Universities widen entrance criteria

first_imgTimothy Hands, Master of Oxford’s Magdalen College School, supported the university’s decision, noting that the existing admission process “is wonderful”. He told Cherwell, “Anyone in an independent school is fully in favour of making decisions on potential not just on prior attainment. The care given to admissions by Oxford and Cambridge is absolutely excellent, and it results in a holistic assessment of the individual.”Hannah Cusworth, Access and Academic Affairs Officer for OUSU, also praised the existing system, as “Oxford doesn’t just base its selection criteria on prior academic performance, many admission’s tutors focus much more on the academic potential of students they interview.”First-year Leanora Volpe too emphasised the importance of interviewing disadvantaged students, commenting “That’s what the interview is there for – to give an applicant a chance to show their potential and interest separate from their academic performance.”Clare Joyce, a University undergraduate, called the interview “the cornerstone of Oxford admissions”, but elaborated that “there is still more work to be done.” She felt that the university should also be “encouraging tutors when deliberating between candidates after the interview to consider educational and socioeconomic background.”The Oxford University Conservative Association, supported Oxford’s decision as “admission should remain on merit”. Miles Coates, President of the society, told Cherwell: “A system that discriminated against candidates on the basis of their school would be unfair.”However, Thomas Adams, co-chair elect of the Oxford University Labour Club, had more concerns. While he acknowledged the Government’s move to encourage more consideration of contextual date as “a step in the right direction”, he protested: “This entire situation is not helped by the ridiculous trebling of tuition fees which only puts off people from disadvantaged background from applying to university.”Nathan Akehurst, a first-year at Lincoln College, too suggested that the targets are “too little and too late”, commenting “We exist in a climate of course cuts, diminishing participation, job losses, and increasing marketisation of our educational institutions, and this is the real issue that needs addressing.” A new report from admissions experts suggests almost two-thirds of universities will include information surrounding students’ social class, parental education or school performance in selection criteria next year, to ensure the most disadvantaged candidates have a better chance of getting on to degree courses.The figures follow a warning from the Government’s Office for Fair Access (OFFA) that universities must be more “ambitious” in their efforts to “broaden their entrant pool” if they are to charge higher fees. Whilst it has previously been sufficient for institutions to generate more applications from disadvantaged students, for the first time next year they will be forced to set targets for the number of underprivileged undergraduates being admitted.A sharp rise on the number of universities currently employing “contextual” information during admissions, increasing institutions are planning to make lower-grade offers to those from poor-performing comprehensives or fast-track deprived candidates into interviews.The latest study, from the organisation Supporting Professionalism in Admissions, found that just over 40% of universities and colleges used contextual data to admit students last year, but noted that following the rise in tuition fees almost 63% “plan to use it in the future” to ensure poorer applicants are not deterred.The survey suggested that Russell Group universities, including Oxford, were “more likely to be using contextual data” than other institutions. Earlier this year, it was discovered that only one-in-seven Oxford students are eligible for a full state grant.However Oxford has denied that there will be any significant alterations to their admissions procedure. A spokesperson for the university’s admissions and education policy stated, “Oxford has in fact already been using a contextual data flagging system for the past three years, and will not be expanding or increasing its use of contextual data beyond the system already in place’“While the flagging system has changed slightly this year, the changes only amount to a slight shift in the number of flagging mechanisms. Oxford will continue to use a contextual flagging system to identify additional candidates to be invited for interview only. This information plays no part in deciding which candidates get an offer, or what that offer is, and there are no plans to change or extend the contextual data flagging system to encompass the offer-making process.’last_img read more

PRO14 round-up: Scarlets hold off Connacht, Gavin Coombes helps Munster to victory | Rugby Union News

first_img Connacht try-scorer Ultan Dillane takes on the Scarlets defence All of the action from the weekend’s two PRO14 matches which saw Scarlets defeat Connacht and Munster victorious against Ospreys. There are three more matches on Monday evening. Last Updated: 15/11/20 5:09pm Munster celebrate one of Gavin Coombes’ tries in their win over Ospreys – Advertisement – The hosts lost their way late on though and the Welsh side rallied with Lake’s score and a penalty try from a scrum following Jack O’Donoghue being sent to the sin-bin. Dane Blacker’s 43rd-minute breakaway effort, converted by Dan Jones who kicked a penalty earlier in the game as well, proved enough to secure Scarlets the win which moved them up to second in Conference B.Blacker’s converted score had put the Welsh side into a 13-point lead, but Connacht mounted a fightback and replacement Kieran Marmion knocked on close to the line.All-action flanker Paul Boyle sparked some of their best play and lock Ultan Dillane drove over from close range on the hour mark, followed by Jack Carty converting. Connacht had enough pressure to force a third try late on, but replacement Denis Buckley knocked on close to the line under pressure from Uzair Cassiem as Scarlets hung on for their first victory in Galway since April 2017.Munster 38-22 OspreysHat-trick hero Gavin Coombes was in unstoppable form as Munster recorded a win over Ospreys at Thomond Park on Sunday.The Skibbereen youngster starred as Johann van Graan’s men collected a bonus point to go eight points clear at the top of Conference B.Munster built a 24-10 half-time lead with converted tries from No. 8 Coombes, Mike Haley and Kevin O’Byrne cancelling out an early Luke Morgan effort.After grabbing a second try during Morgan’s sin-bin period, Coombes completed his hat-trick in the 53rd minute. It was five tries to three in the end, with Ospreys forcing a late penalty try to add to Dewi Lake’s maul score.Ospreys bounced back from Bradley Davies’ departure with a shoulder injury to take the lead through Morgan’s try which was converted by Stephen Myler, but from that point on Munster were in control.center_img – Advertisement – We round up the weekend’s PRO14 action as Scarlets won in Galway for the first time in three years and Gavin Coombes starred for Munster in their victory at home to Ospreys…Connacht 14-20 ScarletsRyan Conbeer made it three tries in two games as Scarlets’ swashbuckling attack earned them a win over Connacht in heavy wind and rain at the Sportsground on Saturday.The former Wales U20 international ran in two tries in the first half as the Llanelli-based outfit led 13-7 at the interval, with Abraham Papali’i having responded for the hosts with a converted try.- Advertisement – Gavin Coombes was the hat-trick hero for Munster Gavin Coombes was the hat-trick hero for Munster

