Why a ‘no man’s land’ employment status fuels gig worker unrest

By Professor Tony Dobbins Professor of Work and Employment Relations, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham Employment relations between delivery riders and platform employers Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eats on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2024, were distinctly unromantic. Delivery riders providing services to these digital online platform employers held a mass withdrawal of labour … Continue reading “Why a ‘no man’s land’ employment status fuels gig worker unrest”

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How do I love thee – let me count the gifts…

By Professor Sarah Montano Professor of Retail Marketing, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Valentine’s Day is the day where it is traditional to express your love for your partner via the medium of retail! Are you expecting flowers, a card or a cute bear? However you celebrate with … Continue reading “How do I love thee – let me count the gifts…”

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A New Start (again)

By Professor Joanne Murphy, Department of Management, Birmingham Business School  So, Rishi Sunak and Leo Varadkar met in Belfast this week to herald another new start to the devolved Northern Ireland institutions. Good news, of course. Anything that brings closure to post Brexit volatility must be positive. Both governments, as guarantors of the Good Friday … Continue reading “A New Start (again)”

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Sibling Sexual Behaviour: how can services respond to the most common yet under-reported form of sexual abuse within the family?

By Dr Sophie King-Hill, Associate Professor, University of Birmingham & Professor Kieran McCartan, UWE Sexual abuse is one of the most common and under reported forms of interpersonal violence. Although individuals, communities and society recognise the reality of sexual abuse and its ongoing implications for victims, the people who have committed the abuse, and their … Continue reading “Sibling Sexual Behaviour: how can services respond to the most common yet under-reported form of sexual abuse within the family?”

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Labour’s U-Turn raises questions about whether its Green Plans can boost UK SMEs to reach Net Zero

By Dr Roshan Boojihawon, Department of Strategy and International Business, Birmingham Business School  Labour’s commitment to “throw everything” at the UK’s net-zero transition and now doing a U-turn appears to amplify the ambivalence and confusion regarding the policy’s role in helping Net Zero transitions, particularly for SMEs. SMEs’ efforts to respond to the recent calls … Continue reading “Labour’s U-Turn raises questions about whether its Green Plans can boost UK SMEs to reach Net Zero”

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Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week: Addressing the Systemic Roots of Violence Against Women

By Dr Julie Whiteman, Department of Marketing, Birmingham Business School  Barely a day passes without a story of misogyny and its manifestation in some form of violence against women making headlines. Far too often these stories are – still – presented as isolated events, often attributed to industry and/or character specific cases. In the past … Continue reading “Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week: Addressing the Systemic Roots of Violence Against Women”

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The Governance Myths that led to the Horizon Post Office Scandal

By James Blackmore-Wright, Birmingham Business School and Alice Moore, Department of Public Administration and Policy Sometimes, it takes a TV show, such as “Mr Bates vs the Post Office”, to challenge common myths, even in the face of obvious shortcomings. The massive failings that led to over 900 sub-postmasters being wrongfully prosecuted and others losing … Continue reading “The Governance Myths that led to the Horizon Post Office Scandal”

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Revitalising Education: Addressing the Curriculum Gap for Students with Social, Emotional, Behavioural, and Mental Health Needs

By Dr Sarah Wall, Practitioner Tutor (SEBD), Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs Back in October, a BBC article reported that OfSTED rated a Birmingham school for boys with social, emotional, behavioural, and mental health (SEBMH), needs as inadequate in all areas. A key argument in the report was the lack of a curriculum for pupils … Continue reading “Revitalising Education: Addressing the Curriculum Gap for Students with Social, Emotional, Behavioural, and Mental Health Needs”

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Christmas – a time for connections…

By Dr Anita Soni, School of Education and Megan Tucker, Community Worker, Newbigin Community Trust There is much to be said about the importance of connecting with other people. In particular, Christmas and the holiday period has a tendency to invoke images of people talking, laughing and connecting together. However, recent research has found that … Continue reading “Christmas – a time for connections…”

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Change the national curriculum in science to empower climate action

By Daniel Cottle Associate Professor of Secondary Education (Physics), University of Birmingham COP28 has come to a hopeful close with countries agreeing to “transition away from fossil fuels in energy systems”. One important energy system of relevance to all of us as we cope with high energy prices and the onset of winter is how … Continue reading “Change the national curriculum in science to empower climate action”

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