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Thursday 24th November 2016

Should universities be charged with opening or sponsoring schools?

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The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has twice praised the University of Birmingham in recent months for what we have done in setting up our own fully comprehensive secondary school – the first of its kind in England. In fact, the Prime Minister has gone further, saying she wants to see other universities setting up schools or sponsoring existing underperforming ones.
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Thursday 24th November 2016
Thursday 17th November 2016

Is Donald Trump gaslighting America?

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Some of you may be familiar with the concept of 'gaslighting'. Inspired by an Alfred Hitchcock film in 1944, it is 'a form of psychological abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting their own memory, perception, and sanity.'
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Thursday 17th November 2016
Thursday 27th October 2016

Children and War

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A child washed up on the shores of Turkey after drowning at sea; the images of youngsters climbing across fences of barbed wires on Lampedusa; a boy sitting dazed and bloodied in the back of an ambulance after surviving an airstrike in Syria – these are some of the images that, once seen, can never be unseen. The moments, captured in these images pass, but the cycles of displacement continue.
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Thursday 27th October 2016
Thursday 8th September 2016

'Who knows best?' Older people's contribution to understanding and preventing avoidable hospital admissions

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Until now, studies have paid little attention to the views of older people on the problems of emergency admissions. A new study by the Health Services Management Centre and Department of Social Policy and Social Work, at the University of Birmingham, has addressed this and presents some key findings.
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Thursday 8th September 2016
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