College Open Day pay disparities revealed – see how your college ranks

One of the hard facts of Oxford life, obscure to most applicants but quickly apparent to newly-arrived freshers, is that some colleges are simply wealthier than others. Not all are fortunate enough to enjoy an unconditional academic grant of up to £344 at St. John’s for spending on anything from books to an iPad. Inequalities […]

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Petition launched to remove law professor for “discriminatory” comments

A petition to remove Emeritus Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy John Finnis from teaching has attracted three hundred and fifty signatures in five days. Finnis has been accused of having “a long record of extremely discriminatory views against many groups of disadvantaged people”, including the LGBTQ community. Finnis co-teaches a series of seminars for […]

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Oxford Labour Club condemns Chris Williamson MP for anti-semitism

Oxford University Labour Club has signed a letter of condemnation against Chris Williamson. The letter comes following a row on antisemitism, Chris Williamson’s previous support for alleged anti-semites. The letter reads: “Today Chris Williamson’s actions have again shown a complete lack of respect for the Jewish community. He repeatedly platforms and supports antisemites and takes […]

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Tinbergen building to be demolished

Oxford University has announced that the Tinbergen building is to be demolished and replaced with new state-of-the-art facilities. Tinbergen was abandoned in February 2017 after absestos was discovered in the building and has been empty ever since. The new centre will house the Departments of Experimental Psychology, Plant Sciences and Zoology which were once hosted […]

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Oxford commemorates end of First World War

On a bright Autumn morning on 11th November, crowds mustered along St. Giles to participate in the Remembrance Day service marking the initiation of the armistice and the end of fighting in the First World War. The service was led by faith leaders, including the Rev Charlotte Bannister-Parker, Bishop of Oxford Rt Revd Steven Croft, […]

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Big man, bigger mountain: one man’s odyssey to Africa’s greatest peak

Image credit: Chris 73/Wikimedia Commons. Description: Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s 3am. I’m stumbling uncontrollably. It’s dark, cold and I’m relying entirely on other people to show me where to go. No, I’m not drunk, I’m 5000m or so up the world’s tallest free-standing mountain.  Record Scratch.  I bet you’re wondering how I got here? Over a […]

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Brooker’s Merocyanine and Solvatochromism: How a chemical changes colour depending on its solvent

Picture Credit: NileRed (CC BY-SA 4.0) Dissolved in each member of this assortment of vials seen to the right is Brooker’s Merocyanine (or MOED). This prismatic array of solutions arises from very different interactions seen in each vessel between solvent (the liquid) and MOED (the solute). The fascinating property that allows the colour changes is […]

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