County council cuts to homeless support services will lead to “more deaths on the streets”, says charity

The head of a local homeless charity has warned  that “there will be more deaths on the streets” due to council cuts to homeless services. Oxford County Council has proposed a 38% cut to the Housing Related Support budget. Lesley Dewhurst, head of Oxford Homeless Pathways, made the prediction at a meeting to combat the […]

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Townsend Presidency marred by “serious concerns”

A damning report published by OUSU’s Scrutiny Committee has highlighted “serious concerns” regarding David J Townsend’s  Presidency, which comes to an end this term. According to the report Townsend’s conduct has “often been aggressive and rude” and notes that the Sabbatical team have raised concerns about “the way [Townsend] conducts himself with respect to them..” […]

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High Court judge delays ruling on Occupy Sussex eviction

A High Court judge has refused to make a decision to evict the so-called ‘Occupy Sussex’ protest on the grounds that they should be given more time to argue their case. This comes after Liam Burns, president of the National Union of Students, expressed his support for the student protest, which opposes the privatisation of […]

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Fiction. Table Conversation

“Where did he go now then?”  He looked across the dining table at his wife with a deep frown. She put a finger gently to her lips to signal silence and pointed downwards. He made a slight start, bent sideways as if to look under the table, but did not lift the cloth as his […]

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Bonez & bronze

Room after room of rough totems, thick cartouches and half-buried sarcophagi. Imagine yourself an archaeologist in dream-land, and you’re half-way to immersing yourself in the work of Hans Josephsohn. The experience is not far from being buried alive. Josephsohn’s half-century of work has brought us the newly-opened and powerful retrospective in Modern Art Oxford. It […]

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Presentably Deadly Lit

Emma Berrecloth-Bale, born and raised in Oxford, has taken the route of self-publication and her novel, The Deathday Present, a work of speculative fiction, is available on Amazon in both hard-copy and e-book versions. Daniel Sperrin has this exclusive review: Let’s start with the beginning. Berrecloth-Bale achieves something quite substantial in the opening pages of this […]

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University accused of “institutional bias”

Ethnic minority applicants are far more likely to be rejected by Oxford than their white counterparts, a Guardian study has claimed. The figures, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, showed that 25.7 per cent of white applicants received an offer to study at the university, compared with 17.2 per cent of ethnic minority applicants. […]

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Trinity rage at rent plans

Trinity College has announced that incoming freshers will be subjected to differential pricing for room rents in spite of opposition from students. The JCR held an Extraordinary General Meeting on Monday of 6th week to discuss their position on the change. According to the minutes of that meeting, JCR President Andrew Butler explained that the […]

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RAG charity ballot results

Students have once again voted in an open ballot for the four charities Oxford Raising and Giving (RAG) will be supporting in the next year. There are three categories of charity which are chosen: local, student-run, and national/international. Two student-run charities are chosen and one from each of the other categories. The successful student-run charities […]

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New caf in Cowley

A café on the Cowley Road aimed at helping prisoners and recovering addicts back into the community was officially launched last Friday. Refresh is staffed almost exclusively by volunteers from local prisons and addiction recovery schemes. It was first able to open its doors to customers last October thanks to a £50,000 grant from the […]

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Assault in Jericho

An attempted assault took place in Jericho last Saturday night at 3am, as a man attempted to drag a young female down an alleyway just off Walton Street. Luckily this incident was interrupted by a passer-by, yet the man escaped before he could be apprehended. This is the latest of a number of similar assaults […]

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