Oxford Vice-Chancellor is third highest paid in UK

first_imgThe Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Oxford University was the third highest paid Russell Group VC in 2015-16, new figures reveal.The total remuneration paid to the former VC Andrew Hamilton, and his successor Louise Richardson, who took over the post in January 2016, was £442,000.This sees an increase of one per cent on the previous year’s salary, but an overall decrease in the total earnings from £462,000—including pensions and benefits—which had made Hamilton the highest paid UK Vice-Chancellor in 2014-15, according to an earlier University and College Union (UCU) report.The Oxford UCU criticised the news, noting that staff at Oxford University have some of the highest levels of additional employment and work casualisation in the country.The figures were revealed in analysis by Times Higher Education (THE), which found that on average, leaders of the UK’s Russell Group universities take home almost six per cent more than they did two years ago.During the same period, university staff took a one per cent increase in pay, staging a two-day walkout in May.Oxford University was eager to point out that the increase in Richardson’s and Hamilton’s joint earnings for the 2015–2016 financial year, which amounted to £384,000, was in line with a pay rise for all University staff.A University spokesperson told Cherwell: “The Vice-Chancellor’s salary for the seven months to 31 July, 2016 was £204,000. She received no benefits. Pro-rata, the present VC’s salary represents a one per cent increase on her predecessor’s salary for 2014-15. This is in line with the one per cent pay rise received by all University staff.”Louise Richardson, who had previously served as the Vice-Chancellor at St Andrews University, became the Oxford VC on 1 January 2016, with a promise to “tackle elitism”.News of the nation-wide pay increase for Vice Chancellors has been criticised by the University and College Union (UCU).The President of the Oxford UCU branch, Dr Garrick Taylor, told Cherwell: “It has unfortunately come as no surprise that VC pay has again increased so much while university staff have seen consistent real terms pay cuts, as universities have being doing this year on year.“All over the country professional and academic staff in universities are struggling as rent and house prices go up but pay is depressed. The situation is even worse in Oxford, which has among the highest rent and house prices in the country, and we are increasingly seeing staff taking on additional employment on top of their already demanding roles. On top of this Oxford has amongst the highest level of university staff casualisation in the country, meaning a lack of job security on top of real terms pay cuts.“We hope that this year the universities will attempt to redress the balance and give staff an above inflation pay rise in the same manner that they have been giving their VCs.”However, the Russell Group Director General, Dr Wendy Piatt, defended the pay increases, telling THE that “many vice chancellors have accepted only very modest increases” and that pay levels were set by independent committees that include “expert representatives from outside the sector”.The Vice-Chancellor’s office has been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Coram Man Injured in Medford ATV Crash Dies

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 48-year-old Coram man who was critically injured in an ATV crash in Medford over the weekend has died.Suffolk County police said Gregory Jackson was pronounced dead at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center on Sunday night.Police said Jackson was riding a Yamaha quad in the parking lot of his auto repair shop on Cedarhurst Avenue when he lost control of the ATV and struck a parked trailer at 12:42 p.m. SaturdayThe impact ejected Jackson from the ATV, causing him to strike the pavement.The Yamaha was impounded for a safety check.Sixth Squad detectives ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8652.last_img read more

South Korea culls pigs after detecting swine flu outbreak

first_imgKim Hyun-soo, South Korea’sagricultural minister, said the country’s first case of the highly contagiousdisease was confirmed Tuesday in tests on five pigs that died Monday evening atthe farm in the city of Paju. Officials were planning to complete byTuesday the culling of some 4,000 pigs raised at the farm and two other farmsrun by the same family. The government also strengthened efforts to disinfectfarms and transport vehicles and ordered a 48-hour standstill on all pig farms,slaughterhouses and feed factories across the country to prevent the spread ofthe disease, which threatens a massive industry that involves 6,000 farmsraising more than 11 million pigs. (AP) Disinfectant solution is sprayed from a vehicle as a precaution against African swine fever at a pig farm in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. APcenter_img SEOUL – South Korea is cullingthousands of pigs after confirming African swine fever at a farm near itsborder with North Korea, which had an outbreak in May.last_img read more

Better setting boosting Syracuse’s hitting percentages

first_imgLast season, Syracuse ranked 246th in the nation with a hitting percentage of .176. Lack of experience, Kendra Lukacs said, plagued the Orange throughout the year as SU finished 7-23.“Unfortunately our passing was not good last year,” head coach Leonid Yelin said. “Our hitting was not good last year.”While last season may have been one to forget for SU, players learned from it and adapted. This year, the Orange (13-6, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) boast a .238 hitting percentage, ranking 67th in the nation. SU is playing faster, smarter and have a better understanding for one another’s games. A large part of SU’s improvement come from its setters, who have anchored the success of Syracuse’s hitters.“Our setters are much better (this year),” Yelin said. “They’re all growing up.”In practice, the Orange simulate game-like situations. Once the ball is in play, it is up to the setter to determine which side of the net is receiving less attention from opposing blockers. Then, once they decide and the ball is set, the sole task of a hitter is to get the ball over the net while keeping it inbounds. The only way to get better at setting and hitting is repetition, Yelin said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has achieved a higher hitting percentage because setters are identifying how opposing defenses line up, placing the ball toward an area where there is one or zero blockers. On Oct. 6 against Clemson, Jalissa Trotter was the beneficiary of Dana Valelly’s awareness, as she spiked the ball by just one blocker, finishing off a straight-set win. Had two blockers been there, the 5-foot-7 Trotter may not have gotten the ball over the net.“Our service team is 100 percent better than last year,” junior Santita Ebangwese said. “Jalissa (Trotter) has enough foresight to see wherever the blockers are going, to set up the opposite (side).”Trotter, SU’s starting setter, is averaging 7.29 assists a set, up .71 from last season. When Trotter was injured earlier this season, junior Annie Bozzo impressed, recording 286 assists over an eight-game span. Valelly, the third-choice setter, has provided solid minutes and has averaged 1.73 assists per set.“Without them, our hitters wouldn’t have high hitting percentages,” Yelin said.The Orange’s hitters have benefitted greatly thanks to the improved play of Trotter, Bozzo and Valelly. SU’s two main hitters, Anastasiya Gorelina and Lukacs, have seen their hitting percentages increase, hitting .224 and .216, respectivelyThe biggest improvement of all Syracuse’s hitters has been Ebangwese. After posting a .286 hitting percentage last season, the junior middle blocker has elevated her game and now ranks 25th in the nation with a .396 hitting percentage.SU’s setters and hitters have finally developed a chemistry that was absent last season, and it’s translating into wins for the Orange.“We’ve grown a lot now that we’ve had that year under our belt” Lukacs said. Comments Published on October 9, 2017 at 10:40 pm Contact David: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more