Forum in an allegedly “mocking” manner. It […]

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NUS ‘Liar Liar’ campaign deemed “unfair”

The NUS’ ‘Liar Liar’ campaign, encouraging students to vote against MPs who broke their pledges not to raise tuition fees, has been met by criticism from students at Oxford and beyond. The campaign, which is reported to have cost £40,000, will see billboards, vans and newspaper advertisements all bearing the slogan ‘Liar Liar’. The project […]

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Oxford City Council proposes a ban on rough sleeping

Oxford City Council is considering banning rough sleeping under a new Public Spaces Protection Order, a move which has been challenged by local activists and university groups. Plans currently in consultation by Oxford City Council propose banning actions including rough sleeping, public drinking, pigeon feeding, non-compliant busking and persistent begging in Oxford City centre. The area […]

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Olivia Merrett tipped to be next Union President following resignation of Roberto Weeden-Sanz

Roberto Weeden-Sanz, Oxford Union President-Elect for Trinity 2015, has been forced to resign from his position by a Special Disciplinary Committee. According to a Union insider, Olivia Merrett, currently Secretary, is likely to take up the position of President next term, with Zuleyka Shahin as Treasurer and Nikolay Koshikov as Secretary. The Disciplinary Committee was called […]

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Student disappointment as University Council defers decision over fossil fuel divestment

Oxford University Council deferred a decision earlier today over whether to divest £2 billion worth of endowment from fossil fuel companies. This move has been heavily criticized by several student groups, particularly the Oxford University Fossil Free Divestment Campaign, which is supported by OUSU. In a statement, OUSU’s Environmental and Ethics Fossil Free Campaign denounced […]

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Protest challenges visit of Marine Le Pen to Oxford Union

The President of Front National, Marine Le Pen, was met with a large protest outside of the Oxford Union before and during her talk there on Thursday evening. Around 200 Oxford students and affiliates of Unite Against Fascism gathered to protest along St Michael’s street, where students were queuing to enter the talk. Protesters, some  wearing balaclavas, included members […]

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Union defends decision to host nationalist politicians

The President of French right wing party Front National Marine Le Pen and Tea Party activist and former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin have been announced this afternoon as being among this term’s speakers at the Oxford Union. Front National, the third largest political party in France, is known for its policies with regards to immigration […]

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Brendan O’Neill, Tim Squirrell and Shami Chakrabat to debate at Oxford Union

The Oxford Union has confirmed that Brendan O’Neill will appear in a debate with Tim Squirrell and Shami Chakrabat this term. O’Neill, journalist and editor of Spiked Online, will debate against Squirrell, ex-President of the Cambridge Union. Speaking in proposition at the debate will be civil rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti, the director of civil liberties organisation, ‘Liberty’. […]

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Controversy continues over Castle Mill accommodation

A lecturer has proposed to Oxford University figures that the top floor of each building should be removed at Castle Mill accommodation. Diarmaid MacCulloch, Rev. Professor of the History of the Church at St Cross College and TV historian has suggested that a floor is removed from each of the Castle Mill buildings, in light of the […]

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