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Allison Liles will become executive director of Episcopal Peace Fellowship.[Episcopal Peace Fellowship press release] For the first time in its 74-year history the Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) will have both its executive director and chair of the group’s National Executive Council (NEC) in their early 30s. After serving one year as interim, the Rev. Allison Liles will become executive director and the Rev. Jessie Vedanti, a four-year NEC member, will chair the EPF board of 17 peace activists from across the U.S. beginning officially on September 1, 2013.“This is the culmination of a long and thoughtful transition process toward young and vibrant leadership of EPF. I am grateful to all those who have worked together to take this giant step into our future. EPF is in good hands!” said outgoing board chair Dr. Linda Gaither who has led the board for four years and resides in Ithaca, New York.“I look forward to building an even better EPF and enhancing our commitment to peace and other social justice issues – always with an emphasis on bringing more and more young adults into our fellowship,” said Liles.“I strongly believe in Taking the Gospel to the Streets and anticipate we will be developing more opportunities to do exactly that from coast to coast in the coming years,” said Vedanti.Liles and Vedanti were active in the EPF movement during their seminary years and share other similar experiences.Jessie Vedanti will chair the Episcopal Peace Fellowship board.Both led EPF chapters during their seminary studies – Liles at Virginia Seminary and Vedanti at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest. Both attended General Conventions through the EPF Young Adult Presence – Liles in 2006 and Vedanti in 2009 and 2012.Liles joined the EPF National Executive Council in 2006 – her ordination year – and was vice chair for public witness for three years before Vedanti assumed that leadership earlier this year.Liles served two churches in Alabama for five years before resettling with ordained husband Eric and two children to Crozet, Virginia.Vedanti created an interfaith street ministry to Occupy Austin and led two EPF Urban Pilgrimages for Young Adults that explored immigration and homelessness issues in Austin. Vedanti is vicar of St. Anne Church in Washougal in the Diocese of OlympiaThe Episcopal Peace Fellowship has championed peace, nonviolence and social justice issues since its founding on Armistice Day 1939. Submit an Event Listing Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Comments are closed. Advocacy Peace & Justice, Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest June 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm So thankful and proud to have such dynamic women to lead EPF! Congratulations to Liles and Vedanti and Gaither! 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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New charity trek to coincide with Beijing Olympic Games 21 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 August 2007 | News Tagged with: Events For more information visit the Classic Tours website or call Kylie on 020 7619 0066 ext 208 Classic Tours, the originators of worldwide charity challenges, have announced the opportunity to take on an Olympian charity trek along the Great Wall of China to coincide with the Olympic Games.This challenging trek will feature an average of 6 hours walking each day. It joins the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, then goes on to the Black Dragon Paw Park to the tallest tower on this section of the wall, to parts of the wall that date back to the Ming Dynasty.To participate in this event, participants pay a registration fee of £300 and raise a minimum of £3000 for the charity of their choice. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Events that took place on June 25-26, 1955, in Kliptown, South Africa, represented a turning point in the national liberation struggle in that apartheid-dominated state. Several thousand people met at the Congress of the People, which brought together a broad alliance of oppressed groups. Africans, Indians, “Coloured” (“mixed-race” people) and progressive whites reiterated their determination to end institutional racism and economic exploitation.The gathering drafted a program that carried the struggle forward for 40 years, leading to the African National Congress’ ascendancy to power in 1994. Known as the Freedom Charter, the document called for a transfer of power from the white minority to the African majority through democratic rule and the nationalization of land and natural resources.This event was held in the context of broad-based struggle against apartheid and settler-colonialism in South Africa and across the African continent. The African National Congress Youth League drafted a “program of action” in 1949, calling for mass dissent against the system of racist rule.Women activists initiated anti-pass demonstrations in 1952, which expanded into a “Defiance Campaign Against Unjust Laws.” The Federation of South African Women was formed in 1954, bridging the gaps among the African, Indian, Colored and labor movements.The Congress of the People and the Freedom Charter emboldened the South African masses to continue their struggle for total liberation. A year later, on Aug. 9, 1956, 20,000 women marched on the capital of Pretoria demanding