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Rowers discontent following severe river conditions 

“At this rate novices will still be eligible for next year’s novice regatta” was a rower’s off-hand comment that inspired this investigation. Twelve term weeks into this academic year, unsafe river conditions have grounded rowers from the River Isis on 61% of days and the River Godstow on 85% of days, with novices especially impacted. Captains further expressed frustration over the unequal practice opportunities that favour colleges with external training facilities, a problem exacerbated by bureaucratic inefficiencies. Because college boat clubs are under pressure to...

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Features

The 2024 Sextigation

Cherwell’s "Sextigation" is back and better than ever. After 450 responses and some pretty groundbreaking analysis that followed, the results are in.  This year, 55% of respondents were female, 38.5% were male, and 5.6% were...

“This war has no borders” – An Interview with Ukrainian Human Rights Lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Oleksandra Matviichuk

Two years after the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Sofia Johanson speaks to Oleksandra Matviichuk about her organisation’s efforts to document war crimes, the dysfunctionality of the international security system, and how...

Crops, Commoning and Colonialism: Lessons from the Oxford Real Farming Conference

For anyone strolling around Oxford over the 4th to 5th of January, make no mistake: the abundance of tweed-clad range-roverists had nothing to do with the Oxford Real Farming Conference, but rather its more...

Reflections on the gender pay gap: What Claudia Goldin’s Nobel Prize has taught us

“Five beautiful women? All doing economics? No wayyyy!” This was remarked by two male PhD students at the UCL faculty welcome drinks after they had inserted themselves into a conversation between me and a group of fellow master’s students. As their comment so gracelessly points out, economics is a male-dominated...

The Age of Multipolarity

Lord Cameron put it aptly when he recently stated that,“The world has changed significantly since I first entered government, and we live in very unstable, uncertain, and dangerous times”. The Foreign Secretary captured the zeitgeist of chaos and change that has come to define this last decade. All but...

The EU’s AI Act is significant for all of us

Oxford students have been no strangers to ChatGPT since its much-hyped launch in late 2022. Squabbles about the ethics of its use in research or essay-writing – balancing the potential for efficiency that it offers with the obvious problem of cheating – has acted somewhat like a microcosm of...

Profiles

Wizardry, canal boats, and the Vicky Arms

“It’ll be a fucking feast,” Mother Catweazle declares. Strapping in for the second Catweazle Club of February, Common Ground is abuzz with anticipation.  Streams of poets, singer-songwriters, comics; the old, the young, regulars, first-timers, locals, tourists, academics, troubadours, expectant mothers, mingling singles, loved-up couples, going-on-20-years marriages - had queued to...

“To know how somebody really feels about you, ignore everything they say. Look at how they touch you.”

Robin Dunbar is Emeritus Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford, famous for his research on social networks and friendships. He is responsible for ‘Dunbar’s number’, the finding that we can only maintain 150 stable social relationships because of cognitive limits. How many friends do you have? Perhaps...

Culture

Mature and Intelligent: Julius Caesar at the TS Eliot Review

"From start to finish, it was a show filled with excellent performances from leading cast members."

Is it fair to still care about award ceremonies?

"I’m not quite at the level where I stay up until four in the morning to watch the Oscars, but I will, without fail, google the winners the next day"

Life

A New Yorker Reviews Oxford Shake Shack

Shake Shack is more than a fast food restaurant to me. I’d go there on half days with friends or eat and talk for hours with my teammates after our last practice of the year. My parents would always take me out for burgers there when we went out...

Sunny Side Up!

This week saw me, along with all the other hordes of students in second year, cross the halfway mark of my degree. Maybe it’s the fifth-week blues talking, but passing this seemingly ceremonial, and therefore somewhat inconsequential, boundary had me feeling rather existential.  What better way to ponder on your...