May 13, 2021 Find out more News Reports Receive email alerts MexicoAmericas Follow the news on Mexico MexicoAmericas to go further News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Organisation Help by sharing this information News June 10, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Attacks on journalists mar Mexico’s elections Journalists were among the many victims of the violence that marred Mexico’s elections on 7 June. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to investigate attacks on media personnel and to ensure that they do not go unpunished. RSF_en Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state May 5, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say The Radiover news website reported that two of its journalists, Elena Anell and José Francisco García Reyes, were attacked in Xalapa, in the eastern state of Veracruz, while trying to cover alleged vote-buying by members of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).Unidentified individuals armed with a revolver broke the windshield of their car and seized their equipment, mobile phones, identity documents and other personal effects, Radiover said.The NGO Article 19 reported on the #RompeElMiedo network that there were a total of 27 aggressive acts towards journalists on 7 June, including theft of material, unjustified demands for the deletion of photos, threats, physical attacks and cyber-attacks on two websites. The #periodistas en riesgo network reported seven aggressive acts towards journalists.The election campaign – during which four candidates were murdered and major clashes occurred in several states including Oaxaca, Guerrero and Chiapas – also saw attacks on media personnel, especially by members of political parties.“Exposing corruption or fraud by political parties has become an act of bravery for journalists in Mexico, who risk not only being denied access to information but also being exposed to acts of intimidation, threats and even physical violence,” said Claire San Filippo, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk.“Anything seems to go in a country where there is a shocking level of collusion between officials and organized crime and where the judicial system is rarely available. We urge the authorities to quickly carry out investigations and bring the perpetrators to justice, and to provide appropriate protection to journalists who have been threatened.”Members of the National Action Party (PAN) attacked two reporters – Elizabeth Ibal Rocha of El Occidental and Fabiola Rosales of the Sol de México – on 4 June in Colima (in the western state of the same name), and tried to seize their equipment. The journalists told local media that they had been trying to interview people about motorcycles that were circulating with political propaganda on display.A reporter for the Mexico City-based newspaper La Reforma, who asked not to be identified, told Reporters Without Borders that he was attacked and beaten on the night of 29 May by members of the campaign staff of the PAN candidate for mayor in Huixquilucan, in the state of Mexico.He said they took his mobile phones and demanded that he delete photos of their candidate. La Reforma said an investigation has been opened by the office of the special prosecutor for crimes against freedom of expression.Speaking on condition of anonymity, other journalists also told Reporters Without Borders they had been the victims of violence. A woman journalist was sexually assaulted on 30 May in Veracruz while covering the final stage of candidate Erick Lagos’s campaign. It is impossible to say at this point if the assault was linked to her journalistic work.Reporters Without Borders has learned that another Veracruz-based woman journalist was threatened a week earlier in connection with her coverage of a PRI parliamentary candidate. She stopped writing about the candidate out of fear for her safety.Ranked 148th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Mexico was the western hemisphere’s deadliest country for media personnel in 2014, with a total three journalists killed in a clear connection with their work. A woman blogger was also murdered.
