New Graduate College Announced by Oxford with Focus on Artificial Intelligence and Environmental Change

Image credit: Geograph –  N Chadwick The University of Oxford has today publicised plans for a new graduate college, located centrally within the town. Its intake will comprise largely of students from the Mathematics, Physics and Life Sciences departments, with some provision for other subjects. According to the official announcement, the college will provide particular space […]

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Westworld Season 2 Review

Image Credit: Gage Skidmore (cc-by-sa-2.0) If you thought plots were often confusing in the films of Christopher Nolan, then you won’t get any relief from his younger brother. Preferring the small screen, writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy deliver a patchy return to the futuristic domain of hosts and humans in the second series of […]

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Oxford and Cambridge co-ordinated responses to 2017 Pensions survey

Image Credit: Photo © Jonathan Billinger (cc-by-sa/2.0) It has been revealed that the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge collaborated in their responses to the Universities UK 2017 survey on the academics’ pensions. Universities UK (UUK) ran the survey on the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) to review the way academics’ pensions are managed. One issue arising from the survey, […]

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History Faculty abandons proposed changes to exam regulations

Image Credit: Photo © Jaggery (cc-by-sa/2.0) The History Faculty has recently U-turned on a decision to bring forward deadlines for thesis title submissions. The proposed changes were thought to be the solution to the time constraints felt by the Board of Examiners in finding examiners with appropriate expertise to mark theses. The faculty was required to consult students […]

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Oscars so Abled? The Overwhelming Frequency of Non-disabled Actors Portraying Disabled Characters

Ever since Dustin Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor playing Rain Man, half of Best Actor Oscars have been won by men playing characters with significant disability. The 2018 Academy Awards have recently graced our screens; including Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning performance last year in The Theory of Everything as motor neurone disease (MND) sufferer […]

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The Potential of Creative Media to Address Adolescent Mental Health Issues Associated with the Coming of Age

As a social construct, coming of age occurs throughout adolescence, marking a young person’s transition from child to adult and hence achieving self-actualisation and self-realisation. The search for self-actualisation and self-realisation is conducted blindly; we find ourselves as adolescents suffering an incomprehensible series of apparently random preferences, revulsions, divagations and evasions. At the time we […]

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Brendan O’Neill: free speech fundamentalist

I write this article as I hear protestors outside Queen’s College chanting “hate speech kills”, “trans rights are human rights” and “take that O’Neill”. A controversialist libertarian and former Marxist, journalist Brendan O’Neill is unashamedly pro-free speech. He edits online magazine Spiked that focuses on issues related to politics, culture and society. Its writers regularly […]

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Oxford University says its Brexit hopes remain “unchanged”

On the 28TH March, the University announced its ‘BREXIT Strategy for Research’, which explains how it will work to mitigate any risks associated with Brexit. The outcomes that Oxford hopes for have remained “unchanged”. These include being able to maintain world-class collaborative research with EU colleagues, to continue to host European Research Council grants, and […]

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