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Ten Worst LGBT Insults at Work

Ian Johnson | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK
Ian Johnson

Work is something that is a fact of life for most of us. Just like being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is too. But when those two intersect it is not always simple - nor easy...

Children & ICT - The Global Village In Action

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Digital subterfuge and parental disapproval are at times inevitable. In effect, many teens are using digital media just as they previously used music or fashion; as a means to help define their identity and facilitate their transition into adulthood.

Smart Business Growth Will Stem From Greater Support for Employees

Peter O'Donnell | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK
Peter O'Donnell

Company employee benefits packages are an effective but often underused tool for motivating staff. By offering the right support - for example, financial protection in the event of long-term sickness absence - employers can go a long way to ensuring a happy, productive workforce, not to mention making their firms a more attractive prospect to new staff.

Literacy Odds Are Stacked Against Poor Children

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

The analysis of tests undertaken in 2009 has found that on average across OECD countries, disadvantaged students are twice as likely to be among the poorest performers in reading compared to better-off pupils.

Making Sense of the Graduate Jobs Market

Charlie Ball | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Ball

The reality for the majority of graduates this year is that their average starting salary will be about £20,000 - lower outside London. Most new graduates will get jobs, and will not get them on large graduate training schemes, but with small businesses and local firms.

Art Helps the Mind as well as the Soul

Dr K.L. Margrove | Posted 07.01.2013 | Home
Dr K.L. Margrove

Due to the need to improve the evidence base for participatory arts and health courses, people on the waiting list were invited to take part in an evaluation of Open Arts.

Schizophrenia: Does Talk of Genes and Brains Really Stop a Mother's Blame?

Dr Felicity Callard | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Felicity Callard

Brain and genetic disorders are no-one's fault:no-one, certainly not the family, is to blame. The concept of the guilt-ridden mother has been relegated to history books and horror movies... Or so the mental health establishment tells us.

Empowering Communities to Make Their Own Difference

Simon Bush | Posted 16.10.2012 | UK
Simon Bush

Picture the scene. There's a knock at the door - it's your neighbour. He's holding a long colourfully painted stick and a notebook and he's asking you to stand still while he measures you so he can give you the correct dose of a drug he's carrying. Would you take it?

Who's A Brainy Boy Then? African Grey Parrots 'Smarter Than Two-Year-Old Humans'

PA | Posted 08.08.2012 | UK

African grey parrots are no bird brains - they can not only learn to talk, but they have outperformed human two-year-olds in a test of intelligent rea...

International Skills Now Essential for Employability

Martin Davidson | Posted 12.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Martin Davidson

At the British Council, we have provided international opportunities for people in the UK for over 75 years - through education, the English language and the arts - and we passionately believe that the ability to work effectively with people from different cultures is critical in the 21st century.

Why Having Sexy Friends Can Benefit You

PA | Posted 07.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle

It is an age-old problem and a common scene in Hollywood films: women minding their own business - perhaps having a quiet drink in a bar - and being h...