Visiting Professor

first_imgEssential Duties Summary Grant TitleN/A Position Details Security Sensitive Position?Yes Requires a Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in thediscipline of the posted position or a closely related field. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities * Do you have experience using personal computers, andMicrosoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access); andother job related software?YesNo Job Description Summary / TWC Summary Posting Details Position End Date (if temporary) * Do you have a Ph.D. from an accredited college or universityin the discipline of the posted position or a closely relatedfield?YesNo Hiring RangeCommensurate with experience. Posting NumberTSU202016 Must have the ability to use personal computers and MicrosoftOffice software such as Word, Excel, Power Point and Access. Musthave a positive attitude. Must have knowledge of basic officefunctions. Must have the ability to make sound decisions with thesupport of the Department Chair and faculty, determine strategy innext steps and processes, and handle multiple request orassignments effectively. Close Date N/A UA EEO Statement Work Experience Open Until Filled (overrides close field)Yescenter_img Teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses, as needed. Desired start date Posting Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Working/Environmental Conditions N/A Hours of WorkTBA % FTE It is the policy of Texas Southern University to provide a workenvironment that is free from discrimination for all personsregardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin,individuals with disability, sexual orientation, or protectedveteran status in its programs, activities, admissions oremployment policies. This policy of equal opportunity is strictlyobserved in all University employment-related activities such asadvertising, recruiting, interviewing, testing, employmenttraining, compensation, promotion, termination, and employmentbenefits. This policy expressly prohibits harassment anddiscrimination in employment based on race, color, religion,gender, gender identity, genetic history, national origin,individuals with disability, age, citizenship status, or protectedveteran status. This policy shall be adhered to in accordance withthe provisions of all applicable federal, state and local laws,including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil RightsAct.Manual of Administrative Policies andProcedures Required Licensing/Certification Education Teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses, as needed.Provide academic advising for students. Develop syllabus andteaching materials. Assist with projects, research, and otherdepartmental programs. Performs other job related duties asassigned. Special Instructions to ApplicantsOpen to all applicants. * Do you have at least 1- 3 years prior teaching experience ina higher education environment?YesNo Must have at least 1- 3 years prior teaching experience in a highereducation environment. Must have excellent verbal and communicationskills. Must be able to work with a diverse student and facultypopulation. 70% Official TSU TitleVisiting Professor Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOfficial TranscriptsOptional DocumentsReference Letter 1Reference Letter 2Reference Letter 3last_img read more

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Assistant Professor – Pulmonary

first_imgDivision: Medicine (80001010)Department: Medicine – Pulmonary (90002367)Employment Duration: Full-timeBaylor College of Medicine and Department Summary:Baylor ( www.bcm.edu ) isrecognized as one of the nation’s premier academic health sciencecenters and is known for excellence in education, research, andhealthcare and community service. Located in the heart of theworld’s largest medical center ( Texas MedicalCenter ), Baylor is affiliated with multiple educational,healthcare and research affiliates ( Baylor Affiliates).SummaryThe Department of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care andSleep Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston,Texas looking for a faculty to join our academic program. We seek aclinician and clinical-educator at the level of Assistant Professorto join our expanding clinical practice. Baylor College of Medicinein Houston, TX is seeking an adult pulmonologist to participate inthe coordination and optimization of care for adult cystic fibrosis(CF) patients.The BCM Adult CF Center is one of the largest centers in thecountry and is the only accredited adult CF center in southernTexas, caring for 300 CF patients every year. Our multidisciplinaryteam has an active clinical trial enterprise participating innearly twenty ongoing clinical trials and is closely aligned withother departments integral to the care of our CF patients,including ENT, Endocrinology and Gastroenterology, amongothers.Job Responsibilities:Responsibilities will include inpatient and outpatient CFresponsibilities and general pulmonary practice at Baylor Collegeof Medicine St Luke’s Hospital.Job Qualifications:Education: M.D.Licensure: Licensed by the Texas Medical BoardBaylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.1154CA; CHlast_img read more

