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Thursday 25th February 2016

A conflict of loyalty?

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The culmination of David Cameron's EU membership renegotiation, and the subsequent confirmation of the date for a referendum, have seen dozens of Conservative MPs declare that they will oppose their leader and campaign for Britain to withdraw from the EU. That their ranks will include one of Cameron's closest allies, Michael Gove, and one of his potential successors, Boris Johnson, has only heightened speculation about divisions with the party.
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Thursday 25th February 2016
Thursday 28th January 2016

Year of the Monkey heralds golden opportunity for Chinese research partnerships

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As we enter the Chinese Year of the Monkey in 2016, a new year brings fresh opportunity for the UK to continue building its relationship with China in many areas, not least academic research.
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Thursday 28th January 2016
Thursday 14th January 2016

Mental health care is still awaiting its revolution

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This week David Cameron announced the government's intention to invest almost £1billion in mental health services in an attempt to revolutionise treatment. The pledge, though welcome for increasing mental health funding and keeping mental health on the political agenda, does not sound like the revolution we were expecting.
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Thursday 14th January 2016
Thursday 7th January 2016

Looking ahead to 2016

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For the first Birmingham Brief of 2016, we asked five of our academics to give their thoughts on what we might expect from the year ahead.
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Thursday 7th January 2016
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