Profile: Jessica Quirke

Like an anglicised Hannah Montana, Jessica Quirke, 20, lives the dual existence of Oxford student and nation-wide professional Latin Ballroom dancer. Having won ‘Best Couple’ with her partner in the Varsity Dance Sport competition last year, Jess has gone on to become the current Scottish Champion for Latin dance, winner of the pre-amateur European Competition, […]

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Profile: Angus Farquhar

One of the final events of Turl Street Arts festival took place a little further afield last Monday afternoon: Angus Farquhar, artist and Creative Director of NVA, gave an intimate and impassioned talk about his work at the Ruskin. The main topic of his talk was the restoration of St Peter’s Seminary; a construction unique […]

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Profile: Hassan Elouhabi

Its 8 o’ clock on a Monday evening when I get the opportunity to speak to possibly one of the most prolific, important, and influential figures to the Oxford student community – Hassan Elouhabi, the face of Hassan’s kebab van on Broad Street. Despite being a mobile catering business, his van is so prestigious it […]

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Changing the tune

Neo, a homeless man and busker living in Oxford, is on his way to becoming something of a media sensation. I recently sat down with him to talk about his budding musical career and his experiences of being homeless in the city. “It all started at a lunch organised by the Oxford Homeless Projects,” Neo […]

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Around the World in Eight Conversations

An impractical examination of the postcolonial narrative of identity politics Whenever I hear anyone laughingly remark, “It’s such a small world, isn’t it?” I always put aside my Crunchy Nut cornflakes, copy of The Beano, or absorbing Radio 4 Podcast to interrupt and say, “You don’t know what you’re talking about, so shut up.” After […]

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On the Front Line: A conversation with Lord Adonis about the new grad scheme in social work

Inspired by his time as a Teach First teacher and seeing that the social work sector needed fresh new graduate talent just as teaching had done, Josh MacAlister decided to apply a similar model to social work. Launching in 2014, around 100 graduates started an intensive five-week induction programme in social work, followed by a year of on […]

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Interview with Abbas Kazmi, student entrepreneur at the Guild

Features sits down with Abbas Kazmi, student entrepreneur, to chat about the Guild’s latest project, a start up incubator, the Oxford Accelerator 1) How did Oxford Accelerator come to be? The Guild is always striving to innovate and stay ahead of the game. We like to try out new and exciting ideas and this is […]

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An old problem, a new solution: the triumph of Oxford students at the international competition in Synthetic Biology

An interdisciplinary team of sixteen science and engineering Oxford undergraduates travelled to the Giant Jamboree to present their project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where they secured a gold medal and were nominated for 5 special awards. iGEM is an international Genetically Engineered Machine competition that aims to produce novel Synthetic Biology-based solutions […]

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Making connections with Akala

Akala is challenging preconceptions. For one, he believes that hip-hop and Shakespeare have more in common than we might imagine. “Hip-hop doesn’t make Shakespeare easier,” he explains. “It can make it more exciting.” Akala, hip-hop artist and founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, likes to look beyond boundaries. “It’s because hip-hop is from the ghetto. […]

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