A group of Oxford Universityacademics have recently composed a flysheet criticising the reforms proposedby the Green Paper, and circulated it among academics across the University.Dr.Nicholas Bamforth, Law fellow at Queen’s College, was part of the group ofacademics that put together the flysheet, as well as the first signatory.However,he referred to matters discussed in the flysheet as “an alternative setof proposals (to those of the Chancellor).” The flysheet highlighted”The Discussion Paper” which is a response by some of theUniversity’s academics to the reforms proposed by the Chancellor, ChrisPatten. The flysheet proposes that a “Board of Scrutiny be created toexercise on Congregation’s behalf independent oversight over decisions made byCouncil and the executive, as well as monitoring the effectiveness ofUniversity governance”. Theflysheet goes on to add that a Board of Scrutiny has been in place in Cambridge since 1995. Italso highlights a proposal in the discussion Paper, of “an end toCouncil’s policy of complete confidentiality for all Council business”.Thereader is promptly reminded of the system in place in Cambridge where “the unreserved agendasand minutes of Council and major committees should be published on theweb”.Suchreferences to the systems of governance in place in Cambridgeindicated a criticism of the Chancellor’s recent statements encouraging Cambridge to follow in the footsteps of Oxford. The flysheet’s numerous referencesto systems that it argued should be in place in Oxford,as they are in Cambridge,implied a contradiction to the views of the Chancellor.DrBamforth said, “It is only the second time [the congregation has] met inthe last two years. The idea of the flysheet is to raise people’s interest inthe debate, and give an outline of the proposals that will be discussed at thecongregation.”Headded that he thinks “the flysheet was received rather well, as indicatedby the discussions at the congregation.” “There were a total ofthirty signatories on the flysheet from many colleges including Merton, Wadhamand Worcester.”ARCHIVE: 4th week MT 2005
Convenient traybakesBorder Homebake has launched a range of traybakes in individual slices, to cater for coffee shops, delis, sandwich bars and convenience retailers. It has also launched a new website traybakes.com with an online shop offering delivery throughout the UK. Its range includes flapjacks, caramel shortcakes, honeycomb crunch, biscuit tiffin and brownies.Italian breads demoFWP Matthews is to host its first Italian bakery demonstration on 1 September at 12pm. The event is free and Aldo Cordero will be attending from Italy to demonstrate how to produce authentic Italian products, such as focaccia and ciabatta. Email [email protected] if you would like to attend.Village opportunityThe makers of a new Channel 4 series, The Village, are looking for couples and families, including those working in a skilled trade, such as bakery, who would like a chance to start a new life in the English countryside and the opportunity to win a three-bedroom cottage in Yorkshire. The series will follow the participants as they move to the village for a week. Local residents will then decide on who wins the cottage. Filming will last between one to three weeks. To find out more call 0207 534 2029 or email: [email protected] bakery fireAn investigation is being carried out into a fire at a bakery in Gosport on 20 July. According to Portsmouth Today, police are hunting a suspected arsonist, who broke into The Cottage Loaf in the high street and is believed to have set fire to packaging inside. The owner’s son Sam Porter told the newspaper that the back of the shop looked badly damaged, but that the shop itself was in relatively good condition.