Oxford and Cambridge co-ordinated responses to 2017 Pensions survey

Image Credit: Photo © Jonathan Billinger (cc-by-sa/2.0) It has been revealed that the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge collaborated in their responses to the Universities UK 2017 survey on the academics’ pensions. Universities UK (UUK) ran the survey on the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) to review the way academics’ pensions are managed. One issue arising from the survey, […]

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History Faculty abandons proposed changes to exam regulations

Image Credit: Photo © Jaggery (cc-by-sa/2.0) The History Faculty has recently U-turned on a decision to bring forward deadlines for thesis title submissions. The proposed changes were thought to be the solution to the time constraints felt by the Board of Examiners in finding examiners with appropriate expertise to mark theses. The faculty was required to consult students […]

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OxStu Previews: The Union Election

The Oxford Union presidential election will take place tomorrow, with the President and all officerships being contested. Candidates for all positions remain disproportionately male and privately educated. Members will have a choice between Daniel Wilkinson, a 2nd year PPEist, the presidential candidate for the ‘Progress’ slate, and Julian Kirk, a PPE finalist, who is leading […]

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Oxford drops to fifth in world reputation rankings

Oxford University has dropped to fifth in the latest Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. Last year it finished joint fourth with Cambridge, which has retained its placing, making it the highest ranked UK institution. Oxford’s next-ranked British competitor was University College London, which came 18th. UK universities have been well represented, claiming nine out of […]

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Sir Andrew Wiles Oxford’s first Regius Professor of Mathematics

The Queen has this month appointed Sir Andrew Wiles of Merton College as the University’s first Regius Professor of Mathematics. Regius Professorships are rare in Oxford; only 8 such positions existed before this month. The professorships exist in Civil Law, Divinity, Moral and Pastoral Theology, Ecclesiastical History, Hebrew, Medicine, Greek, Modern History, and now Mathematics. […]

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Oxbridge colleges have a combined wealth of £21 billion

The Guardian has reported that Oxford and Cambridge university colleges hold a combined £21billion in wealth. This figure was calculated using a combination of freedom of information requests and audited accounts, to uncover the wealth distributed amongst estates, endowments, investments and other assets held by the nearly 70 colleges and institutions that comprise Oxbridge.   […]

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Crime on campus revealed

There were 362 criminal incidents recorded on Oxford University owned-property in the last academic year, figures obtained by The Oxford Student reveal. The statistics, provided by the Thames Valley Police in response to a Freedom of Information request, detail the number, nature, and dates of all offences that took place on property owned by the […]

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Oxford University releases its first annual admissions report

Oxford’s first ever Annual Admissions Statistical Report has shed light on widespread underrepresentation amongst its student body. The report, published on Wednesday, details Oxford admissions statistics over a five-year period from 2013 to 2017. Data is examined with regard to several areas: overall numbers, domicile, nation and region, disadvantage, school type, gender, ethnicity and disability. […]

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Oxford researchers praise new parenting app

Oxford’s Department of Education has tested a new parenting app, EasyPeasy, and found that the programme has positive effects on children’s concentration levels, determination, and ability to make their own decisions. EasyPeasy is an app for parents and carers of 2-5 year old children that encourages positive parent-child interaction through play in the home. The […]

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JCR Presidents release open letter over admissions

Twenty-two Junior Common Room (JCR) and Student Union (SU) Presidents have signed a statement describing Oxford’s First Annual Admissions Statistical Report, released earlier today, as “heavily disappointing”. The letter argues that the underrepresentation of BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic), state schooled, and socioeconomically disadvantaged students at Oxford is indicative of “a systematic issue across […]

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