Poppy Atkinson Gibson

Journalist, writer, copywriter and storyteller 

Free food market sees 300% increase in users 'due to cost of living crisis'

St Mark’s Church has seen the number of people using the service rise from 50 per week to 200 per week, since it opened in March 2020. A FREE food market in Gabalfa has seen an increase in numbers from 50 families per week when it was first set up in March 2020, to 200 per week more recently. Organiser Della Nelson attributed the rise in numbers coming to the St Mark’s Church food market to the cost of living crisis. She described new customers as people who “look more affluent but they might

Eminem Net Worth (2022)

Eminem is one of the most well known voices in music history and is ranked #5 in the top 10 richest rappers in the world. So, what is Eminem worth and how did he go from troubled teen to rapping sensation? Eminem had a difficult childhood marked by poverty and allegations of abuse. By the age of 14, he had begun to rap in clubs in Detroit, Michigan and committed himself entirely to music following his decision to drop out of school after he was held back in the ninth grade for the third consecu

Dates of Our Lives: A break in and a broken heart –

Before I begin I must stress that no one was harmed in the making of this story. Well, no one that I’m connected to. Really, this is a story that you have to laugh about and tell the grandkids. Such a story begins on a cold and stormy night in the darkness that was my dissertation term. For those poor souls who have been subjected to such torturous treatment you know the feeling of waking up panic stricken, soaked in a sheen of sweat and panting heavily in the lower Glink where you have just bee

Applying for History in a Gap Year

I was really torn during 6th Form between an academic or an art degree. For me it was a real toss up between set design and history. And so, because of my indecision I held back on applying to university at all and instead took a gap year. I was advised by my school at the time to write a few different personal statements so that I had something and wasn’t completely cast out, fending for myself the following year but, stupidly I didn’t really take it seriously. So, eventually I did decide on

Anger over Rio Tinto donations to the University of Oxford

Students have accused the University of Oxford of “laundering the reputation” of the Rio Tinto mining company after it emerged that the university had received at least £70,000 in donations from the company. In 2013 the Foundation Rio Tinto gave at least £25,000 to the Oxford Blavnatik School of Government, whose offers includes a course on oil, gas and mining governance. Between 2014 and 2016 Rio Tinto also made two donations of £20,000 to the Saïd Business School Centre for Business Taxation

Student Drama

I don't mean cat fights and gossip, I mean am-dram, student theatre, and the drama society. I had wanted to get involved in student drama right from the off and I remember as a nervous Freshers, approaching a very scary seeming finalist who I had heard was into the drama scene, and asking how I could get involved. She rolled her eyes at me for interrupting her work and then told me about the Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS, I'm still not sure if it's pronounced ooods, or owds). She add

Oxford University received at least £45,000 from multinational mining company facing anti-mining protests in Serbia –

Image description: A close up of the Radcliffe Camera dome According to Oxford Climate Justice Campaign, Oxford University has received at least £45,000 in funding from the multinational mining company Rio Tinto since 2013. The £45,000 includes two donations of £20,000 each to the Said Business School Centre for Business Taxation in 2014-15 and 2017-16 respectively, and a further £5,000 in 2019. Rio Tinto is an Anglo-Australian multinational company and the second largest metals and mining co

St Benet's Hall to cease undergrad admissions amid dire financial straits

18th December 2021 to include the joint statement from Oxford University and St Benet’s Hall, as well as additional information. The Oxford Student can exclusively reveal that St Benet’s Hall will no longer be permitted to accept undergraduates due to its precarious financial situation following its separation from Ampleforth Abbey, the current owners of the buildings that comprise the Hall’s facilities. A joint statement from the University and St Benet’s Hall, received on the 18th December,

Clubbing in Culture: Rituals of Community-Finding

Clubbing is more than just sweatily gyrating to a heavy bass on a Park End Wednesday or smoking and socialising in Bridge on a Thursday; clubbing is an act of community-finding. There are distinct communities, especially in Oxford, divided by club and then sub-divided again by floor. While people’s tastes are never so clear-cut between music types as the floors themselves, some group differentiation occurs as partiers cluster in different floors: the Cheese Floor devotees, the R&B fans, the heav

Christ Church Dean compares investigation into sexual harassment to Nazi persecution – The Oxford Student

