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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Why offices must adapt to encourage people to return

By Hannes Read, Policy and Data Analyst City-REDI, University of Birmingham “People who tend to have more outgoing and extroverted personalities may be more likely to feel encouraged by more opportunities to network. Yet those who are less outgoing could feel that their wellbeing is best placed by working predominantly from home.” A new study … Continue reading “Why offices must adapt to encourage people to return”

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NHS staff still going the extra mile

By Professor Mark Exworthy, Health Policy and Management Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. Since March 2020, the commitment and hard work of NHS staff have been widely recognised as they respond to the covid pandemic – the regular 8pm `clap for carers’, impromptu street signs and banners across the UK, the  Queen’s birthday … Continue reading “NHS staff still going the extra mile”

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Principles Under Pressure as NHS celebrates its 73rd Birthday

By Professor Martin Powell, Health and Social Policy Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. NHS birthdays have always had a different character. While the 10th birthday in 1958 was largely optimistic and celebratory, the 30th (1978) and 70th (2018) were pessimistic, amid talk of crisis. The 73rd birthday of the NHS on 5th July … Continue reading “Principles Under Pressure as NHS celebrates its 73rd Birthday”

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Social capital, active community and educational disadvantage

By Professor Andrew Peterson, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues School of Education, University of Birmingham. The publication last week of ‘The forgotten: how White working-class pupils have been let down, and how to change it’ by the House of Commons Education Committee brought into sharp – and indeed critical – focus once again the … Continue reading “Social capital, active community and educational disadvantage”

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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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