Serafides House / VARDAstudio

first_img Photographs Projects ArchDaily 2012 “COPY” Serafides House / VARDAstudio Architects: VARDAstudio Year Completion year of this architecture project Cyprus Save this picture!© Maria Efthymiou+ 15 Share CopyHouses•Platres, Cypruscenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Serafides House / VARDAstudioSave this projectSaveSerafides House / VARDAstudio Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” photographs:  Maria EfthymiouSave this picture!© Maria EfthymiouText description provided by the architects. The house is located on a very steep hill in an ethnical village of Cyprus. The facades and the roof of this house comprise one entity. The ‘skin’ , the wrapping of the building, consisting of Iroko wood cladding, is open in strategic places in order to let the environment in – “window to nature”. Save this picture!© Maria EfthymiouMaximizing this effect and functional arrangement the entry of the house is placed from the top of the hill. The exterior looks rather solid and enclosed using very traditional materials and details: local stone, wood, shutters. Though the main interior is in a vertical axis the void creates continuous emotional experience through the entire house bringing the light to all floors. Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessForn de la Vila de Llíria Restoration and Musealization / hidalgomora arquitecturaSelected ProjectsAre Renderings Bad for Architecture?Articles Share Year:  CopyAbout this officeVARDAstudioOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPlatresHousesCyprusPublished on June 07, 2013Cite: “Serafides House / VARDAstudio” 07 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – MetrisVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ EffectPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceBricksEndicottBrick Facade at the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural CenterBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight F100 CircularLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenRailing / BalustradesSolarluxBalcony Glazing – SL 60eUrban ShadingPunto DesignPublic Architecture in Residential ComplexDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Products in Palazzo VolpiChairshorgenglarusUpholstered Chair – diva 5-154Wall / Ceiling LightsHE WilliamsLED Downlight – 4DR RoundMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

YouthNet receives £20,000 for online advice training scheme

first_img  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis YouthNet’s advice service, askTheSite, has received a grant of £10,000 from the Jack Petchey Foundation to help train young people as volunteer peer advisors. This second grant from the Foundation has been matched with a further £10,000 by v, the youth volunteering charity.Over 120 peer volunteers have now been trained to offer advice on relationships through askTheSite. Since its launch in 2003, some 15,000 questions have been answered on general health, drink and drugs, housing, legal and rights, mental and emotional health, money, relationships and sexual health. Through the service, young people can submit a question and within three days, get a bespoke answer from an expert. Partners providing tailored answers include the Samaritans and the Citizens Advice Bureau. Advertisement Howard Lake | 19 July 2007 | News Stephen Corriette, Grants Manager for the Jack Petchey Foundation said: “The work of is hugely impressive and we are delighted to support its innovative askTheSite service with this second funding award. Training young people to offer peer-to-peer advice means that more young adults will get the ./guidance they need to live their lives with confidence.” AskTheSite is also supported by The Vodafone UK Foundation and The Bridge House Trust. YouthNet receives £20,000 for online advice training scheme About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Funding awarded to make more London theatres accessible for deaf people

first_imgFunding awarded to make more London theatres accessible for deaf people Stagetext live-subtitles for Michael Faraday Lecture by Professor Frank Close. Photo: The Royal Society Howard Lake | 16 March 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis35 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Stagetext, a charity set up to improve access to performing arts for hard of hearing people, has received funding from a new source to make more theatres in the heart of London accessible for deaf people.It has received a grant of £6,800 from the City of London Corporation’s new Central Grants Programme. It will use this to develop its services to provide access for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people to theatres in the Square Mile.It will also use it to train more organisations in the use of their captioning and live subtitling services. Theatre staff will receive deaf awareness training.  267 total views,  3 views today Advertisement Tagged with: arts disability Funding London  268 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis35 Subtitling at The House, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2016New Central Grants ProgrammeThe City of London Corporation’s Central Grants Programme is a new grants scheme supporting community, cultural, environmental, educational and employment projects in the Square Mile and beyond.Stagetext is one of eight London organisations to receive funding from its first round. A total of £47,332 has been distributed.The City Corporation is the country’s biggest funder of culture after the Government, the BBC and the Heritage Lottery Fund. It invests £80 million every year in heritage and cultural activities of all kinds. Nick Bodger, Head of Cultural and Visitor Development at the City of London Corporation, said:“Culture enriches us all, unlocking imagination, creativity and innovation and we want to ensure that this is available to all our workers, residents and visitors.”last_img read more