the abolition of the dreaded pass laws and other forms of apartheid.Fearing a more militant, organized movement paralleling other independence struggles taking place throughout Africa, the racist regime arrested 156 leaders of the Defiance Campaign in December 1956 and charged them with treason. A four-year trial failed to win convictions. However, state repression intensified.Then police opened fire and killed 69 people in Sharpeville in 1960 when thousands were protesting the pass laws, with some burning pass books, outside a police station. The apartheid state then declared a state of emergency. The then-banned ANC and South African Communist Party opened up a campaign of sabotage against governmental infrastructure by late 196l.The revolutionary movement’s leaders were driven underground; many left the country for neighboring states and countries abroad. It took another three decades to gain the release of political prisoners and the ANC’s ascendancy to power in 1994.Commission report on Marikana massacreThe 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter was commemorated in South Africa during the same week that the Farlam Commission issued a 600-page report on the Marikana massacre of Aug. 16, 2012. These events illustrate the ongoing contradictions in the post-apartheid society and the role of the working class.South African President Jacob Zuma announced the release of the Farlam Commission study on June 25. It criticized the role of the police in the massacre of 34 miners engaging in a work stoppage at the Lonmin Mining facilities in Marikana in the North West Province. The workers were demanding decent wages and living conditions and improved environmental conditions surrounding the mine belonging to Lonmin, a British-based platinum firm. The report also leveled criticism against the platinum company and mentioned that National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega could be subjected to a criminal investigation.President Zuma also cited the National Union of Mineworkers, formerly the largest union in the country, for “not exercising proper control of its members.” Another rival labor organization, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, was challenging NUM, an affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions and ally of the ruling ANC, for dominance among the workers. Since 2012, AMCU has gained a majority in representing the Lonmin workers in Marikana.Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa, a co-founder of NUM and COSATU, was not held responsible for the incident. He is poised to become the next president of South Africa after Zuma exhausts his second and final term in 2019.South Africa’s News24wire published an article on June 26, noting, “The ANC commemorated 60 years of the Freedom Charter on Friday (June 26), less than 24 hours after President Jacob Zuma released the final report on the shooting at Marikana. The event was held at the same site where the Charter was adopted on June 26, 1955, in Kliptown, Soweto.”The article continues, “ANC members and supporters gathered in a white tent at Walter Sisulu Square to celebrate the anniversary with some of the party’s top officials and stalwarts. President Jacob Zuma received a rousing welcome from the party faithful, most dressed in ANC T-shirts, who waved and cheered.”Freedom Charter’s relevance todaySome 60 years later the Freedom Charter’s goals have not been completely realized. Although South Africa overthrew the political rule of apartheid, the national wealth of the country remains largely in the hands of the capitalist ruling class and their allies in the imperialist states.A struggle for total liberation cannot be achieved without the construction of socialism, which would seize control of the mines, factories, land and infrastructure for the benefit of the African majority. Capitalist relations of production in South Africa have stalled any widespread efforts to enhance the country’s economic development.High unemployment, low wages and a declining national currency have prompted a nationwide debate over the proper course for the country’s future. This debate has sparked political divisions within the ANC and COSATU, although the ruling party maintains a comfortable majority in the parliament and most provincial and local governmental structures.Nonetheless, until the rule of capital is replaced by workers’ and farmers’ control of the economy, the problems of economic underdevelopment, exploitation of workers and xenophobia will continue. Drawing on the heroic historic traditions of the South African people, the movement toward revolutionary democracy and socialism can only be achieved through mass political education and relentless class struggle, in conjunction with the unity and consolidation of Africa as a whole.Azikiwe participated in a program honoring the Freedom Charter’s 60th anniversary on June 26 in Providence, R.I. He analyzed historical developments leading up to the Freedom Charter’s adoption and its significance for today’s struggles in South Africa and the United States.