La Ley de Memoria Democrática: Spain between ‘olvido’ and remembrance —

‘Es honrar a la gente anónima que hace la historia de España, gente cuya existencia merece ser rescatada de las garras del olvido’ (‘It’s about honouring the anonymous people that make up Spain’s history, people whose existence deserves to be rescued from the claws of oblivion’). These were just some of the words given by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez as part of an event held at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid on 31 October to mark the inaugural Día de Recuerdo y Homenaje a tod

2021: A Year in Varsity News

From the University’s plans for a £400m deal with the UAE, to a free speech crisis at the Union: News editors past and present look back on the stories that made a mark this year. The year began with a national lockdown. Vice-Chancellor Stephen Toope announced that while the University and colleges would remain open throughout Lent, teaching would move online, and students would only be allowed to return in exceptional circumstances. Varsity reported on student discontent at disparities between

Cambridge lead Oxford in return of ‘BOGOF’ contest

Colleges at “Camfridge” and “Oxfood”, as the universities are so called in the race to donate, have once again been going head-to-head for the latest edition of the Great Oxbridge Buy One Give One Free (BOGOF) campaign, an inter-college competition designed to support local food banks in the cities. Set up by ‘Because We Can’, a campaign group fighting food poverty, the “BOGOF” campaign encourages students at the two universities to donate as many resources as possible. Now in its second year,

Cambridge wins £575k boathouse VAT dispute with HMRC

Cambridge rowing has successfully navigated a victory over Revenue and Customs (HMRC) after the latter claimed that the University should have owed £575,000 in VAT on its newly-constructed £4.9 million boathouse in Ely. The dispute stemmed from a rule which allows construction costs to be exempt from VAT if the facilities in question benefit a sports club and not individuals. HMRC took issue with Cambridge being exempt, arguing that the boathouse was for the use of individual rowers rather than

Light News – Week 2: Cambridge-set crime drama, university kicks, shortlisted diversity campaign and ‘online’ kidney beans

The successful smart crime drama Professor T has been recommissioned by ITV for a second season, and is set against the University of Cambridge. The drama, starring Ben Miller (who acted in Bridgeton and Death in Paradise) and Frances La Tour (who acted in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The History Boys), attracted 5.41 million viewers in 28 days for its launch episode. The first season had its opening scene shot in the football pitch of Jesus College, with the college’s postgraduate

Regeni inquiry arrives in Cambridge

Content Note: This article contains brief mention of graphic physical injury. An Italian parliamentary delegation has travelled this week to Cambridge and held talks with University of Cambridge representatives. The delegation are seeking answers to “some of [the] unanswered questions” surrounding the 2016 abduction and murder of 28 year-old PhD student Giulio Regeni in Cairo. Regeni had travelled to Cairo in September 2015 to conduct research into the Egyptian economy and independent trade un

University research centre accused of Huawei infiltration

The Times has this morning (13/09) reported claims that the Chinese tech company Huawei has successfully ‘infiltrated’ a research centre at the University of Cambridge. It is suggested that three of the four directors at the Cambridge Centre for Chinese Management (CCCM) have ties to the Chinese tech firm; and, the centre’s so-called chief representative, Yanping Hu, is supposedly a former senior Huawei vice-president. In particular, the Times reports that Hu is “entitled to a special allowance

Varsity’s summer playlist

As the last days of August dwindle by, there seems no better time to reflect on the songs that have seen the Varsity team through the holidays. Such a list ended up being rather more eclectic than anticipated, covering everything from the classical greats, to art-pop, to Swedish dance music. However, we hope that such a range will suit whatever mood is needed for your own personal soundtrack of the summer. Given my strong distaste for whistling in songs (I blame Jason Derulo), I was originally

University to accommodate all successful 2021-22 offer-holders

The University has confirmed in a statement this evening (10/08) that it will honour the offers of all offer holders who met the relevant criteria for the upcoming academic year. A spokesperson congratulated all students who have successfully met their offers amidst “another year of exceptional challenges brought on by the Covid pandemic”, acknowledging that “many have faced disruption to their studies.” They continued: “We’re pleased to say that we’re able to accommodate everyone who met the

A-level results 2021: Record high as 91% of students secure first choice

A record number of 395,770 students, representing 91% of all students with a confirmed place, have secured a place on their first choice course in the UK as 44.3% of all students have achieved an A* and A grade, up from 38.1% last year. In comparison, 365,000 students (88% of all students with a confirmed place) secured their first choice last year. Overall, 435,430 students have secured a university place, representing a 5% increase on last year. A new high of 20.7% of all 18 year olds from th

