Land Rover sales boost Tata Motors

first_img Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 15 February 2011 8:03 pm Land Rover sales boost Tata Motors DEMAND for luxury four-by-four cars is booming, according to sales figures from Jaguar Land Rover parent Tata Motors published yesterday.Global sales at Land Rover, where top-notch Range Rover models retail for up to £86,000, jumped 30 per cent in January compared with January 2009, to 17,321 cars.Jaguar sales climbed more slowly, rising three per cent in January to 3,056 worldwide, resulting in an overall 25 per cent hike in luxury brand car sales year-on-year.The growth far outstripped Tata Motors’ overall global car sales, which rose 16 per cent to 98,998 in January. Sales of passenger vehicles rose 17 per cent to 53,183 cars.The figures follow Tata Motors’ third-quarter results last Friday that showed 22 per cent revenue growth and a 58 per cent jump in operating profit in the three months to December 31, compared with the same quarter in 2009.Jaguar Land Rover “continued to show strong profitability”, the company said in the results statement, making £275m profit after tax as the market improved and customers snapped up its new designs.” Tata Motors is India’s biggest carmaker with $20bn (£12.5bn) revenues in 2009. Read This Next’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap4 ideal Zion Williamson trade scenarios from the New Orleans PelicansSportsnautRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapRick Leventhal to Exit Fox News Just as His Wife Kelly Leaves ‘RealThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap’In the Heights’ Underwhelms at Box Office With $11.4 Million DebutThe WrapJason Whitlock, Former ESPN and Fox Sports Reporter, Resurfaces at BlazeThe WrapFox News’ Mark Levin Says Capitol Riot Suspects ‘Would Be Treated Better’The Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap whatsapp whatsapp Share KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Truworths Limited ( 2017 Annual Report

first_imgTruworths Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Truworths Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Truworths Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Truworths Limited (  2017 annual report.Company ProfileTruworths Limited in Zimbabwe is part of Truworths International; an investment holding company that retails casual-wear clothing, footwear and fashion accessories in branded stores located in the major towns and cities of Zimbabwe. The company sells fashionwear and accessories under different brand names, including Daniel Hechter, Truworths Man, Ginger Mary, Zeta Inwear, Identity and LTD. Truworths brands are also sold through specialist retail outlets such as YDE, Uzzi, Earthaddict, Earthchild and Naartjie. The boutique range of accessories sold by Truworths includes watches, sunglasses, fragrances and gift ideas. Truworths Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Why I think this multi-bagging stock could bag again in the years ahead

first_img Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 11th March, 2020 | More on: BREE Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images FTSE AIM 100 construction materials company Breedon (LSE: BREE) has been growing revenue, earnings and cash flow like mad over the past few years. But there’s always been one glaring omission from the financial figures – no shareholder dividends!Happily, the directors have finally decided to right that wrong. They plan to adopt a progressive dividend policy starting with a maiden payment. They will declare this with the 2021 interim results – hurrah!5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Great figures (again)Once again, the figures in today’s full-year results report look good. And that’s the kind of outcome we’ve become used to from the firm. Chief executive Pat Ward describes in the report the company’s “10 years of successful and profitable growth.”Revenue rose by 8% compared to the prior year, underlying earnings per share also elevated by 8%, and net debt eased back by almost 6.6%. All the indicators appear to be moving in the right direction.Breeden runs a large operation covering the UK and Ireland, involving two cement plants and an “extensive” network of quarries, asphalt plants, and ready-mixed concrete plants. It also produces slate, concrete and clay products, and engages in contract surfacing and highway maintenance operations. In October last year, Breedon acquired a company called Roadway and, in December, it formed a “strategically important” joint venture in London with Brett, trading as Capital Concrete.After the year-end, the firm also agreed to acquire a portfolio of “high-quality” assets from CEMEX in the UK, which the directors reckon will “substantially strengthen” Breedon’s network in Britain and develop the firm’s platform for further growth.Meanwhile, the acquisition pipeline is “robust”, the directors said. And looking ahead, they think the firm is well placed to benefit from the UK government’s intention to increase investment in the nation’s infrastructure.Shorter-term road bumps aheadHowever, there are a couple of potential shorter-term road bumps that could affect performance. Namely, Brexit and Covid-19 coronavirus. The firm’s contingency plan for Covid-19 focuses on the health and wellbeing of employees, “whilst seeking to minimise the disruption to the business.” And, regarding Brexit, the company’s operations are mainly local and the products and supply chains don’t generally cross national borders. However, with operations in cement and bitumen, the firm does import into the UK from the EU.However, Ward said: “I am confident that we will make further progress in 2020 and beyond.” Meanwhile, City analysts have pencilled in a low, double-digit percentage increase in earnings for 2020. And with the share price near 90p, the forward-looking earnings multiple is just above 16.That’s quite a rich valuation. But the business has been growing fast, and I’m keeping a close eye on Breedon because it may make an attractive long-term investment.Indeed, this multi-bagging stock could bag again in the years ahead. Why I think this multi-bagging stock could bag again in the years ahead See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more

