Report shows Oxford is still a man’s world

first_img“Research has been carried out for over 10 years and has failed to reveal any significant factor that influences examination results,” he said.“For example, neither the type of examination nor a difference in stress levels have shown to have any significant effect on a difference in performance between genders.”Meanwhile on the subject of the tiny number of female professors, the spokesman pointed out that this was in part due to a lower number of applications for academic positions from women, despite success rates for both genders being similar.“It is true generally in academia that fewer women move through each stage of the academic career path. It’s a bit like a leaky pipeline.”He added that a number of programmes had been put in place in order to try and confront this, including the the Career Development Fellowship (CDF) and Academic Leadership Development Programme.The report also pointed out that of Oxford’s 39 constituent colleges, 30 have higher male populations than female. Keble and Somerville were some of the few colleges boasting a female majority, whilst approximately two-thirds of students studying at Balliol are men – the highest proportion.Female student leaders from across Oxford gave their reaction to the findings, highlighting a variety of factors as to why so few women seem to benefit from the Oxford system as well as men.Katy Theobald, President of Oxford Women in Politics said she believed the lack of women to look up to around the University was a key factor.“The problem is that the current situation doesn’t provide enough female role models,” she said.“If you’re never given a tute by a woman or never sit in a lecture by a woman then you don’t have examples to aspire to.” Meanwhile Katherine Terrell, JCR President at St Hilda’s, thought that the problem is a self-perpetuating one.She said, “Some have suggested that hustings are off-putting for female candidates because often they include challenges such as drinking a dirty pint, assuming women are less willing to do this, but even at colleges where these kind of hustings do not take place, female candidates are just as unlikely, and it seems like a simple answer to a complex problem. I feel that the lack of JCR presidents is a self-perpetuating problem, and a worrying one.”The gender gap appeared to be less visible in student societies however. The Law Society had a female to male ratio of 10:11 and the report notes the high female population of Amnesty International committees. The difference is still acute though in Oxford’s political societies.Since 2000, women have made up 28% of Labour club (OULC) co-chairs, 18% of Oxford University Liberal Democrats (OULD) presidents and only 3.5% of Conservative Association (OUCA) presidents.OUCA have been particularly singled out in the past for their low active female membership. They have no Women’s Officer and Port and Policy is often used as a prime example of a male dominated event.One female attendee, who wished to remain anonymous, remarked, “”It seems that the men are there to do the debating and the women to pour the port.”She added, “It’s sad that an Association of the party that produced the first female prime minister could have failed so miserably to move beyond gender stereotypes.”Asked to comment OUCA President, Anthony Boutall, said that role of women was very important to the organization and stressed that the society had moved on from previous stereotypes.“Women have been exceptionally valuable to the progress in OUCA has made,” he said.“I recommend OUCA events to any women in Oxford who may have been put off previously by unfavourable stories. I know that you would not experience anything other than respect.” The enormous scale of the gender divide at Oxford University has been exposed by an OUSU Report released this week.The in-depth study into academic and student life at the University disclosed that fewer than 10% of professors, only a sixth of JCR Presidents and less than a third of presidents of student political societies are women.The investigation was carried out by OUSU VP for Women, Rachel Cummings, who confirmed that she was extremely concerned by the findings.They demonstrate that women are alarmingly underrepresented at an academic level: only five out of 24 members of the University council and just 17 out of 116 heads of academic departments are women. The University has never had a female Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor.The dichotomy was not only limited to academia however, with merely five female JCR Presidents currently serving across Oxford in comparison to 31 male counterparts. MCR’s by contrast seem to be more balanced, although their female presidents are still outnumbered by 14 to 25.Speaking in reaction to the survey, Rachel Cummings said that the OUSU Executive were working with officials from the University in order to try and bridge the gap.“I think the lack of female academics at the University is a serious problem, partly because of all the talent we must be currently wasting.”The report was commission to help combat a plague of female underrepresentation throughout University, as shown in the long existing Finals Gap, which consistently sees more men than women achieving First Class degrees.A spokesman for Oxford University said that the disparity had been consistently investigated by the University’s Education Committee over the last decade, but that they were not necessarily any closer to finding a solution.last_img read more

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Annan announces African awards

first_imgFormer UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan announced the introduction of new African scholarships in a talk at Exeter College on Monday.The scholarships will cover full fees and living expenses and will be awarded to three students each year from Ghana, Angola and Nigeria who demonstrate the potential to become future leaders in politics, business or public life. University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, said, “I am very grateful to Eni for creating this scholarship programme with St Antony’s. Oxford has a proud tradition of undertaking scholarship on Africa, and encouraging scholars from Africa.” The funding, paid for by Italian oil giant Eni, will allow candidates to study for a one or two year taught Master’s degree at St Antony’s College. Kevin Lindsay, a first year with family in Ghana, said the scholarship is a “sure step in the right direction towards helping to alleviate the problems of the cost of educating Africa’s brightest minds.” Annan came to Oxford to give a lecture entitled “The Future of Africa” as part of Exeter College’s 700th anniversary celebrations. He also  opened a new home for Oxford’s African Studies Centre.last_img read more

