University leaks names of bursary recipients

first_imgStudents receiving the Moritz-Heyman scholarship are given the maximum bursary from the University (partially funded by the Moritz-Heyman programme) as well a reduction in their tuition fees. They are also offered access to an exclusive internships.One second-year scholar said they were “astounded” to find out about the leak, despite the programme giving them “unparalleled support throughout (their) degree”.They said: “This was private information that had been entrusted to them and although I personally don’t feel any repercussions, I’m angered as a point of principle.“It was hopefully momentary, but still significant, lapse of competency among the team running the scholarship and a mistake that shouldn’t be taken too lightly”.In response to the leak, a spokesperson from the University told Cherwell: “We take data security very seriously and the incident has been reported to the University’s data security team.“The students involved received an apology as soon as we became aware of the error, and we have also updated our processes as a result of this incident.” A third year Moritz-Heyman scholar said: “Personally, I was not too fazed by the whole thing because I am relatively public about my back- ground and the tremendous help MH has been. However, I can assume that some people the leak was embarrassing and deemed as careless.”“Some students like me didn’t even notice the initial leak until the apology email was sent. So it probably more harm than good in some ways; however, in another light, the apology email did show that MH does seek to ensure the privacy of its scholars.”Another second year scholar said they “don’t feel affected by the breach”.Oxford SU have responded to the breach, telling Cherwell that “confidentiality in this situation is important”.They said: “It is for a student to choose whether they identify themselves as being from lower so- cioeconomic backgrounds and such information should never be shared without their consent.”This comes after Hertford accidentally shared the details of their unsuccessful applicants in January this year. The rejection email sent to 200 unsuccessful applicants contained personal information about the candidates.The parent of one of the candidates told The Telegraph: “It is disappointing enough to be rejected after three days of intensive interviews without having your rejection letter splashed all over the world to all and sundry.” The Moritz-Heyman Scholarship programme is offered to up to 175 incoming students each year. It is a purely financial scholarship, for which students are assessed on multiple factors, including whether they have a parental income of under £16,000 per year, their school’s Oxbridge rate, and socio-economic indicators in their postcode area.center_img University administrative officials accidentally leaked a confidential list of nearly 500 students receiving a bursary fund earlier this month.An email addressed to 483 Moritz-Heyman scholars did not follow regular email procedures, with all students being CC’d rather than BCC’d. It meant that the names of all bursary recipients were left visible.Soon after the initial email was sent, the administrative office fol- lowed up with an apology. “This morning you will have received an email from [email protected] … which did not follow normal email procedures,” they wrote.“Consequently all the email addresses were left visible. I am so sorry that this occurred and can assure you that this will not happen again.”last_img read more

Trade talks with China set for this week

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After back-and-forth trade wrangling President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping called a halt on new tariffs with the hope of productive trade talks set to start this week in Shanghai.Agriculture is watching.“All eyes will be on this week’s trade negotiations in China because reopening the door to one of the largest markets in the world is key to helping farmers get back on their feet,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “We wholly support the Administration’s efforts to stop unfair trade practices by China. Now, it’s time to write the next chapter in our trade relationship by eliminating tariff barriers.“American agriculture can compete with anyone in the world on a level playing field. I hope this week’s talks create that opportunity.”From 2017 to 2018, U.S. agricultural exports to China fell more than 50%, dropping to $9.1 billion. In 2014, U.S. agricultural exports to China exceeded $24 billion. From 2000 to 2017, U.S. agricultural exports to China increased by 700%.last_img read more

Passivhaus Institut Launches Online Training

first_imgThe Passivhaus Institut (PHI), headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, announced an online training program that could be the starting point for those who want to become designers and consultants.The video modules are available in English. They are designed as an introduction for beginners in Passivhaus design and as preparatory material for courses leading to certification as a Passive House designer or consultant, PHI said in its March 23 press release.“The Passive House principle is simple; however, a few details need to be kept in mind duringplanning, to ensure that the energy savings expected by building owners are actually assured,” PHI said.PHI’s three-tiered building standard includes limits on overall energy consumption, heat energy consumption, and air leakage through the building envelope. In a revised edition released last year, the standard also added new requirements for renewable energy in the “plus” and “premium” building categories.There are three introductory modules available for free — a good place to start for those who want a quick summary of what Passivhaus construction is about. The full course costs 195 euros (about $218 at current exchange rates).PHI also said that its e-learning program is a good way to prepare for workshops at the International Passive House Conference in Darmstadt on April 22 and 23. If you’re signed up for the conference, you’ll get a 100-euro discount on the course.last_img read more