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July 11, 2011

Data shows university entry gap

 By Sanchia Berg BBC Today programme Cambridge University Cambridge and Oxford Universities are under pressure to boost their intakes of poorer students Just five schools in England sent more pupils to Oxford and Cambridge over three years than nearly 2,000 others combined, researchers have found.

The Sutton Trust charity has published, for the first time, school-by-school data on entry to higher education.

BBC analysis of the data showed that private schools often get more pupils into selective universities than state ones with similar A-level results do.

Universities called for more freedom in offering places to bright state pupils.

The Sutton Trust has combined individual schools’ A-level results with data from the university admissions body Ucas.

Its table shows, by individual school, what percentage of pupils went forward into higher education in general, and what percentage went to a list of 30 universities the charity considers “highly selective”.

Four independent schools – Eton, Westminster, St Paul’s Boys and St Paul’s Girls – and state-funded Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, together sent 946 pupils to Oxford and Cambridge between 2007 and 2009.

By contrast, 2,000 lower-performing schools combined sent a total of 927 students to the two elite universities, the Sutton Trust found.

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A bright student is a bright student is a bright student… it doesn’t matter what their school or educational background is, the interview will allow us to pull that out”

End Quote Mike Nicholson Director of undergraduate admissions, Oxford University Many of these schools sent no pupils at all, or on average fewer than one per year.

The BBC used the data to compare schools with similar average A-level points against each other, and found that the figures suggested a gap remained between independent and state schools’ university admissions.

For example, among schools where pupils achieved an average of 801-850 A-level points each (900 is equivalent to three A grades), 26% of the comprehensive school pupils went on to the selective universities, compared with 45% of the independent school pupils.

And for schools with 851-900 A-Level points per student, 50% of independent school pupils got places at the selective universities, while only 32% of comprehensive pupils did.

Sutton Trust chairman Sir Peter Lampl said “stark inequalities” in university entrance were driven primarily by the exam results.

Independent and selective state schools tend to dominate the highest A-level grade scores.

But he added that the data “reveals that university chances can vary dramatically for schools with similar average grades”.

The Trust also noted that pupils from high attaining independent schools put in more applications to highly selective universities than comprehensive school peers with similar grades.

‘Subjects are key’

However, the Russell Group, which represents 20 leading universities, said it was concerned that the Sutton Trust report failed to explain fully the reasons behind the gap.

Graduates at Birmingham University Universities say A-level subject choice is often a factor in place offers

It said a simple A-level point score does not show what subjects were taken, nor exactly what grades were achieved.

Professor Anna Vignoles of the Institute of Education has researched the issue.

She also notes that students with good grades may still not have studied the required subjects for certain courses.

And she adds that a points average might camouflage wide grade variation within an individual school.

But even so, there is still some disparity in acceptances between independent and state schools with similar grades which could not be explained away, she said.

“In our research, not all of that gap disappears even when you account for subject and choice at A-level.”

Mike Nicholson, director of undergraduate admissions at Oxford, said that the university targeted state schools which had little or no history of sending pupils there.

In recent years, state school applications had risen, he added.

During the selection process, the university now flags up candidates with excellent results who are from disadvantaged backgrounds – whether from an under-achieving school, a postcode indicating deprivation, or time spent in the care system.

Such candidates may be fast-tracked to interview.

“A bright student is a bright student is a bright student… it doesn’t matter what their school or educational background is, the interview will allow us to pull that out,” said Mr Nicholson.

‘Damning indictment’

Universities UK, the vice-chancellors’ umbrella body, called on the government to demonstrate a “strong will and commitment” in backing the use of such information – sometimes called “contextual data” – about deprived students’ backgrounds, in university admissions processes.

In its recent White Paper, the government outlined plans to allow universities to offer as many places as they want to students with AAB grades at A-level.

These must “explicitly allow universities to use contextual data in the admissions process”, said UUK president Professor Sir Steve Smith.

“However, we must make sure that efforts to increase the participation rate of disadvantaged students isn’t focused solely on a handful of the most competitive courses and universities,” he added.

The University and College Union said the report showed that an expansion of places for students with AAB grades “would most likely be filled by students from the most privileged backgrounds”.

“This government’s higher education policy seems driven by a desire to reserve places at some institutions for the most privileged,” said UCU general secretary Sally Hunt.

But the Schools Minister Nick Gibb said the report was a “damning indictment” of “Labour’s failure to improve social mobility”.

