MAY 2017 UPDATE

I’m currently taking a break from most of my freelance journalism – I’m working on a popular science book/memoir (more details soon!) and, for a few months, an in-house journalism project for the University of Oxford. I next expect to have part-time availability for freelance journalism/content commissions from August.



A NEW LEAF – BOTANIC GARDEN’S NEW DIRECTOR SHARES HIS VISION — Oxford Today

‘There’s huge potential here,’ says Simon Hiscock as he plans to transform Britain’s oldest garden of its kind.

PRIDE OF PLACE – OXFORD PUTS A GREAT UNRECORDED HISTORY ON THE MAP — Oxford Today

The University’s museums unite to highlight lesbian, gay, bisexual and related heritage in their collections.

WHY CHINA AIMS TO BE NUMBER ONE SUPERPOWER BY 2049

China expert Tom Miller likes to use a thought experiment to explain what China is doing. Decades from now, once-mighty Europe is sinking into decrepitude. Tens of millions of Europeans have been killed in uprisings, wars and an occupation by former ally the United States. Europe has become a minor player on a hostile global […]

Hotel review – The Jewish Chronicle

Can you get decent design for a budget price? Our writer heads to Newcastle to check out its no-frills accommodation

THE FORCE IS STRONG IN HERE…OXFORD’S EXAM SCHOOLS GO ROGUE — Oxford Today

Why are Star Wars stormtroopers on patrol where generations of undergraduates have passed through the final ordeal of their student lives?

MOTHER’S PRIDE — The Oxford Times

In the past 24 hours alone, my children have asked me questions including: “What is bone made of?”, “What do octopuses do?”, “Why is the sky blue?” and “What is the sound barrier?” To my shame, I find it hard to answer such questions – but luckily there’s a new children’s class which bridges the […]

TRUMP IS NO HITLER – HE’S A MUSSOLINI, SAYS OXFORD HISTORIAN — Oxford Today

There’s good news and bad news in parallels from the 1930s, warns Professor Margaret MacMillan, outgoing Warden at St Antony’s College

UNCOVERING A MORE TRAGIC TRUTH — Oxford Today

Women victims of the Final Solution have been silenced first by the Nazis, then by history, argues a compelling new book reviewed by Olivia Gordon (p49)

ELITE BUT NOT ELITIST: OXFORD’S BIG GOAL — Oxford Today

Olivia Gordon visits Lady Margaret Hall to learn about a new scheme making the college more accessible to disadvantaged students (feature starts p31)    

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