Irish students at Oxford doubled over last decade

first_imgThe number of students from the Republic of Ireland at Oxford has almost doubled over the past decade, Cherwell has found.The Sunday Times reported that the total number of Irish students at Oxford and Cambridge had increased twofold between 2001 and 2011, from 213 to 448.In Oxford specifically, the number of those domiciled in the Republic has risen from a total of 67 in 2001 to 135 in 2012.The main driver has been an increase in postgraduate enrolments. While there are 31 undergraduates in 2012 compared to 27 in 2002, numbers undertaking graduate study have jumped from 40 to 103 in the same period.First year St Catz linguist Niamh Furey, an Irish student from Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland, suggested, “Improved crossborder relations may have exposed more Irish students to the UCAS system, which is commonplace in the North. But I would say that Ireland’s youth has adapted to the country’s economic state: for me, Oxford’s opportunities and better funding relative to the Dublin universities were a deciding factor.”Other Irish students in Oxford expressed varying degrees of surprise. Jennifer Ní HÉigeartaigh, a Dubliner and third year PPEist at St John’s, described the figure of 31 undergraduates as “shocking”.Second year Somerville PPEist Zoe Fannon, from Cork, said, “Given that Ireland is so close to the UK, has a strong historical connection with it, and is an English-speaking country, 31 students of 54,344 sitting the 2011 Irish schoolleaving exam is not very many.”Free higher education, with a small registration cost, was the case in Ireland until 2011. It was replaced by a student contribution – in effect a fee – which stood at €2,250 (£1,810) in 2012/3.Ní HÉigeartaigh suggests the new system “is probably decreasing the gap in upfront costs and making students more likely to consider [the UK] than they were when Irish universities were free.”Nieouamh Burns, a first year philosophy and German student at New College, said, “I would have expected the increase in fees [in the UK] to put a lot of people off – doing an undergrad at Oxford is much more expensive than at TCD [Trinity College Dublin]. In my Dublin state school we rarely spoke about coming to study in the UK. The brightest students in my school didn’t even consider coming to Oxford; I was the only applicant.”Fannon concurred, explaining, “It just doesn’t occur to a lot of people that they could go to the UK, let alone Oxbridge. I don’t remember seeing much recruitment by UK universities in Cork at least.”Ed Nickell, president of CraicSoc, a society for Irish and Northern Irish Oxford students, also noted, “Personal experience has shown that the majority of Irish and Northern Irish students come from a small number of top schools, especially from grammar schools in the North. We need to think not just in terms of getting Irish students, but students from a wider variety of educational backgrounds.”last_img read more

Just a friendly reminder that bribery is still illegal

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit union bribery is illegal.Perhaps this is news to no one, but I was reminded of this recently when asked by a NAFCU-member whether a credit union employee could accept a monetary gift of thanks from a member.  While gifts of appreciation and other gratuities from members to credit union employees are, in most cases, innocent and well-intentioned, an employee’s receipt of such gifts can raise bribery concerns.Code of ConductNCUA has an old, but still effective, Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement (IRPS) from 1987 (See, IRPS 87-1) that provides guidance to federally insured credit unions with respect to the Bank Bribery Act. See, 18 U.S.C. §215.  Among other things, IRPS 87-1 “encourages federally-insured credit unions to adopt codes of conduct that describe the prohibitions of the bank bribery law” and recommends procedures to ensure compliance with the law.By way of brief background, the Bank Bribery Act generally prohibits a credit union “officer, director, employee, agent, or attorney ” from seeking or accepting anything of value, with the corrupt intent to be influenced or rewarded in connection with any business or transaction of the credit union. The law also prohibits anyone from offering or giving anything of value to a credit union officer, director, employee, agent, or attorney in connection with any business or transaction of the credit union, with the intent to corruptly influence or reward that person. continue reading »last_img read more

