Current Affairs Environment News

City Council and Oxford University accused of passing buck on environmental commitments

Oxford City Council and the University of Oxford have been accused of a dereliction of their duty to protect greenbelt land around Oxford, after a plan to build 4,400 homes was approved by Cherwell District Council this week. The plan forms part of Oxford’s unmet housing need strategy, and will include thousands of homes for Read More…

Current Affairs Global Affairs

Global Snapshots: 31st of August – 6th of September

Africa Confirmed cases in Africa have passed the threshold of 1.25 million, meaning that the continent now accounts for around 5% of the global case total. South Africa maintains its position as having the highest number of confirmed cases. While the country begins to ease its restrictions concerning domestic travel, its international borders remain closed. Read More…

Current Affairs Science & Tech News

Oxford and Google research shows that tracing apps are effective at reducing COVID-19 impact

Research has found that the number of infections, deaths and hospitalisations caused by COVID-19 could be reduced through digital contact tracing systems, when used alongside other measures like social distancing and effective testing. A team of researchers from the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Medicine and Google Research have used data from three counties Read More…

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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 Environment News

Oxford academic supports ‘landmark’ climate bill presented to Parliament

A bill has been presented to Parliament to provide what its supporters call “a clear framework, based on scientific reality, to deliver the UK’s commitments to the 2015 UN Paris Climate Agreement and to tighten up current UK legislation.” The objectives of the Private Members’ Bill, which has the backing of MPs from 7 opposition Read More…

Current Affairs Sports News

Oxford Sports Federation sends letter opposing repurposing of Iffley Sports Centre as teaching space

Oxford Sports Federation Executive Committee (SFEC) have sent an open letter opposing the university’s proposed repurposing of the Iffley Road Sports Centre as a teaching space for Michaelmas term. An email was distributed to committee members on 19 August detailing Oxford University’s ongoing considerations to use the two indoor sports halls at Iffley Road Sports Read More…