HR qualification

first_img Previous Article Next Article HR qualificationOn 4 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today MSc HR Development, The Institute of Policy and Management, University ofManchesterHow long? This is an intensive, full-time course that runs for 12 months. The finalthree months of the course are dedicated to completing an extensivedissertation. Entry requirements Applicants need a good first degree in a relevant discipline although postgraduatestudy, research experience or professional experience may also be considered.Applicants who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to the Masters maybe admitted to the Diploma/MSc programme. Modules Students take compulsory core units in HRD, focused on individual andinstitutional learning, and HRD strategy and implementation. During the firstsemester, an additional three modules are chosen from a range of subjectsincluding: adult education and development, economic planning and HR, genderand educational issues in the developing world, non-governmental organisation(NGO) management and strategy, public service reform and management, andtraining and development. In the second semester, a further three modules arechosen from a range including: educational development, HR planning, andcommunity development and personnel policies and practice. A 15,000-20,000dissertation is also required; usually addressing performance and HRD issues ina participant’s own country. Career opportunities This MSc programme is particularly focused on developing skills and conceptsfor human resource development in developing and transitional Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Identification and correlation of distal tephra layers in deep-sea sediment cores, Scotia Sea, Antarctica

first_imgQuaternary deposits in six sediment cores from the Scotia Sea, Antarctica, were examined for the presence of volcanic ash layers. The cores were recovered from water depths of 3369-4025 m. Altogether, 23 ash layers were found, 18 of which have been investigated by electron-probe microanalysis. Deception Island is identified as the sourceof all the ash layers analyzed. The upper ash layer in each core can be correlated across all six cores, over a distance of 400 km, on the basis of its unusual bimodal composition, major oxide geochemistry and strati graphic position. Two other ash layers can also be correlatedbetween several of the cores.last_img read more

RICS property market survey reveals weak January

first_imgThe sales market remained quiet with both enquiries and transactions little changed at the start of year during what is usually a busy period, while the rental market faces a lack of supply as landlords exit the market, says the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) property market survey.Only five percent of its members reported an increase in demand for properties for sale, which is the weakest since last August, and the supply of fresh properties to the market reduced, RICS says.New vendor instruction during January 2017Supply has been weakening over the past consecutive 11 months now and many of RICS’ agent members’ stocks are reaching historic lows.Despite the worrying news, RICS says its agent members’ outlook was growing more positive about a bounce back as the year progresses, particularly in Scotland and Northern Ireland. RICS also says prices have been rising across the UK except in London, where they have been in ‘negative territory’ now for nearly a year.In the rental market, the government’s unremittingly hostile measures are taking their toll and RICS says the flow of new landlord instructions ‘failed to improve’ for a fourth consecutive quarter.RICS also says the imbalance between lowering supply and increasing demand for rental properties will push rents up this year and will increase rents by 25% over the next five years.“A much quieter market during the run-up to and past Christmas resulted in lower levels of instructions and sales,” says RICS member agent Douglas Farmer of Hopes Estates in Wigton, Cumbria.“However, the turn of year has seen more activity in both fields. Long may it continue [although] prices have to be sensible.”royal institute of chartered surveyors February 9, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » RICS property market survey reveals weak January previous nextHousing MarketRICS property market survey reveals weak JanuaryTraditionally busy month fails to materialise for some agents.Nigel Lewis9th February 20170804 Viewslast_img read more


first_imgTodays “Readers Poll’ question is: Who was the most or is the most effective “First Lady” of Evansville?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] Footnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer, our media partners or advertisers,Todays “Readers Poll’ question is: Who was the most or is the most effective “First Lady” of Evansville?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] Footnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer, our media partners or advertisersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.,Todays “Readers Poll’ question is: Who was the most or is the most effective “First Lady” of Evansville?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]center_img We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?last_img read more

