Oxford takes part in new scheme to help local schools

first_imgOxford City Council has announced plans to collaborate with the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes in order to help improve the literacy and numeracy of primary school children in Oxford.The new ‘Leadership for Learning’ campaign is funded by Oxford CityCouncil. It will provide training days for staff and governors at eleven Oxford primary schools, as well as inviting parents to partake in a series of public seminars on issues relating to the education of their children.The programme was initially queried by Craig Simmons, an Oxford City Councillor, who expressed concerns over whether the programme was funding work which is already being carried out by Oxford and Oxford Brookes universities. He was quoted in the Oxford Mail last Friday as saying, “This is a huge issue. The council is strapped for cash and should not be subsidising the university to do things it should be doing anyway.”Yet after consulting the City Council on the specifics of the programme, Simmons told Cherwell, “Although some of the City Council money WILL go to the universities, it is to be spent on improving educational attainment in primary schools, which would constitute a clear extension of the outreach work.”He also commented, “I think thatmthis work is essential in widening access to higher education. I very much support the current Oxford City Learning Partnership which is spearheading this work.”However, Simmons also expressed a continuing concern to ensure that the programme is effective in achieving its stated aims, commenting, “I will, however, continue to liaise with officers to ensure that maximum benefit is gained from the additional City Council investment.”Anna McIntyre, a college access officer, told Cherwell, ‘‘I think it’s wonderfulthat both Oxford universities are getting involved in planting the first seeds of high aspirations in children that would otherwise perhaps not be recognised as needing it until late in their secondary school life, which is too late.”She qualified this, however, adding, “I feel the council should be doing more to directly help these schools themselves and not just pull in universities to help out: the universities will be using government funds, not their own money.”last_img read more

Initiative on Contemporary Islamic Societies receives $156,000 grant

first_imgHarvard’s interdisciplinary Initiative on Contemporary Islamic Societies, led by Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies Cemal Kafadar, was recently awarded a $156,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant enables Kafadar, Research Associate Derya Honça, and Harvard Law School’s Wertheim Fellow Emran Qureshi to develop a collaborative research network exploring peace, coexistence, and conflict in Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority countries spanning Europe, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia. The research network, to be launched during a conference in fall 2011, will bring together scholars whose expertise in particular geographic, religious, social, and political contexts contributes to a broader understanding of pluralism and human diversity across Muslim societies. The initiative is housed at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.last_img read more

Core integrations are hurting credit unions

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Core Integrations are the technical barrier that is hurting credit unions and their members. This is not just a bold statement but it is our reality. Credit unions now operate in a world multiple vendors (30+ vendors for most credit unions) requiring integration into core. Plus all of this third party data must be visible for a credit union to understand their business, member and processes.Today these integrations are costing credit unions and their chosen vendors thousands upon thousands of dollars and are slowing down our speed to market.This Technical barrier must go away.The credit union reality today is our members can change financial institutions with a point and click. New vendor applications, products and services that our competition is launching are needed by credit unions if they want to keep members and to get them more engaged. We used to think our competition was the bank down the street, but today our competition is not a block away but a point and click away. To stay relevant credit unions are facing an integration crisis that has a direct member impact. They have to choose less than “best of breed” products and services because of this cost of integration or if they decide to choose the “best of breed”, they are put into development queues that are very long and costly. continue reading »last_img read more

