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Muslim trainees less most likely to be granted leading class degrees

Students from Muslim families are less likely to be awarded top class degrees than students from other religions or beliefs, according to research examining UK higher education attainment for people of different faith backgrounds. The research, based on official statistics gathered from more than two million students attending British universities, found that just 65% of…

Torah on Tyne: how Orthodox Jews took their extremely own Oxbridge

On a residential street in Gateshead, an unexpected sound drifts from open windows. It is the murmurings of hundreds of young men as they read aloud from the Torah or explore the meaning of the religious texts. Not so long ago, the soundtrack of this city on the river Tyne was the noise of heavy…

Suspended dean of Oxford faculty to be reinstated

The dean of an Oxford college who was suspended last September after being accused of “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful conduct” has won a tribunal hearing and will be reinstated next week. Martyn Percy, the dean of Christ Church college, will return to work after a tribunal chaired by a former high court judge dismissed the…

New NUS president: I will constantly be racially profiled

The new president of the National Union of Students (NUS) has called for the government’s Prevent anti-radicalisation strategy to be scrapped and has urged universities to do more to tackle the black attainment gap and racism on campus. In her first interview since taking up office last month, Zamzam Ibrahim said she had seen the…

Oxford dean deals with ₤500,000 secret tribunal in pay disagreement

A retired high court judge will preside over a hearing into allegations of “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful” conduct by the dean of Christ Church, Oxford, which are believed to relate to a dispute over pay and governance at the ancient college. Sir Andrew Smith will assess claims made against the Very Rev Martyn Percy, suspended…

College Assisted Me Discover My Faith

I was never a churchgoer. I was the child that prayed every once in a blue moon. When people asked about my beliefs, I responded “Catholic,” not truly knowing what that meant. My view on religion and my participation in it changed drastically in college. Towards the end of my senior year, I suffered from…

Leeds trainee union votes down proposition to fight antisemitism

A university students’ union’s decision to vote down proposals to combat antisemitism on campus has been criticised by Jewish groups. Emma Jacobs, a student a Leeds University who tabled the motion calling for the union to adopt ideas to discourage discrimination against Jewish students, said she had felt intimidated during the debate and vote. On…

‘Chatter and secrecy’ fuel Oxford row over suspended dean

Prominent clergy linked to Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral are in revolt over a complaint against its dean that they say is “surrounded by secrecy and fuelled by gossip”. In a row that has convulsed one of the university’s most venerable institutions, the Very Rev Martyn Percy, head of Christ Church as well as dean of…

Malcolm X at Oxford: ‘They’re going to eliminate me quickly’

Malcolm X became internationally famous the day after President John F Kennedy was assassinated. Asked to comment, Malcolm calmly informed US TV reporters that he was not at all surprised that “the chickens were coming home to roost”. It was November 1963 and he was by then a leading member of the Nation of Islam,…

Recovering My Muslim Identity at SDSU

As a kid, it was always easy to fit in because religion did not define me as much as it does today. As a Muslim male, I could effortlessly slip under the radar as opposed to Muslim women who wear hijab (headscarves) and carry their identities with them everywhere. I would keep these things to…

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