Over 30 exams planned to take place in person this Trinity term

first_imgTwenty exams have been confirmed to take place in person this year, with a further 15 papers set to be confirmed dependent on the government’s announcement on in-person course returns before next term. The majority of the exams already confirmed to be in-person are exams set by the Chemistry faculty, including Prelims and FHS exams, and the majority of exams set to be confirmed are ancient languages exams, held by the Classics faculty.The Chemistry faculty outlined justification for in-person exams to their students in correspondence, citing “the rigour of the examination process,” greater ease of revision due to relevance of past papers available online, and “widespread collusion and cheating” at other Universities that chose to assess Chemistry remotely. The faculty went on to say that “the Teaching Committee decided unanimously that this was our first preference for exams next term, and the decision was ratified by the academics in all sections.”Students taking in-person exams this year will not be expected to wear sub fusc, and those that choose to wear sub fusc have been asked to leave their caps at home. Face coverings will need to be worn throughout exams and in the examination buildings, except for those that have a legal exemption. For those that are self-isolating or unable to return to Oxford for Trinity due to travel restrictions, there is the possibility of sitting the exam online at the same time as the in-person exam, with remote invigilation. Sacha Chowdhury, a first-year Chemistry student, told Cherwell: “I would have preferred to do online exams for a few reasons: firstly, there’s just less health risk than in person exams. Also, since a lot of this year has been online including both sets of collections, we haven’t really had any practice with in person exams at uni. […] Another worry would be that if there were to be a spike in the weeks preceding the exams since, by committing to in-person exams, it makes it difficult to make a U-turn if necessary, so it relies on the government’s plan being successful.” “A benefit of in-person exams is that I think I perform better as seeing other people working around me and being in an exam school may give me more adrenaline and focus, which is something I struggled with in online collections.”A spokesperson for the University of Oxford told Cherwell: “In line with government guidance, the University will continue to offer a mix of in-person and online teaching and assessment while the national restrictions are in place. The vast majority of in-person exams taking place during Trinity Term will take place online using Inspera. The platform offers a greatly improved online exam experience for students with an intuitive interface and a range of tools that meet Oxford’s diverse needs.”“Around thirty in-person examinations are scheduled [to] take place in Trinity Term, pending government confirmation around Easter of further courses which are able to return to in-person teaching and assessment. These exams are planned to take place in person in line with professional body accreditation requirements, or because it is not possible to examine their content remotely. Trinity Term in-person exams will be held with a range of safety measures implemented, including reduced capacity in exam halls, the compulsory use of face coverings and limited contact between individuals.” “Students unable to sit their exams in-person, because they are having to self-isolate or they have dispensation to be resident outside Oxford, will be able to apply, via their college, to sit an online exam with remote invigilation – which is outside of Inspera, not a part of it.”“The University’s guidance and provisions to facilitate safe teaching follow Government advice. They have been carefully prepared in consultation with staff, Public Health England and other local partners.”Image Credit: Paul Chapman / Oxford University – Matriculation / CC BY-SA 2.0last_img read more

Arsenal to fund summer transfer spree by putting 10 first team players up for sale

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal to fund summer transfer spree by putting 10 first team players up for sale Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Aug 2020 8:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Advertisement Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who is in the final year of his contract, is wanted by Napoli and Shkodran Mustafi could also be allowed to leave despite his improvement under Arteta. The versatile Ainsley Maitland-Niles could represent a surprise casualty of a midfield overhaul, especially given his performances in Wembley wins over City and Chelsea when he excelled at wing-back. Spurs are willing to test the waters with a reported £30million bid, while Arsenal are exploring the option of a player-plus-cash swap deal involving the exiled Matteo Guendouzi and Lyon’s gifted midfield technician Houssem Aouar.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMohamed Elneny will be sold this summer having spent last season out on loan, while Lucas Torreira could return to Serie A amid interest from Roma and AC Milan.Aubameyang’s strike partner and close friend Alexandre Lacazette is said to be interesting Juventus, meanwhile, and England Under-21 international Reiss Nelson, whose chances of regular first team football have decreased following the arrival of Willian, could command a transfer fee upwards of £15million. Arsenal would happily entertain offers for Mesut Ozil whose £350,000-a-week contract remains a huge burden on the club, but the former Real Madrid star recently underlined his intention to see out the remaining 12 months of his current deal and won’t be sold against his will. AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: ‘Hopefully great news’ – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang teases Arsenal fans ahead of contract announcementMORE: Willian insists he wanted Chelsea to win FA Cup final despite imminent Arsenal transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Gabriel is expected to complete his move to Arsenal after undergoing a medical (Picture: Getty)A lack of Champions League and matchday revenue, however, has forced Arsenal to consider ways of balancing the books. The club has already confirmed its intention to make 55 redundancies, while Raul Sanllehi vacated his position as head of football last week and technical director Edu continues to oversee a major overhaul of the scouting department. Sanllehi’s departure has resulted in Arteta assuming greater control over Arsenal’s transfer dealings and the former club captain is striving to create a more balanced squad. According to The Times, the 38-year old is willing to sanction the departures of four central defenders, four midfielders and two fowards. English duo Rob Holding and Calum Chambers are likely to be deemed surplus to requirements, with the latter attracting attention from Fulham. The 10 players who could leave Arsenal this summer DEFENDERSRob Holding Calum ChambersSokratis PapastathopoulosShkodran MustafiMIDFIELDERSAinsley Maitland-NilesLucas TorreiraMatteo GuendouziMohamed ElnenyFORWARDSAlexandre LacazetteReiss Nelson Mikel Arteta is undertaking a massive overhaul of his Arsenal squad (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are looking to fund their summer recruitment drive by selling as many as 10 first team squad players with the FA Cup winners also conscious of the need to cut their wage bill. Mikel Arteta’s first half-season in charge culminated in an FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea which sealed Arsenal’s place in the Europa League next season, but the Spaniard has acknowledged that his squad is still some way short of the quality required to challenge the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City. The Gunners have already added Willian to their ranks this summer and are closing in on a deal for Lille centre-half Gabriel, who is said to have undertaken a medical ahead of official confirmation of his arrival.AdvertisementAdvertisementWilliam Saliba has returned from his loan spell at Saint-Etienne and will compete for a first team spot, while David Luiz, as well as January loan recruits, Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari, have all committed their futures to the north London club. ADVERTISEMENTIt is anticipated that skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future will be resolved in the coming days with last season’s top goalscorer ready to end months of speculation by signing a new three-year deal. last_img read more