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first_imgOxford has risen one place to sixth in the annual Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.The survey’s results come from the responses of 20,251 undergraduates, who were asked to describe how their university contributed to a positive or negative experience on a sliding scale in seven main categories.Oxford fared best in the ‘academic experience’ category, coming second to Harper Adams University.It did surprisingly well – ranking 11th – in the ‘student social life’ field, and was 12th-best for student welfare.However, the University ranked as low as 24th for student security, and 27th for its facilities.For the fifth time since 2009, the University of Loughborough came top of the rankings.The University of Cambridge ranked above Oxford in just two of the survey’s categories: industry connections, and accommodation.A more detailed breakdown revealed that only Imperial College London students think their workload is less ‘fair’ than their Oxford counterparts.The project’s editor, Sara Custer, told Cherwell: “Oxford has continued to receive high marks for academic experience. It was rated the best university for the quality of its staff, how helpful the staff is, and for small group tuition. This is on the back of its consistently high scores in this composite going back almost ten years.“This year the university also sits in the top 20 for societal experience, student welfare, industry connections and recommendations, showing students really feel they are getting a well-rounded experience from their time at the University.“If we look at our three-year average score date since 2009, Oxford has shown increases in its average scores for industry connections, which is a notable improvement considering the public debate around higher education’s link with graduate employability. Providing undergraduates with those vital connections that will set them on a career path once they graduate is increasingly crucial to the perception of a good value degree.”Times Higher Education editor John Gill said that understanding the student experience “has never been more important to universities.”“[They] are competing with one another to a far greater extent than they once did.“That competition plays out in the academic experience, of course, but also the facilities and lifestyles on offer for those who choose to study at a particular institution.”241 Oxford undergraduates were surveyed in the academic year 2016/17 for this set of results. 116 universities were included in the survey.Oxford University and Oxford SU have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

first_imgSome members of Student Council have voiced objections to the motion. As recorded in the Council’s minutes, one student argued that the motion would “either restrict what students are eating, or allow students to buy food elsewhere, which would decrease usage of University catering services be in the best interests of the University.” To this, the proposers of the motion responded that Cambridge actually saw an increase in sales after they stopped selling beef and lamb in canteens. The VP Women, Alex Foley, has spoken in support of the motion: “We should focus on the motion as it is and avoid slippery slope arguments. This is about changing people’s habits, not dictating what they can and can’t do.” Foley warned against “overestimating how hard-done-by people will feel if they’re not served beef at an event.”Others believed the motion’s demand were too harsh. A student at St. Antony’s College suggested lobbying for a reduction, rather than a cessation in red meat sales.The motion passed in its original wording, with 31 votes for, 9 against and 13 abstentions.Ben Farmer, Oxford SU Vice President Charities and Communities, told Cherwell: “I welcome the mandate to engage the University on this important issue. However, it is important to recognise that food-based changes may not be possible for every student or staff member at the University. Further, food-based changes are just one part of changes we’d like to see the University make to tackle the Climate Crisis.“We look forward to updating students at future Student Councils regarding the progress of this motion.”In Hilary Term 2020, a motion to campaign for a ban of beef from college canteens was not passed after the Student Council meeting did not meet its required quorum. Although motions that fail a quorum are rolled over to the next meeting, the motion was subsequently referred to the Council’s Steering Committee after Student Council members voted to refer the motion to an all-student consultation. Some Student Council members raised concerns over the policy’s effect on students with eating disorders.Earlier this year, the London School of Economics Students’ Union passed a similar motion to “ban beef” from campus. Last year, Cambridge and Goldsmiths University both removed beef from all university menus. A motion mandating the Oxford SU executives to lobby for banning beef and lamb from University-operated canteens and events has passed with a two-thirds majority in this week’s Student Council. The motion does not extend to college butteries which have their own menus and food policies.The motion mandates the Oxford SU Vice President Charities and Communities to “request fortnightly meetings with the university authorities to advocate for the adoption of a university policy surrounding meat reduction and removal, especially in respect of beef and lamb [and to campaign for] the University to issue advice to faculties, departments, and colleges on how they may follow suit in removing beef and lamb”. In addition, the SU executive is mandated to inform staff and students within the University as to Oxford SU’s support for banning beef and lamb and raising awareness of the policy’s benefitsThe motion, proposed and co-written by Vihan Jain (Worcester), Daniel Grimmer (Pembroke) and Agatha Edevane (Wycliffe Hall) refers to the EAT Lancet report for sustaining planetary health. The report argues that in the Global North, consumption of red meat should be severely limited and the intake of fruit, vegetables, nuts and legumes increased. The motion states: “As the UK’s premier university, the nation looks to Oxford for leadership, but Oxford has shown a lack of leadership in addressing climate change. The banning of beef and lamb at university-catered events and outlets is a feasible and effective strategy to help the university meet its revised 2030 goal. A change at the university level will open the gates for similar change at the college level.” Citing the University’s anti-racist efforts, the motion continues: “The university has a commitment to anti-racism, and this requires urgent action to minimise greenhouse emissions.” An item for discussion proposed by Jain to the Student Council’s 3rd Week meeting states: “The worst effects of human activity related climate change are felt by Black and Brown peoples in the Global South, with women and disabled peoples being disproportionately affected. The University has a duty to minimise its participation in human activity related climate change.” last_img read more

