Lecturer- Higher Education – (ADJ000184)

first_imgThe Higher Education Program within the Department of EducationalLeadership & Policy Studies (DELPS) offers two programs: (a)M.Ed. in Higher Education and (b) Ph.D. in Higher EducationLeadership and Policy Studies. The M.Ed. program courses is offeredin two program delivery formats, one format is delivered on-campusfor both full- and part-time students; the other format isdelivered 100% online for part-time learners. The Ph.D. programcurriculum is delivered on-campus for full- and part-timestudents.M.Ed. courses include, but are not limited to: American HigherEducation, Organization and Administration, Student DevelopmentTheory, Assessment and Evaluation, Educational Policy and Planning,Cultural Foundations of Higher Education, Critical Issues in HigherEducation, Leadership for Change, Research for Educational Leaders,and Student Support Services.Ph.D. courses include, but are not limited to: Research Methods,Introductory and Intermediate Statistics, Student Development,Higher Education Law, Finance in Higher Education, Administrationof Higher Education in Multicultural Settings, Seminar in AdultEducation, and Policy, Politics, and Governance.Applications for adjunct teaching positions are accepted andreviewed on a continuous basis. Both the Department Chair andProgram Directors examine applicants.Adjunct faculty are expected to:• Employ a variety of pedagogical strategies focused on engagingadult learners;• Maintain course-specific records;• Evaluate student work in a timely manner,• Provide students with quality feedback as to their advancementtoward meeting student learning objectives;• Prepare to successfully facilitate face-to-face and/or onlineinstruction; and,• Deliver the pre-developed course content required for either theMasters or Doctoral degree.In addition to your CV, please attach a cover letter describingyour (a) qualifications, (b) interest in the position, (c) teachingexperience, and (d) teaching philosophy. Only applications with allrequired documents will be considered.The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :To be considered for an adjunct position in the Department ofEducational Leadership & Policy Studies (DELPS), the followingrequirements must be met:1. Hold a current Doctorate degree from an accredited college oruniversity;2. Demonstrate a history of successful administrative or facultyexperience in the discipline;3. Demonstrate competence in assigned course content area(s);4. Possess excellent interpersonal skills and a clear understandingof adult learning theory (engaging adult students);5. Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff,students, and institutional partners; and,6. Possess exceptional verbal, written, electronic, and digitalcommunication skills.Notes to Applicant: Only applications with all requireddocuments will be considered. Official transcripts are required fora faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of finalcandidate. All positions at the University of Houston are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

ON-Campus Clinical Instructor for EMS Program

first_imgDescription/Job SummarySummary of Position’s Responsibility :Work under direction of the Program and Clinical Coordinators,the On-Campus Clinical Instructor will work collaboratively indesigning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating studenttutoring, retention and success activities within the EMSProgramInstruct and evaluate students in the clinical laboratoryincluding theory content and assist with campus labsimulation.Provide feedback to faculty in the EMS related to studentperformance in the clinical laboratory and simulationactivities.Provide remediation to students in the EMS Program to enhancestudent learning.Assessment and EvaluationUse a variety of strategies to assess and evaluate learning inthese domains: cognitive, psychomotor, and affective.Use existing evaluation tools for assessing clinical practiceand educational outcomes.Evaluate available resources for learner assessment andevaluation.***Please upload license or certifications under ‘OtherDocuments’***Required SkillsKSA’sAbility with specific strengths in academic skill building withan emphasis in math, biological sciences, literacy and readingcomprehension skills specific to programs in the School of Nursingand Health Professional programs (SNHP).Knowledge of clinical and computer proficiency.Ability to write proficiently and be able to assist students inthe writing process.Ability to do math and practical skills to tutor math forclinical applications.Knowledge of the Maryland Medical Protocols for EmergencyMedical Services Providers.Required QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:EMT certificationCPR certificationCurrent or previous NREMT License and/or certification3 consecutive years of experience as an Emergency MedicalTechnician Paramedic or higherMaintains a Maryland EMS certification or license as anEmergency Medical Technician Paramediclast_img read more

