Universities’ spending on staff reaches record low

first_imgWhile UK universities’ income increased by £915m (2.7%) between 2015/16 and 2016/17, the proportion of expenditure on university staff dropped to a record low of 52.9%, according to figures published by the the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on Thursday.The data also shows increases in universities’ reserves, which are up to £44.27bn from £12.33bn in 2009/10. Between 2015/16 and 2016/17, they accrued a surplus of £2.3bn, equal to 6.4% of income.The percentage of expenditure spent on university staff has decreased by 6.54% in the past seven years, while percentage spent on capital expenditure is risen by 34.9% during that time. https://twitter.com/ucu/status/989459801536155648In a statement, the UCU said that these figures “made a mockery of universities’ claims that staff were a top priority.”UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: “With capital expenditure shooting up and staff costs down to a new low, it is clear that universities are prioritising investment in buildings over their staff. This makes a mockery of claims that staff are a top priority and also suggests they ignore what students say they want.“While universities’ income rises and they hoard huge reserves, it seems the only people to benefit are vice-chancellors whose pay and perks have long been a source of embarrassment for higher education. The time has come to address the fall in staff pay and we hope the universities will respond positively at next month’s pay talks.”The latest financial statements for Oxford University show the university’s income at £1.4 billion, with staff costs representing 51% of university expenditure for 2016/17. This figure is 2.9% below the national average released by HESA.A University spokesperson told Cherwell: “It is a key priority of the university to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to develop and do their best work here.“Our spending towards staff recruitment and development include, for example: expanding the support for staff who have family and caring responsibilities and launching the Allies and LGBT+ Role Model programmes to build on our work as Stonewall Diversity Champions to promote LGBT+ equality within the University.“In addition, spending goes towards using the Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity Fund to support the implementation of a number of projects, including a project to diversify portraiture in the University’s public spaces and the Returning Carers’ Fund, which makes grants to researchers and academics to support their return to research following a period of leave for caring purposes.”The spokesperson confirmed that staff costs increased by 5% compared to 2015/16 spending.last_img read more

Mike Gordon Officially Announces New Album “OGOGO,” 17-Date Fall Tour

first_imgEarlier today, a brand new Mike Gordon song surfaced on Spotify. Mike’s guitarist and songwriting partner Scott Murawski confirmed that it was the first single off the Phish bassist’s upcoming fifth studio album, but official details about the new release remained unclear. Now, the (short) wait for information about the new album is over, as Gordon has shared all the specifics and announced a 17-date fall tour in support of the project.In a post on his Facebook page, Mike gives fans the low-down on the forthcoming LP, OGOGO, set to be released through Megaplum/ATO Records September 15th. OGOGO was recorded earlier this year in Boston and LA with Gordon’s regular touring band (Murawski, Robert Walter, John Kimock, and Craig Myers) and produced by GRAMMY-winning engineer Shawn Everett.Mike Gordon’s fall tour behind the album will begin on September 22nd at The Georgia Theater in Athens, GA, and will feature performances in Toronto and Chicago as well as a two-night tour-closing run in Boulder, CO on October 13th and 14th.A limited number of tickets will be available to fans via a real-time presale beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, July 11 at 10AM ET at http://tickets.mike-gordon.com (and ending Thursday, July 13th at 5PM ET). Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, July 14th at 10AM local time.For more information on the new album, OGOGO, or Mike Gordon’s solo band fall tour dates, head to Mike’s website.You can listen to the album’s first single, “Steps,” below via MikeGordonVEVO:You can see a full list of Mike Gordon fall tour dates below:Mike Gordon 2017 Fall TourFri 9/22 Georgia Theatre, Athens, GASat 9/23 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NCSun 9/24 Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NCTue 9/26 The National, Richmond, VAWed 09/27 College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CTFri 9/29 The Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NYSat 9/30 Phoenix Concert Theatre, TorontoSun 10/1 St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MITue 10/3 Bells Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo, MIWed 10/4 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OHThu 10/5 The Vogue, Indianapolis, INFri 10/6 The Metro, Chicago, ILSun 10/8 Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WITue 10/10 Slow Down, Omaha, NEWed 10/11 Madrid Theatre, Kansas City, MOFri 10/13 Boulder Theater, Boulder, COSat 10/14 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO[Cover photo via Mike Gordon Facebook]last_img read more

