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Covid-19 leads to 57% drop in William Hill revenue

first_imgFinance 15th May 2020 | By contenteditor William Hill has reported a 57% year-on-year decline in net revenue during the seven weeks to 28 April as almost all areas of the bookmaker’s business were negatively impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. However, the operator has significantly reduced outgoings and taken advantage of government support, and now expects the impact on earnings to fall below its initial projections. William Hill has reported a 57% year-on-year decline in net revenue during the seven weeks to 28 April as almost all areas of the bookmaker’s business were negatively impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.However, the operator has significantly reduced outgoings and taken advantage of government support, and now expects the impact on earnings to fall below its initial projections.For the 17-week period from 1 January to 28 April, revenue was down 27% from the prior year. UK online revenue fell 11%, with international online revenue – largely due to the acquisition of MRG Group – up 21%. Retail revenue was down 35%, with the US reporting a 16% decline. The operator did not provide exact figures in the update. The bookmaker split its trading update into two sections; the 10 weeks through to 11 March, covering the period leading up to the widespread outbreak of the coronavirus, and the later seven-week period.Looking at the period prior to the main outbreak of coronavirus – the 10 weeks to 10 March – and William Hill said overall revenue was down 5%, with gaming revenue falling 24% and sportsbook wagers remaining flat year-on-year.The bookmaker’s online business performed well during the period, with total revenue up 16%, boosted by a 9% rise in gaming revenue but also hampered by a 6% drop in online sportsbook wagers. UK online revenue climbed 7% while international online revenue jumped 35%.Like-for-like retail revenue was down 3%, as gaming revenue fell 30% but the amount wagered at physical sportsbooks climbed 17%.In addition, William Hill reported significant growth within its US business in the earlier part of the year, with overall revenue up 30% year-on-year, helped by a 26% increase in the amount wagered at sportsbooks in the country.However, for the seven weeks from 11 to 28 April, in addition to the overall dip in revenue, gaming net revenue slipped 33% while the amount wagered across online and retail sportsbooks fell 70% year-on-year.Overall online revenue was down by 21%, with UK online revenue slipping 33%, though this was partially offset by a 5% rise in international online revenue.While gaming revenue for the period was up 6%, the sporting disruption resulted in amounts wagered on sports falling 56%.Retail was badly hit, with overall like-for-like revenue for this area of the business plummeting 85%, as shops were forced to close in a number of markets due to social distancing measures. Retail gaming revenue dropped 82% while sportsbook wagers were down 83%.Looking at the US and revenue was down 90% year-on-year, while bets placed at sportsbooks plummeting 86%Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, William Hill noted that it took a number of actions to help mitigate its impact, including furloughing all shop staff and taking advantage of government schemes to help pay employees. The bookmaker topped up wages to ensure all staff received 100% of their wages during the furlough period.Other actions included cutting staff costs by deferring recruitment, cancelling salary increases and bonus payments and incentive schemes for 2020, cutting marketing spend, and also changes to supplier management, including cost deferrals and reductions.William Hill said that as a result of these actions, it was able to reduce monthly cash outflow to approximately £15m (€16.9m$18.3m).At the end of the combined 17-week reporting period, unrestricted liquidity was in excess of £700m, while the bookmaker said it was able to utilise £425m worth of revolving credit facilities to maximise liquidity.Other strategies implemented to help retain cash included suspending dividend payments until further notice, deferring non-essential capital expenditure and focusing on rigorous working capital management.In addition, William Hill was able to agree a