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Thursday 27th February 2014

Should 'life' mean life?

Description
Last week the Court of Appeal decided that the 'life' sentences of two murderers really will mean 'life' in prison, exceptional circumstances aside.
Date:
Thursday 27th February 2014
Categories:
Arts and Law, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 23rd January 2014

Crime on the high street goes missing

Crime on the high street goes missing
Description
For almost two decades now the statistics for recorded crime in England and Wales have been falling. And even though there has always been a difference, of some magnitude, between the numbers gathered through the British Crime Survey – a large-scale sample of the public's experiences of crime victimisation – and the (persistently smaller) statistics compiled by the police, there has been broad agreement at least in the downward trend.
Date:
Thursday 23rd January 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 9th January 2014

A British Manufacturing Renaissance? The Reshoring of British Manufacturing

A British Manufacturing Renaissance? The Reshoring of British Manufacturing
Description
Something strange or perhaps rather unexpected has occurred over the last few years; the media and politicians have been highlighting the strength of British manufacturing. Perhaps even stranger are the many accounts of high profile manufacturing firms that have returned production processes to the UK from low-cost production locations abroad.
Date:
Thursday 9th January 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 21st November 2013

Lifting the veil on anti-Muslim hate crimes against British women

Lifting the veil on anti-Muslim hate crimes against British women
Description
Earlier this year a heavily pregnant white British woman was mowed down outside her own home after asking a man to move a car that was blocking her drive. The reason? She was wearing a niqab.
Date:
Thursday 21st November 2013
Categories:
Social Sciences
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