Lord Andrew Adonis has called for the creation of new undergraduate colleges at Oxford and Cambridge as a means to improving “access with excellence” to the universities for students from underrepresented backgrounds.The former Minister of State for Education suggested that founding new colleges with the specific mission of attracting applicants from state schools whose students do not usually apply would be more effective in increasing the number of state school pupils in Oxford and Cambridge than current outreach programmes and proposals such as implementing diversity-focused quotas.Under the proposals, educational charities such as Ark and Harris would be recruited as college founders with the task of creating “1,000 or more” additional places each year. The colleges would set precedents at the university for new ways of recruiting students not from an Oxbridge tradition.In an interview with Cherwell, Adonis said: “What we now need is bold dramatic reform which can only happen by significantly expanding the number of places at Oxford and allocating those additional places for widening participation.“By far the best way to achieve that is to have colleges which are focused like a laser on the task of widening access and aren’t part of the existing college system.”In response to the accusation that state-school-only colleges could create social divisions within Oxford, the Labour Peer said: “All students are on a par at Oxford and mixed together freely so I don’t think that there’s an issue of segregation at all.“The reason for doing this is not to segregate students but to expand access, and at the moment that is not being done. “It would be perverse to argue against a bold but practical initiative to expand access on the grounds that it would be better if these students weren’t there at all.”Senior figures at Oxford University have not yet expressed strong support for the proposals, with some suggesting that the plan would create a socially divided university atmosphere. Professor Martin Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at the University of Oxford, told Cherwell: “We share Lord Adonis’ aspiration to ensure the opportunities of an Oxford education are open to all talented students but his plan does not offer the across-the-board change we are looking for.”“We know that our undergraduates value the chance to mix with and learn from fellow students of all backgrounds, including our international students.“Oxford colleges were once segregated on the basis of gender and we don’t want to create new divisions on any grounds.”David Lammy MP, also a former Labour education minister, had previously proposed the centralisation of Oxford’s admissions system as a means to improve access to the university. Adonis was unenthusiastic about centralisation, telling Cherwell: “It may be a desirable thing to do, but it’s simply not going to happen because the location of power in the university lies with the colleges, so short of a root and branch reform of the governance of Oxford – which isn’t going to happen – it’s going nowhere as a proposal.“The way we’ve always brought about big reform in the past in Oxford where underrepresented groups – whether they be graduates or women, or religious minorities – get proper representation at Oxford is to make new colleges.“In fact almost every new college in Oxford has been set up with a dedicated mission in mind.”Adonis was supportive of the Foundation Year course at Lady Margaret Hall, but suggested that it did not make enough of an impact in expanding Oxford’s access and outreach: “If you look at what’s happening in LMH, I applaud what’s being done, but the numbers are very small.“If we had three colleges set up, that’s 500 more students a year.”Though Adonis said he was “keen to help found one of these colleges” he did not express any intention to be formally associated with a new Oxford college: “I can absolutely guarantee in blood that no college which I play any part in founding will have my name attached to it or to any building which is a part of it.“One Adonis in England is quite enough.”
The Trump administration has unveiled new restrictions for U.S. travel to Cuba, including banning group tours and cruise ship stops to the island nation.Under the newly announced changes, meant to tighten the economic pressure on the Cuban government, the United States will no longer permit visits to Cuba via passenger and recreational vessels, including cruise ships and yachts, and private and corporate aircraft.“Veiled tourism has served to line the pockets of the Cuban military, the very same people supporting Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela and repressing the Cuban people on the island,” according to a statement from the U.S. Department of State.Additionally, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending non-family travel to Cuba regulations to remove the authorization for group people-to-people educational travel.The OFAC amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) on June 4 to further implement the President’s foreign policy on Cuba.These changes complement the ones to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Export Administration Regulations (EAR). These were announced on April 17, 2019, and include restrictions on non-family travel to Cuba.While Norwegian Cruise Line said it is “closely monitoring these recent developments and any resulting impact to cruise travel to Cuba,” Royal Caribbean Cruises already canceled two port calls to Cuba for June 5 and June 6 sailings. The company added that further impacts to the cruise itineraries would be evaluated.
Press Association Maloney was hardly alone in his frustration as most of Wigan’s players struggled alarmingly as they failed to take advantage of Bobby Zamora’s 21st-minute dismissal for kicking Jordi Gomez in the head. “After the game we realised that for 85 minutes or so it was a disappointing performance from us. Our manager told us that at half-time,” Maloney said. “It wasn’t quite good enough from us for large parts of the game. It wasn’t because of nerves. “When they went down to 10 men they shifted into two banks of four with the lone threat up front. It probably had the opposite effect on us, we took our foot off the gas. We didn’t want to, it’s just something that spread throughout the team, particularly the forward players, myself included. The passing and movement off the ball just wasn’t good enough.” Wigan’s bid to spend another season in the Premier League is interrupted on Saturday by their FA Cup semi-final against Millwall at Wembley. Maloney hopes the disappointing afternoon against QPR will offer a reminder of what will be required against the npower Championship side if the Latics are to reach the final. “It would be great if we can get back to the type of performance we showed against Norwich and Newcastle. If we do that we’ll have a better chance of winning,” he said. “Millwall are in the division below so people will make us favourites. That’s just something we have to embrace. “We need to match the workrate of Millwall, which is something we didn’t do against QPR. We need to improve on yesterday’s performance. “The cup is very important, but it hasn’t been mentioned too much at the club until this week. It will be a big occasion. The main priority of our season is to stay in the Premier League, but as you get further in the cup each round becomes more important.” Maloney rifled home a free-kick deep into injury time after toiling against 10 men for 70 minutes to secure a point that was insufficient to lift them out of the bottom three. It was his fifth goal of the season and the 30-year-old Scot was pleased to have delivered after producing what he considered to be a sub-standard display at Loftus Road. “It was needed because it was one of my poorer performances for the club, so I needed to do something to try and rescue the match. Fortunately the free-kick went in,” he said. Shaun Maloney felt he owed Wigan his last-gasp equaliser in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with QPR that could yet prove instrumental to their Barclays Premier League survival.
Fifth-seeded Gilles Simon claimed his 12th career title after coming out on top of a tense three-set battle with fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils in the Marseille Open final on Sunday (Monday AEDT).Simon withstood 11 aces from Monfils and five breaks of serve before he proved the strongest in the tiebreak to win 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7/4).The 30-year-old Simon became the second most titled French player in the Open era, only trailing former French Open winner Yannick Noah, who amassed 23 titles during his career.Simon did not seem too tired following his three-set win over Sergiy Stakhovsky in the semi-finals and stood up to the long rallies that punctuated the match.Simon, who lifted the trophy for the second time after winning in the coastal city in 2007, also capitalised on Monfils’s 54 unforced errors to win in 2 hours and 29 minutes as his opponent’s poor record in ATP tournament finals did not improve.The 28-year-old Monfils has now lost 17 of the 22 finals he has contested, and his last title came more than one year ago in Montpellier. Simon will lead France against Germany in their Davis Cup first round match next month while Monfils, who did not drop a set before the final and came two points away from victory in the 12th game of the third set, has decided to skip the tie to reduce his schedule.