Leading from the front in the fight for equal rights

first_imgLeading from the front in the fight for equal rightsOn 13 May 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Julie Mellor has 18 months left as chair of the Equal OpportunitiesCommission, and while she believes progress has been made, there is a stilllong way to go to ensure women get a fair deal at workJulie Mellor, chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission, has always beenfascinated by the challenge of bringing out the potential in people. Previously a senior HR executive with Shell and British Gas, since she wasappointed to the role four years ago Mellor has attempted to bring out the bestin UK employers by encouraging them to take equal pay and other gender equalityissues seriously. She is pleased with the way the EOC now helps business to develop genderpolicies and strategies to wipe out sex discrimination in the workplace. “The thing I’m most proud of is the way we now work with business as aprovider of expertise,” she said. “I went into HR because the way I was brought up was to look forpeople’s potential and that hasn’t changed. It’s what brought me to this jobtoo.” However, with another 18 months to go as EOC chair, Mellor is still unhappywith the lack of genuine progress on equal pay. “The achievement has been getting it back on the Government andbusiness agenda, but the figures are still dire and have just gone upagain.” The latest statistics show the pay gap is roughly the same as 30 years agoat about 40 per cent. And the EOC has been attempting to combat this throughthe promotion of equal pay reviews which, although compulsory across the publicsector, are still optional for private firms. “Employers are now aware this is an issue that has to be tackled andthe Government backs our call for all companies to carry out reviews, butthat’s as far as we’ve got. The onus is now on employers to sort it outvoluntarily or there will be pressure to have legislation,” she said. In a recent poll, just 18 per cent of firms said an equal pay review wasunder way, while the majority admitted having no intention of completing one. Employers that have carried out voluntary reviews have done so with littletrouble and Mellor seems loath to force business into compliance. Instead, theEOC has developed a range of support and advice for employers, including itsequal pay tool kit, designed to help business successfully and legally conducta review. “People on the street recognise that women are paid very low wages.Seven out of 10 beneficiaries of the minimum wage are women, so I would say wehave to deal with equal value.” Mellor is optimistic the equal pay questionnaires introduced by theGovernment as part of the Employment Act last month – giving staff the right torequest pay information on a comparable worker of the opposite sex – will alsoencourage employers to become more transparent in the way they pay people. But Mellor is also concerned that occupational segregation remains an issueand argues that it is hampering productivity. The problem has become so serious the EOC is launching a generalinvestigation into modern apprenticeships, because they attract so few women totraditionally male-dominated sectors. “People should be able to make equal, informed choices about work – notstereotyped choices,” she explained. The absence of significant numbers of women in these sectors can also leadto more sinister repercussions, with more cases of sexual harassment. “Research shows that sexual harassment is a problem where there arevery few women. Employers have got to deal with this culture and that takescreativity,” she said. Mellor believes the problems are based on gender perceptions established atan early age. And EOC research shows that although many young people say theyfirmly believe in equality, when it comes to choosing a career the aspirationsdon’t match the beliefs. “Young people say that men can be nurses and women engineers – that’snot even an issue. But when you ask what they want to do personally, it’s totallydifferent. They all tend to stick with safe options they know they cando,” she added. Mellor believes employers and the Government must work together to shiftopinions and give young people more confidence to challenge occupationalsegregation. She has also called for employers and schools to work together to providemore practical work experience so young people can make informed careerchoices. Another area of concern for the EOC is the lack of suitable childcare in theUK. Mellor praised the Government for promoting work-life balance by introducingthe right for parents to request flexible working in the Employment Act. Butshe said more needed to be done to help working parents. The UK has the poorest childcare record in Europe, with only one in sevenchildren under the age of eight having access to a formal childcare place.Mellor thinks a radical overhaul of the way childcare operates is needed, withworking parents entitled to free cover. “I’d like to see childcare as amodern public service for all who want it, just like the health service,”she said. She is equally critical of the remuneration arrangements for parents andclearly sees the whole area as one requiring the close attention of the EOC. “Pay levels for paternity and maternity leave need to be much closer toincome replacement, otherwise men don’t take it and women can end up in direfinancial straits. “Parental leave should also be paid, or men won’t take it insignificant numbers. There should also be greater flexibility in how individualscan use it.” Mellor backs the idea of a creating a single equality body outlined in aWhite Paper last year, drawing together gender, race, age, disability andreligion, but with certain conditions. She insists any new body must have the same mix and breadth of powers as theEOC, otherwise the focus of the individual groups could be diluted. It wouldhave to have a mix of legal, enforcement, support, promotional andagenda-setting powers to have any real impact. Looking to the future, Mellor says the next big challenges will be aboutsupporting working fathers as well as mothers, and pushing the rate of changeat a much faster pace. “Progress is too slow because we’re still tackling the same fundamentalissues that we were 30 years ago,” she said. www.eoc.org.ukBy Ross Wigham Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Faculty PT- Dissertation Mentor – PhD Education/Doctor of Education (Virtual)