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Assistant Professor – Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning)

first_imgAssistant Professor – Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence andMachine Learning)Job Description SummaryThe Department of Computer Science at Florida PolytechnicUniversity invites applications for an Assistant Professor withbroad teaching capacity that supports both undergraduate degreesand with research specialization that supports ArtificialIntelligence and Machine Learning. The Computer Science departmentis home to the largest undergraduate program in the Universitywhich delivers an ABET accredited degree in Computer Science withspecialization areas in Game Development, Cyber Security, SoftwareEngineering, and Autonomous Systems. Successful applicants must becapable of teaching a range of classes in the curriculum, at alllevels, and ideally would contribute to instruction focused in atleast one of the following areas: graphical interactive programs,Cyber-Security, Autonomous Systems, Software Engineering, andDistributed/parallel computing.This position is part of a strategic expansion of the departmentthat will add approximately eight faculty to the current thirteenfaculty members that comprise the department faculty. Thedepartment also delivers a Masters of Science degree in ComputerScience and the expansion of the faculty will be critical togrowing the size of this graduate program.Applicants must demonstrate the ability to develop a highlysuccessful teaching and research program, attract independentresearch funding, publish the results of their research studies inleading scientific journals of their discipline, supervise graduateand undergraduate students, and to teach effectively at both thegraduate and undergraduate level courses. In addition, thecandidates are expected to assist in the education mission of thedepartment and to provide whatever academic service is requested toby the Chair of the Department.Job DescriptionMINIMUM QUALIFICATION: Employment is contingent upon proof of the legal right to workin the United States. This proof must be provided prior toemployment at the University. An appointment is not final untilproof is provided. Cover letterCurriculum VitaeStatement of Research InterestsStatement of Teaching PhilosophyList of at least 3 professional references (names and contactinformation)Unofficial copy of the Ph.D./M.Sc. transcript Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related field APPLICATION PROCESS: All Applicants are required to submitthe following in PDF format to the Florida Polytechnic CareersWebsite: https://floridapoly.edu/about/careers/careersportal Diversity Statement:Florida Polytechnic University is an equal opportunity/equal accessinstitution. It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to provideequal opportunity for employment and educational opportunities toall (including applicants for employment, employees, applicants foradmission, students, and others affiliated with the University)without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex,religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status,veteran status or genetic information.Special Instructions Regarding Attachments:Required attachments are listed on each posting. Please besure to attach all required documents in the Resume/CV field beforecontinuing through the application. Once your applicationhas been submitted, no changes may be made and additionalattachments will not be considered.An unofficial copy of the degree/transcript is acceptable duringthe application process. For positions requiring a degree, theofficial transcripts are required upon hire.Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside of the United Statesrequire a equivalency statement from a certified transcriptevaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of anaccredited institution within the USA. This report must be attachedwith the application and submitted by the applicationdeadline.All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date ofthe job announcements.This position requires a background check, which may includea level II screening as required by the Florida Statute§435.04. ABOUT FLORIDA POLY:Florida Polytechnic University opened for classes in 2014-15 and isthe twelfth university in the Florida State University System. TheUniversity was created as an exclusively STEM-focused publicuniversity that offers high-value undergraduate and graduatedegrees and that has intentional industry connections with a focuson economic development of the high-tech I-4 corridor. Dedicated topreparing students for the competitive STEM workforce, FloridaPolytechnic University blends traditional subject matter masterywith problem solving and laboratory experiences to provide studentswith learning opportunities applicable to both the workplace and acareer of lifelong learning. The University delivers its courses insmall class sizes, emphasizes a positive student to facultyexperience, and is dedicated to both its teaching and researchmission.Faculty are employed at Florida Poly via renewable, term definedappointments, codified in a collective bargaining agreement, thatsubstantially mirrors tenure systems with reappointment andprogression in rank upon completion of a significant review ofaccomplishments.Lakeland, home to Florida Polytechnic University’s ultra-moderncampus, is located along the I-4 High Tech Corridor halfway betweenTampa and Orlando. Our central Florida community combines smalltown comfort with big-city culture. Florida’s High-Tech Corridor ishome to 11,000 high-tech businesses, and Polk County alone has morethan 600,000 residents, four universities and one state college.Lakeland is just a 45-minute drive from Walt Disney World,Universal Studios, professional sports teams, and thrivingperforming art centers. With no income tax in Florida, and homevalues increasing by approximately 10% over the past year, Lakelandand Central Florida continue to rise among the best places to liveand work.EXPECTED STARTING SALARY: Commensurate with experience andqualificationsAPPLICATION DEADLINE DATE:center_img Teaching and/or relevant research/industry experienceDemonstrated ability to conduct independent andinterdisciplinary funded applied research.Experience in curriculum delivery and developmentExperience with students’ academic mentoringExperience in program assessment and execution of a continuousimprovement plan. Positions are open until filled (or recruitment cancelled).Review of applications will begin immediately and continue untilthe positions are filled. Active participation in professional activities andorganizations. DESIRED / PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Prior professional US experience with progressiveresponsibility.Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively withdiverse campus community.last_img read more

