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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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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The Oxford Imps on the art of improv

The Oxford Imps have been a fixture of the Oxford art scene since 2004, putting on a new performance each week at the Wheatsheaf on Oxford’s High Street, as well as a show each year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Profile caught up with performers Dan Squire (DS) and Megan Morgan (MM) – who also […]

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Brendan O’Neill: free speech fundamentalist

I write this article as I hear protestors outside Queen’s College chanting “hate speech kills”, “trans rights are human rights” and “take that O’Neill”. A controversialist libertarian and former Marxist, journalist Brendan O’Neill is unashamedly pro-free speech. He edits online magazine Spiked that focuses on issues related to politics, culture and society. Its writers regularly […]

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Oxford’s greatest entrepreneurial minds go head-to-head at Tri-Innovate

Launched as a collaborative effort between Hertford, Pembroke, and Wolfson in 2015, Tri-Innovate is an initiative which aims to encourage graduate and undergraduate students to try their hand an entrepreneurship. Teams must develop an innovative commercial or social enterprise and pitch their idea to a panel of judges with £8,000 on offer for the winners. […]

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Profile: Dean Paton – on making heritage the next Big thing

The heritage industry in the UK is big business. With an estimated workforce of around 328,000 and with heritage tourism bringing in around £18.4 billion annually, it seems that a career in heritage would be an accessible destination for many graduates. However, the reality for most is very different. Finding that dream job in a […]

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Rob Deeks on the vital work of Aik Saath in replacing conflict with cohesion

If there were ever an example of a negative correlation between arrogance and achievement, Rob Deeks would be it. At the helm of an organisation known as Aik Saath, he dedicates his time to the young people of Slough. Slough is a town in Berkshire that is often the butt of jokes, most of all […]

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