Editorial: Russell Group student newspapers for no-detriment policy

Image description: the logos of the student newspapers backing this statement.  As the editors of Russell Group student newspapers, we are writing collectively to request a reversal of the Russell Group’s statement, 7 January 2020, ‘on ensuring fair assessment and protecting the integrity of degrees.’ As editors, not only are we students or recent students […]

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Debenhams is dead

Image description: A row of shops, with a Christmas tree in the middle. Will I shed a tear for Debenhams, the department store that has withstood total collapse for so long? The store opened first in 1778, withstanding wars, depressions, the invention of modern life, and even my working there as a Christmas Temp, despite […]

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Move Fast and Break Democracy

Image description: The Whitehall sign, which reads: ‘Whitehall, SW1, City of Westminster’.  Dominic Cummings left 10 Downing Street as he entered it — through the front door, with the nation’s cameras watching.  A special advisor, he enjoyed unusual influence in a PM’s team, and a higher public profile than many senior frontbenchers. We should all be […]

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Lockdown: worth it?

Image description: two men wearing masks, walking along a street Read Maddy’s column from last week: https://www.oxfordstudent.com/2020/10/16/what-about-the-fish/ At the beginning of the first lockdown (do you remember that? How wonderfully naïve we all were), I was added to a Facebook group for Lockdown Sceptics. Their posts were a little wacky, often linking COVID-19 to 5G […]

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Analysis: the Government’s new Intelligence legislation

Image Description: the British Parliament, lit, at night Athena Kam: a blow to the rule of law ‘Participation in criminal conduct is an essential and inescapable feature’, states the British Government about their Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) Bill, introduced on Thursday 24 September. The Bill permits otherwise illegal activities by MI5 and other public […]

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