Recent information about academic cuts at Oxford University has caused controversy over the necessity of its decision to charge Â£9,000 a year in tuition fees.Figures published last Thursday by the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) reveal that Oxford is expected to face a reduction in funding of just 1% in real terms.Cambridge is seeing its funding cut by only 3%, whereas City University in London is suffering a 10.8% cut. The worst hit university, with its funding slashed by 15.8%, is Bishop Grossteste in Lincoln, which has announced that it will charge tuition fees of Â£7,500 for most of its courses from 2012.However, Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE, suggested that the universities with the smallest funding changes are those with high levels of world-leading research and significant financial support from charities and businesses.It is expected that Oxford University will receive Â£7.3 million less from HEFCE next year. Yet in 2009-10, government funding only formed 23% of the institution\’s income.External research contracts and grants made up 40%, bringing in Â£367 million.Furthermore, the university appears to be benefiting from an increase in charitable donations. Statistics released last week in the Ross-CASE Survey show that in 2009-10 Oxford and Cambridge accounted for half of all new charitable funds secured by universities, despite overall charitable donations to UK universities having dropped by Â£20 million.This information has caused some to question the university\’s decision to raise tuition fees to Â£9,000 per year as a method of generating further income.Rachel Farnsworth, a first year PPE student, commented, \”I absolutely dont think it\’s necessary – if Oxford wanted to, they could easily charge less, and I bet the people donating would want some of it spent on undergrads.\”I think they\’re just playing a game of one-upmanship with Cambridge over fees really!\’The university predicts that the highest departmental cut, of Â£5.1 million, will be to \”Old & Historic Buildings Allocation\”, something which has little impact on the teaching and research of academic departments.However, a spokesperson for Oxford University said that the raise in fees would help \”to safeguard the future of our transformative education system.\”\”Oxford students also enjoy exceptional facilities for learning thanks to a combination of college and University provision. All of this costs a huge amount of money, and Oxford is absolutely committed to maintaining this provision.\”With other prestigious institutions, such as Cambridge, Durham and Imperial College London, having all declared that they will be raising tuition fees to the maximum of Â£9000 per year, it has been argued that the decision of Oxford University is necessary as a means of preserving its reputation.Lincoln college student, Adam Rachlin, agreed that \”raising tuition fees to Â£9,000 per year is a necessary step to keep Oxford a first rate university\”.He added, \”however, the extent to which access is increased will be the marker for how fair the system is, and from what I\’ve heard so far Oxford will have large schemes to improve access.\”In a statement from the Vice-Chancellor, it was said that \”after public funding cuts, the proposals [to charge Â£9,000 tuition fees] only bring in Â£10 million of real extra income, of which 70% goes on new spending on student support and access.\”Â Â
Philips Soup Maker puréeing machine pouring soup OTOTO Mark-Eat silicone basting brush with jam The Gadget Flow Daily Digest highlights and explores the latest intech trends to keep you informed. Want it straight to your inbox?Subscribe ➜ – Advertisement – KitchenAid Cordless 5 Cup Food Chopper in black on a counter The FinaMill electric spice grinder on a table THAWTHAT! DELUXE Thawing TrayEven with the best of intentions, you might forget to start thawing early enough on Thanksgiving day. That’s no problem with the THAWTHAT! DELUXE Thawing Tray, which thaws meat, ensuring your meal maintains its flavors thanks to its thermal liquid that’s sealed inside. Furthermore, with non-slip silicone feet, it won’t move around. And its built-in drip tray won’t let liquid reach your countertop. OTOTO Mark-Eat Silicone Basting BrushYou won’t need to buy a baster for your turkey when you have the OTOTO Mark-Eat Silicone Basting Brush. This brush looks like a yellow highlighter, but it comes with a useful pump for simple basting. The brush helps you distribute cooking liquids evenly. Heat-Resistant Silicone Cooking Utensils with a cracked egg Philips Smoke-less Grill with Rotisserie Attachment indoor BBQ on a kitchen counter Philips Soup Maker Puréeing MachineWhip up a delicious batch of pumpkin bisque with the Philips Soup Maker Puréeing Machine. This gadget helps you make soups in just 18 minutes and comes with six preset programs. It even makes compotes and milk-based soups. The Saki Automatic Pot Stirrer really gives you an extra hand in the kitchen. This cool product on