Students pay for proof-readers online

first_imgA Cherwell investigation has revealed that many Oxford students pay for services that claim to significantly improve grades.Companies providing such coursework ‘proof-reading’ services can charge between £2.50 and £10 per 1000 words. Having a thesis checked can cost as much as £100.In the past week alone, eight different advertisements for proof-reading and editing services in the Oxford area have been listed on the classified ads website Gumtree, as well as two for help with assignment-writing.University Examination Regulations state only that theses, extended essays and dissertations must be “the candidate’s own work”. However, a spokesperson for the University said, “Whilst there is no specific University regulation regarding coursework ‘proof-reading’ services, the University would take a dim view of students using any ‘proof-reading’ service that was really an aid to cheating.”Some proof-readers claim to boost marks, with one advertising “Copy writing” and “Rewriting” as well as spelling and grammar checks. The advert states, “Apart from content, these are the things that annoy examiners and which they mark down for.”Another independent proof-reader claims, “Having obtained a Bachelor’s Degree at the Law School of Aberdeen, and subsequent Master’s Degrees at the Universities of St Andrews and Oxford, I have developed the skills necessary to turn a failing paper into a passing paper, a good degree mark to a great one.”Express Proofreading, which charges £2.50 per 1000 words or £55 for a thesis and claims to receive up to 20 requests a month from Oxford students, state that their services are popular with both students for whom English is a second language and native English speakers, “who have found our services beneficial as it made their work more academic and error free.”A company representative told Cherwell, “We have a split of 70/30 between international students and British students. I think that because our ethos at Express Proofreading is to offer a top quality service at a low cost price, we attract people who wouldn’t normally bother to get their work checked but do and then often become repeat customers.”She emphasised that the company would not write or paraphrase essay, adding, “I believe that proofreading is not cheating, as I am fundamentally just correcting their spellings and grammar etc and not adding any new information. In addition, I think it increases a student’s confidence and I have seen many students improve their English as a result.”OUSU’s Academic Affairs Campaign Officer, Nick Cooper, commented, “All candidates have to confirm that submitted essays and theses are entirely their own work, and this protects the integrity of both students and the University. I know that other universities have clearer guidelines on paid proof-reading services, and Oxford should perhaps consider their position on the issue. However, given the calibre of Oxford students, and the excellent provision of supervision for theses and dissertations, it would be disappointing to think that students would need to resort to such services.”However, other students defended the use of proof-reading services. One second year historian said, “I think it’s only fair to get a second pair of eyes to look at your work, and if you have to pay for that so be it.”last_img read more

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UK government consults on merger of two local authority pension funds

first_imgWest Midlands Travel Limited, one of the two employers in the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority pension fund, trades as National Express West MidlandsAs a result of the merger, WMCA would cease to be an administering authority in the LGPS and Wolverhampton City Council would administer a single pension fund.More specifically, the plan is for the assets and liabilities of each of the two employers in the transport authority fund to be transferred to their own “admission body funds”, which have yet to be established.The proposed merger also foresaw WMCA, as a scheme employer in the WMPF, agreeing to subsume any outstanding assets and liabilities of West Midlands Travel Limited with its own assets and liabilities in the WMPF if the bus company were to exit the admission agreement fund without there being enough assets to meet its liabilities.Asset pooling effectThe government consultation document did not flag any major effects of the proposed merger on LGPS Central, the asset pool in which WMPF and the transport authority pension fund have chosen to participate. Instead of having nine “partner funds”, the investment pooling company would only have eight.The government indicated that cost savings resulting from the merger were expected to be moderate, “given the operational efficiencies already in place through existing delegations”.The merger was proposed to be effective retrospectively, from the end of March this year. The government noted the recent merger of the Wandsworth and Richmond LGPS funds was successfully made with retrospective effect.A similar transport-related consolidation within the LGPS took place in 2017, when the Greater Manchester Pension Fund took on legacy bus company pension assets and liabilities from West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.The consultation will run until 7 September. According to the merger proposal, which was put forward on behalf of the two pension funds’ administering authorities earlier this year, the merger would involve transferring the assets, liabilities and admission agreements of the ITA fund to Wolverhampton City Council, which administers the latter on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and also administers WMPF. The UK government is consulting on a proposal to merge two West Midlands local government pension scheme (LGPS) funds in a bid to reduce financial risk.According to a consultation document, the proposal was developed after a 2018 government analysis identified solvency risks associated with the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) Pension Fund.Established in 1991 following the deregulation of bus services in the West Midlands, the transport authority pension fund is closed to new entrants and comprises only two private sector employers, with the majority of liabilities backed by only one of them, West Midlands Travel Limited.The proposed merger of the £492m (€552m) ITA pension fund into the £15.7bn West Midlands Pension Fund (WMPF) was intended to address this situation.last_img read more

