Northern Oil and Gas acquires acreage in Delaware Basin

first_imgThe acquisition includes 1.1 initial net wells that are expected to spud in late 2020 or early 2021 Northern will acquire stake in 66 net acres. (Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.) Northern Oil and Gas has announced the acquisition of non-operated interests in the Delaware Basin acreage from an undisclosed seller.The company will acquire stake in 66 net acres, on which 1.1 initial net wells have been proposed in Lea County, New Mexico. EOG Resources is the operator of the assets.Northern estimates that the total acquisition costs as well as the initial development costs on the 1.1 net wells to be nearly $11.9m.Expected to be spud in late 2020 or early 2021, the wells will be turned in line from the second quarter of 2021.Peak production from initial wells expected to be 1,400boe per dayNorthern expects the initial wells to record a monthly peak production of approximately 1,400boe per day late in the second quarter of 2021.In its operations update, the company said that it has seen significant improvement in operations throughout the third quarter of 2020.Northern CEO Nick O’Grady said: “We have been actively building data in the Permian Basin for two years.“The 2020 downturn in the energy sector has made the Permian Basin competitive for the first time, inclusive of acreage costs, on a full cycle return basis with our Williston Basin program.“Coupled with Northern’s Ground Game acquisitions in the Williston, this increased opportunity set should add additional breadth to our strategy as the natural consolidator of non-operated working interests.”In 2018, the company announced that the acquisition of producing assets in North Dakota,  At the time of the acquisition, the assets had production capacity of more than 4,100boe per day.last_img read more

Chancellor unveils £30bn Budget spending boost

first_imgA massive £30bn stimulus package to boost the UK economy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak has been unveiled by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.In his first Budget, he announced a business rates holiday for small businesses and leisure outlets that will see nearly half of all businesses not paying any rates at all over the next 12 months.The Budget included major initiatives to boost UK housebuilding. Included in the package is a £12bn, multi-year settlement to extend the Affordable Homes Scheme.There will also be an allocation of £1.1bn from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to build nearly 70,000 new homes in high demand areas across the country.In addition, a £400m fund will be made available to the eight Metro mayors to help build new homes on brownfield sites, while to help local authorities, interest rates on lending for social housing will be cut by 1%.Funding for Metro mayorsThe Metro mayors will also get new, London-style funding settlements, worth £4.2bn every year, and 22,000 civil service jobs will be moved out of central London to the regions.In a move that may dampen the prime central London real estate market, a stamp study surcharge for non-UK nationals will be introduced at 2% from 2021.There is an extra £650m to help rough sleepers into permanent accommodation and a £1bn new building safety fundto help remove dangerous cladding from buildings.The £30bn stimulus announced in the Budget is the same amount spent in 2009-10 to boost the economy after the financial crisis. According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, it is the biggest fiscal boost for 50 years.As well as tax relief for business and cash for the NHS, the Budget opens the door to a huge range of infrastructure spending, including £27bn on new roads.Spending is boosted, too, on science and research to £22bn a year – the highest percentage of GDP in nearly 40 years.Small business reliefA loan guarantee scheme is be launched for banks lending to small businesses up to £1.2m.Business rates will be scrapped for the next year for hospitality companies, venue owners, galleries and cinemas with a rateable value of up £51,000 to help cushion the blow from falling demand due to the coronavirus.The roughly 700,000 smaller businesses that already pay no business rates will instead receive a £3,000 cash grant worth £3bn.Reaction to the Budget has been largely positive.James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search said, “We welcome the steps the Chancellor has taken to improve the housing infrastructure and address the terrible homeless situation. But we would have liked to see more on housing in the Budget to help free up underused property.“We’re very pleased he hasn’t messed around with Stamp Duty; what UK buyers and sellers need is certainty. The 2% on non-resident buyers is generally digestible, it’s likely to impact London, but look at the land and property taxes that non-residents pay in other countries, and UK tax is relatively benign. We don’t believe it will have a detrimental effect on the market generally.“Improved investment in infrastructure is likely to create property hotspots as people are attracted by improved journey times and connectivity. But the benefits of these improvements are unlikely to be evident in the short term.”Lee Lucas, Principal at the Fashion Retail Academy, said, “The Chancellor’s announcement that business rates are to be abolished will be a huge shot in the arm to the British high street.“Retailers, who have been demanding cuts, will be celebrating today after the much needed announcement that the Chancellor will be slashing their bills.“It will be particularly welcome news for fashion retailers after a tricky few years battling intense pressure from online rivals and, now, the full impact of the coronavirus.”Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark, saidthe 2% stamp duty surcharge for overseas buyers would allow those in the UK to have a better chance of purchasing a home.“However, overseas buyers tend to purchase properties in prime central London which are completely unaffordable to most homebuyers anyway,” he said.“Ultimately, by energising surcharges, it is likely that purchasers will factor this additional cost into any offers they make on a property so prices may be pushed down in areas where overseas buyers are purchasing.”Business rate relief Rishi Sunak Budget 2020 housebuilding affordable homes brownfield sites stamp duty March 11, 2020Richard ReedWhat’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. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Chancellor unveils £30bn Budget spending boost previous nextRegulation & LawChancellor unveils £30bn Budget spending boostSunak launches massive £30bn stimulus package to boost UK economy including major boost for UK housebuilding.Richard Reed11th March 202002,323 Viewslast_img read more