Reports MexicoAmericas MexicoAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF_en to go further Reporters Without Borders calls on officials to stop using social networks to discredit journalists. Media workers who investigate issues that can embarrass authorities are trying to carry out their responsibility to keep citizens informed. Social networks should be used for information – not for disinformation.The press freedom organization also expresses grave concern over threats to the administrator of the “Valor por Tamaulipas” Facebook page. These were launched in retaliation for the page’s work of informing readers about drug trafficking-linked violence that has ravaged the state since 2004, as cartels fight for territorial control.Founded on 1 January, 2012, the page has been telling its 169,000 followers “what is going on in this state,” the administrator told Reporters Without Borders. That information, according to the page, includes direct cooperation between state government and organized crime.On 13 February, 600,000 pesos, or $50,000, was offered for information that would identify the administrator or members of his or her family. The Facebook blogger told AFP that the threat may come from corrupt officials linked to the Zetas cartel.The page’s creator was already targeted by repeated threats carried on a Facebook page called “Antivalor por Tamaulipas”, created on 11 July, 2012, apparently by the Gulf cartel.For years, social networks have been the sole information sources on the cartel wars. Traditional media have declined – sometimes openly – to report on the atrocities growing out of drug trafficking. That policy, designed to protect journalists’ lives, followed the murders of several media workers. In Tamaulipas state, known in Mexico as a “zone of silence,” bloggers can pay with their lives for breaking it. María Elizabeth Macías, whose blog, “La Nena de Nuevo Laredo” reported on drug trafficking, was decapitated in 2011. Her remains were found on 24 September of that year.In this climate, Mario Anguiano Moreno, governor of the Pacific coast state of Colima said in January that the federal government had reached an agreement with state officials to not report on episodes of violence. The aim is to lessen citizens’ sense of insecurity.Reporters Without Borders cited recent cases in recommendations that will be considered during the Universal Periodic Review. The organization calls for a thorough overhaul of the judicial system, in order to combat impunity and provide real protection to journalists and bloggers. Authorities should also strengthen online security measures that protect personal information, so that social networkers do not put themselves in danger.Recommendations submitted by Reporters Without Borders to the UN Human Rights Council, which will examine the case of Mexico during the 17th Universal Periodic Review: Organisation Receive email alerts Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state News Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News Reporting on the realities of Mexican life still carries enormous risk. Against this backdrop, Reporters Without Borders submitted recommendations on 4 March to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (see document below), which will examine the case of Mexico during the 17th Universal Periodic Review (21 October – 1 November 2013).In the states of San Luis Potosí (north-center) and Tamaulipas (north-east), organized crime and local governments, the latter sometimes infiltrated by drug cartels, continue to threaten journalists and netizens who dare to report on violence and corruption linked to the drug trade, the press freedom organization reported.In San Luis Potosí, several journalists from Pulso, a regional daily, have been targeted in recent months by an anonymous hate campaign on social networks. A state government agency is apparently responsible, the newspaper reported on 19 February. Defamatory messages have been published on the anonymous Twitter accounts @zacahuilhuastec, @MaestraRevoluci, @EmprendedorSLP, @elena__morado, @grillopotosino. On 20 December 2012, Jaime Hernández López, the newspaper’s editorial coordinator, was directly attacked on a WordPress blog, for allegedly deficient ethics.Pulso has reported that the state Social Communication General Coordination Office, directed by Juan Antonio Hernández Varela, created the accounts. The aim was to discredit journalists, following the publication of articles that reported critically on the level of crime and other issues.The newspaper documented its reporting with a video (see below) on which Hernández Varela can be heard ordering colleagues to create false social network accounts in order to exploit the disruptive power of social networking to hit back at critics. Hernández Varela resigned on the 4th of March, without providing any official explanation. He was replaced by Roberto Naif Kuri. March 4, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Organized crime, local authorities threaten reporters and netizens News May 13, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico Related documents 2013_-_epu_mexique_eng.pdfPDF – 212.96 KB April 28, 2021 Find out more
