Current Affairs

Oxford alum Sir Keir Starmer elected leader of the Labour Party

Sir Keir Starmer has been elected leader of the Labour Party. The alum of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, will take on the reins from Jeremy Corbyn, beating two other candidates: Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy. Starmer who won in the first round of polling, taking 56.2% of the vote while Long-Bailey came in second with Read More…

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Oxford launches human trials for COVID-19 treatments

Researchers at Oxford University have launched human trials for COVID-19 treatment, officially known as the ‘Recovery Trial’ (Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 Therapy), The Blue reports. They are trialling two potential drugs on patients who have tested positive for the virus. There is no confirmed cure as of yet. Adults with the virus can volunteer themselves Read More…

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Boredom Busters: What To Do In An Isolationist Time

The thought of months on end at home for an Oxford student is nothing if not daunting. Term time is manic to say the least! We are all overwhelmed with things to do: JCR meetings, Bridge Thursdays, late night tea breaks and cuppers sports matches to name but a few are all in full gear. Read More…

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Oxford City Council announces £1.2 million extra funding for homeless shelters – is this enough?

Oxford City Council have recently announced that the budget for funding homeless shelters has increased to £7.4 million for 2020/2021, which is a 19% increase on last year’s budget. Most of this money will go towards the project underway at 1 Floyd’s Row, a homelessness centre that provides beds for any rough sleeper all winter Read More…

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New Strike Action: What You Need To Know

UCU (University and College Union) has announced that a further 14 days of strike action will hit 74 UK universities over February and March. The strikes will begin tomorrow and on Friday, escalating with each week as staff walk out for three days, four days and finally five days on the week beginning March 9th. Read More…

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Balliol joins the divestment drive

Balliol students have taken a stand on the sustainability of the college’s investment, pushing the College to reduce its endowment’s involvement fossil fuel exposure (FFE) “as far and as fast as is practicable”. With socially responsible investment practices more critical than ever, this is a positive step forward for Balliol which may kick-start a precedent Read More…