USC knew of abuse by former men’s health doctor, report finds

first_img“We are aware of the lawsuit and are concerned by its allegations,” the University wrote in a statement. “We’re working to understand the facts of the allegations. We care deeply about our entire Trojan family, including our LGBTQ+ community, and take this matter very seriously. We will provide more information as it becomes available.” USC said that by implementing new campus health center training and protocols, students will see improvements with the Engemann Health Center. “USC takes all complaints seriously and has made sweeping changes to prevent all forms of misconduct on our campus, including the implementation of new protocols at the Student Health Center to ensure all complaints are investigated thoroughly,” the comment read. According to USC’s Change Progress Dashboard, a site that tracks University changes related to accountability, transparency and wellness, the Keck School of Medicine of USC is in the process of coordinating an external review of student health.  Allegations against Kelly surfaced in February when six male plaintiffs, all of whom identify as gay or bisexual, filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against the former doctor and the University. They accused the University of ignoring complaints of unwanted touching, probing questions and harassment during medical exams. In February, USC released an official statement regarding the allegations, noting the University was aware of the ongoing suit. According to previous Daily Trojan reporting, Kelly personally initiated his resignation as the University’s only men’s sexual health doctor in last July, transferring to California State Northridge as a campus doctor. After the initial suit was filed, CSUN placed Kelly on paid administrative leave.  In a statement obtained by the Daily Trojan Thursday, USC says that the report’s claim that complaints regarding Kelly’s conduct went ignored is “misleading” and that USC followed up on the complaints it received.  “The notion that complaints were ignored is misleading,” the statement read. “USC followed up on the handful of complaints it received. Nearly every allegation in the lawsuit was anonymous, which makes it difficult to conduct an investigation.” Additionally, the Keck School and the Office of the Provost is in the beginning stages of establishing a President’s Culture Commission dedicated to establishing a “culture of care, concern, consultation and compliance” at USC. According to The Beacon Project report, however, only two of the five men who complained directly to the University heard back. Of those two men, one claims a University official told him his claim was too dated for proper investigation. The Beacon Project report details graphic accounts of alleged abuse at the hands of Kelly, including invasive examinations. At least five students complained directly to the University officials, including one student who had a one-on-one interview with USC’s health center director. USC said that many of the allegations brought to the University’s attention were anonymous, making them difficult to investigate. The Beacon Project is an Annenberg initiative aimed at reporting on the University. USC was aware of five sexual abuse complaints against former men’s health doctor Dennis Kelly, according to a report published in BuzzFeed News Thursday. The report also describes several specific interactions between the doctor and nearly 50 alleged victims. Since then, the University saw an increase in accusations — and The Beacon Project report published in BuzzFeed News found that the University knew about the abuse yet failed to take action.  Sasha Urban, the author of the The Beacon Project-BuzzFeed News report, is the former news editor of the Daily Trojan. Daily Trojan file photo CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that one student had a one-on-one interview with a former health center director, when the student spoke with the current health center director. The previous version also incorrectly mentioned only three of the five men who complained directly to USC heard back, with an additional man claiming a USC official told him his claim was too dated. Only two of the five men heard back, with one of the two citing this experience with a University official.last_img read more

Visa Player Escort Programme Makes Dreams Come True for Five Nigerian…

first_imgCommenting on the occasion, Visa’s Country Manager for Nigeria, Kemi Okusanya, said, “Visa is a long-standing supporter of football and we are proud to be leveraging our sponsorship of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations in such a positive way.“It was heart-warming to witness the joy of the player escorts as they led the players into the stadium.“The special moment marked the culmination of weeks of preparation since the Unstoppable Stories campaign was launched. Congratulations to each of the player escorts who represented Nigeria with honour in front of a global audience and to everyone who contributed to the success of the inspirational campaign,” she noted.Speaking after the match, Basil Okpara Jnr., one of the five player escorts from Nigeria said, “Travelling to Cairo and being a player escort was a huge honour and an incredible experience. Leading the football players into the stadium in front of a cheering crowd was a memory that I will treasure forever and I would like to thank Visa for making it possible.”Kehinde Osidele, mother of Osidele Elijah, added, “I was extremely proud to watch my son escort the players onto the pitch at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. The atmosphere in the stadium was electric and it is was a moment I will cherish forever. Thank you to Visa for making my son’s dreams come true.”Through Visa’s sponsorship of the player escort programme for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations tournament, more than 1,100 children from around the world have been given the opportunity to lead out their football heroes as they take to the field during the football tournament.Visa’s sponsorship of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 2019 and 2021, makes Visa the exclusive or preferred payment services provider at all venues and the official partner of the player escort programme.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Visa made the dreams of five Nigerian children come true when they led some of the world’s best football players onto the pitch at Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo during the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final match between Tunisia and Madagascar last Thursday.Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments and official sponsor of the prestigious tournament, gave the lucky children the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be player escorts as part of its Unstoppable Stories campaign, which was launched in earlier this year.The player escorts, who were also treated to a three-day trip to the capital city, were Tijani Ibrahim 10 year old from Lagos State, Basil Okpara, 9 year old from Imo State, Osidele Elijah from Ogun State, Adebayo Oluwaseun, 9 year old and Olubowale Oluwanifemi 10 year old, both from Lagos State. The children were identified through Visa’s Unstoppable Stories campaign for 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations, which called upon children to share their stories and inspirations of what makes them or their heroes unstoppable.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has stated that government policy is making the richer even richer and the poor even poorer.Deputy Doherty was speaking in response to the findings of an ERSI report which provides an analysis of Budget 2015 on households.Speaking from Leinster House today, the Donegal TD said that the Government should be ashamed of themselves for devising and implementing budgetary policies that disproportionately impact low-income earners. He said: “The ERSI clearly shows that under this government, the poorer you are the more you suffer and the richer you are the more you prosper.“According to this report, Budget 2015 benefits the top 40% of earners to the detriment of the bottom 60%. That is outrageous.“The Government spin about this budget protecting the vulnerable and low/middle income earners have been badly exposed in this report.“Fine Gael and the Labour Party have nowhere to hide in relation to the poverty-fostering nature of Budget 2015. “The cold, clear reality is here in the details of the ERSI report.Deputy Doherty continued: “This government is no friend to the poor and the vulnerable in our society.“The fact that the Labour Party is prepared to stand over such policy is further evidence of just how detached they have become from the interests & concerns of ordinary working people.“We have to again ask the question – what is the point of the Labour Party in Government?“Not even a change in party leader has halted Labour’s transformation into nothing more than a mud-guard for the cruelest of ring-wing measures. “The poor and those struggling to make ends meet are not safe as long as this government remains in power.”RICH GET RICHER AND POOR GETTING POORER – DOHERTY was last modified: December 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:budget 2015ESRI reportPearse Doherty TDSinn Feinlast_img read more

