Telling people with anxiety they aren’t ‘really disabled’ is cruel but cutting their benefits is even crueller

This article describes suicidal ideation. The often-repeated statistic that 1 in 4 adults will suffer from some form of mental illness during their lifetime has undoubtedly improved people’s awareness of the prevalence of mental illness. But still, for many people, it is simply a statistic. It sparks a moment of reflection, but ultimately, the implications […]

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Japanophilia, Japanophobia: Considering the Experience of Cultural Difference in Japan

  Noise, light, energy. The skyscrapers shimmer with neon and exuberant sky-high manga figures; the streets resound with the cheerful thunder of anime and J-rock; hype seeps from every concrete pore. You know when you’re in Akihabara, Tokyo’s ‘Electric City’, the heartland of all things stereotypically otaku – video games, anime/manga, computers. Wandering through the […]

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Hundreds attend ‘Love Rally’ in response to US election

Hundreds of people attended a rally in Oxford on Sunday for the event aiming to “show solidarity, love and support for groups facing marginalisation”. The ‘Love Rally’, which took place outside the Clarendon building on Broad Street, attracted students, locals and families. The event began at 2pm and finished at 3.30pm. The event included speakers […]

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Raheem Kassam in social media spat with student

The former UKIP leadership candidate Raheem Kassam has faced criticism for a bizarre series of attacks aimed at Oxford students on social media. Mr Kassam, who previously served as an aide to Nigel Farage and now works as a commentator for Breitbart, hurled abuse at students on the Open Oxford Facebook page, calling some “inbred” […]

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‘Where Diversity Meets Learning’ – Reporting from HLAB 2016

Towards the end of Trinity term 2016, the two of us received a slightly strange email to the OxStu Editor gmail account, from a man who introduced himself as follows – ‘My name is Keisuke Saito, from the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan.’ Spam alert – so we thought. But as we read on, we […]

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No pupils admitted to Oxford from the city’s most deprived areas in a decade

New data released under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed that no pupils from the most deprived areas of Oxford – Blackbird Leys and Northfield Brook – had been awarded a place at Oxford University in over a decade. Although the overall number of those awarded a place at their home university sits at […]

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A brighter future for those with autism in the workplace

Last week The National Autistic Society’s (NAS) launched its “Too Much Information” campaign, which aims to highlight the employment gap amongst adults with autism. As few as 16% of autistic adults are in full-time paid employment – leaving  the unique and innovative skillset of hundreds of thousands of people on the spectrum untapped. Where businesses […]

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Librarian-Elect resigns from Oxford Union after “back-door” appointment

Mia Smith has resigned from her position as Librarian-Elect at the Oxford Union over accusations of “cronyism” amongst the incoming executive committee following the appointment of Will Barnes as Treasurer-Elect. The appointment of Barnes was said to be planned by the President-Elect, Nikolay Koshikov, and the current Treasurer, Michael Li, without the knowledge of Smith […]

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Sexual consent still a “grey area”

Oxford colleges have wildly different provisions for sexual consent workshops, an Oxford Student inquiry has found. Despite OUSU claims that all college junior common rooms hold compulsory workshops, many have indicated that the status of these workshops is far less clear across the university. These workshops have recently caught the attention of the national press, […]

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University of Brighton admits first refugee scholars

The University of Brighton has announced that the first of its Global Opportunities Scholarships have been awarded to two refugees, one from Syria and the other from Palestine.  The two scholars, who will begin studying in this academic year, will benefit from a tuition fee waiver, a comprehensive mentoring programme, and financial support of up […]

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Oxford Union votes in favour of “No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government” motion

A full house at the first Oxford Union debate of the year voted in favour of the proposition, “This House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s government” this Thursday evening. The results were counted as 185 for and 135 against. Speakers included MP Mhairi Black and MP John Mann for the proposition, and MP Andrew […]

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A People Ebbs – The Demographic Trials and Tribulations of Japan

When I arrived in the far northern Japanese town of Teshio, I was initially struck by two things: one was the warmth of the people, and the other was the remoteness of the place that I had found myself in. Teshio has a population of under 4000 people and sits near the northern tip of […]

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Oriel JCR pass motion to officially rename Corpus 0th Quad

Oriel JCR will henceforth refer to Corpus Christi College as 0th Quad in all correspondences, including in minutes and in meetings. The motion was passed just days before Merton JCR declared war on the college. Corpus Arts page issued a Facebook post inviting students to enter material for a propaganda war against their neighbour, stating […]

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