Fear and Unaccountability at Ruskin College

  Names of those interviewed have been altered to protect anonymity. Ruskin College is the city of Oxford’s third main higher education institution, and one that we often forget about in light of the sheer size of Oxford and Brookes’ student populations, and the similarly-named Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. It is an […]

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Michael Gove: Hands off our history

Education Secretary Michael Gove’s decision to remove Mary Seacole from the National Curriculum is merely symptomatic of his ideological assault upon our education system, a bid to ‘destroy the village to rebuild it’, so to speak, by first cutting the heart out of education as it exists and then remoulding it in a neoconservative fantasy. […]

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Those who live by the gun: Sandy Hook and the crisis of American culture

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Tucson. This year alone, the Colorado cinema shootings and the attack on a Wisconsin Sikh temple, and now the Sandy Hook tragedy, one of the most brutal school shootings in US history. It is almost inevitable that the old gun control debate would be revived in the wake of this latest disaster, […]

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Ireland, abortion and legal clarity

As an Irishman, I was ashamed when news broke earlier this week about the appalling death of Savita Halappanavar from septicaemia in an Irish hospital. There have been outflows of sympathy, frustration, disbelief and anger in both Ireland and India. People have been protesting outside Parliament, in the newspapers, on radio and online against the […]

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Missing the Point of Oxmas

Very much bowing to commercial pressure, it is nowadays quite normal for Christmas cheer to leak into September, having already flooded October and practically drowned November. Being rather averse to such trends, when, during last year’s surprise October heat wave, representatives of the premature Christmas tat pushing trade appeared on regional news bemoaning wilting business, […]

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Gaza: don’t believe the media hype

Unless you’ve been living a hermit-like existence for the past week I’m sure you must be aware of the current war going on between Israel and the Gaza strip. I say war, although that implies a sense of equality. “Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, […]

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Poppies, Politics and Student Union Presidents

When Daniel Cooper, Acting President of the University of London Union, announced on his blog that he was due to refuse an invitation to lay a wreath at the University’s memorial ceremony today, the outpour of controversy was almost inevitable. Calls for Cooper to resign, along with newly-elected ULU President Michael Chessum, have been widespread, […]

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In support of London Met’s international students

Find a new university in sixty days or get kicked out of the country. This is the message that the two-thousand strong population of international students at London Metropolitan University woke up to yesterday. It is a result of immigration minister Damian Green’s decision to abruptly revoke the university’s ‘highly trusted sponsor’ status, meaning that […]

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Usain Bolt should pay his taxes or jog on

Despite writing an earlier article for the Oxford Student heavily critical of much of the politics and decisions surrounding the London 2012 Olympics, I had very little against the sporting events themselves. Granted, I’m not especially fond of competitive individualism, but watching extremely talented and hard-working people perform the sports they love was invigorating. Bradley […]

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Big Fat Gypsy lies

An interview with Bridget Deadman, who appeared on ‘Thelma’s Gypsy Girls’ (Channel 4), conducted by Amy Addison-Dunne, offer-holder at Ruskin College Before ‘ My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ was released, I will admit that I had never thought that deeply about the racial abuse and discrimination the Gypsy and Travellers’ community faced from non-Travellers. Unfortunately, […]

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Atos Healthcare: Still profiting from misery

Whilst the Olympic opening ceremony, quite fairly, glorified our National Health Service, it is nonetheless worth remembering the real state of affairs for a significant number of Britain’s sick. In April of this year, around 3400 people in Oxford and 10,000 in the county of Oxfordshire were subsisting on Incapacity Benefit (the allowance for those […]

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