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Home Indiana Agriculture News Senate Finance Plans USMCA Hearing, Trump Sides with Farmers Senator Chuck Grassley this week announced a planned hearing regarding the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Grassley, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, says the committee will hear testimony from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The committee will hold the hearing, “The President’s 2019 Trade Policy Agenda and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement,” next Tuesday morning. Grassley told reporters earlier this week, following meetings with House of Representatives leadership, that he expects demands from Democrats in the House can be worked out. The House must consider the agreement before the Senate can vote on ratification.Meanwhile, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is meeting with Lighthizer this week, focusing on ratifying USMCA. President Trump also sided with a group of more than 950 agribusinesses and organizations, calling on lawmakers to quickly pass the agreement once formally submitted to Congress. Trump, on Twitter, says “our patriot farmers and rural America have spoken,” saying “now Congress must do its job” by passing the USMCA agreement. Facebook Twitter Previous articleFarmers Need New Water Rule, Farm Bureau Tells SenateNext articleDon’t Forget About Weed Control NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Senate Finance Plans USMCA Hearing, Trump Sides with Farmers By NAFB News Service – Jun 12, 2019
November 14, 2019 Find out more Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti At least five journalists have been the victims of physical or verbal attacks in the past month in Petit-Goâve, a coastal town 65 km west of Port-au-Prince.The latest victim was Guyto Mathieu, the director of Radio Préférence FM and correspondent for the Haïti Libre news website, on 9 September. He has repeatedly been subjected to insults and derogatory comments.According to a Petit-Goâve journalists organization, a group opposed to the local government is responsible for these verbal attacks against Mathieu, who was threatened during a demonstration on 4 September. Mathieu is regarded as a supporter and defender of Jacques Stevenson Thimoléon, a parliamentarian who is one of the targets of the Petit-Goâve opposition.Other journalists have been victims of the political polarization in Petit-Goâve. Pro-Thimoléon demonstrators attacked reporter Ephesien Joseph on 29 August, the local media sources said.Duralph Emmanuel François, another journalist, was also attacked recently, while a local judge threatened Radio Vision Plus director Gibsonne Bazile with arrest.“We urge the local authorities to protect Petit-Goâve’s journalists, who are too often being identified and targeted as political actors at a time of considerable polarization,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk.“The local government’s defenders and opposition representatives must agree to put an end to these repeated attacks on journalists in the area.”The protest movement against Thimoléon and Petit-Goâve mayor Sandra Jules –accused by the opposition of embezzlement – is continuing despite the justice minister’s nationwide ban on demonstrations during the first week of school after the summer break.Haiti is ranked 47th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News HaïtiAmericas News Organisation HaïtiAmericas September 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Politically-motivated attacks on journalists in Haitian town Follow the news on Haïti News Receive email alerts News to go further Another journalist murdered in Haiti RSF_en October 11, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information June 11, 2019 Find out more
Related posts:No related photos. After another manufacturing plant closure in the electronics sector, the ElectronicsIndustry Action Plan is vital for survival. Colin Wright examinesThe closure of NEC’s manufacturing plant at Livingston in Scotland’s‘Silicon Glen’ is the latest blow for the ailing electronics industry. The plant closure earlier this month follows that of Motorola, Compaq andHyundai, and the area has lost 10,300 jobs since 1999. Nearly 6,000 jobs havebeen cut over the past year. The cuts prompted former Scottish Enterprise Minister Wendy Alexander to launchan Electronics Industry Action Plan (EIAP) to identify and tackle the problemsthe sector is facing. The investigation found that Scotland’s electronics industry ischaracterised by large-scale assembly and manufacturing operations, but theseare ‘highly vulnerable’ to competition from other countries in Eastern Europeand the Asia Pacific region. Labour rates are significantly lower in theseregions. NEC’s experience supports the findings. HR director Maidie Cahill said:”The decision to close the plant at Livingston had nothing to do with theskills of the staff or the productivity levels, but with what is happening inthe world markets and, in particular, Japan. This was much more a globaldecision than anything to do with the way the operation was run. “An indication of the quality of the workforce can be seen by therapidity of its placement in other posts. Since we made the announcement morethan 80 per cent of all staff have been resettled, which says a lot about howhighly regarded they are.” The total number employed directly in the Scottish electronics industry hasfallen to 35,000 with a further 30,000 estimated to be employed indirectly. Theplan aims to protect these remaining jobs. “The skills issue is the singlemost important element in the industry’s transition,” states the EIAP. It concludes: “There will be a shift in the balance of skills required,with a reduction in low skill, low value jobs and