Character and Emotions on Social Media

By Aidan Thompson, Director of Strategic Initiatives The Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues, University of Birmingham Engaging meaningfully on social media platforms can mean keeping up to date with former friends and colleagues, throwing yourself into discussions and debates with strangers, filtering through endless memes, or watching videos of current affairs, sports, and politics. … Continue reading “Character and Emotions on Social Media”

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The Future of ‘Citizenship Policy’ in the UK

Co-authored by Tendayi Bloom, Katherine Tonkiss, Agnes Czajka, Eleni Andreouli, Devyani Prabhat, Cynthia Orchard, Nira Yuval-Davis, Kelly Staples and Georgie Wemyss As the Windrush scandal has shown, when a person is unable to show evidence of their citizenship, the results can be devastating. In August 2019, the think tank British Future launched an independent inquiry … Continue reading “The Future of ‘Citizenship Policy’ in the UK”

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75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

By Maureen Smojkis, Lecturer in Mental Health School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham A conversation with Kitty Hart-Moxon OBE, a Polish-Jewish survivor of Auschwitz who lived in Birmingham I interviewed Kitty in her home near London in 2010, as part of my research into the Polish Community who arrived in Birmingham after WWII. The … Continue reading “75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz”

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The Time Travel of Young Carers

By Chloe Alexander, Teaching Associate in Sociology School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham For my recent research project, a group of young carers – all from the West Midlands – travelled with their families to space. This happened in their imaginations (due to a tight research budget). They drew pictures showing their idea of … Continue reading “The Time Travel of Young Carers”

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What can NHS leaders learn from a crisis?

By Steve Gulati, Director of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham The ongoing bushfire crisis in Australia has thrust the response of leaders into sharp focus, with criticism of the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison. Whilst both the causes of and solutions to the bushfires are not the responsibility of … Continue reading “What can NHS leaders learn from a crisis?”

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How Could Tactical Voting Have an Impact on the General Election?

By Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis School of Government, University of Birmingham Following the decision to hold an election in the UK for the third time since 2015, a new term has gained prominence in British politics –  the one of tactical voting. The main idea behind tactical voting is that voters should vote, not just according … Continue reading “How Could Tactical Voting Have an Impact on the General Election?”

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How Do We Ensure That Primary Care in the UK Remains in Good Health?

By Professor Robin Miller School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham General practice in the United Kingdom has long had an international reputation as a positive exemplar of primary care. Free at the point of access, funded on basis of population and needs (i.e. not a fee for service), and led by clinicians, our model … Continue reading “How Do We Ensure That Primary Care in the UK Remains in Good Health?”

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Building a Leader: Does What We Want From a Leader Change Over Time?

By Kyle Smith, International Development Department School of Government, University of Birmingham Being a leader is a special thing. People often look up to you for advice, guidance, perspective, experience and expertise, and they hold you to account if you don’t get it right. That all sounds a little complicated for me (and quite high … Continue reading “Building a Leader: Does What We Want From a Leader Change Over Time?”

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Speaking Truth to Power: How Extinction Rebellion have lost their way

By Dr Alex Oaten, Department of Political Science and International Studies School of Government, University of Birmingham The recent wave of protests organised by the movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) has succeeded in drawing significant attention to the environmental degradation that has become a feature of the modern world. With the government seemingly unwilling to take … Continue reading “Speaking Truth to Power: How Extinction Rebellion have lost their way”

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