Phoebe is a student at Jesus College, she studies Spanish and Arabic and is about to start her third year, after spending her second year living in the Middle East.

An Interview with Nancy Mudenyo Hunt: an award-winning philanthropist

After spending a week interning with the Nasio Trust, Phoebe Jowett Smith had the pleasure of speaking with Nancy Mudenyo Hunt about her experiences as a black women in the charity sector.

“Discrimination faced within the charity sector is not often talked about, but it remains a pertinent and important issue. Instead of giving in to the racism which governs British systems and organisations, Nancy said she “felt an opportunity to take the power back and to do things the way she expected them to be done.”

Current Affairs

Why is Oatly being ‘cancelled’?

The oat drink company, Oatly, has recently been criticised for its involvement with the Blackstone Group Inc., an American private equity investment management fund. Oat milk is widely considered the most sustainable dairy alternative with a low carbon footprint, low water usage and environmentally-conscious waste, and Oatly is one of the leading manufacturers in the Read More…

Global Affairs

Should we be boycotting ‘Mulan’ over its cooperation in the persecution of Uyghur Muslims?

Recent controversy has broken out over the live action adaptation of the 1998 film ‘Mulan’, due to be released on Disney Plus December 4th 2020, and its filming in the Xinjiang province where the Uyghur Muslim group are heavily persecuted. The Uyghur people are a Turkic Muslim ethnicity who identify closely with a central Asian Read More…

Current Affairs

University of Oxford is best in the world in latest THE rankings

The University of Oxford has been named the best university in the world by Times Higher Education for the fifth consecutive year, the first institution to do so under the current ranking system. Oxford is followed by Stanford in 2nd place and Harvard in 3rd. The THE takes multiple factors into account and has assessed Read More…

Current Affairs

Polish minister encourages Poland to become an ‘LGBT free zone’

One of Poland’s ministers, Janusz Kowalski, has said that Poland should become an ‘LGBT free zone’. This news comes after the election of Andrzej Duda as President of Poland on 13th July after a campaign hinging on homophobic and right-wing policies. A third of Poland have already declared themselves as “free from LGBT ideology”. The Read More…

Current Affairs

Oxford City councillors may not be able to participate in the future of Rhodes statue

Oxford City Council’s Liberal Democrat opposition leader has raised objections to a letter signed by 27 Labour councillors protesting the controversial Cecil Rhodes statue at Oriel College, Oxford. In a virtual council meeting on 20 July, Andrew Gant said: “the wisdom of councillors signing and thereby removing themselves from their proper role in actually deciding Read More…

Current Affairs

UK government introduces quarantine for Spain arrivals following surge in COVID-19 cases there

The government has announced that all travellers arriving in the UK from Spain will have to quarantine for 14 days, following an increase in cases in Catalonia since the easing of Spain’s lockdown. The government has stopped the ‘travel corridor’ which was operating between Spain and the UK from today, Sunday 26 July, and all Read More…

Magdalen College Quad
Current Affairs

Survey on Porter Harassment at Magdalen shows 40% of BAME respondents have had negative experiences with porters

An internal survey carried out in Hilary 2020 to assess instances of racism at Magdalen College, Oxford shows that 40% of “Non-White Students” who responded have had “negative experiences” with the porters, compared to just 12% of “White Students”.

Current Affairs

Jan Joosten no longer employed by university following sentencing for child abuse images

It has been confirmed that Professor Jan Joosten is no longer employed by the University of Oxford, following his conviction in France for the possession of 28,000 videos and images of child abuse. A statement from the Oriental Institute confirmed that “as of Friday 3rd July, Professor Jan Joosten, who was Regius Professor of Hebrew, Read More…