Career focus: South East

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Career focus: South EastOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. A region by region look at working in HR in the UK. This month we investigate theSouth East.Great opportunities on offer in the SouthEastTheSouth East of England is rightly lauded as one of the UK’smost important economic regions. In fact, its economy is the 22nd largest inthe world, bigger than that of several European countries, according to theSouth East Economic Development Agency (Seeda).Theregion is home to around eight million people and comprises the counties of Berkshire,Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of White, Kent,Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex.Accordingto Seeda, the South East isthe driving force of the English economy with the average gross income perperson higher than anywhere else in the country.TheHSBC Regional Focus Report 2004 places the South East near the top of theregional growth league, but warns that its economy is vulnerable to consumerretrenchment.Inthe long-term, it cites shortages of land, housing and manpower, and anoverloaded transport infrastructure as the key hurdles to continued success.However, it reports that ambitious government plans for development in theThames Gateway and Kent will partially alleviate some of these issues.Theregion also has a regional assembly that represents the area and hasresponsibilities around advocacy, accountability and regional planning.Thelatest government figures show the employment rate is 78.6 per cent or around4.07 million, up by 22,000 on the same period last year. Theseasonally-adjusted rate in the South East was 3.7 per cent (156,000) betweenApril and June, down by 0.3 per cent on the previous year.The seasonally-adjusted number of claimantsdropped by 1,500 in the last 12 months to 68,900 in July 2004. Althoughthe South East offers some great career opportunities for HR staff one of thekey challenges for the profession is recruitment and retention in such a tightlabour market.TomHadley, director of external relations at the Recruitment and EmploymentConfederation (REC) believes skills shortages and the tight labour market willprove difficult for the region’s HR departments.”It’sbeen the tightest labour market in the UK,”he says. “The need to recruit has increased again during the last ninemonths. One of the major challenges is finding and retaining the best people.”IThas been picking up again recently with companies looking to recruit new staff.However, EU enlargement could have a positive effect. A lot of new people arecoming from the Continent and alleviating some of the skills shortages,particularly in the service sector,” he explains.Hadleyalso pointed to a worrying trend that is seeing people move away to escape thehigh living costs.”Thereis some anecdotal evidence that workers are moving away from the South Eastbecause of the high living and housing costs, particularly staff in the publicsector,” he says.Accordingto the Manpower Economic Outlook Survey,employers in the region are not as confident as they have been in the past.South East businesses reported a net employment outlook of +11, below thenational average of +16 and the lowest quarter two results for the last sevenyears.Living in the regionEducationTherush for school places and the availability at the best schools is a majorworry for many parents. The average pupilto teacher ratios are 22.4 and 17.3 for primary and secondaryschools respectively. This compares with national averages of 22 and 16.4. Theaverage class sizes in the South East are 26.4 and 21.8, broadly in line withthe UKaverage.TransportTheSouth East has some of the most acute transport problems in the country, withhuge congestion at peak times on the road and rail systems. It has the busiestroad network outside of the capital, taking about 4,800 vehicles every day. Alack of investment coupled with difficult employee relations has led to arailway system that runs below capacity and, if you ask commuters, rarely ontime.Culture/LifestyleWithineasy reach of many Londonhot spots, the South East also has plenty to offer in cities such as Brightonand Southampton. There is also apleasant coastline and areas of natural and historical significance. Shopaholics should be happy withthe gigantic Bluewater and Lakesideshopping centres.HousingVarioussources say the rapid growth of property prices has abated slightly recently,but the region is still second only to Londonin terms of prices. The overall average cost of a home in the region is£213,828. According to official figures from the Land Registry an averagedetached house will cost around £339,824, with a semi-detached priced at£201,541. A terraced house will cost an average of £166,583, while a flat ormaisonette is estimated at £140,987.HR contacts and local informationSouthEast Development Agency regional assembly of Personneland Development branches in the South East: profileSkandiaStaff:1,600Based:SouthamptonFinancialservices firm Skandia hasbeen based in Southampton sinceits formation 25 years ago, and was set up as part of a deliberate move awayfrom the City of London.The decision led to a range of HR benefits, such as lower costs, and a moreattractive lifestyle for staff.HRdirector Mark O’Connell says the location has given him the edge overcompetitors.”Thevast majority of staff joining us aremaking a shift away from London,and the long commutes associated with working there,” he explains.”There’sa large catchment area fornew staff, and our employees have an average commute of just 20 minutes. Thishas really helped us with recruitment and retention and I think there’s a trendnow for people, especially those with families, to move away from London.”Headmits there is something of a trade-off being located on the South Coastas staff often have to travelfurther for business meetings and trips into London,but for many, this is a small price to pay. It has also enabled the company tobe proactive in the business community as it is one of the main operators inthe sector outside the capital.”Beingbased in a regional city has helped us build a larger profile than if we hadjust been one of the crowd inLondon,”he adds. “We play a bigger and more active role in the business communityas a regional head office.”Move here for…SalariesTherates of pay are higher than almost anywhere elseThe challengeWithsuch a tight labour market you will get to experience HR at its sharpest andmost innovativeCareersWithso many large, international organisations based in the South East, careers canprogress fasterBut beware of…Health serviceTheregion has the worst performing health service in EnglandStaff shortagesSkilledstaff in almost every industry arein short supplyCost of livingTheextra salary will not make the huge house prices easier to takelast_img read more

