Universities are creating record levels of wealth

first_imgUniversities are generating more wealth and creating more jobs than everbefore, according to new Government figures. The third annual Higher Education Business Interaction (HEBI) Survey shows thatduring 2001-02, the amount of turnover made by spin-off companies increasedfrom £212m to £289m, and the number of people employed by spin-offs increasedfrom 10,500 to 12,000. A ‘spin-off’ is an enterprise that is either fully or partly owned by a highereducation institution (HEI) or one of its staff, or one that has been set up byHEI staff to exploit academic knowledge. Science and innovation minister, Lord Sainsbury, said that UK universitieshave risen to the challenge of transferring their knowledge into industry, andare becoming increasingly entrepreneurial. “Their pioneering work is being turned into practical applications andis making a valuable contribution to the economy and society,” he said. The spin-off performance of universities in the UK is far better than thosein the US. Universities in the UK identified one spin-off firm for every £15mof research expenditure, compared with one spin-off for every £44m in the US. Alan Johnson, minister for lifelong learning, further and higher education,said that the results demonstrate what universities and business can achievewhen they both work together. Lord Sainsbury said: “We have made large investments in knowledgetransfer over the past few years, and it is good to see it bearing fruit. Thethree surveys show a dramatic improvement.” www.hero.ac.uk Previous Article Next Article Universities are creating record levels of wealthOn 24 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

London borough moves to licence ALL privately rented properties

first_imgThe London Borough of Lewisham is the latest council in the UK to ask the Secretary of State for permission to licence all of the privately rented properties within its boundaries.If approved by James Brokenshire this would see the landlords of 32,000 rented properties in the borough be required to register their properties for the scheme.The proposed Selective Licensing scheme will charge landlords between £540 and £750 per property every five years, making it the second most expensive selective licensing scheme in London after Newham.The council already licences HMOs of certain sizes and categories but it is now proposing to licence all HMOs and also all other types of private rented property.This, it is estimated by information service London Property Licensing, will raise an extra £9 million in revenue.Antisocial behaviourThe council have published a 50-page document setting out its business case for licensing, including that private rented accommodation in the borough is often of a poor quality and attracts antisocial behaviour.“In presenting their proposals, the council have given a challenging commitment to inspect every licensed property during the life of the scheme, including all rented properties occupied by a single family,” says Richard Tacagni of London Property Licensing.“Even if inspections started on day one, this would involve inspecting over 100 properties every week throughout the five-year life of the scheme.”The council is running a consultation on its proposals which will run until the end of August. To find out whether one of your landlords’ properties fall under one of the UK’s many licensing schemes, visit GetRentr.James Brokenshire HMOs Lewisham selective licensing June 20, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » London borough moves to licence ALL privately rented properties previous nextRegulation & LawLondon borough moves to licence ALL privately rented propertiesShock announcement by Lewisham council would see all landlords within its boundaries pay up to £750 every five years.Nigel Lewis20th June 201902,831 Viewslast_img read more

