Oxford alumnus slams University in open letter to Vice Chancellor

An alumnus of Oxford University has published an open letter to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Louise Richardson, fiercely criticising the University’s past cooperation with, and acceptance of philanthropy from, controversial Russian oligarchs such as Len Blavatnik and Mikhail Fridman, with the former’s firm Amediateka implicated for links to offshore businesses in the Panama […]

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University confirms support for EU membership

University officials have today released a statement officially confirming their support for Britain’s EU membership. The statement cited the “mobility that EU membership affords” and “pan-European research collaborations” as reasons for their position. Today’s expected statement follows the Vice Chancellor’s decision in February to sign a letter from 103 university leaders also in support of […]

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Oxfordshire MPs support ‘In’ campaign

Oxfordshire MPs have backed the effort to remain in the European Union just a few days after the date of the referendum was announced. The public declarations follow Prime Minister Cameron’s announcement that minister and MPs would be free to campaign on either side and Boris Johnson’s much-noticed statement in support of a ‘Brexit’. Shortly […]

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Co-Chair of OULC resigns over their endorsement of Israeli Apartheid Week

Alex Chalmers, co-chair of the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) has resigned from office after the OULC decided tonight to endorse Israel Apartheid Week. In his resignation statement he wrote about his concerns, alleging that there were growing anti-Semitic tendencies in the OULC. Chalmers said, “The decision of the club to endorse a movement with a […]

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Mary Somerville will appear on the Scottish £10 note

The namesake of an Oxford College will appear on the Scottish £10 note. Following a week-long public vote on the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Facebook page, Mary Somerville, after whom Somerville College is named, was announced the winner. The competition invited users to like the Scottish scientist they would most like to see on the banknote from […]

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Guardian article attacks Cameron’s College, but does “disservice” to state school applicants

A Guardian article published this Thursday ran under the headline: “David Cameron’s Oxford college admits fewest state school applicants”, in a move described by a former Brasenose JCR President and others as a “hatchet job”, “the politics of despair”, and “the worst use of statistics ever”. The article began by drawing readers’ attention to the […]

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Don’t worry about your essay, go to the pub: study links local pubs and happiness

Life as an Oxford student is notoriously stressful but there is a least one thing you can count on in the dreaming spires, a good pub.   So you’ll be pleased to hear that a new Oxford University study has found that regulars at a local pub are ‘significantly’ happier with more friends, better life […]

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Rhodes doesn’t fall at Oriel College

On the evening of Thursday, 29th January, students at Oriel College received word that the controversial statue of former Oxford student, benefactor and colonialist Cecil Rhodes will remain in place on High Street. In December, Oriel announced its intention to monitor the growing debate surrounding the statue and reflect on the arguments promoted by the […]

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Interview with the new Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson

Oxford’s ability to dominate the headlines has truly been tested these past few months. Whether the spotlight has shined on #RhodesMustFall, the university’s access efforts, or Louise Richardson herself, the fate of Britain’s oldest educational institution has been hotly debated. As the newly appointed and first female vice-chancellor, although she herself wishes this wasn’t in […]

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Oxford translates Enlightenment works on tolerance to commemorate Charlie Hebdo

Over one hundred Oxford students and tutors have translated a body of French Enlightenment works about tolerance and free speech into English. Available for free online, the book was published last week by Open Book Publishers to commemorate the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, which took place on 7 January 2015. The […]

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Chancellor Patten dismisses Rhodes Must Fall movement in Vice-Chancellor admission

During this morning’s admission of Vice-Chancellor Richardson, Chancellor Patten, the ceremonial head of Oxford University, spoke out strongly in his welcome speech against historical revisionism in Oxford. Speaking before Professor Louise Richardson’s appointment, he stressed the need for both competitive public education spending and academic autonomy before moving on to criticise “intolerance” in universities. Chancellor […]

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Martin Shkreli: when money trumps morality

Last month, Oxfordshire County Council announced that they would be completely ceasing financial support for the Community HIV Prevention and Support service run by the Terrence Higgins Trust. The scheme provides essential advice and support for people living with HIV as well as disseminating vital information about prevention and ways to combat the stigma that […]

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Carols from Queen’s

Despite a personal bias against Christmas music, I must accept that for those looking for a definitive collection of the festive repertoire, this is perfect. The 22 piece recording is, by the choir’s own admission, an exploration through the varied  Christmas canon, touching on classic congregational carols to anthems. Queen’s performance is flawless and sensitive, […]

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The corporate cynicism of the 2015 Christmas adverts

Here we are again. Nothing makes me feel more old than the inevitable return of the Christmas ads, scurrying onto our screens every November like a horde of tinsel-furred rats, polluting the culture with a plague of scurrilously sentimental sweetness and itchily unpleasant hashtags. They are always the same, but somehow find a way to […]

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