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Thursday 11th February 2016

Astronomy with Einstein

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Today the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, including many physicists from the University of Birmingham, announced the first direct detection of a gravitational wave. The long-awaited announcement sparked strong public and media interest, but why is this so exciting?
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Thursday 11th February 2016
Friday 5th February 2016

David Cameron's focus on Black & minority ethnic student access is a modest but welcome first step

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Earlier this week, David Cameron stunned those of us committed to campaigning for race equality. He dared name discrimination – "overt, unconscious, institutional" - as an issue facing Black and minority ethnic populations in the criminal justice system, the armed forces, and - significantly - UK universities.
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Friday 5th February 2016
Thursday 28th January 2016

Year of the Monkey heralds golden opportunity for Chinese research partnerships

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As we enter the Chinese Year of the Monkey in 2016, a new year brings fresh opportunity for the UK to continue building its relationship with China in many areas, not least academic research.
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Thursday 28th January 2016
Thursday 21st January 2016

The Fall in the World Oil Price and its Implications for the UK Economy

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The world oil price is now about $30 a barrel. In the summer of 2014, it was well over $100 a barrel. This decline was almost completely unpredicted, but it now seems likely that with, inter alia, a large quantity of Iranian oil about to hit the world market, the price will stay low for some time to come. But what are the implications of this?
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Thursday 21st January 2016
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