University ‘confident’ exams will be unaffected as external examiner resignations mount

first_img“We sincerely hope that the dispute will be resolved satisfactorily and in a timely fashion.”One external examiner, who recently resigned from their duties with the English Faculty, told Cherwell that external examining “is work that is not very well paid for the amount of time that it takes up. It is largely done for reasons of goodwill and collegiality – the kinds of things which Universities UK (UUK) and intransigent vice-chancellors are risking in this action.”In their resignation letter, the examiner wrote: “I have been honoured to serve in this capacity, and to see the tremendous work undertaken by Oxford undergraduates, Faculty members and teachers.“However, the currently proposed changes to the terms of our working conditions will do more damage to them than anything that I have witnessed in my twenty years working in HE,” they continued.“It is clear to me, as it is to so many in our profession, that UUK are conspicuously failing in their duty to represent the best interests of vice-chancellors, of universities, and of the people who work in them.”As is common practice, Oxford appoints examiners from other universities to their examination boards to standardise assessments across the country.Through agreeing to set questions, moderating exam results, and ensuring that assessment procedures are rigorous, Oxford’s guidance documents explain that they ensure “the soundness of the procedures used to reach final agreed marks”.UCU branch representatives are set to meet at 11am to discuss members’ feedback on the latest UUK proposal – put forward last Friday – aimed at resolving the dispute.The proposed deal includes the formation of a “Joint Expert Panel, comprised of actuarial and academic experts nominated in equal numbers from both sides,” which will seek “to agree key principles to underpin the future joint approach of UUK and UCU to the valuation of the USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme) fund.”Under the proposal, the current defined benefit scheme will remain in place until at least April 2019.UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said in a letter to members: “We have worked hard to gain these concessions, but they were won on the back of the strike action that so many of you have taken.“As always it will be for members to decide whether what has been achieved is sufficient to suspend our strike action.” Oxford has said that it is confident examinations will go ahead as scheduled next term, despite the mounting resignations of almost 700 external examiners nationwide.External examiners across the country have been encouraged by the University and College Union (UCU) to resign from their posts at the 65 universities hit by strike action, including Oxford.The move is designed to cause maximum disruption to the upcoming summer examination period, which could lead to the postponement of exams and students being unable to graduate on time.The University said in a statement that it “usually makes around 600 external examination appointments each year. We have a process for the replacement of examiners who are not taking up appointments, whether through ill health or resignation.”“We are confident that all exams can go ahead as scheduled next term,” it said.The UCU has encouraged external examiners who have resigned from their post to fill in an online spreadsheet, which details their employing institution and examining role.According to the spreadsheet, 20 examiners have resigned from their duties with Oxford, with six of the 20 being linked to the Faculty of English Language and Literature.Professor Ros Ballaster, Chair of the English Faculty Board, told Cherwell: “Typically we require eight external examiners each year to complete assessment of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in English language and literature.”“Without the contribution of external examiners we cannot complete our examining process. The timetable for submission and internal assessment should be able to continue as planned.last_img read more

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Tune In For Oteil Burbridge’s Interview With NYT Best-Selling Author Alan Paul Tonight!

first_imgBack in mid-December, Oteil Burbridge, bassist for Allman Brothers Band and Dead & Company, announced that he’d be participating in an intimate live interview hosted by New York Times best-selling author and journalist Alan Paul. Dubbed “Backstory: An evening of conversation and music with Oteil Burbridge,” the interview is a special event presented by BackStory Events and Guitar World Magazine and will see Oteil discussing his new album, Water In The Desert, and sharing stories from the road.Scheduled to go down at New York City’s The Cutting Room today, the interview will be live streamed for free for those who did not secure tickets to the intimate event. You can check out the interview at 6:30 p.m. (EST) on Guitar World’s website.last_img read more

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Mike Tyson to fight a shark

first_imgRelatedPosts Mike Tyson comeback fight postponed Mike Tyson beats up seven prostitutes Mike Tyson to face Roy Jones Jr Mike Tyson is set to take on a Great White shark for the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week next month.The heavyweight will go head-to-head with the sea creature in what is being dubbed Tyson v Jaws: Rumble on the Reef on August 9. Shark Week, which has been running since 1988, is a week of programming dedicated to sharks, with a celebrity presenter.Tyson’s face-off was teased as the “ultimate showdown” in a comical new clip, as he tries desperately to blow up an inflatable boat.“I took on this challenger to overcome fears I still deal with in life,” Tyson said in a statement. “I equate this with overcoming my fear of getting back into the ring at 54 years old.”“I learned from this experience doing Shark Week that whatever intimidates me, I am still able to step up to the challenge of overcoming anything that would prevent me from accomplishing my life’s mission of reaching my highest potential in life and bringing me closer to God.”Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx is set to play Tyson in an upcoming biopic, which has been a number of years in the making. The Oscar-winner recently reassured fans that the film on the former heavyweight boxer was still on the way.“It’s a definitive yes,” he confirmed on an Instagram Live with Hollywood producer Mark Birnbaum. “Doing biographies is a tough thing. Sometimes it takes 20 years to get them done, but we officially got the real ball rolling.”He further explained: “We want to show everybody evolves. I think when we lay the layer of Mike Tyson in this story, I think everybody from young and old will be able to understand this man’s journey.”Foxx also spoke of the physical preparations, saying: “Every other day, I do 60 pull-ups, we do 60 dips, we do 100 push-ups. I ain’t got no calf muscles, so we might have to get some prosthetics for that.”Tags: Discovery Channelsmike tysonShark Weeklast_img read more

