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

Widespread Panic Covers Zeppelin, War, Sabbath, Neil Young & More In Virginia

first_imgNow, we certainly enjoy Widespread Panic’s original music. Their 2015 album Street Dogs was among our top 10 albums of the year, and their recent all-originals performance certainly caught our attention. That all being said, last night’s show at the Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, VA was such a cover-heavy performance that it couldn’t go unnoticed.Throughout the show, Panic brought out Neil Young’s “Heart Of Gold,” Led Zeppelin’s “D’yer Mak’er,” War’s “Four Cornered Room,” and Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf.” The last two were both bustouts as well, with an 169 show gap since the last “Four Cornered Room” and an 86 show gap since the last “Sweet Leaf.” There was also a jam on Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun” thrown into this powerful performance.“Heart Of Gold”:Check out the setlist below, via PanicStream:Setlist: Widespread Panic at Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, VA – 2/23/16Set One: Heroes, Traveling Light, Pigeons, The Poorhouse Of Positive Thinking, Cotton Was King, Dyin’ Man, You Got Yours, Conrad, Heart Of Gold, Postcard (65 mins)Set Two: Christmas Katie, Good People, D’yer Maker, Surprise Valley > Blight > Surprise Valley > Drums > Drums & Bass > Machine Gun jam > Four Cornered Room^ > Proving Ground > Sweet Leaf^^ > Proving Ground (85 mins)Encore: Weight of the World, Climb To SafetyNotes    ^ LTP 10/27/2013 Houston (169 shows)    ^^ LTP 10/31/2014 Broomfield (86 shows)last_img read more

Conservation class

first_imgA classroom and field workshop focusing on how to develop a conservation reserve program plan is set for Oct. 23, 2012 on the University of Georgia campus in Tifton, Ga.The class is part of the Conservation Reserve Program Readiness Initiative (CRPRI) and is co-sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.The workshop, “CRP Plan: Start to Finish,” is part of the national CRP Readiness Initiative’s nationwide effort to train conservation professionals and independent consultants. The goal is to prepare these professional to provide the planning, implementation and management services associated with the Conservation Reserve Program. Participants will learn the CRP conservation planning process step by step, including how to develop NRCS-required maps, use online tools to evaluate soils, choose the best conservation practices, assess installation and maintenance specifications and develop a timeline so landowners can meet all CRP program requirements.The conservation trainings offered through the CRPRI will also be useful to conservation professionals working in other NRCS conservation programs outside of CRP. Professionals from nonprofits, conservation districts and state agencies with ties to NRCS would also benefit from the course. Additional online courses will be available in October through the CRPRI website, FacesOfCRP.info. To register for the Georgia workshop or online courses, or to learn more, visit facesofcrp.info/training. Directions to the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center can be found at ugatiftonconference.org. For more information on the workshop or the online classes, contact David Ferrell, CRP Readiness Initiative southern media contact, at (912) 337-5548 or [email protected]last_img read more

Year in Sports : Revolutionary road: Pu overcomes cultural differences to lead SU volleyball program