WLAX : Second-half scoring outburst propels Syracuse to 1st-round win over Dartmouth

first_img Comments Published on May 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 This time around, Dartmouth was hanging with Syracuse.After being crushed by 18 goals in their regular-season matchup on April 9, the Big Green played the Orange to a halftime tie in the first round of the NCAA tournament.But SU midfielder Sarah Holden knew she could spark another blowout.‘After the second half we all came out with a little more of a fire, I guess,’ Holden said. ‘And it just happened to work out. … As a senior it means a lot because it’s playoff time, so it’s just whatever it takes to go on to the next game.’Rolling right along the eight-meter arc six minutes into the second half, Holden found an opening. She charged down the right alleyway before cutting back to the middle and firing over the shoulder of goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe score opened the floodgates for the SU offense, starting a second-half rally in which No. 4 Syracuse scored eight of the first nine goals. The Orange (17-3) cruised to a 15-5 victory over Dartmouth (12-5) behind that run in front of 437 in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. Holden scored three goals during the 8-1 run and four overall as the Orange staved off elimination with a big second half.Syracuse advances to take on No. 5 North Carolina next weekend in the quarterfinals with a berth to the final four on the line. The Tar Heels defeated Navy 14-7 in their first-round game Saturday.‘It’s nice to see that courage and that ability to want to make the play,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘That’s the type of leadership we have on this team.’While Holden’s second half hat trick paced the Orange’s rally, her lone first half goal was perhaps the most important for SU. The midfielder charged down the left side toward the Dartmouth goal, but was met by a double-team from Courtney Bennett and Bailey Johnson.Holden appeared to be trapped, but somehow forced her way out of the clutches of the DU players to score a diving goal and give Syracuse a 3-2 lead with 6:11 remaining in the first half.The goal was one of the few bright spots for a stagnant SU offense that had scored just 18 goals over the 165 minutes preceding the second half. The Orange nearly matched that total with 12 goals in just 30 minutes of action after the break.‘It’s a playoff game so the refs are letting more things go, but we knew that they were an aggressive team from the last game that we played them,’ Syracuse attack Michelle Tumolo said. ‘They’re really aggressive, but I think we adjusted to that in the second half.’That physical aggression, shown by the 27 total fouls called in the game, perhaps frustrated the Orange more than anything else. In the first half, SU found itself battered as even the Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Tumolo was knocked to the ground several times on shot attempts.But the Orange matched the Big Green’s intensity in the second half. The right alleyway that Holden and SU attacked throughout the second half wasn’t necessarily any weaker than the other side of the DU defense. The Orange players were just able to stay on their feet through the physicality to get their shots off.‘They’re a great defensive team,’ Holden said. ‘I think we just had to tell ourselves go hard every time and those cross checks or whatever it was, we just had to persevere through.’Holden was a shining example of that intensity that rubbed off on some of the younger players. Freshmen Kailah Kempney, Gabby Jaquith and Devon Collins each scored as part of a balanced SU offense.Even if Holden wasn’t necessarily trying to motivate them directly, Gait felt the young players were affected by the senior’s inspired play.But for Holden, she’s just happy to live to play another day.‘As a senior it’s awesome,’ Holden said. ‘Just coming into all the games thinking that it could potentially be your last it’s just a great feeling knowing that there’s one more game, one more week with your teammates.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women’s lacrosse ready to build upon success