Expanding hybrid agency bags regional Purplebricks LPE to join team

first_imgGrowing Somerset hybrid estate agency House Fox has opened up in three new territories after signing up regional representatives, including a former Purplebricks LPE.David Williams is now running its Winscombe, Banwell and Congresbury operation, Jake McCabb the area around Clevedon and James Cole its Burnham-on-Sea patch.Cole worked for Purplebricks for three years before joining House Fox.“We’ve got an edge on Purplebricks because although we have a similar model, we offer a fairer pricing structure and include photography in the price,” says founder Neil Urch.Regional partners“These three new regional partners now give us coverage from Highbridge in the south to Portishead in the north, although we’ve already bagged several listings in Bristol too.“We’ve taken on a big office after running the business initially from my house, and three admin staff to take all the phone calls.The company also has an apprentice starting next week and has just taken on board a full-time mortgage advisor as well as an existing part-time one, and a full-time photographer.“Our plan was to keep bolting on new areas and Covid delayed that – but it has helped too because it proved to agents that you can be successful without a high street branch – and also that in our area brands like Haart and Countrywide were slow to reopen,” says Urch.“Covid also made me and my business partner Stuart to realise that it was ‘now or never’ to fully commit to the business, invest in it more and really go for growth.”Visit House Fox.David Williams Jake McCabb James Cole House Fox Neil Urch purpelbricks July 29, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’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. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Expanding hybrid agency bags regional Purplebricks LPE to join team previous nextAgencies & PeopleExpanding hybrid agency bags regional Purplebricks LPE to join teamHouse Fox now covers a sizeable chunk of Somerset after co-founder decided to ‘fully commit’ to expanding the company after the housing market reopened.Nigel Lewis29th July 20200668 Viewslast_img read more

USS Ohio (Gold) Welcomes New Commanding Officer

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Ohio (Gold) Welcomes New Commanding Officer View post tag: Commanding View post tag: Ohio View post tag: welcomes View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS View post tag: Gold Guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) (Gold) welcomed a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony the Naval Undersea Museum March 9.Capt. Rodney Mills relieved Capt. Dixon Hicks.The ceremony came just three days after Ohio, with its Blue Crew aboard, returned to the Pacific Northwest following a 14-month forward deployment to Guam.“It was a rewarding and exciting third command tour,” said Hicks, who previously commanded the fast-attack submarines USS Topeka (SSN 754) and USS Portsmouth (SSN 707). “The crew I led accomplished a myriad of tasks and excelled at every mission.”Hicks, the Gold Crew’s commander since February 2010, guided Ohio through three operational periods during the boat’s most recent forward deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. He also oversaw Ohio’s third major maintenance period since its conversion to a guided-missile submarine.Hicks’ next assignment will be on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Submarine Warfare Division, as the branch head for platforms, payloads and budget.Mills, a 1988 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, comes to Ohio (Gold) from the staff of the Director of Naval Reactors, where he served as special assistant for personnel policy and training. He previously served as Gold Crew executive officer of the ballistic missile submarine USS West Virginia (SSBN 736) and commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764).Ohio-class guided-missile submarines provide the Navy with an unprecedented combination of strike and special operation mission capability within a stealthy, clandestine platform. Armed with tactical missiles and equipped with superior communications capabilities, SSGNs are capable of directly supporting dozens of special operation forces.Ohio and its sister SSGN, USS Michigan (SSGN 727), are homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor and forward deployed to Guam.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 15, 2012; View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Officer March 15, 2012 View post tag: New USS Ohio (Gold) Welcomes New Commanding Officer View post tag: Naval Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