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A cake fit for a queen

first_imgA CAR, carrying a 60lb cake, left Somerset on Tuesday, April 18, heading for Buckingham Palace and the 80th birthday celebrations of the Queen.The cake, the 17th Taunton-based baker Graham Chubb has baked for a royal celebration, was made using the secret family fruit cake recipe, which his grandfather first used in 1900.The cake comprised two tiers with the sides of the bottom one festooned with wisteria. The Queen’s love of horses was reflected in sugarpaste horses’ heads on the side of the top tier. A rearing horse featured at the very top of the cake.The cipher and signature of the Queen was also used in the design with a sweeping mass of pink Queen Elizabeth roses from the top tier to the bottom.The creation was used as part of a display at a Palace lunch party given by Her Majesty for other 80-year olds, who shared her birth date.Mr Chubb’s last significant cake was a birthday cake for the late Queen Elizabeth – the Queen Mother – in celebration of her 100th birthday.last_img read more

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Improvement in air delivery

first_imgEurobake (Bolton, Lancs) has devised a new design of retarder-prover, incorporating an innovative evaporator, which it claims gives greater energy and production efficiency and provides bakers with improved dough conservation control and proving.A combined defrosting and heating element on the new evaporator offers more stable and sustainable temperatures, says the company. It is shallower than previous models, so the overall height of the retarder-prover is reduced, making the control panel more easily accessible.An improved air delivery system, with repositioned ducts and shutters, offers even temperatures throughout the chamber, minimising the potential for products to dry out. The retarder-provers operate at working temperatures of -15ºC to +40ºC. A multi-programme memory is operated through a touch-sensitive panel and visual display. The new retarder-provers also have streamlined external door handles and adjustable self-lifting door hinges.last_img read more

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New clean-label flours and starches developed with bakers in mind

first_imgIngredients supplier Kröner-Stärke (KS) has developed a range of pre-gelatinised flours and starches for the bakery market, which it claims will give professional bread makers the edge on their competition.The range has been developed in response to increased consumer demand for natural ingredients, and enhances the softness of bread and extends shelf-life without effecting taste or texture, according to the German company.Henrik de Vries, commercial director of KS, said:“The range has been developed to respond to market-led demand for clean-label, organic and gluten-free products for bakery – a trend that has grown significantly.”He added that the range will be of particular interest to in-store supermarket bakeries and artisan bakers, who stand to benefit from the additional shelf-life.Pre-gelatinised flours are subjected to hydrothermal processing during drying and milling and produced from natural cereal grains, such as wheat, rye, spelt, oats, corn or rice.The hydrothermal processing means the binding and swelling process in the starch grains happens at an early stage, so the flour simply requires the addition of cold fluids to produce a thickening effect. These water-binding properties mean bread will keep fresher for longer.KS said the flours can also be used as a replacement for traditional emulsifiers and thickeners and allow the baker to clean up their ingredient labelling, as pre-gelatinised flours and starches only need to be labelled as flour or starch.Pre-gelatinised flours can be used for bread, choux paste, yeast-raised doughs and fillings.last_img read more

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Broadway Grosses: Tony Winners Celebrate Record-Breaking Weeks at the Box Office

first_img View Comments While no particular contender swept the Tony Awards this year, a handful of shows saw box office bumps hot on the heels of celebrating significant wins on June 8. All four shows that took home top honors (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder for Best Musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch for Best Revival of a Musical, All the Way for Best Play and A Raisin in the Sun for Best Revival of a Play) saw their highest grosses to date this week. Additionally, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which roped in two trophies including Best Actress in a Musical for Jessie Mueller, broke another box office record at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The tuner grossed $1,170,050 during a regular eight-show week, surpassing the record held by Anything Goes for a nine-show week. In the aftermath of the Tonys we also said a scheduled farewell to two plays: Act One and A Raisin in the Sun. Meanwhile two productions posted closing notices: Mothers and Sons (shuttering June 22) and After Midnight (ending June 29). FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($2,043,643) 2. Wicked ($1,969,827) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,604,507) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,372,011) 5. Aladdin ($1,332,137) Source: The Broadway League *Number based on 8 preview performances **Number based on 7 regular performancescenter_img Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending June 15: UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Violet ($342,638)  4. Rock of Ages ($280,008)  3. Casa Valentina ($256,272) 2. Holler If Ya Hear Me ($163,586)* 1. Mothers and Sons ($156,116) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.37%)** 3. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.71%) 4. Aladdin (100.03%) 5. A Raisin in the Sun (100.00%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Chicago (70.36%) 4. The Cripple of Inishmaan (67.29%) 3. Bullets Over Broadway (66.07%) 2. Once (65.59%) 1. Mothers and Sons (43.92%)last_img read more

