first_img Comments are closed. Royal & SunAlliance national information services training manager DavidBurgess-Joyce. 37, tells us why his new job requires some fast thinkingHow long have you been in this job? Four months. How long have you been with your organisation? 18 years. What does your role involve? The strategic roll-out of internal and external technical training to anewly unified population of 1,500 IT staff and exploring new ways of learning,while maintaining cost effectiveness. What’s the best thing about your job? The challenge of delivering high quality, focused and timely trainingpackages to an audience of technicians who dot every “I” and crossevery “T”. What is your current major project or strategic push? We are looking to be a centre of excellence in project management. That ispriority number one, closely followed by the development of unified proceduresfor the delivery of training across numerous UK sites populated by a diversityof people. Preferred terminology – training, development, education, learning? Although the products offered by my team are technical and would best bedescribed as training or education, I prefer learning and development as theyconjure up much more than just classroom training. Favourite buzzwords? Integrity, kindness, enthusiasm, savvy. Maybe not buzzwords, but they’ll dofor me. Without these, what is the point? Are you good at self development? No, like most training people, I do not practise what I preach. However, Ido challenge myself all the time by undertaking tasks that take me outside my comfortzone. What was the most useful learning experience you ever had? 360-degree feedback. It is good to look inwardly at yourself and to seewhat others you work with feel about you. It certainly changed the way Iinteract with my colleagues (and friends). Which is the best management book you have ever read? The One-minute Manager by Ken Blanchard. What was the worst course you ever went on? All courses give you something – even the poor ones. What did you want to do for a living when you were at school? Be a barrister, but I wasn’t clever enough. What was your first job? I worked for a bank and hated it. What was the best career decision you ever made? Applying for this job. What was the worst career decision you ever made? Applying to that bank. Which qualification do you most value? A degree in psychology. It has proved invaluable in negotiations andgetting past “no”. How many minutes is it since someone senior in your organisation said”People are our greatest assets”? Nanoseconds, if that doesn’t sound too Trekky! Royal and SunAllianceleadership is very committed to that ethos, and that’s why I enjoy working hereso much. Evaluation – holy grail or impossible dream? You have to evaluate in order to have some handle on return on investment,but I feel we go overboard at times. We should occasionally just stand back andask, “What did we really gain from that?” How do you think your job will have changed in five years’ time? There will be much more outsourcing by then, and a greater emphasis onsupplier and relationship management training will be required, together with aneed for resource planning to identify training requirements sooner. What do you think the core skills for your job will be in the future? As the IT world increases in speed every day, it is essential that the jobcan identify trends in languages far quicker than it does now. We need to beable to identify training needs before our competitors. What advice would you give to someone starting out in T&D? Start in behavioural skills areas before moving on to technical ones. Youwill learn a great deal about how skill in the former ensures delivery of thelatter. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? Home Secretary or opera singer. What is your motto? I have two: “Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness” and “IfI can’t do you any good, I won’t do you any harm”. Describe your management style in three words or less? Innovative, sharing, patient. How would you like to be remembered by your colleagues? I’d like to be thought of as a person who didn’t take himself, or the worldin which he worked, too seriously. Keeping pace with the businessOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_img Comments are closed. A drive to recruit hundreds of overseas doctors to work in the NHS waslaunched last week. But NHS experts have warned that the Government needs to provide bettertraining and support for overseas doctors if they are to provide an effectivesolution to skills shortages. Dr Surendar Kumar, chairman of the Overseas Doctors Association, said,”There needs to be a proper training and induction structure in place forrecruits from different cultures. “To expect a doctor coming from a different culture to be proficient inhow the NHS works is ridiculous. We need to introduce four- to six-week clinicalplacements for overseas recruits so they can see how the NHS works.” The recruitment drive involves a worldwide advertising campaign targetingsenior doctors in Europe, Australia, Canada, Asia and the US. Spain, Germanyand Italy will receive particular attention because they train more medicalstudents than they have jobs for. John Adsett, secretary for Association of Healthcare Human ResourcesManagement, said, “It is a big culture shock and you have to prepareproper induction packages and be fully aware of the cultural background of therecruits.” Adsett argued that overseas recruitment was only a short-term solution to astaffing crisis. “You must recruit and retain your own staff. The difficulty the NHSfaces is getting the training numbers for doctors right in the UK andattracting enough students to the profession,” he said. Last year, the NHS Plan set a target of employing 7,500 more consultants and2,000 more GPs by the end of 2004. #By Karen Higginbottom Previous Article Next Article Training warning as NHSseeks doctors overseasOn 4 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgIn this paper we briefly describe the processes which lead to the formation of the Antarctic ozone hole, the attributes of the 1994 hole in comparison with previous years and the trends in hole severity.last_img

