Archive for December 2016




Narcissistic personality disorder is the kind of psychological condition when people today knowledge a magnified emotion that they’re extraordinarily important and vital with the globe, they may have an amazing need to be admired plus the absence of sympathy for some others. Although, what on earth is concealed at the rear of this veil of self-respect is only fragile self-esteem, and that is pretty sensitive even with the slightest manifestation of criticism. A narcissistic individuality dysfunction makes worries in just a large selection of spheres of lifespan for someone who suffers from this decease. It influences the associations, school, do the job and in some cases finance inquiries. The a single who suffers from narcissistic identity condition would probably end up being 100 % unhappy or unsatisfied when he’s not supplied some precious admiration or favors he believes he justifies. Other individuals cannot actually feel pleasant or uncomplicated likely about this type of individual, and so the relationships will end up being unfulfilling.

If just one has narcissistic temperament problem, they can be discovered as boastful, pretentious or conceited. Clients in most cases can monopolize communication and could glimpse down or criticize people they perceive as secondary. This sort of everyone consistently insist on possessing just the recommended – for example, the simplest health related treatment, the best quality car or maybe the most helpful athletic club. For the same minute, patients have problems having everything that they perceive as pure criticism. They usually disguise their inner thoughts of shame, humiliation, insecurity or vulnerability. So that they can sense much better, narcissists most of the time react with contempt or rage and do their most popular to criticize other people for making by themselves seem first-rate. On the flip side, they even may likely working experience moody and frustrated condition of brain because they fell lack of perfection. In response to Mayo Clinic Staff’s (2014) researches, loads of adepts make use of the specific conditions inside Diagnostic and Statistical Handbook of Mental Issues (DSM-5), which was introduced with the American Psychiatric Affiliation to investigate mental state of head.

The investigate DSM requirements involving narcissistic individuality problem handles this sort of amenities:

  • – Patients have abnormal sensation of self-importance;
  • – False and exaggerated perception in their individual abilities and achievements
  • – Expectations being perceived as superior and first-rate without any deeds that could warrant it
  • – They repeatedly have to have admiration
  • – Patients more often than not envy people and so they also imagine that other individuals are jealous of them
  • – Behaving in haughty or arrogant tone
  • According to Psych Central Staff’s (2014) researches like personality dysfunction is normally diagnosed through the qualified qualified psychiatrist or psychologist. Common practitioners or spouse and children physicians are commonly not proficient to conduct these kinds of style of mental examination. Hence while you are in the beginning consulting a doctor regarding this issue, the medical professional might commonly refer their patients to psychiatrists or psychologists if you want the could acquire the treatment solution or perhaps the prognosis. It will be a point that there are no any genetic and blood tests, or laboratories undoubtedly that may be utilized to learn the dysfunction.

    When a affected person has narcissistic personality ailment, he / she may well not even peace need to confess that a little something went wrong in his psychological procedures, mainly because it would not healthy with their particular self-perception of simply being superior, just right and successful. People that suffer from narcissistic individuality disorder would possibly seem to the treatment whereas often building the indications of agony and melancholy, most commonly stemming from perceived rejections and criticism. If somebody can observe some aspects of his persona that a good deal appear like as narcissistic individuality dysfunction they ought to check out to reach out the expert psychiatrist or psychologist. Such folk have got to remember that obtaining the good remedy would make their life extra pleasing and worthwhile.

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    President’s Lunch 2016


    President's Lunch seen from aboveTuesday 13th December 2016 saw Professor Sir Ivor Crewe welcome 120 Fellows, Learned Societies and their guests to the annual President’s Lunch, held this year in the splendid surroundings of Ironmongers Hall near the Barbican in London.



    Sir Ivor Crewe FAcSS, President of the Academy

    Sir Ivor Crewe FAcSS, President of the Academy

    As President of the Academy of Social Sciences, Sir Ivor spoke passionately about the success of UK social science and the future of its research funding in the new post-Referendum world. Brexit ‘threatens to dismantle EU research collaboration’ he said. This had resulted in a very real threat to the standing of UK social science and the international standing of UK research. ‘The Academy and its Campaign for Social Science have been quick off the mark to get government to realise the vital contribution which UK social science can make to an economy that will flourish outside the EU’, he said, noting that they work hard to put the positive case for social science. He expressed gratitude for support from Fellows and Learned Societies in pursuing a case for social science that needs to be made more vigorously than ever before.
    Elaine Stott, Editorial Director for Behavioural Sciences and Social Care at Routledge, Taylor & Francis, then spoke of the publisher’s pleasure at continuing its relationship with the Academy and Campaign. She talked of how publishing had moved from focusing on obtaining content to enabling impact, as discoverability had become the key aim.