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Western Hemisphere Nations Face Threats in Common

first_imgBy Dialogo October 17, 2012 Nations of the Western Hemisphere are a family sharing many of the same threats that confront them across borders and oceans, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in Uruguay on October 8. Panetta spoke at the plenary session of the 10th Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas. The themes of the conference include defense and security, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The secretary called these themes a central part of efforts to enhance regional security and increase cooperation between military forces in the hemisphere. “Over the last two decades, our people, our economies, our cultures and our values have become even more connected, not just because we are neighbors, but because we are one family in this hemisphere,” Panetta told participants from many nations. Last week, Panetta released the Western Hemisphere Defense Policy Statement, a framework for implementing the new U.S. defense strategy across Latin America. In the Western Hemisphere, according to the new policy, the United States will reinvigorate its defense partnerships and pursue new ones, consistent with President Barack Obama’s approach to the region, the secretary said. The statement’s three objectives include promoting the following: – Strong national government institutions that allow all nations in the region to address legitimate threats to the state and their citizens. – Shared action against shared threats through more effectively and efficiently coordinating defense forces. – Multilateral mechanisms and institutions, like the current conference and the Inter-American Defense Board, to achieve consensus on the direction of hemispheric defense collaboration. On humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, the United States supports the Chilean initiative to accelerate and coordinate support for civilian-led relief efforts, Panetta said. On peacekeeping, countries in the Western Hemisphere have assumed an impressive leadership role by engaging, addressing and improving United Nations peacekeeping, Panetta said. In a new era of defense cooperation in the hemisphere, Panetta said, “Our goal is to work with those nations that want us to help them to develop their capabilities so that they can defend and secure themselves. Our interest is to work with you, not against you.” *Cheryl Pellerin, American Forces Press Service Very good, the peace of LORD JESUSlast_img read more

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Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities board needs lawyers

first_imgAdvocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities board needs lawyers March 15, 2006 Regular News Advocacy Center for Persons withDisabilities board needs lawyers The Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities is seeking lawyers to serve on its board of directors.The Advocacy Center is a statewide organization designated, pursuant to executive order of the governor, to serve as the federally mandated protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities. The Advocacy Center receives federal funding to provide both legal and nonlegal advocacy services to persons with disabilities, and does so through a staff of 60, located in offices in Tallahassee, Tampa, and Hollywood.The Advocacy Center is governed by a board of directors which meets four times per year and is comprised of both lawyers and nonlawyers whose personal or professional experiences have included advocacy for persons with disabilities. Fundraising is not required. Because a core function of the Advocacy Center is to serve as a public interest law firm, the board’s nominating committee seeks to fill several board vacancies with lawyers. Lawyers having a demonstrated background of personal or professional involvement in disability issues and advocacy — especially in issues and advocacy related to developmental disabilities, special education, and vocational rehabilitation — are encouraged to apply. Members of the board serve without compensation but are reimbursed for expenses of attending board meetings and certain other expenses related to their service.Interested individuals may obtain an application via the Advocacy Center’s Web site at advocacycenter.org, or by contacting William E.C. Marvin, Director of Public Policy, Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc., 2671 Executive Center Circle W., Suite 100, Tallahassee 32301, and (850) 488-9071.last_img read more

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Score one for the trolls

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Henry MeierThe Supreme Court feels your pain when it comes to those increasingly ubiquitous demand letters sent to your credit union by Patent Trolls out to shakedown your credit union for using technology which allegedly  violates an obscure paten but there is not much it  can do about it.  That’s the takeaway from a case decided yesterday by the Supreme Court.  The Court is clearly frustrated with the state of patent law.  Hopefully Congress shares its frustration.Let’s say you buy a cutting edge ATM.  If a patent holder feels that the ATM maker is using technology for which they have a patent your ATM maker could be sued not only for using the patented technology without permission but also  for inducing third party’s-like your credit union-to violate the patent  by buying the ATM.The Issue  debated in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Sys., Inc., No. 13-896, 2015 WL 2456617,  (U.S. May 26, 2015)( http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/13-896_l53m.pdf)  was whether a company could defend itself against inducement claims by proving that it had a good faith belief that it was not violating a patent.  The Court said no.  This means that, so long as my fictitious  ATM maker was using technology that violated a patent,  it  violated the law by inducing your credit union to buy its ATM regardless of how earnestly it believed it  was doing nothing wrong. continue reading »last_img read more

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Cultivate a values-based culture in three steps

first_imgIn recent years, companies like Zappos, Google, and USAA have done more than spark a conversation about company culture; they are thriving success stories that validate the importance of operating under authentic core values.According to The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), a values-based organization is “a living, breathing culture of shared core values among all employees.”To me, a values-based culture is more than a set of values listed on a company’s intranet or written on the lobby wall.Yes, it’s important to share your values where employees can see them. But I firmly believe that for a values-based culture to work, these guiding principles must live within each employee from day one on the job.As credit union professionals, seek to operate under the same principles that drive the credit union movement. Let our philosophy of “people helping people” guide you. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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