Oxford commemorates end of First World War

On a bright Autumn morning on 11th November, crowds mustered along St. Giles to participate in the Remembrance Day service marking the initiation of the armistice and the end of fighting in the First World War. The service was led by faith leaders, including the Rev Charlotte Bannister-Parker, Bishop of Oxford Rt Revd Steven Croft, […]

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Big man, bigger mountain: one man’s odyssey to Africa’s greatest peak

Image credit: Chris 73/Wikimedia Commons. Description: Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s 3am. I’m stumbling uncontrollably. It’s dark, cold and I’m relying entirely on other people to show me where to go. No, I’m not drunk, I’m 5000m or so up the world’s tallest free-standing mountain.  Record Scratch.  I bet you’re wondering how I got here? Over a […]

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A manifesto for anti-racism

Image Credit: Flicker Guo-Sheng Liu was formerly co-chair of the SU LGBTQ+ Campaign, BME Representative of the LGBTQ+ Society, LGBTQ+ Representative at Lincoln College, committee member of the SU Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality and It Happens Here campaign. Racism operates beyond the individual. Racism is a system of beliefs, power, and privileges. Racism […]

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“It’s about being really comfortable with failing”: Oxford Foundry director Ana Bakshi on supporting university entrepreneurs

Image credit: The Oxford Foundry “Tell me about yourself”, asks Oxford Foundry director Ana Bakshi before our full conversation begins. I’m initially disarmed by the question; after all, the job description of a library-bound, technologically-averse History and English student doesn’t typically involve a Friday afternoon chat with a leading entrepreneur. Yet I’m soon shown that […]

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The man who made international peace a priority – an interview with Jeremy Gilley: Founder of Peace One Day

Image Credit: The Oxford Union Jeremy Gilley began his career as an actor, before transitioning to making films and documentaries in 1995. In 1999 he created the non-profit organisation Peace One Day and made a documentary about his effort to establish a fixed annual day for ceasefire and non-violence. In September 2001, building on Jeremy’s […]

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Serving in all senses: Project SOUP President Maddy Diment on promoting social action one bowl at a time

Image Credit:Maddy Diment The concept underlying Project SOUP seems befittingly appetising, channeling the problem of food waste in urban locales into a community dinner that, in turn, supports local charities. It is even intelligently named, with its titular dish also reading as an acronym for Support Oxford’s Upcoming Projects. When I meet Maddy, Project SOUP’s […]

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