White House offered tests to Big Ten to resume football: Sources

first_imgSeptember 17, 2020 /Sports News – National White House offered tests to Big Ten to resume football: Sources Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStockBy BEN GITTLESON and JOSH MARGOLIN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — As President Donald Trump pushed the Big Ten in recent weeks to restart college football amid the coronavirus pandemic, the White House offered to provide the college athletic conference with enough COVID-19 tests for play to begin, a university official briefed on the matter and a senior Trump administration official said.The Big Ten ultimately sourced the tests from a private company instead, the officials said.The conference announced Wednesday its football season — on hold due to the outbreak — would resume on Oct. 23. It said it would utilize “stringent medical protocols,” including daily testing of its student-athletes and coaches.Trump had since last month been publicly insisting the Big Ten kick off its football season, and he spoke with the conference’s commissioner, Kevin Warren, on Sept. 1, about the matter.“I called the commissioner a couple of weeks ago, and we started putting a lot of pressure on, frankly, because there was no reason for it not to come back,” Trump told reporters Wednesday.After that call, Trump directed White House staff to provide any federal resources the conference needed, according to the senior administration official.The Big Ten’s ability to secure coronavirus tests was “key,” although ultimately the conference found another source for them, the official said.“Probably for political reasons, it was easy for the Big Ten to convince their presidents to vote for it, if it wasn’t going to be provided by this White House,” the official said.Trump has for months called for the return of professional and college sports, many of which had been put on hold. He has pushed for states and schools to lift coronavirus-related restrictions despite the continued high rate of virus transmission in certain parts of the country; his own presidential campaign has ignored local restrictions on crowd sizes, mask-wearing and social distancing.Many leagues have recently resumed play with safety protocols restrictions and limits on spectators. They have had varying degrees of success in responding to athletes who have fallen ill with the virus.The Big Ten said Wednesday that athletes, coaches, trainers and others who go on the field would get tested daily and that athletes who receive a positive result would receive a second test to confirm the result.If both tests were positive, the athlete would have to undergo cardiac testing and receive clearance from a cardiologist before they could return to competition — at the earliest 21 days after his initial diagnosis.Trump’s interest in the Big Ten was spurred by calls from players and their parents for the season to resume, the senior administration official said.The official said the White House had made hundreds of calls on the topic with Big Ten coaches, officials, athletic directors, parents and players.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

