Disarm Oxford Rebrands University Departments to Protest Against Arms Trade Links

Image Description: The sign of the Physics Department rebranded with a cardboard sign as “Department of Nuclear Weapons -> Destruction” (left) and The sign of the Mathematical Institute rebranded as “US Army Corp Training Unit” (right) Members of the student and alumni campaign Disarm Oxford on Monday created parody department signage to raise awareness about […]

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Developer owned by Top Oxford donor billed residents thousands to fix unsafe Grenfell-style cladding

Residents at a building development in Paddington Walk have been left with huge costs and mental stress after they were billed at least £40,000 each to cover the costs of fire safety provisions and the replacement of unsafe, Grenfell-style ACM cladding. The building developer and freeholder of the site, European Land & Property Limited (ELPL), […]

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‘Travel window’ and Mass-Testing for student return at Christmas

The government has told universities to allocate departure dates during a “student travel window” between 3rd and 9th December, with a mass-testing programme rolling out between 30th November and 6th December, in order to minimise the risk of students spreading Covid-19 to other parts of the country. Universities Minister Michelle Donelan, speaking on BBC Breakfast, […]

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‘Herd Immunity’ approach backed by Oxford professor labelled as ‘fallacy’

Professor Sunetra Gupta of the Zoology department has had her proposal of herd immunity as a solution to the Covid-19 pandemic criticised by other leading scientists and student groups. Gupta co-wrote the ‘Great Barrington Declaration’ alongside Harvard’s Professor Martin Kulldorff and Stanford Fellow Jay Bhattacharya. The Declaration calls for the elderly and vulnerable to shield […]

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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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