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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Inspire a world of imagination this National Storytelling Week

By Dr Nicola Smith, Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education and Laura Martin, Alumni Relations Manager School of Education, University of Birmingham After extended school closures continue due to Coronavirus, there is evidence to show that many older primary and secondary school children have lost their ‘reading stamina’ without the daily reading practice that … Continue reading “Inspire a world of imagination this National Storytelling Week”

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Inclusion for students of determination in Dubai during Covid-19

By Dr Sarah Benson, Programme Director, Inclusion and Special Educational Needs, Dubai Campus, University of Birmingham.  “In the Emirate of Dubai, 75% of schools are private and run with a wide variety of international curriculums. This makes each individual school very heterogeneous in terms of teaching, but more homogenous when considering socio-economic capacity, which in … Continue reading “Inclusion for students of determination in Dubai during Covid-19”

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Education for disabled children in the Global South during COVID-19: An afterthought?

By Ms Vera Kubenz, Research Fellow, Department of Education and Social Justice, University of Birmingham.  “As schools reopen across the globe, there is concern that many disabled children will stay out of school permanently. Parents may continue to keep at-risk children at home out of fear of contracting COVID-19.” Disabled children in the Global South … Continue reading “Education for disabled children in the Global South during COVID-19: An afterthought?”

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President Biden’s first 100 days

By Christopher Featherstone, Doctoral Researcher, POLSIS, School of Government, University of Birmingham. President Biden’s path to his inauguration was very rocky and made history for the wrong reasons. Now he has made it to the White House, he faces more challenges, particularly in his first 100 days. COVID-19 No President wants to enter office during … Continue reading “President Biden’s first 100 days”

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