‘Little baseball rats’ claim Area One title with shutout win over Chico Blues

first_imgArcata >> The “Gatorade bath” at the end of it all felt oh so good.On Sunday, the Northern Humboldt Giants completed a task they had set out to do at the beginning of the summer — win a section title.Less than 24 hours after an exhilarating walk-off victory over Davis in extra innings, the Giants wasted little time in distancing themselves from the Chico Blues. NoHum scored in each inning sans the first and benefitted from another dominant pitching performance — this time from starter Merek …last_img read more

JD Equipment’s new Hilliard location in Mill Run is now open for business

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest JD Equipment is proud to announce the relocation and opening of its Hilliard store. The new store is located at 3727 Park Mill Run Drive Hilliard, Ohio 43026 in the Mill Run Development. JD Equipment has closed the previous location at 4079 Lyman Drive, Hilliard, Ohio.“The new facility will allow for more space for our current customers and allow us to more effectively serve new customers. The location and the size of the new facility were key factors in the decision to move. We will be able to improve customer service and increase our selection of inventory,” said JD Equipment CEO Jeff Mitchell.The new facility features a larger show room and expanded displays of top rated mowing and lawn care equipment made by John Deere, Scag and Hustler Turf, as well as Stihl chain saws, trimmers and blowers, standby electric generators from Generac and Honda, and a large selection of snow removal equipment. The new facility offers customers easy access and will be highly visible to customers traveling on I-270.The Mill run facility represents an additional investment in Hilliard by JD Equipment. During 2014, the Company relocated its administrative offices and Standby Electric Generator business from Grove City to 3979 Parkway Lane, Hilliard, Ohio.last_img read more

