The adoption itch: time to scratch below the surface

By Simon Cardy, School of Social Policy Associate Social Work Teaching Partnership, a partnership between University of Birmingham and other local authorities Controversies in adoption, particularly around race, have been an issue since the Major government, in what Paul Garrett describes in his recent book Welfare Words as an ‘itching’ pre-occupation of governments with child adoption. … Continue reading “The adoption itch: time to scratch below the surface”

Citizens UK pledge, a catalyst for social change and community benefit

By  Dr Catherine Durose, Institute of Local Government Studies Reader in Policy Sciences at the University of Birmingham “The use of pledges in community organising provide a different way of doing politics, a set of political tactics to build community power…” Citizens UK bring together locally-rooted member institutions, in the fields of education, community, trade union … Continue reading “Citizens UK pledge, a catalyst for social change and community benefit”

How Europe can hear the voices of young Syrian refugees

By Michelle Pace, Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, and Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham In the last two years, European governments have increasingly emphasised the importance of new arrivals learning the local language and embracing values. In Denmark, where I am now an economic migrant, there has … Continue reading “How Europe can hear the voices of young Syrian refugees”

Happiness: What Does this Mean in Education?

By Paul Watts, Research Fellow Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtue, University of Birmingham Much attention has been given to the concept of happiness, both in the UK and internationally, with Theresa May appointing a minister to tackle loneliness, the launch of the 2018 World Happiness Report, and the work of the Ministry of State … Continue reading “Happiness: What Does this Mean in Education?”

World Social Work Day: Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability

By Barbara Fawcett, Professor of Social Work (Adults and Communities) Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Birmingham Social workers are catalysts for sustainable change in complex situations. World Social Work Day always makes us think about global challenges. It raises questions, such as how is social work making a difference worldwide; what … Continue reading “World Social Work Day: Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability”

March4(which)Women? Conservative MPs and Feminism

By Amelia Morris,  Doctoral Researcher Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Birmingham such feminism “breaks the glass ceiling” in the sense that other women are “blinded by falling shards” On Sunday 4th March, thousands of protesters took to the streets in London to demonstrate their support of gender equality, with a particular emphasis … Continue reading “March4(which)Women? Conservative MPs and Feminism”

The Oscars: 90 years on, where are all the women?

By Finola Kerrigan, Reader in Marketing and Consumption Department of Marketing, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham On the 4th March, the 90th version of the Academy Awards will be broadcast across the world.  Last year the focus was on representation and diversity with the #Oscarssowhite campaign. This year, it is all about women. Following … Continue reading “The Oscars: 90 years on, where are all the women?”

Forced migrants and social justice: no justice for asylum seekers in the UK

By Jenny Phillimore, Professor of Migration and Superdiversity Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham In aid of World Day of Social Justice, which this year focuses on ‘Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice.’ The emergence of a so-called “refugee crisis” in Europe wherein over a million refugees fleeing … Continue reading “Forced migrants and social justice: no justice for asylum seekers in the UK”

Random Acts of Kindness: Displaying Moral Character or the Pursuit of Likes?

By Aidan Thompson, Director of Strategy and Integration Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtue, University of Birmingham “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention”. Saturday 17 February 2018 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day, where people are encouraged to perform acts of kindness either at random, or for random … Continue reading “Random Acts of Kindness: Displaying Moral Character or the Pursuit of Likes?”

Morality: what it is and how to teach it

By Michael Hand, Professor of Philosophy and Education School of Education, University of Birmingham Schools in England are legally required to promote the moral development of pupils. But what exactly does this involve? Most people agree that morality is important and needs to be taught, but when it comes to saying what it is and … Continue reading “Morality: what it is and how to teach it”