Bookstore Manager

first_imgFrequent movement within the store to access variousdepartments, areas, and/or products.Ability to remain in a stationary position for extendedperiods.Frequent lifting.Occasional reaching, stooping, kneeling, crouching, andclimbing ladders.Required QualificationsMinimum Qualifications : (10) years of progressively responsibility bookstore managementand supervisory experience3-5 years previous textbook experience working in an onlineculture, including knowledge of and competency with retail softwareand technologyExperience in an e-commerce marketplaceAbility to execute and develop business strategies and identifyopportunities to drive sales, increase customer satisfaction, andexpand store trafficExperience in an institution of Higher Education managing anoperation for the purchase/sale of textbooks, sundries andparaphernaliaMaster’s Degree in Retail Management, Business Administrationor related field Prepares and implements detailed operating plans for standardoperations, and special events (Convocation, Commencement). Drivesplans to execution, analyzes store financials, interprets trends,and makes recommendations to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO)regarding how to positively impact future sales/expenseopportunities.Demonstrates understanding of capacity and velocityrequirements, based on previous inventory history.Prepares annual budgets and monthly financial and performancereports.Identifies key talent and is responsible for recruiting,training, coaching and development of full-time, part-time, andcontractual employees.Ensures effective performance management and maintains aculture of accountability. Develops cross-functional teams ofengaged associates with the ability to execute initiatives anddrive store operational standards and business results.Provides staff training, develops, and promotes a teamenvironment and acts as a leader within the store to all stafflevels.Establishes, enhances, and maintains positive, responsiverelationships with campus community, including athletic departmentand faculty and staff.Provides oversight and guidance and/or executes needs relatedto course materials,Reviews enrollment numbers, history, inventory levels andcurrent adoptions in order to ensure appropriate quantities forpurchase and to buy back. Interacts with faculty and others asneeded to gain access to adopted titles for upcoming semester farin advance to maximize profit.Develops a customer-centric experience and engages team membersin the delivery/execution of that objective. Provides highestlevels of customer service within the store and in all interactionswith customers.Manages the visual presentations to create an exciting salesenvironment for customers.Participates in the execution of store-specific projects, suchas renovations and reorganizations, or assists in projects relatingto store opening or closing.Ensures all back-office functions, including the preparation ofinvoices, process of chargebacks and coordination of stockshipments are completed in accordance with standard practices andprocedures.Possesses the ability to effectively communicate to the CFO andother college Executives.Positively represents BCCC at all times and with allcustomers.Performs other duties as assigned. Physical Demandscenter_img ***Seven (7) Professional References, including work andcell/home phone number should be uploaded as an additionaldocument.***Bachelor’s Degree in Retail Management, BusinessAdministration, or related fieldMinimum of (7) year’s Retail or related work experience toinclude Retail ManagementGeneral Bookstore experienceProven experience with POS and inventory systems.Strong customer service experience; strong organizational, timemanagement and problem-solving skills; strong communication andpresentation skills; strong analytical skills and financial acumenincluding Point of Sales (POS) system, general accounting, and cashcountsAdvanced relationship building, a demonstrated ability toinfluence a team and customer outreachGeneral Computer SkillsPreferred QualificationsPreferred Qualifications: Description/Job SummarySeeking a results-driven Bookstore Manager to be responsiblefor the overall management of the campus bookstore at BaltimoreCity Community College. The bookstore provides text and tradebooks, technology, and school supplies, college paraphernalia, andsundries — what a college student needs to be successful inhis/her studies as well as items to get them through the day.Manager must be knowledgeable of and be a resource for alldepartments, model exceptional customer service, drive sales, andbe a skillful problem solver.This position executes and provides leadership and oversight forall facets of bookstore operations including: hiring, training,supervising, developing and motivating team members; preparing andexecuting store operating plans; developing a robust e-commercemarketplace, establishing and enhancing strong campus relations;guiding course materials activities; maintaining a high-level ofcustomer service throughout the store; delivering on generalmerchandise expectations; demonstrating expert-level knowledge ofsystems and strategies; and completing other necessary storeactivities as needed.Responsibilities/DutiesKey Areas of Responsibilities:last_img read more

