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College makes the grade with online administration system

first_img Previous Article Next Article Five years ago, Stroud College failed an Ofsted inspection, with the lack ofan HR system to monitor staff attendance cited as a key factor. In Septemberlast year, it was re-inspected, and the report highlighted personneladministration as one of the college’s strengths. The dramatic turnaround was masterminded by Nicky Wood, the newly-appointedpersonnel manager at the time, who knew the answer lay with implementing someform of HR software. “With 300 to 400 employees in the college and little or no informationon any of them, my role in HR was challenging to say the least,” sherecalls. “There were no processes in place, no standard terms andconditions, reporting information was non-existent, and recruitment was done byeach department, irrespective of headcount.” Wood was able to secure some of the recovery funding that the college hadbeen awarded to pay for her plans. Stroud College, which offers a range of academic and vocational courses andlearning programmes to meet the needs of local employers, chose HR softwaresupplier Computers in Personnel to install its new personnel and recruitmentadministration system. “They wanted a system to address an immediate need,” saysComputers in Personnel managing director, Chris Berry. The system ran on existing PCs and went live in 2000. The hardest part ofthe implementation, says Wood, was the data collection to populate the system.It was collected by her assistant, who had to work with every departmentmanager, key the information into the system, and then get it validated toensure accuracy, explains Wood. With the information held digitally, Wood took the opportunity to review andrenew HR practices and procedures, including terms and conditions, criminalrecord checks and teaching qualifications. The recruitment software allowed her to create a more structured and uniformapproach to authorising and advertising vacancies, and the college also beganto use the data more strategically. “On a monthly basis, we produce a selection of management reports,which are circulated to the board and senior management team,” explainsWood. “These cover a range of metrics that we need to monitor, such asheadcount, sickness absence, turnover, equal opportunities and vacancies. The managersin the college have now become reliant on the information we are able toprovide and are keen to have access to more.” The HR team’s ability to generate data and therefore benchmark its practiceswas one of the things that impressed the Ofsted inspectors during their lastvisit. “We’d worked for a number of educational establishments before and alsohad experience of generating the kind of returns needed to satisfy the variousfunding councils,” says Berry. After a lot of groundwork, the ease with which the college can extract dataon its people has made the system vital to Wood and her department’s operation.”It is an intrinsic and essential part of everything we do on aday-to-day basis, whether it is sending out a contract of employment, posting avacancy or reviewing a job description,” she says. “We make extensive use of the diary facility for key reminders, such asappraisal meetings and maternity entitlement, and rely on it to trigger theactivities we carry out on that day.” Comments are closed. College makes the grade with online administration systemOn 13 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Bubba Wallace ‘really proud’ of NASCAR’s ban on Confederate flags

first_img Written by June 11, 2020 /Sports News – National Bubba Wallace ‘really proud’ of NASCAR’s ban on Confederate flags FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC NewsBy KELLY MCCARTHY and MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — American race car driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. said he’s “really proud” of NASCAR for “stepping up” and banning the Confederate flag from all its events. “I think this is the most crucial time,” Wallace, 26, said in an interview on ABC News’ Good Morning America Thursday. “Time is of the essence right now in the world that we’re in, in the nation that we’re in, to create change and create unity and come together and really try to be more inclusive.” Wallace, the only black driver in the Cup Series, NASCAR’s highest level, has been outspoken on racial issues in the sport and said he feels “very gracious” to have the support of fellow drivers who “are willing to stand up for what’s right.”NASCAR announced the ban on Wednesday night, just one day after Wallace called for action from the racing league to officially remove the Confederate flag, which has a long history of being flown at races on camper trailers, RVs, coolers and even seen on hats of fans since the sport’s inception.“That’s a symbol of hate and it brings back so many bad memories,” Wallace said. “There’s no good that comes with that flag, and that’s the message we’re trying to get across.”The move comes amid nationwide protests against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.Wallace wore a “Black Lives Matter” shirt and his No. 43 car was emblazoned with a #BlackLivesMatter hashtag at Wednesday night’s race at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. “Last night was really special,” he said. “I sincerely thought that was the biggest race of my career just with everything going on in the world and how we were standing up.”The flag, also known as “stars and bars,” was used by the Confederacy after seceding from the Union in 1861 — prompting the American Civil War — in a bid to uphold slavery. Most arguments defending the flag, whether it be at sporting events or in state Capitols, have centered on it being about Southern pride and heritage as opposed to its Civil War ancestry. NASCAR and all of its teams are headquartered in North Carolina. While the sport has spread to race tracks across the country, it has always held close ties to the South. Some NASCAR fans have taken to social media to voice their anger over the ban, saying they will no longer attend races. Wallace said his message to them is: “It’s not about you.” “This is about our brothers and sisters that are suffering,” he added. “It’s about a group of people that we are trying to bring together and make this world a better place for.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Britt Reid, Chiefs assistant coach and son of Andy Reid, involved in crash that seriously injured child

