Last Wednesday, I headed back into Oxford after work to attend a talk by Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project, successful author, and possibly one of the most articulate people I have ever heard speak in public. The talk was held in the Sheldonian Theatre – always lovely – and was focussed around Bates’ new book, Misogynation. In comparison to the personal accounts of Everyday Sexism, and the manual-style Girl Up, Misogynation is more of an exploration of the myriad forms sexism which,…Continue Reading “Laura Bates – Misogynation”

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be able to watch Sense and Sensibility being performed on stage at the Oxford Playhouse. I went with my mum and we had a lovely afternoon and evening shopping, eating, and drinking before we headed to the theatre. We ate at one of my absolute favourite places, Thaikhun. They do amazing Thai food in an eclectically decorated space, and it all makes for a unique experience. They have unusual cocktails and serve their water in…Continue Reading “[REVIEW] Sense & Sensibility at the Oxford Playhouse”

I’m sat writing this on a lovely Sunday afternoon, sun shining in and curled up on the sofa, safe from the misleading cold of outside. The only downside is that I’m having to watch the football at the same time. Oh well! Keep reading to find out what I’ve been loving over the past week or two. 1. Pretty Honest – Sali Hughes My grandparents kindly got this for me for my birthday earlier this month, and I’ve been reading it bit by bit ever…Continue Reading “Five Favourites: 28th February 2016”

This is yet another belated post. I seem to be good at these, I just don’t ever seem to have the time when something has just happened! This time I’m harking back to a couple of weeks ago, when Matt and I popped into Oxford for the day. It was the day after they had switched the Christmas lights on, so everything was sparkly and Christmassy, and they even had a mini Christmas market set up for the weekend. I mainly wanted to go into…Continue Reading “Oxford in Lights”

Continuing this series of catch-up posts, I wanted to write a little bit about what has been my predominant occupation over the past few months, namely exams and revising for them. Unfortunately for me, doing PPE at Oxford means doing all of the exams which count for my whole degree right at the end; no coursework, no resits, no nothing. From the 28th of May I faced eight 3-hour exams over 2 weeks, with my last 2 being on the same day. Honestly, it was…Continue Reading “The Horrors of Exams (no, seriously…)”

This is going to be a bit of a random post, but it’s something that has much confusion surrounding it, for both those agreeing and disagreeing with what happened. OSFL (Oxford Students for Life) are an anti-abortion group who were due to hold a debate between two men on the subject of abortion and it’s relation to our national culture. I will stress that it was a clearly two-sided debate, with one person arguing for the motion that ‘Britain’s abortion culture hurts us all’, and…Continue Reading “‘Abortion Culture’ and ‘Authoritarian Students’ at Oxford University?”

So I realised that in my Back to Uni post the other day, I didn’t actually talk about a lot of the things that are going on in my life right now. I was a bit focussed on exams and they sort of took over the post, so sorry about that! I thought I’d start doing a bit of an update post about what’s generally going on with me once in a while. They might end up being daily, weekly, or I might forget and…Continue Reading “Updates #1”

Today is my second day back at university. I’m all unpacked and settled in, and although I’ve got exams tomorrow, I thought I’d take the chance to write a bit about returning to uni, the time of year, and what that means to me. So as I mentioned, I’ve actually got exams tomorrow. At Oxford, they set us exams called ‘collections’ at the beginning of every term, to test us on what we learnt last term. They’re three hour exams with 3-4 essays in each…Continue Reading “Back to Uni”

1. My crazily comfy new jumper from New Look (where else? :’) ). It’s a gorgeous deep blue, it’s a size too big, and it’s acceptable to wear in public. What’s not to love?! 2. Tuna mayo wraps, especially with spring onions. I’m not a massive fan of tuna mayo sandwiches when they’re from a shop or a restaurant, because they tend to add a lot of things I don’t like. Unfortunately, this is because a wrap with just a lump of tuna mayo in…Continue Reading “My 5 Favourite Things This Week”

I feel a kind of duty as an undergraduate at Oxford University to defend the Oxbridge institution as a whole. Today, there have been lots of articles after the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission found that the UK is deeply elitist and that top jobs are more often that not held by Oxbridge graduates and those that attended private schools. This Huffpost article┬áis just one of many. However, although I don’t dispute the data, the situation isn’t quite as dire as many of the…Continue Reading “Why an Oxbridge cabinet needn’t be ‘elitist’”