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Number of EU undergraduates increases despite Brexit

first_img“The reality is that between 2007 and 2013 the UK contributed £5.4 billion to the EU to support research, development, and innovation while over the same period we received £8.8 billion under the EU research framework programme budget,” Richardson told the British Irish Chamber of Commerce.“I would call on the UK government to make it a priority in the Brexit negotiations that our universities continue to have the strongest possible relationship with the EU.”The figures also reveal that the number of black and minority ethnic (BME) students rose by 4.8%, up from 2,455 in 2016 to 2,573 in 2017.Data released by the University in February revealed that only 8% of black students received firsts in last year’s Final Honours School examinations, compared to 32% of mixed race students and 36% of white students.“Our figures show a growing number of BME students are applying and being offered places at Oxford, and our students speak positively about the benefits of studying here,” a University spokesperson said.“We’re encouraged by [the 4.8% increase], but we realise there is still more to do, and we will continue to work with school students of African and Caribbean heritage, as well as other ethnic groups. We are also working with teachers to help them support their most talented students in realising their aspirations.”Despite the revelation that for the first time in recent history, Oxford offered more places to women than men in this year’s UCAS cycle, the statistics suggest that men still make up 53% of the undergraduate body.37% of men received first class degrees last summer compared to 29% of women.The University said: “Although we cannot say for certain whether this is the first time in history and it’s too early to call it a trend, it is a welcome sign of progress for female applicants to Oxford.” At the same time, men continue to dominate the sciences, as 70% of undergraduates across mathematics, physical, and life sciences (MPLS) are male. The University admitted 3,615 students to MPLS programmes in 2017, of which 2,529 were male.Women continue to dominate the humanities, with almost 60% of undergraduates being female.There is a similar picture at college level. Kellogg College, though a postgraduate college, has the worst gender balance with 62% of its students being male. Jonathan Richie, President of Kellogg, told Cherwell that the College is “keen to promote the interests of women students – and of other women members of our community – and to do everything practicable in this regard.”He also said that the gender balance at Kellogg varies across academic programmes, with some courses being “overwhelmingly female” and some “overwhelmingly male.”Computer Science, for instance, is Kellogg’s largest subject area with around 200 students. Richie suggests that, if Computer Science were omitted, the gender balance of Kellogg’s student body would be “about average.”“Although we’d prefer to have a better gender balance within our student body, our instinct is that for graduate students, the departments should make the decisions about who to admit, and we would not refuse a student just because they were male,” Richie said.“In other words, we tend to simply accept the students that the departments send to us.”Elsewhere, Balliol College and St Edmund Hall are also home to more men than women, with 59% and 58% of men making up undergraduate numbers respectively.Across the University, the number of postgraduate taught students has increased from 5,041 in 2016 to 5,544 in 2017, marking an increase of 9.9% despite a plateau in the number of undergraduates studying at the University.The total number of students studying at the University rose from 23,195 to 23,975 in 2017.“The University’s overall undergraduate numbers have been kept stable for several years. There is global competition for the most talented postgraduate students,” the University stated.“Oxford’s success in attracting growing numbers of the very best reflects the excellence of academic guidance and research facilities on offer here.”Additional reporting: Oscar Baker The number of EU nationals studying at Oxford has increased by over 10% despite the UK’s looming exit from the European Union, as vice chancellor Louise Richardson warns that Brexit could cost the UK research sector billions.According to newly-released statistics, the total number of EU nationals studying at undergraduate level has increased from 986 in 2016 to 1,087 in 2017 – a rise of 10.2%.The figures also show that the number of overseas (non-EU) undergraduates increased by 3.7%, rising from 1,309 in 2016 to 1,358 in 2017.All-graduate Nuffield College, which specialises in the social sciences, is an EU stronghold, with 41% of its students coming from countries within the European Union. Meanwhile, Trinity College is among the worst colleges for EU representation, with just 10% of its students coming from the EU.The University welcomed the findings in a statement, but voiced concern about the future status of EU staff and students. “We are pleased to see Oxford remains an attractive and welcoming choice for Europe’s most talented students,” a University spokesperson told Cherwell.“The status of staff and students from other parts of the EU in future years remains a major concern for the University, however.“We will continue to call for clear commitments on this issue to reassure staff and students who are already here or hoping to join us.”Vice chancellor Louise Richardson condemned the government’s plans for higher education following Brexit yesterday, stating that current “pay-as-you-go” proposals represented an “enormous loss” for British research. 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WSJ notes Berger’s call for ‘strong data safekeeping standards’