first_imgWalden University is an accredited institution that has beenserving the higher education needs of professionals for more than45 years. Offered online, Walden’s doctoral degree programs aredesigned to provide a diverse community of career professionalswith the opportunity to transform themselves asscholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive socialchange.GENERAL SUMMARY:The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership seeksdynamic, engaged, and supportive doctoral faculty research mentorsthat have strong communication and learning-relationship skills forthis part-time position in the Ph.D. in Education and Doctor ofEducation programs. Key responsibilities of this position are tofacilitate doctoral student learning during the dissertation anddoctoral capstone phase of their program and to engage and supportdoctoral students as emerging scholar-practitioners.These contributing, part-time faculty will be invited to serve aschairs and second members of dissertation committees within variousPh.D. in Education and Doctor of Education programs. Priority willbe given to those with K-12 and/or special educationexperience.What to expect as a Walden contributing faculty member:Faculty members educate Walden University students by effectivelyand proficiently using online technology and resources so thatknowledge, information, feedback, and critique are imparted to andshared with students in thoughtful, carefully formulated, wellwritten, and timely communications. This is accomplished in anenvironment that is respectful of student, the Faculty Member,Walden University, and the discipline in which the Faculty Memberis involved. Faculty Members are expected to adhere to all WaldenUniversity Faculty expectations, which are clearly set forth to theFaculty Member at the start of his/her employment with theUniversity.General Expectations Include:•Supportive engagement at all times – build positive rapport,openness, trust, mutual inquiry and listening to students to helpthem learn, discover and apply research skills.•Effective online communications to maintain teaching and socialpresence and to stimulatecritical thinking and “learning to learn” skills.Responsibilities of this position include: Committee Membership:This position is primarily to serve on dissertation committees.Committee chairs are assigned to committee-related research forumsand are expected to check and respond to students as required bythe faculty handbook and program policy.Doctoral Faculty Members must be appropriately credentialed,possess an earned degree from an accredited institution orrecognized by a country’s ministry of education in the disciplinebeing taught.EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:Earned doctorate in education or a closely related field froman accredited university.K-12 and/or special education experience preferredExperience chairing dissertation committees to the completionof dissertation process.Candidates should possess a significant and current record ofprofessional contributions to the field of education. Record of thestudy of K-12 environments and/or special education isdesirable.Commitment to advocating for the learning and development needsof students earning their degrees in an eLearning environment.Teaching, advising and mentoring; commitment to the promotionof scholarly research; excellent leadership, communication, team,and human relations skills.May be invited to perform other duties and responsibilitiesthat management may deem necessary from time to time.Ideally, a candidate should be able to demonstrate:•Success at building effective student learning relationships thatsupport mutual inquiry and doctoral quality student progress andlearning outcomes. This includes the ability to provide clearexpectations and helping students “know what to do next”.•Strong servant leadership dispositions. This includes the abilityto listen carefully to students, and to be approachable andsupportive within Walden’s policies.•Strong time-management and co-project management skills.Ideally, a candidate should be strongly committed to:•Advocating for the learning and development needs of studentsearning their degrees in a distance learning environment.•Supporting the development of Walden University students to fosterpositive social change as scholar-practitioners.•Best practices in teaching, research, advising andmentoring.•The ongoing professional development of themselves asfaculty.•The willingness to perform other duties and responsibilities thatmanagement may deem necessary from time to time.Training:All new Faculty Members receive specific training from WaldenUniversity with respect to best practices in online learningfacilitation, doctoral mentoring, and effective supervision andreview of dissertations. They also receive socialization into theWalden University culture of quality, integrity, andstudent-learning centeredness and an orientation in their specificdegree program.Technology Proficiency/Requirements:Faculty members are expected to maintain a high level of technicalproficiency and have a strong commitment to learning newtechnologies. Faculty are required to have computer and softwareresources that enable effective delivery of academic services to adisbursed community of learners. The Faculty Member must be able touse Microsoft Office products, and must have reliable Internetaccess as well as alternate access as needed.TRAVEL:Some travel may be requested (maximally once perquarter). Serve as first or second member of dissertationcommittees.Will be asked to complete Walden- and program-based trainingbefore first assignment. Follow-up training will also be requiredby the university from time to time.May be asked to participate in program and university-basedresidencies.last_img read more

