Union slate Rise nominates two treasurers after allegedly ticking wrong box

Four candidates have nominated for the office of Treasurer in the upcoming Oxford Union elections after proposed candidate for Librarian Ayman D’Souza appears to have nominated for the wrong office. D’Souza, an elected member of the Union’s Standing Committee, had been announced as the Librarian candidate for the ‘Rise’ slate led by current Librarian Sara […]

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‘Boycott the Oxford Union’ campaign launched in response to invitation of ‘fascist and racist figures’

A new campaign has been launched to boycott the Oxford Union following its decision to invite figures described by the campaign as ‘fascist and racist’. Triggered in particular by the announcement of Katie Hopkins as a speaker for Trinity 2019, the campaign asks students to pledge not to attend Union events and has created an […]

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What happens when you try to correct misinformation on the internet?

Image Credit: Twitter Last week, a news story caused shockwaves on Twitter, titled ‘Cambridge students reject Remembrance Day’. That’s just one article, but if you Google it, you’ll see about seven with near-identical wording, all from moderate to far-right-wing papers. Here’s the thing, though. This phrasing is extremely misleading. So what actually happened? A group of […]

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Debate: Was the Union right to platform Alice Weidel?

Image credit: Facebook Weidel’s cancellation is a missed opportunity – Kit O’Loughlin Harold Macmillan once called the Oxford Union “the last bastion of free speech in the Western world”. If you think that’s a compliment, as I do, you may find yourself in the minority. Recently, more than two-thirds of our representatives at the SU voted to […]

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Oxford Union President accused of “blatant nepotism”

Committee members of the Oxford Union have accused the current President, Stephen Horvath of “blatant nepotism” following his decision to allow Minal Haq, an ex-Standing committee member, to have a paper speech during this week’s Thursday debate. Haq is scheduled to be speaking against the motion, “This House Believes that Retributive Justice is Obsolete”, alongside […]

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Protest planned against Alice Weidel speaking at Oxford Union

Image Credit: Olaf Kosinsky (CC BY-SA 3.0) The Oxford Union, Oxford’s debating club and the largest society at the University, has been condemned for inviting Alice Weidel, the leader of the Alternative for Germany party (AfD), to speak on the 7th November.  This has generated widespread criticism from campaigners, students and local politicians.  Controversies surrounding […]

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OxStu Previews: The Union Election

The Oxford Union presidential election will take place tomorrow, with the President and all officerships being contested. Candidates for all positions remain disproportionately male and privately educated. Members will have a choice between Daniel Wilkinson, a 2nd year PPEist, the presidential candidate for the ‘Progress’ slate, and Julian Kirk, a PPE finalist, who is leading […]

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