St John’s professor sues University over ‘forced retirement’

first_img“The EJRA for both the college and university which applied to me applied a retirement age of 67 years that retained the status quo from the mid-1980s.“This age is far too low and I can see that I would be able to carry on working, as would many of my colleagues, well into my mid-70s.“I felt it was unfair that I had to try and ‘convince’ the university and college panels that my continued employment was appropriate.”The English Fellow added: “None of these other institutions have reduced their standards by not forcibly retiring staff. There is no evidence to support the need to ‘refresh’ the academic workforce in terms of turnover.“The university is effectively seeking to justify discrimination on the grounds of age in order to promote equality and diversity of other protected characteristics.“I fully accept the importance of equality and diversity. I am myself from a working class background and the importance of these kinds of social aims weighs strongly with me.“I did not wish to retire, as I did not see the relevance of my age to my ability to carry out the duties of my post in research or teaching for the duties of the Founder’s Fellow.”Professor Pitcher was given the option of reapplying for his job, though appears to have decided against the move.He noted: “Trying to satisfy an unreasonably high threshold test that I am virtually indispensable to the university when I had given decades of impeccable service is degrading and humiliating.”There have been successful internal appeals against the University’s compulsory retirement age in the past. In 2014, Denis Galligan, a law professor at Wolfson College, challenged his set retirement age of 67. Peter Edwards, a professor of inorganic chemistry at St. Catherine’s College was also allowed to keep his job at 69.Cambridge is the only other Russell Group university to have such a policy.The University of Oxford declined to comment. St. John’s College were contacted for comment. A fellow at St. John’s College claims that he was forced to retire two years ago in order to meet workplace diversity expectations, an employment tribunal has heard.Prof. John Pitcher, an English professor who has taught at the college since 1982, had plans to work past the university retirement age of 67. However, he was allegedly told by the College that he would have to retire from his job, which brings an annual salary of £83,000, at the age of 67.Although an initial retirement date had been set for 2012, Pitcher was made a Founder’s Fellow of the college, with a fixed contract until 2020. He undertook a fundraising position within the college under the assumption he would be employed up until then, and now claims he was “forcibly retired” four years prior to the agreed date.The move by St John’s to enforce the initial retirement date apparently came under Oxford’s Employer Justified Retirement Age (EJRA) policy, which sets a compulsory retirement age at 68.Pitcher has since taken his case to an employment tribunal, where he is now suing the University for £100,000 for loss of earnings after an internal appeal was rejected.Court documents from the case indicate that the college believed the move was necessary to “safeguard the high standard” and to move towards “inter-generation fairness”, with “succession planning” and “diversity” also used to justify the move.President of St. John’s College, Maggie Snowling, echoed these documents in a witness statement: “The EJRA helped both the college and the university take steps towards a more diverse academic body and will continue to do so.“It is a proportionate means of ensuring increasing diversity and intergenerational fairness.”Professor Pitcher said: “I believe that decision was discriminatory because of age and was not justified and was also unfair.last_img read more


Bouyon Champions WCK celebrating 25 years

first_imgLocalNews Bouyon Champions WCK celebrating 25 years by: – January 26, 2012 54 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share WCK original logo, photo credit: dominicadevelopmentgroup.comBouyon Champions “WCK” band will celebrate its 25th year of existence this year.Windward Caribbean Kulture affectionately known as “WCK” which was formed in 1987 has been credited as the pioneers of bouyon music which originated in Dominica. The WCK band which is also based in Dominica has earned its place at the top ranks in the entertainment industry due to its unique blend of the islands traditional music and dances namely Belle, Quadrille, Jing Ping, Mazouk and Cadence calypso. This blend has been labeled “Bouyon” a genre they had credited for creating. WCK representative Jael Joseph highlighted the accomplishments of the band at the Dominica Festivals Committee’s weekly press conference on Wednesday.WCK representative, J.L Joseph“WCK or CK for short has managed to bring back the traditional sounds of Dominica through technological advancements and the use of state of the art musical instruments thus enhancing and revitalizing a sound once thought to be dormant.”According to Joseph the group hits include; “One more sway” in 1990 and recorded the second album “Culture shock”, “Forever”, “Volah Voleh”, “Conch Shell”, “To show to flam”, “Balance Battay”, “Hold dem”, “Super Band”. Joseph noted that the Band has to date “produced over nineteen albums all highly acclaimed and continues to capture the hearts of multiple generations of music lovers, not only Bouyon music, but with a diverse repertoire both live and at protection level”. The band has received several awards over the years and these include;• Best album, Culture Shock, Dominica Fame awards, 1991-1992• Dominica road march for “Conch Shell” 1993• Best participating band Festival de musica del Caribe in Columbia in 1994• Best Album “To show to flam” in Dominica fame awards 1995• Best album original “Hold dem” Dominica fame awards 1996• Song of the year Bouyon in St Lucia RCI 1996• Best album “Too many cooks” Dominica Fame awards in 1997Joseph says “now approaching its twenty-fifth anniversary, WCK is unanimously, with resilience going against the present norm of one hit wonders. The band intends to live up to its duty to satisfy the current fans and attract new ones”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


