Lois Heslop is the co-founder of The Oxford Blue and was Editor-in-Chief for HT20 and TT20. She is in her second year studying Physics at Lady Margaret Hall, and hails from South London. Her other interests include classical music and opera, and she is currently a choral scholar.
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Leaked safety net policy to be officially announced on Monday

Oxford University’s safety net policy for finalists was published last night online and then taken down in a University blunder, The Oxford Blue can confirm. The Oxford Blue published an article detailing the policy on Friday evening after it was inadvertently posted and contacted the University. The University then deleted the policy from their website Read More…

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EXCLUSIVE: Christ Church professor arrested over scandal of stolen papyrus

An Oxford professor has been arrested by police investigating the mysterious theft of ancient papyri, The Oxford Blue has discovered. Christ Church professor Dirk Obbink was arrested on 2nd March 2020 for alleged theft of ancient papyrus from the Sackler Classics Library in Oxford. Professor Obbink was suspended from his duties at the University in Read More…


Nevis Ensemble: music for everyone, everywhere

Nevis Ensemble was founded in 2018 on the premise of bringing music to everyone, everywhere. In less than two years, the award-winning, headline-hitting Scottish orchestra has brought music to care homes and community centres, to prisons and beaches, to the outer reaches of the highlands and even to the summit of Ben Nevis itself. My Read More…

Current Affairs Science

Oxford team developing rapidly-deployable ventilator

Engineers and medics from University of Oxford and King’s College London are building and testing prototypes for rapidly-deployable ventilators for use on COVID-19 patients.  OxVent is a multidisciplinary team of engineers, anaesthetists and surgeons at Oxford and King’s who are building and testing prototypes for such ventilators. The aim is that the ventilators can be Read More…

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Oxford’s COVID-19 research receives £4m in government funding

The University of Oxford is to receive more than £4 million from the government to fund three COVID-19 research projects. Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced on Monday that £20 million in government funding will be awarded to six research projects across the UK. The three projects which will benefit at the University of Oxford are: Read More…

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Christ Church art heist: three valuable paintings stolen from picture gallery

Three high-value paintings were stolen from Christ Church Picture Gallery last night in a late-night heist.

Burglars broke into Christ Church gallery on St Aldates at 11pm last night, stealing three paintings from the 16th and 17th century, including a prized painting by renowned Dutch painter Sir Anthony van Dyck.

Current Affairs UK

Layla Moran announces Lib Dem leadership bid

Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has announced today that she will be standing for leadership of the Liberal Democrats. Speaking to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge, Moran said she said she will put forward a positive vision “to change the future of the country” when the contest opens later this year.   She Read More…

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Plush severs ties with Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign

Oxford’s LGBTQ+ nightclub The Plush Lounge has cut ties with the Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign. Plush said it will no longer recognise the campaign as ‘an authoritative voice of the queer community in Oxford’. Plush, which moved to its new location in Frewin Court this year, said it had faced ‘harassment and bullying’ from the Read More…