The Oxford Hub’s new building on Turl Street was officially opened by the Vice-Chancellor last Thursday to become “the home of student volunteering in the city”. Over 800 Oxford students a week volunteer through the organisation making it one of the largest student volunteering centres in the country.The million-pound facility features the brand new Turl Street Kitchen, which serves ethically-sourced and sustainable produce.According to the the Oxford Hub, “The menu at TSK will be short and sweet, changing daily to minimise waste and to accommodate our commitment to fresh, seasonal produce. You don’t need to think twice about what’s on your plate here – a community effort goes into every mouthful.” Hannah Martin, Community and Venue Manager, told Cherwell, ‘We’re all really excited to open up the Turl Street Kitchen and the Oxford Hub to students and the local community. I think Oxford Hub and hundreds of student volunteers have already been making a huge difference to the local community by working with diverse and amazing community partners on lots of projects.’In the evenings the kitchen transforms into a bar, open until midnight or later every night, whose range of eclectic offerings includes artisanal new-school gin and vodka, as well as local lagers.The building also contains meeting rooms, events spaces, a resource centre, offices for student-facing charities and a centre for social enterprise.‘A lot of people have put a lot of work into preparing this new space to encourage student civic engagement. We’re thrilled to now be up and running and ready for the new term. We hope that students, members of the university and local residents alike will use and enjoy the space for many years to come,’ said Adam O’Boyle, who helped found the Oxford Hub in 2007.The Oxford Hub’s initial aim was to encourage student volunteering around the city. It has since grown into a national organisation, Student Hubs, with centres in Bristol, Southampton and Cambridge.The Oxford Hub now connects hundreds of students to volunteering opportunities with 35 Oxfordshire-based charities, while Student Hubs currently helps 15,000 students around the country to get involved with their communities.Trisha Soneji, a second-year student who has volunteered through the Hub before, stated, ‘The Oxford Hub provides great opportunities for students to volunteer and contribute, whatever their interests. This new building should definitely help more people get involved.’Speaking at the new centre’s opening, Vice-Chancellor Andrew Hamilton said, “Student Hubs is a forward-thinking charity which has worked for a number of years to increase student engagement in social action. Their vision for this social enterprise is both innovative and extraordinary and I look forward to seeing it flourish in years to come.”To encourage students to visit, the venue will host a Hub House Party on Wednesday of 1st week to welcome students back to uni and vouchers will be given out at Fresher’s Fair for free hot drinks from the Turl Street Kitchen.
Fallen champions Chelsea suffered a ninth defeat in 16 Premier League games at Leicester with the pressure growing on Jose Mourinho’s position as coach. After suggesting he was “betrayed” by his players, where does such an evening leave the ‘Special One’ as his side’s season continues to unravel at a startling pace.Another match, another defeat for ChelseaIndeed. A 2-1 defeat at Premier League leaders Leicester does not sound bad in isolation, but as part of a body of work it doesn’t look great for coach or players, but of course you cannnot dismiss an entire squad. Goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez did for Chelsea with Loic Remy’s late effort merely a consolation. The longer this goes on, the more in jeopardy Jose’s position would appear to be. Or maybe not. It depends on what owner Roman Abramovich is making of all these happenings, and he does doesn’t do interviews with anybody. So it is difficult to get a reading of what is going through his mind. The facts of the matter do not lie: Chelsea are only one point above the relegation spots in a lowly 16th spot after 16 games of a turbulent season.What did he have to say this time?As per usual, plenty. It has reached the farcical juncture at Chelsea where Mourinho has taken to berating Premier League ball boys after his side’s ongoing shortcomings, but not before he had made his feelings known about his players. “We were better for a maximum of 30 minutes, they were better for an hour. They didn’t make many mistakes, they were aggressive and played at a high intensity and high tempo.It’s unacceptable for me because I know that one of my strengths is to read the game for my players, read the opponents and I feel like my work was betrayed.”Was he right to say he was betrayed?You could argue that he was correct in this assertion, but one can’t look at such swingeing criticism in isolation. You have to look at what the manager has contributed to such a shambolic demise, and how a squad who won the Premier League by eight points in May can suddenly be in the nether regions in mid-December. Ranging from Chelsea’s gone-but-not forgotten doctor Eva Carneiro, the club’s medical staff, referees, the Football Association, the media and not forgetting Arsene Wenger, Mourinho has criticised everything that moves, but football management always comes down to how you are treating your players and what you are getting out of them. On such a respect, Mourinho has to take as much responsibility. When Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said there is “massive disconnect” between players and coach, he wasn’t indulging in fantasy.Any players in particular?Eden Hazard, who doesn’t sound or look like an object of his affection. Mourinho’s reaction to his injury early in the match tended to suggest if his manager wondered if he had an injury. “I don’t know. He was on the floor he came out, he says he can’t do it,” commented Jose.”A couple of seconds later he says he goes inside to try and when he goes inside two steps he immediately decides to go back. I think Eden is injured. I didn’t speak yet with the doctor, but I have to believe he is injured.” Was he right to attack the ball boys?This one really is clutching at straws. When you start quizzing the amount of time and effort ball boys are taking to get the ball into play, you begin to lose credibility. “They were a disgrace to the Premier League.” Maybe frustrating, but they are hoping for a Leicester win. It is wholly wrong to suggest ball boys contributed to Chelsea’s defeat.Do club icons share the same view?Diego Costa has accused his team-mates of sleeping on the job during the match with an image during the match that was fairly damning, but Frank Lampard, working as a Sky pundit, claims the club’s owner will resist pulling the trigger.”It has to change right now. Whether it’s attitude or performance or something else, it has to change. He (Abramovich) probably looking at it very closely. Obviously we’ve been here before with Chelsea when managers change midway through the season. I don’t know how many times you can do that. We had some good results from doing it before but we had a different set of players at that point. What can they gain by getting rid of him now? They are probably not going to make the top four anyway or the top six. They’re not going to get relegated I think if we are honest so I’m sure there’s a view from Roman Abramovich to say, ‘Hang on, let’s see what happens at the end of the season.”Will he fall on his sword?Doesn’t sound like it. If Mourinho goes, apparently with several million pounds in compensation, the action will be instigated by the owner. “I think you know me well enough, three years this time plus three years in another time so six years with you, you know me well enough that I am not afraid of a big challenge,” said Mourinho. “In this moment it is a real big challenge. I want to stay. I hope Mr Abramovich and the board want me to stay.”–