US Navy Deploys Aware’s Mobile Biometric Solution

first_img View post tag: Defense View post tag: Mobile Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval September 13, 2013 View post tag: Biometric Equipment & technology Aware, Inc, a leading global provider of biometrics software and services, yesterday announced that the US Navy has deployed a mobile biometric solution supplied by Aware as part of the Navy’s Identity Dominance program.The solution includes a hardware-agnostic software application developed by Aware to operate on third-party ruggedized biometric capture devices. The application uses software APIs that are part of Aware’s COTS SDK product offerings, and provides a user interface designed specifically for use by military personnel in challenging environments. Aware also supplies the Navy with its Biometric Services Platform (BioSP), which is used by the Navy to centrally manage and update the software on the devices.The development of the software application was funded through multiple phases of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award initially won by Aware in 2010. As a key supplier to the program, Aware procures third-party hardware, installs and tests the software on the devices, and delivers a complete solution to the US Navy. The effort was an SBIR success story. This project led to the procurement of the first mobile biometric solution in the Department of Defense to achieve the status of “Program of Record,” and is one of a small number of Programs of Record for biometric solutions. Less than 5% of SBIR awards lead to a “Phase III” production stage, and many fewer lead to Programs of Record.“The successful Navy deployment represents a major achievement for our team, and demonstrates Aware’s ability to execute at several levels on large, complex projects,” commented Rob Mungovan, Vice President of Aware’s Biometrics and Imaging group. “We’re pleased to see the solution at work in the field, and look forward to future opportunities to leverage our deep expertise in mobile biometrics.”Aware will provide demonstrations of its software products in its booth at the Biometrics Consortium Conference and Technology Expo taking place September 17-19 in Tampa.[mappress]Press Release, September 13, 2013 View post tag: Deploys View post tag: solution View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Deploys Aware’s Mobile Biometric Solution View post tag: News by topic US Navy Deploys Aware’s Mobile Biometric Solution View post tag: US View post tag: awarelast_img read more

Dutch OPV nabs 406 kilos of cocaine in Caribbean Sea

first_img View post tag: Dutch Navy The Royal Netherlands Navy offshore patrol vessel HNLMS Friesland has seized 406 kilos of cocaine from a vessel in a joint operation with the Sint Maarten coast guard.The drugs were seized on Thursday after a suspect vessel was spotted by Friesland’s NH90 helicopter.According to the Dutch Navy, the intercepted vessel attracted attention due to its odd position and sailing behavior.Upon noticing the helicopter, the crew of the smuggling vessel started jettisoning packages overboard. The packages were picked up by the crew of the Holland-class OPV and were confirmed to contain cocaine. All of the seized drugs were subsequently destroyed.HNLMS Friesland is currently stationed in the Caribbean on a rotational deployment to Dutch overseas territories where it will stay until the end of November. In addition to drug control operations, the ship is also responsible for rescue operations and humanitarian aid. View post tag: HNLMS Friesland Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Dutch OPV nabs 406 kilos of cocaine in Caribbean Sea center_img Dutch OPV nabs 406 kilos of cocaine in Caribbean Sea Authorities August 17, 2018last_img read more