Patten scrutinised for comment on quotas

first_imgLord Patten, Chancellor of Oxford University, has criticised the idea of imposing quotas on the admission of students, including BME students and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. He stated that any plan to introduce minimum numbers of students from diverse backgrounds would lower academic standards.Lord Patten made these comments following a Government proposal that would require all universities to publish data about the ethnicity, gender and socio-economic background of their students. This has been described by Jo Johnson, the minister for universities, as a “transparency revolution”.In response, members of Merton JCR, noting that only 13 per cent of students identify as BME, have proposed a motion to denounce the Chancellor’s comment and demand an apology.The motion called Patten’s comments “reprehensible insofar as they rely on the assumption that deliberately increasing the proportion of BME students at Oxford via quotas would entail a lowering standards, since it is clear that many highly capable students are turned away from Oxford every year, and that BME students are disproportionately rejected.”Ministers are also looking to improve transparency in other areas, including forcing universities to publish information about graduate employment and the number of contact hours for each of the courses they offer.In addition, the Queen’s speech to education given on Thursday, announced a bill making it easier for new universities to open. The bill also reforms funding to link it to the quality of teaching. Funding had previously been linked to the number of students.The increase in transparency has been cautiously welcomed by some students. Nermeen Hilton, a Balliol student, said, “I think that an increase in transparency in the higher education system would have a positive impact because it could discourage institutional prejudice. Having more information about the course and job prospects after graduation will definitely help people make better decisions about where they apply to.“However,” he continued, “the problem with universities publishing admissions data is it may lead to them trying to create the right statistics, rather than letting the best candidates in or actually addressing the underlying issues.”“Having more information about the course and job prospects will help people make better decisions”Nermeen HiltonDespite Lord Patten’s opposition to quotas, Oxford University has defended its own record on transparency. “Oxford has published detailed information on our access and admissions performance for two decades, and would welcome similar transparency across higher education,” a spokesperson told Cherwell.“We continue to make strong and sustained progress on access: For entry in 2016, the proportion of offers going to UK state school candidates rose to more than 59 per cent,” the University said. “The latest figures also show the University exceeding, meeting or making significant progress towards all four of its ambitious OFFA Access Agreement targets, including student numbers from schools with historically limited progression to Oxford, and students from neighbourhoods with low participation in higher education.”Lord Patten’s statement is the latest in a series of controversial statements made by the Chancellor, most recently in an article for Project Syndicate in which he claimed that universities in China and Hong Kong are facing threats from the government to free speech and their autonomy.last_img read more

