VERSA | CRAE Co-Chair criticised slammed for anti-Semitic tweet

This summer, political debate has often centred on anti-Semitism in the British left. Debate has been exacerbated following concerns about Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn’s connections to Holocaust denier Paul Eisen, and other alleged anti-Semites. Jewish groups have also been warning of an increasing atmosphere of anti-Semitism in the UK and across Europe as a whole. Oxford itself has seen some […]

VERSA | Oxford Union to issue THIRD apology over cocktail cock-up

After the comprehensive idiocy of May 28th, the Oxford Union issued two public apologies for the scandal, and went so far as to decry itself publicly as “institutionally racist”. (That’ll encourage so many minorities, guys.) But, in a new development to the saga of collective hand-wringing, VERSA can reveal that the Union is today expected to publish the following […]

VERSA | Scrutiny report: all the drama, deception and juicy detail of BOTH Union slates

The lines have been drawn. The starting-pistols have been fired. The vaguely snide comments in CherStu have been ignored. And now we’re here to reveal all. And the snakers gonna snake, snake, snake… Let’s start with Stuart ‘Snakey’ Webber, sly golden-boy of the centre-right. He’s kept oddly quiet this campaign – perhaps, given his record in the […]

‘Oxlove’ Proven More Successful Than ‘E-Harmony’, ‘Match.com’ And Actually Going Outside, Study Finds VERSA

Researchers at the University of Oxford’s social sciences department have revealed that the lonely-hearts Facebook page ‘Oxlove’ is more effective in matching couples together than the algorithms of both ‘E-Harmony’ and ‘Match.com’. Posters on Oxlove have a 120% chance of finding love on the site, with 82% of couples staying together until death they do […]

VERSA Summer: An Etymology of the Word ‘long’

‘Long’ – it’s an interesting word, isn’t it? When my tutor first mentioned the ‘long vac’ I nodded my shrivelled post-Prelim brain naively and imagined scenes of ‘summer’, ‘holiday’, and other such delightful things. Not so… Now, four months in, I have come to realise the full meaning of the word ‘long’. It’s a nasty word: […]

VERSA | VERSA’s A-Z of Oxford: guide to bops, sconces & more

I don’t care about the Bursar, what’s ‘Bop’? Don’t define OUP, who’s OMB?  Don’t tell me about the SCR, what’s  ‘Sconcing’? Incoming Freshers, forget about the University of Oxford’s official Glossary and turn to VERSA’s A-Z, for a need-to-know guide on student life in Ox. Ashmolean One of the finest museums in the world, brimming with fascinating artefacts and […]

VERSA | VERSA’s Guide to the student press: who to read and why

Aka VERSA’s nursery.  We were born from the crucible that is the propaganda wing of OUSU, with every Editor-in-Chief to date having served on OxStu’s staff at some point. Here’s hoping f̶u̶t̶u̶r̶e̶ ̶d̶e̶f̶e̶c̶t̶o̶r̶s̶ current Editors David Barker and Laura Whetherly can too free themselves from OUSU’s shackles. Nominally has a huge circulation, but is most […]