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Indian election produces shock results

first_imgAfter a month of polling, voting has finally closed in India’s general election. It was predicted that the Prime Minister’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had failed to secure an overall majority. In the world’s largest democracy, over 600 million adults had the right to vote in the election, in which over forty parties were represented. The BJP had been widely expected to win the election relatively easily. Their main threat was the Congress Alliance, which governed India for its first 50 years of independence, led by Sonia Gandhi. Two Communist parties have also polled well. The main issue in the election has been the economy. The BJP had to abandon their ‘India Shining’ slogan in the campaign following harsh criticism. The party needs to gain 272 seats for an overall majority in Parliament. Current polls indicate that it has won between 240 and 280 seats. Turnout was less than 60%.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004last_img read more

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Bobby Coral

first_imgFINE ARTS student Roberta “Bobby” Coral first saw the symbol on the wall of a Rad Cam toilet. It was alongside the tracks of a downward juddering bandwagon of homage to Pete Doherty. Drawn in aggressive pencil, it was a gaunt black triangle, its sides two-thirds up punctured with what could have been angel wings, or horns on a Viking helmet. Above it in jagged letters: HEADLESS. All the more striking was the dirty pearl of blank wall around it, six inches wide. It seemed the symbol was universally understood, among those who autographed toilets, to be sacrosanct.Bobby was eminently well-adjusted. If anything, that was her problem. It meant, as she knew, that she was rather supermarketbrand. Packaging like that of the market leader, only flimsier and in fewer colours. Hints of artificial sweeteners in that smile. But she did the job, with her shortcomings written plainly on the tin, and was not out to please an elite. So no ladders in her tights to lead you to snakes: the under-loved, the overindulged, the midnight quivers of a soul that needs always to be its own daydream. She was artless, no more, but no less. Not that she was wholly immune to itches for something more. She’d give herself an edge of walked through fire by charring her eyes with liner and mascara. Or stand in the Boots queue until it had tapered to only three deep, daring herself to go all the way with this blacking kit for her tresses currently reminiscent of weak tea.But that day, in the Rad Cam cubicle, she felt no such itch. So she refused to spook out, even if it was so weird that no one dared write near it (What if she did, right now? What would happen?). She restrained the same impulse on seeing the symbol again the following week, this time in chalk on Longwall Street, a little way down from the long-running “FREEDOM: NOT YET OUT ON DVD”.By her third encounter with it, her unease refused for a moment to get back in its kennel and howled clumsily through her veins instead. At The Sackler Library, a librarian whose stare at rest could disinfect a public toilet had told Bobby that ‘Aztec Premonitions of Modern Art’ was “naturally” on the shelf. Bobby searched for twenty minutes in vain. Then, at that point where it should have been according to its shelfmark, she noticed a tiny jaundiced tongue protruding from between two books. She prised them apart and pulled out a crumbling flake of card. There, drawn in ink that had purpled in antiquity like a bruise, was the Headless symbol. Paling, she took it downstairs to the librarian. “Book wasn’t there,” she told her. “But this was.” The librarian arranged her face into what she hoped was the highest madness antidote known to man. “So it was.”None of which prepared Bobby for the fourth time. Late for her tute with Dr Pynchette, she puffed up a blaze of rickety momentum across Pembroke, at last knocking on his door and flurrying in without waiting for his customary “Entertain me”. The curtains were drawn, drowsing the incoming sun so that it curled up at the feet of his bookshelves like an old cat lapping plaintively at dust. Amid this light someone was standing – but it wasn’t Dr Pynchette.Beside his desk, a woman upheld five feet, two inches of what they might tout as ‘Laura Ashley does Sexual Awakening’. She had her fingertips up on its oak, as though to takes its pulse. At Bobby’s entrance, she tightened with all the special force of a small woman and hissed: “Yes?” Bobby: “Dr Pynchette?” “He’s on leave. His students should have been told. Perhaps there hasn’t been time.” On leave? So abruptly? Bobby frowned: “Is it to do with the book he’s writing? Marginalia?”The woman edged around the desk and folded into its chair. She murmured, “I’m not sure what it’s to do with. As you can see, his phone was off the hook. I’m his sister.” It took a while for Bobby to process each of these sentences, like digits punched rapidly into a telephone. She moved forward into the smell of fried eggs that always hung over his desk like a builder’s daydream. The phone was still off the hook – his sister had touched nothing, as though this were his last fragile sandcastle.Bobby said, “He’s AWOL?” His sister flinched. “I,” she muttered darkly, “have three children, flowerbeds the dog waters and a suburban Jacuzzi of fellowship it sadly doesn’t. You know when I really wake up each morning? Raising the garage door. Shrieks like Bambi’s hit the blender and spits rust at me. That will always be so because I will never get round to fixing it. Yes, I have my frustrations too. Ray’s the only one who feels he can just disappear and come back if life rubs him the right way.”“He’s done this before?” His sister shrugged. “I was six the first time. We were in a Bristol supermarket: Ray, me, our mother. I leant closer to a fridge, my breath clouding the glass and his reflection. When it faded, he was gone. He’d followed the sound of a city seagull down the aisle and out the door. He called us later from a record shop to play some jazz down the line…”Bobby wasn’t listening. She was standing tremulously, having just had the breath whipped out from under her like a tablecloth in a show of tricks at a village fete. On a pad next to the phone, under the logo of the coffee-shop whose waitress he’d bullied it from and a feverish scrawl of ‘LOITERER’, was the Headless symbol.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2005last_img read more