Arteta hopeful FA Cup win will keep Aubameyang at Arsenal

first_imgMikel Arteta remains hopeful Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will stay at Arsenal to lead the Gunners to more success after scoring twice to beat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final on Saturday. The Gabon international dropped the trophy before lifting his first piece of silverware since moving to English football from Borussia Dortmund two and a half years ago. Victory secured Arsenal’s place in the Europa League next season as they risked missing out on European football for the first time in 25 years after finishing eighth in the Premier League. But with Aubameyang facing another season without Champions League football and just one year left on his contract at the Emirates, the Gabon international has been linked with a move away this summer. Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway StationsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Movies Where A Car Plays A Key RoleHow Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole Movie7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TVA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much “I think he wants to stay, it is about getting the deal done. “I think moments like that will help to realise and give him belief that we are in the right path and he is a big part of it.” Arteta also played his part to win a trophy in his first season in a senior managerial role after Chelsea made a blistering start in the eerie surroundings of an empty Wembley. Read Also: JUST-IN: Arteta’s Arsenal lifts 2019-20 FA Cup The Blues had already achieved their primary goal from Frank Lampard’s first season in charge by securing a place in next season’s Champions League last weekend and started confidently as Christian Pulisic’s composed finish opened the scoring just five minutes in. “We started well for 10-15 minutes and we can only blame ourselves form that point,” said Lampard. “We got complacent, we took time on the ball like it was a stroll and we allowed them into the game.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “He needs more experience with trophies. We can get him used to that,” joked Arteta at Aubameyang’s mishap with the trophy lift. “He knows what I think about him, I want to build a squad around him.” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) reacts after dropping the FA Cuplast_img read more

IHOC : SU defenders bring scoring punch to offensive attack

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Paul Flanagan pushed his defenders to join the offensive rush all last week in practice.And with Syracuse trailing Clarkson 2-1 last Friday, the SU head coach’s strategy paid off. Freshman defender Kaillie Goodnough crept forward into the neutral zone, collected a loose puck at the point and blasted a shot through traffic that found its way past the Clarkson goaltender for her first career goal.‘We’re trying to encourage that, defensively trying to rush up when we can,’ Flanagan said after the game Friday. ‘The exchange of puck between defense and offense is very important. We’re getting consistent now with sustaining some pressure on teams.’SU’s defense is focused on bringing that same offensive aggression when the Orange (2-4, 0-0 College Hockey America) takes on Colgate (2-2, 0-0 ECAC Women’s Hockey League) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Flanagan and the newly improved defense will try to lead SU to a victory over its in-state rival in the first game of a five-game homestand at Tennity Ice Pavilion.Until last season, Colgate was the more successful team in head-to-head matchups, holding a 3-0 edge in the all-time series. But the Orange notched its first win against the Raiders with a 4-3 victory on Nov. 23, 2010.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTo start a streak of its own in the series, Syracuse will rely on its defense to keep the Colgate offense in check and to add some scoring punch.It starts with stopping Colgate forward Brittany Phillips, who is tied for first in the nation with 2.5 points per game. SU will need to play with the same physicality it did against Clarkson. The Orange didn’t allow the Golden Knights’ forwards much space to skate around and make plays.‘We tried to play them really physical on the body and weren’t allowing them any space,’ SU forward Margot Scharfe said Friday.The Orange must also get its defense involved in the offense again.In practice, Flanagan continued to stress commanding the neutral zone to his defenders. The coaching staff placed a large emphasis on having the defensive players push into offensive zone, leading to more shots and an increased time of attack.That tactic will benefit the Syracuse power play, which struggled against Clarkson in game two of the series on Saturday. The Orange only managed six shots on five power-play opportunities.When defenders creep closer into the neutral zone, the offense has a better chance of spreading the puck, which is a huge relief for forwards like senior captain Megan Skelly.‘The defense jumping in the play helps a lot because it gives us more possession and better shots,’ Skelly said. ‘If the puck comes squirting out and the defense is there, we can keep possession for three minutes compared to 30 seconds.’On power-play opportunities, it isn’t easy to attack the net. With defenders rushing the offensive zone, they create more outside shots and more chances to put back rebounds, junior Jacquie Greco said.And Flanagan is confident in the ability of his defenders to be cognizant at all times on the ice. Flanagan wants most Orange defenders to consider themselves forwards on the attack. The players must pick and choose when to be aggressive and when to stay back on defense.Goodnough and senior defender Taylor Metcalfe found that balance last Friday against Clarkson.Metcalfe was all over the ice, tallying three shots in the third period while limiting the Clarkson forwards to just four shots. And Goodnough scored her first career goal to even the score 2-2.Right now, the Orange just needs a win after getting swept by Clarkson last weekend. And that starts with the play of the defense.‘If the opposition has to worry about the defender jumping into the play, that’s going to free up one of our forwards,’ Flanagan said. ‘Hopefully that will give them a little more time and space to make plays.’[email protected] Published on October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Softball: Badgers go 4-1 in final non-conference tournament of season

