Carola Binney

Carola Binney is an undergraduate History student at Magdalen College, Oxford. She writes on student life.


Theresa May should beware of grammar schools

8 August 2016 10:17

In 1960, my father failed the eleven-plus. He was lucky: his parents could afford to send him to a private…


That Cameron is out while Juncker has stayed shows us just what’s wrong with the EU

27 June 2016 13:20

According to Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, the Brexit vote was David Cameron’s fault: ‘If someone complains…


There’s nothing safe about student ‘safe spaces’ anymore

6 December 2015 9:09

Iranian human rights activist Maryam Namazie was harassed by members of the Goldsmiths University Islamic Society on Monday night, while…


The backlash against the Stepford Students is intensifying

2 October 2015 16:15

The Oxford University Student Union this week added another feather to its cap on free speech by banning a new student…

The point of an arts degree is the time it gives you to pursue other hobbies (Photo: Getty)

Students worrying about ‘value for money’ miss the point of an arts degree

23 June 2015 12:05

University towns are already awash with fur-trimmed gowns and proud parents, but behind the smiles there’s a glimmer of resentment:…

Young votes run free (Photo: Ian Tyas/Getty)

Young people want a future, not freebies

30 April 2015 15:28

Ed Miliband wants the youth vote enough to have spent an evening with Russell Brand earlier this week. My generation…

A poster can make of break an election. Image: PA

Voters want visions, and powerful posters deliver them – not Twitter

26 March 2015 18:07

If no-one was very excited about the launch of the Lib Dem’s election poster this morning, it wasn’t just because…

Protesters outside the Oxford Union (Photo: Justin Tallis/Getty)

I wouldn’t vote for Marine Le Pen but I can understand why people might

6 February 2015 17:06

On Thursday evening, I queued outside for almost two hours to see Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s Front…

Ed Miliband with some young potential voters. Does he think they're smart enough to register to vote?

Does Ed Miliband think my generation is lazy, stupid – or both?

18 January 2015 14:01

According to Ed Miliband, my generation is about to be disenfranchised by the coalition. He’s getting quite worked up about…

Evans playing for Sheffield Utd in 2012. Image: Getty

Letting Ched Evans play football would give young offenders a much-needed role model

23 December 2014 18:06

On Sunday, Hartlepool FC quashed rumours that they would be signing Ched Evans, the former Sheffield United forward and convicted…

Scantily-clad girls heading off on a night out in Newcastle

Cloakrooms should be free to stop young women freezing to death

19 December 2014 17:09

As I wiggled into my tights in preparation for an end-of-term night out, I was faced with the perennial clubbing…

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Don’t ban unpaid internships – let interns work from home instead

13 November 2014 16:24

An unpaid six month internship costs graduates at least £5,000, according to a study by The Sutton Trust. The social…


Four (more) reasons to loathe Oxford

3 November 2014 8:07

Nick Cohen observed in a recent Spectator: ‘The graduates of Oxford’s Politics, Philosophy and Economics course form the largest single…

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Having an abortion means ending a life. Even pro-choice students should realise that

24 October 2014 12:42

Last week, the Tab, an online student tabloid, published an article by an anonymous Cambridge student entitled ‘I shouldn’t have…


My dyslexia means I can’t spell, but I can be a spy

23 September 2014 16:01

Apparently, I’d make a good spy. I may not be discreet or fluent in Russian, but I do have one…

Students Throughout The UK Receive Their A Level Results

Stop mollycoddling girls and let them compete with each other

7 August 2014 14:21

I was pleased to read this week that my old headmistress, Judith Carlisle, has launched a campaign to root out…

Obesity doesn't seem to be a problem in Hong Kong. (Image: PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Dieting, Hong Kong style

28 July 2014 15:00

Three weeks in to my six week stint as an English teacher in Hong Kong, I’ve been struck by how…

Student Protest

The death of student activism

22 May 2014 16:00

Oxford students heard this morning that, after a three-day referendum, our student union, OUSU, will be disaffiliating from the National…


What our parents didn’t know about sex

17 May 2014 13:00

My mum and dad never told me that I was found in a cabbage patch, or delivered by a stork.…

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Why do boys outperform girls at university?

28 April 2014 9:02

According to the university’s own statistics, Oxford is one of the worst places in the country to be a female…

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Addresses MIT Graduates

Don’t blame good results on grade inflation. Blame the teaching

22 April 2014 7:58

I was delighted to read that my university is apparently over-generous when it comes to awarding top degree classes. Oxford is…

The intimate family supper is key to any child's intellectual and emotional development. (Photo by Keystone View/FPG/Getty Images)

Mr Gove, after-school clubs need to learn from family life

20 April 2014 11:23

In news to warm Michael Gove’s heart, a new survey carried out by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has…

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Addresses MIT Graduates

Want a market in higher education? Here’s how

1 April 2014 12:03

Ed Miliband is mooting a tuition fees cut, to a maximum of £6,000 a year according to reports. I graduate…

The New Term Begins For Students At Oxford University

How local government is threatening Oxford University’s competitiveness

25 March 2014 10:30

The press love a bit of Oxbridge competition, but Oxford is embroiled in a far older and more ruthless rivalry:…

Summer Returns To Oxford

Being a student has made me see Oxford in a new light

24 March 2014 15:21

I have a confession to make: I go to my hometown university. The decision to stay in Oxford is one…