Oxford VC to push for independent fee-setting power

The University’s Vice Chancellor intends to push for “variable fees” in a meeting with a top politician next week, a leaked email has revealed. A copy of the agenda, sent to OUSU sabbatical officers, shows that Andrew Hamilton is having a private lunchtime meeting with Labour Shadow Education Minister Liam Byrne  “to discuss the challenges […]

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Rugby captain replies to SU: “we’ve taken steps to change”

Wadham’s rugby captain has circulated an open letter to the College SU clarifying the club’s stance on lad culture. The letter was circulated by the student in response to questions during SU hustings last Thursday, and sought to “clarify any issues and misunderstandings” about “the extent of lad culture in College”. In the letter, the student […]

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Oxford researcher pleads guilty on tunnel charge

The police have been accused of a breach of academic liberty after an Oxford academic was arrested for breaking into a disused railway tunnels for his PhD research. Dr Bradley Garrett, who is a researcher of the School of Geography and the Environment, pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal damage. Dr Garrett allegedly removed a […]

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OUSU support for On Your Doorstep

This week, OUSU publishes the result of its survey on student attitudes towards homelessness, which was completed by over 1,100 Oxford students. Ninety-four per cent of respondents recognised that homelessness was a big problem in Oxford. Oxford has the second highest level of homelessness per capita in the country. However, many students indicated they were […]

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Oxford “closest” to gaining Living Wage status

A paper recommending that Oxford becomes an official Living Wage employer was handed to a University committee this week. During the committee meeting, students took to Wellington Square outside the University offices to demonstrate their solidarity for the campaign.  Supporters of the Living Wage carried banners, balloons and gave out cookies.  This most recent demonstration […]

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Hilda’s alumna picks up prestigious prize

St Hilda’s alumna Katherine Parkinson has won a BAFTA for her performance in the IT Crowd.  Parkinson played the lovable but slightly clueless Jen Barber in the popular Channel 4 comedy. She matriculated in 1996 to study Classics at the then all-girls college.  A Hilda’s second-year Classicist said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that we have a […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Over 1,000 “tampered” votes in NUS referendum

The result of this week’s NUS referendum has been plunged into doubt after “concerns of serious irregularities” were raised, The Oxford Student can exclusively reveal. Evidence filed in a complaint by Jack Matthews, the leader of the “No” campaign, suggests that over 1,000 spare unique voter codes (those not originally assigned to students) were used to […]

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BREAKING: Oxford to disaffiliate from NUS

Oxford University has voted to disaffiliate from the National Union of Students, with a margin of just 128 votes. The outcome, which was announced outside the King’s Arms at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening, means that OUSU joins the student unions of St Andrew’s, Imperial College London and Southampton, among others, in being non-affiliated with the […]

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VIDEO: Police push “peaceful” Clegg protestors

Scroll down for full video Nick Clegg’s visit to Oxford yesterday was marred by what appears to be police aggression against protestors – caught exclusively on video by The Oxford Student. At one point, an officer appears to forcefully shove Wadham fresher Barnaby Raine, a prominent figure in the Oxford Activist Network. Raine later commented that police aggression towards peaceful […]

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Interpol Secretary General cancels Union speech

Interpol’s Secretary-General has cancelled his speech at the Union citing concerns about President Sullivan. Secretary-General Ronald Noble said: “I am the Secretary General of INTERPOL, a law professor and a former prosecutor who fiercely believes that a person is innocent until proven guilty.” “What should the head of a society like the Oxford Union do if […]

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“How you act has extremely important consequences”: open letter to the Oxford Union

The OUSU Women’s Campaign and It Happens Here have written an open letter to the Oxford Union in light of yesterday’s news regarding President Ben Sullivan. Mr Sullivan was arrested on suspicion of rape and attempted rape, and was released on bail without charge until June 18th. “In light of the arrest of the Oxford Union […]

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Garwood promoted to Union Librarian

Union Standing Committee member Leo Garwood has been promoted to the position of Librarian following the dramatic resignation of Kostas Chryssanthopoulos on Thursday. Garwood, a first-year PPE student at St John’s, is understood to be taking up the position – the de facto Vice President – immediately. Ben Sullivan, the society’s President, said in a statement: “I am delighted […]

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Oxford Union descends into civil war

The Oxford Union erupted into civil war tonight after Librarian Kostas Chryssanthopoulos stormed out of the weekly chamber motion and accused President Ben Sullivan of “shutting down debate” and lying to members. Chryssanthopoulos delivered the remarks in a speech he gave in place of his Librarian’s report. The Librarian told the chamber: “I joined the Oxford […]

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Union President agrees to pay own legal fees

The Union’s Standing Committee today voted to reverse their decision to pay their President Ben Sullivan’s legal expenses. Sullivan will now be liable to pay £1,200 for his legal action against national student newspaper firm The Tab. It was prompted by a Special Adjournment Motion that would have allowed all attendees at Thursday night’s debate […]

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Strip club mogul Peter Stringfellow fronts banned drinking society

An all-male drinking society banned from the premises at John’s is back in business – with infamous strip club mogul Peter Stringfellow as Honorary President. A series of photographs published on the Stringfellow’s website show several members of the King Charles Club dressed in suits and posing in London’s Carlton Club. Another shows the undergraduates […]

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