Mark Drakeford AM: Welsh First Minister discusses his Career, Oxbridge, and Brexit

Labour Assembly Member Mark Drakeford is known for his unassuming style of leadership. I was, I confess, taken aback slightly by Drakeford’s candour: particularly gutsy was his open indifference towards Oxbridge (especially as the Welsh Government has put improving access firmly on the agenda, through programmes like the Seren Network). My overall impression, however, was […]

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Representing the ‘real’ China: Oxford grads on starting their own social enterprise

Danny Parrott and Richard Lloyd are two Oxford graduates who first met on their Chinese Studies course at the university. In 2011, they established a social enterprise called Gotoco with their Chinese partner, Lisha Tang, which allows university students from various parts of the world to travel to travel to China on summer teaching and […]

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A round-up: Charlie Willis, Charlotte Austin, Alexander Levy, and Liam Frahm on this term at The Oxford Student

Image credit: Charlotte Austin As Profile Section Editors, Francesca and I sought to curate stories that were reflective of an increasingly diverse and international Oxford, both in the makeup of its student body and in the individuals that interact with it. For our final print piece, we decided to look inward at the OxStu team […]

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A catch up with MissHanake about growing up with YouTube and turning a passion for Japanese into a degree at Oxford

Image Credit: Hannah Kentridge Hannah Kentridge is a 21-year-old, 4th year undergraduate at Pembroke College, Oxford, studying Oriental Studies and specialising in Japanese. She has been making YouTube videos since she was thirteen and has over 60,000 subscribers. Many of her videos are either in Japanese or include Japanese subtitles. Some of her most popular […]

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Matthew Pierri, a founding member of the Oxford Accessibility Project, Rhodes Scholar, Lawyer, and Activist

Image Credit: Matthew Pierri Matt Pierri, from Melbourne, Australia, where his family still resides, moved to Lincoln College, Oxford in September 2016, as a Rhodes Scholar to do two one-year masters. He did a Master’s in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School and then completed a MSc in Social Science of the Internet at the […]

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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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Transformations at Turl Street Kitchen: Oxford Hub president Sofya Sudets on student engagement and community values

Image Credit: Sofya Sudets There is a Boston Consulting Group recruiting event in full swing on Turl Street Kitchen’s compact staircases. Amidst the suits and savvy conversation, it seems almost surprising that the same space functions as the headquarters for Oxford Hub, an organisation founded in 2007 to connect students to local-facing charitable groups.  Sofya […]

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Chatting to Benedict Allen: ‘Immersive’ explorer, author, filmmaker and environmentalist

Image Credits: Benedict Allen I find Benedict Allen at the Sheldonian Theatre, there to give a talk on the various expeditions he has undertaken, and, more particularly, on the events of November 2017. Benedict was reported missing in Papua New Guinea, before being ‘found’ and taken out of the region by helicopter. This event brought him […]

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The Oxford Imps on the art of improv

The Oxford Imps have been a fixture of the Oxford art scene since 2004, putting on a new performance each week at the Wheatsheaf on Oxford’s High Street, as well as a show each year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Profile caught up with performers Dan Squire (DS) and Megan Morgan (MM) – who also […]

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