Students ‘infuriated’ over VC’s access event

first_img“I strongly disagree with the opinion of the Vice-Chancellor that the onus of continuing access should be entirely on the Colleges.“I believe that such a mindset would eventually bring colleges who are currently leading access, such as Mansfield, to reconsider their priorities.“The University is not giving Colleges a substantial incentive to improve access – instead the Vice Chancellor seems to believe that this would come about through the good faith of Colleges alone.“I hope that she would reconsider this position and work to encourage wider diversity across Oxford.“I would further like to note that access has always been a priority at Mansfield and will continue to be at the heart of our ethos.”In a post on the Mansfield’s JCR noticeboard, Lysyakova stated her intention to write a letter on behalf of the JCR and to lobby other JCR presidents to do the same.Third-year Mansfield student Sara Harb, who attended the meeting, said that she felt a “disconnect” between the student-led access schemes and those of the University, which “the VC has to take responsibility for”. She told Cherwell: “It isn’t good enough for her to effectively accept that student experience at Oxford is simply a matter of a college lottery.“She wants us to address the wider societal inequalities, while there are clearly some massive inequalities between colleges, which is something she is responsible for and can feasibly address.”At Tuesday’s meeting, Richardson also agreed with suggestions that the University should start to pressure the government to improve access provision earlier in the education system, claiming that early education is “central to Oxbridge access”.Richardson stated her continued support for the current main undergraduate access programme, UNIQ, which brings 850 state school students to Oxford every summer. The capacity of UNIQ is expected to increase by 500 places in the coming years.At the meeting, Richardson reportedly told the audience that the poorest Oxford colleges continue to provide more educational funding than the vast majority of UK universities. Oxford University Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson was grilled over the University’s access schemes and policies at a student Q&A panel on Tuesday, with concerns being raised over her shifting of responsibility towards the colleges and away from the central administration.During the student-organised “access and diversity brainstorming event” held at the Oxford Martin School, Richardson described access as “one of the biggest challenges the University faces”.Richardson also noted that since colleges independently select the students admitted, they are responsible for the resources they provide for their students.However, some students expressed disappointment with the Vice-Chancellor’s comments.Mansfield JCR President Daria Lysyakova noted that Richardson’s view on issues of access was one that “[she does] not share”.Lysyakova said in a statement that “as the exemplary college for access, [Mansfield] needs to make [their] voice heard louder”.Currently, Mansfield admits the highest percentage of state-school students out of all of the University’s colleges and PPHs.Lysyakova told Cherwell: “Whilst I understand that the Vice Chancellor does not have the authority to tell colleges how to run their business, as each college is a charity independent from the University, what the Vice-Chancellor does have, in light of her position, is the necessary status and influences to effectively encourage colleges to priorities access and allocate their resources in ways which would best aid students in need.center_img Event organiser Ben Fernando told Cherwell that he believed the event went “very well” and was pleased with the variety of audience members.He added: “The point was to come to constructive solutions, so firstly I hope the students have a bit of a better idea of what’s being done on the University side, and vice versa.“In terms of making concrete progress, obviously we’ll have to see what’s acted upon, but as I understand it some of the disability campaigners and First-Gen reps have already scheduled further discussions with the University leadership as a result of the meeting, so that’s a good start.“I think this was a pretty effective way to discuss the issues, and I hope we’ll be able to do similar things again in the future.”The University was contacted for comment.last_img read more

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Man Utd make surprise decision over Ighalo’s permanent deal

first_imgManchester United have reportedly cooled plans to sign Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo permanently or extend his loan spell beyond the end of May, as they want to see what happens with the continuation of the Premier League campaign.Advertisement According to a report in the Daily Mail, Man United have also decided against recalling Dean Henderson from Sheffield United.Ighalo looks set to return to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua at the end of May.The Nigerian striker signed a short-term loan deal with United after the CSL was suspended earlier this year.His current loan contract – which sees United pay him £130,000-per-week, will expire on May 31, and United will have to make an offer to Shanghai Shenhua in order to extend it.Though according to the Mail, United are not planning to do so, and want to wait and see what happens with the rest of the Premier League season.Reports last month suggested the Red Devils were planning to make an offer to sign Ighalo permanently, and had been told to fork over just £17million to do so.Though now, Shanghai Shenhua have made plans to offer the 30-year-old a new contract in China earning a sky-high £400,000-per-week.Ighalo has impressed at Old TraffordRead Also: Eberechi Eze reveals desire of playing football at highest levelIghalo has been impressive while on loan at United, and has been used as an impact sub.He has scored four goals in eight appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, but his future has been clouded by the coronavirus pandemic.Ahead of a meeting between Premier League clubs on Monday, there is still no date for the league to return, and United don’t want to get drawn into paying Ighalo’s wages if he isn’t likely to feature again.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

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Entrepreneurs pitch ideas at conference

first_imgStudents from USC, UCLA and the California Institute of Technology attended Startup Equinox, an event organized by USC students, that allowed students to pitch ideas and form teams to compete in local startup and innovation competitions.Students from a variety of disciplines pitched their ideas onstage for 90 seconds, hoping to attract other students with similar interests.Spencer Moss, a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering, was one of the organizers of the event and also an entrepreneur who is passionate about the startup culture.“This is my fourth Startup Equinox that I’ve done,” Moss said. “We wanted to create a place where students can come together and bounce their ideas back and forth, and hopefully build teams and ventures out of them.”Startup Equinox is an event that brought together entrepreneurs and university students from the greater Los Angeles area. During the event, founders, entrepreneurs and students connected, shared their business ideas and offered expertise in areas such as marketing, design, finance and engineering.“When we were first organizing, what we noticed was a big disconnect between the Marshall entrepreneurs, the idea guys, so to speak, and the engineering students, the creative people,” Moss said.The event began with a conversation between Eytan Elbaz and Ankur Bulsara, the founders of Scopely, a mobile entertainment network. The discussion was moderated by Ashish Soni, the founding director of the Viterbi Students Institute for Innovation.“The goal is to give students some real context as to how they can make their ideas come true,” Moss said. “They come from different stages; some people have ideas and others have fully funded startups and successful ventures.”Many attendees were excited to have the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurial-minded students.“There is a huge entrepreneurship community at USC but there hasn’t really been a way to meet each other until now,” said Asher Genoot, a sophomore majoring in business administration. “I think this is a great event for entrepreneurs to come together and showcase what they’ve done and ask questions to learn what entrepreneurship is all about.”Michael Boateng, a freshman majoring in cognitive science, pitched a business at the event. His startup idea, Madafo, is a fashion business that hopes to integrate individualism into fashion.“When I was up there, I thought to myself: Believe in yourself. No matter what happens, as long as you believe, that’s all it matters,” Boateng said.Samantha Katzman, a senior majoring in print and digital journalism, participated in the event in the hopes of building her portfolio.“There are a lot of really creative people out there and I think it will be interesting to be involved in a startup and to be around some motivated people,” Katzman said.Genoot said that Startup Equinox is not only for people to grow their entrepreneurial spirit, but also to meet other people who are interested and foster those relationships, even after graduation.“What’s really amazing is that when we have a Startup Equinox, someone’s coming back and saying that they’ve met their business partner at Startup Equinox and now [they’re] in a later stage [of creating a business],” Moss said. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

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