Professor of Computer Science

first_imgPosting DetailsPosting NumberF00245PClassification TitleFacultyPosition TypeDisclaimerLiberty University’s hiring practices and EEO Statement are fullyin compliance with both federal and state law. Federal law createsan exception to the “religion” component of the employmentdiscrimination laws for religious organizations (includingeducational institutions), and permits them to give employmentpreference to members of their own religion. Liberty University isin that category.Position TitleProfessor of Computer ScienceDoes this position require driving?NoContactContact Phone ExtContact EmailJob Summary/Basic FunctionLiberty seeks to hire a new faculty member to support the growth ofthe Cyber Security programs, to include Graduate and Undergraduate.Applications are encouraged for the ranks of Assistant, Associate,and Full Professor from well-qualified candidates with a PhD inComputer Science, an active research agenda related to cybersecurity, and experience in computer and network security.This position teaches in both the Master of Science in CyberSecurity program and the undergraduate Computer Science program.Duties include teaching Computer Science courses at 300, 400, 500,and 600 levels. These courses provide a wide range of computerscience topics including (but not limited to):-Introductory survey of computer science-Studies in information security-Principles of database management-Principles of software engineering-Programming languages (C, C++, and other languages to include webprogramming)-Studies of the basic science and mathematics that underpincomputer scienceDuties also include maintaining curriculum, courses of study, andassessment work. Faculty will participate in the process ofdefining graduate Cyber Security curriculum. In this capacity,faculty are expected to:-Assist in curriculum review and development-Develop laboratories to support computer science curriculum-Create projects designed to enhance lectures-Read and stay abreast of current topics in computer science-Develop syllabi and review textbooks for adoption-Propose and develop new courses as determined appropriate by thefaculty-Actively participate in and support SACS and ABET accreditationpreparation.Faculty members are required by the University to:-Teach contracted load-Maintain office hours-Mentor and advise students-Keep timely records of grades, grade papers, and perform otheradministrative duties as needed.Faculty member will perform other duties as assigned and activelyparticipate in University assemblies and activities.Minimum QualificationsThis position requires a terminal degree in the field of ComputerScience or a related technological discipline.Candidates must have experience in the field of computer andnetwork security, with preference given to candidates with industryexperience in this area.In addition to Cyber Security, candidates should have experience inone or more of the following areas: distributed systemsarchitecture, programming theory, advanced programming (diverselanguages), computer networking, software engineering, datastructures and algorithm, database technologies, and computerarchitecture.Applicants must demonstrate a personal faith commitment to theUniversity’s evangelical Christian purpose.Preferred QualificationsPreference will be given to candidates with SANS, GIAC, CEH andother industry security certifications accreditations.Additionally, knowledge of NSA / DHS National Center of AcademicExcellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense certificationprocess is highly desirable. Finally, published peer reviewedarticles in the area of cyber defense are desired.Work HoursVariesPosting Date08/06/2020Special Instructions for ApplicantsQuicklinkhttps://jobs.liberty.edu/postings/28767Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeTranscriptsLetter of RecommendationCurriculum VitaeTeaching PhilosophyPastoral Reference LetterAcademic/Professional Reference Letter 1Academic/Professional Reference Letter 2Optional DocumentsCover LetterOther DocumentProfessional License(s)Career Advancement Form (For Current LU Employees ONLY)Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).last_img read more

Bob Dylan Decides Not To Attend Nobel Prize Ceremony

first_imgBob Dylan was chosen to receive the Nobel Prize In Literature back on October 13th. It took about two weeks before the poet/songwriter acknowledged his honor. “Isn’t that something?,” he said, before opening up a bit more. “It’s hard to believe… amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?” The ceremony for his 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature will take place on December 10th in Stockholm, Sweden.While Dylan had once planned to attend the gala, he has since stepped away from that decision. According to the BBC, he sent a letter to the Swedish Academy informing them that  he will be unable to attend the ceremony “due to existing commitments.” He acknowledged that he felt “very honored” for the award and wishes he could accept it personally. Though, he is still required to deliver a Nobel lecture between now and next June. We look forward to hearing what the literary genius has to say about this award, and hopefully, provide some insight into the thoughts of 75-year-old Bob Dylan.last_img read more

alt-J Announces New Album & Tour, Shares Leading Single “3WW”

first_imgIt appears that alt-J has some major plans in store for this summer. After previously revealing their place on the Panorama Music Festival lineup, the band has announced plans for a brief summer tour from July 27th through August 9th, as well as the release of a new album, Relaxer.The new album is due out June 9th, and features eight original tracks from the band. Their first release since 2014 has been highly anticipated, and as such, the band got the ball rolling by releasing the first single. You can listen to the band’s new song, “3WW,” below.The band writes in a statement, “We’d like to thank you for your patience over the last year or so. After finishing touring ‘This Is All Yours’ in December 2015 we took a long break. Thom released a solo album; Gus opened a restaurant; Joe has been watching a lot of films. We hadn’t set a time limit on our time off but by August 2016 we were ready to get back into the studio. The result is our third album, RELAXER, and we are really excited for you to hear it.”See posters detailing the new album art and forthcoming tour dates, below. [Photo via Benjamin Adams Photography]last_img read more

