Oxford University

Oxford’s EU flag sends out the wrong message to applicants

10 May 2019 12:34

As I walked through central Oxford at the weekend, an unfamiliar sight greeted me from the top of one of…

The traditionalist worldview has gone from orthodoxy to punchline to nostalgia to ‘hate’ in a startlingly short space of time

28 January 2019 18:53

I recently rewatched The Birdcage, Mike Nichols’ pleasing farce of clashing values, a Hollywood adaption of Jean Poiret’s lighter, sharper…

Rhodes Must Fall activists are curiously selective in their targets

28 February 2017 13:45

A campaign is currently underway to have Bristol’s Colston Hall renamed because Edward Colston was a slave trader. This has…

The Spectator podcast: Isis’s last stand

16 February 2017 11:28

On this week’s podcast, we discuss what the end of Isis means for a fragile Middle East, debate whether John Bercow…

Will Labour finally stop sweeping anti-Semitism under the carpet?

6 August 2016 12:39

In February, the co-chair of the Oxford University Labour Club, Alex Chalmers, resigned after having publicly accused the Club of…

The left’s great illusion in praising Labour’s ‘moral clarity’ under Corbyn

31 May 2016 12:55

Danny Dorling is one of the warmest and most intelligent left wing intellectuals of our day; an egalitarian, who proposes…

Oxford’s Rhodes Must Fall co-founder hits back over waitress altercation: ‘even if she’s working class, she is linked to whiteness’

17 May 2016 8:28

Last month Oxford’s Rhodes Must Fall co-founder Ntokozo Qwabe made the news after he revelled in making a waitress shed ‘white…

Rhodes Must Fall activists blast crowdfunder set up to compensate waitress: ‘the white conservatives are rallying’

1 May 2016 12:52

On Friday, Mr S reported that Oxford’s Rhodes Must Fall co-founder Ntokozo Qwabe had revelled in making a ‘white waitress’ cry…

Rhodes Must Fall campaigners won’t disappear just because they lost

11 February 2016 13:10

Don’t imagine that the campaign group ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ has gone away just because Rhodes didn’t fall. They’ve now issued…

Are we really supposed to believe David Cameron cares about reforming prisons?

8 February 2016 9:23

David Cameron has outlined his plans for prison reform today. But does he genuinely care about prisons or is he…

Oxbridge colleges are drowning in celebrity appointments like Emma Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch

6 February 2016 9:32

An Oxford College has done something really offensive, and it doesn’t involve a statue of a white supremacist. Lady Margaret…

Oxford’s diversity strategy: portraits of privileged white women replace portraits of privileged white men

2 February 2016 11:36

It’s been a testing few weeks for Oxford University officials. First they faced a student uprising with the ‘Rhodes Must…

The trouble with Rhodes’s enemies is that they are not anti-racist enough

29 January 2016 15:29

  When Cecil Rhodes was drawing up his will his final dream was of British world domination. He pledged funds…

It’s good news that Rhodes’ statue is here to stay

29 January 2016 10:01

Oxford University’s controversial statue of Cecil Rhodes will stay in place after Oriel College ruled out its removal. The decision…

It’s time to admit that chronic fatigue syndrome is not actually a chronic illness

2 November 2015 12:23

I’m grateful to my friend Matthew Wilson for drawing my attention to this story which I had missed. It is…

Students should remember freedom of speech is a terribly precious thing

4 October 2015 14:35

Freedom of speech is a terribly precious thing, which we should all cherish. So let’s not waste it on people…

Aristocrats, champagne and a Rolex: George Osborne’s 21st birthday bash

21 August 2015 15:41

Although Tatler received a boost to its readership following the BBC’s ‘Posh People: Inside Tatler’, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the magazine,…

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…

‘Anti-lad’ crusaders have begun a cultural cleansing of British universities

13 May 2015 12:26

You can’t be on a campus for more than 10 minutes nowadays without hearing about inclusivity. Universities and students’ unions…

One of Gordon Brown’s undeniable achievements: breaking the Oxford mould

2 December 2014 16:43

Say what you will about Gordon Brown — and plenty have over the last 24 hours — but there is…