Contributing Faculty (MHS)

first_imgThe mission of The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciencesis the development of professional health care practitionersthrough innovation, individualized, and quality classroom,clinical, and distance education. GENERAL SUMMARYA contributing faculty member at the University of St. Augustinefor HealthSciences (USAHS) provides engaging clinically-focusedlearning opportunitiesfor students in the health scienceprofessions, through face-to-face, blended,and/or online deliverymethods.The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences seekscontributing faculty members to teach in our Master of HealthScience program. Courses are taught via the University’s onlineplatform (Blackboard).Faculty members educate USAHS students by effectively andproficiently using online technology and resources so thatknowledge, information, feedback, and critique are imparted tostudents in thoughtful, carefully formulated, well written, andtimely communications.Using instructional strategies appropriate for the course contentand the students’ academic level, faculty help learners develop adeep understanding of course content by blending technology andpedagogy; fostering reflection and inquiry in a manner that bindslearners in a collaborative learning communityESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESMaintains expertise in content areaPromotes student success through optimal studentengagement The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is an equalopportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against anyemployee or applicant for employment because of age, race,religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or nationalorigin. Reports student outcomes and uses this information for teachingand learning improvements Keeps course content current and as necessary, aligned withcourse consistency policy Assesses student performance onpapers/examinations/projectsCommunicates with program director (and course coordinator ifteaching a multi-section course) regarding student difficulties orissues that ariseEnsures consistent content and testing, if a multi-sectioncourseCompletes annual self-evaluation of teaching performance; setsgoals for improvement Recommends course improvements for upcoming semester OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESMay perform other duties andresponsibilities that management maydeem necessary from time to time.TRAVEL REQUIREMENTSSome travel may be required.POSITION IN ORGANIZATIONREPORTS TO: Academic Program DirectorPOSITIONS SUPERVISED: NoneTECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL, and PEOPLE SKILLS REQUIREDTo perform this job successfully an individual must be able toperformeach essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listedbelow arerepresentative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Incumbentswill be evaluated, in part, based onperformance of each essential function.Appropriate reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals withdisabilitiesto perform essential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCEExperience with distance learning preferred.Terminal degree preferred. Post- professional master’sdegree or clinical doctorate with demonstrated clinical expertisewith plans to obtain a terminal degree will be consideredPrior teaching experience preferred [could includeonline]Experience in scholarly activity preferredA minimum of 3 years of clinical experience in the area ofcourse content requiredWorking knowledge of educational theory and methodology Teaching Delivery/Learning Facilitation Skills: Manages small,large, blended, hybrid, and/or online classrooms, monitoring andensuring participation, managing one’s own and students’ time andattention effectively.Academic Discipline Expertise: Has sufficient credentials,industry expertise, and/or experience in the discipline to eachaccording to the standards and qualifications required. Communicates Effectively: Adapts oral and written communicationapproach and style to the audience and based on the message.Drives Engagement: Makes students feel welcomed, understood,and valued. Creates a learning environment that is compelling,challenging, and productive. LICENSURE and/or CERTIFICATIONFaculty Members must be appropriately credentialed, possess anearned degree from an accredited institution or recognized by acountry’s ministry of education in the discipline being taught, andbe licensed or license-eligible in order to teach in specificprograms.BUSINESS COMPETENCIESCommitted to Mission and Values – Has aclear understandingof institution’s mission and values. Has a passion forfacilitatinglearning and for enabling students to navigate their ownlearningjourney.Contribute Knowledge to the Discipline – Compelledby theopportunity to contribute through research, scholarshipprofessionalpractice or creativity.Accountable -Takes personalresponsibility for own goals andoutcomes to ensure student success.Establishes clear expectations,follows through on commitments to students andholds themaccountable for assignments and performanceCollaborative – Works cooperatively withothers across theinstitution and beyond, including the community andthroughpartnerships. Represents own interests while being inclusiveand fair toothers.Communicates Effectively – Adapts oraland writtencommunication approach and style to the audience and based onthemessage. Also listens attentively to others.Drives Engagement – Makes students feelwelcome, understoodand valued. Creates a learning environment that iscompelling,challenging and productive.Academic Discipline Expertise – Hassufficient credentials,industry expertise and/or experience in the disciplineto teachaccording to the standards and qualifications required.Education Design – Designs learningexperiences closelylinked to learning outcomes including lesson planning,design ofproject, work integrated, group learning experiences, orinteractivelearning objects. Has depth of expertise in pedagogy,andragogy and overalllearning effectiveness.Teaching Delivery/Learning FacilitationSkills – Managessmall, large, blended, hybrid and/or online classrooms,monitoringand ensuring participation, managing one’s own and students’timeand attention effectively.ADDITIONALCOMPETENCIESTo perform the job successfully, an individual shoulddemonstratethe following competencies to perform the essential functions oftheposition:Core Ethics and Values Committed to Mission and Values: Has a clear understanding ofinstitution’s mission and values. Has a passion for facilitatinglearning and for enabling students to navigate their own learningjourney. Completes all course management requirements to meet programdeadlinesPrepares and delivers course contentMonitors student progress; gives feedback as appropriateFacilitates student participation in learning activitiesServes as student-to-university liaison Technical Promotes professionalism by modeling such behaviors inside andoutside the classroom setting; promotes interprofessionaldialogCollaborates with necessary departments to support a positiveteam environmentUpholds University core values, policies and procedures Operationallast_img read more

