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

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 in 2016. If Labour wins the next election, I’ll be… Continue reading

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: town vs. gown. It was in a dispute between the… Continue reading

Oxford is meant to be experienced as a student - that's why I wanted to study there, despite having lived in the city for 18 years.

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 I often feel I have to justify. When people learn… Continue reading


What I’d like in the Budget: more support for teachers

15 March 2014 16:29

To start on a glamorous note: subsidised bus fares for those in full-time education outside London. I turned 16 in the same year my dad turned 60, and just as… Continue reading

The Duke of Cambridge arriving at  St John's College, Cambridge earlier today. (Image: Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

There’s nothing wrong with Prince ‘one-A’ William studying at Cambridge

7 January 2014 14:41

Prince William has arrived in Cambridge today to study agricultural management at Cambridge. According to the Guardian  his admission is ‘an insult to every student, whatever their background, who got into Cambridge… Continue reading

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Addresses MIT Graduates

Science versus Arts – which degree is harder?

1 December 2013 14:00

People get competitive about the difficulty of their degrees. The accepted line at Oxford is that Science is harder than Arts, and everything is harder than PPE – three years… Continue reading

Women's Eights

Rowing at university is most fun when there’s no rowing

15 November 2013 15:28

I remember telling my friends that I was going to row at Oxford. I could picture myself in flattering Magdalen College Boat Club lycra, a rosy glow on my cheeks… Continue reading

Frankfurt Book Fair 2013

I’m ashamed of myself

9 November 2013 10:30

On waking up (at noon) on Thursday morning, I found I had a text from one of my fellow History freshers. Sent at 6am and accompanied by a screenshot of… Continue reading

The New Term Begins For Students At Oxford University

Give me a tutorial over a lecture any day

23 October 2013 16:53

I’ve been at university for 17 days, and yesterday had my fifth contact hour: my second tutorial. ‘Tutes’ are what an Oxford education is all about. They’re the reason any… Continue reading

2 days into freshers' week, Carola Binney received the reading list for her first essay.

Cheated by freshers’ week

15 October 2013 16:33

My freshers’ pack (a yo-yo, two balloons, a sachet of instant hot chocolate and a condom) is barely visible beneath English Historical Documents, volume 1. Two nights of dancing knee-deep in foam has… Continue reading

Simply vote fodder?

Take it from a teenager: 16-year olds shouldn’t be able to vote

27 September 2013 10:30

Like Charles Moore in this week’s Spectator, I am inclined to wonder whether there is ‘any conceivable good reason’ why 16-year-olds should have the vote. As a teenager interested in… Continue reading


Twigg takes aim at Gove on school playing fields

15 August 2012 19:42

The Olympics may be over, but the political row over school sports fields is set to rumble on into the autumn. Stephen Twigg today announced that Labour will force a… Continue reading