first_imgThe No. 23 University of Wisconsin softball team (21-3) continued to make positive waves in the collegiate softball world after posting a 4–1 record at the University of South Florida Invitational Tournament.The Badgers held onto their No. 23 ranking after the tournament and added another Big Ten Player of the Week Award to their resume.Junior Kayla Konwent was honored with the award after dominating the competition.Wisconsin began the weekend with a matchup versus the University of Massachusetts.The Badgers picked up their eighth win by run rule this season, defeating UMass 8–0 Friday morning.Konwent kicked off her dominant performance by giving the Badgers the lead in her leadoff at-bat by sending a home run over the fence.She would go a perfect four-for-four in the game including a two-run RBI single in the second and another home run in the fifth.Haley Hestekin would pick up the win in the circle for the Badgers, striking out six in four innings and improving her record to 9-1 on the season.Women’s hockey: Why the women’s hockey team deserves more cloutThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is undoubtedly one of the most successful athletic programs on campus. With four Read…Wisconsin’s next matchup, this time against the University of South Florida, would prove more challenging. The Badgers would fall 7-1 on USF’s home field, dropping only their third game of the season.The Badgers were shut down by USF pitcher Georgina Corrick. Corrick held the Badgers to just two hits, which came from Ally Miklesh and Taylor Johnson.Defensively, the Badger pitching staff struggled to contain USF’s powerful lineup.Though the Badgers only trailed by two runs in the sixth inning, USF turned on the jets and powered in four more runs to seal the game.Following the loss, Wisconsin looked to get back on track against Central Michigan Saturday. They were able to overcome the USF loss and beat the Chippewas 2–0.While the rest of the Badgers struggled again offensively, Konwent was in characteristic form, scoring again in the first at-bat of the game.The second run came off a Melanie Cross single to score Tyra Turner.Scoring aside, the story of the game was junior pitcher Kaitlyn Menz’s seven-inning outing. Menz pitched a shutout while only allowing seven hits and striking out three, giving her a 6-1 record this season.The Badgers faced Furman University in their second game Saturday.Leading the way offensively for the Badges was Jordan Little, who went two-for-three with one RBI and a triple for Wisconsin.Football: A closer look at Alex Hornibrook’s record as he departs WisconsinAlex Hornibrook’s 26-6 record is the best for any quarterback in program history, yet his performance often contradicted his team’s Read…Hestekin took her second win of the weekend, pitching all seven innings and recording seven strikeouts to help give Wisconsin a 4–1 win.The Badgers finished the weekend with another run-rule win over Villanova, 13–1.A thirteen run, dominant performance was highlighted by another spectacular performance by Konwent.Konwent went three-for-three with three RBIs to cap off her spectacular weekend, improving her application for Big Ten Player of the Week.Last week’s Big Ten Player of the week — Wisconsin’s Caroline Hedgcock — also shined against Villanova with three RBIs on two hits including a three-run home run in the first inning.Stephanie Lombardo and Little followed suit by knocking home runs of their own in the third inning.A commanding offensive performance capped off a successful weekend for the Badgers before they start their Big Ten schedule after spring break.The Badgers will face Illinois in the Big Ten opening series Friday, March 22 in Champaign, Illinois. The game is available on BTN+ or follow live stats at uwbadgers.com.last_img read more