November 21st, 2014

Talented mathematicians at The Sixth Form College, Solihull represented the College in the Solihull heat of the national Senior Team Mathematics Challenge this week and finished a creditable sixth out of 12 teams.

The event was hosted at the College and saw teams from 11 other schools and colleges going head-to-head in this demanding mathematical competition. Teams were present representing Arden Academy, Bablake School, Chenderit School, King Edwards School Birmingham, Rugby School, Rugby High School, Solihull School, Stratford-upon-Avon School, Tudor Grange Academy Redditch, Tudor Grange Academy Solihull and Worcester Sixth Form College.

The competition took the form of a three-part challenge. In the first round, the teams of 4 students had 40 minutes to answer ten questions. Then came the cross-number round, which is like a crossword but with numbers, in which students worked in pairs on either the across clues or the down clues, racing to complete their team’s grid first. The final round was the shuttle, where questions alternated between pairs of students within each team, with the added twist that the answer from each question was needed for the next.

The Sixth Form College, Solihull team consisted of Alice Bennett, Craig Forrest, Steph Loose and James Mason, all of whom are studying A level Further Mathematics at the College.

Isabel Cooper, the organiser of the Solihull Heat, commented: “Alice, Craig, Steph and James did a great job. The Maths challenges they were tackling are highly advanced and they were facing other very gifted mathematicians. Good team work and quick mathematical thinking are the key to doing well in this competition and that’s exactly what they achieved. All the students who participated enjoyed the event, which we were delighted to host once again.”

The competition was won by King Edwards School, ahead of Bablake and Rugby Schools.

Jackie Ashley appointed as 8th President of Lucy Cavendish College

November 21st, 2014

Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, is delighted to announce the election of Jackie Ashley as the new President, from Autumn 2015.

The seven-year appointment will allow Ms Ashley to lead the college, one of the prime institutions championing the education of women, into its next phase after a highly successful first 50 years.Photograph of Jackie Ashley

Jackie Ashley, 60, has been a high-profile political journalist and commentator for ITN, Channel 4 News, the BBC, the New Statesman and the Guardian. She also sits on a number of boards, including University College London Hospitals’ Biomedical Research Council; Birkbeck College, University of London’s Centre for the Study of Politics; and Women in Sport.

She said yesterday: ‘All my working life, I have been campaigning for better rights for women. I’ve been involved in campaigns for equal pay, carers, older women, and on health issues: I could not be more delighted to take up the challenge of leading this outstanding college.

‘Lucy Cavendish College was founded 50 years ago by some remarkable women research academics, one of whom was a computing pioneer. Its mission has been to broaden access to top-quality university education, and to provide women over 21 with the opportunity to achieve their academic ambitions and fulfill their potential.

‘At a time when access to elite institutions has become such a hot political topic; and when women are still earning substantially less than men for similar jobs, I cannot think of a more exciting place to be working. There is nowhere quite like Lucy Cavendish College. I am proud to be becoming its leader and champion.’

Dr Isobel Maddison, Vice-President of Lucy Cavendish College, commented:

‘We are delighted Jackie Ashley is joining the College as its 8th President in October 2015. She is a worthy successor to Professor Janet Todd OBE who continues to lead the College with energy and commitment. Jackie is enthusiastic about the work of Lucy Cavendish.

Her experience and dynamism will be invaluable throughout the period of her appointment. We are confident Jackie will be an inspirational and successful President and are very much looking forward to working with her.’