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Price of the Vice

Cambridge’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, is one of the highest spending in the UK and lives in the most expensive university residence, it has been revealed.

Freedom of Information requests have revealed that the average annual salary of Vice-Chancellors at UK universities has increased by £12,000 in the last year to £272,000.

Borysiewicz earned £325,000 in 2014/15, amid “inflation-busting” increases for university VCs across the country. His pay package is nearly nine times the university’s average yearly salary (including additional payments) for 2013/14, which was £36,912. Borysiewicz’s current pay packet represents a 43 per cent increase on his predecessor[Read full story]

Comment

Entrance exams would benefit the privileged

Word is they’re bringing in pre-interview admissions tests around here. I’ve got a few issues with this. Fasten your seatbelts, here they are.

The first thing is that written exams favour certain people, namely those who have been taught by the age of seventeen to excel in written exams. Those people, obviously, are most likely to come from the kinds of schools which do well in all sorts of written exams, including A-levels. And guess what? Those people are already disproportionately good at getting into Cambridge. Now, I’m not having any of this ‘but if they’re the cleverest then it’s[Read full story]

Culture

Interview: Tim Knox

If you ask a young boy what they want to be when they grow up, it’s likely that the answer won’t be curator of a museum. But if you travelled back in time and met a very young Tim Knox, that’s what you’d get. He skipped out on the astronaut phase.

Knox’s enthusiasm for art began at an early age. He grew up in Nigeria, and then in Fiji. If his parents would go into town to do shopping, Tim would be waiting in the museum. He became obsessed with historic houses, churches, old buildings and collected little things, like[Read full story]

Science

TEDx: what does connecting the arts and sciences mean for research?

Connecting the Arts and Sciences is the theme for this year’s TEDxCambridge University event, referring not only to the divide between arts and sciences students but also between their respective disciplines. In a university like Cambridge, the two disciplines are as connected and diverse as the students, and research should be more focused on providing multiple interdisciplinary perspectives of important topics in society today.

I see myself as both an artist and a scientist, trying to understand the world we live in. I feel that making a great distinction between the two areas separates a part of my self. The[Read full story]

Reviews

Film: The Assassin

The Assassin is a strange film, and one which I am still trying to figure out, a week after seeing it. Set in 8th-century Tang dynasty China, it tells the story of Yinniang, a trainee-assassin sent on a mission to kill Lord Tian, the most powerful military leader in the dissident Weibo province, to whom she was betrothed as a child. It’s a well-known tale in China, I gather, loosely adapted from a story by the scribe Pei Xing, whose work is among the most important sources we have from and about the Tang dynasty.

If you’ve seen the trailer,[Read full story]

Features

Interior design à la student

Imogen Shaw: ‘My room is not for the faint-hearted’

When I’ve mentioned to anyone that I’ve been writing an article about interior design, they have laughed. I apologise if this doesn’t fill you with confidence. There are some people who can live in a room and keep it looking really, really nice. I am not one of those people. Yesterday I got out of bed and accidentally put my foot through the lid of a cheap biscuit tin I left on the floor. As I hobbled to the bathroom, I tripped over a suitcase that’s still hanging wide open as we[Read full story]

Sport

Super Bowl 50: when defence is the best form of defence

“Defense wins championships.” The old cliché once again proved its worth as one of football’s greatest, and most accurate, clichés. In this gargantuan contest of the NFL’s best defence (Denver Broncos) versus best offence (Carolina Panthers), there was only one team in the game.