African American Studies Adjunct Instructor (Rolling Pool)

first_imgIs any portion of this position grant-funded?No Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Remove from posting on or before Organizational Overview Position TypeAdjunct – Teaching Description of the Job Posting Details Working TitleAfrican American Studies Adjunct Instructor (Rolling Pool) -Master’s degree in African American Studies or a related fieldappropriate to the position. Additional Information Resource CriticalYes Job Code/TitleAJ – Adjunct Preferred Qualifications Job CategoryAdjunct – Teaching Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/99725 Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No Anticipated Hiring Range$1,144 per credit hourcenter_img Normal work days Position NumberJ00001 At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. The Department of African American Studies in the College ofHumanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University isrecruiting a pool of applicants for the 2020 fall and/or 2021spring/summer semesters for possible online adjunct teachingpositions. The Department of African American Studies will contactpersons in the pool whose credentials match our teaching needs inany given semester. This pool will be accessed only when an openingarises. Your credentials will remain active through June 2021.After that time, if you are still interested in adjunct teaching,you must reapply to the pool. Note, we are unable to hireapplicants who are not already in the pool. Required Qualifications -Doctorate in African American Studies or an advanced degree in arelated field appropriate to the position.-Lived experience and/or service that informs worldviews and/orperspectives about minority group status, to include race,ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability.-Experience with delivery of online instruction. Normal work hours CampusMonroe Park Campus Job Open Date07/28/2020 All applications should include the following submitted online viahttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/: 1) a vitae or resume and 2)“Other documents” include contact information for two professionalreferences. For information or questions about the position,contact A. Dae Newman at [email protected] For more informationabout the Department of African American Studies at VCU, visit ourwebsite at: https://afam.vcu.edu/. Only application materialssubmitted through vcujobs will be considered. Open Until FilledNo Hours/Week DepartmentAFAM Studies Sensitive PositionNo Special Instructions to Applicants Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsOther DocumentResumeCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationReference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2last_img read more

