Sunday 30th August 2015, 20:54 BST | Cambridge,UK


CUSU Report reveals extent of gender divides

New analysis shows that women and non-binary students at Cambridge are significantly less likely than men to obtain a first at the end of their undergraduate degrees.

A survey of over 1,400 current students, coordinated by CUSU Women’s Campaign, has underlined the existence of potentially serious institutional problems facing women and non-binary students.

The campaign claims that the survey is the “first ever large-scale research on students’ perspectives of the impact of gender on teaching, learning and student wellbeing at the University of Cambridge”. 

The data suggests that it is not only in areas such as sexual violence or gender imbalance[Read full story]


“I filmed the shooting see Facebook”

“I filmed the shooting see Facebook”: the words of a killer advertising his work. Despite their best efforts, social media platforms had no hope against the mass circulation that followed. Graphic footage of the brutal Virginia shooting spread like wildfire online; an unstoppable takeover of newsfeeds worldwide.

Rather than focusing on the young reporters who fell victim to their ‘disgruntled former colleague’, the world’s media honed in on the man behind the outstretched arm. Vester Flanagan and his cruel films became the stars of the show, and we let them, too tempted to turn away. The point-of-view video feels surreal[Read full story]


Theatre: blank slate or social institution?

A National Youth Theatre (NYT) production was cancelled on 30th July, less than a fortnight before opening night. If you don’t know who they are, NYT is a pretty well-known company, which produces innovative theatre both nationally and globally.

According to a statement released by NYT, the play was cancelled due to issues of quality: “After some consideration, we have come to the conclusion that we cannot be sufficiently sure of meeting all of our aims to the standards we set and which our members and audiences have come to expect.” But according to the director and playwright, Nadia Latif and Omar[Read full story]


Trophy hunting: a necessary evil?

The world reacted passionately when a Zimbabwean lion named Cecil was killed in July. There were worldwide calls for a ban on trophy hunting as an inhumane and barbaric practice which has no place in a world troubled by species extinction. The news inspired massive efforts to minimise the adverse effects of human activity on habitats and the living world.

But calls to ban all trophy hunting, the killing of wild animals to keep as souvenirs rather than for their meat, may actually undermine conservation efforts.

The evidence suggests that the way Cecil was killed was not only illegal but inhumane.[Read full story]


TV: The Great British Bake Off – Episode 4

Week Four brings on desserts and my expectations are rising accordingly to soufflé-like heights: apart from perhaps Cake Week; desserts, the queen of courses, allow the most obvious opportunities to combine flavours and create intricate structures.

The signature challenge calls for twelve identical crème brulées (which have always remained too much of a challenge for me)… but with a twist. They must be bruléed under the grill, no blowtorches allowed (after all, no such things existed when Mary was a young and aspiring baker). Timing is key here: for the caramelised topping, there is merely a second’s difference between crisp[Read full story]


Confessions of a disappointed intern

It’s certainly easier to laugh at a situation in hindsight rather than in the moment

Trust me, there was no laughing during my one month adult-life boot camp. Unlike with free trial Photoshop, I was certainly grateful when the thirty-day period was up.

Before imparting my woes, I feel like some back-story is needed. Magically travel back in time to early April and you will find a wide-eyed, optimistic version of my current self, applying for work experience and finding the ideal placement: a famous art auction house in London, declaring prompt replies to an application. It was too good[Read full story]


Five reasons to head down to Cambridge United this season

1. Signals of intent

Cambridge were one of the big stories of the fourth round in last season’s FA Cup when they held giants Manchester United to a goalless draw to earn a lucrative replay at Old Trafford. Aside from the performance being hugely impressive in its own right, it meant an injection of £1 million for the club.

