A guide to watching US Election night

By Scott Lucas, Professor of American Studies Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham This may be the most important mid-term US election in American history, determining not only majorities in each house of Congress but also the fate of America amid the division and animosity of the Trump era. The house … Continue reading “A guide to watching US Election night”

How can we fix adult social care?

By Catherine Needham, Professor of Public Policy and Public Management Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham Most of us want to live interdependently – in lives full of friendship, love, purpose and meaning. We also want some independence – to make choices about our lives, and to be able to undertake the basic activities … Continue reading “How can we fix adult social care?”

Dr Who? Rosa Parks is the real hero of the story…

By Rachael Hunter, Research Fellow Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham 7.00pm on a Sunday evening is a sacred time for many viewers as they watch the valiant if eccentric, Doctor travel through time and space to battle mysterious aliens and injustice. I am usually found in a different corner of the … Continue reading “Dr Who? Rosa Parks is the real hero of the story…”

Do you think that Eyewitness Testimony is Reliable?

By Laura Stevens, MSc Psychology Student and Research Assistant for the Applied Memory Lab University of Birmingham “Eyewitness testimony is unreliable!” “Aren’t lots of people falsely convicted on the basis of eyewitness testimony?” “Eyewitness testimony should not be trusted!” As memory researchers, these are comments that we encounter all of the time. Many people believe … Continue reading “Do you think that Eyewitness Testimony is Reliable?”

VIDEO AND PODCAST: Why do we need more female CEOs?

Female CEOs of large firms are a rare breed. In the US in 2015, there were more CEOs called John running big companies in the US than women. In 2016, there were only six female CEOs in the firms covered by the FTSE 100 index and 12 in the FTSE 250 index. In the FTSE 100, there were … Continue reading “VIDEO AND PODCAST: Why do we need more female CEOs?”

Opinion: Remembering Srebrenica

By Gareth Jonas, History and Political Science Alumnus University of Birmingham This year marks the twenty-third anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide, described by the International Criminal Tribunal of Yugoslavia as “scenes from hell, written on the darkest pages of human history”. A seminal moment in international security, commemoration of this massacre is especially relevant for … Continue reading “Opinion: Remembering Srebrenica”

UN International Youth Day: an excellent opportunity for character?

By Jason Metcalfe, Research Associate Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham The campaign aims to promote youth engagement by exploring the role of safe spaces in contributing to dialogue, freedom of speech/expression, and mutual respect. Young people have an important role to play as partners in today’s global society and in leading … Continue reading “UN International Youth Day: an excellent opportunity for character?”

Lifestyle choice does not explain a 17-year life expectancy gap

By Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, Birmingham Fellow Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham When a researcher at BBC’s Panorama got in touch with me to say they were making a programme about health inequalities in Stockton, I had mixed feelings. Just three years before, the second series of the popular ‘poverty porn’ … Continue reading “Lifestyle choice does not explain a 17-year life expectancy gap”

Can Adversaries Become Friends?

By Nicholas Wheeler, Professor of International Relations Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham ‘The past does not have to define the future. Yesterday’s conflict does not have to be tomorrow’s war. As history has proved over and over, adversaries can become friends’. US President Donald Trump spoke these words after his … Continue reading “Can Adversaries Become Friends?”

Friendship in the age of social media: Friend-collectors and well-wishers

By Dr Katy Dineen, Research Fellow Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham What does friendship mean in a world of clicks, likes, emojis and pokes? The idea of a ‘friend’ is becoming increasingly unrecognizable; from a noun denoting some form of sanctuary, sympathy and simpatico to a verb conferring social status (or, … Continue reading “Friendship in the age of social media: Friend-collectors and well-wishers”