Aqueous And Broccoli Samurai Are Bringing All The Jams To Philly

first_imgPhiladelphia might be best known for Brotherly Love and Cheesesteaks, but the city’s residents have never been shy about their jams! That’s why we can’t wait for two of our favorite young jam bands, Aqueous and Broccoli Samurai, to take things over at Philly’s MilkBoy venue on November 9th. Tickets for the show are available here.The music will start with Broccoli Samurai, who have steadily made a name for themselves with regular performances over the last few years. The band has captured the Midwest with their fresh blend of improvisational jamming, and they’re only going to keep on growing as they play more shows. Fans who have experienced the Samurai know that the band has an relentless energy that pours into their live shows. Check out some live video to see what we mean.Headlining the night will be Aqueous, who is on fire after releasing their highly anticipated EP Best In Show. The band has built a strong following with constant dedication, including multiple studio albums and hundreds of live shows each year. The future is bright for Aqueous as they continue to impress with their high-energy rock and roll-influenced jamming, backed by contemplative songwriting and great musicianship. Check out what happens when Aqueous lets loose in the video below.Not only are these two bands poised to bring a great evening of music, but they’re no strangers to each other as well. The bands have teamed up for so-called “Broqueous” sets in the past, and certainly some collaborative efforts between these talented musicians can be expected. You can find tickets and more information about the show by following this link. Don’t miss out!last_img read more

Blueberry Crop

first_imgIdeal weather conditions this season allowed blueberry farmers in southeast Georgia to produce their best crop since 2016, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agent Renee Allen.Farmers like Albert Wildes agree.“In 2017 and 2018 we had a couple of late freezes, and 2017 was devastating. The 2018 season was not as bad as 2017, but it was still bad. We had better yields in 2019,” said Wildes, who farms about 50 acres in Alma, Georgia.According to Allen, who specializes in commercial blueberry, yields are expected to exceed the 2017 crop that produced 28.1 million pounds and the 2018 crop that yielded 54 million pounds. The 2019 yields are still being calculated.The lack of freezing temperatures — anything below 32 degrees Fahrenheit — had a positive impact on the 2019 season for blueberry farmers, she said.“We had a good crop load this year,” said Allen. “We did have some frost and freeze-type temperatures, but they were borderline and specific, so not as drastic as ones we have had the previous two years.”Georgia farmers apply frost protection, including overhead irrigation, when they anticipate freezing weather. After a freeze, applying plant growth regulators to protect the fruit is the only option. But frost protection is not 100% effective.Georgia’s blueberry crop is vulnerable when the weather warms in February. This happened in 2018 when plants started to bloom and, ultimately, succumbed to freezing temperatures in early March. Blueberries thrive when they produce in the spring and are not hindered by the weather.In 2014, Georgia produced 95 million pounds of blueberries. This propelled Georgia to place as the No. 1 blueberry producer in the country. This year’s crop yields have farmers believing Georgia can once again produce similar results. “As a farmer, you’re always optimistic. Farmers are eternal optimists. [They] have to look forward to next year,” said Wildes.Growers are hoping for more postharvest rain during the fall but are using irrigation to keep the crop from being harmed by the current drought.For more information about Georgia blueberries, visit t.uga.edu/5iA or UGA’s blueberry blog at site.caes.uga.edu/blueberry.last_img read more

Dr. Daniel Fogel Addresses Vermont Business Community in Killington

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to our Annual Meeting, scheduled for September 12, 2002, at the Cortina Inn inKillington.  The keynote luncheon speaker is Dr. Daniel Fogel, President of the University of Vermont.The Vermont Chamber recognizes that higher education is a critical element in the development of a strong economic future for Vermont.  Dr. Fogel stated, “The University of Vermont is an institution in which the peopleof Vermont ought to take enormous pride.  They are getting a very, very high return on their investment.”  Founded in 1791, the University ofVermont is the largest educational institution in the state, with nearly 300 buildings and a 425-acre main campus.Please join us to welcome Dr. Fogel as he engages the audience in a discussion about the importance and future direction of the University ofVermont, sharing his vision for Vermont and the University.  The Annual Meeting is open to the public.  We invite you to take advantage of thisopportunity to meet other Vermont business owners as well as members of the Vermont Chamber Board of Directors.Please contact Karen Pallas at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce by September 5 for registration information or to receive a brochure(802-223-3443, [email protected](link sends e-mail)).last_img read more

