Oxford and Cambridge fail to meet threshold for National Student Survey

first_imgFollowing successful boycotts, data from both Oxford and Cambridge will be missing from the results of this year’s National Student Survey as neither met the 50% response rate necessary for publication.This will be the second year that the universities have not been included.In 2017, 12 institutions failed to meet the threshold, largely due to boycotts. However, this year’s survey featured all but three of the UK’s universities, with a national average response rate of 70% compared to last year’s 68%.Oxford SU called for a boycott of the survey in January, over concerns that the information would be used to justify raising tuition fees in universities with higher satisfaction scores. The motion passed with 75% in favour of the boycott.Oxford SU Vice-President for Access and Academic Affairs, Lucas Bertholdi-Saad, told Cherwell: “We are extremely happy to see Oxford failed to reach 50%.“By boycotting the NSS, we resist the differentiation and increase of tuition fees that threaten to make Higher Education the preserve of the wealthy for years to come. It’s great to see how many students oppose marketisation by not filling out the survey.“Following the successful NSS boycott in a number of major universities last year, including Oxford, the Government tried to silence students by halving the weight of the NSS in the Teaching Education Framework. Continued mobilisation on the boycott campaign, serious criticism of the NSS by institutions such as the Royal Statistical Society, as well as considerable criticism of the TEF by academics, has now led the Government to suspend the link of the TEF to tuition fees, and freeze the level of tuition fees.“This is a major victory for the boycott campaign and the campaign against marketisation – and for education – in UK universities.”Speaking to Cherwell, a spokesperson for the University said: “It is a shame not to see a higher response rate to the NSS within Oxford because we have found it a useful feedback mechanism in the past.”Oxford has taken part in the Student Barometer Survey, which found that 94% of respondents were satisfied with studying at Oxford in 2017. The response rate was 39%.Amongst universities which did participate in the NSS, overall student satisfaction fell by 1% in England and 2% in Scotland, with student satisfaction with tutors’ feedback as low as 73% nationally. St. Andrew’s topped the list with 94% overall student satisfaction.last_img read more

Sirius XM’s Jam On Releases Mike Gordon “Steps” Video [Watch]

first_imgMike Gordon recently stopped by SiriusXM‘s Jam On for a special in-studio performance, which premiered on Monday as part of the satellite radio station’s Jam Files sessions.Gordon and his band—comprised of guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist/organist Robert Walter, drummer John Kimock, and percussionist Craig Myers—recently wrapped their 13-date tour with an exclamatory four-night run at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA, highlighted by Trey Anastasio emerging for the second half of Gordon’s two-set show on Saturday.Hosted by Ari Fink during the band’s recent late-winter tour, Mike’s Jam Files episode will continue to air at the following times on Sirius XM’s Jam On (channel 29) throughout the week:Tuesday 4/2 @ 6 p.m. (EST)Wednesday 4/3 @ 11 p.m. (EST)Thursday 4/4 @ 8 a.m. (EST)Saturday 4/6 @ 9 a.m. (EST)Sunday 4/7 @  3 p.m. (EST)Watch video of Mike Gordon and his band performing “Steps” from their Jam Files episode below:Mike Gordon – “Steps”[Video: SiriusXM Jam_On]Currently, Mike Gordon’s only scheduled dates with his solo outfit include a performance at New Orleans, LA’s Joy Theater on May 3rd, followed by the band’s debut Red Rocks Amphitheatre appearance on June 1st.For ticketing and more information, head to Mike Gordon’s website.last_img read more