PROFESSOR (C20NN), ASSOC PROFESSOR (C30NN) OR ASST PROFESSOR (C40NN)

first_imgOngoing/Renewable Faculty Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation forUW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respectthe profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience,status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. Wecommit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching,research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linkedgoals.The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission bycreating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from everybackground – people who as students, faculty, and staff serveWisconsin and the world.For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, pleasevisit: Diversity andInclusion Position Summary: * Tenure-track faculty at the University of Wisconsin-MadisonSchool of Nursing conduct research, teach courses, mentor graduatestudents, and contribute to school, university, community, andprofessional activities through academic citizenship andleadership.* Tenure-track faculty members positively contribute to School ofNursing and University of Wisconsin-Madison goals for diversity andinclusive excellence.* Successful candidates will be expected to develop and maintain acollaborative, innovative, robust, and highly visible researchprogram that entails conceptualizing, designing, and conductingresearch studies; managing research staff; following all researchcompliance policies; disseminating research results; and seekingextramural research funding. Research programs may build on one ormore of the following research approaches: symptom science, systemsscience, qualitative methods, health services research,epidemiology, informatics, large data analytics, or mixed methods.Research programs should be consistent with national nursing,public health, behavioral health, aging, family health, mentalhealth, health care, or health systems priorities for extramuralfunding.* Successful candidates will be expected to teach courses alignedwith their expertise at baccalaureate and/or graduate levels.Teaching may include co-teaching in active learning environmentsand interprofessional education with health sciences students andfaculty. Teaching may include face to face, blended, and onlinedelivery.* Research mentoring of undergraduate honors students, PhDstudents, and postdoctoral fellows is expected.* Successful candidates will be expected to actively contribute toschool, university, community, and professional committees andother activities through academic service.* Appointments at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor ranksare possible. For appointments at the rank of Associate Professoror Professor, a substantial nationally recognized record ofresearch, publication, teaching, and service meeting criteria for atenured faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Madisonwill be required. Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience: The School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison isseeking to fill two tenure track faculty positions. Successfulcandidates will join a vibrant and collaborative group ofscientists and scholars conducting innovative and impactfulresearch aimed at improving health care services and individual andpopulation health across the lifespan. We seek candidates who willdevelop and maintain robust funded research programs focused ongenerating new knowledge in one or more of the followingareas:* Symptom science;* Informatics;* Health systems innovation;* Child and family health;* Population health;* Psychiatric/mental health.Successful candidates for these positions will also teach coursesaligned with their expertise in undergraduate nursing, Doctor ofNursing Practice (DNP), and PhD programs, and will mentorundergraduate honors and graduate students in research andscholarship. Service to the school, university, and profession, andcontribution to inclusive excellence are also expectations forthese positions. Job no: 226661-FAWork type: Faculty-Full TimeDepartment: NUR/FACULTY AFFAIRS/ADMINLocation: MadisonCategories: Instructional, Research, Scientific Appointment Type, Duration: Salary: Contact: * Eligibility for Registered Nurse licensure in Wisconsin isrequired A545000-SCHOOL OF NURSING/FACULTY AFFAIRS/ADMIN Institutional Statement on Diversity: License or Certificate: Principal Duties: Full Time: 100% * Earned research doctorate (PhD or equivalent) in Nursing orrelated field required.* If earned research doctorate is not in nursing, graduate degreein nursing is required. AUGUST 16, 2021center_img Job Number: Degree and Area of Specialization: * Three or more years of experience or combined research trainingand experience in conducting health-related researchprojects;* A record of research publication;* One or more years of experience or combined education andexperience in teaching at undergraduate or graduate levels innursing or health related field is required; teaching experienceusing active learning strategies, co-teaching, concept-basedteaching, blended and online teaching, and interprofessionaleducation strategies is desirable. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and TotalCompensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensationstructures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles oncurrent job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties andresponsibilities will remain the same. For more information pleasevisit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/.Employment will require a criminal background check. It will alsorequire you and your references to answer questions regardingsexual violence and sexual harassment.The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identitiesof applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except thatthe identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).The Annual Security and FireSafety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinarypolicies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, andon-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statisticsfor the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a papercopy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin PoliceDepartment . Instructions to Applicants: The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity andAffirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence throughdiversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability,you can find information about how to make a request at thefollowing website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/ Susan [email protected] Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS:800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for furtherinformation. ) Department(s): Work Type: Official Title: NegotiableACADEMIC (9 months) PROFESSOR(C20NN) or ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR(C30NN) or ASSISTANTPROFESSOR(C40NN) Employment Class: 226661-FA Electronic submission of application materials is required.Applicants must apply via the online application system atjobs.wisc.edu. Please click on the “” button to start anapplication. A complete application includes the following:1. A letter of application referring to Position Vacancy Listing#226661 and referencing areas of research expertise, teachingexperience, and scholarly interest which describes research programand teaching interests;2. A current curriculum vitae;3. Three data-based publications;4. Three letters of reference from individuals who can evaluateteaching and research.Instructions for how to submit application materials:1. Please submit your letter of application, current CV, and threedata-based publications as a SINGLE PDF.2. Letters of references must be emailed directly from thereference to Susan Zahner at [email protected] submitted outside of the jobs.wisc.edu onlineapplication process will not be considered. Failure to submitcomplete application materials may result in ineligibility for thisposition. For questions regarding this position, please contactSusan Zahner at [email protected]: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, informationregarding the names of applicants must be released upon request.Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Wepromote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualifiedindividuals to apply.To ensure consideration, complete applications must be received bymidnight on January 15, 2021. The position will remain open andapplications may be considered until the position is filled. Anticipated Begin Date: Applications Open: Aug 27 2020 Central Daylight TimeApplications Close:last_img read more