The Oxford Student has exclusively obtained a copy of an essay written by the Dean, the Very Reverend Martyn Percy, and uploaded to a website, in which he compares his experiences during the investigations of welfare mishandling and sexual harassment to the treatment of victims of Nazi persecution. The essay has now been taken down. The Very Rev Martyn Percy was suspended on full pay as Dean of Christ Church in November of 2018, a position he had held since 2014 following a protracted conflict

The pill without a prescription – The Oxford Student

Image description: a sheet of contraceptive pills on a pink and blue background It was announced at the end of July that the contraceptive pill, specifically the progesterone-only pill (HRA Pharma’s Hana and Maxwellia’s product Lovimacan) can now be sold over the counter at pharmacies without a prescription due to a change in classification. Yet I question the decision to make more freely available contraception that is potentially so life changing and harmful to those who take it. It is not th

Womb Issues – The Oxford Student

Around one in ten women and those assigned female at birth in the UK have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and one in ten women or those assigned female at birth in the UK have endometriosis. PCOS can be summarised as having irregular periods, higher levels of ‘male’ hormones which produce more body hair, and having enlarged ovaries, filled with follicles around the eggs which prevent release. Endometriosis is characterised as the growth of womb lining tissue in the ovaries and fallopian tubes

COVID-19 has no parallel in war. Our language should reflect this –

It has become something of a trend to compare the COVID-19 crisis to war, with Donald Trump labelling himself “a wartime president”, Emmanuel Macron telling the French people: “nous sommes en guerre”, and New York governor Andrew Cuomo referring to health workers as “troops”. President Trump recently tweeted: “The world is at war with a hidden enemy. WE WILL WIN!” Governments are now war cabinets, politicians are generals and the general public the infantry, the men on the ground, those on the

Garth Brooks Net Worth (2022)

Garth Brooks is one of the richest Country singers in the world. It’s always important to keep up to date with who’s who in the country music world and since we recently updated the list of top richest country singers, it’s time to take a closer look at one of the top three country earners, Garth Brooks. Garth Brooks is an American country singer originally from Oklahoma. The second youngest of 6 children, Brooks grew up surrounded by music, often singing at family events before moving on to c

Applying for History in a Gap Year

I was really torn during 6th Form between an academic or an art degree. For me it was a real toss up between set design and history. And so, because of my indecision I held back on applying to university at all and instead took a gap year. I was advised by my school at the time to write a few different personal statements so that I had something and wasn’t completely cast out, fending for myself the following year but, stupidly I didn’t really take it seriously. So, eventually I did decide on

Dates of Our Lives: Pints, poison, and puking –

There I was. On the floor. Not the floor metaphorically speaking, it’s not 5th week yet. Instead I was on the floor of my bathroom. Head in the toilet. Dreaming of happier times and better places. The harsh fluorescent, usually so helpful in pointing out the blackheads was now instead more akin to a laser beam shooting through my eyes. I wasn’t sure whether I was in a budget Star Wars spin off or the depths of Hell. As I sat there groaning, my hair being held back by my faithful friend, I wonder

Oxford SU campaign encourages boycott of nightclubs – The Oxford Student

‘It Happens Here’, a campaign group run by the SU is supporting a “Girls Night In” in Oxford on the 27th of October as a response to reported increased levels of spiking. The Oxford SU campaign’s open letter stated it was organising the boycott as a response to the “deep and pervasive threat to people across Oxford, particularly women who are overwhelmingly the victims of spiking”. The university is joining with a number of others across the UK to boycott nightclubs from the 25th of October to

Molly-Mae Hague: Is Fame such a Pretty Little Thing? –

Image Description: a side-by-side of Molly-Mae before and after Love Island. For those familiar with Love Island, Molly Mae Hague is one of their biggest success stories. Coming second with her boyfriend Tommy Fury in 2019 she has far surpassed previous contestant’s post-villa stella trajectory. Amassing over 6 million Instagram followers and lending her name to several clothing collections, as well as a successful personal blog and celebrity guest appearances under her belt, Molly Mae can quit

Sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll: The Rolling Stones’ enduring legacy –

Sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll. Words that could be easily and instantly applied to the Rolling Stones, often quoted as one of, if not the greatest rock and roll band of all time. And of course, they can cling to such a title having outlived in the artistic as well as the mortal sense, many of their contemporaries. However, the recent news of iconic drummer Charlie Watts’ death has cast rather a shadow on the energy and excitement of the Stones. A rolling stone gathers no moss, but the band has hit
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