first_imgA comparison study of water cycle parameters derived from ground-based remote-sensing instruments and from the regional model REMO is presented. Observational data sets were collected during three measuring campaigns in summer/autumn 2003 and 2004 at Richard A beta mann Observatory, Lindenberg, Germany. The remote sensing instruments which were used are differential absorption lidar, Doppler lidar, ceilometer, cloud radar, and micro rain radar for the derivation of humidity profiles, ABL height, water vapour flux profiles, cloud parameters, and rain rate. Additionally, surface latent and sensible heat flux and soil moisture were measured. Error ranges and representativity of the data are discussed. For comparisons the regional model REMO was run for all measuring periods with a horizontal resolution of 18 km and 33 vertical levels. Parameter output was every hour. The measured data were transformed to the vertical model grid and averaged in time in order to better match with gridbox model values. The comparisons show that the atmospheric boundary layer is not adequately simulated, on most days it is too shallow and too moist. This is found to be caused by a wrong partitioning of energy at the surface, particularly a too large latent heat flux. The reason is obviously an overestimation of soil moisture during drying periods by the one-layer scheme in the model. The profiles of water vapour transport within the ABL appear to be realistically simulated. The comparison of cloud cover reveals an underestimation of low-level and mid-level clouds by the model, whereas the comparison of high-level clouds is hampered by the inability of the cloud radar to see cirrus clouds above 10 km. Simulated ABL clouds apparently have a too low cloud base, and the vertical extent is underestimated. The ice water content of clouds agree in model and observation whereas the liquid water content is unsufficiently derived from cloud radar reflectivity in the present study. Rain rates are similar, but the representativeness of both observations and grid box values is low.last_img read more

first_imgJust when you thought Oxford’s nightlife scene couldn’t get much bleaker, it has been announced that the building containing Wahoo, the popular club which closed its doors last year, is set to re-open later this month – as Oxford University’s new entrepreneurial centre, The Oxford Foundry.The Foundry is described on the Said Business School’s website as “an eco-system, offering the opportunity of idea generation, experiential learning, and the development of an entrepreneurial mindset”. Developers say it will be used by around 23,000 students, staff, and alumni across a range of disciplines.The change comes after a multi-million pound deal in July 2016 between Nuffield College and Christ Church to transform the area around Frideswide Square. Over the summer the building has been transformed from a bar area and comedy club, famed for hosting Glee nights, to a space that describes its core purpose as “creating more entrepreneurial people”.It is planned that the Foundry will open to entrepreneurs across all of the University in Michaelmas term.Though Wahoo’s management have been reportedly seeking a new venue for the club, none has yet been found.The news comes as another setback to Oxford’s nightclub scene, with campaigners claiming that gentrification of the city centre is eroding Oxford’s nightlife and driving music venues out of the city. In August it was announced that the much-loved nightclub Cellar will close in early 2018 to be turned into a retail space, while Lola Lo’s shut in March.last_img read more

first_imgThrough the partnership, students who successfully complete the MPA program and who are admitted to UE will be offered a minimum of $24,000 in annual scholarships with the possibility of more depending on academic credentials. In addition, UE will provide faculty and resources that will help enhance the learning opportunities students receive through the program.“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the University of Evansville with this increased scholarship,” said Dr. Andrew Freeman, MPA, and Central High School principal. “This is such an exciting opportunity for us and our students, who will greatly benefit by not only gaining valuable knowledge, skills, and experiences but also through securing a way to help pay for their post-secondary education. With this partnership, we have the opportunity to make MPA an even better program, and provide more options for our graduates.”The EVSC created the Medical Professions Academy, housed at Central High School, for high school students interested in pursuing careers in science, health care, and medicine. An integrated science, English, and technology curriculum, paired with hands-on learning and relevant internships and shadowing experiences, prepares students for post-secondary science, medical, and health profession majors. They take courses at both their home high school and also at Central where the MPA courses are offered. Students complete AP courses in the sciences, English language, and psychology and also participate in experiential opportunities at St. Vincent and Deaconess. There are currently 254 students in the 4-year program.