Cow embryos auction raises £22,000 for hospice

first_img Howard Lake | 25 June 2018 | News Tagged with: auction Northern Ireland Cattle breeders have rallied around a Northern Ireland boy fighting a rare illness by putting valuable cow embryos up for sale in an unusual auction that has raised £22,000 for charity.The British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) hosted the charity auction in Ballymena last month where proceeds from the sale of two Limousin embryos will be donated to the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.Eight-year-old Andrew McFarland is living with a rare neurodegenerative condition – a variant form of Late Infantile Batten Disease (CLN5) which causes blindness, complex epilepsy, loss of mobility and the ability to communicate. The auction raised the funds for the charity after Howard McFarland, who runs the Rahoney Herd in Trillick, donated the embryos in recognition of the care his nephew Andrew receives.Other farming members of the BLCS rallied behind the McFarland family and donated embryos that were sold at another auction in Carlisle recently. The combined effort, which includes a JustGiving page, has raised £22,000 to date.The McFarland family thanked the BLCS members, not only by the outstanding donations but also from the willing purchasers and those who gave up their time in the planning and preparation of the fundraising events.“The entire family circle is totally amazed by the kindness and generosity shown by so many at the auctions held at Carlisle and Ballymena in support of the NI Children’s Hospice, we deeply appreciate the support received from The British Limousin Cattle Society and its members,” Andrew’s father Graham said.Image: British Limousin Cattle Society AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7  122 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7  121 total views,  1 views today Cow embryos auction raises £22,000 for hospice Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

First Wine and Wassail Walk to be held in Bluebonnet Circle

first_imgReturn of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s TCU 360 Staff Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Facebook ReddIt TCU 360 Staff ReddIt TCU 360 Staff Linkedin Previous articleNo. 23 TCU blitzes Belmont early, 87-76Next articleMaking a list and checking it twice: SGA’s budget for Christmas tree lightings TCU 360 Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts Behind the runway: One TCU student’s experiences at Fashion Week Twittercenter_img Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices Twitter TCU 360 Staff Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Facebook TCU 360 is an official, student-produced product of the School of Journalism at Texas Christian University. Pantone: Color of the year 2020 printResidents and guests of the 109 can enjoy cookies, cocoa and cocktails at Bluebonnet Village’s first Wine and Wassail Walk.The holiday-themed event will take place on Dec. 2 from 2-4 p.m. at Bluebonnet Circle. Bluebonnet Village has hosted holiday events in the past, but this will be the first time it will incorporate wine and wassail samples into the event, said Angie Watts, president of the Bluebonnet Place Neighborhood Association.Guests who purchase a $10 collectible wine glass will receive a  ticket for wine and appetizer samples from local businesses around the circle. Guests may also purchase a $5 cup to get hot wassail and one free appetizer.Local businesses will have tables set up around the circle and artisans will have work that guests can purchase.“I expect this one to be the biggest event as far as engaging all the businesses around the circle and having people move around the circle,” Watts said. Guests will be able to take photos with Santa Claus in the park, Watts said. (Photo courtesy of Bluebonnet Village.)In Bluebonnet Park guests can listen to live music while enjoying free cookies and hot chocolate. A photo booth will also be in the park to allow guests to take holiday-themed pictures. City Councilwoman Anne Zadeh and Santa Claus are also expected to make an appearance at the event. “It’s open for everybody,” said Watts. “Anybody could just walk up and join in.” The event is being hosted by Bluebonnet Village, a non-profit organization that focuses on engaging the community and creating a shared vision for the circle, according to the Bluebonnet Village website. The money raised from the purchase of the wine and wassail cups will go toward creating a revitalization plan for Bluebonnet Circle and park, said Watts. When the plan is finalized, it will be presented to larger organizations who may be willing to donate money for the purchase of a water fountain or pavilion in the park, Watts said.  Val Arnett, who owns Junker Val’s Antiques, Vintage Junk and Jewelry Store, said she wants the event to bring new customers to her business. “I hope people will come right around the corner to their own neighborhood,” she said. “People who don’t know about it, will come and see what it’s all about.” Watts said she hopes the event will bring people together and encourage them to spend more time at the circle.“We have so many different people that are at different places in their life, but everybody loves the circle,” she said. “We need to see that we are a community and we care for each other.” For more information about the Wine and Wassail walk, visit the event’s Facebook page. Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Linkedin TCU 360 Staff read more