PREMIUMPublic e-ticketing services tout online bus, ferry bookings for ‘mudik’

first_img Forgot Password ? Indonesia Transportation passengers Idul-Fitri Holiday online-booking buses ferry Google The government and public transportation companies have launched online booking systems for purchasing bus and ferry tickets for the upcoming Idul Fitri holiday in May.The Transportation Ministry has developed the Dipass (Digital Passengers) online booking platform for desktop and mobile, specially for buying bus tickets from multiple bus operators offering a variety of scheduled routes to many destinations across the country.The Dipass mobile app is available on Google Play Store for Android phones.“As many as  37 bus companies have already joined the app, with 4,000 buses available for passengers. Bus operators that do not have an e-ticketing system are not on the system yet, [but] we will facilitate them,” the ministry’s road transportation director, Ahmad Yani, said during the launch of the application on… Linkedin Facebook Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics :last_img read more

Familiar faces in victory lane at Canyon

first_imgBy Tony SteelePEORIA, Ariz. (March 11) – Repeat winners were the story Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park.Chaz Baca Jr. took home the Speedway Motors Weekly Racing opener for the IMCA Modifieds, coming off a $3,000 payday at the Desert Classic. George Fronsman took home his fourth win in a row in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars while Joe Vlasity battled to become the first repeat winner in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Baca took the lead near the halfway point of the 25-lap Modified feature and held off Bryson Curry. Curry was fast all throughout the night as he came from the back of his heat race twice to finish third. Starting from the pole, Curry led the way through the first half of the race with Baca on his heels.Around midway, Baca worked his way around Curry and never looked back, showing the strength of his Mark Stewart-owned machine. Mike Strobl worked his way toward the front to finish third.Fronsman continued his winning ways as he bested 2016 Stock Car Shootout winner Aaron Span­gler. Cody Center held the lead through the first half of the race, fending off an earlier slide job by Fronsman with a crossover move in turn four. A few laps later, Fronsman was able to finish the job as the crossover was unsuccessful from Center.Spangler worked his way through traffic to get past Center in the later parts of the event. Fronsman drove to his fourth win in a row, but competition has been close with Center and now Spangler, who will be back for next weekend’s Shamrock Showcase.Vlasity became the first repeat Hobby Stock winner of the year, denying Merle Zachrison his first win of the season. Zachrison led quite a bit of the race, ahead of a hard-fought battle between the rest of the top five runners.Vlasity cleared the group and set his sights on Zachrison, who tried to hold on for the win but had to settle for second. The Hobby Stock division is on a roll, with roughly four cautions in their past four events, and is consistently putting on one of the best shows of the night.last_img read more

Rapinoe named but Modric, Neymar miss out on Ballon D’Or shortlist

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Ballon D’OrParis, France | AFP | While Megan Rapinoe is the leading candidate for the second ever women’s Ballon D’Or, the holder of the men’s award, Luka Modric, and the world’s most expensive player Neymar missed out as France Football unveiled nominees in four categories on Monday.Modric, fresh from guiding Croatia to a World Cup final, broke the 11-year Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi, who are both included, stranglehold on the men’s award last year.Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, who cost the French club 222 million euros ($247 million) in 2017, failed to make the 30-man shortlist after a year overshadowed by injury, suspension and controversy for both club and country.Messi has just collected the FIFA Best award, as did Rapinoe, which split from the Ballon D’Or in 2016.Rapinoe dominated the Women’s World Cup, on and off the field, in the summer.She was joint top scorer and was voted player of the tournament as she led the United States to victory in France in July.The 34-year-old Reign FC playmaker, already a campaigner for LGBT rights and gender equality, made headlines during the tournament by publicly taking on US President Donald Trump.Last year, Norwegian Ada Hegerberg was the first women’s winner. The Lyon forward did not play in the World Cup but is among the 20 nominees as are stars who were present at the competition, such as Australia striker Sam Kerr, England’s Lucy Bronze and France captain Amandine Henry.Virgil Van Dijk, 28, who has had an impressive six months with Liverpool lifting the Champions League, could become a rare defensive winner of the men’s award.Fabio Cannavaro was the last defender to win in 2006, and only the fourth since the award began in 1956.Another nominee, Kylian Mbappe, the top goal scorer in Ligue 1 last season, would represent a genuine change of the guard.The Paris Saint-Germain striker is inelgible to defend his Kopa trophy for the best player under 21 last year as he celebrates his 21st birthday on December 20.This year also sees the introduction of the Yashin trophy, named after the only goalkeeper to win the Ballon D’Or, Lev Yashin of the Soviet Union, to give that ignored minority a chance to get their hands on a prize of their own.The award winners will be unveiled on December 2 during a ceremony in Paris after a voting process including journalists from 180 different countries.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Sharks’ Jones rebounds with a shutout as trade rumors swirl

