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How Noah Carl is fighting back against Cambridge

26 June 2019 20:57

Dr Noah Carl, the young conservative academic who was fired from his Cambridge college after being targeted by a left-wing…

The truth about Noah Carl

4 May 2019 8:15

My great friend Dr Noah Carl joins a group of distinguished academics removed from their posts this spring. But while…

Cambridge’s slavery inquiry will raise more questions than it answers

1 May 2019 12:31

Can the past hold the present to ransom? Can we be culpable for our predecessors’ actions? Knotty questions of this kind…

Smuts-shaming at the University of Cambridge

12 August 2018 9:00

One should not rise to the bait, but the latest little ‘Rhodes must fall’ type story makes it hard. Cambridge…

Women-only colleges were the original ‘safe space’

4 October 2017 10:36

My old college, formerly known as New Hall, is women-only for its undergraduates. But now the term is expanding, as…

The curious incident of Cambridge’s Latin graffiti

5 April 2017 9:36

A weird one, this. Yesterday, a short walk away from me in Chesterton, Cambridge, an enigmatic threat appeared in three-foot-high…

There’s life after Brexit for Cambridge University

8 January 2017 8:00

As a former student of English at Cambridge, I am sent the faculty magazine, 9 West Road. Its latest issue…

Spectator books of the year: Mary Beard on how Clive James went viral

19 November 2015 18:02

I am unashamedly sticking to my own home territory. Cambridge has become something of a literary hotspot. Last year it…

Young people should be wary of the Guardian’s university league table

27 May 2015 15:56

This week, the Guardian published its annual university league table. The rankings are as bewildering to anyone acquainted with the…

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…

Why has Abdul Hakim Murad not been sacked by Cambridge University?

3 May 2013 16:25

Abdul Hakim Murad is the Islamic name of a convert to Islam called Tim Winters.  He is a lecturer and…

Trenton Oldfield makes about as much sense as the entrails of a chicken

2 April 2013 11:37

I trust everybody enjoyed the boat race this weekend  Last week the editors of this magazine made me go through…

The Unbearable Self-Pity of Britain's Rich and Privileged - Spectator Blogs

26 January 2013 16:09

Is there anything more pathetic, more risible than rich and privileged Britons whining that their cadre fails to receive a…

Correction of the Year - Spectator Blogs

21 January 2013 10:34

Courtesy of Time magazine: This article has been changed. An earlier version stated that Oxford University accepted “only one black…

The ‘disappointment’ of Andrew Mitchell

14 November 2012 14:49

Former Chief Whip Andrew ‘Thrasher’ Mitchell has been reflecting on his salad days. In an interview with Cambridge University’s alumni…

An endangered species

10 August 2012 20:54

Last night the BBC aired a brilliant horror-movie (viewable on iPlayer) called ‘Young, Bright and on the Right.’ It followed…

The vanguard of the universities revolution?

5 June 2011 14:20

One new institution does not a revolution make. But there’s still something a little revolutionary about the New College of…

Cambridge’s £9,000 a year fees will cause political headaches

8 February 2011 20:59

Cambridge University’s decision, leaked to The Guardian’s Nick Watt, to start charging fees of £9,000 a year from 2012 is…

The universities strike back

17 October 2010 16:57

A wander through to p.14 of the Sunday Times delivers one of the most eyecatching political stories (£) of the…

The Oxbridge Elitism Debate: Lynne Featherstone Intervenes

27 February 2009 17:53

I always worry about attacks on the so-called elitism of our top universities. It strikes me that academic excellence must…