Many might have expected Cambridge to splash out on a player or two to aid their promotion bid in light of such a windfall, but the aptly-named U’s boss Richard Money has indicated that the club will be spending the proceeds[Read full story]


Interview: CAST

Since its conception under the patronage of Dame Judi Dench in 2000, CAST, or the Cambridge American Stage Tour, have journeyed across the Atlantic each year to instil Shakespeare into the hearts of all Americans. Before they return for their home run at the ADC theatre from the 6th of October, the Tour’s annual pilgrimage will take them across America, including stints in Florida and Tennessee through to Pennsylvania and Rhode Island’s Brown University. Tour Managers Laura Sedgwick & Alex Cartlidge sit down with director Kennedy Bloomer and actors Marco Young [Gremio/Vincentio], Robbie Taylor Hunt [Hortensio], Will Peck [Grumio] &[Read full story]


Homeless student heading to Cambridge sets up hardship fund

Homeless student heading to Cambridge sets up hardship fund

Jacob Lewis believes his privileged education means he has an “obligation to make the world a better place”

Controversial Corbyn surges as Labour splits apart

Controversial Corbyn surges as Labour splits apart

Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of anti-Semitism and has been dubbed “fucking awful” for connections to Islamists, but still leads the contest

Record numbers of students working to fund studies

Record numbers of students working to fund studies

Record numbers of university students are taking up work alongside their studies, a study has found

Top A-level grades fall as university places increase

A year of “stable results” as the pass rate rises by 0.1 per cent and over 600,000 seek university places

Cambridge to launch £2 billion fundraising campaign

University announces biggest philanthropic drive to date as it sets its sights on rivalling US competitors


Theatre: blank slate or social institution?

Theatre: blank slate or social institution?

As the National Youth Theatre cancels a new play about ISIS and radicalisation days before opening night, Shefali Kharabanda questions the role of theatre in handling controversial issues

Interview: Precious Oyelade

Interview: Precious Oyelade

Precious Oyelade talks to Naomi Obeng about obtaining a high First for her dissertation on Nollywood

Go Set a Watchman and the dark side of the Founding Fathers

Go Set a Watchman and the dark side of the Founding Fathers

The controversy surrounding the publication of Harper Lee’s novel strikes at the very heart of the USA’s uncomfortable relationship with its past, writes Tom Wheeldon

Alice: an auspicious anniversary?

Jess Payn questions Homerton’s take on the children’s classic as the college leads celebrations of Alice’s 150th birthday

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die

Jessica Barnfield talks to Girton alumna Marnie Riches about her new crime thriller


“I filmed the shooting see Facebook”

Social media is a weapon in the wrong hands and we have a responsibility to fight it, says Eimear McCluskey.

“The pills saved my life.”

A candid, powerful account of one student’s experience of taking antidepressants.

The Ashley Madison Affair: where justice meets self-righteousness

Rahul Savadia looks at the line between fair game and next-level internet bullying

My experience of sexual harassment in Samoa

Yasmin Walters shares her story of the ordeal she faced while abroad for her medical elective

Impractical Corbynomics calls for a concilliatory leader

Ian Johnston is adamant that Labour is in dire need of a conciliatory, non-controversial voice. That voice is Andy Burnham’s.


Five reasons to head down to Cambridge United this season

Five reasons to head down to Cambridge United this season

Ahead of the new football season, Varsity previews Cambridge United and asks whether the U’s are destined for the big time

Varsity Rugby fixture to be televised by the BBC

Varsity Rugby fixture to be televised by the BBC

In the year that the Women’s side make their inaugural appearance at Twickenham, the BBC reclaim the rights to broadcast the annual fixture

The football season in a nutshell

The football season in a nutshell

Felix Schlichter rewinds through the 2014/15 football season

Simon Johnson: Qatar under “added pressure”

The England World Cup 2018 bid chief says Qatar is now under “added pressure” following resignation of Sepp Blatter

Formula 1 and its Existentialist Crisis

Felix Schlichter explains why F1 is declining – and fast


Confessions of a disappointed intern

Confessions of a disappointed intern

The struggles and unfulfilled expectations of unpaid summer work

How to become a BNOC

How to become a BNOC

Want to become Cambridge famous? Tom Wheeldon will show you how

Ten Weeks in Kampala – Part II: We’ll have to be creative

Ten Weeks in Kampala – Part II: We’ll have to be creative

“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second best time is now.” – African proverb

Ten Weeks in Kempala – Part I: Welcome to the Pearl of Africa

“It doesn’t matter how tall your grandfather was, you have to do all your own growing.” – African proverb

Agony Aunt and Uncle solve your woes

The final injection of sort your life out


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