OUSU to take months to replace ‘vital’ officer

first_imgOxford University Students’ Union has found itself without a “vital” member of its team after the contract of its Strategic and Financial Manager was abruptly ended last week.Eleanor Crichton, a graduate from St Anne’s, took office in June on what was intended to be a nine-month paid contract.However, she will now not be replaced by a full-time professional until at least August next year, with some of the position’s responsibilities having to be dropped as a result.Lewis Iwu, OUSU President, has refused to divulge the reasons for her departure, saying it was a “confidential personnel matter.” But he did admit there had been “teething problems” with the position that he hoped would be “ironed out” with the next appointment.He also admitted that OUSU hadn’t properly vetted candidates for the position when they were interviewed last year.OUSU President Lewis Iwu created the position of Strategic and Financial Manager during his time as Finance Manager of OUSU two years ago. “The role of Strategic and Financial administration Manager is key to the long term vision and finances of the Student Union. The role will provide us with expertise, continuity and professionalism which I think will benefit the students of Oxford,” he stated.In the meantime, the position will be filled by Richard Hardiman, last year’s OUSU Vice-President for Finance.Iwu was keen to stress that Hardiman is only an “acting” Financial Manager and insisted that he would be replaced as soon as a more suitable candidate was found. However, both Iwu and Hardiman confirmed that Hardiman’s contract had been agreed until the 28 August 2009.Hardiman is to stay as Financial Manager for over ten months in order to give OUSU time to hunt for a new candidate, said Iwu. He stated that the search for a new employee will not begin until January when the OUSU General Office Manager returns from leave, and expects to spend “at least four to five months” investigating the background and quality of potential applicants to ensure that they are able to better identify the “right type of candidate.”Richard Hardiman was on the panel that was responsible for appointing Crichton.He said that those on the panel felt Crichton had been the “strongest” candidate out of the final people that they saw. “It wasn’t that we brought some body in to fill the gap, regardless of who they were,” he said.However, Hardiman admitted that the job description had been “written in such a way that it did not attract the most appropriate candidate” and explained that it was now necessary to “look at the type of applicant that was attracted by the job description last year and tweak it so that it attracts someone that job description suits better.”Iwu too admitted failures in the recruitment process. He stated that the advertised job description had perhaps been “too vague” and would be “tightened” in the next advertisement.last_img read more

Finding her place by helping

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Like many first-year college students who have to wrestle with new surroundings and expectations while handling feelings of loneliness and isolation, Jing Qiu ’16 at first couldn’t help but feel lost.It wasn’t until the summer after her freshman year, when she spent seven weeks teaching math and reading skills to elementary school students in Cambridge’s lower-income neighborhoods, that Qiu found herself.“I learned so much about myself, about others and the world around me,” Qiu said on a recent morning at the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), Harvard’s umbrella organization for more than 80 social service programs that draw 1,500 student volunteers a year.After her first experience at PBHA, Qiu stayed connected and never looked back. She went on to volunteer in Cambridge Youth Afterschool, where Harvard students tutor elementary students with homework and teach math and reading skills, and in Leaders!, where students mentor teens to gain leadership skills and help them as they explore paths to college.For the past three summers, she has taken part in Cambridge Youth Enrichment, leading students in science and cultural workshops and camping trips. For most of her free time over the past four years, she has worked in PBHA’s social service programs. She also interned at the Breakthrough Collaborative and the Boston Collegiate Charter School.Qiu was awarded a Presidential Public Service Fellowship in 2014. In her junior year, she became PBHA vice president, and she stepped into the presidency in her senior year.An economics concentrator, she had originally thought of working as a consultant. Now she plans to pursue a career in nonprofit work.Students who volunteer with any program within the association have to commit to eight hours of service per week. The challenge is balancing schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but for Qiu, choosing between studying for a midterm or working at PBHA was always a no-brainer.“We have an inside joke that PBHA is the best class you can take at Harvard,” said Qiu. “It’s definitely true. I learned a lot from my classes. But what I learned at PBHA, dealing with people, working with others, and leading people, was more fulfilling, and it’s knowledge I can apply anywhere.”After she graduates, she will be a Harvard Teacher Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.The child of Chinese activists who left China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square protests and who settled in St. Louis, Mo., Qiu views public service as a social responsibility because, she said, it’s everybody’s job to reduce the gap between the haves and the have-nots.“Many times, you leave with more questions than answers,” she said of her volunteer work. “Why does this program have to exist? Why don’t these children have access to programs that their peers have access to? You’re overcome by the sense that there’s injustice in the world, and the question is how do you grapple with these issues without feeling despair?”At PBHA, Qiu found a community of like-minded people who offered support when she felt her own despair and made her feel empowered to do more.Growing up in St. Louis, she felt part of the “privileged poor,” a term coined by Harvard sociologist Anthony Jack that refers to low-income students who attend private schools, often on scholarships. On her mother’s employer’s recommendation, Qiu attended a private elementary school and high school on full financial aid. As a first-generation college student, she was also awarded full financial aid at Harvard.Now, Qiu would like to remind incoming freshmen that community service is not only an extracurricular activity, it’s a pursuit that could lead to new career paths.“Public service is an integral part of your college experience,” she said. “It not only makes you a better person, but it also makes you think a lot about who you are and where your place is in the world.”last_img read more

