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Bright One launches BrightWorks microvolunteering app

first_img Howard Lake | 30 June 2011 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Volunteer-run third sector communications agency Bright One has created BrightWorks, a micro-volunteering app that allows charities and voluntary organistaions to get tasks completed for free online by a global volunteer communityBrightWorks is designed to enable voluntary organisations to outsource a range of tasks from a range of disciplines, such as PR, marketing, social media, design, and copywriting, all at no charge.Volunteers can use the app to locate causes that matter to them that need their skills. They should also benefit as they work collaboratively on tasks with other volunteers.The BrightWorks app will track and share data on participation rates, causes supported, volunteer hours, active volunteers, location and more, to demonstrate its social impact.Ben Matthews, Founder of Bright One, explained that the app was one way of extending the agency’s impact. He said: “We have achieved great success in the past two years, all through the passion and determination of our volunteers. But teams of volunteers can only achieve so much, and demand overwhelmingly outstrips supply when it comes to supporting the amount of charities that approach us on a daily basis for support. Bright Works will help us to scale the amount of support we can give.”The site is currently in ‘beta’ phase and the projects featured will be from Bright One’s current client portfolio. Plans for development of the platform are in place, which will see BrightWorks opened up to charities, non-profits and social enterprises across the world.Matthews added: “The idea at the heart of BrightWorks that it will be a self-organising, ‘peopled’ service, breaking down projects to ensure that many hands make light work, in a visually appealing format so that volunteers feel comfortable in working in the environment.”The app has been developed by Dharmafly, who specialise in social design for the development of web applications.www.brightworks.me Bright One launches BrightWorks microvolunteering app  61 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Volunteering AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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No borders in workers’ struggles

first_imgThe following statement was released by Workers World Party 2016 presidential candidate Monica Moorehead and vice presidential candidate Lamont Lilly on Oct 7.We salute with full solidarity those gathered at the Encuentro en la Frontera/Encounter at the Border in Arizona, Oct. 7-10. We salute the School of the Americas Watch for its bold decision to bring the struggle here from its 25-year righteous outcry at the gates of Fort Benning, Ga., in opposition to catastrophic U.S. “interventions” in Central and Latin America.Side-by-side with you, we are fighting to end the racist persecution of migrants and refugees, and to end U.S.-led and U.S.-backed imperialist war and policies forcing people to flee their own homelands.This action, at this brutally militarized border, dramatizes the bloody connections between U.S. military aid and training of repressive security forces; forced migration of workers, particularly from Central America and Mexico; racist U.S. immigration laws and for-profit ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] prisons entombing immigrants; the monster prison-industrial complex targeting Black and Brown people; and the ongoing murderous assault of state police terror against people of color.We denounce the violently racist proposals and words of Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, who incites despicable mob thinking and vigilante action with his call for a wall to fortify the already unjustly imposed border on lands stolen by the U.S. from Mexico.The U.S. spends trillions fortifying the repression of workers and oppressed people at home and in other countries. With Plan Merida, a “security cooperation” agreement, the U.S. gave Mexico billions to supposedly “fight drugs.” The money intensively armed state police to arrest and murder protesters, including teachers and students. We say: “No to Plan Merida! Money for drug rehabilitation, not war and repression!”Furthermore, we demand justice for the families of the Ayotzinapa 43 and all those killed and disappeared by the murderous U.S.-backed Mexican government, especially the murdered and missing women of Juárez. We are pained by the continued U.S.-backed war of aggression in Colombia and stand with all those in resistance to imperialism and those fighting for peace in that beleaguered nation.We denounce Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party candidate for U.S. president, who was chief engineer of the 2009 coup against democratically elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya when she served as Secretary of State. Clinton has blood on her hands for the ensuing loss of Honduran lives, the targeted killing of women, and the political assassinations of Garifuna Nation leaders, union members and other activists, including environmental leader Berta Cáceres and LGBTQ leader Walter Tróchez.What was Clinton’s cold-blooded answer to a question about the forced “child migrant crisis” coming out of Honduras? She called for the deportation of these children, whose families had to send them alone to the U.S. to escape killings she had set in motion. She said: “Tell them the journey is too dangerous.”For 60 million people and counting, the “dangerous journey” of forced migration is happening worldwide because of U.S.-driven neoliberal economic exploitation, imperialist wars and capitalist-driven climate change. These assaults have bludgeoned and destabilized countries in Northern Africa and the Middle East, particularly countries like Libya, Syria and Iraq, which are seeking to remain independent of U.S. control.We denounce the xenophobia and Islamophobia that has sprung up in the wake of these migrations. We are in solidarity with all migrants, and especially the Muslim community.We say: End forced migration! Reparations for all refugees from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America/Caribbean!We say: Full rights for the undocumented! No borders in the workers’ struggle!No militarized borders! No to U.S. imperialist interventions!Black Lives Matter everywhere! Stop police terror from the U.S. to Mexico!No to Trump’s racism, no to Clinton’s war machine! Build the movement for revolutionary change! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Report of fact-finding visit – “Cúcuta, dangerous crossroads for the Colombian press”

