Oxford University is considering passing finalists’ information on to pollsters in a bid to improve feedback on student satisfaction.The news comes as the Conservatives announce their proposals to improve student feedback nationally with the creation of a central online service in which students will be able to rate their tutors.At present, Oxford is the only institution in the UK that does not publish its student satisfaction results online, as it does not receive enough feedback on the issue.A spokesperson for the University said the NSS “allows us to benchmark student responses against other Russell Group universities. The lower the response rate to a survey, the less reliable it is perceived, and the less we can be sure about the accuracy of the feedback in the survey.”OUSU have passed a motion suggesting the University be permitted to give the phone numbers of finalists to polling companies three to four weeks after the survey has been sent to students. Plans are not yet finalised and contact details would only be passed on in the event that less than 45% of students respond to the survey.Richard Holland, St. Anne’s JCR VP for Access and Academic Affairs believes “if it’s done well, it shouldn’t be a problem”, stressing the importance of allowing students to opt out of the scheme. He claimed it is a good idea, provided there are enough “safeguards”.Sarah Reder, a second year student at St. Hilda’s commented, “I don’t like the idea of my details being given out to organisations, but if I can opt out, I’m happy for the plan to go ahead.”Students sharing their experiences of courses will also be key to Tory plans for improving information on Universities available to the public.Speaking at the CBI’s Higher education summit in London this week, David Willetts, shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, has outlined his plan for the service. Mr Willetts insisted there was a need for such a service, “We are expecting [students] to make important choices about courses and institutions without enabling them to be as well informed as they could be.”The website would also contain information about employment prospects for graduates from particular courses and institutions, and feedback from current students.Willets said, “We already collect quite a lot of data about, for example, employment after 6 months and after 3 years, but it is not currently available in a detailed or usable form that is easily accessible for potential students. This has to change.”Sites that already provide a similar service have attracted criticism in the past. Ratemyprofessor.com allows students to rate their lecturers on “easiness”, “helpfulness”, “clarity” and “hotness”,and allows students to post comments. Sally Hunt, the general secretary of the University and College Union, said such sites could lead to “serious online and offline bullying. If students have real concerns about their lecturers, they should go through the proper channels and try to resolve the issue.”Jonny Medland, OUSU VP for Access and Academic Affairs, says such a public feedback system could be avoided, “If universities take action now then hopefully we can avoid students resorting to posting feedback online to try and get their universities to take notice of their views.”Will Sentance, a PPEist at St John’s, was concerned the proposed website would require too much regulation to prevent bullying to be effective, “If it is being regulated you won’t get any comments of any use, so I don’t think it is necessarily a good idea.”
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For Full Kansas Wheat Festival schedule Click Here.THURSDAY, JULY 7, 201610 a.m. â€“ Chamber Coffee-Daylight Donut Shop.10 a.m.- 5 p.m.Â Â NDGA Glass Museum Open Houseâ€“ 117 S. Washington.11:00 a.m. â€“ Futureâ€™s Unlimited Misting Station- Heritage Park. (Provided by Futures Unlimited) .1 p.m. â€“ Kansas Wheat Festival Baseball Tournament hosted by the Wellington Baseball League- Sellerâ€™s Park, 12 teams from all over Kansas competing in this 16-18-year-old tournament.4 p.m. â€“ CornerBank Cornerstone Award- CornerBank, 119 South Washington Ave. Come inside and cool off while CornerBank honors one of Wellingtonâ€™s Best â€“ Lyndal Nelson.4 â€“ 7 p.m. â€“ Wheat Capital Quilt Show â€“ First United Methodist Church 202 W. Harvey Ave. (Sponsored by Wheat Capital Quilt Society).5 p.m. â€“ Nursery Rhyme Relays â€“ Bring your kids to the library for thrilling races, games and fun library themed activities. No registration required. Ages 2-12. (Wellington Public Library).5 â€“ 8 p.m. â€“ Veteranâ€™s Room Open for Tours Inside North Door of Memorial Auditorium facing Washington Ave. Come early before a street dance. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.