Undergraduate Revolt 1968 & 1974
In 1968 there were widespread protests across the world. In the UK many student bodies took part including a lot of art schools, and Oxford University. Largely the protests were rebelling against bureaucratic elites, at least in capitalist countries. The French and US protests are best remembered, with the US protests linking up with the Civil Rights Movement, and the French protests initially being about University reform but later involving trade unions.
The protests in 1974 were anti-fascist demonstrations against the National Front. The National Front planned a march through London's West End, to finish in Red Lion Square. A counter-march protesting against the NF, involving the International Marxist Group, led to clashes, resulting in the death of Kevin Gately, a student from Warwick University.
Wadham is known as the most politically active college, with a particularly well-stocked JCR committee, including a Trans Officer. Wadham is also noted for providing free sanitary products to female students.