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger’s letter to House and Senate leaders on Thursday exposing merchants’ ploy behind their request for a delay in the EMV liability shift coming in October was highlighted in The Wall Street Journal.WSJ noted that Berger, in his letters, urged lawmakers to support “strong data safekeeping standards” for merchants and retailers.Berger called the request to delay implementation of EMV from the Food Marketing Institute “smoke and mirrors.” He urged Congress not to be taken in by retailer groups’ “unscrupulous tactics and falsehoods.”FMI’s request is “remarkable,” he wrote, given the growing number of merchant data breaches and lawmakers’ and regulators’ intense interest in this issue. He also reiterated findings of a NAFCU Economic & CU Monitor survey showing credit unions spent, on average, $226,000 and 1,600 hours last year on debit and credit card fraud issues arising from retailer data breaches.NAFCU was the first financial trade organization to call for national data security standards for retailers in the wake of the massive Target breach. It continues to push for legislative action. continue reading »last_img read more

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How Verity is working with local bands to ‘turn up its volume’ in Seattle

first_imgVerity Credit Union has always walked to the beat of a different drummer when it comes to its marketing efforts. But many of these efforts aren’t just being different for the sake of being different. There’s a distinct strategy behind its campaigns — and its latest one is no different. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr

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Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade’s Best Moments With Kids: Family Pics

first_imgA blended family at its finest! Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade love spending time with their big brood.Prior to the couple’s 2014 wedding in Miami, the former NBA player welcomed son Zaire and daughter Zaya with his then-wife, Siohvaugn Funches, in 2002 and 2007, respectively, followed by son Xavier with Aja Metoyer in 2013.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Keep scrolling to see her and Wade’s best moments with their brood, from birthday bashes to family vacations. “Some people care about the race, religion, or food habits of their surrogate. I was like, ‘I want a reader,’” Union told Women’s Health in February 2019.While the former America’s Got Talent judge told the outlet she is glad she didn’t have a baby until later in life, Union has been a devoted stepmom to Wade’s kids for years. When the A Father First author was unable to attend the Miami Pride Parade in April 2019, Union brought Zaya and her siblings.When the preteen came out to her parents as transgender — and Wade shared the news with Ellen DeGeneres in February 2020 — Union introduced her Instagram followers to Zaya, writing, “She’s compassionate, loving, whip-smart and we are so proud of her. It’s Ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are. Love and light good people.”- Advertisement – The retired athlete and Union had a tough time conceiving themselves and the actress opened up about the “eight or nine miscarriages” she suffered in her 2017 memoir. “For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant — I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle,” the L.A.’s Finest star wrote in We’re Going to Need More Wine. “Once a month I look like I’m in my second trimester because I’m bloated. It leads to the questions and it leads to the rumors and anytime I go into a doctor’s office I feel like I’m a member of SEAL Team Six undercover because I don’t want people to speculate.”She and the Chicago native welcomed their first child together in November 2018 via gestational carrier. Three months later, the Nebraska native described the one quality she and Wade looked for when choosing their daughter Kaavia’s surrogate.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Paving operations expected to cause delays in Decatur County

first_imgGreensburg, in. — The Decatur County Highway Department will be paving on County Road 240 NW at various locations. The operations are expected to cause some traffic delays.last_img

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Becker is best in Arlington Sprints

first_imgDave Becker made his first visit to victory lane this season following the Saturday IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature at Arlington Raceway. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)ARLINGTON, Minn. (June 10) – Dave Becker won his first feature of the season in Saturday’s 95.7 the Rock IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature at Arlington Raceway.Becker and his daughter Karlee Block both started on the front row but after the first lap Karlee pulled into the pit with mechanical problems. Mike Stien was then in contention with Becker but soon Neil Stevens rocketed by to take over second place.Becker went on to win with Stevens the runner-up and Trevor Serbus taking third ahead of Stien.Dan Menk led the entire MN 93 IMCA Modified feature, also capturing his first win of the season. There were three different leaders in the B & B Racing Chassis IMCA Stock Car feature, the last of them Matt Speckman.Tony Rialson notched win number one on the season in the Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMods and Dylan Braunworth won his first feature of the year in the Coors Light IMCA Sport Compacts.Cory Probst won again in the Premier Logistics IMCA Hobby Stocks.last_img read more

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12th African Games: Team Nigeria arrive in Abuja to rousing welcome

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope Team Nigeria arrived in Abuja to a rousing welcome on Sunday after finishing second overall at the just-concluded 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the team arrived on Sunday evening via a chartered flight. The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, and other officials were on hand at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to welcome the athletes and officials. Dare commended the contingent for representing the country well and promised them better welfare and preparations for future international competitions. Team Nigeria capped a memorable outing in Morocco with a second place finish, behind defending champions Egypt. Egypt emerged tops on the medals table with 99 gold, 96 silver and 69 bronze medals, while Nigeria won a total of 121 medals. South Africa, Algeria and hosts Morocco complete the top five respectively, after 15 days of sports activities in the North African country. The 12th African Games took place from August 19 to 31. Ghana is scheduled to host the next edition in 2023.Tags: 12th African GamesMoroccoRabatSunday Darelast_img read more