Video Clips of the Week: Longboarding…Part Sport, Part Lifestyle

first_imgThe heart of longboarding has always been the thrill of barreling downhill at high speed. It’s the spiritual counterpart to snowboarding and surfing; the world is your mountain and every hill is a new swell. Check out this video for some sweet twists and turns.Longboarding is more than just finding the best hill to shred. It’s a lifestyle. Your board says a lot about you, so make sure you’ve got the best. Check out Kota Longboards out in Colorado for some hand made style.last_img

PREMIUMJakarta’s oldest high-rise building Sarinah to have new look next year

first_imgSarinah #Jakarta #sarinah-building Central-Jakarta #CentralJakarta renovation #renovation Jakarta’s first high-rise building, Sarinah, will soon have a new look as it undergoes renovation to stay relevant to modern-day customers.Sarinah was built in 1962 and inaugurated four years later by Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno. The 15-story building, located in a busy quarter in Thamrin, Central Jakarta, has left fond memories for many. It was the first shopping mall built in the country.After more than five decades serving as a catalyst for economic growth, state-run retailer PT Sarinah, which manages the building, plans to change its business strategy and turn the department store into a specialty store that caters more to local brands.Located in the heart of Jakarta, Sarinah is losing its popularity. The country’s first high-rise building, it is now dwarfed by taller skyscrapers and has seen a decline in visitors amid tight competition with moder… Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Forgot Password ? Linkedin Topics : Facebooklast_img read more

Lady Trojans Sweep Lady Wildcats

first_imgECVB hosted Franklin County last night in an EIAC match-up. EC swept FC at all 3 levels.  Varsity won 25-16, 25-13, and 25-13. ‘The theme for the past few days has been that we started slow and last night was no exception. We were slow to the ball, didn’t communicate, and were just going through the motions for the first half of set one. When they realized FC wouldn’t just fold and give them game, they decided to push a little harder. We never reached our full potential last night, but played well enough to get a convincing win on the scoreboard.’ Trojans Coach Cassie Laker. Varsity is now 8-4 on the season (3-0 in the EIAC).  Next up: Lawrenceburg tomorrow (non-conference) with freshmen starting at 5, JV to follow, then varsity. This is also our annual Pass the Hope night to raise money for someone in the community battling cancer.ECVB Freshmen vs. Franklin County 2-025-18    25-18 With a  slow start to the evening, ECVB Freshmen pulled off a 2-0 victory against the Franklin County Wildcats. With having a day off due to the holiday it was a rough start for this freshmen group. We did not come out of the gate fast enough and trailed behind the Wildcats for more than half of the first set. They fought their way back one point at a time, stepped it up, and pressed on in the second set. ECVB Freshmen is now 3-0 on the season. ECVB JV vs. Franklin County 2-025-19     25-15 Tonight, ECVB JV had as slow as a start as the Freshmen group did. Reminding the girls once again that aggression wins games with this group they improved their play and shut out the match 2-0. The more this group starts to focus on the obvious factors to victory, the more we will be able to develop in other detailed areas as a team. More experience the better with this group so bring on Thursday! ECVB JV is now 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in EIAC play. Next up, HOME on Thursday against the Lawrenceburg Tigers. Freshmen start the night at 5 pm. Courtesy of Trojans Coach Josie Andres.Tonight’s game was another one for the books. We may not have won but the girls hung with EC and played exceptionally well all 3 sets. We had them in the first set by 5 points but were just unable to hold on to it. We are working on hitting key area of the court. I feel with each practice/game, we are growing and getting better. Audrey Reister had 1 ace serve, 2 kills. Makyah Richardson had 1 ace serve, 2 blocks and 3 digs.Charlotte Barrett had 1 kill and 1 block. Anna Sacksteder had 1 block. Saige Mergenthal had 1 block and 1 dig. Kelly Layton had 1 assist and 1 dig. Jalynn Rogers had 4 digs. Rachel Bischoff had 1 dig. Kelsey Vail had 2 digs.We are traveling to EIAC Rushville tomorrow Wed. Sept.4th. Freshman game starts at 5 pm, JV follows approx. 6 pm, Varsity follows approx 7 pm. We are FC!!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.last_img read more

