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first_imgAnopen letter to Oxford University Admissions is calling for all 2020 offersto be made unconditional. “Once we reach our maximum intake of undergraduates in 2020, we will have to defer entry to 2021 for any additional candidates who appeal successfully and whose place is then confirmed. Our primary concern must be the health and safety of our students, staff and community and it will not otherwise be possible for us to meet ongoing social-distancing restrictions and other challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.   The University of Oxford is facing pressure to admitoffer-holders who missed their grades, amidst controversy over A-level results. Unfortunately, we cannot commenton specific figures until places have been confirmed.” TheUniversity previously committed to using its clemency policy if there wasevidence students from disadvantaged backgrounds were unfairly affected by thegrading system. Oxford SU Class Act Campaign backs calls for A-Level grades to be disregarded. A statement said: “Offer holders have found themselves losing their places at Oxford despite having been awarded the grades needed to attend Oxford by their teachers, or having already achieved them in mock examinations. These students have been judged on their socio-economic backgrounds over what they have shown they can achieve to their teachers and their schools.” TheCollege said: “Many members of our college community and beyond haveexpressed their concern for the potential impact of yesterday’s A Level resultson this year’s incoming students. At Worcester we madeoffers in 2020 to our most diverse cohort ever, and in responseto the uncertainties surrounding this year’s assessment, we haveconfirmed the places of all our UK offer-holders, irrespective of their A-level results.” Almost 40% of teacher assessments were downgraded due to a standardisation process based on schools’ previous exam performances. Analysis has shown that students from disadvantaged were hit hardest by the downgrades. A University spokesperson said: “Weintend to take every student who meets their offer grades as well as thosewhere we consider there are mitigating circumstances for them missing theirgrade. As we do every year when grades are remarked, some students may beoffered a deferred place.  TheUniversity announced yesterday that unsuccessful offer-holders who appeal theirgrades will not start in 2020. They will have to wait a year beforebeginning their course. Ofqual, the examination regulator,defended its policy, saying: “Without standardisation there was the potentialfor students to be unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged, depending on theschool or college they attended and the approach they took.”center_img The College tweeted: “Following detailed work on a case bycase basis, we’re pleased to have accepted the majority of those who didn’tmeet their offers. Consequently, we’re admitting our largest ever cohort with81% of UK students from state schools.” Hertford College has accepted a record number of offer-holders, with 81% of UK students having attended state schools. This is up from their three-year average of 70%. Over 2,500 people have also signed a petition calling for Oxford to reverse the decision to “take places away from state school ‘near misses’”. “In this extraordinary year, the simplest way forward would be to provide places for all offer holders, as Worcester College has already been able to do. We urge all colleges to consider doing the same.” Worcester College has confirmed that it will accept alloffer-holders regardless of A-level results. It says: “As graduates of Oxford, we write to plead with admissions tutors acrossthe university to show kindness and generosity to the many pupils whosepredicted A Level results were unexpectedly and unfairly ‘downgraded’ by analgorithm.” The letter, signed by nearly 3000 Oxford graduates and students by the evening following A-Level results day, continues: “We are particularly concerned by the disproportionate impact this has had on students from poorer backgrounds. Across the country, 40% of pupils saw their grades lowered by a system which takes into account their school and region in determining the mark they ‘should’ have earned (had they sat an exam). This approach simply reproduces and amplifies the inequalities already baked into our system.” “A key motivation for the designof the approach to standardisation that we took was to remove this potentialinequality and, as far as possible, ensure that a grade represents the samestandard, irrespective of the school or college they attended.” “The University already has detailed plans for students’ arrival to ensure they have a safe and successful year ahead, regardless of their background, personal circumstances, or how they have been directly affected by the pandemic. In all circumstances, the University’s first priority is the health and welfare of our students and staff. last_img read more

first_imgAs part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T today announced the activation of a new mobile broadband cell site in Cabot that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses. With mobile broadband speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.The new cell site is one part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to drive investment and innovation to deliver the nation’s best, most advanced mobile broadband experience for customers. With the nation’s fastestmobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities.”We want you to have an extraordinary experience when you make a call, check e-mail or surf the Internet on your device,” said Steve Krom, vice president and general manager, AT&T in New England. “Investing in the local wireless network is just one way to accomplish this. In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network in Vermont. If approved, this deal means that we’ll be able to expand the next generation of mobile broadband ‘ 4G LTE ‘ from our current plan of 80 percent of the U.S. population to 95 percent.”AT&T’s mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T has the broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as mobile broadband services in more than 130 countries.AT&T also operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network with more than 24,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to more than 125,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly data plans.For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Vermont or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.About AT&TAT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates ‘ AT&T operating companies ‘ are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.Source: AT&T Inc., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/last_img read more