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Wonowon fire demolishes six structures at work camp

first_imgThe Fort St. John Fire department did not attend the fire, as it was located outside the fire suppression area. After three hours of burning, the fire managed to extinguish itself. If you have any information regarding this fire, please contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. A fire in Wonowon claimed five cabins and a detached residence on Tuesday morning.The Fort St. John RCMP detachment was called to the Nomadic Work Camp located at Mile 102 of the Alaska Highway. When the police arrived at the scene, four cabins were destroyed by the fire, and a fifth cabin along with a detached residence was engulfed in flames. – Advertisement -Constable Jessica Veysey says the fire is still under investigation. [asset|aid=1425|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=fb899964245c83b4b355d1cf1345cae4-Veysey 1_1_Pub.mp3]No one was staying at the camp at the time of the fire. Advertisementlast_img read more

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George Groves v Glen Johnson post-fight press conference

first_imgGeorge Groves, flanked by promoter Frank Warren and trainer Adam Booth, reflects on his points victory over former world champion Glen Johnson. (Video courtesy of iFilm London)See also:O’Meara suffers defeat in title clash Dominant Groves easily sees off JohnsonGroves set to fight for European title Groves tipped to win world title in 2013Haye hails Groves after ‘amazing display’ against JohnsonGroves v Johnson in 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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The iPad Mini’s Killer Feature = Price

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Tags:#Apple#iPad#mobile If as now seems inevitable, Apple is truly going to announce an iPad “Mini” next week, the price point in relation to the competition is going to be important. The lowest Apple could conceivably go would be to match the $199 price of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. Rumors say that the starting price for the Mini will either start at $250 or $299, which some analysts think is too high if Apple truly wants to compete in the smaller form factor tablet market.If Apple can price the Mini competitively, it could create a perfect storm for market domination. According to comScore, in addition to price, the other top consideration for tablet buyers is what kinds of apps are available. As of July this year there were about 250,000 iPad-specific apps. Exactly how those translate to the supposed 7.85-inch dimensions of the Mini remains to be seen, as does how the Mini will use iPhone apps . But any way you slice it, Apple’s iOS has the most tablet-specific apps of any of the mobile operating systems. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Consumers looking for a tablet computer this holiday season will have plenty of great choices. Microsoft has its Surface RT tablets ready for pre-order, there are new Kindle Fires from Amazon, and Google’s Nexus 7 tablet leads a wide variety of quality Android options. And the big dog of the tablet market is about to enter the fray yet again, as Apple seems about to unleash a brand new – and smaller – iPad to the market. Which ones will consumers flock to? Apart from the already-successful full-size iPad, the answer, unsurprisingly, will likely have a lot to do with price.All Tablets Are TweenersThe tablet market is different from that of other gadgets. Smartphones, for the most part, vary little on price and typically range between free and $199 (on a carrier contract). Consumers seem willing to pay top dollar for a computer they think they absolutely need to be productive. Tablets are different while many people believe they need a mobile phone and a computer to meet their personal and business goals, a tablet is more of a “not necessary, but nice to have” type of device. The reality of the tablet as a tweener is what makes price so important in the purchase decision. Apple set themarket standard with the original iPad starting at $499. Every other tablet to hit the market since has had,  to react to that price point in one way or another. Some competitors failed, such as Motorola and Samsung, by pricing the Xoom and Tab 10.1 slates too high. Others, such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7, competed by shrinking the screen size and pricing aggressively at $199. When it comes to battling the iPad, the competition cannot bet on superior hardware or user experience because, rightly or wrongly, Apple is perceived to be the clear leader on those fronts.Price Is The KeyAnalytics company comScore, quarterly TabLens research bears this out. Near 46.3% of iPad owners in comScore’s survey make $100,000 or more. In comparison, only 32.5% of Android tablet owners  and 33.3% of Kindle Fire owners make that much. (Note, the data is from August, before the release of the newest generation of Kindle Fires.) 40.4% of Android tablet owners and 42.2% of Kindle Fire owners make between $25,000 and $75,000. Only 31.6% of iPad owners fall within that income range. See the chart below for more detail: Then, of course, there is also the iPuppies Effect, where millions of people seem willing to buy anything and everything that Apple makes – just because Apple makes it. The iPad Mini should sell well on the consumer market for that reason alone. How low does Apple have to go to make a killing with the iPad Mini? Share your predictions in the comments.last_img read more

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Robinson puts Taylor Parnell in Office of Premier

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT #MagneticMediaNews`center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 23, 2016 -In her inaugural message as Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Hon Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson laid out some key appointments outside of her Ministers and House of Assembly selected members.Madame Premier Robinson revealed that in the Office of the Premier, she will have at her side, Hon Derek Taylor in Grand Turk and Hon Douglas Parnell in Providenciales.There are more appointments to come said Premier Robinson in that address to the country via national radio on Tuesday evening; hours before the new PDM Ministers were in debriefs with their Permanent Secretaries who have now all been given the ‘Change Document’ or PDM Manifesto so that they are aware of the priority areas of the newly elected People’s Democratic Movement Administration.There was a Christmas Message also from Madame Premier; in it she said we must remember the Christ child and now focus on unifying the nation after what was a tough election season.  Yesterday marked one week since the General Elections where the PDM party secured 10 House of Assembly seats; four of the All Island and six of the constituency seats.You can read the message from the country’s first female premier, Hon Sharlene Robinson at MagneticMediaTV.com. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img
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