first_img October 21, 2020 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia November 2, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Report of fact-finding visit – “Cúcuta, dangerous crossroads for the Colombian press” ColombiaAmericas Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts Reports Follow the news on Colombia News RSF_en 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporters Without Borders issues a report on the plight of the press in Cúcuta (in northeastern Colombia) following a fact-finding visit there on 9-10 February. It was here that Julio Palacios Sánchez (photo) of Radio Lema was gunned down on 11 January. A microcosm of the country’s conflicts, Cúcuta shows how dangerous it is to be a journalist in Colombia. News Reporters Without Borders today issued a report on the perils for journalists in Cúcuta, a border city in north-eastern Colombia. The report is the result of a fact-finding visit to the city conducted jointly with other organizations (including a Reporters Without Borders partner) on 9-10 February. Its publication coincides with the anniversary of the assassination of politician Jorge Eliécer Gaitán on 9 April 1948, seen as the start of Colombia’s endemic political violence.This year began tragically for the Colombian press with the murder of Julio Palacios Sánchez of Radio Lema on 11 January in Cúcuta. Located at the heart of a region on which different armed groups – guerrillas, paramilitaries and drug traffickers – have all converged, the city saw eight of the 38 cases of serious threats against the press registered in Colombia by Reporters Without Borders in 2004. Several journalists had to stop working and leave the region. Others who have decided to stay censor themselves for their protection.This is the situation that prompted the joint fact-finding visit by Reporters Without Borders (of France and Sweden), the Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (a Colombian organization partnered with Reporters Without Borders), the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (of Peru) and International Media Support (of Denmark). The team’s members questioned some 20 representatives of local and national media, as well as various local government, judicial and military officials.The visit not only highlighted the permanent pressure which the press must endure in this explosive microcosm of Colombia’s conflicts, it also revealed a still tenacious climate of impunity and a shocking lack of responsibility on the part of the authorities as regards the plight of the city’s journalists. The deputy mayor, for example, told the visiting team he had never heard of any attacks against the press. The police chief told the team that Julio Palacios Sánchez’s murder was a “black speck on an otherwise white handkerchief.”This irresponsibility is another danger for the Colombia news media and a real threat to press freedom in Colombia. ColombiaAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council

first_img Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 7, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Organisation Three of the worst press freedom predators – China, Russia and Cuba – will have seats on the Human Rights Council for three years from next January as a result of elections held by the UN General Assembly on 13 October. Other countries with some of the worst World Press Freedom Index rankings – Uzbekistan (156th), Pakistan (145th) and Mexico (143rd) – are also among the 15 countries chosen to fill the newly vacant seats on the 47-seat council. Only Saudi Arabia failed to get enough votes to fill one of the Asia-Pacific region’s four empty seats.“It is disgraceful that China, Russia and Cuba are part of a council tasked with defending human rights,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The only way to avoid ridicule would be for these countries to use their presence on the HRC to make some progress, including with regard to press freedom. It is fortunate that Saudi Arabia was not elected after journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and with 34 journalists still rotting in its prisons.”The new members include:China (ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index), which is currently holding more than 100 journalists and bloggers in its jails, often in conditions that threaten their survival.Cuba (171st), which continues to be Latin America’s worst press freedom violator, imposing a state monopoly on the media while maintaining pressure on its few independent journalists and bloggers.Uzbekistan (156th), which has seen some progress in the situation of its media in recent years, although they are still subjected to censorship and surveillance as soon as they criticize the government.Russia (149th), which harasses all media outlets that don’t toe the official line and has brought the Internet under Kremlin control, while regions such as Crimea and Chechnya have become “black holes” from which little news or information emerges.France and the United Kingdom, ranked 34th and 35th respectively in the World Press Freedom Index, were elected to represent Europe on the council.The reelected countries include:Pakistan (145th), where the media are under the sway of the military and intelligence agencies and are subjected to cyber-censorship, and where journalists are often harassed. Four journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2019.Mexico (143rd), which continues to be the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. Caught between organized crime and corrupt politicians and officials, journalists who dare to cover sensitive subjects are harassed and threatened, or just gunned down in the street.Although UN General Assembly Resolution 60/251, which created the HRC, says that, when  electing  members  of  the  council, member  states should “take  into  account  the  contribution  of  candidates  to  the  promotion  and  protection  of  human  rights,” this week’s elections were only competitive with regard to the Asia-Pacific region, where five countries competed for four seats. In the other elections (Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western Europe and other states), the number of seats was the same as the number of candidates. The council’s members are elected directly and individually by secret ballot by the majority of the General Assembly’s members. ChinaRussiaCubaUzbekistanPakistanMexicoAsia – PacificEurope – Central AsiaAmericas International bodies United Nations United Nations Human Rights Council (photo : AFP/Fabrice Coffrini). ChinaRussiaCubaUzbekistanPakistanMexicoAsia – PacificEurope – Central AsiaAmericas International bodies United Nations to go further After several of the world’s worst enemies of press freedom were elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council this week, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on leading democracies to do what they can to ensure that these countries do not dictate future international human rights standards. Receive email alertscenter_img News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en October 15, 2020 New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Follow the news on Asia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Police accused of disguising journalist’s murder as suicide

