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Philip May: the Prime Minister’s closest political adviser
Philip arrived from Calday Grange Grammar School in the Wirral, Merseyside, at Lincoln College, Oxford University, in 1976, to read history, and won the freshers’ debating competition at the Oxford Union. Benazir Bhutto (soon to become president of the Oxford Union, and a future prime minister of Pakistan) identified May, Alan Duncan (now a Foreign Office minister) and Michael Crick (of Channel 4 News) as the stars of the new intake // thin pickings!
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11 weeks ago by yorksranter
The cost of studying the arts at Oxbridge - British universities
Many gifted arts students would struggle to crunch numbers. But for those who can excel at both, the cost of sticking with the arts, in terms of forgone wages, is steep. Cambridge creative-arts students have a-level scores close to those of economics students at Warwick, but earn about half as much. That is tantamount to giving up an annuity worth £500,000.
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11 weeks ago by inspiral
Since & universities are deeply committed to evidence-based research, I’m looking forward t…
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december 2018 by andfilmer
Status Anxiety
In his own words: How @toadmeister got into Brasenose after failing to meet the requirements after his father called the admissions tutor, an old friend.
oxbridge  ukpolitics 
june 2018 by nwlinks
Chris Williams on Twitter: "@peterfrankopan @alexvtunzelmann No, but the late 80s Modern History syllabus* was constructed to spend a lot of time on a superficial gallop through the centuries, much less on detail. No footnotes were necessary to get a 2.1.
an important part of the brilliance culture: the constant evocation of Oxbridge "excellence" while denying that it is worth anything. after all, if it is worth anything, who gets it is a burning question, and one's personal brilliance is commensurately devalued
oxbridge  meritbrilliance  to_blog 
january 2018 by yorksranter
Oxbridge uncovered: More elitist than we thought - BBC News
The horror of it is that Oxford and Cambridge seem to be the elite's local universities. The closer you live, the more likely you are to go, and presumably the more likely you are to entrench yourself somewhere not a million miles away
oxbridge  class 
november 2017 by yorksranter
TwitLonger — When you talk too much for Twitter
RT : Here is MY Cambridge story. In 1978 a girl, , on at a comprehensive school in (cont)
Oxbridge  FreeSchoolMeals  Me  from twitter
october 2017 by kevinmarks
Malcolm Gladwell on Why We Shouldn’t Value Speed Over Power | Heleo
I have a hypothesis: we’re in this charade because it creates an illusion of certainty. It allows those of us who make selection decisions to believe that there are more deserving and less deserving candidates, which I think is largely an illusion.
oxbridge  elites  fabien  hierarchy 
may 2017 by Walpole
Robots and Jobs: Evidence from US Labor Markets
We show that commuting zones most affected by robots in the post-1990 era were on similar trends to others before 1990, and that the impact of robots is distinct and only weakly correlated with the prevalence of routine jobs, the impact of imports from China, and overall capital utilization. According to our estimates, each additional robot reduces employment by about seven workers, and one new robot per thousand workers reduces wages by 1.2 to 1.6 percent.

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february 2017 by nhaliday
Computer-based personality judgments are more accurate than those made by humans
- data: likes on facebook
- outperforms peer ratings (validated by self-other agreement) and self ratings (validated by correlation w/ objective life outcomes)
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january 2017 by nhaliday

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