News November 27, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom June 12, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders expressed concern today about the disappearance more than a month ago of William Quiwea, correspondent of the radio station Talking Drum Studio-Liberia, during attacks by rebels of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) movement in several provincial capitals. He was based in Zwedru, in the southwestern county of Grand Gedeh.The organisation called on the authorities on 9 April to make every effort to find him through a serious and impartial enquiry. “At a time when the population is the victim of widespread attacks by armed rebels, the government must take effective steps to ensure the safety of journalists, who are very valuable for Liberians,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard had said.Other journalists who vanished at the same time as Quiwea have since reappeared. Grody Dorbor, editor of The Inquirer newspaper, contacted his family on 9 April to say he had taken refuge on the Ivorian border. He has still not returned to Monrovia.Oscar Dolo and Nyahn Flomo, also local correspondents of Talking Drum Studio-Liberia, disappeared in the rebel areas but turned up in a forest in Nimba county on 15 April and then returned to Monrovia. Government troops had reportedly harassed them as they fled the fighting. They seized their motorcycles and are still demanding $200 for them to be returned. The journalists said however they had not been harmed physically by either government or rebel forces. LiberiaAfrica to go further Follow the news on Liberia May 6, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist missing for more than a month RSF_en Organisation Help by sharing this information News Reports LiberiaAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists Receive email alerts
Local NewsEducation Permian band, orchestra spend night in Abilene airport after weather diversion Pinterest OCA top 2 were ESL students Twitter Pinterest Home Local News Education Permian band, orchestra spend night in Abilene airport after weather diversion Permian Band, Orchestra logos wide.jpg Facebook Facebook Permian Orchestra Twitter. The Permian High School Band and Orchestra hit a weather snag on their way back to Odessa, but should now be home.The group of a little more than 150 people, including chaperones, took a charter flight to Chicago to perform “The Star Spangled Banner” during a White Sox game Saturday and do some sightseeing and other activities.When thunderstorms hit the region Sunday night and early Monday morning, the group wound up staying the night in the Abilene Regional Airport baggage claim area. The Miami Air Flight Crew and Greenlight Group Tours tried to get the group back to Midland, but they couldn’t.Director of Bands Jeff Whitaker said there were 149 people on the way home because some had extended their vacations, or taken other transportation options.About 9 a.m. Monday, busses from Ector County Independent School District were on hand to pick everyone up. Whitaker said he called Director of Transportation Roger Cleere about 2:30 a.m. Monday.Whitaker said Cleere has gotten them out of binds many times. He wanted to make sure the drivers got enough sleep before making the trip to Abilene, so he didn’t call them right away.“He’s a good guy,” Whitaker said of Cleere. “He didn’t even blink an eye. It was almost like he was excited he could help.”In a social media post, Orchestra Director Todd Berridge said the Abilene Regional Airport staff and the Abilene Police Department stayed with the group and even set up cots.Berridge wrote that the City of Abilene also provided Shipley Do-Nuts.And Whitaker said the restaurant upstairs opened and fed everyone at no charge.More Information WhatsApp By admin – June 4, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp Registration set for engineering camp Previous articleGeorgia man dead after Reeves County rolloverNext articleDAILY OIL PRICE: June 4 admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Noel earns award Smoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay
Facebook NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– Twenty-four female executives of some of the biggest companies in the Americas have been identified as having the leadership traits for top-level executive management positions. The WeQual Awards ( wequal.com/awards ) recognise outstanding women in senior roles. WeQual’s mission is to tackle the slow progress in appointing women to executive positions. Since its creation, 35% of the winners of previous WeQual Awards in the UK, EMEA and the Americas have been promoted to the executive committees of major global companies. “This is our second year of running the awards in the region and we continue to be impressed by the sheer quality of the women leaders that we are finding in the Americas,” says Katie Litchfield, founder and CEO of WeQual. “We have to keep our foot on the throttle with gender — and incorporate diversity — to make sure that all companies are looking at leaders from all backgrounds. Equality is really what WeQual is all about. The Americas finalists are from a wide range of sectors and companies, including ABB Ltd, Analog Devices, AstraZeneca, BlackRock, Capital One, CGI, CIBC FirstCaribbean, Comcast, Diageo, FIS, HSBC, IBM, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Marriott International, Morgan Stanley, Prologis, ServiceNow, SiriusXM, TELUS, Kellogg Company, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo. The 24 finalists in eight categories were assessed against specific criteria: Leadership, Cognitive Ability, Drive & Resilience, Integrity, Emotional Intelligence, Personal Development, Approach to Equality, and Knowledge of the Business. All candidates were assessed blind with