Putin’s Ukrainian war, sanctions, and the tragedy of the Russian people

By Professor John BrysonDepartment of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham Russia’s Ukrainian military campaign has many origins. One of these is Putin’s on-going failure to govern Russia to create better outcomes for those living and working in Russia. Another reflects the failure of all governments, including all European states, the US and China, … Continue reading “Putin’s Ukrainian war, sanctions, and the tragedy of the Russian people”

How visually-impaired children have faced isolation during the pandemic

By Anna PilsonLecturer in Vision Impairment Education A recent report from Angel Eyes NI has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an “alarming decline in emotional health and wellbeing” for some blind or visually-impaired children. This timely research has been undertaken in a context of a wider-UK governmental focus on the wellbeing of … Continue reading “How visually-impaired children have faced isolation during the pandemic”

How consumerism stole Valentine’s Day

By Dr Sophie King-Hill, Senior Fellow in the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) University of Birmingham   Valentine’s Day is upon us, and with it, many of us are buying gifts and cards for others to proclaim our love, care and affection for them. On face value, this seems like an innocent and pleasant thing to … Continue reading “How consumerism stole Valentine’s Day”

Assessing sexual behaviour in children and young people

By Dr Sophie King-HillHealth Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham Sexual behaviours in children and young people (CYP) aged 13-18 is an unexplored research area within the UK context, and no assessment tools for these behaviours currently exist that are underpinned by UK-focussed research. The national conversation taking place around sexual harassment in UK schools … Continue reading “Assessing sexual behaviour in children and young people”

Riding the wave: Smart charities vs The pandemic vs The post-pandemic

By Dr Roshan Boojihawon, Senior Lecturer in StrategyDepartment of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham The notable rise in charitable giving is welcomed news but is it sustainable or just a momentary burst in charitable giving? There is no doubt that the pandemic has brought together several factors that have contributed to this rise. … Continue reading “Riding the wave: Smart charities vs The pandemic vs The post-pandemic”

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?”

Diverse or inclusive? The importance of fair recruitment

By Steve Gulati, Senior Fellow, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham A recent Resolution Foundation briefing paper exploring the economic impact of COVID-19 on youth unemployment told a blunt story, finding “…that 16-24-year-olds have accounted for a disproportionately large share (57 per cent) of the fall in employment that’s occurred over the past year”. When … Continue reading “Diverse or inclusive? The importance of fair recruitment”

Playing with Fire and Fish? No-Deal and the Wider Impacts for the EU and the UK

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham I have spent many days in Brussels working with the European Commission providing advice that shaped European policy outcomes. This included working on the Services Directives, service innovation policy and services and trade negotiations. Trade negotiations are complex. Each partner to the … Continue reading “Playing with Fire and Fish? No-Deal and the Wider Impacts for the EU and the UK”

The Queen’s Speech and Our Character

By Jason Metcalfe, Research Associate  Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, School of Education, University of Birmingham In all that we presently do, we must desire to, and act with, deliberation and reflection, to maximise the greatest good for all those around us, be it our neighbours, nation or the global community. On the 5th … Continue reading “The Queen’s Speech and Our Character”

How to bridge the gap between theory, research and what’s unravelling in the everyday life of individuals with autism?

Dr Lila Kossyvaki Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN), School of Education, University of Birmingham April is the month when autism comes to the forefront and many people work on raising awareness. Although, beyond any doubt autism should be visible all year long, establishing international days or longer periods of time to mark … Continue reading “How to bridge the gap between theory, research and what’s unravelling in the everyday life of individuals with autism?”