first_img RSF_en March 22, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police accused of disguising journalist’s murder as suicide May 19, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News BangladeshAsia – Pacific RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the preliminary findings of the autopsy and police investigation into the death of Jamal Uddin, a reporter for the news agency Abas and local newspaper Dainik Giri Darpan, in the southeastern district of Rangamati. The authorities are saying it was suicide, but Uddin’s colleagues insist that the circumstances suggest it was murder.”We call on the government to order the national criminal police to conduct a new investigation into this young journalist’s death,” Reporters Without Borders said. “His fellow journalists dispute the official version and this is a source of disquiet that should be dispelled as quickly as possible. If it is confirmed that he was murdered, those responsible must be identified, arrested and tried.”The results of the Rangamati hospital autopsy, concluding that Uddin probably took his own life, were not released until 18 March, 12 days after his body was found. At the same time, the local police claimed they found an audio cassette message in his pocket in which he indicated he was killing himself because his fellow journalists made fun of him. However, the police have refused to let his relatives and friends listen to the message, and they have reportedly arrested a suspect.Uddin’s relatives and colleagues rule out suicide. S. M. Shamsul Alam, the president of the Rangamati press club, said any reasonable person who had seen the body would know it was murder. The body, found stretched out at the foot of a tree with a rope around the neck, was covered with the marks of blows. Furthermore, Uddin, who was 25, had shown no signs of depression or suicidal tendencies. to go further Help by sharing this information center_img News Follow the news on Bangladesh Receive email alerts BangladeshAsia – Pacific Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists News February 26, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Drugs and cash seized from property in Carrigart

first_img Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – November 2, 2018 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+ A quantity of drugs and cash have been seized at a property in Carrigart today.Gardai from Milford carried out a search of the house early this morning under the Misuse of Drugs Act.One person was arrested at the scene and has since been charged. He is due to appear in the District Court later this month. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Homepage BannerNews Twitter Drugs and cash seized from property in Carrigart Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleDonegal receives €2.4m to enhance historial maritime tourismNext articleNorth West players named in Champions 15 teams News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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IT Sligo archaeological excavations in Donegal

first_img WhatsApp IT Sligo archaeological excavations in Donegal WhatsApp Facebook Twitter By News Highland – June 24, 2019 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNews Archeological excavations are to take place at a site outside Donegal Town where it’s believed locally a church was built by St Colmcille.The dig at Disert gets underway on Monday July 1st. It will be carried out by experts from IT Sligo, in collaboration with the Disert Heritage Group and local community volunteers.The dig will take three weeks, with hopes that initial results can be unveiled during Heritage Week in August.The project is being led by IT Sligo lecturer Dr Fiona Beglane:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/disebbvcvbcvbrtweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Previous articleFianna Fail leader pays tribute to Manus KellyNext articleRoad closed in Derry following early morning collison News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+last_img read more

