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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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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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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In defence of living out

As the Hilary house hunting havoc gets underway, it’s hard to avoid the horror stories surrounding living out. Cold, damp rooms; insect infestations; and exploitative landlords are just a few things which you will be told about by cackling finalist who have returned to college. While these pitfalls are out there, living out doesn’t have […]

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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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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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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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