Representing the ‘real’ China: Oxford grads on starting their own social enterprise

Danny Parrott and Richard Lloyd are two Oxford graduates who first met on their Chinese Studies course at the university. In 2011, they established a social enterprise called Gotoco with their Chinese partner, Lisha Tang, which allows university students from various parts of the world to travel to travel to China on summer teaching and […]

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Undergrads Simon Upton and Marceline Bresson on starting a new society to discuss Europe on the eve of Brexit

Simon Upton and Marceline Bresson are 2nd year undergraduates at Teddy Hall, studying PPE and E&M respectively. They have recently set up their own University Society, Oxford European Forum, as a space to discuss Europe holistically rather than in the context of any political agenda – and they are now recruiting for members. I met […]

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A round-up: Charlie Willis, Charlotte Austin, Alexander Levy, and Liam Frahm on this term at The Oxford Student

Image credit: Charlotte Austin As Profile Section Editors, Francesca and I sought to curate stories that were reflective of an increasingly diverse and international Oxford, both in the makeup of its student body and in the individuals that interact with it. For our final print piece, we decided to look inward at the OxStu team […]

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“It’s about being really comfortable with failing”: Oxford Foundry director Ana Bakshi on supporting university entrepreneurs

Image credit: The Oxford Foundry “Tell me about yourself”, asks Oxford Foundry director Ana Bakshi before our full conversation begins. I’m initially disarmed by the question; after all, the job description of a library-bound, technologically-averse History and English student doesn’t typically involve a Friday afternoon chat with a leading entrepreneur. Yet I’m soon shown that […]

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Garstang Museum closes public opening hours: how are museums moving towards the future of History?

Image Credit: Dezalb. Description: a tablet engraved with Egyptian hieroglyphs. Museums are a fantastic resource for many subjects. In Oxford, for instance, there is the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH), and the Museum of the History of Science, to name but a few. These places house […]

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Chatting to Benedict Allen: ‘Immersive’ explorer, author, filmmaker and environmentalist

Image Credits: Benedict Allen I find Benedict Allen at the Sheldonian Theatre, there to give a talk on the various expeditions he has undertaken, and, more particularly, on the events of November 2017. Benedict was reported missing in Papua New Guinea, before being ‘found’ and taken out of the region by helicopter. This event brought him […]

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Transformations at Turl Street Kitchen: Oxford Hub president Sofya Sudets on student engagement and community values

Image Credit: Sofya Sudets There is a Boston Consulting Group recruiting event in full swing on Turl Street Kitchen’s compact staircases. Amidst the suits and savvy conversation, it seems almost surprising that the same space functions as the headquarters for Oxford Hub, an organisation founded in 2007 to connect students to local-facing charitable groups.  Sofya […]

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Diversity in the Dreaming Spires: three #PresidentsOfColour on the Bullingdon Club photo recreation, current Oxford access landscape and community belonging following last year’s undergraduate admissions statistics

Image credit: Manish Binukrishnan It’s nearly half a year since the Oxford published its first Annual Admissions Report, which made headlines in University and national circles for the disparities in the demographics of students admitted as undergraduates to Oxford.  Less than a month after the report’s publication, a community of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic […]

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