Non-job of the week

October 26, 2012 4:59 PM

Bath University has a Prize Fellow vacancy to look at 'Corporations and public health: exploring the impacts of corporations on non-communicable diseases and public health policies'. Here's part of the advert:
Arguably the greatest challenge for public health lies in reducing the contributions of tobacco use, unhealthy diet and harmful alcohol consumption to the rising global burden of non-communicable diseases. Tobacco, alcohol and food related diseases are essentially industrial epidemics.


Christopher Snowdon, who alerted us to this job, has a very good blog on this. Alcoholism has affected many people since the first wineries started production; there were food related illnesses long before the industrial revolution; and lung cancer has been around for centuries too. Is this just an excuse to criticise capitalism?

Nottingham City Council has featured regularly on this website. Until recently it was the only council in England not to publish spending above £500 online. It regularly flouts Freedom of Information laws, and it also has the dubious honour of being the only council to introduce a Workplace Parking Levy. It will not surprise you to read that Nottingham was one of the few councils to increase Council Tax this year, and no doubt will attempt to do the same again next year. It stills finds the cash though to spend on an Equality and Diversity Consultant - between  £30,011 - £33,661, plus pension contributions, to be precise. Here's part of the job advertisement:
With the aim of improving our performance, you will implement and evaluate equality and diversity initiatives, produce reports and develop policies. This will involve working with senior managers, Councillors and partners whilst suggesting ways of embedding equality and diversity in all relevant areas of the Council’s work.

Along with a comprehensive knowledge of equality legislation as it relates to service delivery and employment issues, you will need experience in the design and implementation of equality and diversity policies and procedures.

If other councils can do without a non-job like this, and still not fall foul of the law, why can't Nottingham? Perhaps the best part of the advert though is at the end:
An understanding of and commitment to equality and diversity is required for this post.

Good of them to clear that up!

 

 Bath University has a Prize Fellow vacancy to look at 'Corporations and public health: exploring the impacts of corporations on non-communicable diseases and public health policies'. Here's part of the advert:
Arguably the greatest challenge for public health lies in reducing the contributions of tobacco use, unhealthy diet and harmful alcohol consumption to the rising global burden of non-communicable diseases. Tobacco, alcohol and food related diseases are essentially industrial epidemics.


Christopher Snowdon, who alerted us to this job, has a very good blog on this. Alcoholism has affected many people since the first wineries started production; there were food related illnesses long before the industrial revolution; and lung cancer has been around for centuries too. Is this just an excuse to criticise capitalism?

Nottingham City Council has featured regularly on this website. Until recently it was the only council in England not to publish spending above £500 online. It regularly flouts Freedom of Information laws, and it also has the dubious honour of being the only council to introduce a Workplace Parking Levy. It will not surprise you to read that Nottingham was one of the few councils to increase Council Tax this year, and no doubt will attempt to do the same again next year. It stills finds the cash though to spend on an Equality and Diversity Consultant - between  £30,011 - £33,661, plus pension contributions, to be precise. Here's part of the job advertisement:
With the aim of improving our performance, you will implement and evaluate equality and diversity initiatives, produce reports and develop policies. This will involve working with senior managers, Councillors and partners whilst suggesting ways of embedding equality and diversity in all relevant areas of the Council’s work.

Along with a comprehensive knowledge of equality legislation as it relates to service delivery and employment issues, you will need experience in the design and implementation of equality and diversity policies and procedures.

If other councils can do without a non-job like this, and still not fall foul of the law, why can't Nottingham? Perhaps the best part of the advert though is at the end:
An understanding of and commitment to equality and diversity is required for this post.

Good of them to clear that up!

 

 

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