Fees mooted for UL PhDs

first_imgNewsLocal NewsFees mooted for UL PhDsBy admin – June 17, 2010 472 UL could be set to introduce fees of over €4,000 for postgraduate students who spend over three years working on their PhD.President of UL’s Postgraduate Students Association (PSA) Michael Bourke, said such a move would put current research at the University under threat.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The majority of students completing a doctorate will carry their research past the three year mark, and many are already under financial pressure”.UL is the only University that doesn’t charge fees for entering a fourth year, and he argues a move in this direction will directly affect the University’s potential to attract the best students.In response to Mr Bourke’s concerns, UL  told the Limerick Post that it is currently reviewing these fees in line with the standards across the sector.The postgraduate representative said: “Current PhD students have told me that they choose UL because there are no fees after the third year, and this will have an adverse affect on its ability to attract the best students”.                  At present in UL, students who do not complete their PhD within the first three years are charged a continuation fee of €437.A statement said: “These fees are at the lower end of the scale in relation to those at a national level. The costs within the university sector are in the region of €1,500 per year for continuation fees and in some institutions full fees apply for each year of study”. Mr Bourke understands that there are also proposals to increase the continuation fee. “Allegedly, this continuation fee is going to increase to €1,000 and could be higher depending on the field of study”.He believes that the decision to review the fees is purely finance based.“UL, like all Universities in Ireland, are a bit strapped for cash and seem to be looking for money anywhere they can get it”.Mr Bourke explained that postgraduate research in Ireland is geared towards three years, and funding is provided for that period.He said the introduction of further fees or higher fees would have a devastating affect on current students.“Since learning of these proposals many our students simply could not afford to complete their PhD, if these charges were introduced”.Over 800 postgraduate students pursued either research masters or doctoral programmes in UL in 2008/09. Email Twitter Linkedin Facebookcenter_img Advertisement WhatsApp Print Previous articleAnnual Novena kicks off this FridayNext article‘Time-bomb’ warning for council adminlast_img read more

Tottenham looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona

first_img Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Could Philippe Coutinho move to Tottenham this summer? (Picture: Getty)Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to beat north London rivals Arsenal to the signing of Philippe Coutinho by submitting a loan offer to Barcelona.The 27-year-old is available for transfer this summer following an underwhelming 18-month spell in Spain, although Barcelona are also open to loaning him out for a season.According to the Times, Barcelona are looking to receive a hefty £21m fee in order to loan him out, though, while interested clubs may have to cover his £200,000 weekly wages.Spurs are on the lookout for an attacking midfielder as they look to sell Christian Eriksen this month and have been strongly linked with Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso and Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes throughout the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Tottenham looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona PLAY 1 min. story SPONSORED Skip Full Screen Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Read More Read More Skip Ad Read Morecenter_img Comment Coutinho briefly played under Pochettino during a loan spell at Espanyol in 2012 (Picture: Getty)Earlier on Tuesday, reports in France claimed that Coutinho had agreed to a season-long loan deal to move to Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementCoutinho could now be an option for Spurs, though, with Mauricio Pochettino having coached him briefly during a spell at Espanyol during the 2011-12 season.Pochettino signed Coutinho on a six-month loan from Inter Milan in January 2012 and the Brazilian impressed, scoring five goals and registering an assist in 16 La Liga matches.Spurs are keen to secure a replacement for Eriksen, whom they are looking to sell this month, rather than run the risk of losing him on a free when his contract expires next summer.Manchester United have emerged as candidates to sign Eriksen, however, the club would rather sell him abroad with Real Madrid and Juventus both having been linked to him.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCoutinho was booed by sections of Barcelona’s support last season and managed just five goals and two assists in 34 La Liga games for the club last term.He netted the opening goal for Barcelona during their 4-2 win over Spurs in the Champions League group stage last October.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Top articles 1/1 Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Aug 2019 5:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link843Shares About Connatix V67539 Read More Coming Next Advertisement / Read More Advertisementlast_img read more