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailkali9/iStockBy MARK OSBORNE, ABC News(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Britt Reid, an assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and the son of head coach Andy Reid, was involved in a serious crash Thursday night, according to police. Reid is being investigated for “impairment,” Kansas City police said.Reid suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but two children in a car involved in the crash were seriously injured, including one with life-threatening injuries.The 35-year-old is a linebackers coach for the Chiefs, who will play in the Super Bowl this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.“The organization has been made aware of a multi-vehicle accident involving Outside Linebackers Coach, Britt Reid,” the Chiefs said in a statement. “We are in the process of gathering information, and we will have no further comment at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.”The accident took place Thursday night at about 9 p.m. near the Chiefs’ practice facility at the Truman Sports Complex, according to police.Reid hit a car that was assisting another that had run out of gas on the side of the road, causing a chain reaction that hit the stalled vehicle, according to police. A 5-year-old in the broken down car suffered life-threatening injuries, while a 4-year-old in the car suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.The driver of the car Reid hit initially and two adults in the car that ran out of gas were not injured.Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB, which obtained a search warrant related to the case, reported Reid admitted to drinking before the crash.The Chiefs are not traveling to Tampa, the host city for Super Bowl 55, until Saturday. The team was remaining in Kansas City due to COVID-19 protocols.Reid has worked alongside his father, who has coached in the NFL since 1992 and taken the Eagles and Chiefs to the Super Bowl, since 2013. Andy Reid won his first title with Kansas City last year.Britt Reid pleaded guilty to flashing a gun at another driver in a road rage incident in 2007 and served prison time. While in prison, he also pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence from a separate incident.ABC News’ Nick Cirone and Matt Foster contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. February 5, 2021 /Sports News – National Britt Reid, Chiefs assistant coach and son of Andy Reid, involved in crash that seriously injured childcenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Deadline To Apply For Educator Scholarship Is Fast Approaching

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare STATEHOUSE (Dec. 15, 2016) — The deadline to apply for the Next Generation Teacher Scholarship, paying $7,500 per year for students pursuing a career in education, is Dec. 31, according to State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville). Sullivan supported the creation of this scholarship to help incentivize top-performing students to pursue a career teaching in Hoosier classrooms.“As the mother of a college freshman, I understand the costs of higher education,” Sullivan said. “These funds will help families and students by decreasing student-loan debt. I also have one child in high school and one in elementary school, so I know firsthand the impact a good teacher can have on a student. This is an investment in our future.”The scholarship is available to 200 high-achieving high school and college students each year who either graduate in the top 20 percent of their class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. While in college, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year to continue receiving the grant. The Next Generation Teacher Scholarship pays $7,500 per year for up to four years to students who obtain their teaching license and commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years.Eligible students must be nominated by a teacher and submit their nomination form to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Students can visit www.LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for information and to submit an application before the deadline on Dec. 31.last_img read more

Mayor’s Message: March 5

first_imgDear Friends,As a result of the recently enacted marijuana legislation, existing city ordinances prohibiting the cultivation, product manufacturing, testing and sale of marijuana in Ocean City were invalidated.I have asked City Council to adopt a new ordinance to reinstate these prohibitions. The new legislation gives municipalities 180 days to do so. I expect this ordinance to be considered at next Thursday’s City Council meeting.New Jersey has set up a new COVID-19 vaccine call center to provide scheduling support and dedicated appointments for residents ages 75 and over. Call 856-249-7007.Our Community Services team also continues to have good success in helping Ocean City seniors secure COVID-19 vaccination appointments.If you live in Ocean City, are currently eligible to receive the vaccine and would like assistance, call 609-399-6111 or stop by City Hall, the Community Center or the 46th Street Welcome Center. Don’t stop looking for an appointment on your own, but let us see if we can help you.I’m hopeful that vaccine supplies will begin to increase and soon be available to anybody who wants to be vaccinated. But until then, I want to make sure all of our seniors and other residents most at risk are protected.March is the time when a lot of our seasonal businesses begin to reopen, and it looks like we’re headed for a sunny weekend with some much warmer temperatures arriving a few days later. Please remember to shop and eat local to help our business community get off to a great new year.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

