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

8 strategies for aspiring credit union leaders

first_img 110SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                     One of the most exciting and energizing parts of my job is meeting enthusiastic aspiring and emerging leaders in the CU community.You’re young, new to the CU world––or maybe you’ve come to the credit union from another job. You’re enjoying the community focus and sense of caring here. You like that you’re part of something important.You’re also ambitious, eager for new challenges and opportunities and you want to take the next step into CU leadership.Here are 8 STRATEGIES that can help you realize your potential and become a leader in your credit union, and in your community:#1 Work first on being a good follower.Great leaders are usually also great followers. Understand that “follower” is a role, not a position. Effective leaders listen––and they solicit input from the people they serve.They recognize when it’s time to share authority and support someone else who may be better suited to a particular task.They know when to defer to the people with the knowledge and experience to get the job done––even if those people work on the front lines.They recognize that great ideas can come from anyone in the organization.If you want to lead effectively––first learn how to follow.#2 Find the right Master.CU leaders are extremely generous when it comes to sharing their wisdom and experience. They want to help you develop and they embrace their role in developing the leaders who will carry the CU mission into the future.They’re also really, really busy!Don’t wait around for your supervisor or CEO to take you under their wing. They may be willing and wanting––but they’ve got a lot of people to serve and precious little time.Having said that––they’ll make time when you show initiative.Reach out and you’ll find someone who will be honored to show you the way.#3 Commit yourself to personal and professional Mastery.A lot of people ask me what they need to do to get ahead in life. My answer is always the same.Work on making yourself better––a better person and a better professional.There are a lot of factors that influence your career trajectory. You can’t control all the circumstances and conditions around you.Make yourself better, and make yourself better at what you do. You can control that––and that will give you the best shot at new opportunities.#4 Ask before you’re asked––act before you’re asked.Leaders lead. That means instead of waiting around for orders, when you see something that needs doing––do it.This doesn’t mean going over anyone’s head.The chain of command is in place for a reason. That’s why I also say “ask before you’re asked.”Opportunities go to the doers––not to the people who stand around and later say, “I could have done that.”#5 Learn to deal with uncertainty.Your ability to deal with uncertainty and respond to unforeseen challenges is one of the most important indicators of leadership potential. If you’re not comfortable with uncertainty––get comfortable.Get out of your comfort zone once in a while. Embrace new challenges and, to be blunt about it, toughen up!#6 Learn to talk and write good.If you don’t get the joke––you’ve got some work to do.Communication skills are essential for effective leadership, and yet our ability to speak and write with clarity is declining at an alarming rate.Your advancement is dependent on your ability to express yourself.Read voraciously and take advantage of every opportunity to write and speak. Study effective communicators. Practice continually and seek out constructive criticism.#7 Focus on experience over rewards.I have no tolerance for entitlement mentality. I can’t stand people who demand rewards before proof of performance…Even though I was one of those people myself––in a past life!Hindsight is a great teacher and I’ve come to realize that some of my worst jobs were the best––in terms of experience and developing the knowledge and skills that serve me well today.I don’t have the space for the whole story here, but one of the most valuable jobs I ever had was working as a janitor. When you meet me in person, I’ll tell you the “rest of the story.”For now I’ll just say that I didn’t realize it at the time, but being a janitor taught me how to care for things, how to be a leader on the front lines, how to work with just about anyone and how to manage myself when my boss wasn’t around.Pretty valuable life and leadership lessons––all from mopping floors at minimum wage.#8 Lead by sharing, not accumulating.I can sum up everything I know about leadership in one simple statement:“Leadership is sharing––a leader shares.”An effective leader shares knowledge, wisdom, experience. The best leaders share authority, compassion, respect and most of all––power.Sharing is a discipline. Start now.That’s enough to work on for now. I’m sure you could add more useful strategies to this list, but I seriously doubt you can become an authentic leader without these.And I do want you to become an authentic leader––someone with the ability to attract willing followers and the will to serve them.The world needs more authentic leaders, and there is no better place to express yourself as a caring, compassionate and effective leader than in the CU community. CU leaders are making a difference, every day, serving their communities and helping people realize their potential and their dreams.Be one of those leaders. Start today. Vision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Detailslast_img read more

