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Thursday 11th December 2014

The 'Arab Spring' four years on: hopeful prospects or doomed experiment?

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In six days, it will be exactly four years since what would become known as the 'Arab Spring' began – an often forgotten reference to the revolutionary movements which swept over Europe in the spring of 1848. That day, a young street vendor called Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in the streets of his native Sidi Bouzid, in the centre of Tunisia. He had decided to take his own life as a sign of protest at the injustice inflicted upon him by petty officials of Ben Ali's autocratic government, which had been in power since 1987.
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Thursday 11th December 2014
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Arts and Law
Thursday 4th December 2014

'We need a truly global response to public health challenges'

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The Ebola crisis has graphically highlighted the dilemmas of addressing public health challenges across a globalised world: infectious diseases are no respecters of international borders. A Wellcome Trust funded conference in Birmingham on 21 and 22 November explored critical perspectives in relation to Global Health Law, reflecting on the new book of that name by Professor Lawrence O Gostin of Georgetown University, US.
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Thursday 4th December 2014
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Arts and Law
Thursday 27th November 2014

Government funding will allow quantum technology industry to flourish in UK

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Science Minister Greg Clark this week announced funding for four Quantum Technology Hubs within a £270 million UK quantum technology initiative. The successful hubs are led by the universities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford and York and cover the areas of quantum sensors, imaging, information and communication.
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Thursday 27th November 2014
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Engineering and Physical Sciences
Thursday 20th November 2014

Birmingham pub bombings 40 years on: why there is still no closure

Birmingham pub bombings 40 years on: why there is still no closure
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On 21 November 1974, Birmingham experienced a terrible tragedy. Bombs exploded in two city centre pubs killing 21 people and injuring 182 more. The violent Troubles of Northern Ireland – during which more than 3,000 people died and around 50,000 were wounded – were being taken to England by the Provisional IRA.
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Thursday 20th November 2014
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Arts and Law
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