The former UBS banker who set up on his own

first_img The former UBS banker who set up on his own Thursday 27 January 2011 8:55 pm KCS-content whatsapp Tags: NULL HIGH-PROFILE investment banker Ken Moelis established his global independent investment bank, Moelis & Company, in 2007.With over 460 employees across seven offices globally, £3.8bn of total asset management capital and having advised on over $300bn (£188bn) of transactions, Moelis has become something of a rising star in the investment banking industry.Prior to founding his own investment bank, Moelis was president of UBS from 2005 to 2007. He joined the global bank in 2001 and previously held positions including joint global head of investment banking and head of Americas investment bank management committee. His move to target Asia through his Moelis & Company operation marks his most ambitious move yet, with the purchase of a local firm to gain a foothold in the region.Prior to UBS, Moelis was head of corporate finance at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, the investment bank bought by Credit Suisse in 2000.He briefly worked as head of US investment banking at Credit Suisse following the takeover, although left just months later taking the core of his team with him to UBS.His core team, along with several fellow senior UBS investment bankers, would later move with him again to form Moelis & Company. He began his investment banking career in 1981 at Drexel Burnham Lambert.Moelis is chairman of the Tourette Syndrome Association and is the member of the board at the Wharton Board of Overseers and the Board of Governors of Cedars Sinai Hospital.He holds an undergraduate degree and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Sharelast_img read more

The Crow’s Nest / BCV Architects

first_imgThe Crow’s Nest / BCV ArchitectsSave this projectSaveThe Crow’s Nest / BCV Architects Year:  Photographs:  Bruce Damonte Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily Ty Monks CopyHouses•Norden, United States Structural: Civil Engineer:Patrick LongtinMechanical:Srdjan RebracaElectrical:Tomislav GajicPlumbing:Rene TanagInteriors:Lisa StapransArchitects In Charge:Hans BaldaufTeam:Asa PrenticeCity:NordenCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Bruce DamonteRecommended ProductsStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Prexury®WindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoStonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneText description provided by the architects. The Crow’s Nest is a ski cabin located at 7,080 feet elevation, on the mountain of the same name in the Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. Anchored on the slope, and responsive to its setting, the cabin design explores the intersection of classic modern aesthetics, craft, and the extreme climatic conditions of the site.Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteSugar Bowl is located at historic Donner Summit in the Sierra Nevada range. The Ski Resort, founded in 1939, is one of the oldest in America. The climate and topography around Sugar Bowl makes for unusually heavy snowfall, and its relatively small residential village (112 home sites) is snow-bound through the winter. The Crow’s Nest is perched on one of the highest sites in the resort and is a true ski-in, ski-out cabin, being at a substantially higher elevation than many of the ski lifts.Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteThe clients, who have four young children, charged BCV with the goal of creating a cabin that would be a gathering place for generations. Social space was prioritized over bedroom space. The qualities of “nesting” and entertaining were discussed. A particular requirement was to orient the house to take advantage of the privacy created by the uphill forest, in order to celebrate the house’s presence on the wooded slope with a maximum of transparency.Save this picture!Section AThe ground floor is defined by an axial nave of arched openings through the heavy board formed concrete diaphragms that establish the structural grid of the cabin. The ski-in/ski-out entry, sauna, ski room, laundry and movie screening area are all spaces designed to be nearly or completely buried in snow, with paths dug to the access points – a tradition at Sugar Bowl. The concrete ground floor is reminiscent of the old ground levels of European ski chalets, while the cantilevered deck supports emphasize the residence’s perch on the land.Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteUpward movement through the house is accomplished with a three-story steel staircase on the North side, framed in a giant window with mountain views to the North. The window contrasts with the other relatively small, ‘punched’ openings on this façade, and allows for a sense of transparency all the way through the house. The stair is seen as both the social crossroads of the house and a tactile expression of the craft and exhilaration the architects strove for throughout.Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteThe main level is organized around a double height living room, anchored by the chimney mass that grows out of the concrete plinth below. This room brings the size and scale of the forest inside through both views to the surrounding evergreens and interior log columns that hold up a great cantilevered roof. Off this central space, the low-ceilinged dining room and library provide opportunities to socialize as a group or to break off into smaller gatherings. The cantilevered deck, sheltered by the projecting roof structure, is an extension of this floor and stretches out over the slope on three sides.Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteThe roof is composed of a radiating series of glulam beams designed to take the massive snow load of over 400 lbs per square foot live load. The roof form holds the snow it receives thus creating another nest. This approach was taken both for additional insulation and to be able to access three sides of the house with a minimum of concern for snow and ice impacting those sides. The extension of the roof over the Southwest-facing deck shades the house in the summer and allows for passive solar gain in the winter.Save this picture!Floor Plan 3The upper level of the house is the most private, containing four bedrooms two principal bedroom suites and two bunk rooms. These rooms are arranged around the music loft which overlooks the living room and stairwell, providing a sense of connection to the social activity of the main level.Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteThe Crow’s Nest is designed to express the materials of which it is constructed with an emphasis on natural finishes in the belief that the beauty of nests is rooted in the way materials come together to form an integrated whole. As a nest, the house is a product of the landscape that surrounds it, yet distinctly and cohesively recognizable as a discreet form within it.Project gallerySee allShow lessModern Masters Of Materiality: An Interview With Australia’s Tonkin Zulaikha GreerArticlesThe Paris Debate: Must Preservation Inhibit Urban Renewal?Articles Share “COPY” United Statescenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2013 Photographs “COPY” Architects: BCV Architects Area Area of this architecture project The Crow’s Nest / BCV Architects Houses Save this picture!© Bruce Damonte+ 26 Share Area:  5600 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeBCV ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNordenUnited StatesPublished on July 08, 2014Cite: “The Crow’s Nest / BCV Architects” 08 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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‘Stand up and fight’ to bring Limerick military history to life

