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

Charlotte de Vries’ 2nd-quarter goal sparks Syracuse’s 2-goal comeback win over Lafayette

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 2, 2019 at 10:23 pm Contact Adam: [email protected] | @_adamhillman Syracuse couldn’t solve the Lafayette defense. Every time it tried to wind its way into the shooting circle, the Leopards poked the ball away, ending the scoring chance. The Orange appeared tired, worn out by an opening-weekend of three games in four days.  That was until the end of the second quarter.Following a foul on the left side of the cage, Charlotte de Vries stood with her knees bent, ready for the ball. Knowing that the penalty corner play wasn’t designed for her, she leaped off the line, searching for a rebound.SJ Quigley’s shot did just that. It bounced off Lafayette goalie Sarah Park’s glove, right into the path of de Vries. The freshman, without wasting a second, one-timed the ball into the right side of the cage.“I’m responsible for always being on post, scoring the goals that we need,” de Vries said, “So when we were down 2-0, I was like ‘I have to find the net or something.’ I was kind of motivated after the first quarter.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU was able to dominate possession, as the defense allowed only one shot after de Vries’ goal. The Orange started to play more long balls instead of trying to be as direct through the middle of the field. No. 18 Syracuse (3-0) scored one more goal in the third quarter to tie the game before sophomore Laura Graziosi slotted home the game-winner in the second overtime, defeating Lafayette (1-1) 3-2.Before de Vries’ fourth goal in her third collegiate game, SU trailed by two goals and had only tallied one shot in the first quarter. But, that goal sparked the Orange. The team improved its energy and structure, head coach Ange Bradley said, tallying six shots on goal to Lafayette’s zero after the first half. Syracuse walked into halftime motivated – even though it trailed by a goal – determined to take advantage of the momentum de Vries provided. The Orange, desperate to find another goal, spent the majority of halftime trying to pump each other up, Graziosi said.Four minutes into the third quarter, SU found what it was looking for – again through its star freshman.de Vries, receiving a pass from Graziosi off a penalty corner, rifled a shot toward the bottom left corner of the cage. With a plethora of bodies blocking the vision of Park, sophomore Tess Queen placed her stick in front of the ball’s path.It swerved to the opposite side of the net, tying the score at two. Queen threw her arms in the air as de Vries hugged her. “We all knew that we had to do something to get back and win this game, and eventually we did that,” Graziosi said.Amy Nakamura | Co-Digital EditorThat emphasis continued throughout the second half as the Orange outshot the Leopards 12-0 over the last 41 minutes of regulation. With a shift in the way SU defended and pressed Lafayette, Syracuse upped the pace of play.Graziosi and junior Carolin Hoffmann sprinted, deked, and evaded defenders out wide near the sideline, de Vries weaved through masses of backs and midfielders up the middle, and junior SJ Quigley dispossessed Leopards in the middle of the field.But, the Orange couldn’t find a third goal. Penalty corner after penalty corner was blocked, sailed wide, or even crashed against the post. Breakaways were halted with timely poke checks from Lafayette’s backs. And, in one instance, Hoffmann’s one-on-one with Park, where she dodged the goalkeeper and had an open net, was stopped by a kneeling back.“It’s gonna break eventually. It’s just a matter of when,” Bradley said of her mindset in the second half. “We were jamming the middle of the circle a little bit too much.”That “break” didn’t come in the fourth quarter, or even the first overtime when the Orange tallied two shots on goal in only ten minutes. It came, finally, in the first minute of the second overtime.Freshman Hailey Bitters, collecting the ball near the sideline, cradled her way past two LU backs, entering the shooting circle. She floated a lofting pass to Graziosi, who was standing alone in front of goal. The Hauge, Netherlands native slapped her stick at the ball, which deflected off Park and into the open cage.The SU bench dashed onto the field and surrounded Graziosi, relieved that it avoided an upset to the unranked Leopards.  “I think we just realized that we were playing…it’s our home opener, like we can’t lose,” de Vries said. Commentslast_img read more