no name or company revealed in their application. Eight executive judges will hold 30-minute interviews with the three finalists in their category before choosing a winner. The categories are: Business Security, Business Transformation, Business Turnaround, Commercial Innovation, Finance, Leadership Excellence, Operational Performance, Technological Impact. The winners will be announced in March 2021. Among supporters of the awards are: Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chair of Mastercard and Global Chair of the gender equality campaign group ‘30% Club’; Sir Ian Cheshire, Chairman of Barclays; Dame Inga Beale of Mediclinic; and Ron Kalifa OBE of Network International. This senior group of 24 executives will become members of the WeQual Club and join the existing 96 senior FTSE and Fortune 500 female executives. (Ends) Notes to editors The eight assessment questions are based on the latest psychology, neuroscience and leadership research, with a WeQual twist – to identify the necessary factors and characteristics of top leaders. About WeQual WeQual’s mission is to make businesses more inclusive by identifying exceptional women executives and addressing the gender imbalance across the world’s Executive Committees. Katie Litchfield, Founder and CEO of WeQual, devised the new platform that calls for women senior executives to build their case as to why they deserve to be appointed to the Executive Committee. The 24 finalists for WeQual Awards 2021 for the Americas: Business Security category Kara Hill, Global Corporate Chief Information Officer and Transformation Lead, FIS Noopur Davis, EVP, Chief Product and Information Security Officer, Comcast Polly Klane, Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel, Corporate, Commercial & Governance, Capital One Financial Corporation Business Transformation category Amy Peterson, Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Transformation, Wells Fargo Wealth & Investment Management Cristina Duran, Chief Digital Health Officer R&D, AstraZeneca Juggy Sihota, Vice President, Consumer Health, TELUS Business Turnaround category Lisa Vincent, Senior Vice President, Operational Excellence, Prologis Paula Costa, Marketing Vice President, Diageo PUB region – Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil Sherry Williamson, Vice President, Global Quality and Food Safety, Kellogg Company Commercial Innovation category Maria Belvisi, SVP and Head of Research and Early Development, Respiratory & Immunology, BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca Regina Fritsche Danielson, SVP and Head of Research and Early Development Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Diseases, AstraZeneca Christina Montgomery, Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer, IBM Finance category Fay Sien Goon, Chief Accounting Officer, ServiceNow Felitia Lee, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, Marriott International Monique French, Chief Credit Officer, CIBC FirstCaribbean Leadership Excellence category Heather Cykoski, Group Vice President, ABB Ltd Stephanie Mango, Senior Vice President and Business Unit Leader, CGI Federal Tracy Castle-Newman, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Operational Performance category Maria McPadden, Digital Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Bank Sarah Rombom, Global COO, Aladdin Product Group, BlackRock Terecina Kwong, Chief Operating Officer, HSBC Europe, HSBC Technological Impact category Dorcia Jolliff, Vice President & Chief Information Officer – Lockheed Martin Space, Lockheed Martin Corporation Jennifer Lloyd, Vice President, Precision Technology and Platforms BU, Analog Devices Sruta Vootukuru, Senior Vice President, Streaming Distribution and Partnerships, SiriusXM View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005516/en/ CONTACT: Elka Requinta [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA NEW YORK INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES WOMEN OTHER TECHNOLOGY SOURCE: WeQual Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Manakin/iStock(HONOLULU) — A pilot flying a 1950s-era fighter jet as part of a military exercise has been rescued in the waters off of Honolulu after his aircraft crashed into the ocean Wednesday.The airplane’s crash and the pilot’s rescue were captured on photos and videos posted on social media.“Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is confirming a Hawker-Hunter aircraft operated by a civilian contractor has crashed into the ocean five miles south of Sand Island at approximately 2:28 p.m., today,” said a statement from the military base located in Honolulu, Hawaii.“The contractor ejected safely, and was initially rescued by a private sailboat then transferred to a U.S. Coast Guard vessel,” said the statement.“Federal Fire responded and City and County EMS was dispatched to Sand Island to treat and transport the patient to a hospital,” it continued. “Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam does not have further details of the pilot’s condition at this time.”Sand Island is located east of the Honolulu airport and west of downtown Honolulu.The pilot was flying the 1950s-era British-made fighter jet as part of the Sentry Aloha exercises being hosted by the Hawaii Air National Guard at the base.That exercise has been temporarily suspended in the wake of the accident.Images posted on social media show the pilot parachuting from the aircraft at a low altitude before it crashed into the water.The Hawker Hunter aircraft was likely participating in the exercise as an enemy aircraft in simulated fighter exercises.That role used to be handled by military pilots, but increasingly the U.S. military is contracting out that role to private companies that operate dated military aircraft.