UK, Dutch Navies Endorse Strong Mutual Amphibious Ties

first_img View post tag: UK View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Bulwark UK, Dutch Navies Endorse Strong Mutual Amphibious Ties View post tag: Naval April 30, 2013 View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Joint View post tag: Amphibious The Commanding Officers of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Flagship, HMS Bulwark, and HNLMS Rotterdam found a lull in the action of Exercise Joint Warrior to establish an affiliation between the two amphibious ships and recognise the strong relationship between their respective navies and amphibious forces.The amphibious affiliation between the Royal Navy and the Royal Netherlands Navy was endorsed in 2012 by the then First Sea Lord, Admiral Stanhope, and Admiral Boorsboom. Operating side by side during Exercise Joint Warrior, Europe’s largest military exercise this year, presented the perfect opportunity for the two assault ships to mark their own connection.In a ceremony onboard HNLMS Rotterdam, Captain Andrew Burns RN and Captain Huub Hulsher RNLN exchanged mementos to mark the occasion, following a tour of the Dutch ship for the RN contingent.Captain Burns presented a plaque of HMS Bulwark’s crest to Captain Hulsher carrying the motto:“He who rules the sea will very shortly rule on the land also.”The Exercise, run by Flag Officer Sea Training, provides combined training with forces of other nations and aims to improve interoperability, as well as developing and maintaining stable co-operative relationships around the world.Working with international partners, such as the Netherlands, means that the Royal Navy makes a significant contribution to global maritime security and the military strength of NATO.Speaking of the alliance, Captain Burns said: “This partnership will improve interoperability, build trust and enhance our operational edge. Leading the UK’s very high readiness Response Force Task Group, HMS Bulwark is able to operate as a single entity, but it is important that we are equally effective as a combined fighting force working with allies such as the Netherlands.”Next month HMS Bulwark will visit the port city of Rotterdam to celebrate the formation of the UK/Netherlands Amphibious Force which in its 40th Anniversary Year.The main event will be a combined UK Netherlands demonstration of amphibious force, highlighting the high level of interoperability reaffirming the strong relationship the two nations enjoy.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 30, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Endorse View post tag: HNLMS View post tag: Dutch View post tag: Ties Training & Education Share this article View post tag: HMS View post tag: Rotterdam View post tag: Navies View post tag: Warrior View post tag: strong Back to overview,Home naval-today UK, Dutch Navies Endorse Strong Mutual Amphibious Ties View post tag: Mutuallast_img read more

Professor – Cardio/Thoracic Surgery

first_imgBaylor College of Medicine and Department Summary:The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery and Baylor College ofMedicine are committed to excellence in surgical care, educationand research. Ideally situated in the heart of the world’s largestmedical center, the 150 members of the Department practice in theTexas Medical Center at iconic institutions, including BSLMC, TexasChildren’s Hospital, Ben Taub General Hospital, and the Michael E.DeBakey VA Medical Center.The BCM Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery performs a high volumeof adult cardiac operations annually at three affiliated hospitals.BSLMC, also home to the Texas Heart Institute (THI), is a renownedquaternary medical center with a pioneering tradition incardiovascular surgery. Substantial resources will be available tothe successfully recruited candidate to further grow and develop anationally prominent clinical and research program in adult cardiacsurgery. The Division trains 15 cardiothoracic surgery residentsand advanced cardiac surgery fellows and maintains a robustresearch program in clinical, translational, and basic scienceresearch.SummaryThe Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Michael E. DeBakeyDepartment of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is aseeking a Chief of cardiothoracic surgery to help lead the adultcardiac surgery program at the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center(BSLMC).Ideal candidates will have an established track record of clinicalexcellence in cardiac surgery with incorporation of innovativesurgical techniques, including minimally invasive cardiac surgery,all-arterial coronary artery bypass surgery, aortic surgery, and/ortranscatheter and endovascular procedures. Candidates should have astrong commitment to teaching cardiothoracic surgery residents andadvanced fellows and leading clinical and translational researchefforts.ABTS board certification or board eligibility is required and thecandidate must qualify for a full and unrestricted Texas medicallicense. An established track record in clinical research ispreferred.Enthusiastic applicants seeking a perfect balance of excellence inpatient care and a wide range of opportunities for scholarlyactivities should upload the following for consideration:curriculum vitae, narrative description of clinical, research andacademics, as well as resident teaching experience and a list ofreferences.Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.2317CA; CHlast_img read more

