Worcester College launches new ‘In-College Rep’ Scheme

A new morale-boosting scheme for students who are social distancing at the University has officially launched, as Worcester College is the first to recruit its own ‘In-College Rep’. Beth Chamberlain, a student who is currently in University residence, has filled the ‘In-College Rep’ post at Worcester College. Speaking to The Oxford Student, Chambarlain emphasised that […]

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Trinity term threw me under the bus

Image Description: Alex’s crumpled bike after the accident CONTENT WARNING: This article contains a graphic image that some readers may find sensitive. If you are affected by any of the topics discussed in this article regarding mental health, please get in touch with: Nightline: 01865 270 270 or https://oxfordnightline.org/ (instant messaging provided) Samaritans: 116 123 […]

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Open letter protests university’s plans for graduation ‘in absentia’

An open letter calling for changes to Oxford University’s plans to have students graduate without attending an official ceremony has attracted over 2000 signatures. The open letter calls for graduation ceremonies to be postponed or conducted in smaller groups, rather than cancelled outright. Graduation ceremonies meant to be taking place on the 2nd and 9th […]

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Is coming out still worth it?

Image description: a rainbow flag with the slogan ‘Queer & Proud’ The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), the charity for homeless young LGBTQ+ people, recently advised that young people considering coming out to their families should pause their plans as the restrictions in place to combat coronavirus could make a bad coming out experience a whole […]

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Students join forces to create ‘The Oxford Minecraft Project’

Students from a number of colleges have come together to construct different Oxford environments in Minecraft, establishing a virtual community that is expanding by the day. The project was officially launched following The Oxford Student’s publication of Worcester College’s re-creation in Minecraft, spearheaded by second-year students Luke Rickard and Jordan Grinyer. Their efforts were mirrored […]

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Hoist the colours – LGBT History Month at Oxford’s colleges

Image description: A pride flag flies above Balliol College. Image credit: Balliol College Facebook page For the first time, Balliol College is flying a pride flag for LGBT History Month in its entirety. This has followed something of a prolonged battle between past student representatives and the college’s powers-that-be. To many students within and without […]

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‘Be Gay, Do Crime’ – Appreciating LGBTQ+ representation in fiction podcasts

Image description: Player characters from The Adventure Zone: Balance. Image credit: “The Adventure Zone” by Nicholas Kole is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0  Like many of my peers, I’m hungry for queer stories that aren’t exclusively about being queer. Coming-of-age and romance stories, while great on their own terms, are not my favourite genres, and I have little hope […]

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India’s Third Gender

Image: Hijras in Laxman Jhula. Image credit: “Hijras in Laxman Jhula” by Quixosis is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 India has a complex relationship with the trans community. Historically, trans people have occupied a unique space in rituals; yet they still fight for basic human rights today. Many people in the West are not aware of India’s intersex and […]

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