The Oxford Union in crisis: reactions to “Colonial Comeback” scandal

The Oxford Union have declared themselves “instiutionally racist” following Tuesday’s meeting of the Standing Committee. This move came following widespread condemnation of a poster found in the Union bar, advertising a themed cocktail for a debate over reparations to Britain’s formed colonies. The cocktail, publicised under the name “The Colonial Comeback”, was illustrated on one […]

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Somerville College condemns culture of harassment

Students at Somerville College have expressed their “outrage” following reports of sexual harassment and threatening behaviour on campus. Somerville Principal Alice Prochaska emailed students on Friday highlighting a number of incidents over previous months that have caused members of the College to feel “threatened, intimidated, or simply uncomfortable”. Incidents included jokes about rape being overheard […]

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Life’s too short to hang out with Tories, urges Oxford philosophy blog

An Oxford University blog has come under fire this week after publishing an article criticised for “anti-Conservative bias”. Dr Rebecca Roache’s article, entitled “If You’re a Conservative, I’m Not Your Friend”, was published by the Oxford University Practical Ethics blog on Friday. In the piece, Roache, a Royal Holloway Philosophy Lecturer based in Oxford, described […]

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No change for Oxford East and West MPs

The General Election has resulted in little change in the Oxford area, with Oxford East re-electing Labour candidate Andrew Smith and Oxford West re-electing Conservative Nicola Blackwood. Smith increased his majority by 7.5% in Oxford East, obtaining 25,356 votes – 50% of the constituency. In Oxford West (Abingdon), Blackwood gained 33% of the overall vote, […]

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St John’s discusses gym gender segregation

St John’s JCR is currently considering a motion that would see gender-specific hours  being introduced in the college gym. According to JCR President Christina St Clair, the motion brought to the JCR General Meeting two weeks ago has generated significant debate in the college, with questions being raised regarding the reasons for the request, the […]

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University wins prestigious Queen’s Award

Isis Enterprise, a subsidiary to the University of Oxford’s technology commercialisation company Isis Innovation, has won a Queens Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success. The award, bestowed last Tuesday by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, was one of seven given to Oxfordshire-based firms, out of a total twenty […]

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