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Pilot missing after US F-15 crashes in North Sea

first_imgSearch and rescue personnel are looking for the pilot of a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle that crashed in the North Sea on Monday morning, according to Stars and Stripes.The plane, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in England, was on a routine training mission and had one pilot on board, base officials said. It went down off the coast of East Yorkshire at 9:40 a.m., local time.The cause of the crash and the status of the pilot were not immediately known, they said.An F-15C from the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing skidded to a stop at Joint Base Andrews, Md., last month after the pilot declared an in-flight emergency. No injuries were reported.On June 10, 2018, an F-15C from the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, crashed into the ocean south of Okinawa. The pilot ejected and was recovered by Japanese rescue forces.The 48th FW is the only Air Force F-15 fighter wing in Europe, and consists of more than 4,500 active-duty military members.RAF Lakenheath is the largest U.S. Air Force-operated base in England, according to their website.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press Jamarius Burton has signed with Texas Tech after starting 52 games the past two seasons at Wichita State. Burton averaged 10.3 points and 3.4 assists per game as a sophomore for the Shockers last season.East Tennessee has added guard Jalen Johnson as a graduate transfer from Tennessee. Johnson started two of 31 games he played for the Vols last season, averaging 3.5 points and two rebounds.NHL-BLUES-SCANDELLABlues extend ScandellaST. LOUIS (AP) — The defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues have worked out a four-year extension with newly-acquired defenseman Marco Scandella. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBroncos’ Miller has coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — One of the NFL’s top players is being treated for the coronavirus. — The PGA Tour has hopes of a restart to the season at Colonial on June 11-14 and keeping fans away for at least the first month. Tour officials said Thursday that if government and health authorities give golf the green light, the tour will have an official event every week through Dec. 6 except for the week of Thanksgiving.— The start of the horse racing season at Belmont Park has been postponed indefinitely from the original April 24 date because of the coronavirus. However, the New York Racing Association says it’s committed to holding the Belmont Stakes this year.— The new CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association says he expects a decision on the status of the 2020 U.S. Open to be made by June. Mike Dowse said in a conference call with reporters Thursday that “time is on our side at this point” because the U.S. Open is not scheduled to begin until late August.— The International Skating Union has formally canceled its figure skating and short track world championships because of the pandemic. Both events were originally scheduled for last month but had already been postponed in the early days of the worldwide lockdown.— The NCAA is permitting coaches in all Division I sports to hold up to eight hours per week of virtual meetings and instruction with their players, beginning Monday and lasting through the end of May. Athletes will be required to have at least one day off per week and required physical activities continue to be prohibited. April 17, 2020 Mahoney played 21 games for the Bluejays after transferring from Southeast Missouri, averaging 12 points and 3.1 rebounds as a reserve wing.He can return to Creighton after going through the evaluation process by league executives as long as he doesn’t sign with an agent and withdraws from the draft by June 3.Sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu also announced he is leaving Illinois to enter the draft. Dosunmu was named a first team All-Big Ten selection last year and was fifth in the conference in scoring at 16.6 points, shooting 48.4 percent in the process.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TRANSFERSAaron Cook, Trey Murphy among latest hoops transfers Update on the latest sports — Family members say a former amateur boxer who in 1984 became the sport’s first black boxing referee and judge at the Olympic games has died. Carmen Williamson died from COVID-19 complications on April 8 at a hospital in Toledo, Ohio. He was 94.NFL-NEWSBrowns GM refutes Beckham trade reportUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta has dismissed a report the team is trying to trade star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Minnesota Vikings, saying it’s “completely false.”DePodesta says he knows Beckham is excited about the possibilities of what this offensive system could bring for him, adding that he’s excited to have Beckham.center_img LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California quarterback J.T. Daniels has entered the transfer portal, although head coach Clay Helton says he’d welcome him back if he decides to stay at USC.Daniels immediately became the Trojans’ starter as a freshman in 2018, passing for 2,672 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during an inconsistent season. He won the starting job again out of camp last summer but lost it to Kedon Slovis when Daniels injured a knee.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFTMahoney leaving Creighton for NBAUNDATED (AP) — Denzel Mahoney has joined Creighton teammate Ty-Shon Alexander in declaring for the NBA draft. UNDATED (AP) — College basketball players continue to switch teams through transfer rules.Gonzaga says Southern Illinois point guard Aaron Cook will be eligible to play for the Bulldogs next season. The 6-foot-2 Cook played in just six games last season before breaking his shooting hand against Murray State. Cook was leading the Salukis with 15 points and 3.3 assists a game when his season was cut short.Virginia coach Tony Bennett says Trey Murphy III has joined the Cavaliers as a transfer from Rice. The 6-foot-8 Murphy averaged 13.7 points as a sophomore and made 75 3-pointers for the Owls.Wake Forest has announced that Ian DuBose would play next year as a graduate transfer from Houston Baptist. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 19 points to lead the Southland Conference last season while also becoming that league’s men’s basketball student-athlete of the year with a 3.84 GPA.UConn has added guard Tyrese Martin, a transfer from Rhode Island. The 6-foot-6 rising junior started all 30 games for the Rams last season, averaging 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. — Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar says his three players that tested positive for the novel coronavirus are feeling better. Bednar said in a teleconference call the players followed the recommended guidelines and self-isolated.— Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen says he tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago. Allen is the first active NFL player to acknowledge testing positive during the coronavirus pandemic. He’s not hospitalized and is “feeling good,” according to a statement issued by the team.— UEFA (yoo-AY’-fuh) is hoping the Champions League final can be played at the end of August in Istanbul, three months after the competition’s showpiece was due to be staged. A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press the aim is to play the final on Saturday, Aug. 29. However, the person said that date is only feasible if European leagues are able to resume playing around July or August.— Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee will try to cut many of the extras out of next year’s postponed games. IOC member John Coates says the IOC priority was to direct “several hundreds of millions of dollars” to help struggling international sports federations and national Olympic committees stay afloat.— An Oakland Athletics minor league manager with COVID-19 has resumed breathing completely on his own for the first time in more than three weeks, according to his fiancee. Nikki Trudeaux says Webster Garrison no longer requires a ventilator but remains weak and unable to speak after having a tube down his throat. Garrison skippered the Class A Stockton Ports last season and is scheduled to manage in the rookie level Arizona League this year. The deal is worth $13.1 million and has an annual salary-cap hit of $3.275 million through the 2023-24 season. Scandella played 11 games with St. Louis and recorded one assist after coming over from Montreal in February before the trade deadline.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Von Miller’s agent says the Denver Broncos linebacker has tested positive for the coronavirus and wanted to come forward with his diagnosis to show doubters how serious the disease is. Joby Branion tells The Associated Press that Miller is in good spirits while resting at his home in Denver and that Miller plans to speak publicly about his diagnosis on Friday.Miller told KUSA-TV in Denver that he developed a cough a couple of days ago. When his nebulizer for his asthma didn’t clear things up, he decided to get tested for the coronavirus.Miller said last week he trained in San Francisco before returning home to Colorado when the stay-at-home measures went into effect to contain the virus.Miller was recently a unanimous pick to the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 2010s.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: Beckham was injured during his first season with the Browns after arriving from the New York Giants in a blockbuster trade 13 months ago.Also in the NFL:— The Saints have re-signed reserve running back and special teams regular Dwayne Washington. The four-year NFL veteran out of Washington has spent the past two seasons with New Orleans, carrying 35 times for 214 yards in that span. He also has had five special teams stops, a deflected punt and a blocked punt recovery in 29 games with the Saints.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-DANIELSDaniels looking to transferlast_img read more

