Instead of talking about or for Muslim women, our research puts the voices of Muslim women front and centre: to give voice to their silent and overlooked stories of discrimination, bigotry and hate, stories that for many are far too real aspects of their everyday lives. More real that is than the newspaper headlines asking whether to ban or not ban the 'burqa'.
It is of course undisputed that the existence and expansion of industry in the UK relies upon a continued supply of high quality engineers (to develop existing technologies) and scientists (to create new ones). So we should not then be surprised when the big industry players want to get involved in the education of our children and their potential future employees.
Every election campaign targets particular types of voters and some come to be defined by swing groups: Mondeo Man, Worcester Woman, Soccer Moms. Indeed, the political lexicon is awash with such groups "hard-working families", "the squeezed middle, "strivers" and "alarm-clock Britain" amongst others. As we hit the 18 month mark to the 2015 General Election there is, naturally, increasing interest in this electoral battleground...
Many businesses talk a good game on sustainability, while others admit they are still behind the curve and need to do more. But it continues to be equally important for organisations to pay great heed to how sustainable practice will translate to - and be supported by - their consumers and the public at large.
Caffeine is humankind's favourite drug. It's estimated to be consumed by 80% of people worldwide, and most of us consume several doses a day. This popularity would appear to be explained in large part by caffeine's psychostimulant effect - starting the day with tea or coffee helps us wake up, and later on rescues us when our energy begins to decline.
Plant Village is a unique social media site, enabling agriculturalists to easily and freely share information on crop disease in real time. With monthly page views of almost 170,000 unique visitors from 190 countries, Plant Village might just revolutionise the way we produce crops and the way we think about our food.
Ateronon, a once-a-day lycopene product, is fast becoming the most talked about supplement in the natural health sector. It contains the revolutionary ingredient LactoLycopene. This compound is better absorbed by the human body than the natural form of lycopene found in tomatoes - a key component of the health-giving Mediterranean diet.
Oxford is a place where people are paid to research, and write about a vast array of subjects, most of which are united in their irrelevance to society. A tutor of mine has spent the last few years on a grammar of ancient Greek - pointless not least because the zenith of Greek grammar-writing was reached in the 19th Century. But one recent piece of research might even have topped my tutor's efforts...
Recent research from Queensland, Australia has revealed a new health benefit for the humble tomato fruit. Tomatoes are already known to have positive health effects in a myriad of ways - from helping to fight off cardiovascular disease to helping to prevent strokes - but the latest study focuses on the antioxidant lycopene.
The reason why Europe has fallen behind, quite simply, is money. Whilst funding of many European universities is being eroded all the time, countries like China are investing amounts unimaginable to us in facilities. Their scientific quality generally stills falls short of ours, but their facilities are well ahead.
I eat well, keep the unhealthy stuff to a minimum and exercise regularly. In fact, I'll say with confidence that I run at least three or four times a week, covering a couple of 5km runs during the week and longer ones at the weekends, when time permits. Therefore, as a dedicated runner, a recent study caught my attention, claiming that joggers live on average six years longer than non-joggers.
When a client sub-contracts a research project they have to make decisions about who they want to work with and who they think will get the job done. Imagine you could choose a university, or an agency with hundreds of staff, or a boutique firm with ten staff. These are my competitors. And then there's me, a sole trader.