Disadvantaged students less likely to receive firsts

This article was originally published as a front-page exclusive in Oxford University’s student newspaper, Cherwell. It can be found here. — Students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to be awarded first class degrees than their peers, Oxford University data has revealed. The statistics show just 22.9 per cent of undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds…

The internationalist case for leaving the EU

This article was originally published in the Independent and can be found here. — When Barack Obama made his pro-EU plea to UK voters last month, he appealed to our internationalist tendencies. If the UK was to remain “open” and “outward-looking” he said, the choice to remain in the EU was unquestionable. It’s a narrative which…

The quiet doctor

Are medical schools doing enough to support their introverted students, and can a quiet doctor excel in medicine?

Oxbridge’s failure on diversity: so severe it’s time to ask if it’s wilful

This article was originally published in the New Statesman. It can be found on their website here.  — “We’re not the best”. It’s the open secret that every Oxbridge student eventually comes to accept. Some realise it during their first term, informed by the mundanity of their year group’s Received Pronunciation-dominated conversations. Others learn the…

Electives, voluntourism and the ethics of selling poverty

This article was originally published in Student BMJ, a magazine produced by the British Medical Journal for medical students. An online version can be found here. — Big Business With an estimated annual worth of $1.7-2.6 billion (£1.1-1.7 billion), overseas volunteering has become big business, with the term ‘voluntourism’ having been coined to describe the trend. Medical…

An update: junior doctor contract dispute

This briefing article was originally published in Student BMJ, a magazine produced by the British Medical Journal for medical students. It was co-written with the editor of Student BMJ, Matthew Billingsley. An online version can be found here. — The outcome of the junior doctor contract negotiations could have a major impact on current medical students’ pay and…