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We’re making a right mess of our right to free expression

This month, the former home secretary Amber Rudd was invited to give a speech to UN Women Oxford UK, an Oxford University student society, to celebrate International Women’s Day. Thirty minutes before the event, Rudd was “disinvited” and the event cancelled. Last week, the university “deregistered” the student society for breaking free-speech regulations. Both decisions…

In 2015 one Oxford college confessed 96% of its trainees from...

Erin Minogue has vivid memories of her Oxbridge application process. The words hard and daunting crop up frequently as she describes her journey from a Midlands comprehensive, then sixth-form college, to one of the most elite universities in the world. Oxford has felt “one step removed from me”, she explains. “A friend of a friend…

Oxford Brookes doing worse than College of Oxford on state college...

An Oxford university is struggling to meet targets for widening participation, according to the latest set of official statistics – but it’s not the university you might think. Figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency reveal that Oxford Brookes University admitted a higher proportion of privately educated undergraduates than most other UK universities, and…

Alarm at Ofsted-style strategy to rank universities by graduate revenues

Government plans to introduce Ofsted-style rankings for universities, with courses that produce lower salaries labelled as failing, would punish institutions outside London and threaten arts and humanities courses, worried academics are warning. In November the Conservative manifesto set off alarm bells in universities by promising to tackle “low-quality courses”. Now senior academics close to Westminster…

Record varieties of state school students used Oxford locations

State school pupils have won nearly 70% of Oxford University’s undergraduate places next year, a record level that represents a remarkable turnaround in the university’s intake over the last five years. Oxford announced that 69% of the offers it made this week were to British students from state schools or colleges for courses starting in…

United States business owner establishes Oxford scholarship for black UK trainees

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur is to fund Oxford university’s first dedicated scholarship for disadvantaged black British students, the university has announced. Arlan Hamilton, the founder of Backstage Capital, which specialises in supporting startups by overlooked groups, is to donate more than £200,000 to establish the fund and pay the tuition fees and living expenses for…

Very first transgender Rhodes scholar called in varied 2020 class

Minorities make up the majority of the latest group of US college students to be named Rhodes scholars, and the class includes the first transgender woman selected for the prestigious program. The Rhodes Trust announced the 32 selections late on Saturday after two days of discussions over 236 applicants from 90 colleges and universities across…

Oxford Union president actions down in wake of blind trainee row

The president of the Oxford Union has resigned his position after a blind student was forcibly removed from a debate event by a security guards. Ebenezer Azamati, a postgraduate student, was taken from the venue by a security guard when he tried to return to his seat before the debate last month. Brendan McGrath, the…

The manhandling of a blind male reveals the Oxford Union still...

This house believes that the Oxford Union has a history of racism it has never acknowledged, which continues to infect its atmosphere and debates to this day. This perhaps would have been the motion I’d have proposed to the most famous debating society in the world. Except, as a young black student at Oxford, I…

Inhumane treatment of Ebenezer Azamati at the Oxford Union|Letters

I was horrified to read of Ebenezer Azamati’s treatment at the Oxford Union, but sadly not surprised (Blind student dragged from Oxford Union ‘by his ankles’, 18 November). My own experiences 30 years ago also showed an elitist institution seeped in privilege. I was assaulted in the union’s bar when a rather posh chap demanded…

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