Israeli authorities close Palestinian media centre in East Jerusalem

first_img May 16, 2021 Find out more RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday morning’s decision by the Israeli internal security ministry to shut down the Palestinian media centre. Follow the news on Israel News May 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Israeli authorities close Palestinian media centre in East Jerusalem WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information News RSF_en to go further May 28, 2021 Find out more News June 3, 2021 Find out more News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday morning’s decision by the Israeli internal security ministry to shut down the Palestinian media centre that had been set up in the East Jerusalem district of Sheikh Jarrah in advance of the Pope’s visit.“We urge the Israeli authorities to rescind this decision, which constitutes a violation of press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said.The media centre was a temporary one that had been installed in a conference room of the Hotel Ambassador to provide documentation to local and foreign journalists covering the Pope’s visit to the Holy Land. It had begun operating on 10 May with two news conferences in which political and religious leaders criticised Israeli policies.The head of the media centre, Ahmad Ar-Ruweidi, said that although the centre was temporary, its closure was “illegal” and represented an “intensification of Israel’s prohibition of Palestinian civil society.” He added that he was seeking legal advice.Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Jerusalem yesterday afternoon after visiting Jordan. His first visit to the Holy Land is to last three days. Most of the holy sites he is scheduled to visit are located in East Jerusalem, which Israel has occupied since the 1967 Six-Day War and which it regards as its “eternal” capital. Its formal annexation in 1981 is not recognised by the international community. Organisation IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alertslast_img read more

Options for Learning Names New CFO

first_img Subscribe STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Dominic Alpuche. Photo courtesy Options for LearningA nonprofit organization dedicated to child development and early education has announced the selection of a new chief financial officer.Dominic R. Alpuche has been tapped for the CFO position, Options for Learning said in a written statement. He joined the organization on Sept. 28.“With more than 20 years in grant management and financial administration, Alpuche has extensive experience in administering federal, state and local agency grants, as well as foundation grants,” the statement said. “His collaborative and forward-thinking management style will be an asset to the Options for Learning team.”Alpuche previously served as director of finance and senior fiscal officer at the UC San Diego’s Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, where he “stabilized the organization’s financial structure and funding by evaluating resources and allocating staff more efficiently, allowing ADCS to take on additional clinical trials and research efforts,” according to the statement.“He also administered internal financial policies and procedures for $90 million in project funding with annual expenditures of $30 million; negotiated contracts to leverage the agency’s purchasing power; and oversaw financial operations, including short- and long-term budgeting and strategic planning,” the statement continues.He’s also served as chief business officer at the USC’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, as well as assistant director of business technology for the Center for Urban Education. He also served as assistant director of budgets and compliance for the TRiO Programs and School for Early Childhood Education.Alpuche holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy management from USC and a master’s degree in business administration, accounting, and finance from the Florida Institute of Technology, according to Options for Learning.Options for Learning serves the San Gabriel Valley, Whittier, Pomona Valley, and Northeast Los Angeles areas.The organization is dedicated to “helping families improve their lives by providing students, families, and child care providers the tools to create a positive foundation for school, social and life success,” the statement said. Make a comment Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News People Options for Learning Names New CFO STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, October 5, 2020 | 3:28 pm 44 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Wear Just Anything If You’re The President’s DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Community News More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more


