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Thursday 19th May 2016

Should we stay or should we go? Immigration, Brexit and the status quo

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The desire to reduce immigration to the mythical tens of thousands promised by the Coalition and subsequent Conservative administrations, through regaining control of borders allegedly governed by Europe, was largely featured in the first call for an in/out EU referendum, and later in the lobbying of the Leave campaign. There are a range of possible scenarios in the event of a vote to stay in the EU or to leave, but whatever the outcome of the referendum, it is likely there will be little change in net migration figures.
Date:
Thursday 19th May 2016
Thursday 12th May 2016

Stroke awareness: are mini strokes being overlooked?

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May is Stroke Awareness Month. But are transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs), or 'mini-strokes' really that transient and are they being overlooked by both clinicians and policy makers?
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Thursday 12th May 2016
Thursday 14th April 2016

Freshwater ecosystems in the Arctic: understanding environment-biodiversity linkages in a changing climate

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This winter many extreme weather events have been recorded around the globe. Temperatures broke records in February and 2016 is expected to become the hottest year on record. Although partly due to the El Niño phenomenon, anthropogenic climate change is also responsible and the Arctic isn't exempt.
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Thursday 14th April 2016
Thursday 3rd March 2016

The Changing Face of Retail

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This week the British Retail Consortium sent out a warning that the high street may become an even more desolate place in the next few years. According to them the blame is to be laid at the door of the National Living Wage and apprenticeship levy, described by the report as having sound intentions that 'could fail on implementation'. The implication is that both businesses, especially small retail outlets that will not be able to afford the additional costs, and people who lose their jobs in retail and are unable to transition to other jobs, will be hardest hit.
Date:
Thursday 3rd March 2016
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