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Research reveals widening gap between pay and performance

New research has revealed that UK companies are failing to differentiate pay sufficiently for top-performing employees. The findings demonstrate that there is a clear opportunity for firms to better allocate their resources to attract, motivate and retain their best employees as the state of the market creates more competition for talent. Employers in the UK are falling short in how they deliver pay programmes including base salary and bonuses, even …Read More

Collaboration with universities benefits employers

Collaboration between businesses and universities is producing a wide range of benefits and boosting students' prospects. Organisations involved in these partnerships gain access to new talent, better productivity and improved competitiveness – both in the UK and globally, according to a report, which has been published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). 'Forging Futures: Building higher level skills through university and employer collaboration' reveals that universities also …Read More

Is there a biology gender divide?

Addressing the persistent gender gap in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects has proven to be one of the most pressing academic concerns in recent years. Biology has been seen as an area which is not affected by gender inequality, as it is the one STEM subject in which female candidates have traditionally outnumbered male ones. More than 60 per cent are female and about half of biosciences graduate …Read More

Lack of opportunity ‘is hampering staff retention’

New research reveals staff retention is being hampered by a lack of opportunity and structure within their organisations. HR service company Penna found that the absence of opportunity was the main reason behind employees' decisions to leave companies during the past 12 months, cited as such by 20 per cent of respondents. In the same period, one in three organisations have witnessed a rise in resignations. Despite this, 20 per …Read More

Scientists eliminate HIV from human cells

Scientists at Temple University, Philadelphia, have successfully eliminated the HIV virus from cultured human cells. Patients affected by HIV-1 have to take medication throughout their lives to ensure they remain healthy because the virus inserts its DNA into its host's DNA. However, researchers have found a way to remove the integrated HIV-1 genes from cells permanently. The researchers created molecular tools which they used to delete the HIV-1 proviral DNA. …Read More

MSU team make stem cell breakthrough

Scientists at Michigan State University (MSU) have identified a gene that could make it easier to develop stem cells, which have the potential to benefit millions of people. While the gene, which is known as ASF1A, was not discovered by the team, they determined that it is one of those responsible for cellular reprogramming – a phenomenon which is key to stem cell production as it can transform one cell …Read More

Jobseekers ‘can be deterred by first impressions’

New research reveals more than two-thirds of jobseekers would turn down an offer of employment if their first impression of an organisation is substandard. This is according to Monster.co.uk, which has published data on the factors influencing interviewees' decisions. The findings could help HR professionals ensure the recruitment process isn't jeopardised by external factors. Appearances play a significant role in decision-making, with 35 per cent of interviewees saying they would …Read More

Scientists discover ribosome ‘missing link’

Researchers at the University of California (UC) San Diego have discovered the 'missing link' in the system that enables animal cells to produce ribosomes. The discovery could give biologists a better understanding of how to limit uncontrolled cell growth, such as cancer, that might be regulated by controlling the output of ribosomes. It will also lead to the revision of basic textbooks on molecular biology. Ribosomes contained within each cell …Read More

New research ‘could help combat atherosclerosis’

Researchers have identified a molecule that plays a role in exacerbating atherosclerosis and could provide a target for new therapies. Scientists at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center found that a molecule known as 27HC (27-hydroxycholesterol) promotes the formation of atherosclerotic plaques, which can lead to cardiovascular disease. Atherosclerosis involves the build-up of lesions (or plaques) formed from lipids, such as cholesterol and fatty acids. If these rupture, they …Read More

HR ‘failing to monitor candidates’ experiences’

New research reveals many employers are failing to monitor candidates' experiences when it comes to recruitment. Up to 60 per cent of HR professionals are doing nothing to monitor the impact of their hiring experience, even though 70 per cent understand the importance of this factor to the recruitment process. Some 64 per cent of those surveyed in the CEB Global Assessment Trends Report for 2014 said it would become …Read More