New law scholarship for Indians at Oxford

A new scholarship named after the late Ratanshaw Bomanjee Zaiwalla – one of the first Indians to qualify as an English solicitor in 1925 – has been set up at the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development based in Somerville College, Oxford. Instituted by his son, senior London-based lawyer Sarosh Zaiwalla, its first recipient is Shreya Prakash, who completed her undergraduate degree at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. She is enrolled for the Bachelor of Civil Law course. Zaiwalla said: “My aim to create the scholarship is…

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Oxford University’s Balliol College gets its first woman master

Dame Helen Ghosh is to leave her job as director general of the National Trust to become the first woman master of Balliol College, Oxford . She will join 11 other women who currently head Oxford colleges, under the leadership of the university’s first female vice-chancellor, Prof Louise Richardson. The announcement came as a surprise to colleagues at the National Trust, where her tenure has not been without controversy. During her leadership, the trust found itself drawn into debates about fracking and windfarms . Earlier this year it also found…

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Graduate sues Oxford University for £1m over his failure to get a first

An Oxford graduate is suing the university for £1m claiming the “appallingly bad” and “boring” teaching cost him a first-class degree and prevented him from having a successful career. Faiz Siddiqui, who studied modern history at Brasenose College, told the high court he believes he would have had a career as an international commercial lawyer if he had been awarded a first rather than the 2:1 he achieved 16 years ago. If he wins, the case could open the floodgates to similar claims from students complaining about inadequate teaching, unsuitable…

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