Breakdown: suspensions up 68% since 2011

first_imgAt one end of the scale, Mansfield accounted for just 0.7% of suspensions over the time period, despite making up 2.32% of the University’s population.Meanwhile, St Hugh’s accounted for over 5.6% of suspended students despite making up only 3.63% of students. Similarly, 4.1% of suspended students attended Christ Church, which makes up 2.2% of all students.Despite concerns about the pressure they place on students to achieve strong academic results, there was not a clear relationship between colleges that perform strongly in the Norrington Table and their rates of suspension.The largest change came from Christ Church, where 34 students suspended their studies in the 2016/17 academic year – over three times the eleven students in 2011/12, a rate far higher than the university-wide increase.When contacted Christ Church told Cherwell: “Christ Church takes the welfare and academic progress of its students very seriously.“While the College cannot comment on individual cases, it can confirm that it has robust systems in place to support students who encounter challenges, whether these involve medical or mental health issues, financial circumstances, or academic concerns.“When it is agreed that suspension is in an individual student’s best interests, the College works actively with the student and relevant support staff to help them return to their studies as soon as it is appropriate.”Oxford SU’s VP for Welfare & Equal Opportunities, Ellie McDonald, told Cherwell: “It is disappointing to see that our already high suspension rate has increased again, especially among those from BAME backgrounds.“These figures reinforce the fact that the University is neglecting to investigate the causes of suspension and implement preventative measures to make sure that students feel like they can stay on course. We have worked closely with colleges this term to improve the current policies.”Oxford University were contacted for comment.Earlier this year, Cherwell revealed that more than twice as many state-educated undergraduates than private schooled students suspended their studies.Students from the state sector have made up on average 56% of undergraduates since 2006, but 69% of all suspended students.In addition, the course with the most suspensions has been Oriental Studies, with 30% of students in the department suspending.Archaeology and Anthropology was the second highest, with a 16% suspension rate, while 14% of Physics and Philosophy took a year out. The number of students suspending their studies every year has increased by 68.57% since 2011, Cherwell can reveal.The number of suspended students rose from 506 in the 2011/12 academic year to 853 in 2016/17, despite the University’s claim that the number of students has remained “broadly steady” in the same period.Analysis of student suspension data obtained via Freedom of Information (FoI) requests also revealed statistically significant disparities affecting how likely students are to rusticate based on region, nationality, and, ethnicity.Oxford SU’s VP for Welfare & Equal Opportunities said the increase was “disappointing…especially among those from BAME backgrounds.”White students make up 73.73% of suspended students, despite compromising 80.3% of total students, whilst all BME students comprised 23.21% of students suspending their studies compared 17.5% of the student body.Chinese students appear to be particularly likely to suspend their studies, with 7.16% of suspended students coming from China, compared to only 1.6% of students at the University.Clear national and regional differences also exist. Of those students who suspended their studies in 2016/17, 595 (or 69.75%) were classified as “domiciled in the UK”, compared to 77.9% of students. Meanwhile, international students, who make up 22.1% of students at Oxford, accounted for over 30% of suspended students in the same period.Students from London and the South East were also less likely to suspend their studies, making up 47.9% of students at Oxford, but just 32.11% of those who rusticated.Those from other regions of the UK accounted for almost 70% of all suspending students, but just 52.1% of the university’s total intake.While most colleges showed suspension rates similar to their proportion of the total student body, several exhibited statistically significant differences.last_img read more

Brokeback Mountain Stage Adaptation Aiming for London Bow

first_img View Comments From award-winning short story to hit movie to an opera to a play! A stage adaptation of Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain is aiming to premiere on the London boards in 2016, courtesy of producer Tom O’Connell. No word yet on creative team or casting.The story is set in 1963, when two young men, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, are hired for the summer to look after sheep at a remote grazing range on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. Unexpectedly, alone in the wilderness, they form an intense emotional and physical bond that will change their lives forever. And over the next twenty years, as their separate lives play out through marriages, children and dead-end jobs, they long to be together, back on Brokeback Mountain, in a place where there are no secrets, only each other.The 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain starred Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams; it won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Score. Brokeback Mountain the opera premiered in 2014 in Madrid, with music by Charles Wuorinen and a libretto by Proulx, based on her 1997 short story.last_img read more

Crash on 421 ends in one fatality

first_imgVersailles, IN—Friday afternoon, at approximately 3:30 pm an Indiana State Police responded to a report on an injury crash involving two vehicles on US 421 south of County Road 1050 South in Ripley County.Troopers arrived to find a 2016 Kia Soul and a 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage in the east ditch of US 421.  The preliminary investigation shows that the Kia Soul, driven by Shannon Hubbard, was traveling southbound and was attempting to pass another vehicle.   The Mitsubishi Mirage, driven by Henry Finney of Madison, was traveling northbound and could not avoid a collision with the Kia Soul, which was in the northbound lane.Finney was transported by ambulance, to King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison where he passed away from his injuries.  Hubbard was also transported by ambulance, to King’s Daughters’ Hospital and then transported by lifeline helicopter, to The University of Cincinnati Hospital.  Ms. Hubbard was in serious but stable condition.It is believed that both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.  Drugs and or alcohol are not believed to be a contributing factor to the crash.  Improper passing and traveling at a high rate of speed are believed to be contributing factors to the crash.last_img read more