Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor today honours state school teachers for supporting pupils through the application process for Oxford at the third annual Inspirational Teachers Awards in an event at St Hilda’s College.Twelve teachers from state schools and colleges with a limited history of sending pupils to Oxford have been selected for their role in fostering academic passion, encouraging applications to Oxford or supporting their students through the admissions process. The award is open to both teachers and careers advisors who have been nominated by current first year students for their encouragement and enthusiasm.Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Oxford, said, “Most of the students who submitted nominations this year were the only ones at their school with the academic ability to apply to Oxford, and might not even have considered applying. We think it’s important to recognise the teachers whose dedication really made a difference.”Selected students from across the university were asked to write no more than 750 words about a teacher whom they felt had been instrumental in the success of their application. One such pupil was Abigail Motley, now studying Biological Sciences at St Hilda’s College, who nominated her Head of Sixth Form, Jo Rodell-Jones.Motley said, “It was because of this woman that I had the confidence to engage in an Oxford interview, because she taught me never to be afraid of showing your passion for what you most strongly believe in. Mrs Rodell-Jones has that rare ability to see the absolute best in every person, even when they do not see it in themselves.”Ms Rodell-Jones, from St Simon Stock Catholic School, Maidstone, said that the award was “completely unexpected… I was reminded as to why I first came into the teaching profession.”Rodell-Jones stresses that her pupil Abigail’s legacy is that “other talented students in this school will see Oxford as an attainable aspiration built on hard work and endeavour. She was truly deserving of her place.”This award aims to recognise the efforts of individual teachers in securing that legacy. As important as the achievements of individual students are, Vice-Chancellor Professor Hamilton stressed, “It’s hard to over-estimate the impact a good teacher can have in encouraging and raising the aspirations of students over the course of their careers… I hope this award will send the message that students and universities recognise how valuable the role of a supportive teacher can be.”The award scheme, now in its third year, is part of Oxford’s outreach programme that now reaches 78% of schools across the country with post-16 provision, spending up to £4.5m a year.However the award scheme has not met with universal approval. One student said, “I think it’s great that these teachers have helped to enable equal opportunities, but the idea of giving an award seems to perpetuate the very elitism that this university is often criticised for.”
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Fall 2018 Dates:October 18 – Philadelphia, PA —Tower TheaterOctober 19 – Philadelphia, PA —Tower TheaterOctober 20 – Washington, DC — The AnthemNovember 8 – Los Angeles, CA —The WilternNovember 9 – Los Angeles, CA —The WilternNovember 10 – Oakland, CA — Fox TheatreNovember 11 – Oakland, CA — Fox TheatreView Fall Tour Dates Just a few days after wrapping up an exciting two-night run during Jazz Fest in New Orleans, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead have announced a series of seven fall tour dates in four different cities.JRAD’s fall tour will get started when the band heads to Philadelphia for back-to-back shows at the Tower Theater on October 18th and 19th. The following night—on October 20th—the group will take over The Anthem in Washington, DC. The group will swing through California a few weeks later, with two nights at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 8th and 9th and two nights at the Fox Theatre in Oakland on November 10th and 11th.As previously reported, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead just wrapped up their fourth-annual Jazz Fest run in New Orleans. This year’s two-night heater took place at the Mardi Gras World Ballroom and featured sit-ins from violinist Katie Jacoby and Cage The Elephant guitarist Nick Bockrath.Tickets for all seven shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 11th. A Facebook pre-sale will take place on Wednesday, May 9th. For more information, or to check out a full list of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming tour dates, head tot he band’s website.
Peter Pawlett saw a shot come back off the crossbar, while Adam Rooney had a penalty claim waved away, but ultimately the Dons did enough by preventing Shkendija from scoring at the other end following the 1-1 draw in the first leg. But what worked for Aberdeen worked against St Johnstone, who went out on the away goals rule as they could only manage a 2-1 win over the 10 men of Alashkert. Press Association Newtown booked their place in the second qualifying round as they won 2-1 away to Maltese side Valletta, completing a 4-2 aggregate win. Jason Oswell and Matty Owen scored either side of Thierry Fidjeu’s goal for the hosts. Newtown go forward as the last remaining Welsh side in the competition as Airbus UK and Bala took their leave. A 2-2 draw away to Lokomotiva Zagreb was not enough for Airbus UK as they went out 5-3 on aggregate in Croatia, while a late goal for Differdange saw Bala lose 4-3 on aggregate despite a 2-1 win on the night. Conall Murtagh opened the scoring in the 49th minute and Ian Sheridan’s goal seven minutes from time levelled the tie on aggregate, only for Omar Er Rafik to score five minutes into stoppage time to snatch victory. UCD are through to the second qualifying round after advancing on away goals, having lost 2-1 away to Dudelange to make it 2-2 on aggregate. Ryan Swan fired the Irish side ahead after 17 minutes, and although the hosts scored twice in the space of five minutes immediately before half-time through Joel Pedro and Kevin Nakache, UCD hung on to advance. The Dublin club, who play in the Airtricity League first division after being relegated from the Premier Division at the end of the 2014 season, were only handed a place in the competition when the Republic of Ireland was granted an extra berth for its third place in UEFA’s Fair Play League. Home advantage did nothing to help St Patrick’s as they lost 2-0 to Skonto in Dublin, completing a 4-1 aggregate loss. Cork’s hopes came to an end in extra time as they lost 2-1 to the 10 men of KR Reykjavik in Iceland, going out 3-2 on aggregate. Mark O’Sullivan’s 13th minute goal put Cork on course for the second qualifying round, but – although the hosts had Skuli Jon Fridgeirsson sent off a minute before half-time – Reykjavik levelled through Palmi Palmason 15 minutes from time. That sent the match to extra time, and Jacob Schoop’s 99th-minute goal did for Cork. Aberdeen needed the away goals rule to advance to the second qualifying round of the Europa League as they were held to a scoreless draw by Shkendija on Thursday night. Michael O’Halloran levelled the tie on aggregate in the 34th minute and St Johnstone’s chances appeared to improve considerably with the 65th-minute dismissal of Karen Muradyan. But Norayr Gyozalyan struck in the 74th minute and, although Brad McKay scored a late goal for the Scots, it was not enough. Linfield lost 4-3 to NSI Runavik in a wild match in the Faroe Islands, but that was enough for the Northern Irish side to go through 5-4. Reece Glendinning put Linfield ahead in the 13th minute, but they trailed six minutes later as Klaemint Olsen and Pol Johannus Justinussen hit back. Guy Bates levelled, Jens Joensen put NSI back in front before Andy Waterworth levelled again, and although Justinussen had the final word on the night, Linfield had done enough. However, there were heavy defeats for Northern Ireland’s other two sides in the competition. Glenavon lost 3-0 away to Belarusian side Shakhtyor Soligorsk to complete a 5-1 aggregate defeat. Aleksandr Yurevich, Nikolai Yanush and Dmitri Komarovski got the goals for the hosts. Cup winners Glentorna lost 3-0 to MSK Zilnia in Slovakia to go down 7-1 on aggregate as Matej Jelic bagged a hat-trick for the hosts.