covenant waiver with its lending group of banks, covering the period up to and including December 2020. As a result, the net debt covenant has been amended to 4.5x in June 2021 and 4.0x in December 2021, returning to 3.5x in June 2022.In March, William Hill outlined a scenario whereby limited sporting activity until autumn and one month of shop closures would lead to a drop of between £100m and £110m in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the year.However, as a result of mitigation activities, the bookmaker said it is performing ahead of the initial scenario, which now incorporates three months of shop closures.In addition, for each further month of shop closures, William Hill said this would lead to a reduced EBITDA impact of £12m to £15m, assuming the government would continue to financially support furloughed staff. This week, the government said it furlough scheme would now run to October, though employers would be expected to share the cost from August.“William Hill has overcome many challenges in its 86-year history, and I am exceptionally proud of the team and their response to the Covid-19 pandemic,” chief executive Ulrik Bengtsson said. “We have worked hard to protect them, and in turn they have done the same for our customers.“We reacted quickly to the cancellation of sports activities and the closure of our retail estate. We took immediate measures to save costs, reduce cash outflow and minimise non-essential expenditure by negotiating with our suppliers, cancelling pay rises and executive bonuses and suspending the dividend.“We have preserved liquidity and amended the terms of our net debt covenant, leading to significant, balance sheet headroom. This will enable us to continue to invest for growth, most notably in the US, as plans there to roll out sports betting continue apace.”Bengtsson said that William Hill also remains committed to customer protection during the coronavirus outbreak, setting out how the bookmaker made a six-fold increase in the volume of responsible gambling messages sent to players.William Hill has also committed to pledges put in place by the UK’s Betting and Gaming Council and voluntarily adopted the TV and radio gaming advertising ban, which will remain in place until 5 June.“We remain focused on player safety employing ever more customer protection,” he said. “We are taking care of our teams, securing as many employment opportunities as possible and we are ready to power up the business as soon as Covid-19 restrictions permit.”Looking to the future, Bengtsson said William Hill will continue to monitor the latest advice and guidance from governments in terms of coronavirus, with the aim of proceeding with a staged reopening of the UK retail estate in the second half of 2020.The bookmaker also noted a number of recent developments, including the return of club football in Germany, with the Bundesliga set to resume behind closed doors this weekend.Horse racing, which contributes nearly a third of online UK sportsbook activity, has resumed in France and is also expected to return behind closed doors in the UK from June.“Our strategy for the company remains a simple one – to win with our customers, build agile collaborative teams, and get things done – execution,” Bengtsson said. “We are developing products that we are proud of and that will improve William Hill’s competitiveness for the long term.”Analysts from Regulus also gave their view on the report, suggesting that the US digital business is the only segment within the operator that is almost guaranteed a rapid rebound.According to Regulus, online excluding the US is more likely to recover more gradually, even without material negative regulatory-political intervention, though to some extent this could be improved by R&D and management action.However, Regulus raised concerns over the bookmaker’s land-based activities, saying that, at its heart, William Hill remains a retail business.“The extent to which William Hill can shift its operational improvements into the level of strategic re-engineering necessary for it to thrive rather than just survive in a post-Covid world remains to be seen – but it is almost certainly a bigger challenge than anything the beleaguered group has faced yet,” Regulus added. 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Delaware sports betting revenue improves in September

