What are the first steps in addressing rape culture in schools?

By Dr. Sophie King-Hill, Senior Fellow,  Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. “Speaking and listening to children and young people about sex and relationships is key in supporting them to make informed decisions about their choices, contributing to the reduction of harmful sexual behaviour.” As noted recently in the press, harmful sexual behaviour in … Continue reading “What are the first steps in addressing rape culture in schools?”

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Departing Stores: The demise of a 200-year-old retail format

By Dr Inci Toral, Department of Marketing Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. “…a global pandemic situation is not the only factor to blame. It is, in fact a multifaceted phenomenon that the Covid-19 only accelerated the demise of the 200-year-old retail formats.” As we are entering the new phase of returning to normal and … Continue reading “Departing Stores: The demise of a 200-year-old retail format”

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Diverse or inclusive? The importance of fair recruitment

By Steve Gulati, Senior Fellow, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham A recent Resolution Foundation briefing paper exploring the economic impact of COVID-19 on youth unemployment told a blunt story, finding “…that 16-24-year-olds have accounted for a disproportionately large share (57 per cent) of the fall in employment that’s occurred over the past year”. When … Continue reading “Diverse or inclusive? The importance of fair recruitment”

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A call for Character

By Aidan Thompson, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Joe McDowell, Engagement Officer, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham. Looking ahead to what is sure to be a unique summer term for pupils, teachers and parents alike, the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues believes that now is an appropriate moment to broadcast … Continue reading “A call for Character”

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It was feminicide: naming Sarah Everard’s murder

By Dr Melany Cruz , Teaching Fellow,  Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham. “The importance of naming violence not only permits us to make a distinction in the law but invites us to reflect on the foundation of individualised experiences of violence.” Sarah Everard’s disappearance and murder by a Metropolitan Police … Continue reading “It was feminicide: naming Sarah Everard’s murder”

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The challenges and unexpected benefits for families with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) during lockdown

By Natalie Reardon, Alumna and Deputy Head Teacher and SENCo at Mill School, Bury – an independent specialist provision for Pupils aged 7-17 with Autism Spectrum Condition. Reflections on lockdown SEND education has been impacted over the last 12 months as a result of the repeated lockdowns in response to the global pandemic. For many … Continue reading “The challenges and unexpected benefits for families with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) during lockdown”

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Could a census campaign help to reverse Brexit? Don’t count on it.

By Dr Laurence Cooley, School of Government, University of Birmingham. With the decennial census of England and Wales scheduled for Sunday 21 March, a growing number of dissatisfied EU referendum ‘remain’ voters are taking to social media to declare their intention to answer the question on national identity by writing in ‘European’. These posts have … Continue reading “Could a census campaign help to reverse Brexit? Don’t count on it.”

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Captain Sir Tom Moore – a moral exemplar whose impact lives on

By Joe McDowell and  Sarah Ritzenthaler, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham. “At a time when many of us felt we were only able to support those closest to and immediately around us, the attitude shown by Captain Tom of simply wanting to do something to help others was inspiring to many.” … Continue reading “Captain Sir Tom Moore – a moral exemplar whose impact lives on”

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The NHS White Paper: evolution or revolution?

By Professor Judith Smith, Director of Health Services Management Centre and Professor Robin Miller, Head of Department, Social Work and Social Care, University of Birmingham.  NHS White Papers seem to fall into two categories.  First, landmark ones that signal major change of direction and upheaval (can you remember where you were when you heard about … Continue reading “The NHS White Paper: evolution or revolution?”

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The importance of looking beyond political literacy for Generation Z

By Andrew Peterson, Professor of Character and Citizenship Education and Deputy Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham.  “It is civic character that enables young people to develop the sense of purpose and intent so important to meaningful political engagement and which, in turn, helps them to understand and reflect … Continue reading “The importance of looking beyond political literacy for Generation Z”

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