A penny for a show stopper

first_imgCharity by Sara Kreindler OFS Tuesday 21 –Saturday 25 October A Pembroke musical about financial crises? The irony got out of its seat and gave me a good slap round the face when I entered the theatre. Sara Kreindler, a loquacious Canadian studying at Pembroke, has written both the book and score for this show. Her talents composing are never thrown into question throughout the piece, but a plausible narrative unity is lacking here. The curtain opens on the meeting of a foreign aid charity. Its members are trying hopelessly to organise the most important event of the year, the Charity Ball. Conflict soon arises, as the committee splits into two, hurling abuse at each other through the camp medium of song. But ultimately, this is a story about that ol’ chestnut Love. More specifically, of Anita (Reina Hardy) and Ben (Richard Power). These two insecure, inexperienced souls refuse to admit their powerful attraction to one another, rendered paralysed by their shared fear of rejection. Anita worries that her strength and intelligence will alienate any man (how out-of-character for a girl to think that), whilst Ben contracts verbal dysentery when speaking to the opposite sex. Power plays Ben with an endearing humility and diffidence. Although his character is shy and unforthcoming, Power has a tremendous presence on stage, combining the naivety and ingenuousness of Jack Lemmon with the zeal and tenacity of a confident leading man. His voice is as strong as his acting, making him the highlight of this production. The relationship of Suzy and Trevor is explored, too. This is where my initial delight at the show turned to an uneasy dislike. Alice Shepherd, in the role of Suzy, lacked the necessary qualities to convince us of her character’s dissatisfaction with the sweet, but unexciting, Trevor. Suzy does not want her lover to be so thoughtful and caring. I began to cringe as Suzy launched into her lamenting “Why can’t you be wrong for me?” number; I’ve heard girls complain about guys being too sweet enough times without hearing it committed to music. Stop bloody complaining! Ahem. A bit about the staging. The OFS is set up in traverse, to accentuate the polarisation of the charity board: radicals against moderates, men against women. This opposition is achieved well, where many of the songs, whether politically- or ardently-driven, feature a tête-à-tête between man and woman. Christine Chung plays the femme fatale, Mavis, with seductive intensity that inveigles poor Trevor into her arms. And in ‘Farewell’, the intertwining of Anita and Ben’s vocals strongly suggests a gradual intimacy between the two. The music itself, however, is somewhat repetitious from song to song, with little stylistic variation. Vocally, the male leads outshone their female counterparts, most significantly, in their enunciation. Kreindler is very lyrically skilled, and the songs have a verbal playful quality. But on leaving the theatre, I was not sure what I had learnt from the show. Was the political element really necessary to drive the amorous plotline forward? Does charity really help us to change ourselves fundamentally? I was not convinced.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

Outrage over Union posters

first_imgBy Laura Pitel UNION President Luke Tryl has been forced to apologise for a “preposterous” publicity campaign that has been accused of discriminating against women.The series of posters, found in the entrance to the main Union building and put up in college JCRs, includes photographs of Jeremy Clarkson, Michael Howard, Trevor McDonald, Boris Johnson, Pierce Brosnan and Winston Churchill, but not a single female speaker.The posters have been condemned by women and womens’ groups across the University. Maegan Chadwick-Dobson, PR Officer for Oxford Women in Politics (Oxwip) said, “Oxwip are dissapointed that the Union has decided to advertise itself in this way.“As a society that was set up in 2004, partly in response to the Union’s lack of female speakers, we feel that these advertisements both neglect the women who have addressed the Union over the years and, furthermore, dissuade a new cohort of female talent from making their contribution to the Society.”OUSU Vice President (Women) Hannah Roe criticised one of the posters that advertised “world statesmen from only £99”. She said, “Benazir Bhutto (twice elected Prime Minister of Pakistan) was actually a Union President, so there should be more awareness that women are heads of state too.“Many organisations put special provisions in place to ensure that their diversity is part of their practices and old-fashioned cultures are changed, from the ‘Women’s networks’ of the ABC companies to the Ministers for Women in different governments. “At the very least, I imagine the Union will now write some kind of guidelines for their advertising,” she added.Third-year Wadham student Naomi Hirst tore down the poster she found in her JCR. “It’s a preposterous image, giving a false image of not only the Union but, by extension, the University. It’s irritating that this is the image of the University that freshers are presented with,” she said.Hirst is not a member of the Union herself and said that she felt “vindicated” after seeing the posters. “This justifies every reason why I didn’t join,” she said.Union President Luke Tryl described the incident as “a mishap and an oversight”. He said, “It certainly doesn’t represent any kind of institutional bias within the Union.“I apologise for the oversight: it was organised by a junior officer, not myself, and we will be putting it right in future poster campaigns. I’m very keen that the Union is open and accessible. Three of our officers are women and we have equal numbers of male and female members.”President Elect Emily Partington also defended the Union, saying, “These days people don’t have to worry about feeling subjugated. If you look at the termcard you can see that there are a lot of women involved in the Union.”She claimed that being a woman had not impeded her rise within the Society in any way. “I’ve had incredible support from of a lot the men and women involved in the Union,” she said. The Michaelmas termcard details 14 male and 14 female speakers due to speak.Prominent women who have spoken at the Union in the past include Mother Theresa, Cherie Booth and Judi Dench.last_img read more