first_imgRevenue was down 58.9% from $2.2m in September 2019, but the monthly total was 146.4% higher than the $367,116 recorded in August of this year, in a month when the National Football League season began. Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Players won $6.2m from betting during the month. Sports wagering revenue in Delaware amounted to $904,450 in the month to 27 September, which despite marking a month-on-month improvement, remains far behind 2019 levels. 1st October 2020 | By Aaron Noy Regions: US Delaware Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Delaware sports betting revenue improves in September Topics: Finance Sports betting September’s amounts wagered were again significantly up from August, but still below prior year levels. Handle came to $7.3m, a 38.1% year-on-year decline, but a 143.3% month-on-month improvement. Read the full story on iGB North America. Email Addresslast_img read more

Turkmen authorities urged to free RFE/RL journalist held incommunicado

first_img #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan Help by sharing this information Dear Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov,Dear Ambassador Meret Orazov,We, the undersigned, are writing on the eve of the annual bilateral consultations between the United States and Turkmenistan, to be held on October 15 in Washington, DC, to urge you to release imprisoned reporter Saparmamed Nepeskuliev. We are convinced that his arrest and continued incommunicado detention are directly linked to his work as a reporter.A freelance journalist for Alternative Turkmenistan News and the Turkmen Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Nepeskuliev went missing in Avaza on July 7, 2015. Only several weeks later, on July 28, did his family discover he was being detained in a prison in Akdash. An official there confirmed that Nepeskuliev was in custody and that he would be charged and tried for unlawfully “possessing pills with narcotic substances.” It is now believed that he has already been sentenced to three years in prison, but due to the clandestine nature of his detention, this cannot be confirmed. The authorities have not informed Nepeskuliev’s family of the status of his detention and his current, specific whereabouts, and have provided no details on his trial and sentence. Neither his family nor his lawyer have been allowed to visit or have any contact with him. To date they have been unable to obtain a copy of the judgment against him in order to file an appeal. This failure to release information pertaining to his case has been attributed to a travel ban in the region surrounding Turkmenbashi, near the prison where Nepeskuliev’s family believes he has been transferred.  Because of the abysmal prison conditions in Turkmenistan and because Nepeskuliev is being held incommunicado, we are very concerned for his health and safety.  There are grounds for concern that the Turkmen authorities are putting tremendous pressure on Nepeskuliev’s family. His mother unsuccessfully attempted to visit her son in prison. She tried a second time at the end of September, and since then we have lost all contact with her. We are now extremely worried for her safety. Should the Turkmen authorities continue to conceal information about Nepeskuliev’s fate and whereabouts, Nepeskuliev would be the victim of an enforced disappearance, which is a grave crime under international law. Turkmenistan has the highest number of enforced disappearances in Eurasia and it is ranked 178th out of 180 on Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index, only above North Korea and Eritrea.The repressive actions taken against journalists in Turkmenistan have not gone unnoticed by the United States and the international community.  Follow the news on Turkmenistan RSF_en Organisation For example, the 2014 US Department of State Report on Human Rights Practices said, with regard to Turkmenistan: “(T)he most important human rights problems were arbitrary arrest; torture; and disregard for civil liberties, including restrictions on freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and movement;…. Officials in the security services and elsewhere in the government acted with impunity. There were no reported prosecutions of government officials for human rights abuses.”We hope that these issues will be discussed during the upcoming bilateral talks with the US administration.Nepeskuliev’s incommunicado detention, imprisonment on trumped up charges, and the authorities’ efforts to keep his family from contacting him and appealing his alleged conviction are serious violations of his rights and of Turkmenistan’s commitments under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. We urge you to immediately release him. We thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this urgent matter.Sincerely,- Daniel Calingaert, DPhil, Executive Vice President, Freedom House- Ivar Dale, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Helsinki Committee- Rachel Denber, Deputy Director, Europe and Central Asia Division, Human Rights Watch- Matthew Fischer-Daly, Coordinator, Cotton Campaign- Delphine Halgand, US Director, Reporters Without Borders- Art Kaufman, Senior Director, World Movement for Democracy- Ruslan Myatiev, Editor, Alternative Turkmenistan News- Nenad Pejic, Editor in Chief, RFE/RL(Photo: ATN) Receive email alerts to go further March 13, 2020 Find out more October 14, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Turkmen authorities urged to free RFE/RL journalist held incommunicadocenter_img News News News TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia News Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan March 31, 2020 Find out more TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia December 18, 2020 Find out more On the eve of bilateral talks between the State Department and Turkmenistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Rashid Meredov, eight media and human rights organizations have written to the Foreign Minister to call for the immediate release of journalist Sapermamed Nepeskuliev, detained incommunicado for the past three months. last_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Friday August 2nd

first_img Facebook Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter Twitter Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleSatellite clubs to help development of gymnastics in DonegalNext articleDerry City move up to third with win over UCD – Declan Devine Reaction News Highland WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+center_img AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Friday August 2nd WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 By News Highland – August 2, 2019 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Friday August 2nd:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Important message for people attending LUH’s INR cliniclast_img read more

