Undergrads Simon Upton and Marceline Bresson on starting a new society to discuss Europe on the eve of Brexit

Simon Upton and Marceline Bresson are 2nd year undergraduates at Teddy Hall, studying PPE and E&M respectively. They have recently set up their own University Society, Oxford European Forum, as a space to discuss Europe holistically rather than in the context of any political agenda – and they are now recruiting for members. I met […]

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Biotechnology: bridging the gap between science and entrepreneurship

Biotechnology is at the forefront of the twenty-first century’s biological revolution, developing novel therapies grounded in the mechanisms already exploited by biology. Biotech companies themselves are the minnows  of the pharmaceutical world, streamlined for the sole purpose of developing these treatments—no marketing costs, just pure research and development —and aiming for the ultimate prize of […]

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Japanophilia, Japanophobia: Considering the Experience of Cultural Difference in Japan

  Noise, light, energy. The skyscrapers shimmer with neon and exuberant sky-high manga figures; the streets resound with the cheerful thunder of anime and J-rock; hype seeps from every concrete pore. You know when you’re in Akihabara, Tokyo’s ‘Electric City’, the heartland of all things stereotypically otaku – video games, anime/manga, computers. Wandering through the […]

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The way society treats paedophilia is ugly

Britain is not short of written pieces about paedophilia. In the wake of endless celebrity scandal (1970s’ stars now appear more frequently in arrest warrants than New Year’s honours lists), we search voraciously for causes and reasons, speculate on the latest arrests and nod at ferocious, hate-filled diatribes. So it is with no little trepidation […]

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