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSfeaturedFirst World WarGallipoliIrish Naval AssociationlimerickLimerick archivist Jacqui HayesLimerick Branch of the Royal British LegionRoyal Munster FusiliersStand Up and Fight Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Email Facebook NewsLocal News‘Stand up and fight’ to bring Limerick military history to lifeBy Alan Jacques – April 30, 2015 1677 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Printcenter_img Linkedin The Royal Munster Fusiliers drumming up recruits in Limerick in 1914.(Photograph by H M Stewart, 104 O’’Connell Street)by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Royal Munster Fusiliers drumming up recruits in Limerick in 1914.(Photograph by H M Stewart, 104 O’’Connell Street)FLOWERS sent to a Limerick mother from her son on the front lines of the First World War and an oar from one of the Lusitania’s lifeboats are just two of the rare artefacts that will go on display at City Hall next week.‘Stand Up and Fight’, an exhibition supported by the Limerick Branch of the Royal British Legion, the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association and the Irish Naval Association, will be launched next Thursday, May 7.Never before seen artefacts will be displayed as part of the exhibition of Limerick’s military history from the Wild Geese to Gallipoli.It coincides with the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign that claimed the lives of 800 members of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, 75 of whom were from Limerick including eight men from the village of Coonagh who died when their ship was torpedoed.Conservative estimates suggest that 1,000 of Limerick’s 4,000 listed men died in the First World War.Items on display will include flowers sent from from Ypres by a Limerick soldier to his mother in Limerick; an oar from one of RMS Lusitania’s lifeboats as well as cannonballs and musket balls from the Siege of Limerick.Also included are pikes from the time of the 1798 Rebellion; a bloodied apron worn by a Limerick nurse serving in a First World War field hospital and rare photographs of the American Civil War, Boer War and First World War.“From the departure of the Wild Geese in 1691 to the Limerick men who fought in the Boer Wars, Limerick is steeped in military history,” explained city archivist Jacqui Hayes.“Limerick’s location on the Shannon means it has always been a strategic military stronghold. There were four barracks in Limerick in the nineteenth century and soldiers were a familiar sight.”The ‘Stand Up and Fight’ exhibition will feature memorabilia and militaria from Limerick Museum and Archives’ own collection as well as donations by private collectors and members of the public.Also featured are American Civil War army uniform buttons produced by the Limerick-based Tait Clothing Factory, which held military uniform supply contracts with the Confederacy as well as the British Army during the Crimean War.While much of the exhibition is concerned with the participation of Limerick men and women in The Great War, it also deals with Limerick’s long military and naval tradition as well as the military culture that started in earnest in the 17th century and has lasted since.“While primarily focusing on Limerick’s lengthy military history, the exhibition also examines the impact of the military on Limerick’s social history in these centuries, such as the numbers who joined the armed forces; particular areas which had a tradition of recruitment; family military traditions and the role of women,” Ms Hayes commented.The exhibition looks at some of the careers of Limerick men who fought in the British army all over the world. One of them, George de Lacy Evans from Moig, Askeaton, was involved in the burning of the White House by the British in 1814. He also made a major contribution to army reform by successfully campaigning for an end to flogging in the British army.‘Stand Up and Fight’ runs from May 7 until December at the Glazed Street, Limerick City and County Council Civic Buildings, Merchants Quay. Previous articleAAA join the fight for ‘full equality’ in LimerickNext articleAfghan ‘golden boy’ claims crash ruined his life Alan Jacques RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Call for Public Art Submissions for O’Connell Street, Limerick

