Oxford University

Oxford has more to be ashamed of than Gove

7 September 2021 5:50 pm

Being the most prestigious university in the English-speaking world comes with its drawbacks. While the rolls of alumni are littered…

Floods you with fascinating facts: Trees A Crowd reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Listening to Trees A Crowd, a podcast exploring the ‘56(ish) native trees of the British Isles’, solved one of childhood’s…

Rhodes to redemption: why Oxford needs a monument to Benjamin Jowett

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Not since September 1642, when a mob of Parliamentary soldiers opened fire on the sculpture of the Virgin Mary carved…

What would ‘sensitivity readers’ have made of my student scoops?

26 June 2021 9:00 am

‘Whatever you do, don’t call them snowflakes,’ Caroline said the last time I spoke to Oxford students. ‘That’s not a…

Oxford, 'sensitivity readers' and the trouble with safe spaces

22 June 2021 8:52 am

The list of things that students must apparently be protected from grows longer every day. Controversial speakers, rude comedians, sombreros…

What happens now that Rhodes didn't fall?

2 June 2021 4:00 pm

Oriel College, Oxford’s decision to retain the statue of Cecil Rhodes has generated the usual voluminous fury. It has also shown it…

In defence of Eton’s headmaster

5 December 2020 9:00 am

My inbox is crowded with messages from Old Etonians attacking Simon Henderson, the headmaster of Eton. They are furious that…

What we know so far about the Oxford vaccine

27 November 2020 3:03 am

It’s three for three as far as positive outcomes from Covid vaccine trials are concerned. But the announcement from AstraZeneca…

What I learnt as an Oxford vaccine guinea pig

13 September 2020 4:04 pm

Was the Oxford vaccine trial paused? Mine wasn’t. I signed up for it last week, in the 55 to 69-year-old…

The inappropriate history of ‘ventriloquising’

27 June 2020 9:00 am

‘What! No one told me,’ my husband shouted when I explained that the Hebdomadal Council at Oxford no longer existed…

Dissent over coronavirus research isn’t dangerous – but stifling debate is

4 April 2020 9:00 am

One of the paradoxes of the coronavirus crisis is that the need for public scrutiny of government policy has never…

How Oxford taught the no-platformers a lesson

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Three weeks ago Amber Rudd travelled to Christ Church, Oxford, to speak to students about her experiences of being a…

No blues, just reds and whites: the Oxford vs Cambridge wine-tasting

14 March 2020 9:00 am

The cellar room is almost silent save for the sound of slurping and spitting and the odd gentle sigh. One…

‘Desolate, despairing and awful’: Britain’s uninhabitable island

29 February 2020 9:00 am

In 1978, an invitation was sent to some 200 members of Oxford’s Dangerous Sports Club, which simply read: ‘Tea, Rockall,…

Helena Morrissey: my manifesto for the next govenor of the Bank of England

19 October 2019 9:00 am

The start of term at Oxford University is bittersweet for the close-knit Morrisseys; we have just ‘lost’ three offspring to…

If you’re going to leave Notre Dame in ruins, why not set fire to Oxford University?

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Almost everyone agrees it is a pity that so few pupils from ‘disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds’ get into Oxford. But no…

Fantasist, bigamist and cheat: the colourful career of Robert Parkin Peters

4 May 2019 9:00 am

In 2010, Adam Sisman published a masterly biography of Hugh Trevor-Roper, who was not merely one of the best historians…

Equipped for life with a copy of Thucydides

28 May 2016 9:00 am

‘What distinguishes Cambridge from Oxford,’ wrote A.A. Milne in 1939, is that nobody who has been to Cambridge feels impelled…

The BBC needs to be rescued from its own groupthink

14 May 2016 9:00 am

I see that law students at Oxford University were told that if they found the contents of a lecture on…

Why is the organ such hard work?

13 February 2016 9:00 am

My old Oxford college, Mansfield, isn’t a famous establishment, though its current principal, ‘Baroness Helena Kennedy’, as she incorrectly styles…

A fusion of ‘Fungus the Bogeyman’ and Dungeons and Dragons, Dashi Namdakov’s ‘She Guardian’ is a grotesque, inappropriate and embarrassing intrusion into London

What's that thing? Britain's worst public art

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Bad public art pollutes our townscapes. Stephen Bayley names and shames the worst offenders as he unveils the winner of The Spectator’s inaugural What’s That Thing? Award

Sorry, but the Bullingdon Club really doesn’t help your career

29 October 2015 9:00 am

I’m getting a lot of abuse on Twitter for saying that having been a member of the Bullingdon is more…

‘Exceptionally good’: Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain in ‘Testament of Youth’

Shirley Williams: Saving my mother from the scriptwriters

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Jasper Rees talks to Shirley Williams about the forthcoming screen portrayal of her mother

If you want an argument against state-school-only Oxbridge colleges, just look at me

29 November 2014 9:00 am

I read with some interest the proposal for Oxford and Cambridge to set up state-school-only colleges in the Guardian this…

Radek Sikorski’s notebook: Goose-steppers in Oxford, and a drone in my garden

30 August 2014 9:00 am

As the BA flight from Warsaw landed at Heathrow, I felt a little tremor of anxiety, though it wasn’t anything…