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

Family comes 1st for ex-Badger WR

first_imgIt sure puts perspective on the game.Florida sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow dazzled the collegefootball world with a campaign matched by none other. He became the first majorcollege football player to rush and pass for over 20 touchdowns in a season,calmly running for 22 scores and throwing for 29 more.What makes Tebow so intriguing from an outside observer ishis gift with a football in hand, no doubt.Yet, when it comes to level of importance in the 2007Heisman Trophy winner’s life, football is fourth — behind faith, family andacademics.After watching Saturday night’s presentation and discoveringthat the man with the captivating smile has remained steadfast in his ownbeliefs despite being the biggest thing in Gainesville, Fla., Tebow impressesan altogether different appeal: humility.If it wasn’t for his mom’s faith, Tim and his undeniablecharm wouldn’t exist.She was told to have an abortion after coming down withamoebic dysentery and falling into a coma while serving as a Christianmissionary in the Philippines.From surviving in one piece while his mother was ill, towinning over the hearts of countless fans, to winning the Heisman, Tebow haslived a storybook life — one that could very well just be beginning.Fortunately, at no point have any of his top three focusesin life forced him to give up football.For a less-known player, the stakes and results weredifferent. Tebow’s No. 2 focus, family, took the pigskin out of formerWisconsin Badger wide receiver Jarvis Minton’s hands.Minton left the Badger family to raise his own familyfollowing the 2006 season.Unlike Tebow, he has no story. Not because there his lifelacked flair or compelling storylines, but because he never bothered to sharethem.Even when dropped lines by numerous reporters (includingmyself) Minton, through his wife, declined comment. He has simply moved on.Tebow has opened up to the outside world to tell his story,lifting his status from a great football player to an all-around talent andpersonality both on and off the field. Minton, meanwhile, has remained closed —not wanting to be recognized, not wanting to be revered.Making a living deep on the depth chart during his threeyears with Wisconsin, Minton wasn’t exactly a “can’t miss” talent. In ninecareer games, he snared three balls for 46 yards and returned 17 kicks and twopunts for a combined 301 yards.So when he became a father in the midst of his collegiatecareer, the decision to leave perhaps was a no-brainer. Some athletes who havekids still play, like Wisconsin’s own Marcus Landry and, up until a knee injuryforced him to quit the team, Marcus Randle El. Maybe Minton didn’t see thepoint — he would have landed in a reserve role to start the season. Or maybeMinton couldn’t handle the task of doing them both well.Whatever Minton’s rationale for leaving the team was,football clearly didn’t trump family. He let go of a dream and focused onmaking a new one with his little son, Jarvis, Jr., and wife back home in Texas.No amount of press or flowery stories would get Minton tocome back, let alone answer a phone call. He’s with his family now. And that’sperhaps the most humbling story of all.Minton doesn’t want praise for leaving the football team tobe a father. He just quietly walked out the backdoor and moved on.No parting words. No tears. No remorse. He just moved on.Kevin Hagstrom is asenior majoring in economics and journalism. E-mail him at [email protected] if you’d like to see “Tuesdays with Haggy”stick around next semester. While Kevin will be stepping down as sports editor,your influence may move him to vie to keep his weekly column. After all, hisreaders are among his top four — along with rocking out to Led Zeppelin, watchingThe Simpsons and being from the ‘Ville.last_img read more