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MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING

Times Higher Education, 12/02/2015, p.34-41, Danny Dorling

Danny Dorling, professor of geography at the University of Oxford, analyses trends in higher education admissions. He says: ‘With the first cohort of students to pay higher tuition fees entering their final months of study and controls of student numbers due to be removed this autumn, now seems a good time to take stock of changes to the student body and university admissions.’ He finds that participation in higher education is widening at all levels – but most quickly among the affluent. With graduates in demand amongst employers, Professor Dorling predicts: “When the cap on student numbers is removed, it would be surprising if we did not see a further rise in the number of offers of all types being made in the next admissions cycle.” The feature quotes Conor Ryan, director of research and communication at the Sutton Trust, who mentions the Trust’s poll which found that 45 per cent of state school teachers believe that up to 30 per cent of students at Oxford and Cambridge are state school-leavers, when the true figure is “about 60 per cent.”

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UK CORPORATE TAX NOT TOP OF G20 TABLE, SAYS OXFORD STUDY

Financial Times online, 12/02/2015, Vanessa Houlder

George Osborne has failed in his ambition to create the most competitive corporate tax system in the Group of 20 leading economies, according to an analysis by the Centre for Business Taxation at Oxford University. The government’s corporate tax reforms - costing the exchequer £7.5bn a year - are shown to have pushed the UK up by just two places to fifth in a league table of effective tax rates.

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MILIBAND AN OBSTACLE TO LABOUR VICTORY

The Daily Telegraph, 12/02/2015, p. 4, Peter Dominiczak

Ed Miliband’s ‘lukewarm appeal’ to Labour voters could prevent him winning the general election, a survey of more than 20,000 voters has found. Research by the British Election Survey found that even among Labour voters, Mr Miliband is considered a ‘turn off’ and could ‘damage the prospects of his party’. Professor Geoff Evans from the University of Oxford, who conducted the research, explains his findings.

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TEN YEARS OF GOOGLE MAPS - TECH WEEKLY PODCAST 

Guardian online, 11/02/2015

Audio: Professor Mark Graham from the Oxford Internet Institute discusses how the geographies of the internet have reconfigured how people engage with the city.

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MUSLIM POPULATION IN ENGLAND AND WALES NEARLY DOUBLES IN 10 YEARS

Guardian online, 11/02/2015, Aisha Gani

The Muslim population of England and Wales is growing faster than the overall population, with a higher proportion of children and a lower ratio of elderly people, according to an analysis of official data. Sundas Ali, a sociologist at Oxford University, comments on the findings of the Muslim Council of Britain’s study of data from the 2011 census.

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Number of ‘Muslim’ children in Britain doubles in a decade

Daily Telegraph online, 11/02/2015

Professor Anthony Heath, a sociologist at Oxford University, said: ‘We shouldn’t be alarmist, the majority of younger Muslims are taking advantage of British educational opportunities, they are going to university in pretty high numbers, we are finding higher levels of gender equality.’

FOSSIL FUEL LOBBY GOES ON THE ATTACK AGAINST DIVESTMENT MOVEMENT 

Guardian online, 11/02/2015, Damian Carrington

Article on the growing campaign for fossil fuel divestment includes comment from Ben Caldecott of the University of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

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MINISTER SET TO MEET LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS

Oxford Mail, p.7, 12/02/2015

A government minister will visit the Saïd Business School this afternoon [Thursday] to meet entrepreneurs. Minister for civil society Rob Wilson will tour the Launchpad, the Saïd research and networking centre for those starting up a business and Oxford University MBA students. He will also hear about the work of Oxford Social Enterprise Partnership, which encourages and finds funding for non-profit ventures.

COLLEAGUES PAY TRIBUTE TO SIR DAVID WATSON’S CAREER

Times Higher Education, 12/02/2015, p.8, Jack Grove

Tributes have been paid to Sir David Watson, professor of higher education at the University of Oxford and principal of Green Templeton College, who has died at the age of 65. One of the country’s best-known higher education academics, he was also a former vice-chancellor of the University of Brighton, which he led to university status in 1992. Former universities and science minister David Willetts thanked Sir David for his counsel while he was a minister, saying: “He came at issues with a historical perspective, which gave his views and extra authority.”

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