Brasenose left in limbo after the room ballot

first_imgAfter last term’s room ballot around thirty students at Brasenose College still have no idea where they will be staying next year due to building works on college accommodation.The students, who are all either second or fourth year students, have been assured that they will be housed in college accommodation, but have not been told where they will be living or how much it will cost.One affected Brasenose student, Emily Sadgrove, pointed out that price is an important factor when choosing a room. She commented, “We have no choice about price. I could end up paying anything.”The situation has been caused by the modernisation of the kitchen facilities in the college, called Project Q. This has made two staircases in the college unusable over the next year.As a result, the college has had to offer third year rooms to first years in order to keep its promise that they are guaranteed a room in college. The disruption caused by the building project has led to more third year students being housed in the Frewin Annexe, near to the Oxford Union.Despite the college’s assurances that the students will get accommodation, undergraduates are frustrated that they have not been told the location, size or price of their rooms next year.It is unclear when the students will find out when this crucial information that they will require for next year. They have been told they will be notified before the start of the next academic year, but some frustrated students are already looking elsewhere.Johnny Isaac, a current first year who has been affected by the decision stated that “due to the uncertainty over next year’s accommodation I am seriously considering the much more costly option of going private.”There is particular concern amongst the finalists. One fourth year, who did not want to be named said, “At the start of the final year of my degree I thought I would be more worried about the impending exams in the summer and not where I will be living. I could end up anywhere.”Paul Gladwell, Brasenose JCR President, stated that the “college has guaranteed to provide accommodation for all students over each year of their courses and both the college and the appropriate members of the JCR committee are doing all we can to find out which rooms these will be as soon as possible.”The accommodation manager at Brasenose gave no comment.last_img read more

Oxford undecided about NUS affiliation vote

first_imgOver 30 per cent of Oxford students are unaware that OUSU is holding a referendum on affiliation with the National Union of Students this week, while nearly 60 per cent of those who are aware are unsure whether to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’, and another 15 per cent have decided they will not vote at all, a Cherwell straw poll has shown. Explaining her stance, Hertford Medic Yunfei Yang, who has not yet decided how to vote, observed, “In terms of reasoning I don’t have a profound reason to vote either way. There seem to be pros and cons to both sides, but I expect that I will have made up my mind by Wednesday”. Cherwell’s results also revealed that of those aware that the referendum was taking place, approximately 23 per cent intend to vote ‘yes’ to re-affiliation with the NUS, while less than 3 per cent expect to vote ‘no’. A second-year physicist, who has decided not to vote in the referendum, explained, “I simply know nothing about it, and therefore I don’t feel the need to vote, or even that I have the right to vote. I don’t blame OUSU or anyone else, I blame myself for not showing an interest”. The large number of undecided and non-voters indicate that although the turnout seems likely to be poor, the ‘no’ campaign will have to attract a significant number of undecided voters in order to prevail. [mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%9731%%[/mm-hide-text]  However, commenting on the results, ‘no’ campaign leader Jack J Matthews remarked, “These results clearly show how the NUS has no meaningful relationship with students in Oxford. What I fear most however, is watching the NUS ride back in on a wave of apathy. If you feel the NUS does not represent you, then stand up, make your voice heard, and vote no”. Likewise, OUSU President and ‘yes’ campaign leader Tom Rutland told Cherwell, “We’re speaking to as many students as we can this week about the benefits of NUS affiliation. Whether it’s the £500,000 in access funds they saved for Oxford students alone this year, the NUS Extra discount that students can take advantage of even in the year after disaffiliation, or the support they provide for our liberation campaigns for LGBT, BME, disabled and women students, it’s clear that we’re better off in NUS.” [mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%9732%%[/mm-hide-text] Cherwell News surveyed 112 students in the vicinity of Radcliffe Square this afternoon. Voting for the referendum opened at 8am this morning, and will close at 6pm on Wednesday evening. OUSU Council decided to call a referendum last term, after the defeat of a motion to hold a Special Council, to which JCRs would have sent delegates to vote on their behalf. Proponents of a Special Council had argued that given historically-low OUSU referendum turnouts, it would have been more democratic for the debate to take place in common rooms. However, OUSU Council decided that because opting for a Special Council would exclude members of disaffiliated JCRs from voting, holding an all-student referendum was the preferable option.last_img read more

