Read Grow Go: Discover the wonder of literature with the Jubilee Centre

By Catherine O’Leary, Research Fellow Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues, University of Birmingham As we face another period of time where many children across the nation are not in school, let’s take this opportunity to reflect back to The National Literacy Trust survey that took place in 2020. The survey determined the impact that the … Continue reading “Read Grow Go: Discover the wonder of literature with the Jubilee Centre”

Migration – A Personal Story

By Steve Gulati, Senior Fellow, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham As the world observes International Migrants Day (18th December 2020), I found myself thinking about my own story and experiences, both personal and professional. In this extended piece, I reflect on the experiences of me and my family, as first and second generation … Continue reading “Migration – A Personal Story”

The importance of children’s literature: Inspire a world of imagination this Christmas

By Dr Nicola Smith, Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education and Laura Martin, Alumni Relations Manager School of Education, University of Birmingham After extended school closures in 2020 due to Coronavirus, there is evidence to show that many older primary and secondary school children have lost their ‘reading stamina’ without the daily reading practice … Continue reading “The importance of children’s literature: Inspire a world of imagination this Christmas”

The impact of Covid-19 on primary care practitioners: transformation, upheaval and uncertainty

Co-authored by Professor Judith Smith and Emily Burn  Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. “As we face the second wave of Covid-19 this winter and the increased clinical pressures that this will surface, primary care remains in a state of uncertainty and flux.” The Covid-19 pandemic has had a great impact on almost all … Continue reading “The impact of Covid-19 on primary care practitioners: transformation, upheaval and uncertainty”

Shop early, start wrapping, enjoy Christmas?

By Dr Emma Gardner, Department of Strategy and International Business  Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. “…in this anomalous and abnormal year, people have more pressing concerns than when to start their Christmas shopping.” Last week, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) launched its new campaign: shop early, start wrapping, enjoy Christmas. The premise behind this … Continue reading “Shop early, start wrapping, enjoy Christmas?”

A very public dispute: J. K. Rowling’s Manifesto and its Contexts around Trans Lives

By Aneesh Barai, Department of Education and Social Justice School of Education, University of Birmingham. J.K. Rowling has been at the centre of very public disputes around the nature of trans lives, with both her critics and supporters very vocal on social media. What is the context around her claims, and what spurred Rowling to … Continue reading “A very public dispute: J. K. Rowling’s Manifesto and its Contexts around Trans Lives”

Beneath the headlines: Are the older generation paying the price for neglect of social care?

By Dr Denise Tanner, Senior Lecturer in Social Work Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Birmingham. “We need to recognise that beneath the headlines of the neglect of social care and the neglect of social care workers lies another neglect – that of older people.” Pre Covid-19 and the outlook for adult … Continue reading “Beneath the headlines: Are the older generation paying the price for neglect of social care?”

Livelihoods on the line: Support needed for independent musicians and grass-roots venues

By Dr David White, Lecturer in Political Science School of Government, University of Birmingham. “It is not yet clear how the £1.5bn rescue package for the arts, promised by the government on 6th July, will be spent. For the musicians I spoke to the main concern was for the future of the smaller grass-roots live … Continue reading “Livelihoods on the line: Support needed for independent musicians and grass-roots venues”

Why Dogs Might Help us through the Covid-19 Crisis

By Dr Alison Broad, Director of Primary Initial Teacher Education School of Education, University of Birmingham. On March 11th 2020, The World Health Organisation declared covid-19 a worldwide pandemic. As the UK retreated into lockdown, for many of us our normal lives were changed in an instant. A very recent study, has looked at the … Continue reading “Why Dogs Might Help us through the Covid-19 Crisis”

Festivals cancelled: the substantial impact on local people and communities

By Dr David White, Lecturer in Political Science School of Government, University of Birmingham. “The UK’s music festival industry not only fosters artistic talent, provides opportunities for people to gain experience in a range of roles, and creates a much-needed sense of wellbeing for those that attend, it also makes significant contributions to the British … Continue reading “Festivals cancelled: the substantial impact on local people and communities”