Wadham students demonstrate against proposed rent prices

first_imgWadham students held a demonstration on the college’s front quad this afternoon, in protest at the “unaffordable” rent of the college’s new second-year accommodation building. According to organisers, the demonstration was intended to show the widespread anger at the £700 a month rent for the newly-built Dorothy Wadham building on Iffley Road, ahead of a meeting of the college’s Governing Body this afternoon.Wadham SU has demanded a reduction in the rent from £700 to £550, and a move to term-time contracts. College authorities have maintained that they are “investing heavily to provide our second-year students with high quality, safe, convenient accommodation.”In what was a very civilised protest, the students initially gathered at the stairs leading to hall, before moved onto the grass of front quad – an act strictly forbidden by college authorities.However, after speaking with the porters on duty, the organisers agreed to move to the outskirts of the grass, in respect for the college gardener.Video Playerhttp://cherwell.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/45524451_261165754595605_3634361371128844686_n.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundDownload File: http://cherwell.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/45524451_261165754595605_3634361371128844686_n.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Once the students circled the quad, there were chants of “When I say Iffley, you say 550” and “Can’t pay, won’t pay”, as well as speeches from organisers.In a speech at the demonstration, Wadham SU’s Vice-President, Joe Lovell-McNamee, told the crowd: “We’re asking that the current first years are not expected to pay unaffordable rents in second year, they’re currently being asked to pay £700 on a 9-month lease, which is £6,300 for the entire year!“This is unaffordable, unflexible [sic], and unfair and we won’t stand for it. All that we are asking for is that the University of Oxford and Wadham College with all of its resources and all of its funds as one of the richest, wealthiest, international educational institutions, can give its students equitable housing arrangements.Wadham SU Vice-President, Joe Lovell-McNamee.“We’re not radicals, we’re not asking for a ridiculous amount, we’re asking for what’s owed to us. We hope that the governing body will see that our demands are reasonable and that they will find a meaningful solution to this current situation.”On Sunday, Wadham SU passed a motion setting the SU’s official position regarding the accommodation contract for the Dorothy Wadham, demanding rents of £550 a month and term-time contracts.In the event that College and SU fail to reach an agreement, the motion also mandated to refuse to run a room-ballot, or participate in any college-run room-ballot, to inform alumni of college’s proposal and its effects on students, and, as a last resort, to ballot for a rent strike which would impact Hillary Term’s battels.A rent strike would involve second years refusing to move into the Dorothy Wadham building, and for all students not to pay college rent from next term onwards.Lovell-McNamee told Cherwell “In line with a motion passed unanimously on Sunday, Wadham SU students gathered on front quad to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with current proposals for the rent and lease terms of next year’s second-year off-site accommodation. “For the half an hour before governing body was set to meet, we thought it important to show that the opposition to unaffordable and unfair rents was far-reaching throughout the college, and can’t simply be brushed off as the view of a small vocal fringe.”A Wadham College spokesperson told Cherwell that the college is “in discussion with its students on this matter and will issue a statement once a decision has been reached.”last_img read more


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GVC pens integrity partnership with Professional Players Federation

first_img GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share GVC Holdings has secured a new partnership with the Professional Players Federation (PPF) which will work towards the promotion, protection, and development of integrity in UK betting. As part of the new agreement, GVC will support the PPF in delivering sports betting integrity educational initiatives to the 17,500 professional athletes across the UK.David Foster,  GVC’s Head of Regulatory Affairs commented: “British sport is amongst the most respected in the world and is intrinsically linked to our business. That is why we believe it is important that we play our part to guard against the dangers and temptations that young professional sportspeople may face.“We are therefore delighted to partner with the Professional Players Federation and look forward to supporting the vital work they carry out. Sportsmen and women in the UK are watched throughout the world and GVC is delighted to support the PPF’s work protecting sporting integrity.”It is hoped that GVC’s support of the PPF will help fund tutor training, team educational visits and e-learning programmes in a range of different sports which will be tailored towards young players and senior professionals.Brendon BatsonPPF Chairman Brendon Batson OBE added: “We are thrilled to welcome GVC to the partnership to promote sports betting integrity in the UK.  Education is one of the best defences against the threat of match-fixing and it’s great to see another leading betting company supporting this important work.“GVC’s support will enable us to expand our education to include more sports and reach more athletes with a special emphasis on young players.“The partnership is a great example of how sport and the betting industry are working together to protect British sport and its reputation for integrity.”last_img read more