News story: IPO launches PPH Agreement and IP Toolkit with Brazil

first_imgThis bilateral PPH builds on work initiated under the UK-Brazil Memorandum of Understanding on IP. It will support UK and Brazilian businesses looking to trade in each other’s markets. It will also reinforce the already excellent relationship between the IP Offices of both countries.Under the PPH program, an applicant whose claims are accepted by one office, can request faster processing of a co-pending application. The PPH can significantly speed up the process of gaining a patent and help minimise the associated costs to the applicant.This is one of a number of initiatives launched in Brazil this month. Last week, the IPO and Oxentia, Oxford University’s Global Innovation Consultancy, launched a version of the Lambert Toolkit in Brazil. This toolkit helps academia and industry to carry out research projects together. We hope it encourages cross border technology transfer and joint projects between the countries. We are pleased to announce that the IPO’s bilateral PPH agreement with the Brazilian IP Office (INPI) goes live on 1 August.The IPO and INPI signed a PPH agreement on 28 March at the 10th UK-Brazil Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) in London. The UK meets Brazil annually, using JETCO as a forum to pursue UK trade policy and commercial interests in Brazil.The Agreement was signed by Andy Bartlett, IPO Divisional Director, and Mauro Maia, Executive Director of INPI. The signing was witnessed by Secretary of State for the Department of Trade, Rt Hon Liam Fox and his counterpart, acting Minister of Industry, Trade and Foreign Service, Marcos Jorge de Lima. UK Embassy, Oxentia, INPI, IPO and University Center of Belo Horizonte colleagues launching the Brazilian version of the Lambert toolkit.Our Brazilian IP attaché Angelica Garcia has been working to understand the enforcement conditions and legislative process in Brazil. She recently attended meetings with PROCON, the consumer enforcement agency in Sao Paulo and the UK-Brazil Parliamentary group.Such information gathering activities help us understand the problems facing UK businesses. We can then tailor our advice to those seeking to register and protect IP rights in Brazil.Angelica also attended the launch of the UK-Brazil Year of Science and Innovation in Rio – a celebration of bilateral science and innovation cooperation.By cooperating on IP resources such as the Lambert toolkit and issues like granting of patents, we can build stronger and more effective national IP systems. This will support both UK and Brazilian businesses. This agreement has obvious practical value to innovators seeking international patent protection. It is also symbolic of a more open and strategic approach by the Brazilian government on IP. Ministers witnessing the signing of the PPH agreement by Andy Bartlett and Mauro Maia.Mr Bartlett welcomed the agreement:last_img read more

William Jackson staff go back to school

first_imgStaff from William Jackson Food Group (WJFG) are taking time out from work to broaden their knowledge of the six-generation family food business.The two-week training programme, held at Hull University Business School, is now in its ninth year, and is open to employees from all WJFG’s subsidiary businesses – Aunt Bessie’s, Abel & Cole, Jackson’s Bakery and MyFresh.Dickie Donovan, human resources director at WJFG, said: “The course allows colleagues to learn about different areas of the business, including HR, finance, marketing and logistics.“They have time with WJFG’s chairman, our CEO, senior directors from across the business, academic speakers from the university and third-sector partners with which WJFG works.“The balance between theory-based learning and a hands-on approach really enhances colleague engagement and broadens their knowledge.”As well as academic lectures, staff learn about business strategy, the dynamics of the food industry, and team-building.Donavan added: “We feel the course is key to the development of people at all levels and encourages them to expand their knowledge of our business and the wider world of business.”last_img read more

Photographer’s patience pays off

first_imgDeer in Livermore search for leftover acorns. (Photo by Dennis York)Brown and white deer match the brown and white field in Livermore. (Photo by Dennis York)Heavily pecked tree. (Photo by Pat Blanchard)Sharing a favorite spot. (Photo by Pat Blanchard)I finally got a picture of this very young bobcat in Rangeley, which was not an easy thing to do. Sitting still is not what they do. (Photo by Jim Knox )Suddenly, while taking pictures of the little bobcat, mom, I guess thinks it’s time to stop and gets closer!  (Photo by Jim Knox )Mom gets between this teenage bobcat and its intruder (me!).  Soon they both run off. (Photo by Jim Knox )last_img