US athletics federation calls for Olympic postponement

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians United States athletics’ governing body joined calls for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed on Saturday, urging US Olympic chiefs to push for the Games to be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field chief Max Siegel said forging ahead with Olympic preparations “would not be in the best interest of our athletes.” The USATF call for a postponement echoed a similar request by USA Swimming on Friday after the USOPC said it was too soon to postpone the July 24 to August 9 Games. Siegel urged the USOPC to support a postponement, citing the health and safety of athletes as well as disruption to training and competition schedules caused by the COVID-19 crisis. “Our athletes are under tremendous pressure stress and anxiety, and their mental health and wellness is among our highest priorities,” Siegel said. “The right and responsible thing to do is to prioritize everyone’s health and safety and appropriately recognize the toll this difficult situation has, and continues to take, on our athletes and their Olympic Games preparations. “For those reasons, USATF is respectfully requesting that the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) advocate to the IOC for the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.” Siegel acknowledged that there “were no perfect answers” to what was a “very complex and difficult decision.” “But this position at least provides our athletes with the comfort of knowing that they will have adequate time to properly prepare themselves physically, mentally and emotionally to be able to participate in a safe and successful Olympic Games, and that they can shift their focus toward taking care of themselves and their families,” he said. “We urge the USOPC, as a leader within the Olympic movement, to use its voice and speak up for the athletes.” On Friday, USOPC chairwoman Susanne Lyons said there was no need for the IOC to make an immediate decision on a possible postponement of the Tokyo games, insisting that organisers had time on their side. “I think we would concur with the IOC to say that we need more expert advice and information than we have today to make a decision,” Lyons said. “And we don’t have to make a decision. Our games are not next week, or two weeks from now. They’re four months from now. “So we are affording the IOC the opportunity to gather that information and expert advice. At this point in time, we do not feel that it’s necessary for us to insist that they make a decision.” However, the USOPC position met with immediate resistance, with USA Swimming issuing an open letter calling for Olympic chiefs to seek a postponement. “We urge the USOPC, as a leader within the Olympic Movement, to use its voice and speak up for the athletes,” USA Swimming chief executive Tim Hinchey wrote. “The right and responsible thing to do is to prioritize everyone’s health and safety and appropriately recognize the toll this global pandemic is taking on athletic preparations,” he added. The calls for an Olympic postponement by US federations mirror requests in other countries. France’s swim federation has also called for a delay, along with British track and field’s governing body. Retired US track and field star Ashton Eaton, a double Olympic decathlon champion, said on Twitter that delaying Tokyo for a year was the only sensible option. “Tokyo 2021. Nothing else makes sense,” Eaton wrote. “Anything else is socially irresponsible. “How can the IOC and Japanese NOC in good conscience hold one of the world’s largest and most important gatherings and risk facilitating the acceleration of global contagion and having the worst event in history? “Most evidence … showed Tokyo2020 is/was set to be one of the best Olympics in history,” he added. “Japan, the athletes, the sponsors, the fans, local businesses; all deserve the best shot at that. 2020 is not it.”Tags: COVID-19Olympic postponementUS Athletics FederationUSATFUSOPClast_img read more