Yet this was not what the Super Bowl was billed as. Rather, it focused (naturally) on the two quarterbacks. The maverick superstar, Cam Newton, versus the veteran legend, Peyton Manning; ‘Superman’ versus ‘The Sheriff’; super-human athlete versus omnipotent sage; high-profile player at the start of a star-spangled career versus one almost certainly at the very end.[Read full story]

Theatre

Review: The Maids

The Maids, directed by Zoe Barnes, was a brilliant and naturalistic interpretation of the play written by the French playwright, Jean Genet. All three parts were played by fantastic female actors who deliberately embodied the essence of their characters. The Maids were played by Isla Iago (Claire), a younger sister and Evie Butcher (Solange), an older sister. The Madam was played by Helen Vella Taylor. The play begins with Solange crawling along the floor in the Madam’s bedroom which creates an atmosphere of crime or dark motives that unravel as story enfolds, and this is greatly stressed by dark[Read full story]

NEWS

Price of the Vice

Price of the Vice

Cambridge’s Vice-Chancellor earns nearly nine times the average university salary, Freedom of Information requests reveal

Margaret Mountford: “I always think I owe my career, really, to Girton”

Margaret Mountford: “I always think I owe my career, really, to Girton”

Alice Chilcott speaks to the business lawyer-turned-papyrologist about Classics, Cambridge and life after The Apprentice

Formerly homeless student appears in BBC show

Formerly homeless student appears in BBC show

Jacob Lewis participated in a BBC Wales documentary aired on Monday

Teachers’ poor advice holding back disadvantaged students

“The playing field between state and private schools can be levelled”

Wolfson join with St Ed’s after June Event cancellation

The tickets for St. Edmund’s May Ball will be the same price for Wolfson students

CULTURE

Macklemore’s ‘White Privilege II’ and a cultural whiteout

Despite a sincere effort to highlight the injustices of racism, Macklemore’s wrongheaded effort only distracts from the voices that know what they’re talking about

Interview: Tim Knox

Interview: Tim Knox

Shefali Kharabanda speaks to Tim Knox, the Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, about heading up a 200 year-old institution

The Wild West

The Wild West

Ed Thicknesse considers the portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood

Escaping the frame: a day in the life of a contemporary artist

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Jade Cuttle takes a wander through her own surreal creations

Varsity Introducing: Myles O’Gorman

Joanna Taylor speaks to the Selwyn student who, after his acting debut in the freshers’ play Coram Boy, is now directing The Mighty Players’ freshers’ play Antigone

COMMENT

Entrance exams would benefit the privileged

Entrance exams would benefit the privileged

The introduction of entrance exams is a step backwards for access, says Noa Lessof Gendler

Romcoms: work of the patriarchal overlords?

Romcoms romanticise the stalker a little too much, says Emily Bailey-Page

Junior doctors’ strikes are a symptom of an ailing NHS

Complaints over working conditions for junior doctors are just the tip of the iceberg

On boredom

Boredom is an involuntary and undesirable state of being

The EU: an institution clearly incapable of reform

Cameron’s renegotiation shows how little influence we have in the EU

SPORT

Super Bowl 50: when defence is the best form of defence

Super Bowl 50: when defence is the best form of defence

Zack Case takes a look back at last Sunday’s version of ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’, as the Broncos win the Super Bowl

The College Football Review: Week 10

The College Football Review: Week 10

Football is a cruel game. Just ask Churchill

Are we failing children in sport?

Are we failing children in sport?

In today’s world, sport is vital for children’s education. But are we doing enough to make it inclusive and accessible for all?

What do they talk about when they’re talking about football?

” It is finally time to distinguish between the football player, the football pundit, and the football coach as three distinctive occupations”

Brits Shine at Aussie Open

Jamie, Johanna, Andy and Gordon give British tennis a boost

FEATURES

Volunteering with the new Kids Company

Volunteering with the new Kids Company

Alice Durrans tells us about her experience volunteering with Kids Company in its final days

Interior design à la student

Interior design à la student

How to decorate a college room on a budget

Halfway Halls

Halfway Halls

As many of us reach the halfway point of our time at university, Sarah Collins talks about making the most of it

King’s formal: the experience

Hamish Ungless on just how hard it really is to book a formal at King’s

How to pretend to be a prince

Hamish Ungless suggests invoking the powers of alcohol and a bad Swiss accent

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