Snow Devastates Western Wheat Crop

first_img SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Snow Devastates Western Wheat Crop By Gary Truitt – May 2, 2017 Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleAg Producer Sentiment Inches Higher in AprilNext articleAfter Southwest Indiana Fields get Swamped, Time for the Waiting Game Gary Truitt Snow Devastates Western Wheat Crop Snow Devastates Western Wheat CropWhile water is the issue for Indiana wheat, a late season blizzard hit the fields of western Kansas. The weekend precipitation that fell in parts of the western wheat belt came in the form of snow. USDA chief meteorologist Brad Rippey says the damage was significant, “Local totals were up to 12 inches of heavy snow, and the pictures I have seen show significant damage.“Rippey said time will tell how much damage has been done, “In some cases, the stalks were broken off by the snow, and that crop is not coming back.” To make things worse, the wheat is well ahead of schedule making it even more susceptible to yield loss, “At the end of April, the crop was 42% headed, ahead of the 5 year average of 35%.”David Schemm, President, National Association of Wheat Growers, says producers are out evaluating the damage, “It is not a case of how much damage was done, but how much we have left. That is how bad it is.”  “We lost the western Kansas wheat crop this weekend. Just terrible,” tweeted Justin Gilpin, chief executive of the grower-funded Kansas Wheat Commission.Planted wheat acreage was already at a 108 year low and, with yields reduction, U.S. production will be down even more this year. The USDA will make its first estimate of the winter wheat crop on May 10. “This weekend’s weather adds to the likelihood that world wheat production will be modestly smaller in 2017 and should help wheat prices stabilize as bearish pressures ease somewhat,” Todd Hultman DTN market analyst said. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Third journalist with The Independent arrested

first_img GambiaAfrica News Follow the news on Gambia January 27, 2020 Find out more A third journalist with the privately-owned biweekly The Independent, Lamin M. Fatty, was arrested at his home today, two weeks after the Criminal Investigation Department closed down the newspaper on 28 March and arrested its managing director, Madi Ceesay, and editor, Musa Saydikhan, who are still being held at the headquarters of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).“The list of detained journalists is getting longer,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Gambian government does what it likes, without any pretense of legality. How far will it be able to go before it has to face a real protest from the member states of the African Union, whose next summit Gambia is supposed to host?”The press freedom organisation added: “In cases such as this, press solidarity is decisive and we therefore call on the African media to make President Yahya Jammeh see that what is going on in Banjul is causing concern abroad.”It was Fatty’s byline that appeared on an article headlined “23 coup plotters arrested” that appeared in The Independent’s 24 March issue. A Gambian source who asked not to be identified had told Reporters Without Borders on 4 April that Ceesay and Saidykhan were arrested because of this article, which named 23 people who had supposedly been arrested for their alleged participation in an abortive coup on 21 March.Those named in the report included Samba Bah, a former interior minister and former head of the NIA, whose angry denial of the report’s accuracy was published in the 27 March issue under the headline, “I have not been arrested,” together with the newspaper’s apology. The NIA is thought to have been trying to get Ceesay and Saidykhan to reveal who told them Bah was arrested as a member of the 21 March conspiracy.Ceesay is also president of the Gambia Press Union, the country’s leading journalists’ union. GambiaAfrica April 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Third journalist with The Independent arrested Organisation News News to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information August 6, 2020 Find out more News Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia RSF_en Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom Receive email alerts July 23, 2019 Find out more Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murderlast_img read more

