2020 has proved to be a nightmare year for dividend investors. UK shares have slashed, postponed, or cancelled altogether shareholder payouts as the Covid-19 crisis has crushed balance sheets and decimated earnings outlooks. Around half of FTSE 100 companies alone have made serious changes to their dividend policies in a blow to investors’ income flows.The bad news has got even worse on Tuesday. Today, mega miner BHP Group (LSE: BHP) announced that it was cutting the final dividend for fiscal 2020, to 55 US cents from 78 cents previously. The FTSE 100 giant saw pre-tax profits slump 10% in the 12 months to June. 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Housebuilder Persimmon (LSE: PSN) is one of these.While BHP was cutting dividends, the news coming from the housebuilder today has been much more positive. The FTSE 100 firm said it was reinstating the dividend with an interim payment of 40p. This is on account of its “strong” start to the second half of the year, with a near-50% jump in average weekly private sales since the beginning of July.I’m expecting demand for its newbuilds to remain strong long into the future too, because of Britain’s huge housing shortage which will take years to fix. Its huge £2.5bn order book (up 21% year-on-year) is perfect evidence of this.Okay, Persimmon can expect annual profits growth to slow in the near term as tough economic conditions weigh on property prices. But that aforementioned housing crunch should stop home values dropping off a cliff. 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Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 3rd Annual Central Florida Fall Eggfest Celebrates the Big Green Egg and ‘Eggceptional’ Grilled CuisineRock concerts may evoke fandemonium, but it’s the Big Green Egg that gets people smokin’. Charcoal, that is, barbecue, roasting, seasonings and rubs. ‘Eggheads,’ as fans of the grill call themselves, are quite a savory bunch.The 3rd Annual Central Florida Fall Eggfest takes place Today, Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Wekiva Island from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cook and Taster Tickets are available at centralfloridafalleggfest.com.“Eggfests” celebrate cooking with a Big Green Egg. The Egg is a ceramic, egg-shaped, charcoal, barbecue cooker. While there are other ceramic grills on the market, the Egg has garnered quite a loyal fan following.Peter Weller, event organizer, likens the event to a phenomenon.“A culture has evolved all around the world known as ‘Big Green Egg Culture,’” he said. “An Egghead, for instance, is one obsessed with anything involving the grill. They will travel to any Eggfest, supply their own stuff to cook and display their creations. They do this for the pleasure of watching people enjoy themselves eating the food.”Weller, of course, is an Egghead.“I still scratch my head wondering why we enjoy spending so much money to watch others have a good time with the food! It’s such a good feeling! That’s the best way to describe it,” he said. “We all get to know each other and we enjoy participating in the process.”The event, while not a competition, still instills a competitive spirit among participants.“It’s an incubator of foodie fun and talent,” Weller exclaimed.The talent includes Josh Tahan of True Craft Barbecue. An ‘eggficianado,’ he will create a variety of yummies for tasting. How does smoked turkey, lemon pepper shrimp and key lime dipping sauce sound? Tahan will teach various techniques on the grill and you’re sure to take home some recipes.“Whether a novice with an Egg or an ‘Eggspert,’ you will learn something,” Weller added.Marcia Simmons will create a “Wok through the Park” – cooking dishes in a wok on the Big Green Egg.Other cooking demos include preparing breakfast items, ribs, chicken, pizza, pork butt, turkey, seafood…“The sky’s the limit with the Egg,” Weller said. “We will also have give-aways – some lucky person will win a Large Green Egg. There are seven sizes from XXlarge down to mini. We’ll have vendors selling products associated with the Eggs, as well.”Music will also play a part. Local musician, Jason LoGrande, is MC and entertainer for the event.Travel Country Outfitters is the sponsor of the event. They will be on hand selling ‘Eggcessories’. Demo Eggs can be purchased at a significant discount prior to the event. To purchase, visit the Demo Egg Sales page on the website, http://centralfloridafalleggfest.com. Along with some their other product lines like: Thermoworks , Ceramic Grill Store, and Flame Boss a company located in Apopka FL. “Our cooks at the event use the Demo Eggs to cook on,” Weller said.“Our cooks at the event use the Demo Eggs to cook on,” Weller said.For tickets, directions, hotel information and schedule visit the website – http://centralfloridafalleggfest.com.Proceeds from the event benefit The Wekiva River through KeepSeminole.org.“The river is not what it once was,” said Weller. “It belongs to everyone. So we need to do what we can to educate citizens on these causes and what we need to do to minimize pollution.” You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here TAGSBig Green Egg. Wekiva Island Previous articleScouting for Food needs your help todayNext articleApopka Fall Family Festival continues today Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment!
