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Friday 5th October 2012

Wealth inequality - are we 'one nation', all in it together?

Wealth inequality - are we 'one nation', all in it together?
Description
In his speech to the Labour party conference this week, Ed Miliband invoked the spirit of the former Conservative leader, Benjamin Disraeli, when he set out his vision for Britain to be 'one nation: a country where prosperity is shared'. So where are the 'one-nation Tories' and where do Conservatives more generally stand on this issue?
Date:
Friday 5th October 2012
Categories:
Social Sciences
Friday 28th September 2012

Examining exams: GCSEs, the E.Bacc and the question of Equity

Examining exams: GCSEs, the E.Bacc and the question of Equity
Description
Michael Gove's recent statement on the status of GCSEs and the introduction of a new qualification – the English Baccalaureate Certificate (EBC) – have been greeted as another momentous change, but what do the reforms really mean and who is likely to win (and lose) as a result?
Date:
Friday 28th September 2012
Categories:
Corporate Services, Social Sciences
Friday 10th February 2012

Challenges to the NHS from 'health tourism' going unrecognised

Description
Since the establishment of the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948, health services in the UK have been funded primarily through general taxation and delivered free at the point of access to individuals. However, recent decades have witnessed an expansion in the global market for health services. This has been manifest in various ways, including an unprecedented increase in the volume of patients willing to traverse national borders for the purposes of receiving medical care.
Date:
Friday 10th February 2012
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
Friday 3rd February 2012

Impact of Events in Egypt on the EU: Can any lessons be learnt from the Arab Spring?

Impact of Events in Egypt on the EU: Can any lessons be learnt from the Arab Spring?
Description
2011 was a truly historical turning point – it was a year which fundamentally changed the European Union's (EU) previous assumption about the Middle East and North African (MENA) region – that the fall of Arab autocrats was not imminent and that the dictators of the region would remain the partners to cooperate with in the near future. The Arab Spring events in Tunisia, Egypt, and beyond since December 2010 have successfully challenged the institutional order. Egypt is now embarking on a long and uncertain journey towards a more democratic future. But questions remain regarding the role of the EU towards nascent democracies.
Date:
Friday 3rd February 2012
Categories:
Social Sciences
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