Time to break out of legislative straitjacket that is stifling media freedom

first_imgNews December 1, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Time to break out of legislative straitjacket that is stifling media freedom TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the frenetic rate of prosecutions of news media and imprisonment of journalists under an arsenal of repressive media laws that have imposed a regime of censorship in Turkey and have had a disastrous impact of press freedom and free expression.Anyone making a public statement or writing a newspaper article that directly or indirectly raises subjects that are off-limits or untouchable, such as the Kurdish and Armenian minorities, the armed forces, national dignity or the Turkish republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, is liable to be prosecuted.These violations of freedom of expression are frequently criticised by the European Commission responsible for examining Turkey’s progress as a candidate for European Union membership, most recently in a bi-annual report issued on 9 November.The Turkish government recently announced its intention to amend certain aspects of the criminal code affecting media freedom. But the proposed amendments would affect just two articles punishing “complicity in violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation” (article 285) and “trying to influence the course of a fair trial” (article 288). They would be just the latest in a long series of cosmetic changes designed to simulate compliance with the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights. They would change Turkey’s media legislation no more than superficially, and would leave the most repressive articles intact. Reporters Without Borders has identified more than 25 articles in the criminal code that directly restrict press freedom and free expression.Two journalists are currently being prosecuted for “denigrating the Turkish people” under article 301 of the criminal code. Rasim Ozan Kütahyali, a columnist with the liberal daily Taraf, is facing a possible two-year jail sentence for criticising the army’s decision to name a regiment in the eastern province of Van after Mustafa Muglali, a general who was convicted of shooting 33 Kurdish villagers in 1943. His criticism is deemed to have “humiliated the army” and by extension the Turkish people. The other journalist is Temel Demirer, who is facing the same possible sentence for saying that the newspaper editor Hrant Dink’s murder in January 2007 was not due to the fact that he was Armenian but to his recognition of the reality of the Armenian genocide.The most problematic piece of legislation continues to be the anti-terrorism law of 1991, known as Law 3713, and its 2006 amendments. More than 13 reporters, newspaper editors and publishers have been prosecuted on a charge of “propaganda in support of a terrorist organization” under article 7-2 of this law. Five were acquitted by an Istanbul court on 23 November but the others continue to face a possible sentence of seven and a half years in prison because prosecutors systematically apply the vague concept of “propaganda” to any allusion to the Kurdish issue. Many publications, including Azadiya Welat, Rojev, Günlük and Devrimci Demokrasi, are often suspended under the same article.Four journalists – Vedat Kursun, Ozan Kilinç, Gurbet Cakar and Bedri Adanir – are currently detained under article 6-2 of the anti-terrorism law for publishing or quoting statements by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). According to article 6-2, “any dissemination of statements and communiqués by terrorist organizations” is punishable by up to three years in prison.Article 8-b of this law magnifies its impact by establishing a “chain of responsibility” under which not only the reporter who writes an article but also his editor, the editor in chief, the publisher and the newspaper’s owner can all be prosecuted and sentenced to pay heavy fines. This dangerous provision is often used and allows the authorities to censor and muzzle an entire publication.There is also the law that makes any criticism of Atatürk publishable by up to four and a half years in prison and Law 5651, which is used to censor the Internet by providing for disproportionate sanctions for websites with content that is deemed unlawful.The appalling state of press freedom is due not only to the extraordinarily repressive nature of these laws but also to the readiness of judges to exploit them to the hilt and often in an utterly abusive manner. Conversely, impunity continues to be the rule for crimes of violence against journalists. The trial of the alleged murderers of Hrant Dink, the editor of the weekly Agos, has been marked by delays and obstacles that testify to the lack of political will to solve this case. The European Court of Human Rights condemned the Turkish state on 14 September for its failure to protect Dink despite being aware of the plots on his life. Dink was gunned down outside his newspaper on 19 January 2007.The legislative straitjacket makes journalism impossible. There is therefore an urgent need for the repressive articles in the criminal code and the anti-terrorism law to be overhauled or scrapped altogether in order to create a real climate of freedom of expression, information and debate on all issues.Reporters Without Borders again calls on the Turkish authorities to tackle these badly needed reforms. It also urges the European Union to press Turkey to bring itself into line with international standards on media freedom and free speech. Turkey was ranked 138th out of 178 countries in the 2010 press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders released on 20 October. to go further Follow the news on Turkey Help by sharing this information center_img News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit RSF_en News News Organisation April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Jazz on the Green Provides Smooth Sounds on an Autumn Evening

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Benefits Jazz on the Green Provides Smooth Sounds on an Autumn Evening From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, October 19, 2015 | 12:17 pm Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Friends In Deed returned to Castle Green on September 16, 2015 for its annual gala fundraiser, Jazz on the Green. From 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., guests experienced the smooth jazz sounds of The Michael Haggins Quartet and the Ryan McDiarmid Trio while perusing silent auction opportunities offered by local businesses and community friends. Guests also enjoyed complimentary martinis, fine wine, beer, and delicious hors d’oeuvres.This year’s honorees were Celia Leaver for individual Community Service, Century Housing as Corporate Partner, and Pasadena Methodist Foundation as Community Partner. Each honoree has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the needs of the Pasadena community and been a valued supporter of Friends In Deed’s mission and programs over the years.Friends In Deed, a social services agency in Pasadena operating for over 121 years focuses on homeless prevention and family support services, with the goal of placing people in permanent housing. It also operates the Bad Weather Shelter, Food Pantry, The Women’s Room (a day program for homeless women) and Norma’s Nook, a “store” where homeless and disadvantaged people can “shop” for needed clothes at no charge.For more information, contact [email protected] or (626) 797-2402. Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Herbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

