In defence of academic liberty

A Student Council motion recently passed arguing that the current legal definition of what constitutes ‘hate speech’ is not enough. While the motion has good intentions, it is severely flawed and strikes in the wrong direction. The resolution sought to push for university policy to also prohibit hate speech regarding gender identity, socio-economic status, and […]

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Remove “hateful material” from mandatory teaching, says SU council

A motion which mandates the Oxford University Student Union (SU) to condemn the use of “hateful material” in mandatory teaching was passed in Student Council this Thursday. The motion also resolves to create a new SU Policy, entitled “Protection of Transgender, Non-binary, Disabled, Working-class, and Women* Students from Hatred in University Contexts”. Named the ‘Academic […]

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Boris Johnson: ‘we will come out of all this smarter, sleeker, and with fewer split ends’

The Prime Minister, after returning to work following his recovery from Covid-19, has once again proved a beacon of hope and, as he settles back into Downing Street, has proposed a new quarantine initiative: ‘Bojo’s cut above; Best Barnetts for Britain.’ Known for sporting a ‘frosti blonde textured do’, the Prime Minister’s quintessential cut has […]

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‘Crude Divisive Dangerous’: Oxford XR responds to counter-terrorism document

Extinction Rebellion (XR), the global climate activist group, has had its hour-glass logo listed on a UK counter-terrorism document alongside the logos of neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups. The leaked police document, which contains a list of signs, symbols, and tattoos, was distributed to medical staff and teachers as part of anti-extremism briefings. The document […]

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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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