A round-up: Charlie Willis, Charlotte Austin, Alexander Levy, and Liam Frahm on this term at The Oxford Student

Image credit: Charlotte Austin As Profile Section Editors, Francesca and I sought to curate stories that were reflective of an increasingly diverse and international Oxford, both in the makeup of its student body and in the individuals that interact with it. For our final print piece, we decided to look inward at the OxStu team […]

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A catch up with MissHanake about growing up with YouTube and turning a passion for Japanese into a degree at Oxford

Image Credit: Hannah Kentridge Hannah Kentridge is a 21-year-old, 4th year undergraduate at Pembroke College, Oxford, studying Oriental Studies and specialising in Japanese. She has been making YouTube videos since she was thirteen and has over 60,000 subscribers. Many of her videos are either in Japanese or include Japanese subtitles. Some of her most popular […]

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Matthew Pierri, a founding member of the Oxford Accessibility Project, Rhodes Scholar, Lawyer, and Activist

Image Credit: Matthew Pierri Matt Pierri, from Melbourne, Australia, where his family still resides, moved to Lincoln College, Oxford in September 2016, as a Rhodes Scholar to do two one-year masters. He did a Master’s in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School and then completed a MSc in Social Science of the Internet at the […]

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“It’s about being really comfortable with failing”: Oxford Foundry director Ana Bakshi on supporting university entrepreneurs

Image credit: The Oxford Foundry “Tell me about yourself”, asks Oxford Foundry director Ana Bakshi before our full conversation begins. I’m initially disarmed by the question; after all, the job description of a library-bound, technologically-averse History and English student doesn’t typically involve a Friday afternoon chat with a leading entrepreneur. Yet I’m soon shown that […]

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The man who made international peace a priority – an interview with Jeremy Gilley: Founder of Peace One Day

Image Credit: The Oxford Union Jeremy Gilley began his career as an actor, before transitioning to making films and documentaries in 1995. In 1999 he created the non-profit organisation Peace One Day and made a documentary about his effort to establish a fixed annual day for ceasefire and non-violence. In September 2001, building on Jeremy’s […]

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Serving in all senses: Project SOUP President Maddy Diment on promoting social action one bowl at a time

Image Credit:Maddy Diment The concept underlying Project SOUP seems befittingly appetising, channeling the problem of food waste in urban locales into a community dinner that, in turn, supports local charities. It is even intelligently named, with its titular dish also reading as an acronym for Support Oxford’s Upcoming Projects. When I meet Maddy, Project SOUP’s […]

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Transformations at Turl Street Kitchen: Oxford Hub president Sofya Sudets on student engagement and community values

Image Credit: Sofya Sudets There is a Boston Consulting Group recruiting event in full swing on Turl Street Kitchen’s compact staircases. Amidst the suits and savvy conversation, it seems almost surprising that the same space functions as the headquarters for Oxford Hub, an organisation founded in 2007 to connect students to local-facing charitable groups.  Sofya […]

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Chatting to Benedict Allen: ‘Immersive’ explorer, author, filmmaker and environmentalist

Image Credits: Benedict Allen I find Benedict Allen at the Sheldonian Theatre, there to give a talk on the various expeditions he has undertaken, and, more particularly, on the events of November 2017. Benedict was reported missing in Papua New Guinea, before being ‘found’ and taken out of the region by helicopter. This event brought him […]

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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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