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Stephen Hawking takes the ice bucket challenge

Struck down by motor neurone disease as a promising young doctoral student, Professor Stephen Hawking is among the most prominent sufferers of the devastating illness in the world. Now he has become the latest in a series of celebrities to take on the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of research into the Read more…

NEWS

Dr Belinda Cupid: On the front line against ALS

Elissa Foord talks to Dr Belinda Cupid, the Head of Research at the UK’s main ALS charity, about the important work the Ice Bucket Challenge is funding

Cambridge ranked fifth best university in the world

(And beats Oxford, again)

Oxbridge tuition fees could rise to £16,000

The former Universities Minister has suggested that top universities could raise their tuition fees in exchange for buying student debt

Cambridge University finally adopts living wage

The University of Cambridge has announced that as of this week, it will pay all direct staff the living wage

Trinity triumph in 2014 Tompkins Table

Record-breaking year as Trinity continues to hold the top spot, whilst other colleges experience a results surge.

CULTURE

Pick of the Fringe

A quick look at some of the best shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival

O, Captain, My Captain!

Lavinia Puccetti takes an emotional look at the late Robin Williams’ legacy, and what it means for the children who grew up with him

Guggenheim Exhibition: ‘For Your Eyes Only’

Lavinia Puccetti discusses the seduction and persuasion that pervades the art of this intriguing exhibition

Arcsoc Summer Show 2014

Ciara Nugent urges anyone near a train station to head to this year’s Arcsoc show in London

Film: The Trouble with Adaptations part 3

From Nazi propaganda to evil sharks and talking mice, Jamie Rycroft discusses different adaptations of the Titanic tragedy

COMMENT

Sky Holmes in Turkey: Fuck[ing with] the police

Sky Holmes reports from Turkey. He is working as a freelance journalist and conducting an independent research project. In a series of reports for Varsity, he documents his experiences in the unstable region.

The fetishisation of conflict: a liberal problem?

After last week’s Cambridge Palestinian Forum protest was cancelled, Gideon Levitt looks at how society glamorizes conflict

Medicine and mental health

There’s still a long way to go in overcoming the stigma of mental health in a field that equates speaking out with weakness

Isla Vista: everything but the truth

We have a troubling reluctance to acknowledge misogyny in Elliot Rodger’s killing spree

Place-hacking: activism for a modern era?

The trial of a postmodern Spiderman highlights how night climbing has moved beyond hedonistic thrill-seeking to posing serious questions

SPORT

Freshers’ Guide: Which sports should you choose?

The beginning of your university life is always a challenging one: what are the best sports to combat the fresher panic?

Racing to a New Varsity Rivalry

Horse racing is the latest sport to establish a Varsity contest, and the first ever flat race between Oxford and Cambridge will take place on Friday 17th October as part of Dubai Future Champions Day at Newmarket.

Sledging In Cricket: Have They Crossed The Boundary?

If rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen, and football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians, then surely cricket is a game for gentlemen played by gentlemen?

Varsity Channel swim ends in historic draw

The Oxford and Cambridge swimming teams drew in their race across the Channel for the first time in over a decade

International coaching for Cambridge cricketers

England captain and Wisden cricketer of the year, visits women’s cricket team ahead of Varsity

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