At least 33 dead, half a million without power after storms, tornadoes batter South

first_imgkatifcam/iStock(NEW YORK) — At least 33 people died and hundreds of thousands were left without power after violent storms swept through the South on Sunday and Monday. Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi all declared a state of emergency in response to the storms, which included several powerful tornadoes, flash flooding and large hail. In Mississippi, at least 11 residents died due to the storms, including four in Jefferson Davis County, two in Jones County and two in Lawrence County.The two Lawrence County victims were a sheriff’s deputy and his wife, the county sheriff’s office announced late Sunday night. Deputy Robert Ainsworth was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and his wife, Paula, was a Justice Court deputy clerk, officials said. “April is our historically most dangerous month of the year,” Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Greg Michel told George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Monday. “What happened yesterday is certainly an indicator of how dangerous these storms can be, so we’ll do the cleanup efforts and get ready for what we anticipate to be a very busy and active tornado month here in April.”In South Carolina, nine deaths have been reported due to the severe weather. Georgia has eight confirmed fatalities: seven in Murray County and one in Bartow County. Tennessee has three reported deaths, and both Arkansas and North Carolina have reported one fatality.All flights out of Louisiana’s Monroe Regional Airport have been canceled until further notice after private planes and a hanger were damaged.As of Tuesday morning, over 560,000 people in 16 states had lost power due to storm damage. Arkansas had more than 100,000 residents without power. Kentucky had nearly 53,000 residents without power, and North Carolina and South Carolina each had more than 40,000. Nearly 60,000 residents in Massachusetts, 45,000 in New York and 39,000 in Maine were also without power after severe storms hit the East Coast Monday.“This storm was as bad or worse than anything we’ve seen in a decade,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said on social media Monday, noting that there were at least 12 tornadoes “affecting almost every region.”“We are used to tornadoes in Mississippi. No one is used to this. Winds topped 200 MPH. The trail was long and devastating,” Reeves said. During his daily White House briefing Monday, President Donald Trump expressed his condolences to the lives lost and people displaced by the storms. He said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is on its way to assist them. “My administration will do everything possible to help those communities get back on their feet,” he said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Kai Nacua Claimed off of Waivers by the Baltimore Ravens

first_imgMay 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local Kai Nacua Claimed off of Waivers by the Baltimore Ravens Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBALTIMORE-Tuesday, the official Twitter account of the Baltimore Ravens confirmed the squad has claimed former BYU safety Kai Nacua off of waivers from their AFC North rival, the Cleveland Browns.Nacua, a native of Las Vegas, was undrafted after a stellar collegiate career for the Cougars, and spent all of 2017 with the Browns.Nacua played in all 16 games for the 0-16 Browns, while netting 3 starts. He amassed 11 tackles and 2 assists on the season.Nacua shared his thoughts on Twitter Tuesday afternoon upon learning of the news by stating “blessings.” Tags: Baltimore Ravens/Cleveland Browns/Kai Nacua Written bylast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 4/4