News story: Three Trustees Appointed to Sport England

first_imgSue JamesSue James has over 30 years’ experience working in the media industry. She was a senior executive of Time Inc UK for over 20 years and until September 2017 she was the Editorial Director of woman&home, the UK’s leading consumer title for 40+ women. Sue received widespread recognition for her work there earning numerous industry awards and establishing a strong commercial reputation for understanding and meeting customer needs as well as delivering and managing behavioural and organisational change. Sue now runs her own media brand consultancy advising clients from all sectors on Strategic Brand Marketing, Content Creation and Customer Engagement.Her passion for wellbeing and desire to help all women ‘lead their best life’, led Sue to develop long standing partnerships with some of the UK’s biggest health charities. For Breast Cancer Care she created the game-changing Pink Ribbon Walk initiative in 1999 and she was the driving force behind Walk for One Million for Target Ovarian Cancer. These, plus her recent work with the Alzheimer’s Society, have resulted in more than £10 million being raised for health and wellbeing charities.Sue is a consummate communicator and has an astute understanding of the needs and aspirations of women globally, having herself worked in the USA, Europe and South Africa. She is passionate about supporting and mentoring and has, during her career, helped, encouraged and inspired women of all ages. She has also worked on youth and graduate inclusive physical activity initiatives through her involvement as a Trustee with the National Centre of Circus Arts.Natalie Ceeney CBENatalie is a non-executive Director and strategy consultant. She was appointed to the board of Sports England from 1st June 2018, and her other roles include Chair of Innovate Finance, non-executive director of Board of Countrywide PLC, and a business advisor on technology driven transformation. Her previous executive career includes three CEO roles, of HM Courts and Tribunals Service, The National Archives and the Financial Ombudsman Service.Natalie has always been passionate about sports, initially just as a supporter of elite sports and more recently as a regular cyclist and gym user. Her own experience of ill health, including breast cancer, has made her a strong believer in the power of activity and exercise for physical and mental health. Natalie is also a digital evangelist, with a career history of using digital technology to widen participation and access, and excited by its potential in sport.Mohamed ElsarkyMohamed Elsarky is a seasoned executive with wide experience in industry, sport, and not for profit organisations. Most recently he served as Global President and CEO of Godiva Chocolatier where he was also a member of the Board. Previously, he was operating partner at Lion Capital, a leading private equity firm; President of United Biscuits Northern Europe; CEO Jacobs Bakery (Danone) UK and Ireland, and Chairman / CEO Kellogg Australia and New Zealand.Mohamed’s involvement in sport include major sponsorship of Rugby League, Netball, and Surf Life Saving Iron Man and Iron Woman competitions in Australia where he was Vice Patron of Surf Life Saving Queensland. More recently he was Chair of British Canoeing overseeing improved governance and developing relationships with funding bodies and key stakeholders. Mohamed is currently Chair of British Equestrian Federation.Mohamed hold a number of non-executive board positions including NOMAD Foods (NYSE) and the East India Company. He also served on several not for profit organisations focussing on children including Kids Help Line, Children’s Hospital Council, and Australian Council for Children and Parenting as well as the New South Wales Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Board.The roles are remunerated at £218 a day. These appointments have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Natalie, Sue and Mohamed have declared no such political activity.last_img read more

2015 Cabot Fellows named

first_imgTen faculty members have been awarded 2015 Walter Channing Cabot Fellowships for their outstanding publications. The 2015 honorees:Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History, “Empire of Cotton: A Global History” (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014)Virginie Greene, professor of Romance languages and literatures, “Logical Fictions in Medieval Literature and Philosophy” (Cambridge University Press, 2014)Mary Lewis, professor of history, “Divided Rule: Sovereignty and Empire in French Tunisia, 1881-1938” (University of California Press, 2014)Wai-yee Li, professor of Chinese literature, “Women and National Trauma in Late Imperial Chinese Literature” (Harvard University Asia Center, 2014)Afsaneh Najmabadi, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, “Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran” (Duke University Press, 2014)Eric Nelson, Robert M. Beren Professor of Government, “The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding” (Harvard University Press, 2014)Carol Oja, William Powell Mason Professor of Music, “Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War” (Oxford University Press, 2014)Jennifer Roberts, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities, “Transporting Visions: The Movement of Images in Early America” (University of California Press, 2014)John Stilgoe, Robert and Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape Development, “Old Fields: Photography, Glamour, and Fantasy Landscape” (University of Virginia Press, 2014)David Der-wei Wang, Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature and of Comparative Literature, “現當代文學新論:義理‧倫理‧地理 (New Critique of Modern Chinese Literature: Polemics, Ethics and Geopolitics)” (SDX Joint Publishing Company (Lookup under ISBN: New Theory in Modern Literature: ethical argumentation Geography (Chinese Edition)), 2014)last_img read more