first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article This week’s lettersAbsentees will not co-operate The Information Commission’s Records Management Code will damage absencemanagement (News, 10 September). Although around 90 per cent of employees will gladly give permission fortheir employer to keep sickness data, the 10 per cent displaying unacceptablelevels of absence will not. It is this 10 per cent that we need to continue tomonitor and control. It will be an admin burden for HR that would fail to address the problem inthe end. Levels of absence will duly increase. Andrea McPherson Personnel officer, Amer Sports UK Hands tied over sick level cuts I would be interested in the Information Commission’s advice on how we canmonitor absence while avoiding coming into conflict with disabilitydiscrimination laws? We will certainly have to request far more medical reports than arepresently necessary. Also, being able to monitor sickness specifically by type is a useful way tostudy health problems in any particular area, such as flu viruses. Does theInformation Commission suggest we ignore the potential risk to other employees?I am convinced that without the ability to monitor sickness, it wouldcertainly prove more difficult for employers to be proactive in reducingsickness levels. Jan Caulfield Personnel officer, Billericay Dental Supply Proposals a path to schizophrenia What a nonsense on sick pay absence. Normally, like most in the profession,one stoically adapts to such changes without comment. As far as I understand it we are not only allowed to keep detailed recordsof sickness for Statutory Sick Pay purposes, but are also required to by law,as evidence that we comply with SSP-related legislation. Does this mean that HR doesn’t get access to these from the payrolldepartment without the express permission of the individual? I’ll have toremind myself in future because I manage both functions. Mike Sveikutis Personnel officer, Selectus Staff gifts can be a real turkey A poorly selected gift for employees can cause long-term staff demotivation(Guru, 10 September). Lady Archer’s former PA, Jane Williams, has taken her to employment tribunalfor alleged unfair dismissal. Williams claimed that Archer presented her with an inch of flat champagnefrom a previously opened bottle on her birthday and a designer watch fromCalvin Klein – with ‘Made in China’ etched on the back. She labelled the gifts”insulting and embarrassing”. Their relationship continued to deteriorate until Archer dismissed Williamslast year. The case highlights that employers that give inappropriate gifts do moreharm than good. Staff should be given the freedom to choose their own gifts, instead ofbeing subjected to watches, pens or Christmas turkeys. Jonathan Haskell Managing director, PC policing taken much too far Yasmin Shai’s letter (3 September) issue regarding the use of the phrase‘bastard child’ demands a response. Surely there are far greater issues toaddress? I am a bastard child. I was well brought up to work hard, do my best and behonest and truthful. I do not take offence at phrases such as bastard child,four-eyed freak, or any such other insult. I do not know anyone in myneighbourhood who does. We are so careful now to be politically correct we are all in danger oftripping over our tongues. We should not have to examine every word or actionfor fear of inviting a law suit. The way in which a term is used, and its implication, is far more importantthan the term itself. Annette Smith via e-mail LettersOn 17 Sep 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Keble socialist coup fails

first_imgKeble College will retain its name after the JCR voted down a motion to rename it ‘The Socialist College of Keble’ last Sunday.The motion, proposed by Ex-JCR President Paul Dwyer, also promised “war on St John’s, that bastion of capitalism” and to change the name of the JCR President, John Maher, to Karl Marx.Despite being “a bit of pre-Finals fun,” the proposals were defeated by a large majority, with only 10 people voting in favour of the change. The motion noted, amongst other things, “Red is usually the colour associated with socialism. Keble is red. St John’s is a rubbish college.”As well as calling for a statue of an ex-Keblite whom it calls a “great socialist leader” to be erected in Liddon quad, the motion would have changed the JCR constitution which currently prevents the common room from taking a stance on anything that might be construed as political. Dwyer blamed the motion’s defeat on the JCR’s unwillingness to accept what he called the obvious connection between socialism and Keble college.The connection, he said, is “mainly the colour red at the minute, although I’m working on others.”Chris Fellingham, a JCR member supporting the motion, remarked, “Conservatives were understandably smug” but claimed that their debate “failed to put up anything of substance”.Sam Hampton, who also supported it, felt that the vote was not fair.“I personally want a closed ballot to stop the neo-cons from using their coercive tactics to oppress the will of the masses.”However, Keble student Brad Johnson, current returning officer for Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA), felt that the motion’s failure was inevitable. Dwyer says that he still has hope for the success of socialism in Oxford, claiming that Martin McCluskey is “a notorious lefty,” and “has big plans for his final term.” Dwyer takes up his role as OUSU’s Vice President (Access and Academic Affairs) in June. “Keblites tend toward natural conservatism,”  he said.last_img read more