McMenon appoints regional general manager for Middle East and Asia-Pacific

first_imgMcMenon specialises in the design and manufacture of differential pressure flow meters such as orifice plates, averaging pitot tubes, wedge meters, nozzles, Venturi meters (topside and subsea) as well as variable area flow meters and temperature monitoring equipment. Bipin said: “McMenon’s engineering heritage, expertise, capability, flexibility and reliability puts it in a strong position to grow. Nurturing our current relationships and building new ones will be key to our strategy. McMenon Engineering Services has appointed Bipin Nair, who has over 20 years’ industry experience, as regional general manager for the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. Anand Puthran, CEO at McMenon, said: “We have strengthened our senior management team as part of our brand building and growth strategy. Bipin has been tasked with communicating McMenon’s product quality, service and commitment to excellence as well as developing the company’s operations in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. center_img “We want our customers to use our expertise and solutions for the most demanding applications to improve overall plant efficiency with minimum downtime.” He was previously with Wika Group in the Middle East for ten years, rising to the position of regional marketing manager. “The Middle East and Asia-Pacific are key markets for McMenon with huge potential for growth. It is therefore important we have the right calibre of people on board to meet our aspirations and deliver a service to clients that exceeds expectations. We are excited to welcome Bipin to the McMenon team.” last_img read more

Bianca becomes Canada’s first-ever Grand Slam champion

first_img… beats Serena Williams in gripping finalTEENAGER Bianca Andreescu stunned Serena Williams in gripping US Open final to claim a first Grand Slam title and deny the American a 24th major.Williams, 37, did not cope with the 19-year-old’s quality in a 6-3, 7-5 loss.Canadian Andreescu, in the main draw here for the first time, lost a double break in the second set before taking her third match point and falling to the ground in disbelief.“This year has been a dream come true,” Andreescu told the crowd.“I am beyond grateful and truly blessed. I’ve worked really hard for this moment. To play on this stage against Serena – a true legend of the sport – is amazing.”To the disappointment of a stunned home crowd, Williams has now lost four successive major finals.“Bianca played an unbelievable match,” Williams said. “I’m so proud and happy for you, it was incredible tennis out there.”Williams, seeded eighth, looked edgy throughout as she aimed to match Australian Margaret Court’s tally of all-time major wins, handing over three of Andreescu’s five breaks of serve with double faults.By contrast, 15th seed Andreescu played with the confidence which has marked her out as a star in a stunning breakthrough year.She is the first Canadian to win a tennis major and the first teenager to win a Grand Slam since Maria Sharapova claimed the 2006 title at Flushing Meadows.Andreescu kept her nerve to take a third match point with a forehand down the line, dropping her racquet to the ground and then, after a warm hug with Williams, lay on the court with her arms spread out as she contemplated her achievement.After returning to her feet, she used a hastily-arranged step ladder to climb into her player’s box and embrace her nearest and dearest, including parents Nicu and Maria.Before the match, Andreescu said if someone told her 12 months ago she would be facing Williams in the US Open final she would have thought they were “crazy”.Tellingly, in a sign of her unwavering confidence, she said she would not have felt the same if they told her the same thing a fortnight ago.Twelve months ago she lost in the first round of qualifying at Flushing Meadows and was ranked outside the top 200 in the world.But she has become the most talked-about young player on the planet following a remarkable rise this year.Andreescu, whose Romanian parents Nicu and Maria migrated to Canada in the 1990s, had only played six tour-level matches at the turn of the year.Since then she has won prestigious WTA Premier title at Indian Wells and Toronto, rising to 15th in the world as a result, and raking in of £1.79M of her £1.97M career prize money.Now she will rise to fifth in the world and take home another $3.85M (£3.13M) after this success.Andreescu was fearless throughout her maiden Grand Slam final and unfazed by the occasion of playing an American icon on the biggest tennis court in the world.‘ANDREESCU IS THE REAL DEAL’ – REACTIONTennis great Billie Jean King: “Congratulations to Bianca Andreescu on winning her first major title at the #USOpen. She is Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion! The Future is now. A phenomenal effort by Serena Williams, until the very end.2019 Cincinnati Masters champion Madison Keys: “Congrats Bianca Andreescu on your first Grand Slam. So happy for you! Always a fighter, always inspiring – win or lose – Serena Williams. Such a great match to watch.”Wimbledon champion Simona Halep: “Congratulations Bianca Andreescu on an amazing performance and your first Grand Slam! Romania is very proud of you.”Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “Congratulations Bianca Andreescu! You’ve made history and made a whole country very proud.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Syracuse field hockey team dominates Monmouth in season opener

first_imgFor the second season in a row, the Syracuse field hockey team started with a victory over the Monmouth Mudhawks, marking a perfect 6-0 in openers for head coach Ange Bradley.A total of five Orange players scored goals in an 8-1 victory Friday in West Long Branch, N.J.Forward Kelsey Millman and midfielders Liz McInerney and Stephanie Hussey scored two goals each to power the SU attack. Lauren Brooks and Emma Russell also notched goals.Russell struck first for her first career goal. The Orange ended the first half with a 4-0 lead after Brooks found the back of the net at 17:29 and Millman scored back-to-back goals.The game ended with a goal from Michelle Pieczynski of the Hawks with just 2:47 to go.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will play Ohio in its home opener on Sunday at 1 p.m.—Compiled by Adelyn Biedenbach, contributing writer, [email protected] Comments Published on August 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more