By Gavin Mackintosh-
Oxford University’s press office are today blasted by The Eye Of Media.Com for professional misconduct after one of their lame student press representatives, rudely dropped the phone on me.
The Eye Of Media.Com on Monday called the university press office to inquire about University closures due to snow but was primarily concerned with complaints from students at Oxford bridge University. Upon accidentally getting put through to Oxford University, it emerged that we had been put in the wrong press office. However, given an ongoing interest in one of Britain’s top Universities, we sort to inquire about the situation in Oxford University, in order to contrast it with the ”precautionary measures” taken to close Oxbridge University buildings.
In the process of discovering we had been taken to the wrong press office, the half-baked press officer volunteered the information that she was a temp student at Oxford bridge University. When our writer explored the possibility of obtaining some information from her, she very rudely slammed the phone down. By so doing, she exposed her very amateur level of professionalism. Following the childish and immature display, The Eye Of Media.Com then called another section of the Univerisity where the receiver of the call told us that the press officer had ”probably not had enough training”. Our writer then offered to be given an official email to both make a complaint and find out how their press officers are trained.
The woman was in the process of providing an email when her colleague told her to drop the phone, and she immediately did so. By so doing, the university representatives showed their very backward level of professionalism and low standards of etiquettes. Their behavior was a very poor reflection of a University that is supposed to be one of the nation’s best. The University may fare well when it comes to the academic performances of their students, but the administerial aspect of the University suffers a huge reputation blow in the process.
The Eye Of Media.Com immediately decided to add them to our list of topics for investigation, given the shabby level of investment that appears to have been put into their press section. This is a University that wants to be seen as a refined University whilst their practical operations are shown to be seriously deficient in important areas such as their press section.
Only last month, Faiz Siddiqui sue Oxford University for £1m, claiming to have been the victim of poor teaching the “victim of poor teaching” that cost him the chance of a lucrative legal career.
The history graduate alleged he received “inadequate” teaching he received on the Indian special subject part of his course, causing him to have a 2’1 degree, rather than a first class. He blamed the situation on staff being absent on sabbatical leave and alleged that medical information about him was not submitted to the examiners by a tutor. Oxford University did not deny that their staff was absent on sabbatical leave, but contending his claim to have lost out as complete speculation and ”fanciful”. However, the top ranked UK University shamelessly admitted that lessons were ”a bit dull’.
Dullness appears to be reflected in the standard of their press officers who are supposed to be entrusted with handling the media. Further investigation conducted by The Eye Of Media.Com revealed that some of the press officers may be students studying a media or journalism degree. After secretly speaking to Oxford University staff, one staff anonymously told The Eye Of Media.Com: ” I don’t see why a student should be in the press office, they should be focusing on their studies. Whilst a University can argue that students can be given training in the press office, such students should be shadowing a fully fledged professional. Quite clearly, this student appeared very lousy and foolish enough not to foresee the damage she was doing to the reputation of Oxford University.
Tomorrow, The Eye Of Media.Com will present Oxford University press office with a freedom of Information Request to disclose the true extent of training they provide to those in the press office, and to state their credentials to. They will have no justification for declining this request. Organisations have 21 days to supply information requested under a Freedom Of Information Request, though we hope they supply this information long before then. Members of the press and the public have the right to know that Oxford University is not running an irresponsible press office and that only individuals with true professional merit are given the post.
Otherwise, the University could possibly be using underdeveloped stressed students to run an important office like the press office. The Eye Of Media.Com approached the University for comment, but unsurprisingly got no response.