Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trials paused after participant illness

The clinical trials of the joint Oxford University and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (AZD1222) have been halted after a participant suffered a ‘potentially unexplained illness.’ A statement released on 8 September 2020, stated that a participant in the Oxford-based trials had a suspected serious adverse reaction, resulting in a pause in testing, though it is not […]

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UPDATE: University to confirm all places after A-level U-turn

This article was originally titled: Colleges Change Admissions Policies Amidst Major U-Turn On A-Level Results but has been adjusted to reflect the latest news.  UPDATE: Oxford University has now released a statement confirming they will honour the places of all offer-holders whose Centre-Assessed Grades meet their conditional offer. The University now faces “capacity constraints both […]

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Oxford leads the race for a vaccine

The University of Oxford’s ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 is the world-leading vaccine candidate, according to the Chief Scientist of the World Health Organisation.  Phase 1 trial results released earlier today suggest that the vaccine is “safe, tolerated and immunogenic”. It may also offer “double protection” against the deadly virus. The British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneza is helping developing […]

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Oxford students set to help charities tackle the impact of COVID-19

Image Description: People sitting around a table with their laptops, working together Oxford students have joined a national consultancy effort to support local charities that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Six Degrees Oxford, a sustainability consultancy group, has partnered with the COVID-19 Student Response Network (CSRN), led by University of Bristol students. […]

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Remove “hateful material” from mandatory teaching, says SU council

A motion which mandates the Oxford University Student Union (SU) to condemn the use of “hateful material” in mandatory teaching was passed in Student Council this Thursday. The motion also resolves to create a new SU Policy, entitled “Protection of Transgender, Non-binary, Disabled, Working-class, and Women* Students from Hatred in University Contexts”. Named the ‘Academic […]

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World’s largest vaccine maker collaborating with Oxford to produce 40 million doses

The World’s largest producer of vaccines will mass-produce the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford scientists.  The Serum Institute of India, based in Pune, currently produces 1.5 billion vaccine doses a year. They target a wide range of diseases. They will mass-produce the vaccine currently being trialled by the Jenner Institute and the Oxford Vaccine Group. […]

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Oxford University passes resolution banning investment in fossil fuels

Oxford University has passed a motion requiring its endowment fund to divest from all direct investments in fossil fuel companies, and end future investment in funds that primarily hold stock in fossil fuel companies. The motion further requires endowment managers to request evidence of plans to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide emissions from companies across Oxford’s […]

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University condemned Rudd cancellation after fear of government pressure, emails show

Oxford University’s denouncement of UNWomen Oxford’s cancellation of an event with Amber Rudd came after concern about pressure from the government and right-wing critics, according to a series of emails released in a freedom of information request. The university denied suggestions of government influence. Last month, the UNWomen Oxford UK Society cancelled the controversial former Home […]

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