City commuters call for halt on stopping restrictions

first_imgNewsBreaking newsLocal NewsCity commuters call for halt on stopping restrictionsBy Bernie English – October 9, 2015 680 WhatsApp Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Twitter Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleSoccer – Four points behind, four games to goNext articleRugby – Earls named in Irish side to face France Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Email by Bernie English [email protected] and students studying and working in Limerick city centre have launched a social media campaign, demanding that restrictions on stopping in the city at rush hour be lifted from an independent coach service.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Under the current terms of their licence, Dublin Coach – which operates the service known as the Green Bus between Limerick and Ennis – are not allowed to pick up or drop passengers at Arthur’s Quay during peak travel hours between 7am and 10am and 4.30pm and 7.30pm.Instead, passengers have to travel on to the University of Limerick as their nearest stop for Limerick city.The service operates 17 times a day and at any other time has a stop at Arthur’s Quay.A spokeswoman for the company said that passengers are the ones losing out.“There are between 50 and 80 passengers using each of the services from Ennis and Limerick so that’s a lot of people. The problem is, there is no way people who have to be in Limerick for work or to go to the two city colleges can get in on time with this restriction”.She said that there has been a huge Facebook and Twitter campaign around the issue.“We’re asking customers to contact the National Transport Authority (NTA), which issues our licence, to let them know that they want this stop. It operates at every other time but we can’t just decide to stop at Arthur’s Quay because then we could lose our licence altogether”.A spokeswoman for the NTA told the Limerick Post: “In reaching a decision on an application, we take a number of criteria into consideration, including the demand or potential demand for the service having regard to the needs of consumers, and any existing public passenger services on or in the vicinity of the route.“We then balance the need to ensure that transport services it has contracted for, and for which public subsidies are paid, are allowed to operate in an efficient and effective manner.The spokesperson said that the restriction regarding Arthur’s Quay was put in place at the time the licence to extend the service to Ennis was granted.“It was to protect the contracted rail services. We considered that a potential transfer of passengers from rail to the extended service could have a severe impact on rail services, which could lead to a reduction of rail services in the area or a need for increased subsidy for rail.She added that commercial operators are able to apply to the Authority for new or amended licences at any time. Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended center_img Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Facebook TAGSArthur’s QuaycommutersDublin CoachfeaturedGreen Busstudents Print Shannondoc operating but only by appointment First Irish death from Coronavirus RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR No vaccines in Limerick yet last_img read more

Watchdog warns police over sexism

first_imgWatchdog warns police over sexismOn 23 Sep 2003 in Police, Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Malepolice officers in the UK have been branded as ‘sexists’ by an officialwatchdog, and accused of sexually harassing female colleagues to such an extentthat they would be sacked in any other profession.ThePolice Complaints Authority (PCA) said the issue was part of a growing problemof poor discipline among officers despite repeated warnings about theirbehaviour.ThePCA also criticised lenient punishment for sexist officers, who often escapedwith a fine rather than dismissal, which would be the case in other jobs.Thereport even questioned the use of men as family liaison officers, as they werefound to have formed “inappropriate relationships” with vulnerable women. PCAdeputy chairman Ian Bynoe said he was surprised that officers remained in theforce once allegations against them had been proved.“Inother walks of life that behaviour would be viewed as entirely unacceptable,”he said. The number of women making complaints againstmale officers has risen from 15 per cent in 1993 to 23 per cent today, althoughonly a small proportion were of a sexual nature. The report also revealed a 5 per cent rise inthe number of misconduct investigations over the past five years.lDiversity in the police is also under scrutiny, with the Metropolitan BlackPolice Association advising ethnic minorities not to join the force, followingthe collapse of the case against superintendent Ali Dizaei over corruptioncharges. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