first_imgUPDATED: Nov. 18, 6:41 p.m.Syracuse safety Phillip Thomas is suspended from the football team for one year for a violation of Athletics Department Policy, according to a statement issued Friday night.The reason for the suspension was not disclosed.Thomas, a junior, leads the Orange and is tied for fourth in the nation with six interceptionson the season. He played in all of SU’s 10 games and leads the team with 82 tackles on the season. Syracuse has a bye week this week, but there are two regular-season games left against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.Thomas’ backup on SU’s depth chart is Jeremi Wilkes, who started earlier this season when strong safety Shamarko Thomas was out with an [email protected] is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

first_imgKilling of ex-boyfriend’s motherBy Shemuel FanfairAs the murder trial of former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Private Abiola Jacobs continued at the High Court, the daughter of murdered housewife Donna Taylor testified that the accused woman and her mother had a fight on the day of her mother’s demise.Marcelle Collymore and her husband Charles Collymore, both of Diamond, East Bank Demerara, also recalled in their testimonies for High Court Justice James Bovell-Drakes that they were at home when the phone rang, at about 23:00 hrs. Marcelle recalled that she was watching television at the time she received the call informing that something happened at her parents’ Agricola, East Bank Demerara home.After informing her husband, they both travelled to Agricola, where they met with a neighbour and her brother, who accompanied them to search for Taylor.The 12-member jury later heard that in the backyard they discovered Taylor lying on her back with her hands behind her. “Her shirt was wrapped around her neck,” Collymore told the court.Collymore noted that she went upstairs to retrieve a sheet, which they used to place her mother’s body in. Marcelle and Charles Collymore further testified that they saw Taylor’s houseguest, Samantha Sabbatt, with a swollen jaw and with bruises about the body.Abiola Jacobs is on trial for allegedly killing 55-year-old Donna Taylor on January 31, 2014. Taylor had been the mother of Jacobs’s estranged boyfriend. During last Thursday’s court hearing, Jacobs’s defence lawyer Adrian Thompson opted against cross-examining Marcelle Collymore, but briefly questioned her husband, Charles.According to reports in 2014, Taylor was in bed at some time around 23:00hrs when she was attacked. Her throat was slit after she was dragged to the back of the Agricola house that she rented. Her hands were also bound, and she was found by a neighbour.Taylor’s overseas-based friend Samatha Sabatt, who was staying in the upper flat, was injured when persons allegedly invaded the Lot 1617 Agricola property. Taylor’s cause of death has been given as shock and haemorrhage due to incised wounds compounded with blunt trauma to head. Jacobs, of 55 Evans Phillips Park, Agricola, was captured by Police a few days after Taylor had been killed, and was subsequently charged with her murder.State Counsel Lisa Cave is assisting with the Prosecution’s case. The matter continues before Justice James Bovell-Drakes this week.last_img read more