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”

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?”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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?”

Brexit and Social Security for British People Living in the EU

By Dr Kelly Hall, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham After years of uncertainty, the UK has now left the EU. So what does this mean for more than a million British people living in other European countries? The UK is now considered a ‘third country’ to the EU … Continue reading “Brexit and Social Security for British People Living in the EU”

The Capitol Takeover: This is “Who We Are”

By Dr Jeanne Morefield,  Senior Lecturer of Political Theory, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham & Fellow, Quincy Institute of Responsible Statecraft, Washington D.C. ““This is not who we are” is the standard cant of America’s public culture whenever it is confronted with something Trump does that seems to shatter the … Continue reading “The Capitol Takeover: This is “Who We Are””

The scramble for Covid-19 vaccines- Is there enough for everyone?

By Professor Aditya Goenka,  The Department of Economics, University of Birmingham. “Canada has orders for enough vaccines to inoculate its population six times over, UK four times over, and EU about twice. The constraints on how fast vaccines can be produced… and stockpiling by richer Western countries raises the possibility that LMICs will be left … Continue reading “The scramble for Covid-19 vaccines- Is there enough for everyone?”