our list of kitchen gadgets for Thanksgiving stirs your soups, stews, gravies, sauces, and more so you don’t have to. It prevents burnt pots and leaves you free to work on other things.FinaMill Electric Spice GrinderYou want to make sure your Thanksgiving meal is as fresh as possible, and the FinaMill Electric Spice Grinder lets you do just that. This battery-operated spice grinder uses interchangeable pods that you can switch around and even store your spices in. THAWTHAT! DELUXE thawing tray on a wood table June Oven intelligent countertop oven in a kitchen – Advertisement – Heat-Resistant Silicone Cooking UtensilsThe Heat-Resistant Silicone Cooking Utensils add a bit of style to your kitchen. And since they feature durable silicone, these tools can withstand heat from your frying pan and oven. With their ergonomic shape, each one is comfortable to hold. Best Thanksgiving AccessoriesNiNJA Novel Kitchen KnifeThe NiNJA Novel Kitchen Knife is another great item on our roundup of kitchen gadgets for Thanksgiving. This kitchen knife can cut through pretty much anything and is great for chopping the raw veggies you need for that casserole. Each of the knives in this series has a double-edged blade with a titanium coating. NiNJA novel kitchen knife with lemons KitchenAid Cordless 5 Cup Food Chopper Vegetable DicerThere’s just not enough time to chop everything you need to chop on Thanksgiving day. That’s where the KitchenAid Cordless 5 Cup Food Chopper Vegetable Dicer comes in. Rechargeable, it can chop up to 40 onions. If it runs low on battery, use the 10-minute quick-charge feature that gives you enough battery to chop up to 11 onions or enough ingredients for a single large meal. It can even mix, purée, and whip a variety of different ingredients for hearty dishes. Finalizing your Thanksgiving day menu? Don’t forget about your kitchen gadgets. Having the right tools at your disposal can help immensely with your cooking prep. Check out these gadgets for ways you can be ahead of the game this Thanksgiving.Making Thanksgiving dinner is a marathon. To make it to the finish line with your sanity intact, it’s key to prepare some of your food ahead of time. Stuffing, sweet potato casseroles, and pumpkin pie can all be made in advance. So, to help you in your efforts, we’re presenting you with some of our favorite kitchen gadgets to streamline your Thanksgiving prep.Related: 14 Tech-free never-seen-before products to enhance your kitchen- Advertisement – Small gadgets like this butter twister can make all the difference in shaving minutes off your cooking time. You could also splurge and treat yourself to a high-quality stand mixer with enough capacity to mix up to 13 dozen cookies in a single batch! If you’re looking for a way to fast-track your Thanksgiving dinner preparation, check out the gadgets below.Best Thanksgiving GadgetsKitchenAid Pro 600 Series 6-Quart Bowl Lift Stand MixerA good stand mixer is an essential gadget in any kitchen, and the KitchenAid Pro 600 Series 6-Quart Bowl Lift Stand Mixer is an excellent one. It’s bowl can mix enough dough for 13-dozen cookies. It easily mixes light and dense mixtures alike.June Oven Intelligent Countertop OvenThe June Oven Intelligent Countertop Oven is another of our favorite kitchen gadgets for Thanksgiving. This gadget gives you an extra oven, toaster, dehydrator, broiler, and warming drawer. It also comes with over 100 professionally developed programs for automated cooking. Butter Twist all-in-one butter tool on a cutting board Philips Smoke-less Grill with Rotisserie Attachment Indoor BBQIf you want to get a bit more creative with this year’s Thanksgiving meal, try the Philips Smoke-less Grill with Rotisserie Attachment Indoor BBQ. It provides a smokeless cooking experience right from your countertop. Using advanced infrared heating technology, this tabletop grill produces up to 80% less smoke than a traditional grill. And it can heat up in as little as one minute. Butter Twist All-in-One Butter ToolKeep your kitchen tidy while you’re baking with the Butter Twist All-in-One Butter Tool. This gadget holds your butter so you don’t have to, keeping your hands free of grease. The integrated steel cutter slices precisely when you rotate it. It even has markings for each tablespoon, so you get the exact amount of butter you need. Are you ready to blast through your Thanksgiving recipes this year? With the help of these kitchen gadgets for Thanksgiving, you’ll make it to T-day relaxed and ready. What kitchen gadgets do you find indispensable for the big day? Tell us about them in the comments.Want more tech news, reviews, and guides from Gadget Flow? Follow us on Google News, Feedly, and Flipboard. If you’re using Flipboard, you should definitely check out our Curated Stories. We publish three new stories every day, so make sure to follow us to stay updated! Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters. Saki Automatic Pot Stirrer- Advertisement –
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