Attack of the slime molds

first_imgMost of the time when people call their University of Georgia Extension office, they are typically fairly calm, but when they call to report a science-fiction-type growth has taken up residence in their yard, their nerves are usually on edge.A lot of the “What in the world is it?” phone calls we receive are about slime molds popping up in lawns or in mulch.Slime molds are primitive, fungus-like organisms that are classified as myxomycetes in the Kingdom Protoctista. Depending on the type of slime mold, they may be white, yellow, blue-gray, black, brown or pink. They usually appear after a strong rain, but they are almost always there in the environment just waiting to emerge. The slimy blobs seem to materialize overnight, usually on decaying organic material — like mulch. Rotting mulch serves not only as the mold’s home but also as its food source. When the mold becomes visible, it is getting ready to reproduce by releasing spores. One of the more interesting slime molds that we get calls about is the one that my kids think has the best name — dog vomit slime mold. It grows on wood mulch, and yes, it looks like your neighbor’s cute canine ate something that didn’t agree with its stomach. When fresh — if you can call a slime mold fresh — it has a yellowish color, but turns to a white color when it begins to dry out. When it completely dries, it can be easily broken open, releasing brown, powdery spores into the air. Although slime molds are unsightly, they are harmless to you and your plants. There is no way to prevent or kill them, so there is no use trying to spray different chemicals on the ground to try and control the mold. You can rake or wash the mold away to help get rid of it quicker, but they will eventually disappear on their own. So after a good rain, watch your step. Dog vomit may appear, and depending on your perspective, either amaze you or gross you out.last_img read more

Indoor Pollen

first_imgAre your sinuses clogged? Do you feel like you are walking in a sea of yellow dust? Have you washed your car three times this week? Welcome to pollen season in Georgia.Many green plants produce pollen at various times of the year, but most pollen is produced in spring. The dusty pollen that we see in the air is not the pollen that plagues allergy sufferers. However, oftentimes when we can see lots of pine pollen floating in the air, pollen counts for problem plants are often high as well.According to data collected by the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic, Georgia’s pollen season peaks in early to mid-April, recedes in mid-May and resurfaces in mid-August.Blooming trees and flowers kick off pollen season in Georgia, which can last six to eight weeks. During this time, pollen can become an unwelcome houseguest. If you live in the South, it is hard to avoid all pollen, but it’s possible to minimize the amount of pollen in your home. Consider the following tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts.Pollen is an extensive traveler and can settle on many items, so it’s essential to reduce the amount that enters your home. Start by taking off your shoes and using doormats.Take a moment and consider all of the places that your shoes travel and all the “friends” they may have picked up along the way. During allergy season, it’s best to take your shoes off before entering the home and to leave them outside or as close to the entryway as possible. Eighty-five percent of contaminants that originate outdoors can be found within just four steps of your home.This strategy can be applied to clothing as well. If you have been working outside, remove outerwear before entering the home. Then shower, wash your hair and change into clean clothes to reduce the chances of allergens settling.Pets can also bring pollen and other outdoor contaminants inside. Wipe off your pets’ paws with a damp cloth before they enter the home and give them baths regularly. If your dog or pet is anything like mine, they’ll love it!Opening the windows to air out the house after winter is tempting, but it is not a good idea if you suffer from allergies. Keep your windows closed during peak pollen season to keep your home as allergen-free as possible. Rely on air conditioning, and keep windows and doors shut. Replace the air filters in your heating and cooling units every month if you suffer from respiratory conditions.Another way to reduce pollen levels indoors is to do simple household chores often. Clean floors and surfaces on a regular basis with a damp mop and microfiber cloth. Make sure to vacuum rugs, carpet and floors, too.If you continue to struggle with allergies, it may be best to ask a loved one to dust and vacuum during peak allergy season or to wear a mask during chores.Using a HEPA, or high-efficiency particulate air, vacuum that’s specifically designed to help eliminate allergens and dust particles can also help control allergens. If that does not fit into your budget, use a HEPA air filter in your vacuum, if applicable.For more information on home, health, nutrition and food safety, see the free UGA Extension publications available at extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