“Despite all their promises, they left hundreds of thousands of children with little to no chance of getting to the best universities,” he said.

Mr Gibb said the government was tackling the problem by improving schools and targeting funding at the poorest pupils.

But critics, including Labour, argue that the government’s decision to allow universities to charge up to £9,000 per year in tuition fees is likely to put off students from deprived backgrounds.

The fees are paid up front by the government in the form of a loan, which is then paid back after the student graduates and is earning above £21,000 a year.

The Office of Fair Access is due next week to publish the “access agreements” under which universities wanting to charge higher fees commit to targets for recruiting disadvantaged students.

July 11, 2011

University fee increases go ahead

BBC Wales political correspondent Ciaran Jenkins asks pupils in Swansea how their plans for the future are being affected by the fees shake up

Eight out of 10 universities in Wales will charge maximum tuition fees of £9,000 per year for some or all their courses, it has been announced.

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales said every institution has had their plans to increase fees from September 2012 accepted.

Universities’ initial proposals were all rejected last month.

The National Union of Students in Wales said the decision was a “sad day for higher education in Wales”.

Students from Wales will have the increase in fees paid for them by the Welsh Government, which now faces a bill of around £280m a year to finance the grants.

It is thought most Welsh students will pay roughly £3,400 a year.

Continue reading the main story £9,000: Cardiff, Bangor, Aberystwyth, Swansea, Glamorgan, Newport (some £8,250), Uwic, Trinity Saint David (for undergraduate teacher training in Welsh and English)£8,500: Swansea Metropolitan (exc art & design courses, which are £8,750)£5,850-£7,750: Glyndwr University (£6,643 average) Source: HEFCWBut First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “We are confident that we can pay for the tuition fees policy during the course of this government.”

Applicants from European Union countries will also be eligible for the subsidy, though students from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will pay the full rate.

The University and College Union (UCU) urged institutions to be cautious on how much they charge for courses.

It is concerned that charging £9,000 a year would be off-putting for some students, especially at institutions which are “renowned for local delivery and widening access in our communities”.

“These courses provide a lifeline to many people trying to move up the social ladder, and for them to be put off by higher fees would be disastrous.”

However, Higher Education Wales (HEW), the representative body for universities in Wales, welcomed the approval.

HEW director Amanda Wilkinson said: “This has been a very testing but worthwhile process.

“Universities have emerged with stronger plans to deliver for students and prospective learners from backgrounds with little tradition of going to university. We can now move forward to putting these positive and far reaching plans into action.”

In rejecting all initial applications, HEFCW said it encouraged institutions to set more ambitious targets.

Universities were told they need to meet certain requirements, including on equal access and improving the student experience.

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Chad Collins is a lower sixth-former at Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe, and is hoping to study physiotherapy at Cardiff University.

“I don’t really mind about the fees. It’s a case of whether I do well in my exams, whether I am willing to go for the degree in Cardiff. With fees. fair enough, that the Welsh Government will pay most of it, but again, it’s quite daunting for most students who have a poorer background.

“At the end of the day, I’m really motivated to go to university no matter what the fees are. It’s just a case of what my results are like on results day. I find that no matter what degree I do, I’ll still have to pay anyway after graduation in university.” He added: “The cheaper the fees, the better it is for students to be able to go from their A-Levels straight into their degree in whichever university and it will be better off for the students.”

Ben Knight-Gregson is studying for a masters degree in physics at Swansea University.

“There’s always going to be scholarships and bursaries and such and if you actually go out and look away from university there are many scholarships and bursaries from research institutes and different charities etc. I’m of the opinion that it’s great trying to get everybody as equal an opportunity to come to university as they can, and obviously with the fees being risen that could cause an issue for some people, but I don’t see what the problem is with regards trying to encourage more people from poorer backgrounds when everybody’s given the opportunity to have the same financial assistance if needs be.”

The Office for Fair Access is due to announce on Tuesday whether universities in England have had their fee plans accepted.

Cardiff, Bangor, Aberystwyth, Swansea, Glamorgan and the University of Wales Newport all wish to charge £9,000 fees, although Newport will offer some courses at £8,250.

Institutions whose fee plans are rejected will have the right to appeal.

On Monday, Wrexham Glyndwr University confirmed an average fee of £6,643 for full-time undergraduate degrees, saying it adopted a model of differentiated rates as some degrees are more expensive to offer than others.

