Liveblog: NUS National Conference 2014

The Oxford Student are here at NUS National Conference 2014, where hundreds of delegates from student unions across the country are gathered to set policy for our national union for the coming year, and elect our representatives. For most students, it might be something that you’ve never heard of, have no idea about or simply […]

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Politics, privilege and Barraco Barner: what we can learn from a Twitter storm

With the media’s short attention span winding away from Ukraine now that wild speculation about the possibility of a world war is over, it was almost inevitable that foreign policy wonkery would give way to tabloid storms-in-teacups at some point. This was signified by the Sun’s bizarre apparent coming out in favour of Russian imperialism, […]

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Israel’s defendants have questions to answer

I was surprised when I learnt about comments that had been accusing the Palestine Society of being a ‘vicious hub of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hate’. Ironically of course, opposition to racist colonization of Palestine is the root of the struggle; thus opposition to all forms of racism is what Palestinian solidarity is about. Anti-Semitism is […]

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Oxford’s new activist network brings campaigning students together

Dozens of Oxford students alongside staff members, local councillors and Brookes and Ruskin students gathered last night in Wadham to establish a new Oxford-wide activist organisation. The meeting, which ran over two hours, was split into two broad halves- one focussing on discussing specific previous and existing campaigns and the other debating what a new […]

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Stereotyping migrants won’t solve our country’s problems

As of New Years’ Day 2014, restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian citizens’ right to live and work in the UK were lifted, ending the temporary measures that had required employers to apply for a work permit for such workers, and for workers  to apply for a Work Accession Card. Much of the discussion of this […]

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What do we mean by equality?

The Conversation is a new Comment project aimed at engaging our readers to contribute their thoughts on relevant issues. This week we are discussing equality and employment- email [email protected] if you would like to pitch a response to anything you read.  George Gillett’s criticism of Boris Johnson’s comments on inequality and IQ, Joe Miles’ response […]

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‘Work longer, get less’ – why we should support a lecturers’ strike

  As of September 25th, Oxford’s UCU (University and College Union) as well as Unison are balloting for strike action against a real-terms pay cut. It comes after what an email sent to UCU members says is ‘years of below-inflation pay settlements and therefore real-terms cuts in pay. This year higher education staff nationally were made […]

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“Hollywood for ugly people” – my time in DC

As I approached the grandiose marble Capitol building in Washington DC that very first day, I had absolutely no inkling of what to expect in my six week fellowship in Congress. Silence was the overarching theme of those auspicious first weeks. The corridors of power were confusingly empty – the suits and high heels characteristic […]

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The Oxford Union must revoke Tommy Robinson’s invitation

The Oxford Union, perhaps or perhaps not in an attempt to wipe from public memory its most recent scandal, has moved headlong into another one. Racist of the month Tommy Robinson/Stephen Lennon/either two of his other aliases has been cordially invited to address a debate at the Union this coming Michaelmas. It is an argument […]

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Justice and the Boat Race: The strange case of Trenton Oldfield

Trenton Oldfield, of boat race protest fame, has this week been handed a Home Office ruling ordering him to leave the United Kingdom. At the time of the 2012 Boat Race I was fairly vocal, and argued somewhat with compatriots on the Left, about thinking his protest was quite frankly a little bit silly. My […]

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Conference 2013 shows an NUS in crisis

The National Union of Students’ annual conference is supposed to be the pinnacle of organised student involvement in democratic structures. It is an event that brings together several hundred delegates and observers from universities across the UK, to debate and decide national policy and practice for the ‘student movement.’ Motions up for discussion ranged from […]

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The bedroom tax is unworkable, anachronistic and disgusting

The bedroom tax is sick. There is no better word I can think of to express my feelings on it. It is the sort of policy that caused Aneurin Bevan to famously and belligerently declare that the Conservative Party were ‘lower than vermin.’ It is sick because it is deliberately yet thoughtlessly creates poverty, social […]

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Occupy Sussex is an inspiration to us all

Sussex University has become the latest frontline in the battle for British higher education. On one side are those who want our universities at the whims of the market. The project is one of full-spectrum transformation, from the stealth privatisation of courses and campus jobs, cuts to student support that are rolling back the frontiers […]

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