Speech: Delivering long term stability to the Sahel region

first_imgThank you very much Mr President and may I like others start by passing our sincere condolences to Niger and France for the loss of their servicemen and women.Let me also thank our briefers and welcome to the Council His Excellency Mr Alpha Barry, Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso.As set out in the Secretary-General’s Report Mr President, there is some clear progress to be welcomed – particularly the resumption of Joint Force operations since January 2019 and the deployment of 75 per cent of troops as of March 2019. We recognise the efforts of the G5 Sahel States to combat cross-border threats despite difficult and adverse circumstances. Now, the Force must accelerate its efforts to achieve full operational capacity and demonstrate that its security capacity is greater than the sum of its parts. Evidence of tangible results from operations will build the Force’s credibility, both regionally and internationally.To aid the Joint Force in overcoming the challenges they face in terms of funding and thereby achieving full operationalisation, the United Kingdom strongly urges all partners to make good on the financial commitments they have made with the utmost urgency.On the UK’s part, we have contributed to the European Union’s package of support and provided further bilateral contributions which for the Joint Force alone totals around $20 million – that’s set against a far bigger contribution for the Sahel as a whole.Continuing the close cooperation with the EU, MINUSMA and Operation Barkhane is a vital step in aiding operational efforts. In this regard, we welcome the creation of the Coordinating Body for Mali in January, which serves as a framework to enhance information sharing and coordination among the various military and security forces present.We also welcome the steps taken to advance the human rights compliance framework and strongly urge continued efforts to further embed and operationalise this across the G5 Sahel Joint Force. This will not only lead to enhanced civilian protection but also support efforts to win “the hearts and minds” of the populations the Joint Force was created to protect, crucial to the stabilisation of the region. Any alleged human rights violations need to be fully investigated.Looking forward, we encourage the G5 Sahel Secretariat to finalise the Joint Force’s strategic concept of operations, which will both demonstrate a unity of purpose within the Joint Force and boost donor confidence.Mr President, the challenges facing the Sahel region are becoming progressively more complex. With increasing incidents of terrorism, criminality and inter-community violence in Mali’s central regions, we share the Secretary-General’s concerns about the spread of insecurity and terrorism to other parts of the region, including into Burkina Faso. We call upon G5 Sahel countries to expedite their efforts to deploy all outstanding troops and to fully establish the police component in order to address the growing trans-border threats.As with all areas of instability, military action alone is not the solution. As recognised by this Council in its December 2017 resolution on the support to the G5 Sahel Force, long term stability will only be delivered to the region if security efforts are accompanied by programmes to address governance, development, human rights and humanitarian issues.Thank you.last_img read more

Correspondence: Statement from the Secretary of State on the Clinician Pension Tax Scheme

first_imgThis statement confirms in relation to the NHS in England that the contractual commitments being entered into to make payments to clinicians affected by annual allowance pension tax will be honoured when clinicians retire.NHS England has set up special arrangements under which certain clinicians who provide services to the NHS and incur annual allowance tax charges as a result of their continued membership of any NHS pension scheme in 2019/20 (the Tax Charge): will be able to look to the NHS Pension Scheme to pay those tax charges under the Scheme Pays arrangements will receive additional payments in the future to compensate for any reduction in such payments as a result of the payment by NHS Pensions of the Tax Charge under the Scheme Pays ruleslast_img read more

Press release: 9 in 10 pharmacies now offering free, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests

first_imgNine in ten pharmacies across England are now distributing free rapid lateral flow tests for people to collect and use at home.Rapid, regular testing is now available to everyone in England and the new ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service provides an additional route to regular testing, making it as easy as possible for people without COVID-19 symptoms to access testing twice a week.The Pharmacy Collect service is available to people aged over 18 without symptoms, who are able to visit a participating local pharmacy and collect a box of 7 rapid tests to use twice a week at home.Alongside the rollout of the vaccine, testing will form a crucial part of everyday life as parts of society reopen. Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus don’t have symptoms, which means they can spread the virus without knowing it. Regular testing continues to play a critical role in stopping the spread of the virus and breaking the chains of transmission.An online checker has launched so people can find their nearest pharmacy offering free rapid test kits.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: Regular, rapid testing can detect COVID-19 in 30 minutes, helping break the chains of transmission Pharmacy Collect service provides an additional route to twice-weekly, rapid testing for everyone without symptoms New analysis by NHS Test and Trace shows lateral flow (LFD) tests to have a specificity of at least 99.9%. This means that for every 1,000 lateral flow tests carried out, there is fewer than one false positive result. All positive results from LFD tests must be followed up with a confirmatory PCR test within 72 hours. Confirmatory PCR testing will also mean variants of concern are detected more quickly.If testing at home, individuals will need to register their results online or by calling 119, even if they get a negative result. They should self-isolate if they get a positive result and order a confirmatory PCR test online or by calling 119.Background informationThe test kits will be provided free of charge to anyone requesting them with one box of test kits per person.All pharmacies that sign up to deliver the service will receive a set-up fee and a transaction fee every time a member of the public collects a kit.Each box contains 7 LFDs. This allows the person to test themselves twice weekly within a 3-week timeframe. This number of tests in the box factors in the potential for a void test.The majority of pharmacies have test kits available but we are aware that some pharmacies are unable to immediately order test kits. Stock is being replenished to wholesalers on a daily basis with deliveries being made to pharmacies within a matter of days in order to meet demand.Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – should book a PCR test online or by calling 119.Getting a rapid test is quick and convenient. Rapid tests are available through: a home ordering service, which allows people to order lateral flow tests online to be delivered to their home workplace testing programmes, on-site or at home community testing, offered by all local authorities collection at a local PCR test site during specific test collection time windows testing on site at schools and colleges Pharmacies make an invaluable contribution our health service – they have gone above and beyond in response to COVID-19 to serve their communities. Now, they will play a key role in our rapid testing programme, which is a vital tool in reopening society in the months ahead. I have been delighted at the level of interest and how fast the response has been from pharmacies to take part, with 9 in 10 registering to offer rapid test kits within 10 days. This new service will make it even easier for people to access rapid testing twice a week. The testing only takes 30 minutes and will help people stop the spread of the virus – protecting families and communities and saving lives.last_img read more

