Oxford

Oxford’s problem? The sorry state of British state schools

23 May 2018 16:23

Never does the disdain for state education become more apparent than when the conversation turns to Oxford and Cambridge admissions.…

No, Oxford students haven’t removed Theresa May’s portrait

8 May 2018 16:58

From the dreaming spires of Oxford this afternoon comes a potent combination of student censorship and fake news. A group…

It is unfair to blame Oxford for the low number of black undergraduates

20 October 2017 12:44

David Lammy has been making headlines today, accusing Oxford of ‘social apartheid’ because it offers so few places to black…

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…

Ntokozo Qwabe has his final say on #TipGate: ‘there is, in reality, no freedom of speech in a black body’

31 May 2016 12:30

Last month Ntokozo Qwabe made the news after he wrote of his happiness at making a waitress shed ‘white tears’…

I might offer Oriel College a six-figure sum, but there’s one condition

9 February 2016 15:07

I had the rather subversive idea of offering a six-figure sum to Oriel College, Oxford. On one condition: that the…

Spectator most-read: Trump’s defeat, life in the Royal Navy and ‘racist’ Oxford

5 February 2016 15:54

The Spectator’s fifth most-read article of the week was Nigel Farndale on what life was like on board a warship…

It’s depressing to see David Cameron engage in a culture war

3 February 2016 12:20

In 2000, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, accused Magdalen College, Oxford, of class bias in failing to…

Social inequality is a problem, but universities can’t solve it alone

2 February 2016 15:39

In 1962 I made the leap of a lifetime – from a severely cash-limited working-class household in Hackney (my father…

David Cameron is plain wrong about Oxford and race. Here’s why

31 January 2016 10:55

I applaud the Prime Minister for pointing out the scandalous lack of black students at Britain’s top universities, but he’s…

Here’s my solution to the problem of the Cecil Rhodes statue at Oriel College

20 January 2016 15:48

Lobengula was the second king of the Matabele people in what is now Zimbabwe. He was also the last. Cecil…

The shocking truth about the Piers Gaveston society? It’s incredibly dull

21 September 2015 22:27

Regarding the pig’s ear of a story currently circulating thanks to Lord Ashcroft’s vendetta against David Cameron, perhaps I could…

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:…

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…

‘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…

What are we meant to say about grooming rings?

2 March 2015 13:13

It is a tragedy that some of us are born in the wrong times. According to that increasingly gobby conduit…

Blunt is right. Being posh in the arts is career suicide

20 January 2015 14:55

Yesterday saw Labour’s shadow minister for the arts, Chris Bryant MP, amusingly and justly savaged by the pop star James Blunt…

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…

The death of the reading library

7 May 2014 11:51

‘Quiet Zone: No Laptops Please’. So read the paper signs stapled as an afterthought in a dust-cloaked corner of the…

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…

The selfie protest

20 March 2014 15:20

How to protest these days? You can’t rely on our music industry to kick out a good protest song, and…

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…

Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

23 August 2013 4:30

For many people, stories and story-telling formed the basis of their childhood. But there are others whose childhood is devoid…

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…

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…