Uni announces two new access schemes in “sea change for admissions”

first_imgThe first programme, Opportunity Oxford, will introduce a studyprogramme for up to 200 students who have lodged a “normal” application to theUniversity and are on course to achieve their entry grades but need additional supportto “bridge the gap” between secondary school and university. “Itis a significant step towards ensuring that those who are capable, and have hadto endure unique circumstance and hardship through no fault of their own, areafforded the opportunity to succeed as much as anyone else.” MeanwhileSU President Joe Inwood said: “This is a major step forward in improving accessto Oxford. Students are excited to see the University commit to these newinitiatives, and it is a reflection on student efforts to bring this to theforefront of the University agenda. According to the University, this will allow these students to “beginundergraduate study with greater confidence, new friends and familiarity withlife at university.” The programmes are inspired by Univ’s existing Opportunity Programme and LMH’s innovative Foundation Year scheme. The programme will provide a structured course of study at home, as well as a two-week residential study course before the start of the first term. It will introduce students to lectures, tutorials, and university level group and individual work, and will also work to build on the students’ subject knowledge and academic abilities. Some students on the Opportunity Oxford programme may be those who have previously failed to meet the University’s entry requirements. The current plan is for the University to phase these programmes in, building to 200 Opportunity Oxford and 50 Foundation Oxford places by 2023. CherelleMalongo, another student, who took part in the LMH foundation year and nowstudies Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, argued that “I am verypleased to hear that the University will be introducing Foundation Oxford. According to the University, “The scheme aims to open up places tostudents with high academic potential who, owing to their circumstances, arenot yet in a position to make a competitive Oxford application. The second programme, Foundation Oxford, will run a university-wideversion of the “Foundation Year” scheme pioneered at Lady Margaret Hall, andwill “be offered to students who have experienced personal disadvantage or severelydisrupted education.” The University of Oxford has announced two ambitious new access programmes, set to bring in up to 250 students from disadvantaged backgrounds annually by 2023. According to the University, the new programmes will “build on the success of Oxford’s existing activities to open its doors to a wider field of students. These include the UNIQ summer school, the Oxnet communities initiative and the use of contextual information to select students for undergraduate courses. “Thissummer will see UNIQ expand by 50% to help a total of 1,350 state school pupilsfrom disadvantaged backgrounds transform their chances of making a successfulapplication to Oxford.” “This represents a significant step change for the University, boosting the proportion of students coming to Oxford from underrepresented backgrounds from 15% of the current UK intake to 25%.”center_img “Bythe end of their programmes they will have developed the confidence to meet thechallenges of a demanding undergraduate degree. Both schemes will be free andstudents’ residential and living costs will be fully funded throughout thecourses.” According to the University, “The schemes offer students the chance to immerse themselvesin the Oxford environment, developing their study skills and their subjectknowledge. The students will benefit from the University’s internationallyoutstanding teaching facilities while living and studying in a collegecommunity. “Eligible students could include refugees and children in care orwith care responsibilities themselves. Once in operation, offers for FoundationOxford will be made on the basis of lower contextual A-level grades, ratherthan the University’s standard offers.” “Oxford SU has long held access at the heart of our work, so this is excellent news for Oxford students.” According to a University press release, “When fully up and running, these major new programmes will offer transformative paths to outstanding education for up to 250 state school students a year, representing 10% of Oxford’s undergraduate intake. “As a young woman from Newham, Oxford seemed a distant dream, but since arriving in September 2017, I can’t imagine being anywhere else. The Foundation Year has changed my life and today’s announcement means many more lives will be transformed in the future.” The two new programmes, Opportunity Oxford and Foundation Oxford, both aim to increase the number of students from socio-economically or otherwise disadvantaged groups, including carers and refugees. Ffion Price, who studied on Univ’sBridging Programme, said: “As astudent who knows first-hand the benefits of access initiatives such as theUniv bridging programme, I could not be happier to see the University takingthe necessary steps to ensure that more prospective students of the future areextended the same life-changing opportunity. “Itis a turning point for this institution – a recognition that, whileunfortunately students up and down the country are not afforded a level playingfield, as an institution we are capable of generating initiatives that help tocombat that. Successful applications will then undergo a one year,subject-specific programme building their capacity for university level study:those who are successful will then move onto the Oxford undergraduate degreefor which they were admitted. “Asa beneficiary of the LMH Foundation Year, I am heartened to know many morestudents will benefit from an Oxford education. TheVice Chancellor, Louise Richardson, claimed: “This is a sea change in Oxfordadmissions. Colleagues from across the University, its colleges and departmentshave united behind a commitment to accelerate the pace at which we arediversifying our student body and ensuring that every academically exceptionalstudent in the country knows that they have a fair chance of a place at Oxford.” “Mostrecent figures for the 2019 intake show a record 64.5% of offers were made tostudents from state schools while 15.7% of offers went to students from themost under-represented backgrounds. last_img read more

The Latest: Soccer union says players are getting food aid

first_imgThe Latest: Soccer union says players are getting food aid Japan’s beloved high school baseball tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The tournament is a huge annual event in Japan and is followed much the way Americans follow the college basketball tournament.The Japanese High School Baseball Federation says the cancellation was the first since World War II.Asahi newspaper president Masataka Watanabe says “the decision is needed to protect the health of the players, officials and fans.”The high school tournament has showcased some of the biggest stars in Japanese professional baseball. They include major leaguers like Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Matsui. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Soccer players in Africa and the Americas are receiving food packages from their union while the sport is shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. French rugby club Toulon plans to resume training next month in small groups of three players amid the coronavirus pandemic.The three-time European champions say their players and coaching staff will have blood and heart tests next week at their training center.The groups of three will jog, do bodybuilding and work on their fitness levels in specially marked zones to avoid contact with others.France came out of lockdown on May 11. Toulon hopes players can train in groups of 8-12 in July and return to full training in August.___ The summer tournament was scheduled to start in August at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya. A smaller spring tournament was canceled earlier.___Rayo Vallecano players have returned to training after the Spanish soccer club accepted some of their salary demands.The players from the second-division club had not practiced this week as a protest for not being taken off furlough. They had only trained individually at home.The club says it met with players and decided to change their furlough conditions now that group sessions have begun and their workload increased. Tottenham is looking into whether defender Serge Aurier has broken social-distancing rules for the third time.Aurier posted a picture on Instagram on Tuesday appearing to show off a new haircut and sitting next to a stylist who was tagged in the post.The Premier League club says it is “investigating the circumstances and will deal with the incident appropriately.”The 27-year-old right back has been forced to apologize twice for breaking lockdown rules during the suspension of the Premier League because of the coronavirus pandemic. He posted a video of himself running with a friend and also training with Tottenham teammate Moussa Sissoko.___center_img Players in Botswana, Egypt, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay were identified as getting food aid by world players’ union FIFPro.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says some players “are being stranded in terms of income.”FIFPro represents players in 65 countries. The union says most players have contracts paying them salaries comparable to national averages.Baer-Hoffmann says the vast majority of soccer players are “under the same financial pressures as the rest of society.”___ Associated Press May 20, 2020 Most soccer clubs in Spain used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic.Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club also eventually complied with their demands.The Spanish soccer season is expected to resume on the second weekend of June.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more