Ed Harcourt – Until Tomorrow Then Review

first_imgBy James Lowe ****Ed Harcourt occupies the classically precarious position of being a good singer-songwriter. Such ability isn’t always particularly useful, commercial, or cool. So you can play a wistful piano, sing with cracked chords and strum under a tree in the pale autumn dawn? Then you can be a singer-songwriter. They come and go like internships for students: you feel you should give them a go but you don’t really want to spend all your time there.Harcourt alerted the world to his fragile presence with 2001’s Mercury-nominated LP Here Be Monsters, and has released five critically acclaimed albums since then. Being a best of, there isn’t a ‘bad’ song on here. They are all strong, from the bizarre, melancholic exuberance of ‘Born in the ‘70s’ to the Ryan Adams bar-room lilt of ‘This One’s For You’. Lyrical adventures abound, and the instrumentation kicks back from mid-tempo indie rock on ‘Watching the Sun Come Up’ to whispery strings on a rowing boat at midnight on ‘Something In My Eye.’ There’s enough variety and instrumental exoticism to merit further ear time and the general vibe of this album is that Harcourt is talented in an age that doesn’t understand or recognise such talent. Dinner party material? Possibly. But I’d rather listen to Harcourt with his romantic notion of life as overpowering and wildly affecting than, say, Norah Jones’s life as commercial lucky-dip.Harcourt’s voice, a combination of Tom Waits talking in a stage whisper to Nick Drake as Ryan Adams makes himself heard over the piano, is comfortable with mumble-into-the-microphone melancholy, shout-out-loud hoarseness or watch-that-vibrato timidity. Which is no bad thing, but the breath of these elders hangs heavy on the air, meaning that Harcourt is a good singer-songwriter, yes, but that can only get you so far nowadays.last_img read more

Residents angered by plans for Iffley tennis centre

first_imgProposals for a new indoor tennis court on Iffley Road have come up against fierce opposition from locals, including Professor of Theology, Andrew Linzey.Professor Linzey said, “We are not opposed to development on the sports ground per se, what we are opposed to is huge, ugly buildings in a conservation area.“Surely the University can do better than an ‘up-turned sink’ design. It is in the University’s own interest to come to an understanding with local residents.”The plans show a centre just over 25 feet high to be located on the University sports ground which, from some positions, would obscure views towards the city centre. The large, six court indoor tennis building would be built just next to the rugby pitch and very close to a nearby main road. Designs include plans to dig out the area adjacent to the road so the building can stand lower, but the roof still would still stretch a few metres above the fence. The current wooden fence bordering the site would be replaced by tall iron railings.A spokesperson for the University said, “The planning application was registered by the City Council on 15 January and provided residents with the full statutory consultation period to consider and respond to proposals.”She added, “Comments that were made have been taken into account in the final proposals where possible.” However,  members of the Iffley Area Residents Association have said that they feel this response is simply not good enough.Professor Linzey has teamed up with the Association in a stand against the plans. David Barton, Chair of the Association said, “The view from the road beside it will be of a very large, ugly grey zinc roof, divided by lighting panels, stretching back across the field for 33 metres. In our view, the designers haven’t considered the impact of implementing these plans at this particular location, given that it is situated within a conservation area, and close to the Grade 1 Listed building of St John’s Church.”In their submission as a Residents Association, Professor Linzey and co-members will suggest that the building is poorly designed and highly unsuited to the location. They will do so along with those who live opposite the site on Marston Street.Nearby resident Sarah Wild said, “The University obviously cannot have both indoors and the outdoors in the same place because of the restriction at the Iffley Road site; so the answer would be to have a split site – one with primarily indoor and one with primarily outdoor facilities.”The objections of the Resident’s Association will be heard formally at a consultation to be hosted by Oxford City Council. A spokesperson for the Council commented on planning procedures. “As part of the normal planning process we have consulted residents and their comments will be taken into consideration when the application is reviewed,” he said.Oxford University held a public exhibition of the plans at the University Rugby Club pavilion this week where Professor Linzey and the rest of the Association were invited as guests. However, the next discussions concerning the application are not to take place until March.last_img read more