Heads for steel

first_imgMost students, by the time they leave Harvard, can speak intelligently across a range of topics, from special relativity to the foundations of ethical reasoning. Only a few graduate with the ability to bend a chunk of steel to the limits of imagination.In the Instructional Physics/SEAS Instrument Lab, a professionally outfitted machine shop tucked in the basement of Lyman Laboratory, students can learn to use a host of equipment — from lathes to laser cutters to 3-D printers.Though the shop is often called on to create one-of-a-kind items for faculty, its function is largely educational, said manager Stan Cotreau. The techniques students develop are applied to their thesis projects and available the rest of their professional lives.“Most people come in here with absolutely no skills, so I introduce them to everything — I actually prefer that, because then they learn things my way,” he said. “We start with things like ‘This is a milling machine, and this is what it does.’”For physics graduate student Christine Chiu, the scope of the training was a surprise.“I thought there would be some machine-shop training, but I did not expect it to be so in-depth,” she said. “We can do things like precision milling, where you can get a part down to a one-thousandth of an inch. What’s really exciting are all the different techniques you use — there’s a very logical and correct way to do everything … it’s very active learning.”When it comes to explaining the difference between a press brake and a power drill, a better teacher than Cotreau, who has been working in the shop since 1993, would be hard to find.“I thought there would be some machine-shop training, but I did not expect it to be so in-depth,” said Christine Chiu, a graduate student in physics. “We can do things like precision milling, where you can get a part down to a one-thousandth of an inch.” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn addition to working in machine shops nearly his entire life — his first job, at 14, was to empty metal shavings and other debris from machines in his father’s shop — he designed the curriculum from the ground up. Students have been asked to create a precision vise, miniaturized steam engines, and (nonfiring) cannons as part of his mission to diversify their skill sets.One aspect of working in the shop, however, is emphatically straightforward: safety.“I teach them to work methodically, and I teach them to work safely,” Cotreau said. “Safety is huge. The students here will tell you — I’m pretty tough on them as far as safety goes, but you have to be. I don’t want someone getting hurt.”Still, Cotreau works to keep the atmosphere in the shop fun. Most days, a radio plays over the grind of the machines, and jokes and good-natured ribbing are the norm. “Students here are under a lot of pressure,” he said. “I try not to add to that. I try to keep things light here.”Godwin Abiola, a biomedical engineering concentrator at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, expects his shop training to prove invaluable as he begins work on his senior thesis, which will explore invariant object recognition — the ability to recognize a single object from multiple angles — in rats.“It’s really awesome that Harvard has resources like this for students,” he said. “I have friends at other schools, and sometimes they don’t even get the chance to operate machines like these, so this is valuable experience to have.”Cotreau recently expanded the shop’s curriculum to include welding, and in January hosted a workshop with Anas Chalah, SEAS’ director of instructional laboratories.“I thought the class was a great intro to welding,” said Jared Friedman, a student at the Graduate School of Design. “Stan made the class fun and informative … and I was able to get a lot of hands-on learning in the short time span.”Mike Popejoy, a fellow in the Philosophy Department, was just as impressed by Cotreau.“Stan was a great teacher, very informative and patient, but also lighthearted, and gave us autonomy to give things a go on our own. His approach was both scientific and rational, but also intuitive, which I appreciated.  I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to take the class, and to learn something that I otherwise might not have ever tried in my life; and now I want to do more of it!”Ivan Kozyryev, a second-year physics grad student, has made a second home of the shop. “I practically live here,” he said, welding lengths of braided copper wire to act as a heat sink for an experiment. “It’s great to be able to design something and then come in here and make it.“Some people might think that the best part of science is when you get the results from an experiment,” Kozyryev added. “But for me the best part is doing things like this, and to be honest, it’s a lot of fun. I’m pretty proud that I now know how to weld, and that I know how to use a mill, and a lathe. It’s awesome.”last_img read more