Sir Michael Barber, Oxford Alumnus, announced as preferred candidate for Chair of the Office of Students

On 7 February 2017, the Department for Education announced Sir Michael Barber as the preferred candidate to become the Chair of the Office for Students, the OfS. The Office is a new public body to be established by the Higher Education and Research Bill. It seeks to combine the operations of the Higher Education Funding […]

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NUS redoubles call to scrap Prevent

The National Union of Students (NUS) has today renewed demands for the government’s Prevent strategy to be scrapped. The fresh calls come following the publication of a Home Affairs Select Committee report on radicalisation and countering extremism. The report published this morning said that internet giants such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter were “consciously failing” to […]

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More dreams of change: another fantasy government

Elections are boring. Important, yes, and let’s not forget it – but even Ed Miliband has become so fidgety that he’s gone searching for sparks with the nation’s favourite sex-addict. So here’s an alternative cabinet, chock-full of ministers who’ll shun parliamentary procedure and ram the ‘party’ back into party politics. Education Secretary – Plato. Who’ll give […]

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OUSU in plea for international students

OUSU has made an urgent appeal for action against the Government’s new Immigration Bill. The bill plans to force landlords to check whether tenants are in the UK illegally, while banks will be made to confirm immigrants’ legal status before offering accounts. It will also charge temporary migrants – such as non-EEA students – £200 […]

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