University of Oxford

Oxford Brookes doing worse than University of Oxford on state school admissions | Education

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 more than some highly selective institutions such as the London School of Economics. Oxford Brookes – founded in 1865 and now with 18,000 full and…

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How Cambridge University almost killed me | Education

I had always been what they call a good student. In 2011, aged 18, I had two A*s and two As at A-level, various sporting successes and plenty of friends. I was president of more clubs and societies than the school needed. I was going to Cambridge University to study English. By most measures, things were going OK. There was a problem, however – I had also developed an eating disorder. Over the two years before I started university, my…

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Alarm at Ofsted-style plan to rank universities by graduate earnings | Education

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 say the government is pressing on with this in a plan that could replicate the four Ofsted categories used for schools, flagging up university courses…

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PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain | Education

Monday, 13 April 2015 was a typical day in modern British politics. An Oxford University graduate in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE), Ed Miliband, launched the Labour party’s general election manifesto. It was examined by the BBC’s political editor, Oxford PPE graduate Nick Robinson, by the BBC’s economics editor, Oxford PPE graduate Robert Peston, and by the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Oxford PPE graduate Paul Johnson. It was criticised by the prime minister, Oxford PPE graduate David…

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Oxford don suspended over alleged artefact theft could still gain from sale | Education

An Oxford academic suspected of involvement in the alleged theft of ancient Gospel manuscripts stands to gain from a government appeal to purchase an important artefact for the nation. Dr Dirk Obbink, associate professor in papyrology and Greek at Christ Church, is the owner of the artefact – a unique book dating from around 1414. The arts minister, Helen Whateley, has announced a temporary export bar on the precious Myrowr of Recluses, or “Mirror of Recluses”, a Middle-English volume of…

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How we gave Oxford University applicants a level playing field | Education

We have been talking a lot about fairness this year at Oxford, with conversations revolving around the university’s recent commitment to transform admissions. Last week saw the news of a step forward on that path, with 69% of UK offers being made to state school students, an increase from just 56% five years ago. Colleges and departments have been making use of the data that underpins the university’s access programmes to ask themselves an important question: what does it mean…

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Slip-up leaves priests rolling in the aisles | Brief letters | Education

We applaud the rise in state-sector intake across Oxford University and are glad to see individual colleges praised (Report, 16 January). Perhaps Mansfield College deserves a mention. In a quietly radical fashion, we have led the way in Oxford access for 20 years. Our state intake has been over 80% for 10 years and over 90% since 2016. And more than 90% of our state-sector intake this year is from non-selective schools – a meaningful statistic for Oxford University.Lucinda RumseySenior…

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Record numbers of state school pupils offered Oxford places | Education

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 October 2020, of a total of 3,909 sent to British and international applicants. Five years ago, state school applicants to Oxford received just 56% of…

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Jasper Griffin obituary | Books

The classicist Jasper Griffin, who has died aged 82 of pneumonia, is best known for his work on the Iliad and the Odyssey, ancient Greek epic poems that deal with the Trojan war and its aftermath and are traditionally attributed to Homer. Crucial to Griffin’s work, which helped bridge a gulf between anglophone and continental European scholarship, was a paradoxical situation in which Homer had found himself. In antiquity, Homer, who was sometimes thought to have lived around 800 BC,…

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From Hugh Grant to David Cameron to Nigella Lawson: Oxford partying in the 80s – in pictures | Education

In 1981, Dafydd Jones, who would later become a noted society photographer, entered a Sunday Times competition for young photojournalists. After his pictures of Oxford’s ‘bright young things’ ran alongside a seminal article by Ian Jack, he continued to photograph members of the university’s unguarded jeunesse dorée – from Nigella Lawson to David Cameron Source link

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US entrepreneur sets up Oxford scholarship for black UK students | Education

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 a three-year undergraduate degree. The Oxford-Arlan Hamilton and Earline Butler Sims scholarship, named in part as a living tribute to Hamilton’s mother, will be open…

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Oxford Union president steps down in wake of blind student row | Education

The president of the Oxford Union has bowed to pressure to resign after a blind student was dragged by his ankles from a debate event by a security guard. Ebenezer Azamati, a postgraduate student from Ghana, was forcibly removed from the event last month when he tried to return to his seat before a debate. Brendan McGrath, the president of the union, who had alleged that Azamati had behaved violently, accepted he “manifestly failed” in his duty to ensure that…

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Inhumane treatment of Ebenezer Azamati at the Oxford Union | Letters | Education

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 that I and my friends give him the table we were at. When I refused I was thrown to the ground at which stage I…

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Oxford and Cambridge universities fail to raise UK student numbers | Education

Oxford and Cambridge universities are teaching nearly 1,000 fewer British undergraduates than they were five years ago, despite spending millions of pounds on programmes designed to widen participation and improve access for disadvantaged UK applicants. Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency have shown that Oxford and Cambridge are almost alone among the competitive British universities in failing to expand their intake of domestic undergraduates while slowly increasing the proportion of sought-after places going to EU and international students. But…

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Oxford Union security staff appear to manhandle blind student – video | Education

Footage appears to show security staff manhandling a postgraduate student shortly before he was allegedly ‘dragged by his ankles’ out of the Oxford Union debating chamber. Ebenezer Azamati, who is blind, is said to have arrived early to reserve an accessible seat, before leaving to eat dinner at his college. When he returned, security officials entered and removed him from the building Source link

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Blind student dragged from Oxford Union chamber ‘by his ankles’ | Education

The Oxford Union has been heavily criticised after a blind student was reportedly “dragged by his ankles” out of a debating chamber, leading to calls for the union president to resign. The incident, which was caught on video and described by the Oxford University Africa Society (OUAS) as “violent, unjust, inhumane and shameful”, left the student feeling “unwelcome in the union, Oxford and even the country”. Ebenezer Azamati, 25, a postgraduate student from Ghana studying international relations, is said to…

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