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Ducker’s shoeshop records go to Bodleian...

Oxford, 20 March --Archives from Ducker & Son, the long-established shoeshop in the Turl, are to be transferred to the Bodleian according to an article in today’s Financial Times.

Ducker customers included Evelyn Waugh, JRR Tolkien and Herbert Asquith. Ducker closed last year after 118 years providing footwear for Oxford’s elite.

Oxford MPhil: “Five ways to make sure women are heard”

Washington DC, 8 March -- There are five ways to guarantee women can speak up and speak out, according to Oxford MPhil and former director of Policy Planning for the US State Department, Anne-Marie Slaughter. Slaughter writes in the UK’s Financial Times today to help male leaders “make sure everyone is heard.”

  1. Always give a woman credit when she deserves it
  2. Make sure all the women at the table have a chance to speak
  3. When a woman is speaking, listen in a way that communicates to her and everyone else that you actually want to hear what she has to say
  4. If a woman is interrupted, make sure either to forestall the interruption or to come back to her
  5. Ask a man to do the office housework

Valuation in corporate M&A and private equity

29 Mar 7pm-9:30pm Paris 8e -- “How valuation applies to corporate M&A and private equity”. Part of the Oxford Chicago Valuation Programme, a partnership between Said Business School and Chicago Booth.
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Oxford comma sways Maine labour dispute

Maine, 16 March -- The lack of a comma in a series of nouns in a Maine (US) labour contract proved the key element in an overtime pay dispute, reports the Guardian newspaper.

​The Oxford comma is useful in making the sense clear when there can other-wise be ambiguity.
The Guardian in its style guide gives the example: “I dedicate this book to my parents, Martin Amis and JK Rowling.” The sentence needs an Oxford comma after “Amis”. “Eats shoots and leaves” is another well-known example where a comma can dramatically change the sense.

The Maine dairy delivery drivers, arguing for overtime pay, said their contract implied overtime should be paid for distribution of products. The employer claimed that a list in the contract of activities excluded from overtime pay meant no overtime for distribution.

In the list of activities not eligible for overtime pay, a comma inserted after “shipment” would have changed the verdict:

“The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of:
(1) Agricultural produce;
(2) Meat and fish products; and
(3) Perishable foods.”

Saïd attends World Government Summit

Dubai, 14 March -- A delegation from Saïd Business School attended the World Government Summit, an annual event held in Dubai that brings together leaders from government, business and education to discuss solutions to world scale problems, with a strong focus on technology and innvovation.
Saïd delegates included Dean Peter Tufano, Dina Dommett, Jan Emmanuel De Neve and current MBA, DPhil students and alumni. Saïd presented a white paper titled Transforming Public Services in the UAE to the UAE government during the summit, and Peter Tufano took part in a round table discussion with Deans from business schools across the world.
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