One third of bursaries to private school pupils

first_imgHannah Cusworth, a third year History and Politics student, gave an impassioned speech before Congregation about her own background, where she mentioned not only how an Oxford Opportunity Bursary had enabled her to come here, but how financial assistance had allowed her to go to an independent school.Cusworth said, “I was surprised to learn that a third of full Oxford Opportunity Bursaries go to students who come from the independent sector.“I suppose this shows that not everyone who goes to private school is from a very well-off family. A lot of students educated in the state sectorwho are now at Oxford went to very high achieving selective state schools. “But I still believe that, one the whole, the state/independent divide says a lot about the educational advantage and support that student likely received.“Almost every student with AAA is applying to Oxbridge so we need to work more closely with the more disadvantaged state schools whose students have the grades and are applying to Oxford but who miss out on a place.“Bursaries should ensure that any student who is bright enough to come to Oxford, whatever school they went to, isn’t put off by the costs.”Alex Bulfin, OUSU VP for Access and Academic Affairs, admitted that given “national statistics on progression from school to university and elite university”, it was “self-evident” that students from independent schools, will have been more exposed and encouraged to pursue higher education at top universities such as Oxford, than students from state schools.Asked whether bursaries should be used to encourage those who have been educated within the state sector, Bulfin said, “The primary aim of bursaries is not recruitment but student support. I think there are far more significant cultural barriers that prevent people from making an initial application or even picking up the prospectus to see what bursaries we offer.”Bulfin shifted the debate away from access, to one of financial support. He said, “The primary purpose of bursaries is to ensure people have enough money to live on while at university and that no-one has to decline their place for financial reasons. To that extent they are less about access than student support.“However some enhanced bursaries, such as the current Oxford Opportunity Bursary, also give students the possibility of reducing the amount they have to borrow from the Government, which does give them an element of access and student recruitment.”Oxford’s access schemes have come under close scrutiny recently, as many feel the rise in tuition fees could deter bright students who are from less financially able backgrounds, if they are not encouraged to apply by their school or family.Oxford are expected to announce the level at which they will set their fees for students beginning university in 2012 in early March. It is believed that Oxford will follow Cambridge’s lead in raising fees to the highest cap of £9,000 per year. Sufrin continued, “Our ruling elites have never put enough resources into building an education system which provides appropriate pathways for the talents of every individual to be nurtured to their full potential. So taking the message ‘think Oxbridge’ at people who hadn’t is never going to affect the educational chances of more than a handful; and I think we need to do a whole lot more than that.”The University stress that bursaries are “simply a function of household income”.The Press Office maintain that “the purpose of bursaries is to assist with living costs for those whose parents won’t be able to help them out in that regard.”A spokesperson said, “You get [bursaries] automatically based on your household income. The University does not ‘choose’ who to give them to”.John Parrington, a Fellow and Tutor in Physiological Sciences at Worcester College, also voiced concern that Oxford’s undergraduates are still being selected from a narrow pool of applicants.He said, “I think is the central problem with the whole fees and bursaries question. The big difficulty with having huge fees compensated for by bursaries to the ‘deserving poor’ is that one will inevitably get into these debates about who is most deserving of such bursaries.“There’s a danger in assuming that even if Oxford did dramatically increase its intake from state schools, if these are the highly selective type, it could still mean a huge proportion of school students out there in Britain at non-selective state schools are not really getting a look in when it comes to getting to Oxford.Parrington continued, “Oxford still has a long way to go really to reach out to students from less privileged backgrounds. It would make a huge difference if we could go back to the more ‘level playing field’ that I had the benefit of when I was an applicant to Cambridge, and without which it is doubtful that I would be sitting here in Oxford as a University Lecturer and Tutor.”A spokesperson from the University Press Office was quick to stress that these statistics merely demonstrate Oxford’s commitment to recruiting the best and most able students. She said, “At most independent schools, bursaries and scholarships are given on the basis of strong academic talent as well as need. “People on low incomes who have been supported through independent school are therefore by definition likely to be particularly able, and therefore well represented at top universities.” A third of Oxford Opportunity Bursaries awarded to current first years were given to students from independent schools, Cherwell can reveal.This comes just weeks after tutors at the University’s Congregation called for a “radical” overhaul to Oxford’s approach to Access Schemes, which many tutors feel still do not go far enough to reach students beyond a certain “cultural and social elite.”The University had not intended to publish the statistic that one third of bursary recipients are educated within the independent sector, but Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, recently disclosed this figure during comments he made at a Teach First presentation in Somerville College last week.The statistics were later confirmed by the University Press Office, who stated that “Of students coming to Oxford University with household incomes under £25k, who then automatically qualify for a full Oxford Opportunity Bursary, 31.6% are from schools in the independent sector.”The University admitted that the bursaries are “automatic, based on income” and they are “blind to all other factors.”This statistic carries implications for Oxford’s access schemes. Some tutors have expressed concern that Oxford is not going far enough in targeting its access policies at those who need it most.Bernard Sufrin, Fellow and Tutor in Computer Science at Worcester College, said, “While quality education in schools is rationed by price it’s not really surprising that low-income families that believe in the importance of education will do their best to find their way past the rationing machinery; and who can blame the tiny numbers of such families who can do so, for taking advantage of every available scholarship, grant, or bursary?“But these individual ‘rags-to-Oxbridge’ narratives allow our ruling elites to continue pretending that any poor child can succeed academically as long as they have the innate talent.” last_img read more