first_imgFour years ago, the Women of Troy made their debut as a program, finishing the 2013 season with an 8-10 overall record. In just four seasons, the Trojans have made tremendous strides as a team and as a program, ending their 2015 run with a 14-6 record and a Round of 16 appearance in the NCAA championship tournament.With 15 seniors on the roster this year and ten returning starters, USC’s 2016 campaign appears promising.“[The seniors have] been in it from day one,” head coach Lindsey Munday said. “They’ve really bought in from top to bottom; every single person in the senior class is just all in and I think that’s all you can ask for as a coach, to have that level of buy in and for them to translate it to the younger players.”Among the members of the senior class are All-MPSF First Team attacker Caroline de Lyra, who notched 38 goals last season and midfielder Amanda Johansen, who scored 40 goals of her own in the team’s 2015 season. Junior attacker and MPSF Player of the Year Michaela Michael will also be a key asset to the team’s offense, tallying 63 goals and 13 assists last season.On defense, the team will look to senior Courtney Tarleton and junior Nina Kelty who recorded 34 and 12 ground balls respectively. To protect the net, sophomore Gussie Johns returns as the Trojan goalie with an 8.68 goals allowed average.With a plethora of experienced upperclassmen and five new members to the squad, the Trojans look forward to beginning their 2016 season, kicking off their schedule with Stetson on Feb. 12th.“It’s just time to get after it. We’re excited for our first game and to see our growth on the field,” Munday said. “We’ve seen it outside of lacrosse, in terms of leadership, and bonding and having fun and being able to compete at practice, but to see it now on the field is going to be the last step.”In addition to the team’s experience on the field, the Trojans’ team chemistry will be beneficial, as the girls have gelled and gotten to know each other both on and off the field.“We have a huge senior class and the chemistry has been really great this season. We’re all best friends on and off the field so that really helps,” Johansen said. “The chemistry is definitely there and it’s really improved season to season so I’m excited to see how the chemistry looks out on the field this year.”After weeks of hard work in practice, the girls are looking forward to Saturday’s opportunity to translate their efforts into conference play. Looking ahead to the remainder of the season, the Women of Troy have a tough road in front of them, facing Duke on Feb. 20th, Stony Brook on Mar. 14th and Northwestern on Apr. 15th. Yet the Trojans are focusing on taking it one step at a time and one day at a time.“We’ve faced our hardest obstacles growing to the point we are now so I think the next step is really playing to our potential and playing to the hype and really showing everyone how good we are,” Johansen said. “So we have to be pushing it every single day.”For the seniors, this season provides an opportunity to leave their mark. Munday emphasizes that the girls have an ongoing legacy and that their commitment and dedication to the team began the moment they first put on that red and gold uniform.“With such a big senior class, there’s always that feeling of wanting to leave a legacy and wanting to leave it the best you can possibly be,” Munday said. “But we are just trying to convey to them that they’ve already done all that. They left their legacy, they’ve already put so much into this program, so now it’s just time to enjoy it.”The contest between USC and Stetson is slated for 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 13th at McAlister field.last_img read more

Freddie McGregor and Marcia Griffiths performing next week in Lauderhill

first_imgThe City of Lauderhill presents Freddie McGregor, O.D. and Marcia Griffiths, O.D. in concert on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 7pm at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center.Internationally acclaimed, Grammy nominated singer, Freddie McGregor, O.D., has made significant contributions to Reggae music since its inception. His undeniable vocal availability boasts hits like, “Push Come To Shove,” “Africa Here I Come,” “I was Born A Winner,” “Guantanamera,” his chart-topping hits, “Big Ship,” ” Lock Dem Down,” and “Bangarang,” and American soul classics like, “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely,” and “Can I Change My Mind.” With his profound natural talent, influenced by legends Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Bob Andy and many others, Freddie finessed his craft to become one of reggae’s greatest singers of all time! Be at the LPAC, as he performs his chart-topping hits!Marcia Griffiths is The Empress of Reggae Music, the Most Honorable Marcia Griffiths, O.D., First Lady of Songs, Female Vocalist Supreme. In a career spanning 40 years to date and still going strong, she hits high points internationally as a soloist and as a duo with Bob Andy, as “Bob and Marcia”. She has toured the world as a member of the I-Threes with Bob Marley and the Wailers. She hit the Billboard chart with “Electric Boogie Song” and created a world class dance, the Electric Slide. Since, she has performed all over the world and is known as “one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica,” and now is your chance to see her live in your city – as she performs her hits “All My Life,” “Love Is Automatic,” “Live On,” “Dreamland,” and more!Tickets can be purchased in person at the Box Office, by calling 954-777-2055 or online at lpacfl.com.last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Claims Pair Of MVC Weekly Awards

first_imgST. LOUIS –  Seniors Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Brooke Dennis (Wauconda, Ill.) of the Drake University women’s soccer team were tabbed the Missouri Valley Conference Player and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively, the league office announced Tuesday, Oct. 25. Dennis, the 2015 MVC Goalie of the Year, played in both of Drake’s wins. She started the second half against Iowa State and recorded two saves. She started against Missouri State and recorded four saves. Dennis improved to 8-1-1 on the season with the pair of wins. This is the sixth MVC Goalkeeper of the Week award for Dennis. Armstrong had quite the week for Drake helping lead the Bulldogs to wins over Iowa State and Missouri State. She scored the golden goal in the second overtime session to beat the Cyclones, 1-0 and followed that performance on Saturday against Missouri State by recording a hat trick in the 3-1 win over the Bears. This is the second career MVC Player of the Week award for Armstrong, who leads the team and ranks second in the MVC in goals this season with eight.center_img Drake closes the regular season Thursday night at Loyola. First kick is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will broadcast on The Valley On ESPN3. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more