(Sponsored by Memorial Auditorium Advisory Board).5 p.m.- 7 p.m. Downtown Art Exhibit Openâ€“ 104 N Washington Ave (Sponsored by Wellington Community Arts Network).6 p.m. â€“ Ottaway Carnival â€“$23 wristband special from 6-10 p.m.6 p.m. â€“ Funcycles- Downtown Wellington, 7th Street in front of Police Station.6 p.m. â€“ D&L Train Ridesâ€“ Downtown Wellington. (Sponsored by Cooper Accounting, Sumner Communications, PFCU, Theurer Auction & Realty, Church of Christ).6 p.m. â€“ Cow Chip Throw- 100 Block of North Washington, Entry forms will be printed in the Wellington Daily News or available at the Chamber. (Presented by The Wellington Daily News).6:30 p.m. â€“ Bed Racesâ€“ Downtown Wellington-100 block of North Washington, Come cheer on your favorite team at this popular Wheat Festival competition as they compete for the coveted bed pan trophy! (Sponsored by Sumner Regional Medical Center).7 p.m. â€“ Wellington Lions/Rotary Tricycle Race â€“ First Grade Division, Womenâ€™s Division 14 & under, Womenâ€™s Division, Sellers Park, Wellington Noon Lionâ€™s Club and the Wellington Rotary Club. Entry Form (Sponsored by Strategic Financial Concepts Inc.).7:30 p.m. â€“ WF Beer Garden- Corner of 7th and Washington, Drivers License ID required for admittance, open until 11:30 p.m.8 p.m. â€“ Street Dance â€“ Mark Bowling and Carter Green Opening for Little Texas9 p.m. â€“ Little Texas Main Stage on Washington Ave. In front of Memorial Auditorium facing South. VIP Seats available $20 a ticket upgrade. (Sponsored by Bank of Commerce)FRIDAY, JULY 8, 20169 a.m. â€“ Kansas Wheat Festival Baseball Tournament hosted by the Wellington Baseball League-Sellerâ€™s Park, 12 teams from all over Kansas competing in this 16-18 year old tournament.9:30 a.m. â€“ Sidewalk Chalking- This is one time you are encouraged to draw on the sidewalks! Pre-registration is required. Â Entry forms available at the Chamber. Â (Sponsored by First United Methodist Church)11 a.m. â€“ Futureâ€™s Unlimited Misting Station- Heritage Park. (Provided by Futures Unlimited).11:30 a.m. â€“ Impact Bank Agriculture and Energy Lunchâ€“ Wellington High School. Meal done by 1:30 p.m. (Sponsored by Impact Bank).10 a.m.- 5 p.m. â€“ Larry Steckline KWLS Ag and Home Show at the Kansas Wheat Festival-Â Wellington High School (Sponsored by KWLS Radio and Sumner County Commissioners).1:30 p.m. â€“ Perplexing Puzzle Contest- 500 North Plum, Pre-registration is required. (Limit of 10 teams), Entry forms available at the Chamber or online at www.wellingtonkschamber.com(Sponsored by Brookdale of Wellington).4 â€“ 7 p.m. Wheat Capital Quilt Show â€“ First United Methodist Church 202 W. Harvey Ave.(Sponsored by Wheat Capital Quilt Society).5 p.m. â€“ Catholic Youth Organization Enchilada Dinner- Knights of Columbus Building, 201 E. Harvey. Dine in or Carry-Out.5 p.m.- 7 p.m. â€“Â Downtown Art Exhibit Openâ€“ 104 N Washington Ave (Sponsored by Wellington Community Arts Network).5 to 8 p.m. â€“ Veteranâ€™s Room Open for Tours Inside North Door of Memorial Auditorium. Come early before a street dance. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. (Sponsored by Memorial Auditorium Advisory Board).6 p.m. â€“ Funcycles- Downtown Wellington, 7th Street in front of Police Station,$.6 p.m. â€“ D&L Train Rides- Downtown Wellington. (Sponsored by Cooper Accounting, Sumner Communications, PFCU, Theurer Auction & Realty, Church of Christ).6 p.m. â€“ Ottaway Carnivalâ€“ $23.00 wristband special from 6 to 10 p.m.6 p.m.Â â€“ Third Annual Donut Eating Contest- 100 block of South Washington, for ages 6 & older. Entry forms available at the Chamber, Daylight Donut Shop or online at www.wellingtonks.org. (Sponsored by Daylight Donut Shop).7 p.m. â€“ Paper Airplane Contestâ€“ Memorial Auditorium, entry forms will be printed in the Notiflyer. (Sponsored by Kansas Gas Service).7 p.m. â€“ Tot Trot Fun event for kids to race! Ages 5 â€“ 12 (Sponsored by Wellington PTA).7 p.m. â€“ CornerBank Ice Cream Socialâ€“ Free, Corner Bank parking lot, 119 South Washington.7 p.m. â€“ Wellington Regent Theater â€“ Finding Dory $.7:30 p.m. â€“Â WF Beer Garden- Corner of 7th and Washington, Drivers License IDrequired for admittance, open until 11:30 p.m.8:00 p.m. â€“ Wheat Festival Parade â€“ Theme: From Wheat To Wings. Downtown Wellington, Registration forms available at the Chamber or online atwww.wellingtonkschamber.com. (Sponsored by GKN Aerospace)**Route turns West at Harvey and Washington Street**After Parade: Cow Patty Bingo (Fund Raiser for WHS FFA) â€“ Located at Impact Bank Parking Lot.9 p.m. â€“ Street Dance featuring â€“ The Mudbugs- Main Stage on Washington St, in front of Memorial Auditorium facing SouthÂ (Sponsored by BNSF Railway).