Entries open for Young Pastry Chef of the Year

first_imgThe Master Chefs of Great Britain (MCGB) has opened applications for its 2020 Young Pastry Chef of the Year competition and has introduced semi-finals for the first time.The event, which is now in its 11th year, requires entrants to produce a plated restaurant dessert of their interpretation, as well as a chocolate centrepiece using Felchlin chocolate.In addition, they will need to create three petits fours, comprising a chocolate ganache, pâte de fruits and Florentine biscuits.As well as the title, the winning candidate will score a David Lyell Scholarship, which will include a trip to Felchlin in Switzerland for a training course, an engraved silver salver, a £250 cash prize and a leather Chefi knife case. The runner-up will receive £150, and a third place prize of £100 will also be awarded. Those entering must be aged 23 years or under on 1 March 2020 and work in a hotel or restaurant kitchen, banqueting, catering or corporate events, or be a student.The organisers have also introduced semi-finals for the first time. Murray Chapman, director, Young Pastry Chef at the MCGB, described the new stages as “very exciting” and a way to “inspire more young pastry chefs”.“There has been great support from Glasgow and Sheffield Colleges, as well as Town & Country’s development kitchen to hold three semi-finals.”They will be held in Glasgow, Sheffield and Slough on 3 March, with the final taking place at The Claire Clark Academy, Milton Keynes College on 7 April. Judges include pastry chefs and experts Ross Sneddon, Benoit Blin, Mick Burke, Mark Poynton, Jerome Dreux and Liam Grime.The David Lyell Scholarship was established in memory of the founder and former chairman of Town & Country Fine Foods, who passed away in 2009. The 2019 winner was Julien Piveteau of Hilton, Park Lane, London (see image below).last_img read more

