Leadership: style without substance is a road to nowhere

By Steve Gulati, Director of Healthcare Leadership, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham The current crisis engulfing Boris Johnson’s leadership has been long in the making and in some ways, has been a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’. Putting aside the immediate political dimension, what can it tell us about leadership – how … Continue reading “Leadership: style without substance is a road to nowhere”

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Assessing sexual behaviour in children and young people

By Dr Sophie King-HillHealth Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham Sexual behaviours in children and young people (CYP) aged 13-18 is an unexplored research area within the UK context, and no assessment tools for these behaviours currently exist that are underpinned by UK-focussed research. The national conversation taking place around sexual harassment in UK schools … Continue reading “Assessing sexual behaviour in children and young people”

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Braille: a powerful practical tool and symbol of empowerment

By Professor Graeme Douglas, Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs School of Education, University of Birmingham “Louis Braille invented his eponymous code nearly 200 years ago. The tactile reading and writing system has transformed the lives of many blind people. More recently, computers and the internet have introduced new opportunities for accessing precious information. Braille, … Continue reading “Braille: a powerful practical tool and symbol of empowerment”

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‘The Rose Effect’: Breaking down barriers for the deaf community and beyond

By Angie Wootten, Teaching Fellow in Education (Deafness and Hearing Impairment) School of Education, University of Birmingham Rose and Giovanni have stolen the nation’s collective heart each week with their exquisite dancing on BBC’s Strictly and 11 million people watched the couple lift the glitterball trophy. Beyond her amazing footwork what’s particularly intriguing and inspiring is … Continue reading “‘The Rose Effect’: Breaking down barriers for the deaf community and beyond”

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Riding the wave: Smart charities vs The pandemic vs The post-pandemic

By Dr Roshan Boojihawon, Senior Lecturer in StrategyDepartment of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham The notable rise in charitable giving is welcomed news but is it sustainable or just a momentary burst in charitable giving? There is no doubt that the pandemic has brought together several factors that have contributed to this rise. … Continue reading “Riding the wave: Smart charities vs The pandemic vs The post-pandemic”

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The 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games and potential economic benefits

By Dr Jing Du, Lecturer in FinanceBirmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. The Commonwealth Games will take place next year from 28 July to 8 August in Birmingham and at least 5,054 athletes from 72 Commonwealth nations are expected to participate. The Commonwealth Games has a huge reputation and the large-scale international multi-sport event is … Continue reading “The 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games and potential economic benefits”

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5 ways the UK government and local communities can support Afghan refugees

By Natasha Nicholls, Research Assistant.Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham. Following the Taliban seizing control of Afghanistan, the country is facing a growing humanitarian crisis. Thousands are trying to flee the regime and have crowded outside Hamid Karzai International airport, currently the only operational route out of the country. Harrowing footage has shown … Continue reading “5 ways the UK government and local communities can support Afghan refugees”

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The Power of the Outdoors

How being in nature can help prepare our children for the school year ahead. By Victoria Saunders, Lecturer in Primary Teacher Education School of Education, University of Birmingham We have made it to the 6 weeks summer holidays and that is an achievement in itself this year. The past two years have been without doubt the … Continue reading “The Power of the Outdoors”

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Home education: a better choice or the destruction of socialisation?

By Dr Jing Du The Department of Finance, University of Birmingham Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in many countries had to close and move from classroom-based to remote/online teaching since early 2020. According to BBC research, the number of children registered for home education increased by 75% in the first eight months of the … Continue reading “Home education: a better choice or the destruction of socialisation?”

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School’s Out! But character still matters.

New resources to support families and children’s moral development over the summer break. By Catherine O’Leary, Andrew Maile and Joe McDowellJubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham The Jubilee Centre’s, A Framework for Character Education in Schools, notes that ‘parents are the primary educators of their children’s character’. During the last 18 months, parents … Continue reading “School’s Out! But character still matters.”

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