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Little progress has been made in reducing the earnings gap between male and female staff members, a report by the University has revealed. The report finds that: “The gender pay gaps identified aremainly attributable to a lack of women in senior roles in the University.” Ofthe 25% highest-earning staff, just 38% are women. A majority of all otherstaff are women, including 62.5% of the 25% lowest-paid staff. As an organisation with over 250 employees, the University is legally required to release gender pay data. Last year, a number of colleges released their own statistics, with Balliol and Keble reporting the highest mean pay gaps this time last year. In introduction to the report, Vice-Chancellor LouiseRichardson, writes: “[W]e have made progress, but the progress is frustratinglyslow.” Since the first such report last year, the mean gender paygap amongst Oxford University staff has decreased slightly from 24.5% to 22.6%but remains higher than the national average. The median figure has remained at13.7%. The 2019 report is available on the University website. Although more women are in receipt of bonus payments, themean gap between male and female bonus pay is 64.1% (down from 79% last year). Themedian figure has decreased substantially, however, from 48.7% to 6.7%,suggesting that the bonuses of senior male staff are responsible for much ofthe gap. The report reiterates a commitment by the University toachieve yearly increases in the proportion of female professors at theuniversity, with a short-term goal of 30% by 2020 for all professors and 20%for statutory professors. This is coupled with a commitment to see a third of Universityleadership roles, such as departmental heads and senior management positions, occupiedby women.
40 members of the Brazilian youth band Meninos do Morumbi arrived on campus Tuesday to visit the University and perform during the halftime show on Saturday at the Notre Dame-Stanford football game. In English, Meninos do Morumbi means “Kids of Morumbi,” the neighborhood in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil, where the band is based. The students will remain on campus until Sunday and are lodging at the Sacred Heart Parish Center. According to the Notre Dame Band website, in 2011, 66 members of the Notre Dame band toured Brazil and performed for Meninos do Morumbi in SÃ£o Paulo, the country’s largest city and Dr. Ken Dye, director of bands, said he enjoyed the visit to Brazil. “They were very gracious hosts and shared their exciting music with our band,” Dye said. The band later invited the youth band to Notre Dame to perform and experience campus life. Dye is looking forward to the interaction between the Notre Dame Band members and the young performers from Brazil. According to their website, Meninos do Morumbi is a social project that gives youth an alternative to delinquency, violence and drugs through music. “We attend around 2,000 children and young from 22 slums of SÃ£o Paulo,” Ana Paula Costa, the band’s spokeswoman,said. According to Costa, Meninos do Morumbi has had 14,000 youth participants thus far. Musician and current director FlÃ¡vio Pimenta founded the band in 1996. “I originally invited children from the slums and poor communities found begging on the streets of my neighborhood to teach music in my studio in my house,” Pimenta said. “The idea was not and is not charity.” According to Pimenta, the band has greatly impacted the students’ lives. “Not only the music, but the experience of good values. We are a place for good values,” Pimenta said. According to a press release, the group provides an escape from situations of personal and social risk through many expressions. “We offer them a range of activities in the areas of culture, music, arts, education and sports,” Costa said. The band has performed for former U.S. President George W. Bush as well as singer Madonna, according to Costa. They have also performed in the United Kingdom and France. The band’s style of music interprets songs of Brazilian and African folklore. According to Costa, the youth play music from Brazilian genres including jongo, maracatu, funk and samba. Sandra Teixeira, a Notre Dame Portuguese professor originally from Brazil, is excited for the band’s visit. “The Portuguese and Brazilian studies program is very excited about this incredible opportunity,” Teixeira said. “The visit will share an important aspect of Brazilian culture, as well as our love for music and dance, with the entire Notre Dame community.” Meninos do Morumbi will participate in many events throughout Notre Dame’s campus. The band is holding a performance today and a Brazilian instrument and dance workshop at the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday, the Brazil and Portuguese Language Clubs of Notre Dame will host a welcome reception and social hour in the ballroom of Lafortune Student Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m. “Besides having the unique opportunity to watch a vibrant and culturally infused show, students will be able to witness a very successful story of the determination and talent exemplified by these kids and mentors,” Teixeira said.
Hamilton keeper Michael McGovern and Brentford winger Stuart Dallas both impressed on their first competitive starts and are now ready to challenge on a regular basis. McGovern was drafted in after number one Roy Carroll was ruled out with abdominal pain and was an assured presence. “I didn’t have any concerns about Michael,” said O’Neill. “In this past he’s probably played at a level which he was better than. “When he was playing in Scottish Championship I felt he was better than that and he’s proven that with a great season in the SPL. “If you asked most managers in Scotland I think most of them would name Michael is in the top two or three keepers in the division. “He dealt with everything he had to and I was delighted for him to acquit himself so well in a big game like this.” Dallas, meanwhile, forced his way into the starting XI with eye-catching friendly displays against Scotland and Qatar and looks set to stay there. “Stuart has come in after some unfortunate injuries and given us real strong dimension on left side,” O’Neill said. “He has power and pace, he has defensive strength to his game and he gives us real competition now for the likes of Niall McGinn and Paddy McCourt. “Bit by bit I think we’re finding we have more players now who can affect games for us at this level and that’s just what we need.” The nation have not qualified for a major tournament since the 1986 World Cup and hopes are high that they can end 30 years of hurt by sealing a place in France next year. Saturday’s tense goalless draw with Group F front-runners Romania kept them in second place on 13 points – two ahead of Hungary and seven clear of the fourth-placed Faroe Islands. Michael O’Neill believes Northern Ireland’s next two matches will determine their Euro 2016 fate. A play-off place now seems to be the least manager O’Neill can expect but September offers the chance to lock down automatic qualification. A trip to the Faroes comes first, followed by a Windsor Park date against Hungary, and the stakes are high. “I always felt the two games in September were crunch games and that’s going to be the case now,” said O’Neill. “There’s everything to play for. The Faroes are actually fourth now and have had a great campaign for a nation of their size. “They’re probably thinking that three points against us moves them into a nice position so we can’t disregard them. “That becomes a very important game now and then we have Hungary at home. It’s a very interesting double header.” Victory over Romania would have put Northern Ireland in a near impregnable position, but visiting goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu repelled efforts from Jonny Evans, Kyle Lafferty and Oliver Norwood to preserve the stalemate. That is still a creditable result against opponents ranked 12th in the world and O’Neill was particularly heartened by the efforts of two relative newcomers on the international stage. Press Association