Let’s Get to Work

first_imgEMC’s Information Intelligence Group is focused on helping customers transform their business with software and cloud solutions that connect information to work. It’s our mission statement, but even more important, it’s our sole focus.For our enterprise customers, all work is knowledge work. By work we mean the processes and collaboration that drive the daily activity of our customers.  Examples of work are processing a loan, answering a customer service complaint, testing a drug, using a design document to repair an aircraft, designing a new car by sharing new ideas with teams, inside and outside the firewall, or accessing the latest price list, whether the worker is at her desktop or on the go.  In each of these cases, the work is only productive if all the information needed is available when and where it is needed.Wrapping Information, Process, and Collaboration with governance policies in order to protect and track information, while making the information mobile and cloud enabled, is how we think companies truly transform their businesses to derive more value.I recently met with a CIO at one of the world’s largest transportation companies in Europe. His company required a single system to manage and share a vast number of technical documents and engineering drawings, and wanted to integrate that repository with other applications that run his business. The system had to be accessible by internal and external teams with the proper rights so each group had access to certain content. The clincher was, he had weeks – not years – to get a system implemented. In this case, work meant having the right technical information available via the right application to the right person whether inside or outside the firewall.  This is a great example of combining Information, Process and Collaboration together to get work done.Our team helped meet the challenge, configuring a solution that would be hosted in the cloud to accelerate time to value. The CIO’s team determined that over the course of five years, they would realize more than 40% annualized savings with this approach versus building their own solution and managing it in their own data center.Delivering cloud-based solutions to get work done…that’s where IIG is headed.last_img read more

Senate discusses sexual assault, recognition of Native American history

first_imgNotre Dame student senators focused on social justice issues during their meeting Monday evening, addressing the University’s policies regarding the treatment of sexual assault survivors and Native Americans.Over the past several weeks, the student senate discussed the Trump administration’s changes to Title IX, the federal civil rights law that regulates how colleges handle sexual assault allegations. Many student leaders have expressed concerns that Notre Dame will be less responsive to victims’ needs in the wake of these new changes.Student Title IX services manager Amber Monroe spoke to the senate about the University’s sexual assault resolution process and addressed concerns about new Title IX revisions.“A lot of these [changes] are not mandates. … We’re going to be given a lot of time to figure out what [the changes] look like for Notre Dame,” Monroe said. “What I can say is we will always be Notre Dame in the sense of caring for our students.”The proposed changes to Title IX allow colleges to resolve sexual assault allegations through mediation, a process in which victims and perpetrators discuss the allegations face-to-face. Monroe clarified that Notre Dame does not plan on using this kind of face-to-face mediation for sexual assault cases.But the University does offer other “alternative resolution” processes for sexual assault cases on a voluntary basis, she said. Victims can agree to engage in these processes, which are supposed to be forms of restorative justice — a way to help victims and perpetrators heal together. “I think that we forget sometimes that these are people,” Monroe said. “Emotions, behaviors and choices affect how these processes can metastasize and what they can look like for each individual.”Monroe explained that the University developed these alternative resolution strategies in response to student feedback. Many students noted in the 2016 Campus Climate Survey that they felt their options for resolving incidents of assault were too limited. Notably, these alternative resolution processes — unlike traditional administrative resolution processes — are non-disciplinary, meaning perpetrators cannot face disciplinary action after an alternative resolution is completed.Junior and Welsh Family Hall senator Lindsay McCray said a non-disciplinary resolution could endanger students.“There have been studies that indicate that the majority of sexual assaults are committed by repeat offenders,” she said. “So, in allowing [an] alternative resolution to occur in sexual assault cases, even if it’s not mediation, how does that protect the student body at all from rapists?”Monroe said the University considers each case individually and does not allow alternative resolutions for perpetrators who could pose serious threats to other students.After concluding the discussion of Title IX, senators shifted the conversation to Native American history and culture.Senators approved a resolution calling the University administration to recognize that Notre Dame’s campus sits on land that once belonged to the Potawatomi people. The resolution encouraged a statement acknowledging this history be featured at Welcome Weekend, graduation and the Walk the Walk Week luncheon.Additionally, the senate approved a resolution calling for a Native Studies minor in the College of Arts and Letters, drawing on the example of many other universities.“This … shows the people who are Native descendants that we respect you, we affirm you,” said Marcus Winchester-Jones, sophomore and president of the Native American Student Association of Notre Dame. “It … makes it so it’s a more welcoming community for everybody.”Tags: Native American Student Association of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Student Senate, Title IX, Title IX policylast_img read more

