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UK Disabled Artists Lead The World, But For How Long?

Jo Verrent | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jo Verrent

We live in a society where disability is still seen more frequently as a plot devise rather than simply part of the human condition (see autumn's new TV schedules with amputee Cormoran Strike in JK Rowling's Strike and acid-burned Gabriel Markham in Rellik). Where disability is most frequently acted rather than authentic (the above played by Tom Burke and Richard Dormer respectively, both non-disabled actors).

Protecting Cultural Exchange Will Save Our European Friendships

Ciaran Devane | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Politics
Ciaran Devane

The repercussions of Brexit have been measured almost exclusively in economic and political terms. Very little has been said about the impact on the country's reputation, particularly among young people in Europe and further afield.

How To Vote By Proxy In The General Election: Everything You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Next month, millions of people will go the polls to decide which political party should lead the UK. But thousands of people could miss out on their ...

Four Seasons - But Not By Vivaldi...

Graham Sheffield | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK
Graham Sheffield

There's a well-worn phrase about London buses: none come for ages, and then several come along at once! I wouldn't say our British Council seasons ru...

The Arts: A Vital Component In Article 50 Negotiations, Here's Why

Graham Sheffield | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Politics
Graham Sheffield

The arts will join education and science to discuss new partnerships and collaboration, but it is the arts that can act as a form of dialogue in themselves - a power that negotiators and governments would do well to remember and support in the years ahead.

Music To Unlearn: Social Transformation In Colombia

Cathy Graham | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Cathy Graham

It was a remarkable time to be in Colombia. Back in October - before the new peace deal between the government and the Farc rebel group had given rene...

British Council Boss In Row After Commenting On Facebook Meme Calling Prince George A 'F**king D**khead'

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK

A senior manager at the British Council is being investigated after attacking Prince George on Facebook under a post that called the three-year-old a ...

Indonesia-UK Relations: Student Exchange Needed

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

In April this year, the seventh Indonesian president, Joko Widodo (known colloquially as 'Jokowi') travelled to the UK. During his visit, he inked at ...

'Now Bid Me Run, and I Will Strive With Things Impossible'

Conrad Bird | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Conrad Bird

This year the GREAT Britain campaign, which promotes the best of Britain across the world, is celebrating Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary. Shakespear...

FiveFilms4Freedom - 33 People Who Should Inspire All of Us

Alan Gemmell | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Alan Gemmell

If you're passionate about supporting and promoting equality; believe culture is the strongest way to bring people together; and work in over 100 countries, I guess creating the world's biggest online LGBT film festival is the inevitable result.

Education Is a Right for Every Child

Myassar Itani | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK
Myassar Itani

It is very important for Syrian children to have an education. I don't see them as refugees. It is just a label that the society gave them. We are not looking into a dark future where people are divided into those who were refugees and those who were not. What they are now are children. Simply children. And all children have the right to learn and continue their education.

Shakespeare and Soft Power

Gary Kent | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The debate on Britain joining airstrikes against Daesh in Syria generated more heat than light with an exaggerated focus on their impact, for better or worse. The Ministry of Defence website records just one missile strike in Syria over Christmas. This skewed debate also overlooks the contribution of British soft power to defeating Daesh. Airstrikes and Shakespeare.

FiveFilms4freedom, Stories About Love

Alan Gemmell | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alan Gemmell

We're have launched the international call for the five short films we will screen online and everywhere in 2016. We hope to find LGBT film-makers who can help us share the story of life and love around the world.

Strengthening Britain's Voice in the World

Sir John Holmes | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sir John Holmes

Is the UK really abdicating from its role as an influential power in the world, as many of our friends and allies fear? And does a diminution in our global role make sense? These were the questions a group of foreign and security policy experts set out to answer over the summer.

Not Your Average Business Skills Training - Unlocking the Power of the Creative Community in Haifa

Caroline Meaby | Posted 18.09.2016 | UK
Caroline Meaby

It's hot in Haifa. So hot that it's hard to concentrate in the small basement room we're working in. I'm surrounded by artists, designers and other cool creative types from Haifa's Palestinian community...

From East London to the East End of Glasgow: We Should Look to Lagos

Graham Sheffield | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK
Graham Sheffield

Last month an article in the Economist contended that, despite being "crowded, noisy and violent", Lagos is a positive model for the rest of Nigeria - maybe for the whole of Africa and that's the reason why the British Council has a long-standing relationship with this nation.

No-one Can Do It Alone: Open Collaboration to Power the Next Generation of African Ventures

Beatrice Pembroke | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK Tech
Beatrice Pembroke

President Obama's trip to Kenya this week kicked off at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, where he joined leading figures from across the continent ...

We Must Do More to Protect Our Cultural Heritage

Graham Sheffield | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Graham Sheffield

For more than eighty years the British Council has recognised the value of cultural heritage across the globe, so the announcement that the British government will ratify the Hague Convention, as well as committing to a new fund to help protect cultural heritage, is very welcome.

fiveFilms4freedom: Love Is a Basic Human Right

Alan Gemmell | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alan Gemmell

Neither the British Council nor the British Film Institute are campaigning organisations but we both believe in the power of film and culture to promote positive social change. fiveFilms4freedom is a celebration of the UK's cutting-edge film industry and of BFI Flare's pioneering role in promoting gay rights around the world supporting freedom and equality everywhere.

Speaking in Tongues - Thinking Differently on Language Learning

John Worne | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK
John Worne

Apparently at the height of Victorian optimism, the Royal Geographic Society announced victory in the field of all learning, with the invention of the 'lantern slide' a whacking great projector with a candle behind it which would captivate all future generations of learners. An early version of 'death by powerpoint'.

Creativity: 21st Century UK's USP

Graham Sheffield | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Graham Sheffield

The UK must, as the report strongly urges, continue to invest in its arts and its creative and cultural industries. Moreover, given the evidence on the return on investment, this is real investment and not subsidy!

The Science of Mending Broken Hearts

Simon Gillespie | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Gillespie

Heart failure isn't as well-known as its major cause - heart attack, which can permanently damage the heart affecting its ability to function. But heart failure's lack of awareness is not reflective of its impact.

A breath Test to Diagnose Parkinson's - Hard Science or Hot Air?

Steve Ford | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Steve Ford

We've been struggling for decades to find the answer - a definitive diagnostic test for Parkinson's. So far brain scans, blood tests and urine samples haven't come up with the goods. As a result there's often doubt, and even error, in Parkinson's diagnosis, particularly in the early stages.

Chinese: Can't Swim, Won't Swim

John Worne | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
John Worne

When it comes to languages we're like a nation of committed non-swimmers faced with a swimming pool - no appetite for diving in and no idea of the benefits and joys of taking the plunge.

Kids, Eat Your Verts - Languages Are Good For You

John Worne | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK
John Worne

When it comes to language learning, I start this new school term like all those other parents sending their kids to a new school: a little anxious, a little excited, and hopeful for a brighter linguistic future.