first_imgRegion 15 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys Basketball MOAB, Utah-Cortney Noyes, Jaci Shumway and Jessica Jones all went yard as the Grand Red Devils completed a Region 15 doubleheader sweep of Richfield with an 11-1 rout Thursday. Allie Torgerson homered on a solo shot in defeat for the Wildcats. MIDDLE VILLAGE, N.Y.-Cole Anthony posted 30 points and 11 rebounds on 11-20 shooting as the Oak Hill (Va.) Warriors downed Wasatch Academy 79-72 Thursday at the Geico Nationals High School Tournament at Christ the King High School. Tags: Brad taylor/Brooklyn Frisbie/Bryan Pimentel/Cameron Hoppenstaedt/Cortney Noyes/Cris Garcia/Daniel Magana/Jace Allen/Jaci Shumway/Jager Springer/Jaxen Saunders/Jesus Magana/Jose Ramon/Josh Mendez/Laci Sissener/Madison Mathews/Mario Cannon/Nolan Ramirez/Orlando Rodriguez/Panguitch/Parowan/Walker Carroll/Wyatt Alcala DELTA, Utah-Jace Allen, Jager Springer, Josh Mendez, Orlando Rodriguez and Walker Carroll each scored as the Delta Rabbits pounded Carbon 5-1 Thursday in Region 14 boys soccer action. Region 14 MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Brian Chavez scored twice as the Manti Templars bested North Sanpete 3-2 Thursday in Region 15 boys soccer action. Juan Diego Palerin also scored in the win for the Templars. Brady Jacobson scored both goals in the loss for the Hawks. April 4, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/4 MOAB, Utah-Jaci Shumway homered and doubled, posting 4 RBI, as the Grand Red Devils pounded Richfield 15-1 in the first game of a Region 15 softball doubleheader Thursday. Softball Brad James Region 18center_img Boys Soccer Region 15 MONROE, Utah-Brock Winter found the net twice and the Emery Spartans smacked South Sevier 3-1 in Region 15 boys soccer action Thursday. Brad Taylor scored in defeat for the Rams. HURRICANE, Utah-Bryan Pimentel, Daniel Magana and Jesus Magana each found the net and the Beaver Beavers stymied Diamond Ranch 3-1 Thursday in Region 18 boys soccer action. PAROWAN, Utah-Laci Sissener went yard and doubled twice as the Parowan Rams blasted Panguitch 18-3 Thursday in 2-A South softball action. Brooklyn Frisbie tripled, Lauren Logan doubled and Madison Mathews earned the win in the circle for the Rams. Frisbie also had 4 RBI in the win for Parowan. Written by Geico Nationals @ Middle Village, N.Y. FILLMORE, Utah-Mario Cannon amassed four goals and Jose Ramon added a hat trick while the Millard Eagles hammered Parowan 8-0 in Region 18 boys soccer action Thursday. Cris Garcia also scored for Millard and Wyatt Alcala earned the shutout for the Eagles. Mike Saunders netted 22 points on 7-10 shooting in the loss for the Tigers, whose season ends with this defeat. MOAB, Utah-Jaxen Saunders and Nolan Ramirez each scored and the Grand Red Devils blanked Richfield 2-0 in Region 15 boys soccer action Thursday. Cameron Hoppenstaedt earned the shutout in victory for the Red Devils. 2-A Southlast_img read more

Property Ombudsman launches new portal for agents to monitor complaints

first_imgHome » News » Property Ombudsman launches new portal for agents to monitor complaints previous nextRegulation & LawProperty Ombudsman launches new portal for agents to monitor complaints….and promotes senior team member to Deputy role while reorganising structureNigel Lewis10th January 20170904 Views Salisbury-based The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has promoted its Casework Director Jane Erskine to the role of Deputy Ombudsman and launched a new online portal to enable agents and consumers to review cases as they proceed.Jane’s promotion is part of a reorganisation at TPO that Katrine Sporle, the Property Ombudsman, says are part of efforts to provide a “streamlined service that puts the consumer at the heart of the process”.Durham University education Jane (pictured, left) joined TPO as a case officer in 2007 after a nine-year stint working in private practice specialising in wills, conveyancing and probate, and has risen through the TPO ranks.In 2010 she was promoted to Senior Case Officer at the property dispute resolution organisation before rising to Casework Director two years later. She is a regular fixture on the property speaking circuit including at several regional NAEA conferences and masterclasses.Key to the TPO’s reorganisation is a new online portal that Katrine says will “transform the way the scheme reviews complaints by allowing agents and consumers to review live case updates, with additional functions for agents who will soon be able to renew their membership and update their contact systems at the click of a button”.TPO’s new structure, which came into effect last week, means every new case will be assigned to a dedicated team that will manage the entire process from start to finish. Katrine says each team will be multi-disciplinary and include adjudicators, dispute resolution advisors and case management officers.TPO says it is investing in tech as well as human resource and has installed new telephone and CRM systems too.“This is very much a work in progress that aims to provide modern services that are fit for purpose now and in the future, which have been designed to reflect the needs of both consumers and agents,” says Katrine.Katrine Sporle The Property Ombudsman TPO January 10, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Baskerville has “nothing to hide”

