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”

Brexit ‘hitting foreign languages in schools’

By Dr Adam Cooke, Lecturer in Languages Education School of Education, University of Birmingham I am sure, at some point, that many of us in the UK language teaching community has had to defend the place of language learning in our schools. Thankfully we have always been mightily equipped to justify modern foreign languages in … Continue reading “Brexit ‘hitting foreign languages in schools’”

Undiplomatic Signals

By Professor David Dunn, Department of Political Science and International Studies School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham By its very nature, diplomacy involves secret communications, between states, and between envoys and their governments. Indeed the word itself, di-plomacy means a paper folded in two to keep it confidential. It is the embassy’s job … Continue reading “Undiplomatic Signals”

Making Wise Choices Online: Navigating the Moral Web

By Aidan Thompson, Director of Strategic Initiatives The Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues, University of Birmingham Last week, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called for social media users to engage with ‘truth, kindness and welcome’ when interacting online. The focus on engaging with social media morally and positively, from a prominent religious and political … Continue reading “Making Wise Choices Online: Navigating the Moral Web”

No better tonic than fresh air?

By Victoria Saunders, Lecturer in Primary Teacher Education School of Education, University of Birmingham I am reflecting on this as I am stood in my street watching my three-year-old daughter attempt to ride her bike. An 8-year-old boy who lives at the top of the road, and who my daughter has never met before, is … Continue reading “No better tonic than fresh air?”