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“Absolute shambles”: students prepared to take Ruskin College to court

first_imgStudents are prepared to take Ruskin College court over thedifficulties many faced in trying to obtain their degree results.   At the time, the UCU said in a press release: “UCU iscalling for the immediate reinstatement of Dr Lee Humber and for the boguscharges against Lee to be dropped.” The latest in a series of controversies facing the college, studentsfrom almost every course suffered months of uncertainty after completing theirfinal exams. Speaking to the Oxford Mail, 22-year-old Aaron Miles saidthe college told BA Social and Political Studies students that their resultswould be delayed for “a small amount of time” in July. A rally was organised in April following the suspension ofDr Lee Humber, the UCU’s representative at Ruskin College. A controversial year, Ruskin College faced accusations of“victimisation” following several disciplinary and redundancy threats directedat members of the University and College Union (UCU) earlier this year. A statement from Ruskin College said a “small number ofstudents” final results had been delayed after the resignation of the externalexaminers appointed by the Open University. “New examiners have now beenappointed and final results will be available shortly.” “As it turns out, the results in question have never arrivedand we fear they never will. This is the same for most of the students who leftin 2019.” “We have not been made aware of any students whose places onmasters courses have been affected by delays to marks; in this circumstance wewould expect to be contacted by the relevant institution whereby this mattercould easily be resolved.” Last month, the entire social work department of the collegealso resigned after four tutors were made redundant. “Our students are our primary concern and we have been inregular contact with them over the summer. We will continue to support themmoving forward.”last_img read more

New York State Teachers Union Calls For Mandatory Mask Wearing In Schools

first_imgPexels Stock Photo.ALBANY – New York State’s Teachers Union is urging state health officials to make mask wearing mandatory in school this fall.In a statement to the media Thursday morning, New York State United Teachers says that current guidance that mandates the use of masks when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained doesn’t go far enough.“The governor has said — and we agree — that parents and educators must be confident in their school district’s reopening plan in order for this to work,” said Union President Andy Pallotta in a statement. “As we hear of disparate mask procedures and other issues in reopening plans across the state, it’s clear that the state must step in. Making masks mandatory at all times is one step toward helping address the reservations that still exist regarding reopening school buildings.”The union is calling on state leaders to make masks mandatory indoors at all times during the school day, in an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in buildings that reopen for in-person instruction. 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

People moves: Janus Henderson reshapes institutional team post-merger

first_imgLegal & General Investment Management – Mark Johnson will join the fund management group in September as head of institutional client management. He moves from BlackRock following a 19-year career with the world’s largest asset manager. Most recently he was head of closed-end funds, and has also led the UK sales team for BlackRock’s exchange-traded fund arm iShares. Johnson replaces Chris DeMarco, who moved to Legal & General Retirement earlier this year to lead its pension risk transfer business.Actiam – The €55bn Dutch asset manager Actiam has appointed Arnold Gast as its new chief investment officer as of 1 June. Gast has been active in the investment sector for almost 20 years. Gast joins from Delta Lloyd Asset Management, where he had been tasked with setting up the investment office. He has also been head of credit and co-head of fixed income as well as a portfolio manager at Delta Lloyd.In addition, for the past four years, Gast was a board member of the European Private Placement Association as well as chairman of the Investor Advisory Board at the Delta Lloyd Mezzanine Fund. Prior to this, Gast worked at ABN Amro Asset Management. Actiam’s executive team now comprises Hans van Houwelingen (CEO), John Shen (chief risk officer), Arnold Gast (CIO) and Dudley Keiller (chief transformation officer).BNY Mellon Investment Management – The asset management giant has hired Chris Harmer as head of consultant relations, chiefly responsible for BNY Mellon’s interactions with consultants in the UK and Europe. He joins from Columbia Threadneedle Investments where he was consultant relations director for EMEA.Gresham House – The UK-based alternative investment manager has hired Michael Hart as head of distribution, a newly created role. He was previously global head of business development at Amundi Alternative Investments, and held a similar role for Aberdeen Asset Management’s alternatives business before that.Gresham House has stepped up its activity this year following a major investment in the firm by the Berkshire Pension Fund. It bought Hazel Capital, a “new energy” infrastructure manager, last month, and plans to launch a British Strategic Investment Fund later this year.State Street – The financial services group has named David Pagliaro head of State Street Global Exchange for EMEA. Global Exchange is the company’s data analytics and services business. He most recently worked for S&P Capital IQ for nine years, holding several roles including global head of S&P credit solutions. Pagliaro replaces James Lowry, who will return to the US in July to lead Global Exchange for North America, State Street said in a statement.The Investment Association – A former adviser to UK chancellor Philip Hammond has joined the Investment Association as a consultant. Graham Hook – who worked with Hammond in the UK’s departments for transport and defence, as well as the Foreign Office and latterly HM Treasury – is now the asset management trade body’s interim head of government affairs until September, according to his LinkedIn profile.Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Group – Japan’s largest asset management group has transferred two long-term senior staff to its London office in a bid to increase its distribution outside of Japan. Akimichi Oi has become director of the company’s Investment Management Department, while Kota Murakami is now director of global business development. Oi joined the firm in 2001, and was most recently head of global client relations, based in Tokyo. Murakami joined in 1990 and was most recently head of the investment management group in Hong Kong. Janus Henderson Investors, Legal & General Investment Management, Actiam, Delta Lloyd Asset Management, BNY Mellon Investment Management, Columbia Threadneedle, Gresham House, State Street, Investment AssociationJanus Henderson Investors – The newly merged asset management group has announced the new structure of its institutional team for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), bringing together existing distribution staff from both Janus and Henderson. Jennifer Ockwell has become head of UK institutional – she held a similar role at Henderson Global Investors prior to the merger with Janus, which completed last month. She is also a trustee of Henderson’s staff pension scheme.Sylvain Agar is now head of EMEA ex-UK institutional. He was previously head of financial institutions for Janus, covering the UK and Europe. Both Ockwell and Agar report to Nick Adams, head of EMEA institutional. Agar’s team will be hiring “in the coming months”, Janus Henderson Investors said in a statement.In addition, Mark Fulwood has been named head of UK business development – he was previously director of institutional business for Henderson – while Anil Shenoy is now head of UK institutional clients. He was previously also a director of institutional business at Henderson. Both report to Jennifer Ockwell. last_img read more

Awani: The Designer of Super Eagles Traditional Wear to Russia

first_imgEsimaje Awani, the designer of the Super Eagles traditional wear that cemented their ‘best fashion team’ award, has been found following outrage over absence of credits for designing the outfits.Awani’s identity was revealed by a social commentator Freedom Atsepoyi aka ‘Mr Jollof’.Mr Jollof, in a now viral video, berated the media for not celebrating his designs as they celebrated Nike’s jersey designs. Awani, the CEO of GT Stitches, is the Nigerian-Canadian designer that designed the ‘Buba’ and ‘Sokoto’ worn by the Super Eagles to Russia on Monday.The white outfit finished with green neck embroidery, attracted media attention similar to the now sold out Nike jersey, and attracted further international interest.According to CityVoice, Awani is a Warri, Delta State based designer who specialises in making male and female caftans.Awani’s outfits earned the Super Eagles rating as “The team with the best traveling uniform” in Russia by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).The rating comes days after a world fashion magazine GQ rated Nigerian Super Eagles Jersey as the best for the 2018 World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more