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Mud, mirth and beyond

first_imgEver wondered what goes on in those bits of the festival that are rarely shown on TV? Months ago you were up at three in the morning to buy your one festival ticket. You bought all you needed for a weekend camping (one tent, two wellies, and a lot of baby wipes); you set up tent well away from the portaloo and made your way down to the main stage. So there you are with a crowd of expectant faces when Lucie Silvas appears. Disaster! You throw your hands up in frustration, scream with consternation and turn away in disgust. But wait. What do you see but a whole world of other stalls and stands? You’ve found the festival beyond the music.Of course not everyone must go through this strange but comforting ritual to discover the background delights of festivals. Most see them as they walk in, or read about it in the programme, or wake up with a hangover and only one sock in the middle of a circus. But sooner or later everyone comes to explore the other side.And it’s not just a set of empty diversions for those who got corporate tickets, or lost. The other attractions are what give a festival its colour and complexion. After all, they all have big bands, stages, fences, crowds and even bigger security guards. They all make lots of money, though they do give it to different people (Oxfam, Greenpeace and Richard Branson invariably). It’s what they have going on around all this that makes each festival individual and unique.The hippy granddaddy of the festival is, of course, Glastonbury. Originating, no doubt, in ancient times, Glastonbury has long been a centre of the slightly weird to the downright barmy. And the festival, while centering around the music, has a truly awesome amount of space devoted to every form of performing art imaginable, and a few beyond that.There are traditional and folk music acts, circuses, mimes, jugglers, stilt walkers, burger salesmen, hippy priests, and old women who will sell you homemade cookies at competitive prices. In the vast fields devoted to the great, the random, and the odd, you can discover unique politics, philosophies and religions. You can bask in the ludicrous, the self indulgent and the crazy. You can marvel at the talents, abilities and skills on display. You can wonder at why a man taught himself to juggle twelve balls at a time in a perspex box. Truly it is a celebration of the limits of mind, body and soul.As the first of the many fresh-faced festivals, the V Festival is the trendy, easy going, well off, new liberal, middle-class, mud-hating, blow-up sofa bringing place to be on one weekend in mid-August. Not as extensive as Glastonbury, the other side of the V festival is dominated by the absolute basics – food and beer.That’s not to say there aren’t a couple of smaller stages devoted to the up-and-coming or down-and-leaving bands of the day (where else are you likely to see a woman in a heart-shaped hat playing a xylophone?). Their funfair provides endless fun to the drunk and bored, and very reasonable prices if you happen to have lots of disposable income cluttering up your bank account.The skateboarders add a youthful edge (especially if you grew up in the late 1980s) and the padding and armour they wear just adds to the sense of danger and risk, when they stand about doing nothing all day. So, maybe not enlightenment but certainly a lightening of the wallet is the order of the day at V.And finally, the grown-up anarchist rocker enjoying his weekend before being an IT consultant again is the Leeds/Reading chaos. Here can be found plenty of stages, plenty of alcohol and plenty of weirdly, wonderfully and woefully dressed rock fans. Beer riots and tent fires are not unknown. Sporting takes the form of the bottle throw, the fifty metre crowd surf and the classic mud wrestling. All in good spirits (and bad lagers), Reading and Leeds festival-goers have a focus beyond that of the common man.And so, as we reflect on the past festival season and our brief tour, it seems Lucie Silvas has done us a great favour. Exploring the other side of festivals can be more than a way to pass the time, it can be an exploration of the true essence of a festival – get a load of people in a field and let them act like the music-loving crazy people that they are.ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2005last_img read more