Alexandre Lacazette drops huge Instagram hint that he plans to stay at Arsenal

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette drops huge Instagram hint that he plans to stay at Arsenal Lacazette wrote: ‘2 Years Now Am In @arsenal, I Just Want To Say Thank You To Everyone.. Thanks For All The Love And Strength U Give Me.. ❤️’He also set the location of the post as ‘My Home.’While a social media post is never an official announcement, the Frenchman certainly seems settled and happy at the Emirates as he prepares for a third season in north London.Lacazette arrived at Arsenal in July 2017 for an initial fee of £46.5m and has scored 36 goals in 88 games in all competitions in the two seasons since.The forward scored 13 Premier League goals last season, one less than the previous campaign, but also chipped in with an impressive eight assists.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Gunners are struggling to get new signings completed this summer as they are operating with an extremely limited transfer budget compared to a number of their rivals.Unai Emery is thought to have only around £45m to spend on new players and he has already spent £6m of that on 18-year-old Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli.Arsenal have been linked with a range of players including Wilfried Zaha, Nabil Fekir, Lucas Vazquez, Kieran Tierney and William Saliba, but none are close to being completed.MORE: Wilfried Zaha refuses to rule out Arsenal transfer moveMORE: Corinthians send message to Arsenal over Fagner transfer move Top articles Comment by Metro Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 6 Jul 2019 8:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link395Shares Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings Full Screen SPONSORED 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Read More Read More About Connatix V67539center_img PLAY Read More Read More Skip Ad Skip Alexandre Lacazette has reasured Arsenal fans (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Alexandre Lacazette has been linked with a move away from Arsenal this summer but he appears to have put that speculation to rest in his latest Instagram post.The Frenchman has attracted the interest of both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, with his agent meeting with Arsenal chiefs earlier this week.There have been no bids for the 28-year-old yet this summer and the Gunners are thought to be preparing a new contract offer for the striker who scored 19 goals last season.Arsenal fans will not want to see the France international leave and he appears to have put their minds at rest with an Instagram post at the club’s training ground at London Colney.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT struggling Manchester United captain Harry… / 1/1 Advertisement Coming Next Advertisement Read Morelast_img read more


first_imgAnother Letterkenny business has closed with the loss of vital jobs for the local community.More jobs have been lost in LetterkennyNynes Gala Service Station in the Killyclug area shut its doors for the final time last night.It is understood that up to 10 jobs have been lost as a result of the closure. The service station was popular with local in the busy Glencar area.The service station has been open for a number of years and included a small cafe area and mini-supermarket.Local councillor Gerry McMonagle said he was sad and concerned to see another local business shut its doors.“Every day we hear of another small business going to the wall in Letterkenny. “We need to shout stop and we need to do it Sunday. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and they are simply not being given enough help,” he said.SERVICE STATION CLOSES WITH LOSS OF UP TO 10 JOBS was last modified: October 27th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:CLLR GERRY MCMONAGLEletterkennyNynes Gala Service Stationlast_img read more