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?”

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?”

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?”

Leadership Through the Looking Glass: Why Understanding What Leadership Means in Different Contexts Matters

By Professor David Hudson and Dr Claire Mcloughlin, International Development Department School of Government, University of Birmingham Photo credits: Young Women’s Christian Association (YMCA) march in support of female rights during International Women’s Day in Honiara. Flickr (DFAT, Australia 2011) These are troubling times for those studying the role of leadership in forging developmental progress, … Continue reading “Leadership Through the Looking Glass: Why Understanding What Leadership Means in Different Contexts Matters”

From Political Backlash to Online Trolling

By Dr Raquel da Silva, British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow  School of Government, University of Birmingham ‘Fighting Political Backlash’ is part of the University of Birmingham’s Future of Society festival, hosting a variety of free events from 2-9 November to show how pioneering social, economic and political research impacts on everyday life. When I first heard … Continue reading “From Political Backlash to Online Trolling”

Media Management: Is Boris Learning Lessons from Trump?

By Christopher Featherstone, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Political Science and International Studies School of Government, University of Birmingham Descriptions of Boris Johnson as a populist abound – there have been comparisons between him and the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Whilst comparisons such as multiple divorces, silly hair and unconventional approaches tell us little … Continue reading “Media Management: Is Boris Learning Lessons from Trump?”

Tough on crime or just a smokescreen?

By Dr Anna Kotova, Lecturer in Criminology  School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham Both the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, recently made headlines by announcing a “tough on crime” approach to tackling criminal offending. Their promises include 10,000 new prison places and tougher sentences for people who committed serious … Continue reading “Tough on crime or just a smokescreen?”

The results are in for adult education

By Steve Gulati, Senior Lecturer in Health Services Management Centre  School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham It’s that time of year again – lots of media chatter about A-Level and GCSE results. For some, the beginning of an exciting journey and a significant life event. But, what of those who find their academic voice … Continue reading “The results are in for adult education”

Penalise the carers; then who cares?

By Dr Joy Fillingham, Service User and Carer Involvement Social Work Programmes School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham As a former carer, hearing how the government are focusing so closely on penalising carers undertaking additional work or study, in relation to their responsibilities, frustrates me in the extreme. Without informal carers, our social care … Continue reading “Penalise the carers; then who cares?”

Fair-weather friends? Aristotelian friendship in the present-day

By Jason Metcalfe, Research Associate in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues School of Education, University of Birmingham July 30th marks the United Nations (UN) ‘International Day of Friendship’. The authors of the UN webpage state that friendship is essential to forming mutual trust and overcoming all of the world’s challenges, disasters, and divisions. … Continue reading “Fair-weather friends? Aristotelian friendship in the present-day”