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Scottish access initiative launched by Brasenose student

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first_img“The goal of The Clydeside Project is to make Oxbridge a serious option for the many hundreds of deserving Scots who currently do not apply. Mentoring, provided through Access Oxbridge, will help those without the financial resources or family connections to assist their application.” The Clydeside Project provides prospective Scottish applicants with ‘mentors’ – current Oxbridge students who can answer questions and give advice about the application process. A second-year student at Brasenose, Michael McGrade, has foundeda project aiming to increase the number of successful Oxbridge applicationsfrom Scottish state schools. Students from Scottish state schoolsare heavily under-represented at the University of Oxford. A recent Freedom ofInformation request submitted by McGrade shows that in the 2018 Oxford intakeonly 16 students came from Scottish state schools. This means that in the sameintake, there were 13 English private schools that eachsent more children to Oxford than the entire Scottish state school system. Etonand Westminster sent more than double. McGrade, who is studying History and Economics, told Cherwell: “Every year just a handful of English schools are sending ten times as many students to Oxford as Scotland’s entire state sector. These figures reflect the failings of the university’s outreach efforts. Scotland does not even have a link college with Oxford, unlike every region in England. Students from Scottish state schools are heavily under-represented at the University of Oxford. A recent Freedom of Information request submitted by McGrade shows that in the 2018 Oxford intake only 16 students came from Scottish state schools. This means that in the same intake, there were 13 English private schools that each sent more children to Oxford than the entire Scottish state school system. Eton and Westminster sent more than double. The project is accepting registrations from students who are keen to mentor applicants – and it has beenemphasised that students of any nationality can register. Those studying sciences are particularly encouraged to sign up. More details can be found on the project’s website. “Free tuition can only be held partly responsible for Scotland’s poor Oxbridge record. Applications rose in line with England after the trebling of fees in 2012. The universities and UK government have nonetheless badly miscommunicated the English student finance system. Few in Scotland know that graduates repay as they earn.last_img read more

Baking Industry Awards: Baker of the Year

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first_imgSponsored by Brook Food Processing EquipmentWinner: David Wright, The Cake Shop Bakery“I love what I do – baking and running the business,” says 2017 Baker of the Year David Wright.His business, The Cake Shop Bakery based in Woodbridge, Suffolk, has one shop and a next-door café, which he runs independently. Breads, pastries and cakes are sold through both outlets, and the firm also caters for functions. Where possible, ingredients such as rapeseed oil, flour, organic eggs, and sausage meat are sourced locally.“Bakery is hard work, but what feels right is the millennia-old connection between field and turning grain into something we can eat,” says Wright. “I enjoy its simplicity: basic ingredients turned into tasty breads and delicious treats; it’s alchemy.”Having taken over his parents’ business five years ago, Wright completely gutted the shop and café and, with experience in set design after attending King’s College University in London, he redesigned them both, moving production to a new site nearby.“We make breads, celebration cakes, croissants and everything you might find in a supermarket, but we try to beat them on quality,” he says.The Cake Shop Bakery has a staff of 30. Wright says: “Success is not just judged as financial enterprise; our core values revolve around caring for our families, workers and customers.”Finalist: Toby Milner, Milners“I bake every day and love it!” says Toby Milner, MD of Milners bakery in Blaby, Leicestershire.The business comprises five shops, with an emphasis on retail, but wholesale is growing. Milner’s father started the business 50 years ago and Milner began working with him in 1984, aged 14, then went to Southfields Bakery College and won The Renshaw Cup.Since then, he has grown and adapted the business. “We bake products that speak for themselves: breads, cakes, pastries, cake lines, cookies and brownies,” he says. “Quality ingredients matter. I could save on costly butter or quality chocolate, but it gives the best results. It’s important to adapt to the current consumer, so I make sourdough breads with a starter from wild yeasts from plums in my garden.”In the mornings, the bakery offers sausage and bacon rolls to workers. For popular products such as Eccles cakes, brownies, flapjacks and paradise slices, it uses its own recipes. “The best thing is to think of all the people enjoying your goods and to meet them when they come back for more,” says Milner.Finalist: Brett Smith, The Ticklebelly Lane BakeryJudged at his previous employer, The Welbeck Bakehouse, Notts, Brett Smith was described by the company as passionate, innovative and keen to use locally sourced ingredients.Smith developed a range of award-winning products including new buns, focaccia, pastries, flatbreads and sourdoughs, and worked with local schools to educate youngsters about the importance of good bread.“I love to speak to customers and be in touch with their needs and wants,” he says. “For example, I learned they like mini bites, which can be shared. I also enjoy researching books on the science of baking, looking up traditional recipes but putting a spin on them.”Smith’s ultimate ambition is to own his own bakery producing artisan bread and teaching short courses on slow-fermented breads and other products, reflecting another of his interests – live demonstrations. “I’d love to develop a YouTube channel to teach bakers of all levels how to advance their skills,” he adds.last_img read more

