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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Ben Goldacre on his work, the future of medicine and his Oxford Career

With his quizzical look and flyaway hair, Ben Goldacre’s departmental photo makes him look every bit the mad scientist, but this scientific polymath (currently an author, broadcaster, doctor and academic) is at the forefront of one of the biggest medical movements in the last 50 years. With the enthusiasm of a Teach First chemistry teacher, he describes himself […]

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CN Lester: revolt from assimilation

CN Lester, musician, writer and activist, gave a spoken word performance at Queen’s College in 8th week entitled ‘What We Know To Be True: Trans Lives and Mental Illness’. I was lucky enough to talk to them in advance of the show, and our conversation began with the performance itself: “It’s about several things really. […]

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Natalie Bennett is stepping up her game

The Green Party is having something of a ‘moment’. Bizarrely, the proposal for leadership debates which excluded the Greens seems to have given them an opportunity to garner more media attention. Natalie Bennet, the party’s leader since 2012, smiles when I mention their poster campaign in response to the debacle, which featured her and Caroline […]

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