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Thursday 27th April 2017

The quality of work and well-being: are we doing enough?

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In recent years, concerns over the quality of work have prompted debates surrounding methods of improving job quality, and the relationship between the quality of work and employee well-being. Existing research has attempted to identify the constituents of job quality and 'good work'. Factors argued as affecting the relative quality of jobs include pay (including relative income levels), skill, levels of autonomy, variety, work intensity, the length of the working day/week, job security, opportunities for training and development, and availability of flexible working arrangements.
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Thursday 27th April 2017
Thursday 20th April 2017

Egypt faces rough times ahead: four points on the recent ISIS attacks

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In the most brutal attack against the Egyptian Coptic Christian minority in recent memory, ISIS bombed two churches on 9 April. At least 47 Egyptians were killed in Alexandria and Tanta, a small town in the Nile Delta. ISIS claimed responsibility for planting an explosive device under a seat at Tanta's Saint George's Church and for the suicide bombing at Alexandria's Saint Marks' Coptic Orthodox Cathedral – a few hours later. What does this mean for ISIS, the post-2011 Egypt, and its Coptic community, the largest Christian minority in the Middle East?
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Thursday 20th April 2017
Thursday 30th March 2017

Is it all about funding? Lessons on autism inclusion from a school in Greece

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As we approach World Autism Acceptance Day, it's not surprising that thoughts turn to the ongoing issues of education and inclusion, especially given that, according to the charity Ambitious About Autism, autistic children in the UK are four times more likely to be permanently excluded from school than any other children.
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Thursday 30th March 2017
Thursday 16th February 2017

Will the Race Equality Charter make a difference to the white academy?

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Higher education is considered to be liberal, progressive and inclusive. Yet when we look at the recent statistics released by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), they suggest that this is far from the case.
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Thursday 16th February 2017
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