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Thursday 12th January 2017

Does the PM want hard or soft parity for mental health?

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In recent years mental health has moved from the margins to the heart of government thinking. The discourse has matured, reflecting a growing awareness that mental distress is not an issue that impacts a few – it affects us all.
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Thursday 12th January 2017
Thursday 8th December 2016

Why leadership matters

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In order to avoid the anxiety of wondering about the 'what ifs' in life, humans have a tendency to think that things will carry on much as they did before. It's what psychologists term 'continuity bias'. However, 2016 is testimony to the fact that this assumption is not always reflective of events. This year, 'change' was the watchword and changes in political leadership characterised 2016.
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Thursday 8th December 2016
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
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