Reputational risk drives ESG at pension funds more than at other investors

first_imgSource: Fossil Free Greater ManchesterFossil Free UK campaigners outside the office of Greater Manchester Pension Fund, a UK public pension fund, in July 2019This is arguably no surprise given developments such as the European Commission’s sustainable finance action plan in Europe, while the US, according to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), is an exception to the growth in sustainable finance policy measures since 2000.Across all regions, outperformance emerged as a less significant ESG adoption driver than risk mitigation.Almost half of the surveyed investors (48%) felt their ESG/responsible investing strategy had a positive impact on the “ESG behaviour” of their investee companies or reduced ESG risks to their portfolio (47%).For respondents who noted fiduciary duty as their primary consideration, the next and highest ranked drivers – both at 40% – were requirements for ethical and social responsibility on behalf of their clients and a desire to mitigate ESG-related risks.Hurdles: data, resource constraintsThe survey, which was of senior executives directly involved in or influencing asset allocation decisions, also sought to delve into factors holding back ESG adoption.The chief deterrent selected by respondents across all investor types was unreliability and inconsistency of ESG data, although internal resource constraints/cost implications were a close second (44% and 43%, respectively).Pension funds were most concerned with a lack of reliable or consistent ESG research/data, according to the survey, while sovereign wealth funds and endowments and foundations cited internal resource constraints and cost implications as the top factor hindering increased uptake of ESG.A lack of expertise to integrate ESG factors appears to be problematic for pension funds in particular, with 45% citing this as a top three barrier compared with 21% of endowments and foundations, and 38% of sovereign wealth funds.SSGA surveyed senior executives with asset allocation responsibilities at more than 300 institutions, comprising private and public pension funds (78%), endowments (6%), foundations (11%) and sovereign wealth funds (5%).A spokesman for SSGA said that where the firm referred to ESG or responsible investing in the survey, it was describing “a deliberate investment approach that aims to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions”. By a policy on ESG or responsible investment the company meant a formal code or set of guidelines adopted by a respondent’s institution that sets out its approach to responsible investing, including the objectives and scope of its responsible investment strategy.The SSGA survey report can be found here. Across all types of institutions, in Europe, regulatory shifts were the clear top “push factor” (52%), said SSGA, followed by a desire to mitigate ESG and reputational risks (45% and 39%, respectively). In North America, regulation was the third most significant driver. Avoiding reputational risk drives pension funds to adopt environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) “principles” more so than it does other types of institutional investors, a survey suggests.More than one-third (35%) of pension fund respondents to the survey – carried out by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) earlier this year – included reputational risk as a top three factor driving ESG investing at their institution, compared with 21% of endowment and foundation respondents, and 6% of sovereign wealth funds.“Reputational risk is of greater concern for pension funds, particularly public pension funds, because any public criticism of their portfolio allocation decisions often leads to additional scrutiny by their beneficiaries,” Rakhi Kumar, head of ESG investment strategy at SSGA, told IPE. “This could result in increased regulation or interference in the investment decision making process.”Meeting or anticipating regulation was the most significant driver of pension funds’ adoption of ESG principles, however, the survey showed, followed by mitigating ESG risks, and fiduciary duty.last_img read more

Aston Villa’s Reina says he showed symptoms of coronavirus

first_img Loading… Aston Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina has said he believes he has been suffering from the new coronavirus. Reina, who joined Villa on loan from AC Milan in January, was unable to take a test but says doctors considered his symptoms to be consistent with COVID-19. Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina joined Aston Villa on loan from AC Milan in January “They don’t give you a test here unless you’re feeling really ill,” Reina told Spanish radio station Cope on Tuesday. “I spoke with doctors and the symptoms I had were consistent with this (the virus) but there was no official confirmation. “It was a different sort of week as I had to take precautions to avoid infecting those living with me.”Advertisement Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least Once9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous Actors7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindRihanna Is Getting Her Own Museum In Barbados10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Body Features That Are Extremely Rare But Very Remarkablecenter_img Read Also: Pep Guardiola donates €1m to fight coronavirus in Spain Reina, who has 36 caps for Spain and won the World Cup with his country in 2010, said his concern was more for people living in difficult conditions. “We are very privileged people,” said the former Liverpool goalkeeper. “We have a big house with a garden. “I think of the people who live in a 70-metres-squared apartment with two children. For me they are the people showing a lot of strength.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Dodgers notes: Dee Gordon on a magical stolen-base pace, has a shot at 100