Professor Michael Scott, Glyndwr University vice-chancellor said: “We are not seeking the highest fees to replace teaching grants into the university, we are seeking to continue to do the best thing for our students and community.”

Swansea University vice-chancellor Prof Richard Davies said his university needed to be able to charge the full amount to maintain its high standards.

“It is no secret at all that we have requested to be able to charge fees at £9,000 a year. We’ve done our sums very carefully.

“We have to replace a very large amount of public funding that is being withdrawn and it’s important that we maintain our student experience, the quality of our student experience, and the facilities that we provide for students here.”

University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC), will also charge £9,000 a year.

“These fees will allow the University to continue to provide a university experience of the highest quality to students from a wide range of backgrounds and to provide funds for additional student facilities,” a statement said.

Students from Wales will have the increase paid for them by the Welsh Government, wherever in the UK they study.

Full amount

Based on the Welsh Government’s calculations, this would see about £50m a year of its budget going to universities in England, as students from Wales take their grants over the border.

The policy is costed on the basis of fees being £7,000 on average.

The total cost of the policy over nine years would be £1.5bn although this would be offset by a 35% cut to university budgets.

However, questions have been asked about its affordability if average fees are nearer £9,000.

Education Minister Leighton Andrews has said he would look again at the “balance of funding between different elements of the higher education and student finance resource budget” in such a situation.

In June it emerged that the body implementing Welsh Government policy on subsidising university tuition fees did not understand how it would work, three months after it was announced.

HEFCW chief executive Prof Philip Gummett warned in e-mails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act that the education minister’s public statements on the issue did not make sense.

In a later e-mail, Prof Gummett said he did not understand the modelling which lay behind the government’s policy.

Baroness Jenny Randerson, a Welsh Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, said she feared the policy had been “drawn up on the back of an envelope”.

July 11, 2011

University plans Racecourse bid

By Brendon Williams BBC Wales News Glyndwr University Glyndwr University is a few hundred metres from the Racecourse ground Glyndwr University is discussing plans which could see it buy into Wrexham FC’s Racecourse ground, BBC Wales has learned.

As a charity, the university could not take responsibility for the team, but it is in discussions about the ground, and the Gresford training facility.

It is not clear whether the university wants to buy the ground outright, or with partners.

Wrexham FC owners Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts visited Glyndwr on Friday.

A Glyndwr University spokesperson said: “Glyndwr University is part of continuing discussions about the future of the Racecourse ground and the Gresford training facility.

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The university is keen to ensure that the stadium and training ground are used for the purpose of sport, educational users and as a community asset ”

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‘Future survival’

“The university is keen to ensure that the stadium and training ground are used for the purpose of sport, educational users and as a community asset to cater for the existing users of the stadium and the people of Wrexham and North Wales.

“The university can offer no further comment at this stage.”

Last week, Wrexham Supporters’ Trust (WST) said it was set to make an offer to buy the club, the Racecourse ground and the training ground “with the aid of third parties”.

It is not clear how the trust’s offer might be affected if the university launched a sole bid to buy the ground, or a share in it.

A spokesman declined to comment on whether it was talking to the university, but added: “Wrexham Supporters’ Trust has been, and is, in talks with all parties who are interested in the future survival of Wrexham Football Club and its assets.”

Wrexham Village, the holding company which owns Wrexham FC, also owns the Racecourse and the club’s training facility.

Owners Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts visited the university on Friday.

There have been twists and turns over the future ownership of the club and ground since the start of the year.

The owners announced the Blue Square Premier club was for sale in January, and WST has been interested in a deal from the start.

It was part of a joint bid with local hotelier Stephanie Booth before she later withdrew her offer.

In May, businessman Colin Poole pledged cash for a takeover with the WST having a 25.1% share, before he also pulled out.

Since then, WST has been in talks over a full takeover putting the club into community ownership.

If the university bought into the ground, it could follow a similar arrangement in West Yorkshire, where Leeds Metropolitan University contributed £14m towards a new pavilion at the Headingley stadium.

The Carnegie Pavilion, which opened last year, is used as a cricket pavilion and media centre during the season, and a teaching facility for the university during the academic year.

July 4, 2011

Karachi University BA Part 2 Result 2010

Karachi: 01 July:The Examinations Department, University of Karachi (KU) on Friday declared the result of B.A. Part-II and Both Parts (Regular) Annual Examination 2010.