first_imgLoan origination is the new battleground. The loan process – from member application, to lender processing, to distribution and administration – used to take weeks to complete. Customers now expect approval news within days, if not hours. And with easy online access to multiple loan sources, borrowers are likely to go with the best rate provided by the lender who responds the fastest. By automating the various loan origination processes, a credit union can significantly improve its level of service and sales performance, as well as build a competitive advantage in the marketplace. The benefits of a mobile Loan Origination System (LOS) experience include:24/7/365 access on multiple devicesReal-time account opening with a full eligibility wizard, member documentation uploads and online signaturesRapid automated decisions that support specific credit union strategies, from the simplest to the most complexStreamlined origination, automated underwriting and funds disbursement with flexible third-party integrationsSeamless integration that supports specific current processes today but with enough flexibility and access to easily accommodate and manage changes and upgrades down the roadSupport for a credit union’s brand with intuitive design applications that customize the solution to complement and enhance its mobile and full websitesAn optimal LOS features a powerful, configurable workflow engine that uses a credit union’s existing rules, rates and lending criteria and that supports loan application processing activity across all consumer-lending channels. The system’s technology should support consumer loan and account-opening applications that work seamlessly with the credit union’s current technology and processes. This not only simplifies integration but also minimizes staff training and reduces or eliminates the need for new loan origination steps. An LOS also allows credit union staff to manage more new applications and current loans by using automated workflows that require fewer resources, take less time, and comply with all internal and regulative standards. From tracking documents to integrating a paper-free processing and storage system, an LOS can build in new, cost-cutting efficiencies aimed at the bottom line. Existing and prospective members will appreciate the responsiveness of a robust, customizable decision engine that provides access to lending information, product options, and a smooth, intuitive application process available over multiple devices—around the clock, 365 days a year. Credit unions considering a change or upgrade to their LOSs should consider partnering with a CUSO (Credit Union Service Organization). CUSOs can help credit unions look at key issues, including software integration, mobile functionality, operations, member experience and goals. A good CUSO will focus not only on helping a credit union embrace technological advances but also on supporting member services. In its quest to always improve the member experience, PSCU partnered with CU Direct to offer Lending 360. Integration between account origination and Lending 360’s loan origination functions enables credit unions to smoothly process loan applications, which supports new member growth, marketing and cross-selling across all digital channels.It is important to keep in mind that online lending should supplement a credit union’s lending program and philosophy, not replace it. By combining an LOS with a productive and compassionate customer support staff, credit unions can build on their history of service with a wide range of new automated capabilities, both customer-facing and back-end, to compete in today’s uber-competitive lending arena. Credit unions have built a reputation for emphasizing responsive services tailored to the needs of established members while anticipating those of prospects. Fortunately, the acceptance of automated and self-guided services is growing, allowing members to experience and even seek new efficiencies, smooth banking experiences and increased convenience. More and more, the friendly face at a bank is evolving into a user-friendly app that is ready for consumers for whatever they need, whenever they need it. However, this shift to mobile does not have to be a negative. Instead, it should be viewed as an opportunity for credit unions to take advantage of by leveraging the power of the human touch.Co-Authored By: Rachel Fogle works with PSCU’s Lending and Account Opening Solutions, as well as on strategic product initiatives.  23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dan Ruppe Dan Ruppe is responsible for the suite of Total Member Care products and services, including PSCU’s lending and account opening solutions.  Web: https://www.pscu.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgIt’s that time of year again – just a few weeks to Christmas and a feature of life for over 40 years in the Finn Valley area has been the annual Stephen’s Day 5k.It’s all go once again on Dec 26th @ 2pm with the local Finn Valley AC targeting 1000 to toe the line.It is an event that has traditionally drawn close to 800 in previous years and the push is on to interest families, adults young and old to run, walk or jog. An ocassion to meet up with many home for the festive season, have a cuppa afterwards and for many the opportunity to get out in the fresh air and go for a stroll.Everyone welcome and all are encouraged to pre enter [email protected] year there has been an honorary starter for the event and previous people that have fulfilled that role have been Sinead Jennings world Scull rowing champion, Philip Deignan Olympic cyclist, local weather man Mickey the Post, Pat the Cope MEP, at that time Lord Mayor Cora Harvey amongst others.While Olympic/World champions Mo Farah and Kenyan Vivian Cheryuiot have turned out in the past to great effect this is in every aspect a community event. So get registered today for what will be another great Finn Valley St Stephen’s Day 5k. TIME TO GET REGISTERED FOR THE ST STEPHEN’S DAY 5K AT FINN VALLEY was last modified: November 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:TIME TO GET REGISTERED FOR THE ST STEPHEN’S DAY 5K AT FINN VALLEYlast_img read more