Why I support the Oxford Left slate for OUSU elections 2012

Oxford students face substantial problems in their own lives. We have just seen a massive increase in fees and student debt and funding cuts to the education system nationally, while the cost of living, already high in Oxford, continues to rise. Poorer students in particular are having difficulty making ends meet. Students are subject to […]

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On student unions and Israeli apartheid

“We are free today in this land because so many of our friends throughout the world supported us… [Students] were able to change the moral compass in your country…” Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu is better placed than most to comment on the success students can have by standing in solidarity with oppressed peoples throughout […]

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No confidence means no confidence

Last year, our tutors and lecturers sent out a resounding message of no confidence in David Willetts. On Friday, 9th November, he is being welcomed back, on a shared platform, as part of a humanitas programme lecture series. As universities across the country face funding cuts, courses are being demolished and staff outsourced, St Peter’s […]

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Oxford economics: the death of the human

The American President Ronald Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” I get the same shivers when someone introduces themselves as an economist. For, in its current form, the economics curriculum at Oxford and other Anglo-Saxon universities is far too […]

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Playing the game à la francaise

The French and the English have never seen eye to eye: Monarchy versus Republic; Protestantism versus Catholicism; frogs’ legs versus fish and chips. But nowhere is the divide still so stark as in the realm of education.  Both countries have, since halfway through the last millennium, considered themselves at the forefront of academia and original […]

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HFL: Having a F*cking Laugh

This time last term, Oxford’s historians frolicked in their previous History Faculty Library (HFL), the Old Indian Institute, at the end of Catte Street. But there was a major problem: people could easily find the books they needed and take them back to their colleges. In short, the system worked and, as many of us […]

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The Malcontent on: the Conspiracy of the Convenience

Fellow EU citizens, croquet enthusiasts and English Heritage members. Civic and moral duty compels me to alert you to an insidious interloper in our society, a threat so terrible that it will surely cause untold damage to what may amount to several whole people. It is a menace that has crept into public institutions everywhere, haunting […]

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Beyond the Paralympics: The Crisis in Disability Welfare

Two major events happened in the world of disability this week: firstly, the Paralympic opening ceremony, and secondly, a protest by disabled people outside the Atos headquarters in central London, against the Work Capability Assessment. The first event was widely reported; the second had to wait for a proper treatment until Newsnight at 10.30pm. Needless […]

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