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du Plessis stands by BLM movement

first_img(ESPNCrincinfo) – Faf du Plessis, South Africa’s Test and T20I captain until February this year, has admitted to having “got it wrong before” as he, alongside Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje and Marizanne Kapp became the first members of the white Afrikaans cricket community in South Africa to publicly voice their support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, joining Lungi Ngidi and 32 former players and five current coaches of colour.“In the last couple of months I have realised that we must choose our battles,” du Plessis, who along with Pretorius has indicated he will take a knee during the 3TC exhibition game on July 18, wrote in an Instagram post yesterday.“We are surrounded by many injustices in our country that require urgent attention and action to fix them. If we wait only for the ones that attack us personally, we will always live for ‘my way vs your way’ and that way leads us nowhere.“So I’ve remained silent, with the intent to listen, but not respond. Slowing down my point of view, but quicker to hear the pain of someone else, I knew that words would be lacking and that my understanding is not close to where it needs to be.“I surrender my opinions and take the knee as an intercessor. I acknowledge that South Africa is still hugely divided by racism and it is my personal responsibility to do my best to emphasise, hear the stories, learn and then be part of the solution with my thoughts, words and actions.”du Plessis acknowledged that his comment earlier this year, in which he had said the team did not see colour – when talking about Temba Bavuma being dropped from the Test team – was naïve.“I have gotten it wrong before. Good intentions were failed by a lack of perspective when I said on a platform that – I don’t see colour,” he said. “In my ignorance I silenced the struggles of others by placing my own view on it.“A race problem is a human race problem, if one part of the body hurts, we all stop, we empathise, we get perspective, we learn and then we tend to the hurting part of the body.“So I am saying that all lives don’t matter UNTIL black lives matter. I’m speaking up now, because if I wait to be perfect, I never will. I want to leave a legacy of empathy. The work needs to continue for the change to come and whether we agree or disagree, conversation is the vehicle for change.”last_img read more

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