an increase in the proportionof high skill, high value jobs.” As part of the practical help being offered to firms, the Executive hasagreed to help with staff retraining and management development. Skillsretraining is being offered to employees on debugging, servicing and repair,supply chain management, product design, software programming and customerservice. Managers are being offered development in areas such as e-commerce andenterprise resource planning. Silicon Glen employers support the drive. Neil Fraser, HR manager withNational Semiconductors, said: “We are constantly reviewing our policiesand we are conscious that we can’t compete on costs so we compete on skills andquality of work. In some of the local organisations we visit most of the staffare effectively just assembly workers – we want more for our staff than that.””Some of the work previously done by maintenance engineers, forexample, is now being done by manufacturing technicians. No-one talks ofdemarcation here,” he said. National Semiconductors announced in early June that it is to invest £20m inits chip-making and design facility in Greenock, which employs 600 people. Training and development manager Grace Mitchell explained that two years agothe company retrained 958 people when a manufacturing line was closed. “We upskilled all the staff using a step-by-step approach instead ofthe former ‘buddy’ system. This involved staff learning tasks until they coulddo them without hesitation or error. The average training time using the buddysystem was 168 hours whereas using the new system this was reduced by 48 percent, with less wastage.” New approaches to skills development and training will be needed for SiliconGlen to survive. The EIAP concludes: “IT is becoming increasinglypervasive on manufacturing systems and daily working life. This requiresoperators, ancillary staff, and management to constantly upgrade skills andposition the industry as a leader in technological change.” Comments are closed. Improved skills vital for Silicon Glen staffOn 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article
Londonpolice officers could soon receive a £600 bonus if they help recruit ethnicofficers.TheMetropolitan Police Service is set to introduce a recruitment bounty in a bidto improve the rate of recruitment among ethnic minorities.Theincentive would see officers paid a fee, when a candidate they recommend joinsthe service, or if they tempt an ethnic officer from another area.Aspokesperson for the Met’s HR department said the bounty scheme is currentlybeing developed and, if successful, could be used by other police forces.Themove forms part of a package of radical measures aiming to help meet strictHome Office targets set after the Met was branded institutionally racist by theMacpherson Report.TheHome Office has set the Met a target of 25 per cent ethnic composition by 2009.Its new ethic recruitment roadshow, Intromet, is currently touring the UK. Tospeed up the recruitment process potential candidates can complete anapplication and if suitable, take the Police Initial Recruitment Test the sameday. Met to offer bounty to boost ethnic levelsOn 10 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
REPORT HEADLINESRightmove: “Buy-to-let ignites chain reaction, driving prices to record high.”NAEA: “Glimpse of light at end of the tunnel for first time buyers.”RICS: “Buyer demand contracts as April Stamp Duty deadline passes.”Nationwide: “Annual pace of house price growth moderates in April.”Halifax: “Annual house price growth eases to 9.2 per cent.”LSL Acadata HPI: “London house prices break through the £600k barrier.”Hometrack: “City level house price inflation accelerates as investors rush to beat stamp duty deadline.”Land Registry: “The annual price change now stands at 6.7 per cent.”LATEST NATIONAL MARKET MOVEMENTSKate says: Well Mr Osborne and Mr Carney… that didn’t go quite according to plan! The rationale for the introduction of the new 3 per cent Stamp Duty for second home owners, especially aimed at buy-to-let investors, was to reduce the impact of a potential ‘bubble’ in house prices, which would worsen the effect of a recession on house prices in general. Instead, what appears to have happened to date is succinctly put by the CML, “The distortion caused by this stamp duty change appears to be larger than any previous stamp duty change we’ve seen.” Oops! As we can see the price growth (bar Halifax) pretty much caused, albeit in the short term, exactly what it was supposed to have prevented!The distortion caused by this stamp duty change appears to be larger than any previous stamp duty change that we have seen.However, it was all pretty good news for the industry with transactions being more of a driver of performance than property prices. According to Nationwide, “There were 165,400 transactions in March, an all-time high, some 11 per cent higher than the previous peak of c149,000, recorded in January 2007.”And it doesn’t seem to be having a tremendously bad effect on April’s sales, in fact in some regions landlords are now coming to them, moving away from London/South to invest, as stamp duty bills are lower, while others are using the 3 per cent stamp duty hike as an opportunity to negotiate money off the purchase. So far, so good for the industry, although the treasury will benefit from extra funds to invest in first time buyer initiatives, it doesn’t appear to have dampened investors’ enthusiasm to purchase more property.However, a slowdown may just not have filtered through the figures yet, as the Halifax reports that confidence in the UK housing market “is at its lowest level in over a year.” (Halifax Housing Market Confidence Tracker).REGIONAL PRICE DIFFERENCESRICS: “Most parts of the UK report price increases with London and the North of England the only exceptions. London reported a second, albeit modest monthly decline, while prices in the North of England remained broadly unchanged.”LSL Acadata HPI: “London led the way this April, with the value of the average home in the capital breaking through the £600,000 barrier. The average house price in London has almost doubled over the past seven years, up from £321,917 in April 2009.