Oxford University students have been warned that if they do not complete their census forms, Oxford City and County Councils could lose out on thousands of pounds worth of funding.The census data is used to work out funding for services as diverse as education, transportation and health. According to the Q&A document produced for students, this “will ultimately benefit the living environment of all Oxford residents – which includes the student population.”James Bennett, Home Bursar of St Catherine’s College and the Chair of the Domestic Bursars’ Committee said, “It is vitally important that students living in colleges (and in private rented accommodation) understand and participate in this process.“The data collected in the census are used to underpin decision-making on the allocation of resources to local authorities.”Mr Bennett also met with OUSU President David Barclay with a view to spreading information through JCRs and MCRs.Barclay encouraged students to get behind the census, commenting, “This year’s census is more important than ever for students, because the data collected will be used to inform how resources are allocated to local Councils.“At a time of massive cuts to their funding, its crucial that Government gets a true picture of the population of Oxford, and particularly its student population.”The census takes place every ten years, meaning that the last census, in 2001,occurred when most current undergraduates would have still been of primary school age.The 2001 census showed that over a quarter of the working resident population in Oxford were full-time students, which was the highest percentage in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics.Figures from December 2010 showed there were 21,535 students at Oxford University.The nationwide date for the census is 27th March 2011. However, for students living in college or University communal accommodation in Oxford, the census will take data from those resident between 3rd and 7th March 2011 in order to avoid a clash with the Easter vacation.The 2011 census campaign includes initiatives endorsed by the NUS, such as a photography competition to help raise awareness among students.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. NPH on John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig Return “I miss it a lot,” Neil Patrick Harris admits about his Tony-winning performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, however he’s looking forward to the show’s co-creator and original off-Broadway star John Cameron Mitchell returning to the role. Harris told Billboard: “getting to watch him do it is gonna be nothing short of hilarious because it’s a grueling ride that we’ve created. It’s much more physical than what he did initially, and now he’s going to have to do it. So we’ll see what scaffolding he’ll actually climb!” Mitchell begins performances at the Belasco on January 21. Go Into the Woods at Home Time for an update on Rob Marshall’s big-screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Into the Woods. After a strong start, the movie has now grossed $105 million in the U.S and more than $120 million worldwide, Box Office Mojo reports. If you haven’t yet been able to get enough of Meryl Streep James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Billy Magnussen and Lilla Crawford’s performances in movie theaters, the film will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on March 24. Gloria Estefan to Play Broadway The rhythm is gonna get the Minskoff Theatre! Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine: A Benefit Concert for Viva Broadway will take place on September 14. It’s all in aid of The Broadway League’s Viva Broadway initiative, an audience development partnership with the Hispanic community to help bridge the world of the Great White Way with Latino audiences around the country. Worried you won’t be able to make that date and still wanting to conga? Estefan’s new musical On Your Feet begins previews on October 5 at the Marquis Theatre.. Josh Gad & Rosie O’Donnell’s Frozen Challenge The below video is utterly hysterical. Tony nominee and Frozen star Josh Gad recently stopped by The View and ended up playing “So You Think You Know Olaf” with honorary Tony winner Rosie O’Donnell. Turns out O’Donnell knows Gad’s character from the hit Disney movie intimately. Enjoy and happy hump day! View Comments