Urgent new motion for Student Union passed

first_imgOUSU Council voted on Wednesday to pass Stefan Baskerville’s proposals for reforms to the OUSU funding structure which will end college affiliation fees. In a motion to support the paper “Urgent Challenges for OUSU and the University,” the student body also chose to back the OUSU president’s plans to incorporate the Student Union and include every student as a member.The motion received strong opposition from Rob Shearer, president of disaffiliated Linacre College MCR, whose main complaint was OUSU’s lack of consultation with students, and who asked the passing of the motion be delayed until more consultation had been held. He pointed out that only one student had attended OUSU’s consultation meeting held just 36 hours after the plans were announced. “I know that because it was me,” he added.Shearer further argued that the reforms were missing the point. “The underlying problem is that the budget keeps going up.” Dan Lowe of St Edmund Hall, one of numerous members who spoke out in favour of the motion, argued that this was misguided: “funding is the problem.”OUSU’s funding structure is clearly unreliable and insufficient; as the report itself notes, even a massive cut in spending on services and firing several sabattical officers would not help OUSU back out of its current deficit.The Council gave the motion overwhelming support. In opposing the reforms, Shearer represented a small but very vocal minority present at the meeting.OUSU will now take the funding model to the University Joint Committee. There are no guarantees the proposals will ever be put into place; a similar model to this was rejected by the University authorities in 2007 and OUSU will be asking Oxford for a considerable amount of money. Baskerville admitted “I imagine the University will have some conditions” on the block grant, and suggested these may include evidence that OUSU continues to seek to save money.However, it is hoped that the stronger student support this time will put more pressure on the University not to reject the model. Furthermore, by making these proposals in Hilary term rather than, as with previous attempts at OUSU reform, in Trinity term, the University will hopefully be more willing to listen, having not yet finalised its budget allocations for the year ahead.Baskerville emphasised the importance and urgency of the reforms. “The way we are currently funded mismatches what we do… This is in the best interests of students, the best interests of common rooms and definitely the best interests of central student representation.”Yet it seems Baskerville is already facing problems with his plans. He announcemed during Council that it was very unlikely that OUSU would be moving to new premises, despite seeking new premises being part of the Urgent Challenges paper. Baskerville said the University was “not willing to put up the funding.” However, Baskerville assured Council that, after passing the Urgent Challenges motion, OUSU would continue to put pressure on the University to consider funding a change in premises. The current offices at Thomas Hull House are both expensive and have no wheelchair access.Jonny Medland, Access and Academic Affairs for OUSU, sees the success of the proposals as an opportunity for OUSU to stop endless debating over funding and budget deficits and focus on working for students. “We’ve been talking about this for years,” he said. “We’ve got more important things to talk about.”last_img read more