For the love of pets

Pets mean a lot to us all at the best of times and often, at the worst of times, they mean even more. That is why Lifestyle has put together a selection of student statements on what their pets have meant to them in this past, and often very trying, year. “This is Bella, my Jug! With all of the cuteness of a Pug and the typical temperament and mental characteristics of a Jack Russell, she really is a ‘man’s best friend’, though she is also very open to being the best friend of any person of any

New Master of Design degree proposed from 2024

A new Design Tripos and Master of Design degree (M.Des) under the Department of Architecture has been proposed by the General Board of Faculties to commence in the 2024-25 academic year. With the first exams taking place at Part IA in 2025, the new four-year course would run alongside the existing three-year B.A. (Hons) Architecture degree and admit a cohort of approximately 45 students, approximately equal in size to that of the Architecture Tripos. It is therefore hoped the M.Des tripos woul

Italy vs England: A Varsity Preview

Today’s the day. After a predominantly solid and assured campaign, scoring ten goals and conceding just the one, England are set to play in their first major tournament final in 55 years. *That song* is on the radio. Wembley Way beckons. The Queen has even wished Gareth & Co well. And now, we thought we’d get in on some of the prediction action at Varsity and provide our thoughts ahead of the monumental game: please, please don’t let this backfire. “Finals are to be won.” Gareth Southgate’s wor

Oxford cruise past Cambridge 34-7 to win 139th Men’s Varsity Rugby Match

Oxford have thrashed Cambridge 34-7 to ease to victory in the 2021 Men’s Varsity Rugby Match, following Cambridge’s 10-5 victory in the Women’s Match earlier this afternoon (04/07). Following a second round of the national anthem, the men kicked off just after 15:30 and Cambridge made an electric start. Within a minute, the Cambridge backs found themselves in a lot of space up the left flank as Chibale offloaded to 2019 hero Jemphrey, passing it once more to full back Joe Gatus, who raced to th

Oxford 5-10 Cambridge: Light Blues victorious in 34th Women’s Varsity Rugby Match

Cambridge have seen out the Dark Blues 10-5 this afternoon (04/07) to claim victory in the 2021 Women’s Varsity Rugby Match at the Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium in Leicester. After a rendition of the national anthem and a knee in solidarity, the women’s game kicked off at 13:00 (BST). Oxford started very impressively, dominating the early minutes of the first half, and capitalising on the opportunity they created. Within five minutes, Italian international Bianca Coltellini scored, having

Live: Varsity Rugby Matches 2021

Join Varsity for all the latest coverage, photos and match reports from the Varsity Rugby Matches 2021. It looked as though Cambridge might have had a consolation try there from James Elms, who picked up the ball in space following a ricocheted pass, but it was called back for a forward pass. And then the whistle goes for full time. Oxford incredibly dominant, especially in the second half where they picked up eighteen points to build on the 16-7 half-time score. Match report to follow shortly.

Oxford defeat Cambridge 2-0 to win 136th Men’s Varsity Football Match

Oxford have defeated Cambridge 2-0 to emerge victorious in the 136th Men’s Varsity Football Match, and to do the double over the Light Blues following the 3-0 win in the Women’s Match earlier this afternoon. Following the commemoration of former OUAFC coach Mickey Lewis, the two men’s teams kicked off just after 3:15pm. It was nearly impossible to identify the better team throughout the first half as both had chances, while neither dominated possession in what turned out to be a physical, scrap

Oxford 3-0 Cambridge: Dark Blues cruise to victory in 2021 Women’s Varsity Football Match

Oxford have this afternoon (26/06) cruised past Cambridge 3-0 to win the 2021 Women’s Varsity Football Match. The first half was dominated by the home side, with the majority of the game’s chances going Oxford’s way. The Dark Blues started the way they intended to go on, with Cadie Higginson putting away an accurate cross from right winger Erin Robinson within the first 10 minutes of the game. The following 10 minutes appeared to be more equal, with Cambridge looking more dangerous: a goal disa

Preview: Varsity Football Matches 2021

Ahead of this afternoon’s (26/06) Varsity Football Matches at Court Place Farm in Oxford, Varsity speaks to members of the Men’s and Women’s teams at Cambridge University Association Football Club (CUAFC) as the Light Blues seek to emulate their double header of victories from 2019, where they won the Women’s Match 3-1 and the Men’s Match 5-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Men’s Captain Alex Bull first of all addressed the unparalleled nature of preparing for this year’s Varsity fixture. Fo
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