    Sir John Kingman

    Sir John Kingman

    ‘I need no persuasion about the importance of social science,’ Sir John Kingman, non-Executive Chair of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), reassured the gathering. UKRI would not be monolithic in its incarnation, he said, noting that the government was ‘not trying to create a single bureaucracy’. He added that it was important to know what UKRI is there to do, and what it is not there to do.

    Finally, Sir Ivor welcomed, and presented certificates to, 28 new Fellows of the Academy, including many working outside academe. Each Fellow’s work has formed part of the foundation underlying the enormous contribution made by world class UK social science to the nation and the world.

    Stephen Aldridge receiving certificate from Sir Ivor

    Stephen Aldridge FAcSS

    Madeleine Atkins receives certificate from Sir Ivor

    Professor Madeleine Atkins FACSS, CEO HEFCE

    Nancy Cartwright FAcSS receives certificate from Sir Ivor

    Professor Nancy Cartwright FAcSS

    Gary Younge receives certificate from sir Ivor

    Gary Younge FAcSS, journalist

    Sir Ivor at prelunch drinksGuests chat over pre-lunch drinksGuests chat over pre-lunch drinksGuests chat over pre lunch drinks

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    Kick-start your career in finance and accountancy


    aatlogo12Are you interested in getting into a career in finance and accountancy and don’t know where to begin?

    Learn how to create the perfect CV, get some top interview tips and hear from those who have established their own accounting businesses at the AAT careers events in Bristol and London.

    • Saturday 5 October – Bristol
    • Saturday 12 October – London

    The events are open to everyone and delivered by the Association of Accounting Technicians – the UK’s leading qualification and professional body for accounting and finance staff. Attendees will get the opportunity to hear from recruitment agents and exhibitors about current vacancies and apprenticeships in their local area. Exhibitors include:

    • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
    • GAAP Web
    • CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
    • ILFM (Institute of Legal Financial & Management)

    Aimee Bateman, AAT’s Career Coach will also be attending in person and there will be numerous employer networking opportunities.

    For more information visit or to book a place call 020 7397 3093. The AAT member rate is £15 and non-member rate is £25.

    You can also read what people said about the AAT Careers event held in Birmingham earlier this year by visiting:

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    Seminar: Pathways to Sustainability in a Changing Environment


    As part of its new seminar series on International and Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on Evidence-Based Policy, the Academy’s International Advisory Group is launching the first in its new series of five half-day seminars on 17th January 2017.

    This half-day seminar in the new series on evidence-based policy will take the form of ‘conversations’ between researchers and policy advisers/users, followed by group discussions.

    The seminar will serve as a forum at which participants from different national and disciplinary perspectives discuss and develop ideas for projects and articles in themed issues of journals.

    Convenors: Dr Ruth Kattumuri FAcSS, Co-Director of the LSE India Observatory (lead); Professor Linda Hantrais FAcSS, and Dr Ashley Thomas Lenihan (LSE Centre for International Studies)
    Date: 17 January 2017 13.30-17.00
    Venue: Academy of Social Sciences, 33 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AG

    Download booking form below – booking close 10th January 2017

    Outline: A key target of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to 2030 is to protect the planet from degradation by ensuring sustainable consumption and production, sustainable management of its natural resources and urgent action on climate change.

    The availability of nutritious food, clean air and water are essential components for a healthy life, improved well-being and sustainable resources. In a global context where the population in the least developed regions is continuing to grow rapidly, and accelerated urbanisation is intensifying pressures on environmental resources, extreme levels of air pollution, the lack of clean water and electricity, and continued food insecurity in both urban and rural communities are of perpetual concern. More effective management techniques are required to enable sustainable development and to support the needs of the present and future generations.

    The seminar explores the impact of air and water degradation on the sustainability of resources in different regions of the world and from different disciplinary perspectives. It looks at the problems of collecting reliable data on these issues, and considers how public and private data can be used most effectively to inform decision-makers, empower citizens and achieve sustainable development.

    Conversation 1 Collection, Analysis and Management of International Data on Natural Resources
    Interviewer: Ruth Kattumuri FAcSS, Co-Director, LSE India Observatory

    in conversation with Ed Brown, National Co-Coordinator, UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network, Loughborough University,

    and Kevin Sansom, Lecturer and Project Manager, Water, Engineering and Development Centre, WEDC, Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University; co-director of the Change Management Forum for the urban water sector in India

    Conversation 2 Climate Change and Sustainable Welfare
    Interviewer: Susanne MacGregor FAcSS, Honorary Professor of Social policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    in conversation with Ian Gough, Visiting Professor, LSE Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion; Associate, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment; Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, University of Bath

    and Sam Geall, Research Fellow for Low Carbon Innovation in China, Science Policy Research Unit, affiliated to the Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability Centre (STEPS), University of Sussex

    Download flyer here (Pdf)

    Download Booking Form here (Word docx)

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    Certified Public Accountant


    Certified Public Accountant

    Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is the statutory title of qualified accountants in the United States who have passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and have met additional state education and experience requirements for certification as a CPA. Individuals who have passed the Exam but have not either accomplished the required on-the-job experience or have previously met it but in the meantime have lapsed their continuing professional education are, in many states, permitted the designation “CPA Inactive” or an equivalent phrase. In most U.S. states, only CPAs who are licensed are able to provide to the public attestation (including auditing) opinions on financial statements. The exceptions to this rule are Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan and Ohio where the “CPA” designation and the practice of auditing are not restricted.

