Unfair to Oxford 1

February 10, 2006

It is an odd experience to read in a reputable newspaper of a world you know well described in terms that are virtually unrecognisable.

That was my experience of your stories about Oxford University ("Rebels push for vote on Oxford v-c", "Trouble brewing at Oxford", February 3).

It would be worrying and wrong if a great and complex institution such as this didn't have differences of opinion on many topics, including how to run it and its future. And naturally these differences, as much as the future of the university itself, are of public interest and open to debate.

But to isolate one strand of a complex skein of views and spin it into such a front page story is grossly unfair to Oxford and to your readers. It is a distorted picture of the arguments, the issues and the nature of the debate being conducted here. All misrepresentations do damage. I believe that most damage has been done to your paper's reputation.

Elizabeth Frazer

New College, Oxford

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