first_imgScholars’ gowns are also awarded to students who receive organ or choral scholarships to attend the University.The motion was not against the wearing of scholars’ gowns by eligible students at other occasions, such as at formal hall.Speaking to Cherwell, Harrison Edmonds, a high-profile campaigner in the ‘Save Sub Fusc’ campaign of 2014, said: “A move to abolish scholars’ gowns, or subfusc and gowns more generally, from exams, risks abandoning some of the traditions that help make Oxford University what it is.“Exams are a very stressful period of time, and [it is] entirely possible to opt out of wearing subfusc if you believe it will impact on your performance.”University regulations already state that only the commoners’ gown should be worn for oral or viva exams. This followed a petition in 2016 which gained 553 signatures, warning that the wearing of scholars’ gowns during this type of examination could cause biased results.A university spokesperson said it had not yet been notified by OUSU of the motion. “Academic dress for students is determined by the Vice- Chancellor in consultation with the Proctors,” they said. Speaking to Cherwell, Isobel Cockburn said: “The idea came about from discussions with friends before finals. Everyone (tutors included) seemed to agree that the notion of scholars’ gowns is ridiculous in 2017, as it promotes a visual display of superiority which is simply unnecessary.”In 2014, while men made up 54 per cent of the undergraduate student body, they received 60 per cent of the firsts, whilst women made up 46 per cent of the student body and received only 40 per cent of the firsts.Others at the meeting, however, suggested that although there may be a correlation between scholars gowns and anxiety, the gowns themselves were not the cause.It was pointed out that during a similar referendum held on the future of sub fusc in 2014 it was argued that the formal dress acted as a “leveller” during examinations, and a starkly different gown seemed to make this submission less credible. Oxford is currently the only university in the country to have such a differentiated system of gowns for exams. The future of scholars’ gowns hangs in the balance after Wednesday night’s OUSU Council meeting saw a narrow vote in favour of mandating the sabbatical officers to consult students on lobbying the University to change its sub fusc policy.A consultation will be held, in the form of a non-binding poll sent to all students regarding the wearing of scholars’ gowns in examinations for top-achieving students. The motion will be presented again after the poll has taken place in the next council meeting, where a decision will be made as to OUSU’s formal position.The motion passed with 21 voting in favour, 18 against and three abstaining.The motion was proposed by Matilda Agace and Isobel Cockburn, both from Wadham College. Cockburn argued that the use of differential gowns can “cause quite a lot of stress” to candidates and that they “create an academically hierarchical environment”.The motion further noted that prelims, following which a minority of students are awarded the more prestigious gowns for outstanding results, “are not an adequate measure of potential”.The proposers cited evidence that points towards an observed negative impact that differential gown usage can have on the wider student population. This was particularly noted among women, BAME and disabled people who, in an OUSU Welfare survey, were found to be more likely to be “stressed” or “overwhelmed” at Oxford.The motion noted that “the gender attainment gap at Oxford is the worst in the country”, which along with meant that OUSU and the University should be doing all they can to decrease stress around exams.last_img read more


first_imgLatest figures suggest supermarkets are failing to satisfy the booming demand for cupcakes, with consumers turning to craft, foodservice and home baking.Total cupcake consumption occasions (in home/carried out/out-of-home), excluding homemade, reached 44 million, up 11% year-on-year (Kantar Worldpanel, 52 w/e Feb 2011); this rises to 65 million if home-baked cupcakes are included.Yet supermarket data shows pack volumes fell by 5.4% (52 w/e 15 May 2011). Kantar said: “The cupcakes market is in rude health. But it is the homemade and premium cupcakes that are doing well.”>>Calling all cupcakerslast_img read more


first_imgNAGPUR, India (CMC) – Bermudan Delray Rawlins helped lead England Under-19s to safety as the second and final Youth Test against India fizzled out into a draw at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here yesterday.Rawlins scored an attractive 49 to follow up his first-innings 140 before falling to fellow slow left-arm bowler Anukul Roy for the second time in the four-day match, as England were dismissed for 255 in their second innings before the captains accepted the draw.The left-hander faced 85 balls and struck five fours and a six, further enhancing his reputation as a reliable top order batsman.Slow left-arm bowler Harsh Tiaga took the bowling honours with four for 67 from 25 overs.Resuming on 34 for two, England suffered an immediate setback when nightwatchman Daniel Houghton was forced to retire hurt on nought with no addition to the total.But number four George Bartlett and left-hander Rawlins, in at number five, repelled the Indian attack, adding 121 for the third wicket. Bartlett’s 76 came from 135 balls and included six fours and three sixes.India had declared their first innings on Thursday at 388 for nine in response to England’s first innings of 375 all out.The series ended all square with last week’s first Test at the same venue also drawn.last_img read more