Medicare awards $50,000 grant to Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol program

first_imgThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the award of a $50,000 grant to help the Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program fight Medicare fraud. The grant went to the Community of Vermont Elders and it is part of President Obama’s mandate to educate seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries about how to prevent fraud in Medicare.‘This grant is one of more than 50 awarded throughout the country to put more feet on the ground in the fight against Medicare fraud,’ said CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D. ‘We are concerned about Medicare fraud and activity by criminals seeking to defraud seniors ‘ and we want to ramp up our local community resources to educate seniors and people with Medicare about how they can help us stop it.’The grant will provide additional funds to increase awareness of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries of health care fraud prevention, identification and reporting through expansion of SMP program capacity. States identified as high-fraud areas received higher amounts to support additional targeted strategies for collaboration, media outreach and referrals. The Administration on Aging will administer these grants in partnership with CMS.‘Unfortunately, scam artists are using the new health care provisions of the Affordable Care Act as an opportunity to scare and steal from seniors,’ said Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee. ‘Additional funding for the Senior Medicare Patrol in Vermont will help us significantly increase our outreach and education to people with Medicare. We applaud CMS for its commitment to fighting Medicare fraud.’SMP volunteers work Vermont to educate Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, family members, and caregivers about the importance of reviewing their Medicare notices to identify billing errors and potentially fraudulent activity. Program volunteers also encourage seniors to make inquiries to the SMP Program when such issues are identified, so that the project may ensure appropriate resolution or referral.Since 1997, HHS and its Administration on Aging have funded Senior Medicare Patrol projects to recruit and train retired professionals and other senior volunteers about how to recognize and report instances or patterns of health care fraud. Close to 3 million Medicare beneficiaries have been educated throughout the country since the start of the program, and more than 1 million one-on-one counseling sessions have taken place with seniors or their caregivers. The SMP program funds projects in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov/(link is external) or http://www.cms.gov/FraudAbuseforConsumers/(link is external)last_img read more

JLL speeds ahead with UK racetrack disposals

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Land values up despite sales numbers being down

first_imgLot values have seen sizeable gains over the past 12 months.“The volume of vacant land sales has however shown significant reductions although it has not dampened the median price across the region,” Mr Fritzsche said.“Lot values have seen sizeable gains over the past 12 months after the prior few years had recorded minimal growth which was keeping affordability in check, the decrease in average lot size being a contributing factor.“The true growth on a $ per sqm basis has been consistently positive, albeit at a slower rate, which shows encouraging signs for the market. “The fall in lot approvals on the back of limited availability of greenfield land is helping push prices upward.” Gold Coast Bulletin – house and land – March 2018 – Villawood The Surrounds.A LACK of vacant land is pushing values up on the Gold Coast with land prices up 7.5 per cent over the past 12 months despite sales numbers being down.New data from Ray White Group confirms the Gold Coast’s residential house and land market performed strongly over 2017. The Ray White Group’s latest SEQ Vacant Land Market Repor found the median vacant land price increased 7.54 per cent to $271,000 in the 12 months to December 2017.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe Ray White Group’s latest SEQ Vacant Land Market Report found house and land package sales in the Gold Coast fell 35.71 per cent to 261 sales in 2017 but the median price rose 3.48 per cent to $505,000. Ray White Commercial head of research Vanessa Rader found the median lot size of land was now 455sq m on the Gold Coast with median vacant land price increasing 7.54 per cent to $271,000 in the 12 months to December 2017.Ray White Special Projects director Matthew Fritzsche said the Gold Coast council area displayed robust results over the past few years which continued over 2017.last_img read more