first_imgDee Gordon had played in 52 of the Dodgers’ 56 games before Saturday, and stolen 34 bases. If he continues that pace, he could become the first Major League Baseball player to steal 100 bases since Vince Coleman swiped 109 in 1987 for the St. Louis Cardinals.It might seem like a stretch to think that Gordon can do something no one has done in 27 years. But Dodgers first-base coach Davey Lopes, a heck of a base thief in his day with Los Angeles, believes it can be done.“Yes,” Lopes said ahead of Saturday’s game against the Pirates. “I mean, a lot of people say no. But I disagree.”Lopes said there are two players with enough talent in the National League to do it — Gordon and Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton. Hamilton, however, has only 19 stolen bases so far, so he certainly won’t do it this year. Gordon, on the other hand, has that possibility.“You’ve gotta like to run, you’ve gotta want to run and you have to stay healthy,” Lopes said. “If he stays healthy, I’m not saying he will or he won’t (do it), but his number is going to be high. It’s just a matter of how often he gets on base.“I mean, there are teams already trying to do certain things with him. But this is a special talent we’re dealing with now. He’s extremely fast, he’s reading pitchers better, his confidence is extremely high, he loves to run.”This is Gordon’s fourth season at the major-league level. Previously, the most games he played was 87 in 2012, when he batted .228 and stole 32 of 42 bases. In 2011, he hit .304 in 56 games and stole 24 of 31 bases. Last year he was in just 38 games, batted .234 and was successful on 10 of 12 steal attempts.After a hot April in which he hit .344, Gordon is batting .288 this season with a career-best on-base-percentage of .341. He has been caught stealing just three times in 37 tries. “His percentage of success ratio is outstanding,” Lopes said.As Gordon came off the field after shagging fly balls during batting practice, he was asked about his numbers. Immediately, he turned it into a team subject.“Get on base, score runs and help us win,” he said. “That’s it. Pretty simple. I’m just trying to help us win every day.”He was asked again, what about the stolen bases? Can he get 100?“I actually don’t know,” he said, softly and humbly. “Like I said, I’m just trying to help us.”He was adamant — being the first player in over a quarter-century to steal 100 bases is not a goal.“No,” he said.He did say that Lopes has been a tremendous help.“Oh, for sure,” he said. “Just pointing out the little things that you’ve gotta do, picking up on the keys.”Gordon is obviously a man of few words. Lopes is not, however, and he had no problem singing his pupil’s praises.“He’s doing a great job,” Lopes said. “It will be interesting to see how long he can keep it at that pace. But he’s a student of the game on baserunning and base stealing, and he’s come a long way. He really has.”Furthermore, Lopes said, “He excites the crowd.”Just like Lopes used to.Comfortable at secondGordon switched from shortstop to second base this season, the position Lopes once played. During Friday’s loss to the Pirates, Gordon made a terrific back-handed stop of a ball hit by Neil Walker up the middle. He did not transfer the ball, just shoveling it from his glove to second base to Hanley Ramirez, who completed the double play. It was a pretty play from a novice at the position.“That’s not an easy transition to make,” Lopes said. “He’s on-the-job training at the major-league level, which is not an easy thing to do, as anyone who has done it will tell you. I think his base-stealing has overshadowed what he has done at second base.”It took a while for Gordon to feel comfortable there.“Just little things,” Gordon said of trials and tribulations of the move. “Just knowing where to be on certain plays, which I know now, but at first it was tough.”No time to panicThe Dodgers entered play Saturday with a 29-27 record and 7 1/2 games behind Western Division-leading San Francisco. Manager Don Mattingly was asked if it is time to worry. First, he said his players can’t be concerned about the Giants, only themselves. Then he added: “That’s certain people’s jobs, I guess, to sound the alarm. What I don’t want to do is just accept where we’re at. I like the thought of making sure we play with urgency.”Don’t just blame KempAnother hot topic is the play of Matt Kemp, the center fielder-turned-left fielder who is hitless in his past 20 at-bats and is hitting just .242 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 161 at-bats.“I think we have to separate Matt,” Mattingly said. “It’s not just Matt, it’s all of us.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more