Review ‘hiding decisions’ over tuition fees

first_imgOUSU this week accused the Russell Group of universities of concealing its plans for tuition fees until after the general election. 26 of Oxford’s JCR Presidents signed an open letter that publicly condemns the decision of the Russell Group to withhold their submission to the Browne Review, which examines fees and university funding. OUSU criticised the Russell Group for “collaborating with the government’s independent review of higher education funding to suppress evidence submitted to the review.” “As student representatives, we find it disingenuous and underhand that the UK’s elite universities do not feel that they have a duty to share their submission to the Browne Review with the general public, and indeed their current and prospective students.” The Review, chaired by Lord Browne, is evaluating how much students should pay to go to university and is considering options such as raising fees or charging a more commercial rate on student loans. A Freedom of Information request by OUSU to force the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to publish the documents submitted by the Russell Group has been rejected by the Department. OUSU has now published the full e-mail exchange on its website. The Department has refused to release the documents, saying it is respecting the request for confidentiality of the Russell Group.It has also said cited an exemption under the Freedom of Information rules which states that “it may not be in the public interest for information to be released prematurely and out of context.” “Our fears that it’s little more than a smokescreen for raising fees have been confirmed”, said OUSU VP for Access and Academic Affairs, Jonny Medland. “The Russell Group is not entitled to special treatment and should release its vision for universities like everyone else,” he said.All other institutions published their evidence to the review in late February. OUSU President Stefan Baskerville called for the Browne Review to come clean about its work with the Russell Group. “All three major parties are hiding behind the Browne Review to avoid saying how they’ll fund universities,” he said.“Now we see that the Review is more interested in working with universities to suppress debate than listening to students. “It’s time that politicians and the Review came clean on what they think about student fees. We’re days away from a General Election where this has barely been discussed.” However, the Russell Group has denied wanting to conceal its intentions, saying that its submission was a draft document that needed to be seen in the context of a complete report, due to published in the next few weeks.“We are working on our own independently researched report into the issues surrounding the funding of higher education which we anticipate will be completed in the next few weeks,” a Russell Group spokeswoman told the BBC. “We submitted our early findings for this report to the Browne Review in time for their first deadline and asked the review team to treat our advice as confidential” “There is and has always been an intention to publish our final analysis of the issues addressed in the submission.” James Evans, a first-year PPE student at St Hugh’s, said, “If there really wasn’t an issue with raising tuition fees then the Browne Report should be made public and the Russell Group should come clean.“With the forthcoming election a key issue for students is education and tuition fees. I’m already coming out of university with a £20,000 debt, so it’s an important issue for me if tuition fees will be increased and will probably affect my vote.”last_img read more

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BIE gathers pace

first_imgLatest companies to sign up for the Baking Industry Exhibition include Orbital Food Machinery, Abacus Aquameter, Pillopak and Oliver Douglas.Falcon Products, CSS Packaging Machines and Saturn Spraying have also come on board.BIE, organised by William Reed Events, will be co-located with the Convenience Retailing Show, Food & Drink Expo and Foodex Meatex, from April 6-9, 2008, at the NEC in Birmingham.last_img

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Shelburne Museum wins $96,000 in grants for economic recovery and technology

first_imgShelburne Museum, Inc.,Shelburne Museum has been awarded two grants totaling $96,318 for technology and support of museum operations, interim director Robert Skiff, Sr. announced.A grant for $93,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation was awarded as part of the foundation’s American Art Renewal Fund. The foundation developed the American Art Renewal Fund to respond to the economic downturn and the current need to strengthen American art activities at the nation’s museums. The grant will be used to support curatorial activities and staff.The second award is from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership for touch-screen oral history listening stations on the museum’s National Historic Landmark steamboat Ticonderoga. The $3,318 grant will update technology on the boat and allow for additional oral histories to be presented about the Ticonderoga, the last commercially operating steamboat on Lake Champlain. The 220-foot steamboat was moved to the museum in 1955 and is a perennial favorite exhibit among visitors.About Shelburne Museum:  Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds.  The museum’s collection includes works by the great Impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas as well as a prized collection of folk art including trade signs, weathervanes and quilts. SHELBURNE, Vt. ‘ (Aug. 1, 2011)last_img read more

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THAI sponsors Visit Japan FIT Travel Fair 2017

first_imgTHAI sponsors Visit Japan FIT Travel Fair 2017THAI sponsors Visit Japan FIT Travel Fair 2017Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), recently sponsored “Visit Japan F.I.T. Travel Fair 2017”, which was organized by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) at Royal Paragon Hall 3, Siam Paragon. Mr. Kazuhiro Ito (fourth from left), JNTO Executive Director, Bangkok Office, presided over the opening ceremony, which was attended by Mr. Korakot Chatasingha (third from left), THAI Director of Thailand Regional Department. At the event, THAI offered special fares on various routes from Thailand to Japan, those being Narita, Haneda, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Sapporo.Source = Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI)last_img

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