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Could A Devolved Regional Approach Be The Magic Bullet To Tackle Social Mobility In The UK?

Dr Franz Buscha | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK
Dr Franz Buscha

The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) recently released a new report examining 20 years of government efforts to tackle social mobility in the UK. Cove...

Education Reform Not Enough To Tackle The UK's Social Mobility Problem

Dr Franz Buscha | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Dr Franz Buscha

What is the value of education? What is the current state of social mobility in the UK? Can more, or better, education solve the "mobility" problem? A...

Cans Of Worms And The Constitution? - The Supreme Court And The Miller Case

Dr Peter Paul Catterall | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Peter Paul Catterall

On 3 November 2016 in the High Court the Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls and Lord Justice Sales delivered the most important legal decisio...

How To Reduce Damage Of Corporate Psychopaths In The Workplace

Kellie Vincent | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Kellie Vincent

Since I began looking into the murky area of corporate psychopaths I have been astounded by two things. Firstly, the level of interest in the area amo...

A Trumpian Deal, And The Path To The Next Financial Crisis

Dr Ioannis Glinavos | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Ioannis Glinavos

American voters, by electing Donald Trump, thought they were voting for more protection, stricter controls, a harder attitude towards Wall Street and more emphasis on the 'real' economy. Trump's transition plans will deliver precisely the opposite.

How Not To Decide To Build A New Runway

Dr Peter Paul Catterall | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Peter Paul Catterall

My American students could not believe how long it takes in Britain even to agree on the first step of creating additional runway capacity, which is d...

Unprecedented: Why The Brexit Result Should Be Put To Parliament

Dr Peter Paul Catterall | Posted 30.09.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Peter Paul Catterall

On 23 June, in voting to leave the EU, the British electorate initiated a process of far-reaching, largely unpredictable change in Britain's constitutional, legal and commercial arrangements. The legislation that set up the referendum had failed to specify how its result should be handled or interpreted.

One Month On: Is Theresa May's Kite-Flying Government Working?

Dr Peter Paul Catterall | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Peter Paul Catterall

The methods used by Theresa May at the Home Office - of close control and tough rhetoric not usually matched by delivery - combined with a tendency for kite-flying, seems likely to become characteristic of this government.

Is the Concern About Zika Virus and the Olympics Warranted?

Dr Edward Wright | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Sport
Dr Edward Wright

Hundreds of thousands of people are about to descend upon Brazil for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. A country that has reported tens of thousands of potential cases of Zika virus in the past 18 months and where local transmission is still very much on-going. The impact the virus can have on unborn babies has raised concerns with athletes and supporters.

Digital Democracy Meets the Oligarchs Uptown

Dr Richard Barbrook | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Dr Richard Barbrook

Can social media truly liberate the minds of the masses from the corporate propaganda of the mainstream media? Is it possible to imagine one day that people power might even become the leitmotif of the British state?

We Can Resist the Brexit 'Death Wish'

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics
Professor Damien Ridge

It is time to acknowledge the collective destruction and fear, and find the creative solutions that exist within this scenario. Resourcefulness, after all, is what we do best in the UK.

The NUS Is Ignoring Students at Its Own Expense

Ryan Browne | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ryan Browne

As students from across the country start to mobilise campaigns to leave the National Union of Students (NUS), both the NUS and pro-NUS Students' Unions are upping the ante. But whilst disaffiliation referendums are being proposed in various universities thanks to student-led efforts, the pro-NUS opposition - with the help of various paid full-time officers - is throwing everything it's got.

Urinals and "Man Blanking"

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

I acknowledge the annoyance that some of you might have with men. But what I do find interesting in all the irritation directed at the male sex is the shrinking space available for men to just be themselves.

Does the Answer to Helping Distressed Men Rest With You?

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

The overwhelming evidence is that talking therapy works. And works in ways that can be life transforming for many people. It doesn't matter much what the brand of counselling or therapy is. What seems to be most healing is the relationship that develops between client and practitioner, based on attunement towards the client, honesty and respect.

Robert Peston Just Said This About Whether The BBC Is Too Left Wing

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK

One of the BBC's most famous presenters believes the corporation actually veers towards the right and has grown "obsessed" with covering the same stor...

Defying Male Suicide Logic

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

Suicide is the number one killer of young men in the UK, with 4552 male suicides in 2011, 75% of all suicides... With such striking figures, I do wonder why male suicide is not seen as the public health emergency that it actually is.

Observations of Dutch Centraal Wonen and Woongroep Projects

John Killock | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
John Killock

One of the most interesting things that I have experienced from visiting a number of cohousing projects within the Netherlands is the variation in how both 'centraal wonen' projects and 'woongroeps' are organised.

Funny Exam Answers

PA | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

General Franco's rule of Spain was ably assisted by "right-wing panties", while Alfred Hitchcock's films reflect his life as a "torched Catholic". ...

True Bromance

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

When I was a teenager, the myth was that men thought about sex every 15 seconds, that's around 4,000 times a day! I didn't know if this was true back then, but it seems much less plausible given what we know now. Men turn out to be nowhere near as heroic as this urban legend suggests.

University of Westminster 2013 Fashion Graduates Runway Show

Joao Paulo Nunes | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Joao Paulo Nunes

The University of Westminster's BA (Honours) Fashion Design runway show, the class of 2013 produced the most accomplished work that I have seen coming out of this London higher education institution over the last few years.

Architecture and the Effects of Human Ageing

John Killock | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
John Killock

As an architecture student I've been fascinated by the effects of human ageing and its relationship with architecture. The subject of ageing is a topic of much debate for the government and media, but it has received somewhat less attention in the field of architecture - particularly in the UK.

How Many Dishes Do I Have to Wash...?

Vanessa Brown | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Vanessa Brown

With home ownership fast becoming a distant dream for many young people entering the workplace, what I envisioned my life to be in my twenties is not what it turned out to be. Now at the age of 33, I find myself thinking of dishes, and how many I would need to wash in order to keep up with the rent on my in South London flat.

Braveheart? Men Open Up

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

Stories about men as toxic, as bad boys, are so much part of the cultural lexicon, that when I lecture, audiences are sometimes perplexed by the idea of providing specific services for vulnerable men. This is despite explaining that thousands of men commit suicide every year in the UK, 4552 in 2011, three times the rate of women.

Laying the Foundations for an Open, Secure and Prosperous Digital Europe: The New EU Cyber Security Strategy

Dr Marco Roscini | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Tech
Dr Marco Roscini

The EU Strategy responds to debates over human rights and the internet, especially regarding censorship, by reaffirming fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law in cyberspace. What I find interesting is that, according to the Strategy, there is no human 'right' to access the internet.

The Texas Waistband Massacre

The Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Watching a horror film can burn the same amount of calories as spending an hour washing windows - and is infinitely more enjoyable. Researchers at ...