Architects: Aeby Aumann Emery architectes Year Completion year of this architecture project photographs: Corinne Cuendet, Thomas JantscherPhotographs: Corinne Cuendet, Thomas JantscherConstruction Of The Framework Wood Of Housing:Gutknecht Holzbau AGConstruction Of The Framework Wood Of The Rural:FarmwoodRealization Of The Frontage Of Housing :Gutknecht Holzbau AGRealization Of The Frontage And The Cover Of The Rural :FarmwoodCity:VillareposCountry:SwitzerlandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Floor PlanRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationText description provided by the architects. The creation of a barn and dwelling G in Villarepos, Switzerland is dipped in a rural scenery of outstanding beauty.Save this picture!© Thomas JantscherSituated on the outskirts of the village, the plot counts two different volumes: a family house and an outbuilding in the form of a cattle barn.Save this picture!© Thomas JantscherSet in the middle of the fields, the buildings question the way of living in an exceptional landscape and on the architectural expression of a farm in the 21st century. Save this picture!© Thomas JantscherSix concrete blades support the dwelling, that appears to be floating on the fields. Save this picture!© Corinne CuendetThe one-storey house has no supplementary outdoor constructions, to limit as much as possible to disrupt the natural lines of the landscape, and preserve a precious yet fragile environment.Save this picture!© Thomas JantscherThe location of this agricultural unit, its typology and the singularity of the materials used, offer a clear interpretation of the sustainable development and integration of a contemporary architecture in a rural environment. Save this picture!© Thomas JantscherTwo rectangular volumes integrate the bedrooms, bathrooms and technical units, and delineate the living room and the kitchen, which open widely on the surrounding environment. Besides the two volumes, the kitchen and the living are defined by large glass panes that also give shape to the patio in between, as well as to two smaller terraces at the extremities of the platform. Save this picture!© Thomas JantscherThe corrugated fibre cement boards that cover the entire house sides that are not out of glass have been employed as formwork to give to the internal wall of the living room the same corrugated shape.Save this picture!© Corinne CuendetThe heating of the house is provided by a geothermal heat pump. Domestic water is heated by solar panels situated on the roof.Save this picture!© Corinne CuendetThe dwelling and barn G of Villarepos draw inspiration from the natural sourroundings. The farm manages to successfully combine function and architectural forms, and leave an atypical imprint without compromising the scenery.Project gallerySee allShow lessHow 5 California Colleges Approach Campus DesignArticlesSalón Inés Pose / STGOSelected Projects Share Barn Switzerland Save this picture!© Corinne Cuendet+ 15 Share 2010 Barn and Dwelling G / Aeby Aumann Emery architectes Year: 2010 ArchDaily “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/476546/barn-and-dwelling-g-aeby-aumann-emery-architectes Clipboard Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/476546/barn-and-dwelling-g-aeby-aumann-emery-architectes Clipboard Barn and Dwelling G / Aeby Aumann Emery architectesSave this projectSaveBarn and Dwelling G / Aeby Aumann Emery architectes CopyBarn, Houses•Villarepos, Switzerland Projects “COPY” Year: CopyAbout this officeAeby Aumann Emery architectesOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsIndustrial ArchitectureBarnResidential ArchitectureHousesVillareposIndustrial ArchitectureHousesSwitzerlandPublished on February 14, 2014Cite: “Barn and Dwelling G / Aeby Aumann Emery architectes” 14 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ ReddIt Project managers are unsure about the certification level of the new administration building. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Linkedin TCU 360 staff win awards at the Fall National College Media Convention Renee is a journalism major. She is dedicated to improving her journalism skills to effectively and ethically inform others. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Facebook Welcome TCU Class of 2025 + posts ‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs Linkedin Renee Umsted printThough construction can have negative impacts on the environment, TCU implements standards in its building practices that aim to decrease possible harmful effects.The university adheres to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines, said Chris Honkomp, the assistant vice chancellor for facilities.LEED is a system that rates and assesses buildings to ensure they’re resource-efficient and benefit both people and the planet. The LEED certification system was created and is monitored by the U.S. Green Building Council and has become an international baseline for sustainable buildings, which are classified as certified, silver, gold or platinum, depending on the number of points they receive. Platinum buildings mark the highest level, and certified projects are given the lowest number of points.According to the LEED website, points are given in relation to nine main areas regarding “green” buildings: integrative processes, location and transportation, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and regional priority.TCU executes these standards in a number of ways, Honkomp said. Primarily, they utilize low-VOC [volatile organic compounds] paints on interior surfaces, reincorporate construction debris, install high-efficiency energy systems and test for two types of air-quality contaminants.There are 32 LEED-certified buildings on campus; 25 are gold, six are silver, and one is certified, Honkomp said. Three recently finished buildings–the Fine Arts Building, Richards Hall and Arnold Hall–are in the process of being certified.A map of the LEED-certified buildings on campus. Map courtesy of Chris Honkomp.In addition, the university meets LEED standards regarding elements not directly related to the design of the building—including bike racks, commuter parking spaces and charging stations for electric vehicles.