“This is the first time nine regions have broken records in the same month since October 2007 at the height of the boom – as the market has now fully recovered from the crash.”Hometrack: “The highest increase in house prices in the last quarter was recorded in Liverpool as prices rise off a low base, closing the gap to other major cities such as Manchester and Leeds where house price growth is running at over 7 per cent per annum – the highest year on year growth since 2007.”Land Registry: “The region with the most significant annual price increase is London with a movement of 13.9 per cent. The North East saw the only annual price fall with a movement of -0.7 per cent. Yorkshire & the Humber saw the most significant monthly price decrease with a movement of -2.6 per cent.”Kate says: Never before have I seen a time when the agent is crucial in determining the value of a property, for me, their local expertise is essential. This is good news for the agents that can market this knowledge to their advantage.”LSL ACADATA HPIHeat Map of the annual change in the average house price, by region, March 2016DEMAND FOR PROPERTYNAEA: “Sales to first time buyers (FTBs) increased in March, with 28 per cent of total sales made to the group; an increase from February, when 24 per cent of sales were to FTBs. The number of sales agreed on average per branch increased in March, rising from nine last month to 10 this month.”RICS: “New buyer enquiries declined during the month, with the fall widespread across the UK and only Scotland and East Anglia seeing some modest growth. While reduced demand from buy to let and second homes appears to have been the main cause of this fall, it may also reflect some uncertainly beginning to enter the market in the run up to the UK’s referendum on its EU membership.”Nationwide: “There was a surge in the number of residential property transactions in March ahead of the introduction of the additional stamp duty levy. There were 165,400 transactions in March, an all-time high, c11 per cent higher than the previous peak of c149,000 in January 2007.”Agency Express: “National data recorded by the Property Activity Index revealed a decline in properties ‘sold’ with figures falling by -1.5 per cent. Across the UK the regions recording the largest month on month increases included the South East +4.6 per cent, East Anglia +3.5 per cent, Wales +3.1 per cent, Yorkshire & Humber +2.3 per cent and North West +1.7 per cent.”Bank of England: “The number of loan approvals for house purchase was 71,357 in March, broadly in line with the previous six months.”BBA: “Gross mortgage borrowing of £17.1 billion in March was 64 per cent higher than a year ago and the highest borrowing since April 2008 following a reported sharp increase in purchase of buy-to-let and second homes, ahead of the increase in stamp duty. The number of mortgage approvals in March was 20 per cent higher than a year ago; remortgaging up 25 per cent and house purchase up 14 per cent.”Land Registry: “In October 2015 to January 2016, sales volumes averaged 74,374 transactions per month, an increase from the same period a year earlier, when sales volumes averaged 73,744 per month.”Kate says: Most of the indices this month point to a change in demand in the market place following one of the biggest transaction months for some time in March. Rightmove talks about far more people ‘trading up’ and there is an expectation and some evidence from the NAEA that first time buyers are seizing on the idea that less buy to let investors are buying, and coming back to see what the competition to buy is like. However, so far there doesn’t seem to be a substantial fall in buy to let investors and in some cheaper areas some agents are reporting more enquiries.SUPPLY OF PROPERTYNAEA: “The number of properties available soared by 54 per cent in March to 54 per branch – up from 35 in February.”RICS: “Supply conditions remain tight with 8 per cent more surveyors reporting a fall in new instructions to sell rather than a rise. This decline was quite widespread with the majority of areas seeing a decrease in the number of new properties coming onto agents’ books.”Agency Express: “After a slowdown during March, April’s property market bounced back with national new listings ‘for sale’ figures rising by 8.2 per cent. Across the rest of the UK, nine of the twelve regions recorded reported increases in new listings ‘for sale’ with the South East reporting their largest increase in new listings up by 25.3 per cent. The other regions recording the largest month on month increases include London +16.1 per cent, Yorkshire & Humber +12.4 per cent, South West +10.8 per cent and Wales +10.7 per cent.”Kate says: Mixed indices