first_imgPITTSBURGH — As reporters filed into the dressing room following the Sharks’ win in Pittsburgh on Thursday, backup goalie Aaron Dell blurted out: “Glad Haley is back.”Micheal Haley, who rejoined the Sharks after getting plucked off waivers on Wednesday, made his presence felt immediately in his first game back with the team he played the enforcer role with during the 2016-17 season. Late in the third period, Haley found himself in the middle of a line brawl that got ignited during a TV …last_img read more

E3 2019: How Video Games Are Changing Cinematic Storytelling

first_imgVideo games are evolving right before our eyes, and the rate of change is accelerating — so what does that mean for cinematic storytelling?I had the chance to attend E3, the annual video game expo in Los Angles, and I came away impressed, bemused, and a little overwhelmed.Many of the big trailers had already premiered the week before the show opened, and there were some of the usual suspects — as well as some real surprises.Christmas is the high season for video game releases, much like summer used to be for blockbuster movies. Call of Duty, one of the largest franchises, releases a game every year, but they have announced they’re cutting back their release schedule due to diminishing returns on this model.This year’s Call of Duty will be a remake/reboot of one of their most popular games: Modern Warfare. Like the film industry, video games have huge production costs (some estimates run as high as $200m), and they try to offset this huge risk by betting big on tried-and-true formulas. Disney’s current crop of live-action remakes is no different, using new technology to cash in on feelings of nostalgia to create something that appeals to new and old alike.One of the best trailers of the year was also one of the most hotly anticipated releases: Cyberpunk 2077. This is not a remake or reboot but a new game from the makers of the award-winning Witcher 3, CD PROJEKT RED. Loosely based on a pen-and-paper RPG, Cyberpunk’s trailer is a gorgeously rendered, tightly told story that features probably the biggest news of the show: Keanu Reeves.Just like Pixar’s arrival on the movie scene — an outsider that brought fresh life to an established industry — CD PROJEKT RED (based in Poland) is bringing a cinematic style and storytelling to games, forcing the major players to rise to their level.On the other end of the scale is Fortnite and its publisher, Epic Games. They had the largest and most over-the-top booth at E3. There isn’t much that you could describe as “cinematic” about Fortnite, the free-to-play Battle Royale, but it has transformed the industry in other ways. It’s been the fastest-adopted game in history, gaining 260 million players in under two years. And it is now the most-used social media platform for many demographics.Looming over the whole industry is streaming. For years, the highest-end games required the newest consoles or high-end PCs. This could change with a new technology that offloads the processing power to the cloud, allowing you to play the games anywhere you have a fast-enough internet connection. Everyone is trying to cover as many bases as possible, very conscious of how Netflix transformed the DVD landscape with streaming.Google has entered the game arena with Stadia, a cloud streaming service. Microsoft has announced their own streaming service, but with a new generation console that will somehow complement it.Video games share a lot with the film industry. Being a younger industry, more dependent on technology, it’s transforming rapidly, and in ways that will forever change how we consume, create, and imagine stories.Looking for more articles on the film and video industry? Check these out.What Is Panavision’s Liquid Crystal Neutral Density (LCND) Filter?What the Marvel Cinematic Universe Means for the Future of FilmIndustry Insights: Filming Documentary Subjects in Conflict Zones10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets ComparedThe History and Power of Sound Design in the Film Industrylast_img read more