“It’s more than just the building,” Honkomp said. “It’s also how does it affect the people who are going to be in the building so that they can be sustainable as well.”TCU aims to achieve LEED standards for remodels in addition to new buildings.When the university renovates a building, it is stripped down enough to replace plumbing and wiring, which sets up the building to receive a gold LEED rating, Honkomp said. However, meeting these standards is not always as straightforward as checking items off a list. LEED standards are comprehensive and have recently become more stringent, said Brooke Ruesch, a project manager. TCU aims to meet the silver level of certification and has more recently been achieving the gold level, but there are concerns the new administration building may not achieve silver, Ruesch said. Construction on the new administration building is ongoing, and campus officials are uncertain about its certification level. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoSome of this uncertainty comes from the possibility of unforeseen circumstances. For example, the university is in the process of evaluating whether or not the materials for the building are local, Ruesch said. If the material is not locally-sourced, it will not receive points.Additionally, financial decisions could impact how many points the building receives. “We’re just trying to find that right boundary of how much money you really want to input into that program versus how much value do you get from it, how much more sustainable it really makes the building,” Ruesch said. TCU’s building project is a response to the global focus on climate change and human impacts on the environment. One topic that has garnered international media and political attention involves the wildfires that have been burning for months in the Brazilian Amazon. Deforestation, which results in the releasing of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributes to the greenhouse effect, one cause of global warming. On TCU’s campus, if trees that are more than 6 inches in diameter have to be removed to make way for building projects, the university makes up for that loss by replanting trees, Honkomp said. TCU also works with Silver Creek Materials; the company recycles and composts vegetative waste from campus. 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Reporters Without Borders today criticised the government for its systematic restrictions on the right of foreign journalists to work in Iraq, accompanied by often crude attempts at manipulation.In a letter to the Iraqi authorities, the organisation noted that the government claims to want the foreign press to work freely in Iraq and wants journalists to accompany UN weapons inspectors as a guarantee of objectivity. But the recent unfortunate experience of a French television crew belied the promises of transparency, the letter said.French journalists Erick Bonnier and Céline Hue of the television news agency Tony Comiti Productions were denied the right to shoot footage while in Iraq from 9 to 26 November and, despite possessing all the appropriate authorisations, were unable to make the programme for which they had gone there.Cyril Drouhet, the editor in chief of Tony Comiti Productions, said the company “did it the official way,” obtaining press visas and all of the authorisations required by the Iraqi bureaucracy. Nonetheless its attempts to report on the “Oil Road” turned into a farce and after two weeks of “bullying, censorship and ludicrous pieces of pantomime by the official guide, who changed every day,” the two journalists returned home without having shot any footage, Drouhet said.In Baghdad, the police even banned them from filming rubbish on the grounds saying that “this is not good for the government’s image.” Drouhet added that in the enormous oil refineries in the northern city of Kirkuk, the only person authorised to give an interview was a pretentious old man who appeared from nowhere while the real workers were kept out of sight. News February 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation News Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” November 29, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French TV reporters prevented from filming IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en
