Oxford students DON’T back plan to raise tuition fees

The story of Oxford University’s supposed support for tuition fees is again indicative of the terrible state of UK education journalism.

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First things first, this wasn’t an Oxford Uni vote as the headline makes out. This was a Christ Church College vote. One of 38 colleges at Oxford University.

Secondly, out of a student body of 675 (450 undergrads), only 35 students bothered to participate in the vote. The vote took place at a junior common room meeting. The other 415 were doing something else. Of the 35 who voted, 21 students were in favour, 14 were against. Hardly worthy of a national newspaper article.

This is then not a newspaper story. This is a story for the Oxford Student Union rag. The Independent is really scraping the barrel if it is now reporting on what goes on in college common rooms.

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