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter WhatsApp Limerick City and County Council has announced details of a competition for a new public art installation on O’Connell Street in the heart of Limerick city centre.The commissioning of a new piece is part of the multi-million euro revitalisation project of O’Connell Street, that is currently going through the Part VIII (Part 8) planning process.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The new artwork will be in place on a permanent basis and is intended to reflect the current transformation of Limerick City and the region, while also taking into account the significant Georgian legacy that O’Connell Street retains, as well as its later Victorian and Edwardian interventions – styles which extended outwards as the city grew and prospered.Consideration must be given to visual impact on the street and positive impact on the environment.The commission must be no taller than the top of the adjacent building parapets.The selected artist or artist team must be open to future collaboration whereby the artwork may be shown on multimedia, as images of the commission may be used for marketing purposes.Consideration should also be given to the need to incorporate the selected commission into the larger O’Connell Street Revitalisation Project, and the need to coordinate the installation of the artwork.Proposals from individual artists, collaborations, collective responses, and interdisciplinary practices are sought and welcome in equal measure.The Public Art Competition is being run as part of the overall O’Connell Street Revitalisation Project which will see Limerick’s main thoroughfare transformed into a pedestrian priority area, with improved surfaces, more street furniture, a shared road surface and priority bus lane.A briefing meeting will be arranged for artists, curators and creative producers interested in the commission and will be held on 19th August 2019 in Istabraq Hall, Corporate Headquarters, Limerick City and County Council, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick, V94 EH90 at 4pm. The briefing session will be filmed and posted online.The closing date for Stage 1 submissions is 9 September 2019 at 12pm.Selection of the Commission will be announced in December 2019, with an anticipated completion date of artwork by end 2020.For more information about the Public Art competition please see eTenders website, RFT number 155363.For more information on the overall O’Connell Street Revitalisation project visit are available for viewing at Planning Department, Limerick City and County Council, Dooradoyle, Limerick V94 WV78 or Customer Services Department, Limerick City and County Council, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick V94 EH90 until 23 August 2019.Submissions either via MyPoint ( or by post to the Planning Department must be submitted/ received by 6 September 2019. Linkedin Printcenter_img Email Facebook NewsCommunityCall for Public Art Submissions for O’Connell Street, LimerickBy Staff Reporter – August 9, 2019 791 Previous articleArts and sports funding is now up for grabsNext articleLimerick Post Show, August 9, 2019 Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Out of touch MBAs add little to the bottom line

first_imgOut of touch MBAs add little to the bottom lineOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Jonas Ridderstrale, author of the best-selling management book, FunkyBusiness, likes to refer to the old joke about MBA standing for ‘mediocre butarrogant’. And it’s not sour grapes – Ridderstrale has an MBA himself.According to him, MBA graduates share a “dirty little secret”. The secret is that they all study the same books. His point is that MBA graduates cannot give your organisation a competitiveadvantage if they are just introducing the same business models as their peersin competitor organisations. Research by the Work Foundation, revealed exclusively in this week’s issueof Personnel Today (Features, page 21) questions the value of MBAs and whethercompanies are getting any return on course fees of up to £60,000. Organisationsare spending at least £10m a year on people who repay them by leaving thecompany within a year of graduating, the research shows. From the graduates’ point of view, the MBA brand is as powerful as ever asit is a passport into the lucrative world of international consulting. Nearly aquarter of MBAs work in consulting, and less than one in 10 were doing sobefore they took the degree. Even if the MBA graduate stays you probably have no measure of how effectivethey have been. Little or no work has been done on assessing MBA graduates’contribution. Which brings us to the biggest concern of all: hardly any MBAs cover HRmanagement and few offer training on personal development and leadership. Inother words the MBA concept is looking increasingly out of touch with the realworld where it is recognised that in the knowledge economy it is people whoprovide the only source of competitive advantage. It is time companies stopped being star-struck by MBAs and started asking ifthey are worth the paper they are printed on. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