Google+ Letterkenny Council backs against border roaming charges By News Highland – January 16, 2013 Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Letterkenny Town Council has been told that one mobile phone service provider on the border between Portugal and Spain has abolished roaming charges, and there is no reason why this should not be replicated on the border here.Raising the issue, Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle said while there has been some progress on the issue at an EU level, many people still find themselves paying roaming charges in their own homes, and that is unjust.At present, attempts are being made to have a joint approach between the Assembly in Stormont and the Oireachtas to tackle the issue.In the meantime, Cllr Mc Monagle says the council should invite the providers into the chamber to discuss their justification for roaming charges, and use the influence they have as the planning authority for masts:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/gmac830MOBILE.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Pinterest Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp Previous articleStill now government guidlines on school and cyber bullyingNext articleHorse DNA found in Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Dunnes and Iceland beef burgers News Highland News Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey
Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Previous articleGreens want a General Election in JanauryNext articleNew event management company launched in Donegal News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest Google+ Newsx Adverts A 999 coordination centre will be officially opened in Ballyshannon this afternoon, almost fuve years after it was first announced.Tánaiste Mary Coughlan will, this afternoon, launch the Emergency Call Answering Service. The centre, which is being operated under contract by BT Ireland will employ 33 people, and is one of three centres which will process up to four million emergency calls every year.The facility was first announced by the then communications minister Noel Dempsey in December 2005.Graham Sutherland is CEO of BT Ireland. He says in time, the centre may be used for other purposes, which could lead to more new jobs being created, but for now, it’s operating at full capacity…….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/bt1pm.mp3[/podcast] Google+ WhatsApp Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Emergency coordination centre officially opening in Ballyshannon By News Highland – November 22, 2010 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter
Previous Article Next Article Outsourcing restores faith in HR credibilityOn 1 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. HR outsourcing remains a topic on everyone’s agenda. I should know becauseI’ve recently been outsourced. And you know what – it’s great. Myths abound about outsourcing – it is bad for the individual, outsourcersare only interested in cost cutting, everyone will be overworked, underpaid andlife will never be the same. I only agree with the last point. HR has been criticised for decades by linemanagement as a reactive and second-rate administrative function offering noadded value. This has led to minimal investment and discouraged high-flyersfrom joining the function. In many organisations the most important strategicevent HR is allowed to get involved in is the Christmas party. Then along comes the HR business process outsourcing companies. They areinterested in making money, of course, so what are their priorities? Well, itis not in creating a reactive team, and investing the bare minimum. The BPO players are making HR their core business. It is no longer somethingreserved for the back office of large industrialists, but for the front officeof companies who have to invest to survive. What does that mean for the HR professional about to be outsourced to anorganisation he doesn’t even know? For me, it means investment in the tools ofthe job to make the HR professional’s life easier, and it means that HR is nolonger a cost or an overhead but rather a revenue generator, core to thebusiness. It is not easy. HR professionals will have to work harder than ever, but atleast they will be doing it with the support of the business. But make nomistake, if you have been hiding for years in the comfort zone of a largeorganisation you will be found out, which I don’t think is such a bad thing. If it is all good news, why aren’t the line managers at BP Amoco and BTsinging its praises (News, 24 September)? It is all about the change curve. Theproblem is many of the retained HR business partners have forgotten to mentionto the line managers that things are going to change. The welfare job that HRhas been doing for years – those Christmas parties and disciplinary meetings –is now their responsibility. In an outsourced world, HR will get the basics right – such as dataintegrity and administration – will offer policies and practices that willattract, retain and develop employees, and will act as a strategic partner.This will mean shared services through centralised administration, use ofportal, self-service technology and less local HR presence. It is not a painless change. But the change curve will be just as steepwhether the company opts for the DIY approach, or achieves it throughoutsourcing. By Alan Bailey, Head of communications andchange management, Xchanging HR Services
Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Lennar Executive Chairman Stuart Miller (iStock)Instead of spending on restaurants and movies, Americans’ funds went toward initial home purchases and upgrading to better homes.That is among the reasons Lennar Executive Chairman Stuart Miller attributed to the Miami-based homebuilder’s strong fourth quarter and fiscal year results, during an earnings call Thursday.“The home used to be just shelter,” he said. “Now it is the hub of our entire lives.”Lennar reported fourth quarter and fiscal year earnings of $882.8 million, up 31 percent year- over-year; and $2.5 billion, up 40 percent year-over-year, respectively. The company’s stock rose to $79.68 at 3:36 p.m. Thursday, up 7.2 percent from its closing price on Wednesday.In fiscal 2020, Lennar delivered 53,000 homes, a 3 percent annual increase. It received 56,000 new home orders, up 9 percent, year-over-year, according to the company.In the fourth quarter, the company delivered 16,000 homes, down 2 percent, year-over-year, and saw 15,000 new home orders, a 16 percent annual jump. The orders totaled $6.3 billion, up 22 percent, year-over-year.For next quarter guidance, Lennar expects new orders of 14,500 to 14,800, deliveries of 12,200 to 12,500, and a gross margin on home sales of 23.5 percent to 23.75 percent. It expects the average sales price of homes to be $390,000.For the 2021 fiscal year, the company expects new orders of 62,000 to 64,000, and a 23.75 percent to 24 percent gross margin on home sales. Lennar expects an average sales price of between $386,000 and $388,000.Among the factors Miller cited for making him bullish on Lennar’s future performance include retaining homebuyers, as customers upgrade to a new home with nicer kitchens and larger yards. And the company should see a windfall from its relationship with Opendoor, expected to go public in the near future, Miller said.He said past worries about millennials starting families later in life than their parents — thus becoming homeowners later — are dissipating. And the new use of home offices, home gyms and homes as daycare will keep demand strong into the new year.And even once discretionary spending on movies and restaurants returns after Covid-19 vaccines reach the masses, a strong economy will lead to continued appetite for homes, Miller said.Nationwide, the number of housing units under construction grew for the third month in a row, as housing continues to drive the construction industry. The last time single-family homes were built at this pace was 13 years ago, just before the housing bubble burst.Lennar is continuing to build homes in South Florida. It recently paid $13.7 million for land at Arden, a planned community in western Palm Beach County. It also purchased a former mobile home park in Homestead for $29 million, with plans to build a new housing community.Contact the author Full Name* Share via Shortlink Message* TagshomebuildersHousing Marketlennar
There is something quite paradoxical about a place which is one of the leading research centres in the world, where academics are constantly pushing the boundaries of what we know, helping to shape the way we will live in the future and what we think of the past, but which nevertheless seems quite happy to stay just as it is.Many of Oxford’s relics of the past, such as matriculation, sub fusc, May Day morning on Magdalen Bridge, and Oxford terminology are endearing little anachronisms that serve to remind us of what a unique place this is. But Oxford is also home to some other antiquities that we could probably do without. One is the enduring gender gap that we see each summer when the examination results come out and when we look over at High Table in Hall. Men continue to get more first class degrees than their female counterparts, and they continue to heavily dominate the high positions in academia. Still, you cannot have a ‘gender gap’ at an institution that members of only one sex can be a part of, and it is quite perverse to think that great advances have already been made in order to bring about a gender gap at all. Not until 1920 were women admitted to membership of the university and it took almost thirty years for a woman, Agnes Headlam-Morley, to be elected to a full professorship. A quarter of a century then passed before the first of the traditionally all-male colleges, Balliol, elected a woman as a Fellow and Tutor. Twenty years later in 1993, Professor Marilyn Butler, former Rector of Exeter, became the first female head of a former all-male college at either Oxford or Cambridge. Progress, one might say, though painfully slow.In 2001, the percentage of female Oxford professors was 8.5% and, after several years of highly public initiatives to improve this gender imbalance, a few months ago it stood at 8.6%. In the mathematics faculty, only three out of over twenty professorships are held by women; in the faculty of modern history the ratio is two to fifteen and in the department of chemistry only one professor is female. Five years ago 22% of men achieved firsts in finals compared to 17% of women. Feminists would be appalled, but could it be that men are simply more intelligent than women? Recent research carried out by Paul Irwing and Richard Lynn at Manchester University, claims that men are on average five IQ points ahead, and the gap widens as the higher levels are considered. At IQ scores of 125 – the level that they think seems to correspond with people getting first-class degrees – there were twice as many men as women. At scores of 155 and above – levels associated with genius – there were 5.5 men for every woman. But how are we defining ‘intelligence’ here?What we can definitely say is that men do better in tests designed by men attempting to measure one aspect of human intelligence – namely, spatial and verbal ability. This, however, is not what any Finals examination is designed to assess, and so we cannot use research on IQ scores to explain away the discrepancies between something like the number of firsts achieved