Graduate visa scheme under pressure from government
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by Gabriella Kchozyan
6h ago
Members of the Conservative Party have put the Graduate visa scheme under pressure in an effort to cut down net legal migration, despite recommendations advising against abolishing the programme.  As of December 2023, graduate students make up about 52% of Oxford University’s student body. International students likewise make up more than half of graduate students and come from a variety of countries and territories.  In March, Home Secretary James Cleverly formally commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an independent, non-departmental public body, to review and inves ..read more
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In Conversation with a Pro-Palestine Encampment Protestor at Pitt Rivers
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by Cameron Samuel Keys
16h ago
On Sunday The Oxford Student was given the opportunity to reflect on the preceding week with a representative of the Oxford Action for Palestine Encampment outside the Pitt Rivers Museum. The protestor spoke on the condition of anonymity wishing to avoid detracting from the ‘real story’.  We sat in the shade by the Radcliffe Science Library. The anonymous protestor had just been given their lunch from the food tent, a box of seasoned rice and a Palestinian flatbread which had been donated to the camp by a member of the local community.  The long pauses as they considered how to resp ..read more
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Leah Williamson speaks at Oxford Union
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by Daisy Outram
16h ago
Footballer Leah Williamson addressed the Oxford Union on 16th May, discussing her career and the progress in women’s football. Williamson is the captain of England women’s national team, known as the Lionesses, alongside playing for Women’s Super League club Arsenal. She plays in central defence or the midfield. England’s Lionesses gained significant recognition winning Euro 2022, which was the country’s first major trophy since the men’s side won the World Cup in 1966. As the team’s captain of that squad, Williamson said seeing the impact of the win on the next generation of women in footbal ..read more
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Oxford Action for Palestine rally outside Clarendon Building
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by OxStu News Team
1d ago
On Thursday at 6pm, OA4P held an emergency rally followed by a press conference in front of the Clarendon Building, which houses the offices of the Proctors and the Vice-Chancellor.  Representatives of the group called for the University to enter negotiations on the subject of divesting from companies they argue are implicated in Israel’s war against Hamas. Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Clarendon Building and chanted slogans including “from the river to the sea,” “free Palestine”, “Oxford all through history, committed to complicity,” and “disclose, divest, we will not stop ..read more
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The Importance of Being Earnest: a preview
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by Yunzhang Liang
1d ago
“The truth is rarely pure and never simple”. University College is performing The Importance of Being Earnest this week, inviting you to indulge in deceptive identities, comical tossups, love and passion set against the setting sun. Premiering in 1895, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest has delighted audiences with its layered wit, elaborate plot twists, and comedic genius (the title itself is a pun!) for decades before making its way to the Oxford stage. The OxStu was able to catch a glimpse into the Univ Players’ dress rehearsal the afternoon before the opening night, as well as ..read more
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Oxford City Council to host public hearings on Oxford Local Plan 2040
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by Rebecca Whalley
1d ago
The Oxford City Council will host public hearings on its first draft of the Oxford Local Plan 2040. Inspectors have set the dates for the initial hearings for the Local Plan 2040, which will guide all planning decisions in a city for the next 16 years. Inspectors Kevin Ward and Martha Savage are appointed to examine the plan independently and decide whether it meets national planning policy and legal compliance and requirements. The initial hearings will take place from Tuesday, June 11, to Thursday, June 13, at the Rose Hill Community Centre. The Oxford Local 2040 aims to build more affordab ..read more
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English and Geography departments drop admissions tests
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by Charlie Bowden
1d ago
Candidates seeking to apply to study English and Geography next year will not need to take admissions tests. The Faculty of English and the School of Geography and the Environment have decided to forego setting the English Language Admissions Test (ELAT) and Geography Admissions Test (GAT) respectively. In a statement published on their website, the Faculty of English commented that they “hope to be in a position to run the ELAT again”, but need time to consider how they can run the test in the future “in a way that gives all candidates the best opportunity to demonstrate the critical skills ..read more
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Into The Woods Review
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by Sami Jalil
2d ago
Bouncing off the massive success of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee last year, The Eglesfield Music Society of The Queen’s College is back with its production of Into The Woods. A 1987 musical by Stephen Sondheim with a more recent 2014 film adaptation, Into The Woods is the charming and somewhat nostalgic story of a baker and his wife who try to break a witch’s curse by collecting four objects from some classic characters of the fairy tale kingdom. Excellently managed by director I-Cenay Trim and producer Ben Gilchrist, the team for this production were confident, talented, and a ..read more
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University drops plans to screen new chancellor candidates
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by Valida Pau
2d ago
Oxford University dropped plans to pre-screen candidates by an internal committee and made several changes to the election rules of the chancellorship.  The new version makes clear that the committee will put forward all candidates for election unless the candidates are a student, an employee of the University, and a serving member or a declared candidate for election to, an elected legislature. The original version of the rules stated that a chancellor’s election committee, made up of senior university staff, can determine which candidates are eligible to progress according to principle ..read more
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University sets out new response to pro-Palestinian encampment
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by OxStu News Team
3d ago
The University of Oxford outlined a response today to the pro-Palestinian encampment outside the Pitt Rivers Museum. In an email sent to all University students and staff, Vice-Chancellor Irene Tracey stated that while she was “grateful that protests have been largely peaceful”, the University had heard directly from University members that “they have been feeling fearful or uncomfortable as a result” of them. On Saturday 11 May, six men arrived at the encampment and disrupted a vigil, while directing abuse at several members. Police and protesters engaged in de-escalation, while the men shou ..read more
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