A former Balliol student who appeared on last year’s edition of University Challenge has been made the target of a string of sexist online attacks.Marine Debray, who studied English and French, is amongst several women to have been subjected to misogynistic abuse on the internet following their appearance on the show, notably Gail Trimble, who famously captained the Corpus Christi team in 2009.The hate campaign launched against Debray includes a blog in which photos of male genitalia are pasted onto pictures of her. There have also been scores of posts on internet fora labelling her a “dumb blonde.”“People [have been] saying that I wasn’t smart enough to be on the programme, and then there were quite a lot of comments about my appearance, in a sexualized way,” Debray said.Debray joins other female University Challenge contestants who have spoken out against sexist responses to their performances. Jenny Harris, who was on the Emmanuel College, Cambridge team that won the show last year, was mocked for her “brilliant mind, fuelled by a pair of breasts.”“An aspect of [this prejudice] is the idea that women shouldn’t be showing off how clever they are, where this is more OK for boys,” said Harris. ITV, which produces the show on behalf of the BBC, reportedly offers contestants support and advice in dealing with online abuse, despite the studio insisting that hate campaigns are “unusual.”Such online attacks, however, are only a manifestation of the more widespread prejudice against women in our society, insists Yuan Yang, OUSU’s vice president and women’s officer.“Cyber-hate campaigns are just one point on the spectrum of sexual harassment that over 68% of female students experience while at university. Nobody should be treated like this. Seen in this light, online harassment is not a laugh, but a serious indicator of a lack of respect for women on the part of some members of society,” Yang told the Cherwell.According to Yang, OUSU is currently pursuing a long-term plan to rid the University and the city of sexual harassment both online and on the streets. Yet she insists there is more to be done.“Although we are successfully working with the University to redress sexual harassment complaints procedures, this is not an issue for the University alone. To beat sexist bullying and sexual violence, we all have a part to play – we all have ownership of a culture that must change,’ she said.Though initially concerned about the scale of the online abuse, Debray maintains that she has not let it affect her.“What I tried to do was put that aside and try to move on with the positive comments.”Speaking on behalf of Debray’s college, Balliol JCR President Stephen Dempsey said, “Balliol JCR is disappointed to see any abuse directed at its members, past or present and our full support goes to Marine. Nevertheless, we are extremely proud of the intelligence and character she showed both on the show and in responding to these sensitive issues and of the fantastic example she has set to women throughout higher education and beyond.”
Correll Services has secured a contract with Jan De Nul for subsea and land cable termination and testing work on the Changhua offshore wind project in Taiwan.Correll Services is in charge of providing project documentation, procurement of HV & FO hardware materials, as well as export cable (HV & FO) jointing at the transition joint bays.Additionally, the company will carry out inter-array cable terminations (HV & FO) on 21 assets and post-installation testing from the onshore substation to offshore assets.This new contract comes shortly after Correll completed the subsea and land cable termination and testing works at the Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind farm in Taiwan under a contract awarded by Jan De Nul.“The whole CS team is passionate about the services we provide and it’s immensely gratifying to know that our efforts have been recognised by Jan De Nul Group, with this ‘repeat business’ contract award,” said Sam Dowey, Correll Services Managing Director.The 109.2MW Changhua project will comprise 21 5.2MW turbines installed on jacket foundations off the coast of Fangyuan in Changhua County, Central Western Taiwan.In April last year, Jan De Nul and Hitachi Ltd signed the contract for the Changhua wind farm. Jan De Nul is responsible for the foundation design, fabrication and installation, turbine installation, supply and installation of offshore and onshore cables, as well as for upgrading the electrical substation.Hitachi is in charge of the manufacture, assembly, O&M, and other work related to the 21 turbines.