first_imgStefan Baskerville, the new President of the Oxford University Student Union, revealed that he will fully disclose the finances of the organisation and its commercial arm as “there is nothing to hide”. This contrasts with the policy of ex-President Lewis Iwu, who kept the affairs of Oxford Student Services Limited, OUSU’s trading subsidiary, under wraps. He said, “The position last year was that a fair amount of information was confidential and shouldn’t be released. I reviewed that at the start of the summer and I came to the conclusion that we are a membership organisation, we are a democratic organisation and it’s quite right that our members should be able to see quite a lot of detail about the commercial subsidiary.”He added that OUSU would be developing a new reporting structure, which will include regular updates on the activities of OSSL, delivered to both OUSU Council and the University. Baskerville also criticised OUSU’s current financial model. He pointed out that OUSU is “structurally underfunded” and agreed that finances were currently “unstable”. He said, “We rely on affiliation fees to pay for activities, when in fact I think that colleges and the University between them should be paying for those activities, because they serve the interest of both colleges and the University and I think actually the burden on common rooms is too high.”The President also explained his decision to take part in the Clarendon sit-in last January in the protest against Israel’s attack on Gaza. “The action that we took in January and that I took part in was a personal action on my part. I was asked numerous times by the student press to comment but I deliberately didn’t, because I was aware that OUSU didn’t have a position on it by that time and I didn’t want to give the impression that I was acting on behalf of OUSU or on behalf of other students. I did because I felt I saw an injustice and I thought we should draw attention to that injustice,” he revealed. He added, “At that time I wasn’t OUSU president, I now am, I now do represent the students, I am very aware that many students will disagree with my opinion of the war in Gaza and I am aware that many students will disagree with the action that I took as a student of the university in January. I wouldn’t do it today probably, because my role is very different now.”However, Baskerville did re-affirm his passion for representing the student body. He admitted that his decision to run in the elections last year was founded on “a self-confident, passionate desire to represent the student body”. While he emphasised the importance of building strong relationships with common room officers, he insisted that he was “not a hack” and that he did not make “false friends”. He did however admit that he possesses impressive “handshaking skills”. Baskerville also talked about pertinent issues within the student body such as the gender gap, disaffiliation within colleges and basic teacher training. When questioned about gender equality, Baskerville admitted that he “scanned” through OUSU’s report on women, yet denied that he is a feminist. He said, “No, I don’t think I know enough about feminism yet.”On the subject of disaffiliated colleges, Baskerville emphasised the impact that breaking away from OUSU had on both individuals and common rooms, pointing out that this damaged “student interests” in a “significant way” by leaving the organisation with less money to spend on resources such as the student advice service. He urged disaffiliated colleges to “lobby their colleges to come in to affiliation [because] what we offer is valuable”.Baskerville agreed that the unique structure of the college system contributed to the lack of enthusiasm for OUSU, but argued, “OUSU is relevant to students when it takes action on the issues that matter to students.” He granted that there had been flaws in OUSU’s communication strategy in previous years, but argued that this was by no means the only area where changes would be made, because “there’s always room for improvement.”Baskerville was keen to discuss his manifesto promises, which included a push for basic teacher training for tutors. This move is seen as controversial by some, since many academics have enjoyed careers spanning several decades without possessing any formal teaching qualifications. He explained that while at the moment almost all new tutors undergo training at the Oxford learning institute, he would be working to “try and increase the number of current tutors” involved with the centre.Baskerville hopes in his year as President to oversee the successful incorporation of OUSU as a new charity, which would establish “a formal relationship with the University” and lead to a “more stable funding model that allows it to develop the prospects for student representation, campaigning and services in Oxford.”He added, “If I achieve those, I’ll be a happy man.”last_img read more