According to the gazette issued, 9,160 candidates were registered for the examinations of which 8,848 appeared and 684 students passed the exams with first division while 2,225 and 55 candidates got second and third divisions respectively. The overall pass percentage was 33.50 per cent.
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Karachi University B.A Part 2 Result 2010

The result of four candidates was withheld for the want of enrolment whereas three results were not issued and the candidates were asked to submit their particulars. Furthermore, results of 20 candidates were withheld as they had changed their subjects without any prior permission.

At least 13 unfair means cases were reported, the officials of the examinations department said. Hadiya Saleem daughter of Muhammad Saleem, a student of BAMM PECHS Government College for Women, having seat number 112912, clinched the first position with 783 marks out of 1000.

Meanwhile, Anum Rafique daughter of Muhammad Rafique, another student of BAMM PECHS Government College for Women, having seat number 112871, secured second position with 760 marks. A student of Khursheed Government Girls Degree College Asia Ashraf daughter of Muhammad Ashraf, having seat number 111358, bagged the third position with 751 marks.

admit cards: The Controller of Examinations, University of Karachi (KU), on Friday announced that the MA external (Previous and Final) annual examination-2010 would commence from July 4.

According to a press release issued here, the KU examination department has dispatched all admit cards and examination schedule at the addresses of all candidates. The candidates, who have not received their admit cards should get their duplicate cards by July 2 (today) from Room No 1, Silver Jubilee Gate of KU from 10am to 1pm, he said.

Meanwhile, the Registrar of KU has announced the candidates of BA, B.Com, B.Sc and Improvement of Division could submit their registration forms till July 14 along with a fee of Rs2300 from 9am to 1pm at the bank counters of Silver Jubilee Gate, KU.The news.

July 4, 2011

Shah Latif University LLB exam date announced

Khairpur: Controller Examinations Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur Barkatullah Qureshi has announced that annual examination of all law colleges of Sukkur and Larkana regions for the year 2011 LLB Part-I, II and III will commence from 11th of July to 30th of July 2011 in the evening time.
Appearing students are advised to visit their respective colleges/centers to note the schedule. The nation

July 4, 2011

Pak students visit Leeds University

LAHORE:A delegation of position holder students, currently on a tour to European countries, visited the renowned Leeds University of the UK and also met Nobel laureate scientist Kostya Novo Soleve. According to a DGPR handout issued here on Friday, the international officer of Leeds University welcomed the delegation at the university. He said the university was established in 1904 and it was considered one of leading universities of the world.The news.

July 4, 2011

UNIVERSITY of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Ceremony

LAHORE:UNIVERSITY of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) organised a certificate distribution ceremony at the end of a two-month training workshop on artificial insemination on Friday.

UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz hoped that young professionals had learnt latest techniques, including animal heat detection programme and examination of pregnancy to take care of livestock in more effective way.

He said the training workshop always helped hone skill and expertise of professional.

UVAS Dean Faculty of Veterinary Science Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad explained that artificial insemination could bring a big change in improving milk and meat to enhance the economics of northern area.

He gave a challenge to the livestock workers who had completed the two-month training to execute the skills, especially for Hunza, Sakardu, Gilgit and Chitral.The news.

July 4, 2011

Punjab University Budget Approved

LAHORE, July 2: The Punjab University Syndicate has approved a hefty Rs1.199 billion deficit budget for the financial year 2011-12 blaming that the federal government did not grant to meet the payment of enhanced salaries and pension.

The university administration says the impact of enhanced salaries and pension during the current financial year will be Rs533.623 million.

Overall, the Syndicate meeting presided over by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has approved a budget of Rs5.024 billion, while expecting an income of Rs3.826 billion.

Of total expected income, the PU administration has calculated that it will generate some Rs2.543 billion (66 per cent) from its own resources and get a Rs1.283 billion (34 per cent) grant from the Higher Education Commission, including Rs29.016 million for the Tenure Track System.

The break-up of Rs5.024 billion expenditure shows that the university expects to spend Rs2.281 billion on payment of pay and regular allowances, Rs634.102 million on other allowances and benefits, Rs406.027 million on pension, Rs305.951 million on utility charges, Rs396.750 million on conduct and remuneration of examination, Rs654.976 million on other current expenditure, Rs255.245 million on development expenditure. It will also spend Rs29.016 million on tenure track system and offer scholarships to students to the tune of Rs61.360 million.