feedback this month, with the NAEA suggesting a surge in March of 54 per cent for stock per branch and Agency Express seeing huge growth in London and the South East, although sold numbers were down a bit. The RICS however, reports the opposite, with a rise in the number of surveyors saying new instructions have fallen, although this could be due to the huge rises experienced in March/early April, and supply has fallen back since.The good news too is that the HBF are working more transparently with the government and local authorities to help reach the target of one million more homes by 2020. Now, therefore, new build has to be a core part of any agent’s strategy.”Kate Faulkner, Property Market Analyst and Commentator www.propertychecklists.co.uk Email: [email protected] Telephone: 01652 641722market movements property taxation kate faulkner property indices regional price differences stamp duty supply of property taxes demand for property June 27, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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However, Patten was quick to deny that “the sky should be the limit” as far as tuition fees are concerned and stressed the need for a “fixed scale which would relate the amount of income that universities and colleges can charge for tuition to the amount of money they provided for bursaries for less well off students.”He called for “needs-blind access to Oxford and Cambridge” to ensure that students from a less well-off background are not discouraged from applying to Oxford, stating that “the big issue is how much we are able to spend on bursaries for less well off students who might otherwise be discouraged from coming to Oxford.”“I think it’s imperative that we hang on to the notion of a complete meritocracy at Oxford and Cambridge provided we can demonstrate that there is integrity of the system. It makes it easier to resist pressure from some on the left that we should have social code preference in our entry procedures, rather than trying to get the best wherever they come from.”Although Patten is highly sceptical of the government quotas on the number of state school students that Oxford should admit – he refers to these as “arbitrary, central planning quotas” – he is proud of the efforts that Oxford puts in to its outreach scheme. “We spend over 2 million a year to get kids from schools that haven’t traditionally sent them to Oxford. It’s very impressive the amount we’re doing around the place.”It is his belief in meritocracy that underpins his rejection of a legacy point preference scheme in use in many American universities use, a system whereby applicants are given priority if their parents are alumni or have donated money to the university the children get preference.He called such a system “a terrible idea,” adding that George W Bush’s gaining of a place at the prestigious Harvard Business School “must have been unrelated to intelligence.”However, he did admit that donations from private benefactors would need to increase in order to address funding. Last May, the Oxford Campaign was launched which aimed to raise a minimum of £1.25 billion and “increase the participation rate of alumni giving.”However, he admitted that donations from alumni would not be sufficient to make up for the loss of funding through the current recession. “The difference with America,” he explains, “is that the American taxpayer spends twice as much on Higher Education and further learning. If you then add to that the amount that comes privately America has this huge lead over all European universities.” Oxford University Chancellor Chris Patten has attacked the “angry middle class parents” who have criticised his proposal of a rise in tuition fees, in an interview with Cherwell.The Chancellor also spoke of his belief in the need for a removal of the cap on top-up fees, driven by his “overwhelming concern” for the future of the university’s finances.“Over the decade we’ve doubled the number of university students and halved the money available to support them,” he explained. “That has huge implications for university finance. There are only three places you can get money from for a university: private benefactors, the taxpayer or tuition fees.”He added, “my overwhelming concern is that I think universities are going to have a very tough time in the next few years and in order to be competitive we need more funding. In those circumstances what do you do – do you simply say we must settle for universities having to be even more badly financed, or do you look for alternatives?”He stated that universities should “by and large be able to set fees for tuition related to the bursaries they provide for less well off students.”He attacked the “angry middle class parents” who have criticised his suggestion that the cap on tuition fees should be lifted, labelling their behaviour “paradoxical” and “bizarre.”He said, “do I think it’s paradoxical at the moment that quite a lot of parents pay a fortune to put their children through private schools and then resent it when they have to pay when universities charge more than 3000 a year. I think it’s absolutely crazy. So I’m unregenerate and have been for, well, since the late 1980s, in advocating tuition fees.”He added, “parents are prepared to spend £20-30000 a year, or if it’s a year £10-15000 a year getting their children into university but then resent paying more than £3000 when their child is at university.”