Oxford University Professor shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize

The shortlist for the Wolfson History Prize 2019 was announced today with Oxford University Professor John Blair  one of the shortlisted authors. The prize celebrates the best historical non-fiction books in the UK. Blair’s work, Building Anglo-Saxon England, is a radical reinterpretation of the Anglo-Saxon world that draws on recent archaeological discoveries to reveal the […]

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SU Teaching Award winners announced

The winners of the Oxford SU Student-Led Teaching Awards were announced at Oxford City Hall last Thursday. The annual award ceremony, which recognises outstanding teaching at the university, was opened by Martin Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, who spoke of the important role of the SU in shaping the education experience at Oxford. Awards encompassed all […]

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Oscars so Abled? The Overwhelming Frequency of Non-disabled Actors Portraying Disabled Characters

Ever since Dustin Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor playing Rain Man, half of Best Actor Oscars have been won by men playing characters with significant disability. The 2018 Academy Awards have recently graced our screens; including Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning performance last year in The Theory of Everything as motor neurone disease (MND) sufferer […]

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Certificate of Honour awarded to nine volunteers for their services to others in the community

On Tuesday 8 May, Councillor Jean Fooks, Lord Mayor of Oxford, presented the 2018 Certificates of Honour at the Oxford Town Hall. Nine volunteers were recognised for their “dedication and exceptional service to others in a local community in Oxford”. The Certificate of Honour is awarded to exceptional individuals who do voluntary work in Oxford. […]

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On Your Doorstep chair rejects prize

Alex Kumar, chair of the Oxford SU On Your Doorstep homelessness campaign, has rejected a nomination for the Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards. The awards “recognise students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in commitment to voluntary and charitable work, and social entrepreneurship”. In a Facebook post, he cited Vice-Chancellor Richardson’s defence of academic freedom for tutors […]

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Turning the Golden Globes Back to Black

The recent upsurge of political and fashionable protest dressing, which spanned from the Pussyhats at the Women’s marches to the unforgettable crimson ‘Make America Great Again’ caps in 2017, was always going to filter its way into Hollywood, it was simply a question of when. Fast-forward to the Golden Globes on the 7th of January […]

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Scammers found to sell fake OU awards

An investigation by the Times has revealed that some Ukrainian businessmen are capitalizing upon Oxford’s academic reputation to sell millions of pounds worth of fake awards and honours. The Europe Business Assembly (EBA) is selling awards supposedly from Oxford University, such as the “Queen Victoria Commemorative Award”, for up to £9,300, targeting individuals in countries […]

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Are the Nobel Prizes connecting with readers?

Photo: Anubis3 Jean Paul Sartre was offered the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964. Famously, he declined, as he declined all official literary honours, stating that writers should not allow themselves to be turned into an institution. Looking at the history of Nobel Prizes, however, one may wonder if the conferment of a Nobel Prize […]

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Golden Globe: awarding or restraining art?

With the announcement of the Golden Globe winners this year, the media inevitably splashes out in stories from the most mundane repetition of the winners, to the painfully more mundane Daily Mail ‘scoop’ that ‘Jennifer Lawrence was thrashed the night before the Golden Globes’. As the awards are shared and spread, actors, producers, and those […]

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SAG and DGA awards: The Artist needs no Help

As the awards season totters towards a conclusion, only the BAFTAs and Oscars now remain, it seems ever more likely that the Artist will go down as this year’s outstanding film. Recent weeks have seen triumphs for director Michael Hazanavicius and leading man Jean Dujardin in the annual Directors Guild of America (DGA) and Screen […]

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Golden Globes: George Clooney and The Artist glitter

The 2012 Golden Globes, the self-proclaimed drunker version of the Academy Awards and often the biggest hint as to who will win the coveted Oscar, took place on Sunday night and confirmed the award-winning credentials of silent film The Artist and actor George Clooney. The Artist won three Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical, Best Actor […]

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