Why online lectures sum up this term

Image Description: Corpus Christi students study outside in the Front Quadrangle. This week saw a dramatic announcement by the University of Cambridge. For the next academic year, all lectures will be online. This decision swiftly follows a similar move by Manchester University to shift all next term’s lectures online. Cambridge maintain that physical lectures would […]

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Long Read: The SU Motion failed us

Image Description: Books on a shelf about eugenics. Warning: this article refers to content which may be considered disturbing, including incitement to hatred, physical violence, racism, ableism, eugenics, and Nazis. It also discusses trigger warnings, triggering content, prejudice, discrimination, and hate crimes. The most frustrating thing in the debate about the SU motion, and in […]

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The SU’s motion on hate speech has been misinterpreted

Image Description: Students in academic dress outside the Exam Schools, Oxford. The Oxford SU’s recent motion to issue an amendment to make lecture and tutorial content “prejudicial on the grounds of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, cisgender/transgender status, or socioeconomic background” non-mandatory has sparked much controversy in the press. I have several concerns […]

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Ritual and wellness in lockdown

Historians, cultural commentators, and sociologists have long wrangled over the extent of secularisation in our society. Does yoga count as a religion? Is listening to Songs of Praise the same as attending church? In reading your horoscope, are you engaging in a new spiritualistic society? Are ‘new age movements’ hippy-dippy rubbish, or truly meaningful? And, […]

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Student-led ‘Oxbuddy’ can’t address the access problem alone

‘Oxbuddy’ aims to connect Oxford students with potential applicants from historically underrepresented schools.  Since the launch of the student-led scheme only last week, over 250 student volunteers have signed up.  These volunteers will give advice and answer questions from prospective applicants. However, this initiative only highlights the university’s failure to recognise the root of the […]

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DEBATE: Sir Keir Starmer’s election to the Labour leadership will make the Labour Party fit for government once again.

Image Description: Keir Starmer speaking at the 2020 Labour Party leadership election hustings in Bristol on the morning of Saturday 1 February 2020, in the Ashton Gate Stadium Lansdown Stand. FOR (Samuel Burns) – Starmer’s Labour Will Be A Force To Be Reckoned With Have no doubts – Keir Starmer’s opposition will be the most […]

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How effectively has the UK Government responded to COVID-19?

Image Description: British Government NHS coronavirus public information poster. The Government’s early response to the Covid-19 pandemic drew widespread criticism for its lack of robustness. Initial reports suggested that No. 10 favoured allowing the population to develop a natural “herd immunity” which would protect the most vulnerable. It is not yet clear whether delaying the […]

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