Freelance Video: Managing Client Expectations

first_imgFreelance video pros need to set clear client expectations around timelines, budgets, and production value… and then get it all in writing.Most of your clients will not have an intimate knowledge of video production or what it takes to create the images in their heads.Now that the tools for capturing video are more accessible than ever, non-professionals are making a lot of assumptions about your work based on their ability to pull out their iPhone. Whether you’re working with an aspiring artist wanting a music video or a large corporate client needing a video training series, to some degree, you’ll need to educate them on the process and the resources needed to get them to their desired goal — and that’s usually not a cell phone video.Creative PlanWorking out the creative plan. Image from Red Lemon Club.When you go in to talk to them about their project, be prepared to ask a lot of questions so you can understand their vision and advise accordingly. They need to tell you where will the video go, what the desired length is, and who the target audience is. You’ll also want to ask what the goals of the video are (to educate, entertain, excite?), the tone of the video, and what the core messaging needs to be.Kimbe MacMaster, with Vidyard, notes that all the stakeholders in any given project need to be on the same page if they want to be successful and even supplies a template for questions.Lay everything out ahead of time in a creative brief, send it to everyone who will be involved in the project and allow at least one meeting for walking through the brief and answering any related questions.Service Agreement: What is It?An example of a standard video production agreement. Image from NimiaThe point in the process in which most of the expectation management takes place is in the crafting of the service agreement. After the client agrees to move forward with you on the project, you’ll want to create a service agreement that, among other things, outlines the scope of the project, an engagement summary, and all the defined deliverables.  Video marketplace, Nimia, offers an example of a standard video production agreement (partially pictured above) that you can use as a resource for creating your own.Service Agreement: What’s Covered?1. Project Scope Project scope will include hiring talent, music selection or production, and a tentative production schedule. Examples of deadlines to include in this phase are script delivery, shoot date(s), and delivery of first and final drafts. To emphasize that the agreed-to deadlines are dependent on both you, the producer, and them, the client, you can use language like this: Any delays caused by the client including cancelled meetings, delays on creative feedback or direction, and especially delays from the final decision-makers, will cause delays to the final deliverable. Changes to the estimated project schedule may affect pricing.Here’s a quick tutorial/reminder about all the things to consider when managing the scope of your project: 2. Engagement SummaryThe engagement summary should state both what you’re going to do and what they’re going to do. This is where you protect yourself with limits on changes and revisions. For example:This proposal includes two rounds of revisions for the concept and script and two rounds of revisions for the final draft of the video.3. Defined DeliverablesDefined deliverables will be items like a storyboard, a script and, of course, the video. Include the formats expected for each deliverable and how it will be provided to them.4. The FeeOf course, note the fee for the project and when you’ll expect payment. For example: Client will be invoiced 50% of the project total at the start of the engagement. The remaining 50% will be invoiced when the final video is approved.Look at examples online and talk to your friends in the industry about what they put in their service agreements. Yours doesn’t need to look like it was written by an attorney, but it does need outline clear expectations on both sides. Don’t do any further work on the project until you get a signed copy back from them. No matter how well you know or trust the client, you don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you wish you had something in writing and you don’t.Post-ProductionThe part of the process clients seem to have the hardest time wrapping their head around is post-production. They know the footage has been shot, but they don’t understand the bandwidth needed to process that footage, cut it, color it, add effects, and render it. I tell clients that for every hour we shoot on set, we’ll need 10 hours to process it (give or take). This isn’t always the case, and you can use your best judgement on what that number will be for your project. Just know that providing that expectation can help you get the time you need to get the footage where it needs to be for client approval.Chris Potter, co-founder of ScreenLight, reinforces that open communication and setting expectations will save time during video review. He also notes in 9 Ways to Improve Client Communication During Video Review that using your agreed-upon deadlines is another tool to help keep client revision under control.Creative review is a form of negotiation, and one thing that helps keep a negotiation moving forward is a deadline. A deadline can help force prioritization decisions. Anything can be done with enough time. But chances are, neither you nor your client has that luxury.Assuming you’ve talked to them about their vision in the creative planning phrase, and received concept and script approval from them, there shouldn’t be too many surprises at this point. Doing more on the front-end will allow you to shoot for the edit and save time (and stress) in post.Above all else, try to be transparent about the process and stay in contact throughout. As you reach milestones in the production timeline, reach out and let them know what’s going on. Your client will enjoy seeing what happens “behind-the-scenes” and you can demonstrate your expertise. Communicating with them will help build trust that will make them appreciate you and your work and could lead to more projects in the future. Interested in some more “client relations” tips? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat:Corporate Video: Getting Your Clients to CommitClient Feedback is Key to Creative Success5 Easy Ways To Make Your Clients Love YouGot any tips on setting expectations with clients? Let us know your methods in the comments below!last_img read more

Choose Effectiveness over Efficiency When the Outcome Is Important

first_imgThis past week, one of my teams was working on a client issue. There was a flurry of emails sent back and forth, each one a draft of the message that might be sent to the client in an attempt to resolve the issue. Different people had different ideas about the right strategy and the right words, each of them different enough to cause many conversations.At some point, I remembered something that I know to be true: effectiveness is more important than efficiency. While there is nothing wrong with crafting a message, there is something wrong with choosing the wrong medium for the conversation. I had met the CEO a few times, and I decided to call him. It was 11:00 PM where he was, and he took my call. In just under twenty minutes, not only was the issue resolved, I would argue that our relationship was much improved.There is a difference between being efficient and being effective. Efficiency is doing things faster, with greater ease, and with less effort. Effectiveness is about producing an outcome.It is efficient to send an email, the effectiveness of which can only be measured by the outcome, the action or response of the party that receives it. If you seek effectiveness, then a different medium for that message might make for a better choice (I’d argue that face-to-face is the right choice for the most important conversations, especially ones in which you are asking for something).The Pareto principle, which seems to be some law of nature, shows that around 80 percent of your results come from around 20 percent of your actions. About 80 percent of your revenue likely comes from approximately 20 percent of your clients, plus or minus.This being true, it would make sense that effectiveness be the goal in the 20 percent of activities responsible for creating 80 percent of your results. Efficiency might be a better goal for the 80 percent of things that don’t move the needle.last_img read more