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock(TEMPE, Ariz.) — Police released body cam footage on Friday of a shooting from earlier in the week in which a 14-year-old was shot and killed while running away from a Tempe Police Department officer. The video shows the teen — who ended up being armed with a replica airsoft gun instead of an actual gun — with his back to the officer and at the far end of an alley when he’s shot.The boy, Antonio Arce, was allegedly breaking into a car in the central Arizona city when a police officer responded to the scene Tuesday afternoon.The video shows the officer, identified by police as Joseph Jaen, walk into a dirt alley where the teen was inside a gray Chevy pickup. He pulls out his gun and hides behind a trash can before calling “hey” to Arce.The teen flees in the opposite direction of Jaen as he steps out from behind the trash bin.Jaen runs past the truck, sees Arce and shouts, “Let me see your hands!”The officer opens fire with two shots just seconds later.“One of those rounds struck the suspect in the scapula area,” Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir said at a press conference where the footage was released.The video clearly shows the teen running away from the officer at a distance, an apparent contradiction to what Tempe Police Sgt. Ronald Elcock said Tuesday: “The suspect turned toward the officer, at which time the officer perceived a threat and fired his service weapon.”Arce continued running after he struck, at which point Jaen radios dispatch and says, “He’s got a handgun.”Jaen reaches the end of the alley at which point the body cam released by the police department ends before showing Arce’s body. Moir said the officer found the suspect “lying between the sidewalk and the street,” and radio traffic from Jaen to dispatch reveals, “I’m not shot, the suspect is, and it looks like he’s not breathing anymore.”Officers began CPR, and he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.“If they want to tarnish my son, they are wrong,” Sandra Gonzalez, Arce’s mother, told Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV-TV through a translator on Wednesday. “Apart from the fact that they killed him, they want to destroy him. No, I won’t allow it — I want justice.”The family had not seen the body camera footage at the time.Jaen has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting.“I just know he’s doing better, and he’s in a better place now,” his brother, 14-year-old Jason Gonzalez, told KNXV-TV. “I mean, the police officer has a Taser gun, right? I mean, why not shoot a Taser at him? He sees a young boy. My brother wouldn’t shoot. I know he wouldn’t shoot.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Revised code on pay parity gets the green lightOn 18 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today The revised Code of Practice on Equal Pay has received parliamentaryapproval and will come into force on 1 December 2003. The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) code explains employers’obligations on equal pay and has been revised to take account of new law andrecent equal pay case decisions. Julie Mellor, chair of the EOC, said: “It’s down to employers now tocheck that their pay system is fair and that they are complying with the EqualPay Act. “The revised code will help them make sure that they are rewardingcompetence and performance. This is in the best interests not only of theirstaff but also their investors.” The code provides practical guidance on how to ensure pay is determinedwithout sex discrimination and is available from the EOC’s website. While the code is not legally binding, an employment tribunal could takeinto account an employer’s failure to act on its provisions. www.eoc.org.uk Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
If you’re unable to upload any of the requested documents/statements to upload, please email them to [email protected] Overview:Teaches, advises and mentors students, evaluates studentperformance, and maintains department and student records inaccordance with university policies. Adheres to the educationalphilosophy of the university. Works in a collaborative manner withcolleagues and professional peers. Participates in universitymeetings that relate specifically to faculty. Serves on department,college, and university committees as requested. Preparesdepartmental reports as requested. Engages in teaching, service,and scholarly and/or creative activities as defined by the tenureand promotion policy in the UCO Employee and FacultyHandbook.The Humanities program offers an interdisciplinary approach to thestudy of aesthetics, art, film, literature, philosophy, andreligion from diverse cultures across history. The Humanities andPhilosophy department consists of nineteen full-time facultymembers. The department offers BA degrees in Humanities andPhilosophy, minors in Humanities, Philosophy, and ReligiousStudies, and an MA degree in Liberal Studies. Humanities facultyrepresent the many facets of the discipline, embodying in theirteaching and research the interdisciplinary nature of the field.Humanities is a component of the university’s corecurriculum.Department Specific Essential Job Functions:Humanities professors teach