Accused Chinese Mar-a-Lago Intruder Wants to Represent Herself at Trial

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first_imgA Chinese woman charged with illegally entering President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort wants to represent herself in court.This morning a federal judge is set to rule on whether Yujing Zhang can fire her public defenders and represent herself. Zhang has pleaded not guilty to charges of trespassing at Mar-a-Lago and lying to Secret Service agents. Agents arrested the 33-year-old in March 2019 after they say she lied her way past several security checkpoints and onto Mar-a-Lago property. She later told the club’s receptionist she was there to attended a United Nations Chinese American Association event; an event which did not exist.Once detained, agents say they found Zhang carrying four cellphones, an external hard drive and a thumb drive with computer malware; prosecutors later said when the thumb drive was tested a second time the malware could not be detected.In her hotel room, investigators say they also found $8,000 in cash, nine USB drives, five SIM cards and a device that could possibly be used to detect hidden cameras.Last week, the assistant federal public defender wrote in court documents that Zhang would not meet with a psychologist but has appeared mentally competent in interviews with her attorneys.If convicted, Zhang faces up to five years in prison.Her hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale.last_img read more

Other Sports PV Sindhu Progresses In Hong Kong Open After Saina Nehwal Exits

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first_imgHong Kong: World Champion P V Sindhu made a positive start to her campaign but Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma were ousted from the Hong Kong Open after suffering contrasting defeats in the opening round of the USD 400,000 event in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Sixth seed Sindhu, who had faltered in the opening round in a couple of recent tournaments, took 36 minutes to see off world no 19 Kim Ga Eun of Korea 21-15 21-16 to progress to the second round. The Olympic silver medallist will face Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan next. However, eighth seed Saina, who claimed the Indonesia Masters in January this year, suffered her fifth first-round loss in the last six tournaments, going down 13-21 20-22 to China’s Cai Yan Yan for the second successive time. She had lost to Cai at China Open last week.World no.16 Sameer fought for 54 minutes before going to Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei 11-21 21-13 8-21 in the opening match. It was his third successive loss in the opening round. Saina and Sameer are both scheduled to play Gwangju Korea Masters Super 300 tournament next week. World No 6 Sindhu moved to a 8-4 lead early on but Kim managed to turn the tables, holding a 11-10 advantage at the breather. The Indian then reeled off six points at 13-13 to march ahead and seal the opening game. The second game was no different as Sindhu again broke off at 5-5, grabbing seven points on the trot to move to a massive 12-5 lead.The Indian kept moving ahead and eventually shut the door comfortably on her opponent. Earlier, Saina lacked the wherewithal to put up a fight against Cai in the opening game and fell behind from the very start. She couldn’t catch up with the Chinese, who moved to a comfortable 11-4 lead at the break and kept surging ahead to win the first game. In the second game, Saina was 3-0 up initially but Cai reeled off seven straight points at 2-4 to jump to a 9-4 advantage. The Indian narrowed the gap but Cai was ahead 11-9 at the breather. After the interval, the Chinese jumped to a 17-11 advantage.Also Read | PV Sindhu Eyes Reversal Of Fortunes In Danish Open Badminton TournamentHowever, Saina managed to fight back and grab a game point at 20-19 but the Chinese once again managed to nose ahead. Sameer, on the other hand, managed to take one game away from the world no.26 Wang after meekly surrendering the opening game. Wang was 7-4 up and then surged to 15-5 in a jiffy to eventually close the opening game. In the second game, Wang led 3-0 early on but this time Sameer put up a fierce fight to open up a slender 11-10 lead, which he capitalised to roar back into the contest. However, Sameer was completely blown away by Wang in the decider. The Taiwanese shuttler zoomed to an 8-0 lead and then grabbed a 15-2 advantage, a gap which the Indian failed to bridge in the end. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Tipp management hopeful players get through college games unscathed

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first_imgTipp senior football management are hopeful all their players will come through this week of college games unscathed.They travel to Ennis to take on Clare on Sunday afternoon – but a number of players are featuring for colleges in the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon cup matches this week.This weekend’s game is important, with the Premier aiming to notch up another victory. Tipp coach Shane Stapleton says it’s a difficult time for young inter-county players..last_img