Diversity in the Dreaming Spires: three #PresidentsOfColour on the Bullingdon Club photo recreation, current Oxford access landscape and community belonging following last year’s undergraduate admissions statistics

Image credit: Manish Binukrishnan It’s nearly half a year since the Oxford published its first Annual Admissions Report, which made headlines in University and national circles for the disparities in the demographics of students admitted as undergraduates to Oxford.  Less than a month after the report’s publication, a community of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic […]

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President Macron needs to show more pride in France – or risk losing its support entirely

Image credit: Gouvernement français  The night of 7 May 2017, the courtyard of the Louvre was packed full of Macron’s supporters, celebrating his victory. Surrounded by the finest art and sculptures in France, the crowds waved tricolour flags and sang along as “La Marseillaise” blared from massive speakers. As Emmanuel Macron walked out onto the […]

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Interviewing Joe Seddon: Mansfield College graduate and CEO and founder of non-profit startup Access Oxbridge

Image Credit: Joe Seddon Joe Seddon is the founder and CEO of Access Oxbridge. He graduated from Mansfield College, Oxford in July 2018 with a First-Class Degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) but he comes from Morley, Yorkshire, where most of the schools are disadvantaged. The admissions statistics show that Mansfield offers 88% of […]

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A cup of coffee with Dr Clara Barker: trans scientist, prominent LGBT+ campaigner and recipient of the Points of Light award

Image Credit: Clara Barker Dr Clara Barker, my interviewee, is a material scientist at Oxford University. Entering the Material Science department, I see straightaway a poster on the doorway, highlighting LGBT+ visibility, and the receptionist wearing a rainbow striped lanyard.  After waiting a couple of minutes Clara comes to fetch me.  Walking down a twisted […]

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Scoping out Freshers’ Fair: The Oxford Student’s personal guide to all the student-run science and technology societies in Oxford

Image Credit: Photo © Jonathan Billinger (cc-by-sa/2.0) What better way is there to immerse yourself in science during your degree than by joining a student society? Here in Oxford there are a multitude of societies dealing with a myriad of different subject areas. Joining a society enables you to make friends with likeminded people, attend […]

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