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Meet the academics behind the Rhodes boycott

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On Wednesday it was revealed that 150 Oxford academics are boycotting Oriel College and refusing to teach its students in protest at its decision to keep the Cecil Rhodes statue. Steerpike has been sent a copy of the letter – which sets out the academics’ collective view that ‘Oriel College’s decision not to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes undermines us all’ – and a full list of the co-signatories, republished here for the first time.

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