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University of Oxford promises quarter of places to poor

Louise Richardson
Oxford, along with other top universities, has faced claims of perpetuating privilege

University of Oxford is promising a "sea-change" in admissions, with plans for a quarter of students to come from disadvantaged backgrounds by 2023.

The university wants to tackle accusations that it is socially exclusive.

Oxford will soon announce that 60.5% of its most recent intake are from state schools - the highest since the 1970s.

But vice-chancellor Louise Richardson says she wants to "accelerate the pace at which we are diversifying".

Councillor elected to second seat in different county

Local Democracy Reporting Service

An Oxfordshire county councillor was also elected as as borough and parish councillor in Hampshire earlier this month, it has emerged.

Tim Bearder was elected to represent Wheatley in November and won a seat on Eastleigh Borough Council on 2 May.

The Liberal Democrat claimed his recent election was "not relevant" to his work in Oxfordshire. The seat is more than 70 miles away.

Mr Bearder, a former BBC Radio Oxford presenter, said he lived in both Oxford and Hampshire, spent half his time in both places and is able to carry out his duties as a councillor.

Tim Bearder

More trains on Stratford-upon-Avon - London Marylebone line

The number of direct trains between Stratford-upon-Avon and London Marylebone has more than doubled following the launch of the new Chiltern Railways timetable.

The number of direct trains in the week between London and Stratford, through Oxfordshire has now increased in both directions from three to six. There are also additional services on the weekend.

Chiltern train
Geoff Thompson

Weather: 'Cloudier and cooler'

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Man charged with knife-point robbery at Oxford Co-op

A man has been charged with possession of a bladed article and robbery after money was stolen from a convenience store in Oxford.

The 46-year-old from Corby, Northamptonshire, was charged with the offences following an incident on 5 May.

At a Co-op store on Iffley Road a knife was produced in front of staff and a quantity of cash was stolen, Thames Valley Police said.

He is due to appear at Oxford Crown Court on 31 May.

In pictures: Philip Pullman knighted

His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman has been knighted by Prince Charles in an investiture at Buckingham Palace.

The Oxford writer was given it in the New Year's honours list.

Philip Pullman knighted
Philip Pullman knighted
Philip Pullman
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Pullman to receive knighthood

Philip Pullman

Oxford-based author Philip Pullman will be awarded his knighthood later.

The writer of the His Dark Materials trilogy was recognised in the New Year Honours for his services to literature.

At the time he said he was "very surprised and honoured" after being awarded a knighthood.

Mr Pullman is due to receive the honour alongside wildlife campaigner and presenter Chris Packham, who's been awarded an CBE.

It comes after a public appearance by Mr Packham in Lymington, Hampshire, was cancelled because of protests over his campaign on bird shooting in the New Forest.

The singer who brought the house down
Sam Pittick amazed the audience when he sang for Soundabout inclusive choir for the first time.

Staff shortages force hospital ward closure

Fulbrook Centre in Oxford

A community hospital ward in Oxford is to temporarily close because it does not have enough nurses.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust said City Community Hospital Ward - a 12-bed unit at the Fulbrook Centre at the Churchill Hospital site - would close at the end of the month.

It said the move was for "patient safety" because there were insufficient registered nursing staff to ensure safe staffing of the unit.

Girl, 16, punched unconscious by man

New Inn Hall Street in Oxford

A man punched a teenage girl in the face twice, knocking her out and leaving her with a deep cut, police have said.

The 16-year-old needed hospital treatment after she was involved in an altercation in New Inn Hall Street, Oxford, at about 17:30 on Sunday.

Police are appealing for information about the incident involving a white man in his 50s with dark brown hair and of large build, wearing a maroon polo shirt and light-coloured jacket.

Weather: Dry and sunny, but breezy

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Wednesday will be dry and fine with a brisk east-southeasterly breeze making it feel less warm in coastal areas.

A change in the weather is on the way from Thursday, bringing a risk of showers.

Prince Harry meets patients at Oxford Children's Hospital
The Duke of Sussex met youngsters at Oxford Children's Hospital and was presented with the gift.

Prince Harry to spend day at Oxford health sites

Prince Harry will be spending the day in Oxford praising the work of the city's children's hospital and other important institutions.

The visit by the Duke of Sussex, who became a father for the first time last week, will highlight the positive work under way in the area to support the needs of children, young people and adults.

Prince Harry will be meeting patients at Oxford Children's Hospital, a purpose-built centre for the treatment of children and young adults, based at the John Radcliffe hospital site.

The duke will then visit Oxsrad Disability Sports and Leisure Centre, opened by his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1989, where he will meet people who use its facilities.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first son Archie last week

Tuesday's weather forecast: Chilly start but dry and bright day

Today there will be some chance of clouds but generally clear skies.

Temperatures will range from low single figures to highs of 20°C.

South weather: Chilly start but dry and bright day

Monday's weather forecast: Dry and sunny today, but rather breezy

Today will be a dry and mostly sunny day with a chance of some cloud.

However, there will be a keen easterly breeze.

Maximum Temperature: 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F).

Dry and sunny today, but rather breezy

Chauffeur-driven Mini for city mayor

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Mini Countryman hybrid

The new mayor of Oxford, Green councillor Craig Simmons, will be chauffered to civic events in a Mini.

The Countryman Hybrid, which can run on petrol and electricity, will reduce emissions by 52% compared with the previous vehicle, a Toyota Prius T4, the city council said.

It has been loaned by the Cowley-based car manufacturer for a year.

Compensation for Oxford council over cladding work

Oxford City Council has received £1.1m in compensation from the government for work that had to be carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Cladding on the council’s Evenlode and Windrush Towers in Blackbird Leys was removed and replaced last summer.

The council says it was instructed to replace the aluminium sheeting on the outside of the buildings after tests found it was combustible.

The cladding had only been installed months before it was taken down because of safety fears.

Windrush Tower

Weather: Early mist will clear to sunny spells

A clear and dry start, but there will be some areas of early morning mist or fog.

There will be long sunny spells throughout the day, but there is a chance of an afternoon shower. Light winds.

It will become rather cloudy this evening and some outbreaks of rain will spread from the west overnight, but it will be quite mild.

Maximum Temperature: 16°C (61°F).

Elementary, my dear Watson - new police dog welcomed

Thames Valley, Hampshire & IoW Dog Section has welcomed a new recruit to its crew, and he looks like a keeper.

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Weather: 'Sunny spells and heavy showers'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster