Cambridge advised to heed reform

first_imgThe Chancellor of Oxford University hasspoken publicly for the first time in support of attempts to reform the University.In a speech to an audience of alumni lastweek, Lord Patten suggested that Cambridge shouldfollow Oxford’slead and introduce sweeping reforms if it is to remain a world-classuniversity. He said that he hoped Oxford’sefforts would “make it easier for Cambridgeto follow us if we can get sensible proposals in place.” Cambridge declined to comment. Patten told Cherwell, “Oxford is a great university but we have toensure that our management is up to the task of keeping us world-class. John Hood’sreforms are the culmination of a reform process that began a decade ago. Istrongly support what he is doing which would help us to get more support frombenefactors and to persuade the government to be more generous.”Lord Patten’s comment comes ahead of ameeting of the Congregation on 1 November to examine a governance discussionpaper. The paper is a revised version of a May Green Paper produced by theWorking Party on Governance and led by the Vice-Chancellor entitled “The GovernanceStructure”. This paper proposed to separate academic and institutionalgovernance by having an academic council and also a board of trustees to lookafter the University’s administration, financial and property management. Theboard of trustees was to be composed exclusively of external members, an ideawhich many disliked.The latest discussion paper has replacedthe board of trustees with a council, which will contain seven external membersand seven internal members and will be chaired by Patten. The academic council, initially to becomprised of 150 members has also been streamlined to 36, among whom will betwo student representatives. This will be chaired by the Vice-Chancellor.A spokesperson for the University pointedout that under the existing system, the Vice-Chancellor is responsible for bothacademic and institutional governance and so there could be a potentialconflict of interest. By contrast, both the Green Paper in Mayand the reformed discussion paper will separate the two areas.The spokesperson added, “Under thegovernance proposals, the Congregation retain ultimate power: they can move a voteof no confidence in anything Council does.” She said, “The Congregation willhave the opportunity to discuss the proposals on 1 November, and that is aforum for a frank exchange of views, and an airing of any potential concerns,about the proposals, after which written responses will be received.” Andrew Graham, The Master of Balliol and anew member of the University’s Council, commented, “The new proposals fromthe Working Party on Governance show that there has been a great deal ofintelligent listening. There are still some points of substance todiscuss – and I shall want to hear what colleagues have to say in the debate inCongregation – but, in my view, we are now heading in the rightdirection.”The University spokesperson explained theneed for governance reform: “OxfordUniversity is a large andcomplex organisation with 17,000 students, nearly 8,000 employees, and aturnover, including OUP, of £880m, so it’s essential that the system ifgovernance is appropriate for the size and complexity of the institution. Sincethe governance structure was last reformed in2000, it has become clear that the current system is not entirely satisfactory andcan be improved. One of the main aims of the proposed changes is to ensure thatacademic decisions can be made in the fullest confidence that the Universityhas the best possible institutional framework (financial, legal andadministrative) in place to support and sustain the academic endeavour.”ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005last_img read more

