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How Not to Apply for a Banking Internship

(0) Comments | Posted 18 October 2012 | (18:14)

Though coveted by the Oxford masses, I have never been wedded to a career in finance. But breaking into the world of journalism is famously fickle and so - petrified at the prospect of inactivity next summer - I decided to begin looking elsewhere for work experience. Banking was the...

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Why Oxbridge Really Is for Everyone

(13) Comments | Posted 16 October 2012 | (01:00)

With the UCAS deadline for Oxford and Cambridge Universities approaching, most prospective applicants will by now have revved up their engines: over the next two months they will sit rigorous tests, struggle through the self-consciously intellectual books listed on their personal statements and prepare for the infamous Oxbridge interviews (which...

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The Sunday Times and the Internship Racket

(0) Comments | Posted 22 September 2012 | (21:08)

Is it okay to sell internships? We know that the Conservative Party certainly thinks so. Their charity ball last year raised tens of thousands of pounds flogging off plum internships in finance, industry and the media to Tory donors.

Cases like that one immediately invoke repulsion, but what...

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The Oxford 'Posh Girls' Guide and the Death of Satire

(2) Comments | Posted 31 August 2012 | (01:00)

Like most students who rarely summon the energy to go out at the weekend, I am a big fan of Al Murray, best known as the jocular pub landlord (and less famous as an Oxford history graduate). Every week the stereotypical jingoist used to grace our screens, slandering just about...

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Is It Still Worth Climbing the Greasy Pole of Oxford Politics?

(14) Comments | Posted 17 August 2012 | (01:00)

Aside from yet another tedious round of Oxbridge bashing, the BBC's new series Young, Bright and On the Right fundamentally misunderstands the nature of our Oxbridge-educated political elite.

There indeed used to be a time when climbing up the greasy pole of Oxford politics promised 'glittering prizes' to those fierce...

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