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Australian Navy’s Aircrew Supports Diving Activities

first_img Australian Navy’s Aircrew Supports Diving Activities View post tag: Diving Authorities View post tag: activities View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic In late May, a crew of Australian Navy’s aircrew and maintainers conducted navigation training and support to Reserve Clearance Diving Team Ten activities in the ‘Apple Isle’.The MRH 90 helicopters from 808 Squadron in Nowra, New South Wales, engaged in a self-sufficient deployment to Tasmania recently.The training involved diver drops and wet hoisting in the shadow of the Tasman Bridge abeam the site of the old HMAS Huon, was well received. It allowed the team and detachment to practice core skills that are required for diving team inserts and recovery.Detachment Commander, Lieutenant Commander Jeremy French, on exchange from the Royal Navy, said it was an excellent training mission for both those in the helicopter and those dropping from it.Launching from Nowra, carrying the entire detachment to Hobart took four hours with a refuel at East Sale. The aircrew took the opportunity to fly over the eastern coastline, Huon Valley and surrounding areas conducting out of area navigation training, and also gave the divers a familiarisation flight.[mappress mapid=”16229″]Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Australian Navycenter_img View post tag: Aircrew View post tag: Asia-Pacific Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy’s Aircrew Supports Diving Activities June 15, 2015 View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

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Engineering, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Tenure Track

first_imgJob Number85TBD Is this split and/or fully grant funded?No Position End Date Position Number Job CategoryUniversity Faculty Open Until FilledYes Open Date11/24/2020 Job TitleEngineering, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering,Tenure Track FLSA StatusExempt Position TitleEngineering, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering,Tenure Track Desired Start Date08/09/2021 Physical DemandsNone Duties and Responsibilities Special Instructions to Applicants The candidate will have a Ph.D. in Bioengineering or BiomedicalEngineering at the time of appointment. Candidates for the positionmust clearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in researchand teaching and have a record of (or clear potential for)distinguished scholarship, grant-funded research, and studentmentorship. Experience working or conducting research in thespecialty area of electrical medical devices is desirable. Thecandidate should be willing to support the mission of LUC and thegoals of a Jesuit Catholic Education. Number of Vacancies Posting Detailscenter_img Position Details Qualifications Department NameCOLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES The Department of Engineering in the College of Arts and Sciencesat Loyola University Chicago ( LUC ) invites applications for afull-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professorfor academic year 2021-22, with a specialization in EngineeringDesign and Biomedical Engineering. The successful candidate will bejoining a department with 7 full-time faculty members and over 100undergraduate majors. Engineering began to offer its BS Engineeringdegree, with a specialization in biomedical, computer, orenvironmental engineering, in fall of 2015, and received ABETaccreditation in August, 2020. It is the first U.S. engineeringprogram to integrate engineering with social justice. For moreinformation about the department, please visit its website atluc.edu/engineering.This search is part of a University-wide, multi-year hiringinitiative designed to hire outstanding researchers and teacherswho are reflective of our diverse student body and committed tointerdisciplinarity (i.e., working with colleagues across differentsubfields and disciplines) and the pursuit of external grants. Ofspecial interest are candidates who can further the University’sefforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.The successful candidate will teach systems courses (linear systemtheory, control theory, digital signal processing), engineeringdesign courses, and medical device courses, with a 2/2 teachingload. All Engineering courses are taught using mandatory activelearning, with a maximum of 24 students in each course section. Thesuccessful candidate is expected to pursue a strong researchprogram, including the pursuit of external grants, throughcollaboration with the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. Location CodeCOLLEGE OF A&S – LSC (02100A) Candidates should submit to www.careers.luc.edu (1) a brief letterof interest; (2) a current Curriculum Vitae; (3) a statementoutlining the applicant’s research agenda; (4) a statement onteaching experience; and (5) a statement addressing past and/orpotential contributions to mentoring a diverse student body throughresearch, teaching and other channels and engaging a diversecommunity through scholarship and service. Applicants should alsoarrange for three recommendations from individuals prepared tospeak to their professional qualifications for this position,especially in terms of scholarship, teaching and mentorship, to besubmitted electronically to the above website (letter writers willreceive an electronic prompt from LUC ). Candidates may forwardadditional materials related to teaching excellence and samples ofscholarly publications to:Gail Baura, Ph.D., Search Committee ChairDepartment of EngineeringLoyola University Chicago1032 W. Sheridan RoadChicago, Illinois 60660Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2021 and continueuntil the position is filled.LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with astrong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying ourfaculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of itsprofessoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate studentpopulations because broad diversity – including a wide range ofindividuals who contribute to a robust academic environment – iscritical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence ineducation, research, educational access and services in anincreasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically assessingthe many qualifications of each applicant, we would factorfavorably an individual’s record of conduct that includesexperience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a widevariety of different educational, research or other workactivities. Among other qualifications, we would also factorfavorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriersto an academic career or degrees.As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seekcandidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver atransformative education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn moreabout LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website atwww.luc.edu/mission. For information about the university’s focuson transformative education, they should consult our website atwww.luc.edu/transformativeed. Quick Link for Postinghttps://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/14600 CampusRogers Park-Lake Shore Campus Organizational LocationPROVOST Close Date Job TypeFull-Time Working ConditionsNone Minimum Education and/or Work Experience The candidate will have a Ph.D. in Bioengineering or BiomedicalEngineering at the time of appointment. Candidates for the positionmust clearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in researchand teaching and have a record of (or clear potential for)distinguished scholarship, grant-funded research, and studentmentorship. Experience working or conducting research in thespecialty area of electrical medical devices is desirable. Thecandidate should be willing to support the mission of LUC and thegoals of a Jesuit Catholic Education. 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Oxford tutors deny that students are academically weaker