Tips on Planning Your First Big Trip

first_img Post navigation My family immigrated from Ukraine in the early 90s, so I’ve never been a stranger to traveling abroad. We would go back to visit every once in a while, and my parents were good about taking me to other European countries along the way. In college, I interned in London during the summer between my sophomore and junior year.But while I appreciated those experiences, I always wanted to travel abroad my way – going to bars at night, sleeping in the next day and skipping the museums my parents always dragged me to. So as graduation loomed, I started planning a post-grad trip with my then-boyfriend (now husband).I learned so much about traveling on that trip, mostly by making mistakes and dealing with the consequences. That’s the best part about traveling in your early 20s – you’re more open to new experiences, both good and bad. It was, quite honestly, one of the best weeks of my life.But as much fun as it was to fly by the seat of my pants, there are some things I wish I had known.Create a BudgetWhen I first decided to go abroad after college, I immediately started creating a budget for my trip. Here are some categories I included:FlightAccommodations (Hotel/Hostel/Airbnb)FoodSouvenirsSightseeingCab rides and public transportationGifts for friends and familyMiscellaneousWhen I travel, I use sites like BudgetYourTrip and various Reddit forums to estimate how much I need to budget. It’s also good to add a 10% buffer to each line item in case you end up spending more. It’s easy to create a budget through your Mint app, which you can check abroad when you have access to data or WiFi.As tempting as it might be, don’t underestimate expenses when making a travel budget. When I went to Israel in my early 20s, I created a strict budget with few allowances for anything extra. I still remember turning down a $5 ice cream sundae because I hadn’t budgeted for desserts.Indulgence is a big part of any vacation, so don’t make the mistake of being too frugal. Allow yourself some wiggle room to splurge on what matters to you, whether it’s shopping at local flea markets or taste testing every kind of street food.It’s also wise to set aside $100 or more for travel emergencies. When my husband and I flew to Spain, the airline lost his luggage. We had to spend the next day shopping for clothes and toiletries, spending at least $100 just so he could brush his teeth and change out of his dirty outfit.Find Low-Cost DestinationsIf you’re a broke college kid, it’s probably best to steer clear of expensive countries like Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland. Your dollar won’t stretch as far, so you’ll have to live like a monk just to afford food and lodging.Instead, check out these affordable countries:SpainCzech RepublicCroatiaThailandPortugalGreeceVietnamVisiting cheaper destinations doesn’t mean sacrificing entertainment or culture. It means you’ll have more money to spend on local cuisine, museum admission and fun presents. My husband and I went to Croatia on our honeymoon, which has a similar climate and food culture to Italy for half the cost. We ate delicious three-course meals for $25 each and drank $5 bottles of wine.Create an ItineraryMaking an itinerary is probably the hardest part of planning a trip. Where should you go first? How many cities should you try to cram in? How exactly will you get from one place to another?When I went abroad after graduation, I visited Amsterdam, Bruges, Vienna and Prague. I flew into Amsterdam and out of Prague, finding affordable flights for each. Bookend your trips with major cities that have good airports and save the smaller towns for the middle of the trip. You’ll pay less if you fly out of London instead of Liverpool, for instance.It also helps to visit cities that are relatively close to each other. You’ll spend less time on trains and more time sightseeing.Apply for a Credit CardI knew after years of traveling abroad with my parents how to spot a pickpocket, how to avoid getting upsold and how to avoid long lines in museums. What I wasn’t prepared for were foreign transaction fees.During my post-grad trip, I was traveling with a debit card that charged a 3% foreign transaction fee. Every time I bought something, I paid an extra 3% fee on top of it. I also paid a 3% fee when I withdrew cash from the ATM. I was completely unaware until I checked my bank account late in the trip.I accepted the fees as normal, but I later learned that many credit cards don’t charge foreign transaction fees. I probably spent about $100 in fees, which was a lot of money to a 22 year-old with no job lined up after graduation.If you’re traveling abroad, use a credit card with 0% foreign transaction fees to make your purchases. You’ll save money and get access to other perks, like fraud protection in case your card is stolen.If you don’t qualify for a credit card on your own, ask your parents if they can add you as an authorized user on one of their cards. This will require a simple online application, and the card will usually take a few weeks to arrive in the mail.Use Your Student IDEven if you’ve already graduated, you probably still have your college ID. Use that to get discounted admission at museums, galleries, and other venues as well as cheaper prices for public transportation and trains. Anytime you buy something abroad, ask if there’s a youth or student discount.Don’t fall for sites like ISIC or STA Travel that say you need to buy an “official” student card to get discounts in foreign countries. Your college ID and passport should work just fine. Some places provide a youth discount until you turn 26, so keep this in mind if you’re a few years out of college.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related8 Money Savings Tips to Pack Your Suitcase Like a ProJuly 5, 2018In “Travel Tips”How to Save for a Trip to AsiaApril 30, 2019In “Travel Tips”How to Think About Your Credit Cards When Traveling AbroadMarch 21, 2019In “Credit Info” last_img read more