Comment: An End to Oxford Application Fees?

first_imgIf it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, is it a duck? Yes. So if there is something that looks like a barrier to applying to Oxford, and seems to act like a barrier to applying to Oxford, is it a barrier? Not always. The £10 application fee for undergraduate admissions quacks because it is a barrier. But we should be wary of throwing out babies out with the bath water. Or, to hideously combine these already out of control metaphors, rubber ducks with the bath water. There are some extra processes built in to applying to Oxford, like aptitude tests and interviews, that look like a barrier to applying, seem to act like a barrier to applying, but aren’t a barrier to applying. So why don’t they quack?The short answer is that some perceived barriers benefit applicants: they allow Oxford to gain a much greater understanding of a student’s potential, so the University can confidently choose the very best from the brightest. Working out who is really, really good, rather than just really good, when everyone who applies has perfect grades and a treasure chest of extra curricular achievements, is a challenge to say the least. Few universities benefit from this challenge. Oxford needs different admission processes to meet this challenge.By barriers, in the context of admissions, I mean things that block the progress of students of greatest potential, whatever their background. For Oxford to admit the best from the brightest, it must invest in extra stages to get rounded pictures of applicants. After all, academic potential cannot be accurately represented by a series of past achievements printed on a piece of paper. Therefore the University invests more time and energy than other higher education bodies rigorously interviewing applicants. The interviews allow tutors to stretch potential students’ thinking, to analyse their motivations, and to assess whether they will respond successfully to tutorial teaching. Candidates will not receive adequate care and attention from tutors if there are ten people being interviewed per place. To ensure tutors can conduct meaningful interviews, aptitude tests are used in some subjects to help short-list candidates to approximately three per place during interviews. This also prevents students with no chance of getting an offer wasting time and money coming to Oxford. This guarantees that the University admits the very best from its talented pool of applicants.Charging £10 to apply to Oxford quacks, waddles and swims like a duck, and is one that should be shot. The fee is a barrier that discourages students from applying to Oxford, because they see the application as a costly gamble. By charging students to apply, this university encourages a false assumption that life here is more expensive than everywhere else. Considering the relatively small sums it raises, compared to the millions the University invests every year into its access work and bursaries, there is no reason why the University should undermine its good work on outreach by demanding that prospective applicants buy the opportunity to be considered by Oxford.It is inevitable that this fee will go – Oxford is the last remaining University to charge for this – but its demise is also desirable. I believe applications will increase as more talented students apply speculatively; after all, it won’t cost them anything to do so. This will help our work widening access and making sure Oxford University admits the best students, whatever their school, and whatever their background.James Lamming is the Vice President of OUSU.last_img read more

Madison Greer, solo artist

first_imgDuring her time at Harvard, jazz singer and junior Madison Greer has developed her skills in music theory and music performance and learned how to “front” a band. When not busy with classes, she writes and records music in her room in Quincy House. She hopes to explore a professional music career after graduation.last_img

Siasia, 29 Others for Ambode Soccer Clinic for School Kids

first_imgAkinwunmi Ambode Over 1,000 school boys and girls aged between 13 and 17 years old are to benefit from the three-day soccer clinic put together by organizers of The Match, aimed at celebrating the achievements of Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in sports.According to a member of the organizing committee, Waidi Akanni, the soccer clinic scheduled to take place at the Campos Mini Stadium on Lagos Island will hold between January 28 and February 1.“ The idea behind the soccer clinic is to impact basic knowledge of football to the teenagers in other to help them develop the right skills,” observed the former Super Eagles player. He listed some of the ex internationals who are now coaches to be involved in the coaching clinic to include former Super Eagles Head Coach Samson Siasia and 29 others.“ Samson (Siasia) is leading other top coaches in the country to the coaching clinic where the basic knowledge of football will be taught. It is one of the Programmes that we have lined up ahead of the African Legends versus Nigeria All Stars to take place in March,” Akanni further stressed yesterday.To get involved in the football clinic, Akanni said interested kids or parents only need to visit The Match for Ambode website at: to register for the event.He listed some of the sponsors and partners of the event to include; Access Bank, Sifax, LIRS, amongst others.Former World Footballer of the Year (1995) and now Liberian President, George Opong Weah, former Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend, Didier Drogba and several others will file out against their Nigerian counterparts including Nwankwo Kanu, Julius Aghahowa, Osaze Odemwingie, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Odion Ighalo, etc.CShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wakaso sees red, Atsu benched: How Ghanaians fared in Europe’s top leagues this weekend

first_imgA number of Ghanaian players were in action across Europe over the weekend. Here’s a breakdown of how they fared.EnglandAlbert Adomah came off the bench for Middlesbrough in their 2-2 draw at Milwall on Friday. Jordan Ayew played 90 minutes for Crystal Palace in their 0-0 draw with Watford on Saturday. Jeff Schlupp started the game but was substituted. Christian Atsu was an unused substitute as Newcastle beat Southampton 2-1 at home. Andy Yiadom played 90 minutes as Reading lost 3-2 to Birmingham City.SpainOn Friday, Thomas Partey played 59 minutes of Atletico Madrid’s goalless draw at Villareal before being replaced by Vitolo. Mubarak Wakaso was sent off after picking up two yellow cards as Alaves were thrashed 3-0 by. Granada. He was a 36-minute substitute and was off after receiving yellow cards in the 40th and 67th minutes. Iddrisu Baba Mohammed was replaced in the second half of Mallorca’s 5-2 loss to Barcelona. Mohammed Salisu played 90 minutes for Valladolid in their 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad. Joseph AIdoo played 90 minutes for Celta Vigo as they lost 3-2 at Leganes. In the Segunda, Richard Boateng scored a consolation goal for Alcocorn as they lost 3-1 at home to Real Oviedo. Samuel Obeng was a second-half substitute for Oviedo.ItalyKwadwo Asamoah started on the bench for Inter Milan’s match against Roma. He eventually came on in the 72nd minute as the match ended 0-0. Nicholas Opoku was an unused substitute as Udinese drew 1-1 with Napoli. Alfred Duncan was an unused substitute for Sassuolo in their 2-2 draw with Cagliari. Emmanuel Gyasi was a substitute for Spezia in their 2-0 win over Livorno.GermanyKassim Nuhu Adams played the full game as Fortuna Dusseldorf lost 5-0 to Dortmund. Nana Opoku and Bernard Tekpertey were unused substitutes for Dusseldorf. Christopher Antwi-Adjei started for Padeborn but was substituted in the second half as the away side beat Werder Bremen 1-0.FranceJohn Boye played 90 minutes and was yellow-carded for Metz as they lost 4-1 to Nice.BelgiumEric Ocansey was a substitute in Kortrijk’s 1-1 draw with Mechelen. Gideon Mensah played the full game for Zulte-Waregem as they lost 2-0 at Gent. Nana Asare was an unused substitute for Gent. Godfred Donsah played the full game as Cercle Brugge lost at home to Genk. Joseph Painstil came off the bench for Genk. Samuel Asamoah was a substitute for Sint-Truiden as they lost 2-1 to Club Brugge.NetherlandsRobin Polley was an unused substitute as Den Haag drew 0-0 with FC Twente.last_img read more