The statue of Cecil Rhodes on the front of Oriel College in Oxford, as furious campaigners have vowed to fight the “outrageous” decision to keep the statue of the British colonialist on the front of the Oxford University college.  Photoagraph: Steve Parsons/PA

Oriel College Oxford has been accused of putting the money of big donors before students’ free speech after it announced that it would not remove a st(...)

Louise Richardson, Oxford university’s first female vice-chancellor. Photograph: Robert Ormerod/The New York Times

Oxford University’s two most senior figures have offered competing visions of the institution’s recruitment policies and the legacy of its traditions (...)

Catherine Day: former secretary general of the European Commission is succeeded by Alexander Italianer. Photograph: Alan Betson

The incoming secretary general of the European Commission assumed his new role on Tuesday, marking the end of the 10-year tenure of Irish official C(...)

Irish EU official Catherine Day is to step down as Secretary General of the European Commission at the end of August following almost 10 years in the role.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Irish EU official Catherine Day is to step down as secretary general of the European Commission at the end of August following almost 10 years in the (...)

Steve Bradley: Steve Bradley’s father, Pat, was Northern Ireland’s chief electoral officer. Photograph: Mark Hennessy

Steve Bradley’s father, Pat, stood at a podium in the King’s Hall in Belfast surrounded by television cameras in 1998 to announce the Belfast Agreemen(...)

Yellow peril?: Boris Karloff in The Mask of Fu Manchu, from 1932

Christopher Frayling’s book on Chinaphobia is a welcome extension of the work that the Palestinian writer Edward Said initiated with his seminal Orien(...)

A protester carries a banner demanding universal suffrage during protests in Hong Kong earlier this week. Photograph:  Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

Dressed in black and carrying large black shrouds, thousands of activists marched through Hong Kong at the weekend protesting against the territory’s (...)

Newly appointed EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan can employ up to three cabinet members from Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Phil Hogan is expected to finalise his team of advisers during the next few weeks, as he prepares to take responsibility for the European Commissio(...)

Alex White receiving the seal of office for the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Who will be the next chair of the RTÉ board? The appointment will be one of the first tasks to fall to ex-RTÉ radio producer Alex White, the new Minis(...)

David Cameron’s stand against Jean-Claude Juncker has been greeted warmly by Eurosceptic Conservatives. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron rejected last-minute pleas from German chancellor Angela Merkel last night not to try to block the nomination of (...)