Dons call for privatisation

first_imgTop college chiefs are pushing the University towards privatisation in a blow to both government tuition-fee plans and the student campaign against top-up fees. Speaking at a major educational conference, Lord Butler of Brockwell, Master of University College, asserted that students with the ability to pay the realistic cost of their education and accomodation charges must be charged in full. In conversation with Cherwell Lord Butler stated that the government proposals “fall between two stools. £3 000 per student would not solve Oxford’s problems, and the charges would act as a dissinsentive to those from poorer families.” He made no qualms over highlighting his College’s financial woes, suggesting that student and government payments contrribute only 53% of the actual costs. “Many students would be able and willing to pay more,” he added, “Such a move would also solve the current problems over increasing rent charges.” However Butler made it clear that this was not a case of the rich subsidising the poor as fees would be limited according to the cost of their course. He added, “No-one would be more delighted than me if costs were paid through taxation, but education funding is understandably spent at more electorally popular levels.” The plan proposed by Butler, a former head of the Civil Service, has been supported by other wardens, principals and masters. In an unpublished paper, prompted by current debate, David Palfreyman, New College bursar, divides students into three groups according to their parents combined annual income. Students from “Rich England” whose parents earned £150 000 per year would be expected to pay up to £15 000 in annual tution fees, “Middle England” (earnings £75 000+ pro annum) would pay up to £10 000 whilst those earning between £30 000 – £50 000 would pay £1 500 – £3 500+. Families earning less than £25 000 would pay nothing. Dame Jessica Rawson, Warden of Merton, believes the shortfall of funding is even greater, arguing that the government is unable to provide for Oxford’s unique style of teaching. “The current [Government’s] proposals would not benefit colleges at all”, she claimed. Academic inclinations towards the private setting of charges comes in light of the increasing likelihood that the government proposals to charge students a potential £3 000 a year will suffer defeat at the hands of rebellious Labour back benchers. Alan Ryan, warden of New College said that he was in favour of Oxford charging higher fees than other universities because of the long term benefits of a prestigious degree. Proposals such as these would put Oxford on par wth the Ivy League universities, charging up to £18 000. The lure of doubled salaries, job security and reasearch grants has resulted in a growing exodus of academics to America. Recent Nobel prize winner Sir John Sulston was educated at Oxford but produced his breakthrough research at Illinois University whilst ex-Oxford historian Niall Ferguson has also crossed the Atlantic to continue his research. OUSU President Helena Puig Larrauri doubted the credibility of these proposals. In this weeks Funding and Finance Campaign, she told members that “the plans are not only wrong, they are unfeasable”. However David Palfreyman had a chilling warning for both students and the government alike, “If fees are not brought in, Oxford will run itself into the ground. The rich kids a will go to America and we will become like the grotty European universities”.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

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Barnes tops Cridland Memorial

first_imgReigning national shotgun champion Shaun Barnes showed imperious form to hit a High Overall (HOA) score of 94 and win the 2016 Bernard Cridland Memorial Sporting Clays tournament at the Jamaica Skeet Club last Sunday.The five-time national shotgun champion dominated a field of 98 shooters, finishing two points ahead of runner-up Bruce Duquesnay, 92, and A Class first, Ruel Chung, 92.Barnes, who won the 2016 National Shotgun 200 sporting clays in July this year, returned after a three-month break to win again, convincingly, like he never left.The event witnessed a turnout of 98 shooters, and according to Jamaica Skeet Club president Khaleel Azan, this was “10 per cent more than 2015, it’s great for the sport and the Jamaica Skeet Club joins the Friendly Lodge 239 in thanking all the participants for their support”.He noted that the consistent performance of Barnes “must be congratulated”.Azan added that Oneal Brown and his team was setting a course totally on their own for the first time.”The consensus was that it was an excellent first attempt that satisfied the wide cross section of shooters; A to Hunters’ Class, Ladies, Juniors and Sub Juniors,” he noted.Meanwhile, there were class promotions for Omar Francis, to C Class and Jonah Subaran (13 years) to D Class.Matthew Morin was promoted to the E Class, while winners in the C, D and E classes all shot in the 80s.WinnersHOA Shaun Barnes 94R/U Bruce Duquesnay 92A ClassRuel Chung 92Robert Yap Foo 89Errol Ziadie 89B ClassKingsley Chin 87Nicholas Benjamin 87Jordan Thwaites 84C ClassBrandon Laing 84Matthew Josephs (Jr) 84Mark Harris 83D ClassOmar Francis 83Jordan Samuda 79Danzell Knight (Jr) 79E ClassJonah Subaran (sJr) 81Cameron Phang Sang (Jr) 80Mark Benjamin 77HuntersMatthew Morin 78Zaniel Knight (sJr) 72Nikolai Azan (sJr) 70LadiesRenee Rickhi 74Marguerite Harris 68Isabelle Chin (Jr) 63JuniorsMatthew Josephs 84Peter Mahfood 82Cameron Phang Sangh 80Sub JuniorsJonah Subaran 81Mark Desnoes 79Roman Tavares-Finson 79last_img read more

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