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Gallic farce amidst golf’s gender battle

first_imgThe Royal and Ancient Golf Club’s decision to allow women to enter the Open Championship will provide the likes of Michelle Wie, teeing off in her first professional tournament as the announcement was made, with the chance to challenge their male counterparts directly.The move is progressive and open-minded, in fact the very nature of an ‘Open’ Championship dictates that gender should be a side issue, but was always likely to ruffle a few feathers.Frenchman Jean Van de Velde, last witnessed wading through Carnoustie’s Barry Burn on the final hole of the 1999 Open Chamionship, offered the most absurd reaction The piqued 39 year old claimed, in protest, that he would attempt to qualify for next year’s Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale: “I am definitely going to approach them to get an application and if they let me play in the qualifying event then I will. I’ll even wear a kilt and shave my legs.”We thought we’d seen the last of his legs in Barry Burn, but Van de Velde, it seems, is serious. despite the fact that no female professionals except Wie have expressed even a long-term thought of competing with men, he insists that a line must be drawn in the sand trap.”Those guys playing in The Open a hundred and fifty years ago and who won it three or four times must be spinning in their graves. My whole point is where do we draw the line?” Van de Velde asked after hacking his way through a seven-over 78 at the Volvo Masters in Spain (a men’s tournament). “If we accept that women can enter our tournaments, then it applies that men can play with women.”Maybe the Frenchman is willing to play the fool to provoke discussion of wider issues about the separation of women’s and men’s events and the spirit of competition, but we simply can’t take his suggestions seriously. Someone of the calibre of Tiger Woods, for instance, would never consider such an absurd or unsporting suggestion as entering a women’s event, and the prospect of Van de Velde doing so is uninspiring. It smacks of a cheap publicity stunt by an out-of-form player who feels threatened by the emergence of women with the ability to humiliate him yet further, this time on a golf course.Besides, Van de Velde is overlooking the Ladies’ Golf Union “gender policy”: “It shall be a condition of any competition organised by the Ladies’ Golf Union that players must be of the female gender.” Looks like the Philips Ladyshave can be put away for a rainy day, then. There is also the clause: “If there is uncertainty as to a player’s gender then, in order to ensure fair competition, a member of the committee may ask a player to provide proof of gender to a medical expert” – and Van de Velde certainly wouldn’t make the cut on this front.The crux of the matter is this; an influx of dominant men into women’s events would damage the game irreparably, whereas the likes of Wie or Annika Sorenstam would have to play “up” to the standard of the field in order to compete. The argument simply cannot be made in the opposite direction. What is more, players like Wie and Sorenstam competing with men would surely help to dissolve misogynistic condescension and inspire young girls with the confidence and ambition to follow in their footsteps.  ARCHIVE: 5th week MT 2005last_img read more

