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

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: four in 10 of those graduating this year think they’ve… Continue reading

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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 could decide the election next Thursday, and politicians seem to… Continue reading

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 of the rain. According to The Times, political posters are… Continue reading

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 National party, speak at the Oxford Union. Thanks to protestors,… Continue reading

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 it. On Thursday, he accused David Cameron and Nick Clegg of…… Continue reading

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 rapist. In response to the Hartlepool manager Ronnie Moore’s comment… Continue reading

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 question: should I take a coat? Logic, and my mum,… Continue reading

itern horm

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 mobility charity has analysed interns’ expenditure on rent, food, transport… Continue reading


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 component of the most despised generation of politicians since the… Continue reading

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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 been aggressively reminded of my abortion at Freshers Fair’. The… Continue reading


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 rare quality that GCHQ prizes: I’m dyslexic. The intelligence agency… Continue reading

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 perfectionism in girls’ schools. Her initiative, which she is calling… Continue reading

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 unusual it is to see a fat Chinese person. While… Continue reading

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 Union of Students. I voted to break with the NUS,… Continue reading


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. They took a straightforward approach to talking about sex, and… Continue reading

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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 student if you’re hoping for a First Class degree. In… Continue reading

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 among 21 universities accused of grade inflation after a Higher… Continue reading

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 found that children as young a four are now routinely… Continue reading

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