Careers Fair criticised by Disarm Oxford campaign for arms industry and Huawei stalls

Since Tuesday, students have been busy protesting the Careers Fair’s hosting of arms and fossil fuels companies. The Oxford Careers Service’s Virtual Science, Engineering, and Technology Fair hosted companies involved in continued and increased oil extraction and exploration including BP, Equinor, and Schulumberger. The arms industry was represented by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, GMV, […]

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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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Students call for University action against ‘transphobic’ professors

Image description: Two people walking away from the camera, one wrapped in a trans pride flag. CW: Transphobia More than 500 students and alumni at Oxford have come together to sign an open letter condemning “two professors with a history of transphobia”. The letter expresses disappointment and distress over the controversial appointment of professors Selina […]

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Oxford back on Amber Alert as cases rise, University says students “understand their responsibility”

Oxford has been placed back on amber alert and is close to the threshold for local restrictions after a significant increase in coronavirus cases this week, and speaking to The Oxford Student today, the University assures that its students are “great citizens who understand their responsibility.”  The seven days to the 25th September saw 67 […]

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University congregation votes to abolish graduate application fee

The University Congregation has voted to abolish the Graduate Application Fee by 419-380 votes. The £75 application fee, which had been criticised as undermining access and diversity efforts by discriminating against those from low-income backgrounds, will be phased out by 2024-25. The vote was on the resolution: ‘To commit the University to the abolition of […]

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EXCLUSIVE: University advisor explains why Oxford WON’T offer in-college testing

Following news that Cambridge University would be conducting weekly, in-college testing of asymptomatic students, many students at Oxford have expressed concerns as to why their university had not announced a similar policy. The University has now offered an official response exclusively to The Oxford Student, explaining their testing system, and why they do not have […]

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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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