    Many states have (or have had) a lower tier of accountant qualification below that of CPA, usually entitled “Public Accountant” or “Licensed Public Accountant” (with designatory letters “PA” or “LPA”), although other titles have included “Registered Public Accountant” (RPA), “Accounting Practitioner” (AP), and “Registered Accounting Practitioner” (RAP). This designation was intended as a designation for non-certified accountants who were practicing public accounting before a state accountancy law was enacted to regulate the accounting profession. The majority of states have closed the designation “Public Accountant” (PA) to new entrants, with only about six states continuing to offer the designation. Many PAs belong to the National Society of Accountants.

    Many states prohibit the use of the designations “Certified Public Accountant” or “Public Accountant”/”Licensed Public Accountant” (or the abbreviations “CPA” or “PA”/”LPA”) by a person who is not certified as a CPA or PA in that state. As a result, in many circumstances, an out-of-state CPA is restricted from using the CPA designation or designators letters until a license or certificate from that state is obtained.

    Texas additionally prohibits the use of the designations “accountant” and “auditor” by a person not certified as a Texas CPA, unless that person is a CPA in another state, a non-resident of Texas, and otherwise meets the requirements for practice in Texas by out-of-state CPA firms and practitioners.

    Many other countries also use the title CPA to designate local public accountants.

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    University of Warwick Ranking 2016-2017


    The University of Warwick is ranked highly in a number of league tables:

    Guardian University Guide 2017:
    The UK’s Guardian Newspaper ranked the University of Warwick in the UK’s top 10 universities, ranking it at 9th overall in the UK. Warwick also had fourteen subjects ranked by the Guardian in the top 10 in the UK.

    QS World University Rankings:
    The QS World University Rankings by Subject (

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    2017: smaller public deficit, revenues and spending both up


    Next year the public accounts will once again present an imbalance, and public sector debt will remain stuck at around 100% of GDP. Looking ahead to 2017, the expected increase in corporate taxation will help to reduce the public deficit, but it will have short- and medium-term costs.

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    Community Health Fund open to applications


    The Community Health Fund supports small community group initiatives, with an income under £35,000 a year, which improve the health and wellbeing of Brighton and Hove’s residents.

    The fund is ending

    The fund has run for a number of years and is now ending. So this is your last chance to apply for this money!

    The deadline for applications to the fund is 13 January 2017.

    If you’ve applied once for the fund already, then consider applying again. Groups may be able to receive funding twice.

    Other information

    Please note that Sussex Community Foundation manage the application process for the Community Health Fund on behalf of Public Health at Brighton and Hove City Council.

    The fund particularly welcomes applications for activities that support LGBT, disabled, younger and older people.

    You can also read more about the fund on the Sussex Community Foundations website.

    To apply, go to the Sussex Community Foundation’s website, and scroll down the page to the Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund to download or complete an online application form.

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    Christmas and lessons learned go hand in hand.


    Why complete a lessons learned exercise?

    • Capturing and sharing the lessons learned from projects and programmes allows a business to further develop and mature their project management capability by highlighting activities and approaches to repeat in similar projects, and those to avoid.
    • The process of carrying out a lessons learned gives the project team an opportunity to give and receive open and honest feedback which will help them as individuals to grow and develop by identifying their strengths and areas for improvement.
    • Lessons learned can act as a useful knowledge bank both for the project team going forward and the business as usual team who will be taking over the project once completed.

    Why now?

    While any project team should be completing lessons learned exercises throughout the lifecycle of their project, the end of the year is a perfect time to really focus on lessons learned for two main reasons:

    • Christmas parties and team lunches are all focused on celebrating the successes of the year and thanking everybody for their hard work. Consequently, everyone is in the right mind set to reminisce about the year past and talk about the highs, the lows and the lessons they learned!
    • Projects will often ramp up in November and December as the business puts pressure on the project team to deliver benefits before the year is up. Therefore, the project challenges and successes are fresh in the project team’s mind, and you will get the best possible insight from completing a lessons learnt exercise.

    How can I facilitate a top-notch lessons learned workshop?

    • Firstly, get the right people in the room.