“Students who have completed the EVSC’s MPA program are a step ahead,” said Kenton Hargis, director of Admission at UE. “We are excited to partner with such outstanding students and start them on the journey down one of our many health profession career paths.”Health profession programs at UE include athletic training, clinical laboratory science, exercise science, health service administration, music therapy, neuroscience, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, and public health. Additionally, UE offers a baccalaureate to the doctor of medicine program for Indiana residents and beginning in 2021 will offer the Nurse Anesthesia Program (pending accreditation approval).Direct entry programs are also available for high school seniors in the athletic training, nursing, physical therapy, and physician assistant programs. Pre-professional programs at UE include science, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant science, pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary studies.“Many of our undergraduate programs can be used as a pre-professional foundation to apply to University of Evansville graduate health programs or those offered elsewhere,” said Mary Kessler, UE’s dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences. “In fact, many students who graduate with an undergraduate degree from UE go on to professional health programs and are now working as physical therapists, physician assistants, physicians, optometrists, podiatrists, athletic trainers, or physical therapist assistants.”Additionally, the state-of-the-art Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville is now home to UE’s Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The University of Evansville and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Medical Professions Academy (MPA) have enhanced their partnership to provide scholarships to MPA students, as well as integrate UE faculty and resources into the MPA program. The partnership also will also help increase the pool of qualified medical professionals in the area.last_img read more

first_img 22 May 2019 Bridgwater Town Hall 1700 – 1900 11 June 2019 Bridgwater Town Hall 1000 – 1200 05 June 2019 Cannington Village Hall 1100 – 1300 A key part of decommissioning the Magnox sites is dealing with radioactive waste. At Hinkley Point A Site, and other Magnox sites, a proportion of the waste that needs to be managed is called intermediate level waste (ILW). This ILW needs to be packaged and stored in Interim Storage Facilities (ISFs), before its eventual disposal at a national Geological Disposal Facility (GDF).The work followers several years of discussion and engagement with local stakeholders around the country about Magnox’s waste strategies across all our sites.Several public drop-in sessions will be held to allow you to find out more – the details of which are below. 05 June 2019 Stogursey Church Rooms 1700 – 1900 Date Venue Time 11 June 2019 Wembdon Village Hall 1400 – 1600last_img read more

first_imgBefore the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well shows, in 2015, John Mayer was still being vetted to come on tour with some of the former members of the Grateful Dead — specifically Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart — as a part of Dead & Company. As evidenced by this weekend’s smokin’ Dead & Co run in Boulder, we all know that John Mayer clearly passed the try-out process with flying colors. However, there was a time when these rumors seemed borderline ridiculous to many. After Billboard reported the rumors that John Mayer was considering being tapped for the tour, Deadheads were frenzied looking for clues to confirm these speculations.Dead & Company Sets The Bar High For The Final Night Of Their Stellar Boulder Run [Full Audio/Videos]Ahead of the official Dead & Company announcement, one major clue was John Mayer’s performance with Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California, exactly two years ago on June 12th, 2015. Mayer joined the Grateful Dead bassist at his venue for Phil Lesh & Friends 1977 tribute show, which honored the Cornell ’77 show at Barton Hall on May 8th, 1977. Mayer’s addition to the line-up was a surprise, with the guitarist originally left off the initial billing for the tribute. However, Mayer stuck around for the entirety of the performance to play lead guitar (though without adding vocals), joining guitarists Stu Allen and Scott Metzger, keyboardist Scott Guberman, drummers Pete Lavezzoli and Alex Koford and vocalist Jeannette Ferber. You can watch the full performance below.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 6/12/2015Set One: New Minglewood Blues, Loser, El Paso, They Love Each Other, Jack Straw, Deal, Lazy Lightnin’, Supplication, Brown Eyed Women, Mama Tried, Row Jimmy, Dancin’ in the StreetsSet Two: Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain, Estimated Prophet, St. Stephen > Not Fade Away > St. Stephen, Morning DewEncore: One More Saturday Nightlast_img read more