Only two black finalists awarded firsts in 2017

first_img“We would like to bring this year’s very significant gender discrepancy to the attention of the department, which we know is already well aware of this issue.“This is however just a comparison of percentages – the issue looks even worse if you look at the raw numbers, 7 women got first compared to 45 men so I mean the issue is there and trust me no one is better at understanding numbers than the maths faculty, so if they’re worried we should all be worried.”Last week, Ucas revealed that more women than men had been offered places at Oxford last year for the first time in history.A total of 1,070 women were given places compared to 1,025 men in 2017. Oxford is a difficult, alien, stressful environment and this is even more true in relation to those who have never experienced anything like Oxford before.“Assimilation into Oxford life is key to having an enjoyable and academically successful experience – as such perhaps the question shouldn’t be why black students aren’t getting firsts but rather are black students feeling welcome, comfortable and enjoying their university experience here?”In Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences, the gender gap was 16 per cent, a five per cent increase on the previous year.The difference has increased almost year on year since 2011.In Humanities the disparity was nine per cent, and in Social Sciences it was two per cent.In Medical Sciences, 30 per cent of both women and men received firsts, the second year in a row that the proportion of first class degrees has been gender balanced.The disparity has increased by roughly one per cent on the previous year.Oxford SU told Cherwell: “We are working closely with the University on reducing this gap, through improvements in feedback mechanisms and better support for students during their course.“Other methods are being discussed in various committees with sabbatical officer representation, such as the Student Attainment Working Gap group and Gender Equality Advisory Group.“Last year’s increase in the disparity in certain divisions are likely to be a result of a number of different factors – which the University is working to identify and resolve.”An Oxford University spokesperson told Cherwell: “There are a number of different factors that affect attainment in different subjects, and the solutions will vary by department.“We have a University group looking at the factors that affect performance in examinations, with senior representation from MPLS. Detailed analysis is underway to try to get a better understanding of some of the specific determinants of this, but at this stage no single causal factor has been identified.“There are also some local pilots and initiatives underway, including changing examination formats to offer more time for all candidates, the introduction of some more thesis projects, and more centralised revision classes.“However it will take time to fully understand the reasons that underlie differences in performance between individuals.” Only two black students were awarded first class degrees in last year’s final examinations, new data released by Oxford University has shown. The figures also show that men were awarded more first class degrees than women.37 per cent of men received first class degrees last summer compared to 29 per cent of women, an increase on 2016.The University said: “It will take time to fully understand the reasons that underlie differences in performance between individuals.”8 per cent of black students received firsts, compared to 32 per cent of mixed race students, and 36 per cent of white students.Femi Williams, ethnic minori- ties rep at Worcester College, told Cherwell: “I’m honestly shocked by the extent of disparity. Such a gap is evidently not a coincidence, and as such the University has an obligation to investigate and address the issues responsible.”St Anne’s equalities rep Kir West-Hunter said: “Fundamentally, those who are most comfortable perform the best. These statistics seem to suggest that the issue of grades is just a racial one but I think this is far from the truth.center_img Katie Burke, Hertford women*’s officer, told Cherwell: “The eight per cent gap is a sad statistic to see, especially when men and women are coming to oxford with broadly the same academic attainment.“There was a 2002 study by Joanna Norland on the gender gap in firsts at Cambridge which showed lower levels of self-confidence in female-identified students. It’s hard to say exactly how to solve this, but it’s clearly a long-term and ongoing problem that the University should be taking seriously as it pats itself on the back about finally starting to give as many offers to women as men.“Gender equality in higher education doesn’t stop once you get here.”St Anne’s Women’s Officer, Ellie Jerome, added: “I think the gender gap in Oxford students getting firsts is really worrying. It’s not that men work harder or are more intelligent. The University needs to properly look into what’s causing this gap and do more to try to close it.”Tabitha Oglivie, a fourth year maths student at Exeter College, told Cherwell: “all that really needs to be said is this comment from the examiners reports on third year from last exam season:“The examiners were concerned to discover, after the class lists were agreed, that the percentage of male candidates awarded first class degrees was over double the percentage of female candidates awarded first class degrees, and that the percentage of female candidates awarded 2.iis and below was 2.5 times the percentage of male candidates in the same range.last_img read more