by men and women at Oxford or Cambridge.Recent studies have shown that there are real gender differences which may be interpreted as putting women at a disadvantage: for example, the difference in the way that men and women approach certain challenges or the difference in their behavior, which in turn reflects their different goals. “Women who seek deep understanding will ask more questions than men, may advance more tentatively and are initially more receptive to the authority of teaching staff,” suggests Dr. Chris Mann, who carried out a three-year study at Cambridge looking into the issue. Men, in contrast, are more likely to make suggestions in tutorials, advance their own theories on subjects and challenge the opinions of tutors and other students. This “intellectual muscle-flexing,” the study argues, is typically seen as an indicator of excellence by a predominantly male teaching staff, rather than the “softly softly” approach adopted by many women. Men, perhaps as a consequence, generally have higher expectations of what they will achieve than women. This was the only factor that was predicative, albeit weakly, of finals marks in a study carried out in Oxford in 2000 by Mellanby et al. It found factors such as intelligence, differences in work ethic, anxiety, depression, happiness, academic motivation, competitiveness, exam strategy and risk-taking in revision unable to explain the gender gap in Firsts. “We therefore thought,” said Dr Mellanby, “that the gender gap must result from factors outside individual differences between sexes and was more likely to be related to a ‘male’ style of answers being deemed more worthy of First Class marks.” Interestingly, the gender gap is also highly subject specific. For example, it’s big in PPE, English, History and Maths and non-existent in Engineering, E&M, Biochemistry and Geography. Surprisingly, there seems to be no evidence to support the popular notion that extended essays favour women more than ‘sudden death’ exam papers – subjects for which there is no coursework and the degree class depends solely on exams sat in the final year. They are part of the assessment in English and History here and in History at Cambridge, yet all three still have big gender gaps in favour of men and so women have fared no better since the introduction of this system.What is it that gives men in general the confidence to aim for the very top? There is a danger of making sweeping statements that ignore men who advance tentatively and women who expect to do well and succeed, yet the research seems to agree that men and women appear to have different experiences of academia at Oxford. Perhaps the fact that most Oxford tutors are men is significant when considering that women achieve fewer of the degrees the higher class they are. Female undergraduates at Oxford, it seems, have fewer female academics to look up to and use as role models. Dr Mellanby suggests that “the whole Oxford experience might be more conductive to males than females excelling academically.” He continues, “People have talked of the confrontational tutorial being more likely to ‘put down’ females.”The gender gap in Finals is something that OUSU’s women-only Finals Forums each Hilary Term try to address. However, the effort seems like a drop in the ocean. Acknowledging this, Ellie Cumbo, OUSU VP (Women), said, “This year, Women’s Campaign is going to put the pressure on. We have compiled and formatted the most up-to-date results and plan to submit a paper asking the University to thoroughly investigate the Finals gap.” OUSU see the gender imbalance among the academic staff as the biggest problem and Cumbo went on to say, “As previous generations catch up with ours, the gender discrepancy among tutors is already evening out; it’s crucial that those in charge do all they can to speed this process up, however.” This situation is by no means particular to Oxford. The Times Higher Education Supplement published survey results in 2004, which reveal that female academics are paid less than male academics at every British university. The pay gap stretches to almost 25% at some institutions and 18% is average. Women were also found to be more likely to take on pastoral and teaching-based roles than the more lucrative research-led positions, which often lead to promotions. The roots of the problem, however, probably lie much deeper than just simple pay discrimination. Most importantly, commitment to academia is not conducive to a busy family life. Women who want to have children are forced to make compromises between the two, meaning they have less time to devote to research and networking – especially networking that is usually done over dinner. It is hard to resist the conclusion that in Oxford it is still largely a man’s world, and a woman’s success is to some degree dependent upon her ability to adapt. There seems to be something amiss at a university where research concludes that men get more first class degrees than women, but not because they are more able or work harder.The solution to this problem in the long run seems to be a better gender balance within the senior academic positions so that the University can move on from being so male-dominated. In the meanwhile, however, the current female undergraduates may just have to figure out for themselves what it is that men are doing proportionally more than women, the thing that the assessment system manifestly deems more deserving of the top degree.ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005