NASCAR starting lineup at Kentucky: Daniel Suarez on pole; Aric Almirola second

first_imgWell, that was dramatic.The pole for the Quaker State 400 seemed to be well-decided late in qualifying Friday after Aric Almirola took it from Brad Keselowski, but Daniel Suarez had plans. The 27-year-old driver ran the last lap of the day and took the pole from Almirola. Suarez will start up front at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night.MORE: Kentucky odds, predictions, sleepersKeselowski will start third while Kurt Busch will be fourth and Kevin Harvick fifth.The Quaker State 400 can be seen at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN.Quaker State 400 starting lineupHere is the starting lineup for Saturday’s race: StartingDriverCar No.No. 1Daniel Suarez41No. 2Aric Almirola10No. 3Brad Keselowski2No. 4Kurt Busch1No. 5Kevin Harvick4No. 6Daniel Hemric8No. 7Clint Bowyer14No. 8Martin Truex Jr.19No. 9Austin Dillon3No. 10Kyle Busch18No. 11Joey Logano22No. 12William Byron24No. 13Jimmie Johnson48No. 14Paul Menard21No. 15Ryan Blaney21No. 16Rickey Stenhouse Jr.17No. 17Michael McDowell34No. 18Denny Hamlin11No. 19Kyle Larson42No. 20Chase Elliott9No. 21Erik Jones20No. 22Alex Bowman88No. 23Ryan Newman6No. 24Matt DiBenedetto95No. 25David Ragan38No. 26Chris Buescher37No. 27Ty Dillon13No. 28Bubba Wallace43No. 29Corey Lajoie32No. 30Ryan Preece47No. 31Matt Tifft36No. 32Bayley Currey51No. 33Ross Chastain15No. 34Landon Cassill00No. 35BJ McLeod00No. 36Quin Houff77What time does the Quaker State 400 start?The Quaker State 400 will take place Saturday, July 13. Live coverage begins on NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET.What channel is the Quaker State 400 on?The Quaker State 400 will be broadcast nationally on NBCSN. The race can also be live-streamed on the NBC Sports App or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.Quaker State 400 schedule, how to watchHere’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the Quaker State 400 (all times Eastern):Friday, July 12TimeEventChannel7:30 p.m.Xfinity Series Alsco 300NBCSN/PRNSaturday, July 13TimeEventChannel7:30 p.m.Cup Series Quaker State 400NBCSN/PRNlast_img read more

‘I feel bad for him’ – PSV star says sorry for leg-breaking Luke Shaw challenge

first_img Hector Moreno’s challenge on Luke Shaw Hector Moreno has apologised to Luke Shaw for the challenge which left the Manchester United full-back with a broken leg.Shaw is facing six months out after suffering a double leg fracture in a nasty-looking tackle from Moreno during United’s 2-1 defeat to PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night.The 20-year-old left the field in tears, and it was clear Moreno – who went on to score the equaliser – was affected by the incident too.“I feel really sorry,” the PSV defender said. “I just feel really bad because I was involved in the accident.”The challenge from Moreno – which went unpunished – was condemned by United manager Louis van Gaal after the match.Bbut his opposite number Phillip Cocu insisted his defender was not a dirty player, and Moreno does not believe he deserved to be penalised.When asked whether he thought he had committed a foul when he challenged Shaw, Moreno said: “I think not. I think I played the ball, but in this kind of situation I don’t care if it was a foul, I feel bad for him, and for his family.“I don’t know how bad it is, but I had myself a situation like that during the World Cup and it’s bad.“It’s difficult to say what happened. Now I just hope he will be back as soon as possible.” 1last_img read more

Packie Mailey commits to Finn Harps for 2017 season

first_imgPACKIE Mailey has become the latest member of the Finn Harps squad to commit for the 2017 season.Ahead of pre-season training beginning on Thursday, the Convoy man has put pen to paper at Finn Park.Mailey made his debut in an away League Cup game against Sligo Rovers in May 2009 has played 154 times for the club during two spells at Finn Park and has found the net 8 times. The powerful defender started 25 games during the 2016 campaign and previously had spells at Institute, Hibernian and Stenhousemuir.Packie Mailey commits to Finn Harps for 2017 season was last modified: January 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more