New York Demands More Federal Funds To Bolster State Budget

first_imgJanuary 8, 2020 – Albany, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivers his 2020 State of the State Address in Albany. (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)ALBANY — New York lawmakers on Thursday delayed immediate decisions on how to find $10 billion in potential spending cuts in an elastic state budget aimed at keeping state government running amid a crisis brought on by a virus outbreak that has hammered New York City and upended the economy.Seated in their offices or far apart from one another in the largely vacant chambers, lawmakers took final votes on budget bills. The exact size of the budget for the next year was unclear, but lawmakers are attempting to slash as much as $10 billion from the $178 billion originally proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.The extent of spending cuts will depend on whether New York receives enough federal funding or if the economy recovers enough to make up for a potential $10 to $15 billion loss in state revenue.“We can all agree that the budget we are passing is not the budget that any of us hoped to pass at the beginning of the session,” Democratic Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “It’s not even the budget we expected to pass a month ago. Our state’s financial situation has been thrust into true economic crisis.” Lawmakers have agreed that the ongoing epidemic necessitates expanding the governor’s role over state spending and response efforts. The governor’s budget office would have to notify lawmakers about 1% revenue shortfalls or overspending, and the administration could cut spending if lawmakers don’t come up with their own plan in ten days.The budget deal is also set to include at least $8 billion in short-term borrowing to help the state handle a tax deadline delayed to July 15. The state can also access a $3 billion line of credit.Cuomo, a Democrat, and Stewart-Cousins called for urgent, additional federal funding to help New York respond to the outbreak.New York state government is set to receive at least $5 billion in federal aid for the cost of responding to the virus, on top of over $1 billion in emergency education funding. But Cuomo has said the amount is not enough to offset possible revenue loss and response costs that have already exceeded $1 billion.Schools are receiving nearly the same amount of funding as last year — about $28 million. Cuomo had proposed $800 million in extra school aid in January. New York will lose out on extra federal education aid if funding falls further.The budget also allows Cuomo’s administration to reduce healthcare spending this year or next.Cuomo had complained New York would lose out on billions of dollars in emergency Medicaid funds because Congress prohibited states from restricting Medicaid until the outbreak is declared over. A state task force was tasked this year to propose trimming $2.5 billion in Medicaid spending.The budget allows Cuomo’s administration to delay some Medicaid proposals amid the crisis — including another 0.5% in across-the-board Medicaid payment cuts, a cap on managed long-term care enrollment and restrictions on Medicaid-funded personal care aide programs.A coalition of several health consumer groups said cuts during or after the pandemic will devastate struggling hospitals shouldering the brunt of the outbreak.Several left-leaning advocacy groups including VOCAL-NY slammed lawmakers for failing to consider higher taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents to help provide more revenue for schools.Republicans criticized Democrats for including a host of new laws in the budget that have received little public scrutiny in recent weeks: from the legalization of paid surrogacy, to a ban on Styrofoam containers, a sweeping new paid sick leave law, an expansion of prevailing wage mandates, a ban on flavored vaping, a new small-donor public financing system, and an increased ballot threshold making it harder for third parties to qualify for the ballot.New York will also legalize e-bikes and e-scooters, add E Pluribus Unum to the state’s coat of arms, seize weapons from certain individuals linked to possible domestic abuse, establish a new “domestic act of terrorism motivated by hate” felony, and ban high-risk sexual offenders from rising the MTA.New York is also tweaking a law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers’ licenses that drew rebuke from President Trump’s administration, which had halted the import and export of used vehicles in New York and cut residents from “trusted traveler” programs. New York can now share certain state motor vehicle records that federal officials say is needed to import and export vehicles and vet New Yorkers applying to trusted traveler programs. The law aims to ensure that data can’t be used for immigration enforcement.Another budget measure backed by Cuomo would also tweak a new state law that started in January to end cash bail for 90% of crimes, allowing thousands of New Yorkers facing charges for mostly non-violent crimes to avoid being held in jail while awaiting trial.Republicans and many law enforcement officials around the state initially raised concerns that the law was emptying jails and endangering the public, while supporters said cash bail unjustly oppresses poor and minority communities.Cuomo’s proposed tweak includes making more crimes eligible for bail starting in 90 days — including felony sex trafficking, money laundering, strangulation, certain hate crimes, criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds, grand larceny, escape and failing to register as a sex offender.Cuomo said Thursday that his administration has looked at the roll-out of the new law: “I think we made the right change now.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more