first_img Published on April 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Comments Year in Sports: Part 2 of 9For 32 cents, Jing Pu bought the rest of his life. Thirty cents went toward a plastic disk of English phonetics that played sound units of English words. Two cents went to the card of sound symbols that taught him to pronounce the words he heard on the disk.In his 20s in China, Pu yearned for a chance to come to the United States.Day after day for six years, he’d match the two together, his English coming into form at a pace faster than any Chinese student was learning in a college class. Pu said he could look at an English dictionary and know how to say the words right away.‘There’s one thing, I spent six years of English self-study, and I was ready in terms of listening, speaking for the English part,’ Pu said. ‘Otherwise, it didn’t matter how the doors opened up or the opportunities opened up. If you didn’t have English, the opportunities in U.S.A. were just not relevant.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat opportunity opened up in the form of an application to the graduate studies program at Utah State University. It was a ticket to part two of his volleyball career — and his life. All he needed to do was fill it out and mail it across the Pacific Ocean to Logan, Utah, and his American career would commence.Pu’s volleyball journey took him from Beijing Sport University to Utah State, and eventually to Syracuse. He’s amassed a record of 465-257 during his 21-year head coaching career. It’s at SU, though, where he has remained for more than a decade and where he’s become known for being the protective coach that has led the Orange to at least 20 wins in eight of those seasons. This year, the SU volleyball team went 23-9, including a program-record 17-0 start.Before he began his journey, though, he listened to the disk and seriously followed an English teaching program on television that would teach him English grammar. Every day, he’d sit by the radio, listening to ‘The Voice of America,’ a program that gave news from the United States. Then, for 30 minutes, he’d listen to ‘Special English,’ where the news was slowed down to play at half its speed. Sometimes the program would play American novels. Pu learned about the adventures of an American literature icon named Tom Sawyer.Pu would use a cassette to record the program, and he began his daily routine. Play, pause, write. Play, pause, write. Every day, every sentence he heard.‘I still remember that I was stuck about an hour not being able to spell the word ‘ceasefire’ when I heard it on radio,’ Pu said. ‘I don’t know where the motivation came from. I had no specific goals. I didn’t know what the future was like.’Every Thursday, the Shanghai Foreign Language Institute had an English class for students sponsored by the Chinese government to go to the United States and continue their education. Every week a new American teacher stood in front of the room and spoke about virtually any topic, training students to hear English. Pu would slip into the classroom when he had time off from coaching. He watched nearly every student struggle to understand what they were hearing. Pu knew every word. Every sentence.He was ready to go.***Pu’s own revolution began as a result of a revolution that swept through China.From 1966 to 1976, China underwent a cultural revolution. The country started to move away from a style of communist ideology and also struggled against its own cultural traditions. Schools and sports programs shut down, and millions of Chinese citizens were sent to agricultural fields and factories to be re-educated.Pu spent two of his teenage years working in a factory making machinery parts. In the early 1970s, schools and universities started to reopen, but with different admission requirements as part of the Cultural Revolution.Only workers, farmers or soldiers were eligible to be considered for college admission. Pu’s two years in the factory meant he qualified. Based off his test performance, interviews and the recommendations of people in his work unit, the recruiting team from Beijing offered him admission for the Beijing Institute of Physical Education, now Beijing Sport University.‘You don’t have a choice. They are recruiting, and you have the opportunity to try,’ Pu said. ‘There really was not a lot of existing opportunity for you to pick. If something happens, something happened. I passed the exam, and they were happy about the results.’The college physical education curriculum in the part of China where Pu lived requires students to pass all-around physical tests, such as endurance, speed, agility, multiple skill tests and technical evaluations. Pu studied to become a physical education teacher, but volleyball was where he excelled most.After he graduated, Pu was sent to play volleyball for the Qinghai province. His playing days ended within a couple of years, and he began the transition to coaching after the China Third National Games. Once again, the government stepped in. Pu was sent to the Chinese National Volleyball Coaches Program, where coaches were systematically trained in every part of the job.‘That one month kind of prepared you in coaching, especially the shift of mindset from how I play to how to train and develop the skills of other people,’ Pu said. ‘Learning how to think, plan and organize as a coach from different angles to look at the sport.’Pu spent four years coaching the professional women’s team in the Qinghai Province. It was during that time that his personal door to the United States opened up. One of his relatives was a leading Chinese scientist and left the country in the early 1980s to join research work in Utah State’s physics program. Soon after, Pu received an application for admissions at Utah State.A few months later, Pu departed for his new life in the United States. Though he knew the language, American collegiate sports was still a foreign subject. He arrived in Utah, and after a meeting with the school’s head coach, Pu was offered the job of graduate assistant. After spending nearly a decade playing and coaching in China, Pu was taken aback by one thing: Volleyball was only a part of students’ lives. Not their entire lives.In China, Pu said only the elite are chosen to play volleyball. The only goal is to win for the nation, meaning the best players are recruited. Compared to the United States, the participation base was much smaller. In China, those chosen to play volleyball make it their lives.‘Go to different gyms, almost every gym has a slogan. ‘Work hard and win for the country.’ ‘Break through Asia and win in the world.’ That’s the mentality behind the whole system,’ Pu said.So on one of the first days at Utah State, Pu couldn’t understand why practice ended after only a couple of hours. He turned to the head coach and asked what he thought was a simple question. But that simple question reflected the type of change that was in store for Pu.‘Why are we stopping?’ he asked. ‘We need to practice.’***Kristen Conway remembers the bizarre walk through Washington, D.C., in 2002. Syracuse was there to play Georgetown. At the same time, authorities were trying to track down a man responsible for a flurry of sniper attacks.Pu, the coach, became Pu, the team’s father. Pu’s former players consistently say one thing: Pu is constantly looking out for them. So to keep his players safe during their walk through Washington, D.C., Pu had them pair up with one another. He told them to swerve in and out of the streets, making sure they would never be in one place for too long.‘He had such a concern for everybody’s safety that he devised a plan, which was the buddy system,’ Conway said.It’s those types of moments that Pu’s players remember most about the coach they revered.When SU was at a tournament in New Mexico in 2005, former SU middle blocker Cheryl Cobbina said she and her bleary-eyed teammates walked into a restaurant for dinner without a reservation. Rather than wait for the restaurant employees to set up the tables, Pu told the hostess he’d take care of it himself. He walked back and starting moving around tables.‘He’s very accommodating. He wants to make sure his players have everything and are completely comfortable,’ Cobbina said. ‘We were laughing, but that was something that Jing would typically do.’His practices, though, can be anything but typical.What Pu learned in China is evident in his practices, especially when it comes to exercise and fundamentals of the game. He’ll have his players set the ball against a block in the wall or into a basketball hoop to work on their accuracy. Pu also makes drills specifically designed for certain players, giving each a unique way to improve a part of her game that’s lacking.‘He will think through every drill,’ former SU player and assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. ‘It can be a really individualized practice. … He’s very creative, and he’s constantly thinking.’But while he works to get the most out of his players, he expects his players to work to maintain it. Former Orange Joscie Kaup said Pu expects his players to push themselves. Kaup said he teaches as best he can, but it’s up to his players to implement those lessons to improve.‘You mature really quickly because you have to,’ Kaup said. ‘If you want to get good at it and you want to compete, you have to push yourself to do it. Jing will teach you the tools and the knowledge and technique to do it, but at the end of the day, you have to do it.’***The journey from China to the United States that started with 32 cents and six years of self-taught English is long in the past. Pu’s career at Syracuse, as well as his American volleyball life in general, has been underway for over two decades. And at every stop, he’s achieved success.At Cal-Penn, he took a team that was 15-20 his first season in 1990 to two consecutive seasons of more than 30 wins and undefeated records in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Pu moved on to Central Connecticut State, where he took the Blue Devils to a 19-17 record his first year there, which at the time was the best record in program history. That was broken the following season, when Pu took the team to a record of 34-4.Wherever Pu has gone, a trail of success has followed. It’s been the case all his life. From the success of teaching himself English to success as a volleyball player and coach. Perhaps most importantly, he’s had success with relating to his players, getting his lessons across in the process.Lessons he’s teaching because of the lessons he taught himself. Thirty-two cents and six years learning English were all he needed to begin his journey to the United States. Upon his arrival, he learned even more.This time, though, he needed more than 32 cents and six years.Said Pu: ‘In this country, it’s if you have the talent, you get there if you get there.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more