Rafael Benitez to build Real Madrid around Gareth Bale

first_imgGareth Bale could be set for a starring role for Real Madrid as coach Rafa Benitez uses him as a number 10 this season.The Welshman played behind striker Jese in Saturday’s friendly against Roma in a move Benitez confirmed “was not an experiment”.Bale was largely used on the right flank by previous coach Carlo Ancelotti, with James Rodriguez and Isco used most frequently behind the striker. Despite failing to ignite Real’s attack in the 0-0 draw with Roma – and apparently upsetting Cristiano Ronaldo by not passing to him – Bale appears set for a central role.Ronaldo expressed frustration with Bale last season and reports in Spain suggested the Portuguese was unimpressed by his team-mate on Saturday – yet Benitez is a big fan of Bale. “Playing him in behind the striker is an option and I like it,” said Benitez. “It’s not an experiment and I think that it’s an interesting possibility for other games if he likes it there.”Madrid daily Marca believes Bale will be central to Real’s fortunes despite being jeered by some fans at the end of a difficult second season at the Bernabeu. The move could lead to a greater balance in a Real Madrid team that has been worryingly reliant on the goals of Ronaldo.Despite ostensibly lining up on the left wing, Ronaldo has scored 280 goals in his last five seasons and notched a personal best tally of 48 Liga goals last season.Benitez has been careful not to single Ronaldo out as a star player, saying on Friday: “Ronaldo, Bale, all of them — they are so good. For me it’s not a problem. James (Rodriguez), Isco, (Karim) Benzema, Ronaldo or Bale, we have an option with all of them.” –last_img read more

Angels’ Zack Cozart might need a new swing because of his repaired shoulder

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “I don’t know how I’d go about that, but it’s a possibility for sure,” he said. “If I get the pain to go away and can’t get the full motion that I need to get, there has to be an adjustment mechanically.”In the second year of a three-year, $39-million contract, Cozart has hit .190 with the Angels. This season he’s hitting .124 with no homers and only two doubles.He said he previously hadn’t thought his shoulder was an issue because he didn’t feel any pain, until recently. He has felt tightness throughout, which he said has limited his mobility.Last June Cozart hurt his shoulder when he hit the ground on a dive. The joint had been loose for years, Cozart said, and the surgery to repair the labrum tightened it up.“My issue is the surgery worked,” Cozart said. “My shoulder is super tight. … Dr. (Neal) ElAttrache told me my shoulder wouldn’t feel the same for a long time. It might be 18 months or two years. When he told me that, I was thinking mainly about a pain thing, but looking back I think it’s more of a mobility thing. I don’t have as much flexibility because of the surgery, so that’s something we have to work on.” PITCHER BINGEThe Angels took pitchers with all eight of their selections on the second day of the draft, which went through the 10th round on Tuesday.Third-round pick Jack Kochanowicz, a high school left-hander from Pennsylvania, is expected to warrant bonus above the slot value of $637,000 to buy him out of a commitment to Virginia.Erik Rivera, the fourth-round pick, was selected as a two-way player out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. He’s a left-handed pitcher and outfielder.Their next six picks were college pitchers, including 10th-rounder Chad Sykes of North Carolina-Greensboro. Sykes led Division I with an 0.93 ERA. Skykes, however, is a fifth-year senior with no leverage, so the Angels are likely to sign him for well below the slot value of that pick, which will give them extra money to give to other selections.The draft concludes with 30 more rounds on Wednesday.ALSOJustin Upton ran the bases, did some fielding drills and took batting practice on Tuesday. Manager Brad Ausmus said Upton is likely to be ready to face some live pitching sometime on this homestand, and then he’ll need a rehab assignment. …Matt Harvey, who is on the injured list with a back issue, said he’s thrown two bullpen sessions and he is now healthy. Ausmus said Harvey will need a rehab assignment, but they aren’t sure when that will be. …Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ANAHEIM — Zack Cozart’s trip to the injured list may also send him back to the drawing board.Cozart said Tuesday that since having shoulder surgery last year he’s lost mobility in the joint, which has changed his swing.“From a mechanical standpoint, I’m not the same as I was last year,” Cozart said Tuesday, his first time talking to the media since he was placed on the IL with shoulder inflammation a week earlier. “I haven’t gone this long without having some sort of power. I don’t have anything behind (my swing) at this moment.”Cozart said he’s talked to the Angels hitting coaches about reworking his entire swing.center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Kevan Smith, who is on the concussion list, was set for a full workout, including catching and hitting, on Tuesday. If he got through that OK, he would repeat it on Wednesday, and then the Angels would decide whether he’s ready to be activated. …The Angels are giving their starters another extra day of rest by inserting a sixth starter into the rotation on Saturday. They haven’t announced who it will be, but it can’t be José Suarez, who must be optioned for at least 10 days unless he’s replacing an injured player. It could be Nick Tropeano. …The Angels’ June 23 game in St. Louis has been added to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball schedule, moving the start time to 4 p.m. PT.UP NEXTAngels (opener TBD before Félix Peña, 3-1, 3.42) vs. A’s (RHP Daniel Mengden, 1-1, 3.05), Wednesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more