ROWERS from the Henley area met with mixed fortunes on the opening day of this year’s Henley Royal Regatta. The event began on Wednesday with an early victory for Henley Rowing Club, whose B crew defeated The American School in London in the opening round of the Fawley Challenge Cup for junior men’s quads. The boat, comprising Ed Roy, James Swinburn and Euan Turnell, from Henley, and Seth O’Connor, from Maidenhead, had a strong start and won by one-and-three-quarter lengths despite a last-minute push by their opponents. James, 16, of Western Road, said: “We went off hard and got about three quarters of a length up but they started to push us back so we had to stay relaxed and focused. We were expecting windier conditions but they were the best we’ve had at Henley for a while. It’s nice to race in the morning because it’s cooler.” Leander Club swiftly followed with two wins, firstly in the Thames … [Read more...] about Highs and lows of opening day
Leed university open day
A family-friendly event is to showcase some of the world-leading research done by the University of Leeds. The free Be Curious open day this Saturday will focus on how research makes a difference to the lives of people all over the world. Among the topics are the impact of selfies, how to design a cycle-friendly city and how to generate energy from waste. Dr Charlotte Haigh, academic lead for public engagement at the university, said: “Be Curious is about inviting people to have fun and find out more about the world-leading research happening at the university. This year we’re focusing on the relevance of our research to people across the world, with events for people of all ages.” The talks will take place from 10am to 4pm at the Parkinson Building and elsewhere on campus. There will also be stalls and guided trails for all ages. Dr Haigh added: “It’s a great opportunity to explore our campus too, including the two galleries in the Parkinson Building, … [Read more...] about University asks you to ‘Be Curious’
From our archives: 85 years ago It was premiere night for the film King Kong, starring Fay Wray. Both the Radio City Music Hall and the RKO Roxy Theatre in New York were packed to the seams with A-listers, grossing $100,000 in its first week before going nationwide. The movie about a gigantic ape was the first feature film to use stop-motion animation. And with two days remaining in his term, US President Herbert Hoover created the America’s first national historical park, at Morristown, New Jersey and the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. 50 years ago A midnight decision had been made by York University students to go ahead with a “selective boycott” of their four dining halls unless they received a written assurance by 10am that there would be no alteration to food prices and portions for the next 12 months. The boycott planned by 19 students was the first form of militant action since the University opened in 1963. Discussions about catering … [Read more...] about ON THIS DAY: March 2
Thousands of university lecturers are expected to walkout across the UK today. The strike action, which could see teaching staff spend up to 14 days on the picket line, comes after a bitter row with employers over pensions. Negotiations appear to have hit a deadlock and students are demanding refunds on their tuition fees. Read below to find out everything you need to know about the ongoing strike. Why are lecturers striking? Teaching staff at 61 universities across the UK are protesting proposed changes to their pensions. They claim the plans, put together by their employer, Universities UK (UUK), could see them £10,000 a year worse off. The UCU (University and College Union) says younger lecturers will be worst affected, with some facing losing up to half their pensions. Why have the changes been put forward? UUK says their current pension scheme has a deficit of £6bn which needs plugging. They argue that, … [Read more...] about Which universities are striking? What are lecturers walking out on?
MORE than a million university students across Britain and Northern Ireland are to be affected by strike action today - the first in a series of walkouts. An unprecedented level of industrial action is planned over proposed changes to lecturers' pensions. It will begin with a two-day walkout, affecting over 60 universities. Staff fear pension changes could cost an average lecturer £200,000 over the course of their retirement. University employers have said changes are necessary. Officials from the University and College Union (UCU) are meeting on March 2 to discuss the response from universities to the industrial action and warned that if the dispute is not settled then "nothing is off the table". The union has a mandate to take action until July 19, which covers the exams period. It means that institutions could potentially face industrial action during this important point of the academic year. Other action is likely to include members working to their contracts, meaning … [Read more...] about Full list of universities starting strike action