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Poor boys are losing the university battle of the sexes

30 July 2015 17:23

Something worrying is happening to university access. It’s not what opponents of higher tuition fees predicted, which is that the higher rates would put off poorer students, so it might… Continue reading

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Rachel, Boris and Jo Johnson. Only one of them received a first class degree (Photo: Getty)

Jo Johnson takes aim at those who ‘coast within the 2.1 band’

1 July 2015 11:49

This morning Jo Johnson gave a speech in which he outlined his recommendations for the way in which universities grade students. The new science and universities minister suggested that they rethink… Continue reading

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Toffs And Toughs

The best way to end the ‘poshness test’

17 June 2015 10:59

Here is a preview of Toby Young’s column in this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow. Subscribe from just £1. There’s a warning buried in the detail of the new report by… Continue reading

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Tarquin and Lucretia by Titian

‘Trigger warnings’ are tools for censorship. They have no place in academia

26 May 2015 18:02

I get defensive when feminists are accused of being prudes. There’s nothing prudish in critiquing a monotonously promiscuous culture; in despairing of unrealistic body standards, or believing, as I’ve argued before,… Continue reading

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Mohammed Emwazi studied at the University of Westminster (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty)

If ‘non-violent extremists’ can’t express their views at universities, where can they?

4 March 2015 12:49

Last month, the government’s Counter-Terrorism & Security Bill became law. One provision is the legal obligation it places upon ‘specified authorities’ to ‘prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. ‘Specified authorities’… Continue reading

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Peter Tatchell has received a torrent of abuse from supporters of transgender rights after signing a letter about censorship (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Identity politics has created an army of vicious, narcissistic cowards

19 February 2015 14:26

Has there ever been a more petulant mob of moaners than that which is currently hurling abuse at Peter Tatchell? On Twitter, which is where these people live, self-styled queers… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Speech On The Cost Of Living at Battersea Power Station

Could Labour limit its tuition fee cap to ‘useful’ subjects?

20 January 2015 13:29

One of the really big policy areas that Labour has yet to resolve before the General Election is how it can lower the cap on tuition fees to £6,000. University… Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Caught Smoking

Ten things that went badly right in Britain in 2013

20 December 2013 14:59

This was supposed to be the year of strife, strikes, misery and more. Instead, to the surprise of Britain’s politicians, things have instead gone badly right. I look at them… Continue reading

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What would Rosa Parks have made of this shameful hypocrisy over segregation?

The segregation of women and the appeasement of bigotry at Britain’s universities (part two)

11 December 2013 13:04

On the Today programme this morning Justin Webb covered the decision by Universities UK to allow fundamentalist speakers to segregate women from men at public meetings. With a characteristic disdain… Continue reading

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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

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Boris Johnson has got into hot water for mentioning an unmentionable truth: some people are not very bright.

Untold truths – how the spirit of inquiry is being suppressed in the West

28 November 2013 14:56

It looks like Boris has offended lots of people by suggesting that some folk are where they are because they’re not very bright, something Nick Clegg calls ‘unpleasant’ and ‘careless’.… Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Complaints After Undercover BBC Reporter Accompanies LSE Students In North Korea Trip

The LSE and the notorious t-shirt of hate

7 October 2013 17:03

The London School of Economics (LSE) has been in the news recently thanks to a certain ex-lecturer who was a Marxist. But while Marxism retains some grip at faculty level… Continue reading

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There is no conspiracy against state school students going to Oxford, honest

16 August 2013 10:37

On A-level results day it was inevitable really. Of the roughly 14,000 applicants not to have received a place at Oxford this year, one of them, Alastair Herron, has done… Continue reading

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A-level students: why university isn’t as big a deal as you think

15 August 2013 14:32

My A-level results day almost passed me by. It took an early morning email from an editor asking for a piece about the experience for me to remember. After a… Continue reading

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Why, once again, a fall in student immigration is good

24 May 2013 13:21

Yesterday came the news that net migration has once again fallen, this time to its lowest level for ten years. In the year ending September 2012, net migration was 153,000.… Continue reading

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