BSkyB stays tight-lipped over McCoy resignation

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. BSkyB stays tight-lipped over McCoy resignationOn 15 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Broadcaster BSkyB has had a senior HR staff reshuffle after group HRdirector Craig McCoy resigned following controversy over union recognition. McCoy left last month after threatening that jobs would be lost if staffvoted in favour of union recognition. His departure followed an ongoing disputewith broadcasting union Bectu. McCoy sent a letter to staff, telling them the company would consider outsourcingits call centre operations if a vote forrecognition of Bectu was successful(News, 18 February). BSkyB corporate communications manager Robert Fraser told Personnel Todaythat McCoy has been replaced by Marie-Helene Ferguson – the broadcaster’ssenior employment solicitor. Sources at Sky told Personnel Today that Anne Necus, head of HR anddevelopment, has also left the company, but Fraser said he could not comment onthe matter. He refused to say whether Necus was still working for Sky or to namethe current head of HR and development. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Diving depths and energy requirements of king penguins

first_imgDuring 4- to 8-day periods at sea, half of 2595 dives of three king penguins were more than 50 meters and two dives exceeded 240 meters. The at-sea metabolic rate, estimated from the turnover of tritiated water, was 2.8 times the standard metabolic rate and requires about 2.5 kilograms of squid per day. Ten percent or less of the dives may result in prey capture.last_img

New Home Secretary Sajid Javid has family links to lettings industry

first_imgIt’s now clear why former  Secretary of State for Housing Sajid Javid always seemed to be so well briefed about the private rental market.The  new Home Secretary, who was last week replaced by James Brokenshire at the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government (DHCLG), has a brother who is a director of several property firms including a letting agency.Atif Javid was a lawyer in Bristol at legal firm Burgess Salmon before establishing a lettings agency in the city called Intire, which has been running for at least ten years.Atif (pictured) is a busy entrepreneur and is also developing a national lettings portal for landlords and tenants called Landlord First and a rooting app for android phones.But Intire is the largest of his businesses and has six staff and is based in the northern Downend area of Bristol.Atif has made a small fortune from both investing in property and running his various businesses, it was claimed by the Daily Mail over the weekend.43-year-old Atif has fingers in several other property pies including a landlord software company called Landlord Hub and a property development and investment firm called SA Capital.Housing policyAtif hasn’t always agreed with his brother on Tory housing policy, and in a blog published two years ago on his Intire website, one of his staff criticised the Tories for their clamp-down on landlords and in particular the additional Stamp Duty now due on investment and second homes.Sajid Javid has five brothers all of whom have excelled in their fields of expertise including, as well as Atif, a Chief Constable (Basit), a mortgage broker (Khalid) and a supermarket chain manager called Tariq.Sajid Javid, whose father and mother arrived almost penniless in the UK from the Punjab in 1961, took over from Amber Rudd at the Home Office after she resigned from her post after admitting to having “inadvertently” misled MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants.housing letting agent atif javid Bristol Sajid Javid dhclg May 8, 2018Nigel 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 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 » Agencies & People » New Home Secretary Sajid Javid has family links to lettings industry previous nextAgencies & PeopleNew Home Secretary Sajid Javid has family links to lettings industryAtif Javid, a younger brother of Sajid based in Bristol, operates several property ventures including a lettings agency, it has been revealed.Nigel Lewis8th May 201803,708 Viewslast_img read more