introductory humanities survey courses,which focus on cultural histories and aesthetic analysis ofartistic media and ideas, as well as upper-level undergraduate andgraduate (MA) courses in several areas of the discipline. Inaddition to teaching the humanities survey courses, the successfulapplicant will be expected to teach courses in their area ofspecialty. The typical course-load is 4/4 with additional serviceand research expectations. Applicants must be willing to teach in avariety of instructional formats as appropriate (face-to-face,hybrid, online).Submission Requirements : Online application to include: 1)CV; 2) a cover letter, 3) a statement of teaching philosophy (1page describing your approach to teaching undergraduates), and 4) adiversity statement (1 page explaining how you could contribute toongoing department efforts to move towards a more diverse andinclusive curriculum) 5) unofficial transcripts for all graduatedegrees; 6) three confidential letters of reference. Pleaseinstruct senders of confidential letters of reference to email themto [email protected] . The letterswill be uploaded to your applications file.Preferred deadline: December 14, 2020ATTENTION CANDIDATES: All faculty searches at the University ofCentral Oklahoma have been paused while further review is conductedby Academic Affairs. We apologize for this inconvenience. We hopeto resume our search as soon as possible.QualificationsExperience Required:A completed PhD in Art History, Visual Culture, or a relateddiscipline, from a regionally accredited or internationallyrecognized college or university by beginning of appointment.Experience Preferred:Ability to diversify the curriculum, including but not limited to aspecialty in non-western, transnational, diasporic, or indigenousvisual culture. Demonstrated ability to use interdisciplinarymethods in teaching courses that incorporate a mix of ideas,literature, film, music, visual or performing arts. Experienceteaching a diverse student bodyKnowledge/Skills/Abilities:Competence in a modern language desirable for potentialdepartmental study tours.Physical Demands:Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) maybe made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities toperform essential functions.
Oxford Migrant Solidarity hung a banner of solidarity from the Bridge of Sighs on November 23, as an act to demand equal access to education for migrant students and end complicity in the Home Office’s Hostile Environment policy. The university recently announced a refugee scholarship, decided upon in the education committee’s October meeting, a move which follows the creation of a set of student-led initiative to pilot refugee scholarships in 2016. A university spokesperson earlier commented: “The university is now working with interested parties to create a longer-term sustainable scheme to support students who are forced migrants. We hope to launch this new scholarship later in the academic year,” adding that the pilot scheme would remain open until the new programme is launched. “We’re doing this direct action to call attention to the university’s discriminatory access policy towards students with unsettled status, so that includes people with temporary or limited leave to remain,” said Philomena Willis, chair of Oxford Migrant Solidarity. In a list of demands, Oxford Migrant Solidarity said the university had to “classify students with unsettled status as home students for fees purposes,” as well as “provide a comprehensive advice page on its website for students seeking information about their immigration status,” and that it had to commit to “never invite Immigration Enforcement onto its premises.” The action followed a rally a week earlier, organised in collaboration with the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign, the Oxford Living Wage Campaign and the student union Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality (CRAE) as well as the student union Disabilities Campaign. The event aimed to present the demands to the Vice-Chancellor, Louise Richardson, and to “rally for intersectional justice”. The group said they had spoken to student immigration authorities and were trying to set up a meeting with staff immigration authorities, especially given the impact Brexit might have on the future of migrant staff in Oxford. The banner drop, which took place at 12 pm, was a coordinated event with other universities across the country, including York, Loughborough and Liverpool among others. However, after less than fifteen minutes the students removed the banner, following a request from the domestic bursar of Hertford College, which owns the Bridge of Sighs. Wills called the new scholarship “a great step in the right direction,” but said this was contradicted by the fact that “students with unsettled status are still charged international student fees and there’s just an overall lack of financial administrative support.” Students with unsettled status or limited leave to remain face issues due to the ‘Hostile Environment’ policy, a measure first introduced in 2010 to make remaining in the UK as difficult as possible for migrants, which Wills says has been achieved through issues such as unsafe accommodation and a lack of job opportunities. Wills added: “We’re calling on the university to change its policy because if it’s really dedicated to access it has to ensure that they include migrant students as people who are systemically discriminated and targeted by the Home Office and the Hostile Environment.”