    While you don’t want to have more than around 10-15 attendees feeding into the discussion, it’s important to make sure that every group from the project team is fully represented; not gaining input from a particular group risks missing out key information.

    • Be careful wording your questions.

    The aim of a lessons learns exercise is to gather and reflect on group learnings, not point the finger! Make sure you’re cautious when wording your questions to encourage the team to think constructively. For example, try: ‘If we were to start this project from scratch, what five changes could we make that could radically improve the outcome of our work?’ instead of ‘what did we not get right?’.

    Also, ensure that you recognise where things went smoothly. Answers to questions such as ‘what went well?’ and ‘what errors did we successfully avoid making?’ are just as important as understanding where you could have done better.

    • Time it right.

    Lessons learned is not always a popular exercise with project teams so it’s important to keep your discussions short and to the point. It’s also a good idea to book it in on a slightly quieter day when everyone has time to pull themselves away from the project detail for an hour or so.

    • Get Nine Feet Tall to do it for you!

    Here at Nine Feet Tall, we are project management experts, and supporting organisations develop and mature their project management capability is what we do best. If you’re looking for someone to help deliver a lessons learned workshop and understand where things have not been going quite right, give us a call on 01225 904630.

    About Ellen Apsey – Ellen is one of Nine Feet Tall’s elves, working hard to deliver results for our clients on a daily basis.

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    The Key to Unlocking SEO and Keywords


    SEO and keywords are closely related. The former improves a website’s chances of ranking highly for relevant search terms while the latter are inserted into web coding and content to improve search engine visibility. Shaz Memon of Digimax explains what both SEO and keywords can do for your site once you’ve got a winning combination.

    What is SEO?

    Search Engine Optimisation, otherwise known as SEO, is a type of quality control for web pages. If your optimised site is relevant to a web user’s search terms, it stands a better chance of ranking highly on the search engine results pages, or SERPs.

    SEO is one of those processes that everyone knows about but few people understand. Some Internet marketing companies will try to blind you with science and imply that only a handful of select ‘experts’ understand it well enough to make it work. While expert guidance is always helpful when you are starting out, maintaining good SEO is not as mysterious as you might think.

    What are keywords?

    Keywords are words and phrases that describe your site contents. When properly integrated, they make it easier for people to find the site on Google and other search engines.

    At one time, keywords were all that mattered in an SEO campaign. Google evaluated and ranked a site solely based on its keywords. The result was inevitable: to achieve higher rankings, black hat marketers started stuffing client sites with select words and phrases, making the contents nearly unintelligible.

    Today, keyword spam can get you penalised and the relationship between keywords and SEO success has become more complex, but used properly, they still work. Placement, however, is more important than frequency. Posting preferred keywords once in the title tag and page header and a couple of times in the content has better results than stuffing them ten times in the same paragraph.

    There are two varieties of keyword:

    • Short tail: Also known as broad keywords, they are less specific and target a larger audience. An example would be ‘London dentist’.
    • Long tail: These keywords address a specific market or niche. Visitors who use them tend to know exactly what they want. For example: ‘London cosmetic dentist’ or ‘Harrow emergency dentist’.

    Choosing good keywords

    Good keyword selection requires a bit of research. Decide what words and phrases you want to rank well for and then use Google’s online keyword tool to see which variations are the most popular. Be aware that the more competitive your choices are, the more time and effort you may have to spend to rank well for them.

    Keywords should be placed in the following sections of your website:

    • Page text: Each page needs to contain applicable keywords, but use them judiciously. If your content turns into keyword spam, visitors will be turned off and Google will penalise you.
    • Page title: Also known as a title tag, a page title appears in the search results and the user’s web browser. For best results, use the following formula to create your page title: Primary Keyword | Your Business Name | Secondary Keyword
    • H1 tag: This is the primary header tag for an individual web page. It acts as a title or headline for the page content beneath
    • URLs: Use preferred keywords in the names of folders or pages. For example:
    • Link text: Using your target keywords in your site navigation and in-content links will enhance the site’s relevancy for the chosen words.

    Keywords: the Broader Picture

    Although Google uses keywords to help determine what your site offers, it no longer limits itself to pulling out phrases and matching them precisely to visitor queries. Instead, it interprets the contents of your website and forms its own conclusions about what the site offers.

    So what does this mean, exactly? In short, Google can -and does- derive meaning from the synonyms of the keywords you choose. You may have the exact phrase ‘London cosmetic dentist’ appearing several times throughout your site, but if you use related terms instead, like a combination of ‘London cosmetic dentist’, ‘teeth whitening dentist’ and ‘invisible braces dentist’ on different pages, theoretically Google could rank you just as highly- if not higher.

    In summary, best SEO practices dictate that your site be optimised for a certain meaning rather than a specific search term, but by choosing keywords that point to the same general picture, this goal is easy to accomplish and the benefits delivered are much wider.

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