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EXCLUSIVE: Christ Church Dean’s witness statement reveals extent of Governing Body feud

The full nature of the toxic feud between Christ Church and its Dean has been revealed in court documents obtained by The Oxford Blue. Christ Church Dean The Very Revd Martyn Percy has spoken out for the first time about the factional war dividing the historic college in his witness statement.

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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…

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Charity Commission intervenes in dispute between Christ Church and dean

The Charity Commission issued a statement on Thursday announcing their intervention in the ongoing dispute between the Christ Church governing body and the college’s dean, the Very Rev. Prof. Martyn Percy. The call for the parties to enter into a mediation process occurs as “[t]he situation risks harming the reputation of charity more generally, in Read More…

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Christ Church professor sentenced to jail over child abuse images

Oxford theology professor and former pastor Jan Joosten has been sentenced to a year in prison and placed on the sex offender register in France for downloading 28,000 child abuse images and videos. Joosten, 61, has held the Regius professorship of Hebrew at Oxford since 2014, and is affiliated with Christ Church.  Agence France-Presse reported that Read More…


An open letter by Christ Church Voices for Change

This article has been updated on 03/07/2020 with Christ Church’s statement in response, which appears below the article. This is an open letter in response to the statements issued by Christ Church exec committee and censors regarding the handling of the controversy following last Sunday’s hustings. It is accompanied by a petition which is accepting Read More…

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Christ Church JCR exec release statement on handling of hustings controversy

The Christ Church JCR executive committee released a statement by email to Christ Church students this evening signed by the JCR President Jarnail Atwal, Vice-President Arun Smith, and Secretary Efe Kati. The statement addresses last Sunday’s hustings where a joke was made by a candidate for “cake rep” comparing the murder of George Floyd to Read More…

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Open letter to Christ Church censors: we demand a public apology

This is an open letter written by a group of Oxford students. Its petition has been signed by 2,700 students from 98 universities across the world, including UCL, Toronto, New York, Harvard, Amsterdam, Université de Paris, National University of Singapore, and Cambridge. Oxford contributed over 1,800 names.