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Like lots of academic research, the new Oxford University study into us short-arses (I qualify, I believe) says nothing terribly new. Supposed "Short Man Syndrome" has been around for as long as us short blokes have taken our tiny strides across God's earth.

From left to right: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Zara Phillips and Korean rapper Psy

Psy has the Oxford Union in raptures, Gangnam style

In the hallowed chamber of the Oxford Union, where once reverberated the voices of Gladstone, Salisbury and Sir Winston Churchill, it was again a tale of blood, toil, tears and sweat.

Oxford drug user treated for anthrax infection after injecting 'infected' heroin

A drug user has been taken to hospital with anthrax infection after injecting a suspected contaminated batch of heroin.

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'I wanted to be Joni Mitchell'

Claude Cheysson

Further to yesterday's obituary of Claude Cheysson, in one phase of our lives, from 1976 to 1979, Cheysson and I came to know each other extremely well, writes Tam Dalyell.

George Osborne: The Austerity Chancellor, By Janan Ganesh

The dispassionate political player who is 'up for anything'

Boat race protester Trenton Oldfield jailed for six months over Oxford-Cambridge disruption

Judge accuses Australian Trenton Oldfield of being ‘prejudiced’ against elites and of showing no regret

Kevin Pietersen is currently playing for the Delhi Daredevils in South Africa

Pietersen seals passage to India after Oxford pact

Talks bring England recall but only once KP's T20 Champions League stint is over

Chalk Talk: Drop the exam papers and put your hands up - this is a raid!

The job of chief exams regulator, it seems, is becoming more exciting by the minute.

British men, Emma Watson has dating tips for you

To stand a chance of snagging a date with Emma Watson, chaps, don't wear flip-flops. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres airing today, the Harry Potter star gave the lowdown on her personal turn-offs and what British men could learn from Americans in the ways of love.

Professor Sir John Gurdon was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology this week

Education: Must try harder!

Nobel Prize-winner Sir John Gurdon didn't impress his teachers. He's not the only success story with a shocker of a report card, as Tim Walker discovers

Hysteria, Richmond Theatre, London

Farce has its affinities with the Freudian psychoanalytic

method. Both are mechanisms for exposing the repressions and the guilty secrets we are desperate to hide – the former for sadistically comic, the latter for therapeutic purposes.

200: Shortfall in student numbers expected at Brunel this year

'Admissions market' puts the squeeze on new intake at second-tier universities

Government reforms could take their toll on non-elite institutions

DJ Taylor: Britain is ready for a highbrow PM

Bright politicians should learn that authenticity pays; dirty wars in leafy suburbia; and books that shape generations

Richard Garner: This bonus for high-flyers could cost the rest dearly

On the face of it, allowing unlimited expansion to universities if they recruit students with at least two A grades and a B grade at A-level would appear to be a good idea.

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