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Thursday 22nd June 2017

Syrian refugees and higher education

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The Syrian refugee crisis is now in its sixth year. This week marks Refugee Week 2017, the UK's largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting the understanding of why people seek refuge.
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Thursday 22nd June 2017
Thursday 15th June 2017

Austerity measures will not tackle society's 'wicked' problems

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Last week, Theresa May and the Tory Party managed to alienate young and old alike with policies which initially sought to 'equalise' a negative balance between younger and older people and ended up by confusing all concerned. There were many reasons why Theresa May lost her majority, but an insidious adherence to austerity and cutting benefits particularly for older people, undoubtedly played a part.
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Thursday 15th June 2017
Thursday 8th June 2017

Resilience, religion and laughter after the London attack and Manchester bombing

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The two most recent terrorist attacks in the UK – one in London and one in Manchester – have raised significant questions around how society and communities should respond.
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Thursday 8th June 2017
Thursday 1st June 2017

Research breakthrough in hypertension: Birmingham leads pan-European effort

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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, often goes unnoticed, but if left untreated can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Studies estimate that one in four adults suffer from hypertension and in ten per cent of these adults, it is due to the overproduction of the adrenal hormone aldosterone, a condition known as primary aldosteronism or Conn syndrome.
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Thursday 1st June 2017
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