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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…

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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…

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Former Oxford Visiting Professor revealed as “sex-pest” amid reports he sexually harassed students

Former Australian High Court Justice and Oxford Visiting Professor John Dyson Heydon reportedly harassed a number of female students, a two-year long Sydney Morning Herald investigation has revealed. An inquiry by the Australian High Court also found that “Sex-pest” Heydon sexually harassed six female legal associates. The Oxford Blue has learned that he resigned his Read More…

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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…

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University support services outline changes in response to open letter from It Happens Here

Oxford University’s Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service has responded to an open letter published by the SU groups It Happens Here and SpeakOut Oxford on 2 June.  The reply, which can be read in full here, outlines a series of policy changes in response to the open letter, as well as a wider commitment Read More…

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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”.