UK Research

What Do We Mean By 'Bipolar Disorder'? It's a Life and Death Question

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Cynthia Joyce

Over a decade. That's how long someone with bipolar disorder can wait before they get a diagnosis for their condition. And during this time that person will receive an incorrect diagnosis on average four times.

Deception and Decease: Human Shields In Syria Were Never Just A Deterrent

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sophia Hyatt

"How can we stop Bashar al-Assad's air strikes on a Damascus suburb?" he inquired. "I know" said one. "We'll booby trap the area with cages containi...

Six Tips for Cultivating Confidence

Karen Pine | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

I am currently conducting a survey into confidence and one of the things I'm interested in is the way a person's body is when they lack confidence. They tend to slump, they withdraw physically, their head drops and their eyes look away.

Women's Sport: Not Just for Women

Alexandra Kyrke-Smith | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Sport
Alexandra Kyrke-Smith

Whilst other sponsors are beginning to follow suit (Kia Motors made history with a stand-alone sponsorship of England women's cricket in 2014), the potential for growth and investment remains huge. The general public, both male and female, are increasingly seeing the value in women's sport. Now it's for the media, rights holders and sponsors to ensure they are doing the same.

The Economic Impact of Open Data: What Do We Already Know?

Jeni Tennison | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Tech
Jeni Tennison

Open data fuels economic growth. Many believe in the theory and ask for the proof. A new report by Nesta and the ODI adds to the evidence of the impac...

A World Where People Can Live Active Lives, Free From Arthritis Pain

Dr Wendy Holden | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Wendy Holden

This week marks National Arthritis Week, a critical moment in the history of the condition, which, I hope, will help to focus policymakers' attention on the plight of millions lacking mobility and experiencing pain as a result.

Seven Questions We Must Answer to Beat Cancer

Nick Peel | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Peel

Seven months ago Cancer Research UK set about finding the biggest challenges in cancer research. Here's the result.

Workplace Mindfulness: Does the Science Stack Up Yet?

Jutta Tobias | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jutta Tobias

Mindfulness training programmes are en vogue in forward-looking workplaces. Advocates often refer sceptics to the impressive evidence base around mindfulness: literally thousands of scientific papers have been published on mindfulness. However, there are three problems with this...

Love And Loss: I Am Not Okay, But Neuroscience Can Help

Jojo Furnival | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

These were some of the last words I said to my beautiful boyfriend on Thursday afternoon, eyes swollen and soaked with tears, as he seriously debated whether or not to get hit by a car so that he could stay with me in the UK instead of boarding his flight home to Brisbane, Australia.

We Need to Talk About Vaginas

Athena Lamnisos | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Athena Lamnisos

The worst conversation many of us will ever have will relate to deadly diseases such as gynaecological cancers. And one thing is very clear to me - these diseases don't discriminate; they can affect women at any age. Nearly 20,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer and almost 8,000 die within five years.

The Country's Eye Health Picture Is Unclear

Jade Etherington | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Jade Etherington

Skiing for my country during the Sochi Paralympic Games was one of the proudest moments of my life, but it is not an opportunity I would have had were it for experiencing one of the most frightening experiences a person can go through - losing your sight...

Why 'Understanding Women's Lives' Is Key to Getting More Women Playing Sport

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

Like so many people around the country, my jaw dropped when I saw Jess Ennis-Hill steam through the finish line of the 800m in her final heptathlon ev...

Universities Are More Concerned About Their Research Reputation Than Teaching Students, Report Warns

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Universities are more concerned about their reputation for research than they are about teaching students, a damning report has found. The Institut...

Why Are We Failing to Fund Mental Health Research?

Sam Crossman | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK Tech
Sam Crossman

Many fantastic mental health charities exist, which influence policy, address public attitudes and provide vital support to people living with mental illnesses. However, such organisations rarely finance research and as a result, charitable funding in the mental health sector is virtually non-existent.

We Must Break Down Barriers to University-Business Collaboration

Dame Ann Dowling | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Dame Ann Dowling

The UK has a world-leading research base, and when businesses and universities work together, every one of us ultimately benefits.

The Global Water Challenge - Science for Diplomacy as Well as Development

Alan Gemmell | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Alan Gemmell

We are asking researchers to work across national boundaries and subject disciplines bringing experimental, natural and social science together for the benefit of some of the world's most water poor societies. Our projects may not save the Gazan aquifer but we hope others will.

You Thought Spanish Was Hard? Discovering the Complexity of Indigenous Languages in Mexico

Lucy Bell | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Lucy Bell

The case of inflectional classes in Oto-Manguean languages, however, is just one small example of the vital role indigenous languages play in informing our understanding of language. Not all indigenous languages enjoy the same status as those of Mexico, yet each one is as valuable as the next.

Crime Surveys Are Masking the Scale of Domestic Violence - And the Numbers Matter

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Sandra Horley CBE

The numbers matter. Without clear and accurate data, women's experiences of violence are written out of the story on British crime, and policy decisions on how to respond to domestic violence are made based on only half of the picture. How do we develop appropriate and effective responses to a crime we do not fully understand? We need to get to the bottom of why in 2015 thousands of women and children are still being traumatised and brutalised in their own homes. We need to understand why women and children are still being killed and killing themselves to escape domestic violence.

Choosing an MBA or MSc Dissertation Topic

Sion Owen | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sion Owen

I would like to give you some advice about choosing your dissertation topic. There are many factors to take into account, including your own interests and the industry and company where you work. In addition, there are broader considerations applying to everyone, especially regarding academic literature and evidence.

Wasn't I Born to be Loved?

Sharon Bull | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

Surely, the time has to come when animals being used in laboratories is written off into the history books and looked down upon as the antiquated and callous practise that it is.

We Need a Global Apollo Programme to Tackle Climate Change

Richard Layard | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Richard Layard

Blindingly simple logic dictates the goal of this programme. Once carbon-free energy costs less to produce than energy from fossil fuels, the fossil fuels will just stay in the ground. So the target for the GAP is to reduce the cost of clean energy and to do it fast. Within 10 years base-load electricity from wind or sun is to become less costly than from coal throughout the world.

Your Body Contains 'Serial Killer' Cells That Can Destroy Cancer Like This

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Tech

Inside each of our bodies live an "army of serial killers" that has the potential to destroy unwanted materials. These assassins go by the name of...

A New Kind of Science Policy - Five Ways for David Cameron's New Government to Support Science

Dr Timo Hannay | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Timo Hannay

Though faced with an unenviable heap of political dilemmas, especially regarding our country's size, shape and place in the world, David Cameron and his colleagues would do well also to pay attention to one of the most important long-term drivers of social progress: science.

Proof That Home Is Where the Heart Is

Katie Palmer | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Palmer

My university days are officially over, and the past three years have flown by horrendously fast. Apart from receiving a 1st for my dissertation, the second most memorable part of my university experience has to be the dreaded move from my home in Essex to Kent...

Time Has Run Out in the Battle to Swing Britain's 'Digital Election'

Dominic Trigg | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dominic Trigg

With 194 marginal seats in the UK, needing only a 5% change in behaviour for them to switch allegiance, the party that has utilised effective online marketing campaigns targeted at voters in these constituencies could have helped provide a deciding factor in these last couple of weeks of the campaign.