Breaking language barriers

“Oh…right…languages were never really my thing.” There cannot be a Modern Languages student anywhere in Britain who has not heard these words after being asked which subject they read at university. Some people just cannot understand why anyone would want to learn another language – “but everybody speaks English” – and others are astounded by […]

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Oxford etiquette

Lectures are, in their own way, a perfect encapsulation of the experience of studying at Oxford. Specifically, they embody the academic entropy of the super-intense, highly-involved, sanity-destroying eight-week term. A lecture in first week will typically be lively, engaging and packed to gunnels with eager students. But as the term goes on, audiences begin to […]

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Thought for Food

My feelings towards Quod have always been ones of unshakeable ambivalence. Previous experiences include a cheese soufflé that melts your heart, a chickpea tagine Heinz could have canned better, a peaceful jazz-imbued afternoon tea in the garden courtyard, and a busy, crowded dinner, shouting across the table at my grandma. It has always been a […]

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Rustication: restart the clock

Rustication in the past was invariably a form of punishment. Today, the meaning has crept past purely disciplinary boundaries. Official statutes still have it as punitive measure, but colloquially it refers to any period of suspension from College, University or both. Suspension talk now tends to focus more on addressing our ever-present welfare and medical […]

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Oxford etiquette

The tutorial is a cornerstone of the Oxford student experience (by which I mean the experience of being a student at Oxford, rather than the experience of reading The Oxford Student, though both are equally vital to one’s intellectual well-being).  Cleverly designed to resemble intellectually stimulating discussions among equals when presented to outsiders and prospective […]

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