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OULC introduce gender-balanced electoral college

first_imgThe motion was also criticised for giving women an unfair advantage in the democratic process. Alastair Holder-Ross, a member of the OULC, said, “I think it’s incredibly important to promote women’s roles within the club and support Helena Dollimore especially in all she has done to that end. However, I think sacrificing fundamental democratic principles is not the best way to serve the cause of gender equality. The amendment does not deal with the causes of the gender imbalance within the club, even if its intentions are noble.”Rebecca Grant, OULC Women’s Officer who proposed the motion, said, “It does indeed give women a disproportionate advantage – this is the aim of the motion. The turnout of women is a sustained and serious problem which needs to be tackled. One of the best things about the motion is that it adapts as its aims are fulfilled; if more women are encouraged to attend meetings, the relative weight of each vote will go down.“We have to remember that men have always had, and continue to have, a ‘disproportionate advantage’, and positive and decisive action is needed to redress the balance. It seems odd to be worried about privileging women when women make up less than 20% of the Labour club executive, on average.”The amendment was passed in a Constitutional Convention on the 6th constitution. OULC were required to reform their constitution after a decision was made by the University Proctors to set a standard for all university-affiliated societies. This raised concerns about how the amendment was to be repealed and whether it needed to be passed on two separate occasions.Other criticism included the fact that the email detailing the Electoral College motion was sent only 2 1⁄2 hours before the meeting. In response, Grant claimed, “The circulation of the motion prior to the meeting was entirely in line with constitutional requirements. Some other constitutional amendments, such as proxy voting, were introduced and passed at the meeting with no notice at all given beforehand.”Nick Hilton, a member of the OULC, commented to Cherwell, “Imposing a uniform constitution on Oxford University societies and clubs has worrying implications for their autonomy. The new OULC constitution has been rushed through in order to meet a deadline, mainly so that we can retain the ‘U’ in our name and get a discount on our Fresher’s Fair stall. The proctors are trying to avoid societies embarrassing the University, to which they are affiliated, and, by doing so, control their operations. I think this is a significant and deliberate overreach of their authority.”A University spokesperson said, “Clubs registered with the Proctors are required to follow the rules laid out in the constitution. This is the implementation of a decision of the Rules Committee which took effect from October 2013 with an academic year’s grace period for existing clubs. The Proctors’ Office is happy to advise individual clubs on specific issues as necessary and to listen to feedback on the constitution. A review of the general oversight of clubs has been agreed and will commence shortly.” The Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) has passed a constitutional amendment introducing gender-balanced electoral colleges that allocate 50% of the voting power in executive elections to people who do not self-identify as men.In Termly General Meetings, when the executive committee is elected, voters are now divided into two electoral colleges: those who self-identify as men and those who do not.Each electoral college receives equal weight when voting. Anna Coombes, Women’s Officer Elect for OULC, said, “The motion passed with considerable support, with only one vote in opposition and two abstentions. The main concern raised at the meeting was concerning one person, one vote.“However, the policy does not act to remove this, as each voter still casts only one vote. The idea of the policy is that the women’s voice within the group carries the same weight as the men’s. This does indeed mean giving women an advantage, but we (women in attendance of the Women’s Working Group where the motion was first discussed) felt that such action was necessary in order to address the considerable imbalance that currently prevails within the club.“Considering that women make up over half of OULC’s membership it is undemocratic and unacceptable that women consistently make up such a small proportion of the executive.“Looking at this, there is no doubt that there is a problem of womens’ turnout within OULC. This is not due to a lack of trying; the motion was proposed as a last resort after many other initiatives have been tried.”Representation of women on the OULC executive committee averages at below 20%. In Hilary Term a Women’s Working Group was set up in order to devise measures to tackle the low levels of participation and representation of women in OULC. One student pointed out that, judging by past turnout to Termly General Meetings, women could have 5 times the voting power of the men present.last_img read more