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Murray in action at Wimbledon

first_imgMurray will be the big draw on centre court as the men’s second seed will face Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei.The opening match of the day will feature men’s fifth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan against unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau.last_img

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B&H at World Championship: Support from “Dragon’s Nest” in Sarajevo

first_imgOnly 63 days are left until the beginning of the World Championship in Brazil, and the atmosphere in the participant states is slowly heating up. Of course, this is also the case in B&H, whose representation will be the only debut team at the football festival in Latin America.These days, apart from collecting pictures of football payers, in which children and the older generations in B&H are participating, there are also promotions of spots from which the matches of the World Championship will be watched. In B&H cities there will be many so called “fan zones”, from which Bosnian and Herzegovinian fans will support the “Dragons”.One of the biggest support zones will be placed in Sarajevo, on the Liberation square Alija Izetbegović. It will be called “Dragon’s nest-BH Corner”, and will be filled with several contents, all according to the standards of the world’s biggest fan zones.“The match will be watched on an LED screen of the size of 8×4 meters, which is 32 square meters. The Dragon’s nest will be opened on 12 June, when the match Brazil-Croatia will start on Mundial. Moreover, it will work until 13 July everyday from 12:00 until 2:00 after midnight” said for Anadolu Agency the spokesperson of the fan zone “Dragon’s nest-BH Corner” Marina Duletić.Duletić said that the fan zone will have approximately 600 seats and some chairs will be covered in case of rain.“Dragon’s nest” in Sarajevo will be abound with the fun things, such as food corners, several campaigns and betting windows. In addition, we will have an info stand, where the visitors can be informed about up-to-date information from Mundial, match schedules and results”, said Duletić for AA.Organizers expect that the “Dragon’s nest” will be fully filled with the B&H supporters and they hope that they will see a spectacular atmosphere during matches. Moreover, they hope that the other supporters of the World Championship will be present as well.(Source: Klix)last_img read more

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Ronaldinho and brother will not face prosecution for fake passports

first_imgBarcelona and Brazil legend Ronaldinho in spot of botherAsuncion, Paraguay | AFP |  Former Brazilian football star Ronaldinho and his brother were “deceived” and will not face prosecution for traveling to Paraguay on false documents, officials said Thursday.Prosecutor Federico Delfino said he had recommended not pursuing Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira.“But on the condition of admitting committing the crime of which they are accused, in this case the use of false documents,” he said.Ronaldinho’s lawyer had earlier denied that he and his brother had used fake passports to enter Paraguay.“We have proceeded to charge several people,” Delfino told the press.“Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto contributed relevant information to the investigation” and were then removed from the case.The brothers were acting in “good faith” in receiving the falsified Paraguayan documents, he said.“The information that they provided is very useful in disrupting a criminal organization dedicated to the production of false documents,” he said.Brazilian authorities withdrew Ronaldinho’s passport in November 2018 after he failed to pay a $2.5 million fine for environmental damage incurred during the building of a property in Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil.The World Cup winner and his brother were questioned for more than seven hours by the public prosecutor in Asuncion.Ronaldinho had been invited to the Paraguayan capital by a foundation for needy children, and to promote his new book. The 39-year-old and his brother went to the prosecutor’s office in the morning alongside Paraguayan lawyer Adolfo Marin.“They decided voluntarily to stay and submit themselves to the public prosecutor’s investigations,” said Marin.According to the inspector leading the investigation Gilberto Fleitas, Ronaldinho was given a fake passport by Brazilian businessman Wilmondes Sousa Lira, who has been arrested.Marin said Ronaldinho had told the public prosecutor that the documents in question were given to him a month ago in Brazil.Former two-time world player of the year Ronaldinho and his brother were detained on Wednesday at their hotel.Their fake documents were detected upon arrival at the Asuncion international airport, according to Delfino.The former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain forward and his brother traveled using “doctored Paraguayan passports and fake identity cards,” Delfino said.However, Marin insisted that Ronaldinho had traveled with his own documents and was not subject to travel restrictions.Marin added that the two Brazilians faced no restrictions on their movements in Asuncion.Interior minister Euclides Acevedo earlier said Ronaldinho’s celebrity would not spare him.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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This Week’s Favorite Features – Adam Adrian, Washington State Track, And…

first_imgI have writer’s block.  I’ve been staring at a blank screen for 36 minutes.  I shift gears and work on something else but I’m still stuck on what to write about.  So, I’ll write about nothing.  It’s really not my words that are interesting to you, reader.  What you really want is the quick summary of our favorite stories.  Let’s skip the pretense this week and just get to it.Adam Adrian Serves Olympia Restaurant DinersOur writers enjoy profiling local business owners.  This story features Adam Adrian, the chef behind popular local restaurants, Mercatos, i.Talia Pizzeria, Ramblin’ Jacks, and the Rib Eye.Olympia Area Athletes Participate In Washington State Track MeetKids from around Thurston County took home medals in the Washington State Track meet.  The event occurred over Memorial Day weekend and featured track and field athletes from Tumwater, Capital, and River Ridge High Schools.  A great summary of photos can be found here.  Brooke Feldmeier continued her quest for a heptathlon championship this weekend.Devlin Boats Built Locally, Sailed GloballyI am predicting that many Devlin Boat owners are thrilled with the return of the sun in the forecast.  Sam Devlin has garnered an almost cult-like following for his unique boat design.  Learn more about the Olympia boat builder.ThurstonTalk is continuing to grow.  Join our team as an Associate Editor.  Read more here.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at [email protected]  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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