How Oxford failed on lecture capture for disabled students

Disabled students promised access to recorded lectures have been consistently denied this support by the University since its recommended implementation in 2016, an Oxford Student investigation has found. Further, support was denied despite the University recording all lectures this term, as part of all teaching being conducted remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many disabled […]

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Why online lectures sum up this term

Image Description: Corpus Christi students study outside in the Front Quadrangle. This week saw a dramatic announcement by the University of Cambridge. For the next academic year, all lectures will be online. This decision swiftly follows a similar move by Manchester University to shift all next term’s lectures online. Cambridge maintain that physical lectures would […]

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Worcester College launches new ‘In-College Rep’ Scheme

A new morale-boosting scheme for students who are social distancing at the University has officially launched, as Worcester College is the first to recruit its own ‘In-College Rep’. Beth Chamberlain, a student who is currently in University residence, has filled the ‘In-College Rep’ post at Worcester College. Speaking to The Oxford Student, Chambarlain emphasised that […]

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Long Read: The SU Motion failed us

Image Description: Books on a shelf about eugenics. Warning: this article refers to content which may be considered disturbing, including incitement to hatred, physical violence, racism, ableism, eugenics, and Nazis. It also discusses trigger warnings, triggering content, prejudice, discrimination, and hate crimes. The most frustrating thing in the debate about the SU motion, and in […]

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The SU’s motion on hate speech has been misinterpreted

Image Description: Students in academic dress outside the Exam Schools, Oxford. The Oxford SU’s recent motion to issue an amendment to make lecture and tutorial content “prejudicial on the grounds of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, cisgender/transgender status, or socioeconomic background” non-mandatory has sparked much controversy in the press. I have several concerns […]

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Ritual and wellness in lockdown

Historians, cultural commentators, and sociologists have long wrangled over the extent of secularisation in our society. Does yoga count as a religion? Is listening to Songs of Praise the same as attending church? In reading your horoscope, are you engaging in a new spiritualistic society? Are ‘new age movements’ hippy-dippy rubbish, or truly meaningful? And, […]

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In defence of academic liberty

A Student Council motion recently passed arguing that the current legal definition of what constitutes ‘hate speech’ is not enough. While the motion has good intentions, it is severely flawed and strikes in the wrong direction. The resolution sought to push for university policy to also prohibit hate speech regarding gender identity, socio-economic status, and […]

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Student-led ‘Oxbuddy’ can’t address the access problem alone

‘Oxbuddy’ aims to connect Oxford students with potential applicants from historically underrepresented schools.  Since the launch of the student-led scheme only last week, over 250 student volunteers have signed up.  These volunteers will give advice and answer questions from prospective applicants. However, this initiative only highlights the university’s failure to recognise the root of the […]

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Open letter protests university’s plans for graduation ‘in absentia’

An open letter calling for changes to Oxford University’s plans to have students graduate without attending an official ceremony has attracted over 2000 signatures. The open letter calls for graduation ceremonies to be postponed or conducted in smaller groups, rather than cancelled outright. Graduation ceremonies meant to be taking place on the 2nd and 9th […]

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