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Oxford Students Protest India’s Citizenship Amendment Act

first_imgProtests against the bill erupted in cities and at universities across India. During a protest at Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi, police were accused of firing tear gas at the library, locking the gates of the university’s campus, and using batons on students. Excessive police force is also believed to have been used at a number of other universities. Those attending the event joined protesters across the world, expressing solidarity with students who had been subject to police brutality as they carried out demonstrations in universities across India. Yesterday students gathered outside the Radcliffe Camera to protest the Citizenship Amendment Act, a bill passed in India’s Parliament which has been widely criticised as Islamophobic. By Tuesday at 8:00 am the statement had received more than300 signatures by members and alumni of Oxford University. “OIS celebrates India’s unity in diversity; we are saddened thatthis spirit of unity is under threat, and we hope that the right to peacefulprotest is upheld.” #JamiaProtests #JamiaMilliaUniversity @adilhossain pic.twitter.com/D9ynVJ2wzK— Tania Saeed (@taniasaeed) December 17, 2019 A statement released by the Oxford India Society said: “OxfordIndia Society stands in solidarity with our fellow students at universitycampuses across India who are protesting against the unjust CitizenshipAmendment Act, and we condemn police brutality against these protestors.center_img The protest outside the Radcliffe Camera, which endured the rain this afternoon, was attended by approximately one hundred despite term ending for undergraduates last week. Placards at the event read “selective democracy is not democracy”, “trust anyone but Delhi Police” and “unconditional solidarity with Jamia, Amu, DU [Delhi University] and others”. Another statement open for signature by Oxford students alsocalled for an end to violence against those protesting, as well as criticisingthe CAA: “We, the students, scholars and alumni of the University of Oxford,are in solidarity with students exercising their fundamental right to dissentand protest across India.“We condemn the violence unleashed on students in Jamia Millia Islamia (NewDelhi), Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh), Delhi University (New Delhi),Cotton University (Assam) and other educational institutions. The use of policeforce against students exercising their fundamental right to protest inuniversity spaces and elsewhere is a direct attack on the foundations of ademocratic society. We demand an immediate end to all forms of violence againstthe protesting students and call for accountability of those responsible.“Over the last week, we have seen many peaceful protests and demonstrationsacross India against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. The Act stipulatespreferential treatment to religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh andAfghanistan in the process of acquiring Indian citizenship, while explicitlyexcluding Muslims from its purview. This explicit and blatant exclusion ofMuslims from citizenship upends the long-standing fundamental ideals of equality,liberty, pluralism and secularism enshrined in the Constitution of India. Welend our voices in support of the fight against this immoral andunconstitutional law and call for its immediate withdrawal.“As we watch, with extreme concern, the events unfolding in India, we lend ourunconditional support for the students and others peacefully taking to thestreets to fight injustice.” “We demand cessation of violence by the policeand their complete withdrawal from the university premises.“We demand an immediate, independent, and robustinvestigation into the abuse of power by the Delhi Police, Uttar PradeshPolice, and the Central Reserve Police Force.“We demand that student protestors be allowed tocontinue to protest peacefully in exercise of their fundamental rights underthe Indian Constitution without any threat of use of force by the police orother law enforcement agencies.“We call upon officers of the Indian Police andAdministrative Services to fulfill their duty to uphold the Constitution ofIndia, and to resist any political demand to act in abuse of the powers thathave been conferred upon them; and, to ensure police forces under their commandact strictly in accordance with the constitutional, legal and ethicalconstraints that bind them.“We call on the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr.Amit Shah, to immediately take these necessary steps to curb police brutality,or resign.” As well as at Oxford, today students gathered in protest ata number of campuses across the UK and the world including Harvard, Yale andMIT. A statement was released on behalf of students and alumni protesting atAmerican universities. The statement criticised the use of force by policeresponding to the peaceful protests, and made a number of demands of the Indiangovernment: The Citizenship (Amendment) Act passed through India’s Parliament on 11th December this year. The bill is designed to enable the provision of citizenship as a right to religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have suffered from, or who stand the risk of suffering from religious persecution. However, the bill specifically nominates six religions as being eligible for citizenship: Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians. The bill has been criticised for its omission of Muslim refugees, which violates India’s constitutional commitment to secularism.last_img read more

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