first_imgOxford tutors denied this week that their finalists are “little better than A level students”, following a story in the national press which centred on the negative comments made by Oxford examiners.The story, printed in the Daily Telegraph last weekend, featured excerpts from recent Oxford Examiners’ Reports. These included allegations that recent candidates struggled to spell “erupt”, “across” or “buries”, that their answers were guilty of “intellectual thinness and outdatedness” and that papers showed “haphazard and random generalisations.’The story was accompanied by a caption, which read, “They are hailed as the brightest and best, but new documents reveal Oxford dons’ despair at some students’ failure to revise and inability to spell.”Yet Oxford tutors this week suggested that such problems are not necessarily typical of students’ answers. Many questioned the fairness of selective quotation from Examiners’ Reports and explained apparently falling standards as a result of poor teaching in schools.Dr Robin Knight, lecturer in Mathematics at Worcester College, told Cherwell, “A well-designed exam has to be such that some candidates will do better than others; in consequence, some scripts will be, by comparison, poor.”Knight denied that there has been any decline in the innate ability of Oxford students, insisting, “Our undergraduates are just as bright, talented and creative as they ever were.”Another Oxford Maths tutor, meanwhile, conceded that overall standards appear to have fallen, but argued the ablest students are as intelligent as ever, claiming, “I think the average quality has gone down, but that the top quality remains constant. This probably isn’t only something that happened recently, but it has been going on for some time already.”Professor Peter Oppenheimer, an Emeritus Fellow of Christ Church who was an Oxford Economics tutor for over thirty years, blamed the apparently falling standards on school teaching, rather than on students, saying, “One’s pupils are just as able and willing as ever; what it means is that tutors have to make up for poor teaching, or resign themselves to not reaching the standards of earlier generations.” He suggested that Examiners’ Reports have always included strong criticism of students’ performances, arguing, “It is very dangerous to quote recent Examiners’ Reports unless you have reports from 20 years ago. I am willing to bet that they contained just as many derogatory remarks then.”One member of the English faculty criticised the Telegraph’s coverage of the issue, labelling the story “unusually dumb”, and adding, “They cherry-picked quotations from various examiners’ reports (it was unclear to me whether these were for Mods or FHS) and suggested these marked some decline, whereas my experience is that such comments have spiced every set of reports from every set of examiners since examinations began.”The tutor conceded, however, that school teaching leaves undergraduates less prepared than in previous generations, saying that “A levels are now so directed that all but the very best students can have difficulty thinking independently” and that “with a few happy exceptions, the standard of teaching at state secondary schools in this country is scandalously poor.”Caitlin Spencer, a second-year classicist at Corpus Christi College, also criticised teaching in schools, claiming, “Independent thought is not rewarded by the exam system and schools are under pressure to focus solely upon exam results as opposed to learning for its own sake and for enjoyment.“The Telegraph article seems to choose to ignore these facts and instead prefers to join in the well loved sport of Oxbridge-bashing when the issue is clearly a much more widespread problem.”A spokesperson for the University said, “Oxford academics expect very high standards from Oxford students – so it isn’t necessarily surprising to see such sharply critical comments about the minority of students performing below standard. Overall though, Oxford students show extremely high levels of performance at finals, as evidenced by the number of firsts and 2:1 degrees.”last_img read more

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