This year, the PU Syndicate approved establishment of three endowment funds – Pension Endowment Fund, Research Endowment Fund and Employees Welfare Fund.

It may be mentioned that the Research Endowment Fund was established in 1998 with an initial grant of Rs50 million by the then prime minister. The Syndicate decided that the Research Endowment Fund would be strengthened by contribution from the university, contribution from federal and provincial governments, donations and contributions from other sources at home and abroad.

The PU Employees Welfare Fund will be utilised for the welfare of university`s regular employees of BPS-1 to 16 and their families. The university will initially contribute and invest an amount of Rs20 million and thereafter will contribute Rs3 million on an annual basis. It will use the income of the fund for welfare of employees by providing them interest-free loans, giving financial assistance, offering performance-based awards, making special grants to its employees in exceptional cases, providing marriage grants as well as granting educational scholarships to the children of regular in-service university employees.Dawn.

July 2, 2011

Probe ordered into use of force against students

Probe ordered into use of force against students

Kohat, Taking notice of the use of force against the protesting students of Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST), Governor Barrister Masood Kausar has ordered the Kohat commissioner, Sahibzada Mohammad Anees, to conduct inquiry into the incident and submit a report to him.

“The governor, who is also the KUST chancellor, has asked the commissioner to look into the university affairs and fix responsibility of who ordered the use of brute force against the students by police,” official sources told this correspondent on Tuesday.

About 255 students were arrested and many were baton charged and tear gassed after they blocked the university road on Saturday last in protest against lack of facilities, loadshedding and delay in issuance of degrees to some students. Later, all students were bailed out by the court after 24 hours.

According to the initial inquiry, Vice Chancellor Nasir Jamal Khattak had denied charges of asking the police to thrash students. A staff member privy to the meetings followed by the incident quoted the VC as saying that some third force had acted to create misunderstandings between the administration and students.

On the other hand, the police took the plea that they were asked by the university administration to ‘teach a lesson’ to the protesting students.

A student, who requested anonymity, said, “I jumped from the third floor of the hostel in panic when five policemen who were beating students ran towards me. The police broke the window pans and harassed the students who were preparing for their exams inside the hostels.”

This correspondent learnt that the governor had been handed over the CD of police baton charge and tear gas shelling on the students by a delegation of lawyers from Kohat, which called on him on Monday.

Another delegation, headed by Kohat ANP president Inayatullah met with the chief minister and informed him about the grievances of the students.

Both the delegations demanded immediate transfer of the vice chancellor, saying that his conduct had become controversial amidst allegations of spreading ethnic hatred in the institution.

Several students said that they had been protesting against loadshedding, shortage of accommodation and drinking water for the last so many months despite regular hike in fee.

Meanwhile, the vice chancellor declared holidays from June 29 and abruptly cancelled the summer classes this year through a notification issued on Tuesday. When contacted, some university officials said that they were surprised at the orders and alleged that the VC was trying to hamper the investigations into the incident by closing down the university.

July 1, 2011

Cornell University Fraternity Pledge Dies Of Alcohol Poisoning, Mother Sues The Frat For $25 Million!

When will these fraternities learn where to draw the line???

You almost never hear about sororities having dead or beaten pledges, these ninjas need to get their lives together!

The heartbroken mother of a Cornell University sophomore is suing a fraternity for $25 million after members allegedly kidnapped her son, blindfolded him, bound his hands and feet, and forced him to drink so much alcohol that he passed out and died.

George Desdunes, the son of a Haitian immigrant, was pronounced dead on Feb. 25 from alcohol poisoning at Cayuga Medical Center. Desdunes’ blood alcohol level was .409 – more than five times the legal limit, according to the family’s lawsuit.

Desdunes’ mother, Marie Lourdes Andre, is suing Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity for $25 million in the wrongful death of her only son…

…Desdunes, 19, a member of the SAE fraternity, was grabbed by the freshmen pledges who tied him up with zip ties and duct tape.

The pledges are alleged to have asked him trivia questions about the fraternity. If he answered incorrectly he reportedly had to do exercises such as sit-ups, or consume various foods and drinks including sugar, flavored syrups and vodka.

We get that these frats are nationwide organizations that do good community works etc. However, we don’t see why anyone would want to be beaten or damn near die just to call a bunch of fools your “brother”. Whatever…

Do you agree with the hazing process or do you think it has gone too far?