Geordie cheer: Newcastle is last city to regain its pre-2007 house prices

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Geordie cheer: Newcastle is last city to regain its pre-2007 house prices previous nextHousing MarketGeordie cheer: Newcastle is last city to regain its pre-2007 house pricesThe portal says Newcastle was the last city to cross the threshold, albeit some ten years behind its southern counterparts including London, Oxford and Cambridge.Nigel Lewis26th February 20200597 Views House prices in all the UK’s cities finally recovered to their pre-financial crisis levels at the end of December, it has been revealed, helped by ‘bouncing back’ demand but weak supply, says Zoopla.Its data reveals that the last city to attain its pre-2007 house prices was Newcastle. But this puts it over ten years behind property markets such as London, Oxford and Cambridge, where house prices recovered their pre-crisis peaks in 2010.Zoopla says average annual house price inflation across all the UK’s cities is close to a three year high at 3.9%, created by a lack properties coming to market. And some cities are seeing extraordinary growth. Prices are surging by up to six percent in Edinburgh, Nottingham, Leicester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol and Leeds.Unrealistic pricingZoopla has warned that in areas such as London and the South East where market conditions have been weak over recent years, would-be vendors may get over excited by estate agents talking about a ‘Boris bounce’ and “get ahead of themselves and become unrealistic on pricing”.But Zoopla’s Research and Insights Director Richard Donnell (left) expects the imbalance between supply and demand to carry on supporting the current rate of house price growth until the summer.“For example, strong demand and attractive affordability are sustaining above average price growth in Nottingham despite an increase in supply,” he says. “The same will apply to other cities including Liverpool and Manchester.”He says the growth in supply in Oxford and Cambridge is more likely a result of sellers sitting on their hands waiting for market conditions to improve.Read more about the financial prices Richard Donnell Zoopla February 26, 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 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 2021last_img read more

Beware colleges bearing gifts of welfare provision

first_imgAgatha Christie called herself a “perfect sausage machine”, but her approach to murder was positively schizophrenic compared to the tabloids’ formulaic techniques.The perfect tabloid story drips in pathos and outrage. In the case of Lucy Braham’s murder, pathos was easily achieved by juxtaposing the contorted image of William Jaggs with the beaming smile of his innocent victim. Outrage, meanwhile, relies on the sound bites of relatives, particularly those comments that apportion blame.So Harrow School came in for the greatest criticism when Braham’s father noted that “despite visible, spoken and written warnings about Jaggs’ behaviour…no action was ever taken”.But Jason Braham also pointed the finger at the “despicable drugs fraternity at Oxford University”. The red tops ignored this, though, since drugs at university is as mundane a topic as pills in a pharmacy (until you reach the Cabinet, at least, and Jacqui Smith’s experiences with cannabis in Oxford were only really of public interest because her surname rhymes with “spliff”).Those few columnists that didn’t ignore the “drugs fraternity” remark merely noted in passing that Oxford might somehow have failed Jaggs.Uncharacteristically, they didn’t dig their teeth in because the lines are too blurred: a university is clearly more than a glorified boarding school, and yet for undergraduates it is far from a nine-to-five workplace. Nor is it a halfway house between school and work.All but a handful of Oxford undergraduates have reached the age of majority and are legally responsible for their actions. But the moral responsibility of parents towards children does not end at the stroke of midnight on their eighteenth birthday. Which is lucky, because most workplaces do not feel the need to provide for the personal welfare needs of workers under the age of 22.Why should the University or its colleges act any differently? Why should they worry about anything other than our academic welfare? It’s easy to argue that the intensity of an Oxford course (living and working in the same place) warrants greater provision of personal care. But far from being helpful, the immaturity of this argument does none of us any favours. It ignores the unspeakable truth: that in many cases, students bring their academic difficulties upon themselves with excessive partying, drinking and drug use. And no college is going to make provision for these personal problems without wanting to tackle their origins. After all, prevention is better than cure… and more cost-effective.Unfortunately, prevention means protective parenting as well as Orwellian measures unworthy of a fifteen-year-old. “Your essay this week was weak… and I notice that on Monday you returned to College thirteen minutes after the 9pm curfew.”The consequences of a parental college run deeper: could we honestly expect the powers-that-be to take the views of a JCR seriously with such an asymmetric relationship in place? Scouts and gardeners would be more influential than undergraduates. They would have the power of employment law behind them; we would be subject to that curious law that makes parents always right.Of course it is commendable that the door is left open for students who have genuine difficulty with their work; indeed, that even students such as Jaggs have a place held for them is reassuring. We are all human and the luxury of a second chance is very welcome.However, we should resist colleges ever supervising the rehabilitation of those who have gone wrong for personal reasons; even acting in an advisory capacity, colleges must be kept in check. In crude terms, a college is generous to say “come back when you’ve sorted yourself out”, but it is taking liberties (quite literally) when it tries to do the “sorting” itself.In this respect, Oriel’s tutors acted perfectly with Jaggs. But it is still possible to provide a reasonable level of care to students without compromising the relationship between college and student. This is where the role of the student union lies. Colleges and JCR welfare teams should be able to confidently refer beleaguered students to OUSU, whether for lack of publicity or effectiveness, this has not been the case.Effective student union welfare provision wouldn’t stop another Jaggs, but it would keep overzealous colleges at bay.last_img read more