Where students own their education

first_imgIt looked like an episode of the TV show “Hoarders” outside the Connaughton Room in Pierce Hall last year. Stowed in lockers were a box of eggs, a Clapper, a bottle of rubbing alcohol, a set of dominoes, PVC pipes, a glass jar, pulleys, and a plastic racetrack — the raw materials for students’ design projects in Applied Physics 50 (AP 50), “Physics as a Foundation for Science and Engineering.”“We would throw out crazy ideas like mousetraps or Newton’s cradles or catapults,” recalled Ryan Alden ’14, a chemistry concentrator, “and the next day we’d have a bunch of mousetraps to play around with.”Grounded in a teaching philosophy that banishes lectures and encourages hands-on exploration, the course represents a collection of best practices gleaned from decades of teaching experience and studious visits to college physics classrooms nationwide. Considered the “applied” sibling to the “analytic, numerical, and experimental” Physical Sciences 12 sequence, AP 50 is being offered for the second time this year at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), open to undergraduates from all concentrations.“The environment we created in AP 50 is really conducive to students taking ownership of their own learning and authentically assessing their own skills,” said Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, who co-teaches the course with Carolann Koleci, preceptor in applied physics. “It’s about helping students apply what they’re learning within a real-world context.”“For today’s knowledge-based economy, it’s not so much what you know, but what you do with what you know,” said Koleci.Soundbytes: You can’t learn physics without breaking a few eggsA hands-on approach to teaching and learning in AP 50 helps Harvard undergraduates learn the foundational concepts in physics by applying them to real-world situations. “I’ve never taken a class like this before,” says Bernadette Lin ’16, “but I really love it.”Team-based design projects feature prominently. Last year, students reverse-engineered musical instruments, using the new knowledge to design “perfect” panpipes, zithers, and diddley bows. They used electronic circuits, laser cutters, and band saws to build secure safes and then crack the codes. They also built Rube Goldberg machines, contraptions that achieve a task — in this case, cracking an egg — through a chain reaction of motions.“Each project is sort of like a Trojan horse,” said Mazur. “I don’t tell them, ‘You should learn kinematics or momentum,’ no. The project requires them to learn kinematics and momentum; otherwise they can’t do it.”By several measures, the approach is paying off. The attendance rate was 97 percent last year. Last fall, AP 50 showed the largest gain on the force concept inventory, a measurement of students’ understanding of basic concepts, of any Harvard physics course in the last six years.It’s popular, too.“For the fall 2013 semester, we’ve had to increase the cap on enrollment from 50 to 90,” noted Koleci.“This course is teaching physics and engineering in a new way,” said SEAS Dean Cherry A. Murray. “But even more importantly, it teaches the skills that leaders in any field need: to work in teams and to solve problems among people with diverse perspectives.”To foster those skills, Mazur and Koleci issue open-ended challenges that force the students to brainstorm together instead of working silently and independently on paper.“It was definitely hard trying to get the initial spark going,” said Alden, who took AP 50 last year, “but once a couple of ideas started flying around, someone else in the group might latch onto that idea and change it a little bit, so basically no idea was stupid. And that was maybe the most fun: not only getting something that actually worked in the end, but finding 10 other ways that failed miserably, too.”Emily Lowe ’14, who studies Earth and planetary sciences and anthropology, was proud of her team’s accomplishment when, after many attempts, their contraption cut a string that released a catapult that launched a rubber ball precisely into a funnel. At last, elastic collisions and projectile motion made sense.AP 50 is not just about playing with mousetraps and bouncy balls, of course. But even the paper-based assignments are unconventional. In one class, Mazur and Koleci started asking questions about topics that hadn’t been covered: What’s the difference in electrical potential that leads to a lightning strike?“Yes, of course you could Google that,” explained Mazur, “but the point is to argue it from basic principles.”Suppose, instead of powering a 100-watt lightbulb for an hour, that energy was used to lift a 130-pound person. How high would he or she go? During the class period, the students work in teams to generate a realistic estimate.“It gives them a way of honing their qualitative reasoning skills,” Mazur said. “Sometimes what matters most in the real world is that you can accurately judge the relationships between things. We want to make them comfortable with stepping into unknown terrain, and tackling problems where there are no prescribed methods.”On homework assignments, students are graded according to how well they approach each problem, and how thoughtfully they reflect on any errors afterward. There is no printed textbook. Instead, a free, collaborative, online text lets students annotate their reading on laptops and tablets and engage in online discussions after class.And there are no exams — at least, none like you’ve seen before. The students answer a few questions individually, using Mazur’s Learning Catalytics system, and then compare their answers within a group, reasoning their way through any disagreements until everyone at the table settles on a single answer.“Traditional exams stifle creativity,” said Mazur. “Here, there’s no stress. They’re teaching each other, and more importantly they’re having fun. By the time the whole thing is over, you’ll see students talking, laughing, going to the whiteboard. It’s amazing.”“Applied Physics 50 has presented physics in a fun way, and [it’s] especially really interactive,” said Bernadette Lin ’16, while she perfected her team’s Rube Goldberg machine. “I’ve never taken a class like this before, but I really love it.” <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

Wolff elected to Orden Pour le Mérite für Wissenschaften und Künste

first_imgAdams University Research Professor Christoph Wolff has been elected to Germany’s Orden Pour le Mérite für Wissenschaften und Künste, joining 14 Nobel laureates and other international leaders in the arts and sciences in the historic honor society. Past members have included Darwin, Einstein, T.S. Eliot, Longfellow, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Brahms, and Verdi. In 1860, Louis Agassiz, founder of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, became the first Harvard faculty member so honored; Byzantinist Ernst Kitzinger the second. Wolff, a music historian who joined the Harvard faculty in 1976, was chosen in September and will be formally inducted into the order in ceremonies in Berlin next May.At present consisting of 78 members, approximately half from Germany and half from other countries, the organization has recognized distinguished achievement since its creation by the king of Prussia in 1842.Current chancellor of the order is biologist and Nobelist Christiane Nüsslein-Vollhard, Harvard S.D. ’93 (hon.). Other current members include historians Fritz Stern and Lorraine Daston, biologist and Nobelist Günter Blobel, composers Pierre Boulez and György Kurtág, conductors Daniel Barenboim and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, pianist Alfred Brendel, legal scholar Gerhard Casper, semiotician and writer Umberto Eco, and economist and Nobelist Robert Solow.Wolff served at Harvard as chair of the Music Department, acting director of the University Library, and dean of GSAS. He is the author of “Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician” (2000, translated into 11 languages) and “Mozart at the Gateway to His Fortune: Serving the Emperor, 1788-1791” (2012,  translated into four languages).last_img read more