Sexual violence and empowering survivors in Kenya

By Laura Stevens and Dr Heather Flowe School of Psychology, University of Birmingham As we walked into the Ruben Centre, Mukuru, Kenya, one of the poorest places in the world, we were greeted with the glorious sound of children’s voices filling the air. Their voices were so free and full of joy despite their circumstances. Never … Continue reading “Sexual violence and empowering survivors in Kenya”

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A guide to watching US Election night

By Scott Lucas, Professor of American Studies Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham This may be the most important mid-term US election in American history, determining not only majorities in each house of Congress but also the fate of America amid the division and animosity of the Trump era. The house … Continue reading “A guide to watching US Election night”

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How can we fix adult social care?

By Catherine Needham, Professor of Public Policy and Public Management Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham Most of us want to live interdependently – in lives full of friendship, love, purpose and meaning. We also want some independence – to make choices about our lives, and to be able to undertake the basic activities … Continue reading “How can we fix adult social care?”

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Dr Who? Rosa Parks is the real hero of the story…

By Rachael Hunter, Research Fellow Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham 7.00pm on a Sunday evening is a sacred time for many viewers as they watch the valiant if eccentric, Doctor travel through time and space to battle mysterious aliens and injustice. I am usually found in a different corner of the … Continue reading “Dr Who? Rosa Parks is the real hero of the story…”

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Do you think that Eyewitness Testimony is Reliable?

By Laura Stevens, MSc Psychology Student and Research Assistant for the Applied Memory Lab University of Birmingham “Eyewitness testimony is unreliable!” “Aren’t lots of people falsely convicted on the basis of eyewitness testimony?” “Eyewitness testimony should not be trusted!” As memory researchers, these are comments that we encounter all of the time. Many people believe … Continue reading “Do you think that Eyewitness Testimony is Reliable?”

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Budget 2018 and the NHS: the gauntlet has been thrown

By Judith Smith, Professor of Health Policy and Management Director of Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham In June, the Prime Minister gave the NHS what appeared to be a very generous 70th birthday present  – the promise of a new long-term funding settlement worth an extra £20.5 billion a year by 2023-24. When set alongside other … Continue reading “Budget 2018 and the NHS: the gauntlet has been thrown”

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Your guide to Brexit: What is the UK facing?

It’s less than six months until the UK’s departure from the European Union. The party conferences have ended with the May Government clinging to a compromise “Chequers Plan” — but with the Prime Minister so embattled by hard Brexit-ers that she dare not mention it by name. Uncertainty prevails. So what are the prospects for … Continue reading “Your guide to Brexit: What is the UK facing?”

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Should schools rename Religious Education ‘Religion and Worldviews’?

By Professor Michael Hand and Dr Reza Gholami School of Education, University of Birmingham The Commission on Religious Education report has called for an overhaul to Religious Education (RE) in schools and has recommended that the subject should be called ‘religion and worldviews’, to reflect the diversity of today’s world and to incorporate worldviews such … Continue reading “Should schools rename Religious Education ‘Religion and Worldviews’?”

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Happiness is in a good book

By Rachael Hunter, Research Fellow at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues The child, through emulation, can develop the love of reading that the adult possesses. On the other hand, the child can enhance the adult’s virtues of open mindedness, optimism and courage, which come from a life less tainted by experience. The mental health … Continue reading “Happiness is in a good book”

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