first_imgThe College of Science and the College of Arts and Letters launched a collaborative major in neuroscience and behavior this fall, said Sunny Boyd, professor of biological sciences.Sam Coughlin “For us this is an unprecedented step,” Boyd said “This is the first major that’s been between the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Science, ever.”Support among faculty and students contributed to the creation of the major, she said.“The major was created because of a real swelling of excitement among the students and the faculty about embracing a new academic program in this area of neuroscience and behavior,” Boyd said. “It’s an area of science that really didn’t exist 30 years ago. It’s an interdisciplinary field, and so it’s just growing in strength all the time.“We had students clamoring for the new major, and we have more than 50 faculty that work in some area of neuroscience and behavior, so it was just the perfect time to do it.”Either a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree can be pursued through the neuroscience and behavior major, Boyd said.“We have two versions of it. We have a Bachelor of Science version and a Bachelor of Arts version. They’re very similar except for the college requirements,” she said. “What we have … is a molding of biology courses and psychology courses, about equal quantities, with a liberal sprinkling of other science courses and other humanities courses, like anthropology and philosophy.“Neuroscience and behavior is … incredibly broad. Some people might want to do really heavy science, like computational neuroscience, or brain imaging kinds of studies, so they would need a B.S. background. But other people might be interested in things like cognitive science or philosophy of mind. They would need to focus more in the arts and humanities.”The neuroscience and behavior major will prepare students for a variety of professional opportunities after graduation, Boyd said.“We have a lot of students interested in the health profession. Both the B.S. and the B.A. are good fits for combining with health profession requirements. There’s also a … strong track for graduate degrees in neuroscience and behavior, or even related degrees in fields of chemistry and biochemistry: drug development, for example. Also, on the other side of the spectrum, for people who are interested in things like clinical psychology or neuropsychology.”Boyd said 45 students are currently enrolled in the major.“We’re expecting at least 60, and maybe as many as 80,” she said. “The majority have been sophomores, but there are a lot of juniors that are switching in as well.”Sophomore Morgan Widhalm said she was excited to learn of the development of the neuroscience and behavior major.“All the other colleges I applied to had a neuroscience major and fully developed neuroscience research laboratories, so the development of this major was the last step to making Notre Dame the perfect college for me,” she said. “There is so much interest out there in this developing field, and I feel like students will rush to this major.”Widhalm said she became interested in studying neuroscience because it allowed her to combine her interests in psychology and biological sciences. She is currently taking classes in genetics, organic chemistry and learning and memory.“The science classes were a continuation of the biology curriculum that will count towards my B.S. in neuroscience and behavior, and the psychology class is my first step towards the interdisciplinary nature of the major,” Widhalm said. “As such, I would love to go to graduate school after college and hopefully conduct research on music cognition and music therapy for neurodegenerative diseases. This would combine my love of neuroscience and my love of music into one incredible life-long learning journey.”Sophomore Kenneth Colon said he likes the flexibility offered by the neuroscience and behavior major.“Since high school, I’ve been fascinated with the study of the brain, so I knew coming into college that I’d want to study biology or psychology, or both,” Colon said. “What I didn’t know was how much I would enjoy my other classes like theology and philosophy. By combining relevant classes from biology and psychology into one major, the neuroscience and behavior major allows me more freedom to take classes outside the major as well.”There is also great flexibility within the major itself to allow for students to pursue individual interests, Colon said.“For example, if I have an interest in computer science or applied mathematics, neuroscience lets me take classes in both those areas to count towards the major,” he said. “Additionally, you can also take courses in chemistry, philosophy and anthropology that count towards the major. For those with interest in research, like myself, up to six credits for the major can come from undergraduate research.”Colon said he is interested in attending medical school after graduation or doing a combined advanced degree program.“Neuroscience and behavior really helps in fitting in all of my requirements for medical school, even more-so now with medical schools emphasizing the importance of behavioral sciences,” he said.Tags: bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, combined major, neuroscience, neuroscience and behavior, new major, new major offeredlast_img read more