Billionaire to fund new economics institute at Oxford

first_imgBillionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros has pledged $US 5 million to fund a new economics institute at Oxford.This amount was put forward by Soros’ think-tank, The Institute for New Economic Thinking (Inet). It will be part of the James Martin 21st Century School for graduate level study of Economics. The school’s founder, Dr James Martin, has matched Inet’s figure.Together, they aim to develop a five-year programme of research that will address recent failures in economic theory and practice.The centre at Oxford is the first of many that Mr. Soros hopes to set up at leading universities across the world, including Princeton and Columbia in the USA.Inet’s director, Mr Robert Johnson, said, “The economic crisis and the failure of economists to predict it and protect society illustrate that economics as a profession needs to re-earn its reputation and regain its mantle of expertise.”The new institute, as yet unnamed, will take a broad and interdisciplinary approach to economic theory, utilising history, psychology and natural science as well as traditional mathematical modeling.Current students have welcomed news of the new institute. Emma King, a first-year Economics and Management student, said, “You can’t help but be excited by the prospect of a lot of funding for a new Economics school in Oxford. The fact that the new institute will attempt to challenge existing economic theory has to be a good thing as most recent funding has been rooted in researching existing economic thought.”OUSU Academic Affairs Officer, Jonny Medland, praised the philanthropic nature of the funding. He commented, “Donations play an increasingly important role in Oxford’s development and George Soros’ generosity will help ensure that Oxford stays on the cutting edge of economic thinking… This sort of research is only possible as a result of donations.”This was a view echoed by Dr Ian Goldin, director of the James Martin 21st Century School, who commented, “This new institute will benefit from linking up with some of the best minds at Oxford. I am excited that, due to the vision and generosity of George Soros and James Martin, we will be developing an interdisciplinary team of world-class academics.”The new institute will be led by Professor Sir David Hendry, Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College and former head of the Department of Economics. More details and information about the new institute will be announced by the James Martin 21st Century School on 28 April 2010.last_img read more

Police anticipate more protests

first_imgUniversities and colleges in London, including Imperial College and King’s, are being asked to report to police on the organisation of student demonstrations on their campuses.In an email, an officer from Counter Terrorism Command working on the Prevent programme, which tackles extremism, said the Met anticipated a “renewed vigour” at protests that could target finance departments to highlight concern over funding cuts. It advises drafting contingency plans against student occupations.The officer added, “I would be grateful if in your capacity at your various colleges that should you pick up any relevant information that would be helpful to all of us to anticipate possible demonstrations or occupations, please forward it onto me.”last_img

Teddies set to tough it out

first_img12 fearless students from St Edmund Hall will brave the infamous “Tough Guy” competition this Sunday.With claims to being the most physically demanding assault course in the world, eight students will be joining 6,900 other competitors from over 25 countries who will head to Stratfordshire to battle it out for the title of “Tough Guy of the Year”.“Tough Guy” has seen the death of two competitors and participants are required to sign an “official death warrant” acknowledging the threat to their lives as they battle to win the ultimate badge of machismo.The race involves running through high-pressure hoses and barbed wire fences, jumping over fire-pits, wading through ice-cold, murky lakes and sewage pipes and running through fields of stinging nettles amongst other feats of bravado.Only a third of competitors complete the race each year but according to Billy Wilson, organiser of the race, no one as ever completed the challenge as per all his regulations.Adam Jordan, a Blues Hockey player at Teddy Hall, will lead a team of 12 Oxford students as well as his brother Michael Jordan. He has undertaken the challenge twice before.“Second time round I was taken off the course by paramedics with hypothermia, so for me it’s a revenge attempt,” he said. “I thought I’d drag a few others along with me to give it a shot.”“We’re not doing it to prove our manhood. We do have one person running with a heart condition, but he is built like an ox and has a mind of steel so I’m confident he’ll do well.“The main risks for us are broken bones. The assault course offers some decent heights and with water involved in the course it becomes slippery, people break or dislocate legs and arms all the time but you’re unlikely to die from this: the main danger for us is hypothermia.”Maria Higson, a third year at Teddy Hall, commented, “I originally had no intention whatsoever of doing ‘Tough Guy’, as it sounds like my idea of absolute hell. But when my friend Adam suggested it to me he used those fatal words ‘it’s for charity’.”Women like Maria make up just one in ten of competitors undertaking Tough Guy. “I think Tough Guy is designed for people who just want a challenge to see how far they can physically push themselves… The women are pretty determined however, and there is definite competition!”The Teddy Hallers have been training hard since last term in order to complete the assault-course challenge. They also did a sponsored ice bath in the College’s front quad.Jordan said, “We have done long runs, circuit training with sand bags, tyres and jerry cans full of water, and most importantly cold water training: wading through the shallows of the punting river and swimming the width of the main river even when ice was building up at the edge!”Higson commented, “I don’t think any of us are thinking about winning… getting to the finishing line would be a huge achievement!”Alex Michie, a friend of the group registered his support. “I think it’s a really admirable endeavour. They are putting in considerable time and effort into training. I hope they all do well and enjoy it and raise lots of money for the RNLI, which is a very worthy cause.”James Appleton, an ex-Cambridge student, won the title in 2009.last_img read more