Eagles, Trojans excel in PVC swim championships

first_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img ORONO — Few opponents have been able to win consistently against Mount Desert Island or Ellsworth swimmers this year. The biggest meet of the 2019-20 season thus far was hardly any different.MDI and Ellsworth put forth some of the top efforts at Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference championship meet at the University of Maine. MDI claimed both the boys’ and girls’ titles, and Ellsworth had a number of individual and relay wins with senior Caitlin MacPherson being chosen as Swimmer of the Meet.“This was the outcome we were looking for from this meet, for sure,” MDI head coach David Blaney said. “We had good results and improved times just about everywhere, and it was smiles and good times all around.”On the girls’ side, Ruby Brown got second-place and fifth-place finishes for MDI with times of 58.10 seconds and 2 minutes, 28.89 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley, respectively. The Trojans also got a second-place finish from Cecilia Saltysiak in the 100-yard backstroke and third-place relay finishes in the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Trojans’ score of 323 came as they used their massive squad depth to rack up large point totals across every event to add a PVC title to their undefeated season. Even though MDI didn’t have a first-place finisher, the Trojans’ sheer quantity of third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place finishers was enough to put them well over the top.“Some of the other teams will get a lot of people get first or second, but we will have so many girls finish in those next few spots,” Brown said. “That’s what really got us the points and brought us home.”The MDI boys won the 200-yard freestyle relay as the unit of Brendan Graves, Jon Genrich, Tyler Willis and Sam Mitchell finished with a time of 1:39.43. The Trojans added third-place finishes in the 200 medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.Members of the Mount Desert Island girls’ swim team pose for a photo after winning the Penobscot Valley Conference championships Feb. 8 at the University of Maine. The MDI boys and girls swept both PVC team championships to head into the upcoming state meet with undefeated records. ROSALIE BROWN PHOTOIndividually, Graves added a win in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.56. Sam Mitchell added a first-place finish in the 1-meter dive with a score of 273.45, and the senior nearly added another in the 50-yard freestyle as his time of 24.49 seconds was just 0.03 behind winner Griffin Erb of Bangor.As a team, the Trojans registered 347 points to top Bangor’s 270. The win marked the first PVC championship crown since 2008 for the MDI boys, who finished second to Ellsworth in 2018 and 2019.Despite entering the competition with a much smaller roster than many of its competitors, Ellsworth claimed third place in both the boys’ and girls’ team competitions. The Eagles scored 170 points on the boys’ side and 212 on the girls’ side.The Ellsworth boys got a pair of individual event wins from junior Sean Hill, who placed first in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles. Hill also participated on the 200 medley (Nick Partridge, Lucas Fendl and Ryan Ulichny) and 200 freestyle (Partridge, Fendl and Robert Springer) relay teams, both of which claimed second place.On the girls’ side, Ellsworth’s Kristy Barry breezed to victory in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.20, a new team record. Barry joined Ellie Anderson, Caitlin MacPherson and Caroline Mazgaj on the Eagles’ 400 freestyle relay team, which also claimed a first-place finish and team record with a time of 3:52.69.MacPherson, who took first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:08:00, was named Swimmer of the Meet. She added a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle and also joined Barry, Mazgaj and Anderson on the Eagles’ second-place 200 freestyle relay team.“All of the girls had great times,” Ellsworth head coach Jim Goodman said. “Although the boys were down one swimmer from the team, leaving seven [swimmers], they pushed their efforts [and outdid] all expectations.”Boys’ and girls’ events were originally supposed to be held over two days with the boys competing Friday evening at Husson University, but with the icy road conditions, the decision was made to have both meets Saturday at UMaine. With the girls competing at 1 p.m. and the boys competing at 6, the schools had to bus their boys and girls to Orono separately.“It was unfortunate that we couldn’t all ride all together or have the coaches all be together, but it’s just one of those things where that’s the way it is,” Brown said. “We were there with each other in spirit.”The teams will close out the 2019-20 swim season next week with the state championships at Bowdoin College. The girls will compete at 11 a.m. next Monday, Feb. 17, and the boys will be in action at that time the following day, Feb. 18.“We know the season will be over when that bus comes back to Mount Desert Island Tuesday night, and everyone wants to leave their best for last,” Blaney said. “We know there’s going to be some fun races down there in the southland.” Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]last_img read more