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Friday 28th September 2012

Examining exams: GCSEs, the E.Bacc and the question of Equity

Examining exams: GCSEs, the E.Bacc and the question of Equity
Description
Michael Gove's recent statement on the status of GCSEs and the introduction of a new qualification – the English Baccalaureate Certificate (EBC) – have been greeted as another momentous change, but what do the reforms really mean and who is likely to win (and lose) as a result?
Date:
Friday 28th September 2012
Categories:
Corporate Services, Social Sciences
Friday 23rd March 2012

Impact of Events in Egypt on the EU: Can any lessons be learnt from the Arab Spring?

Impact of Events in Egypt on the EU: Can any lessons be learnt from the Arab Spring?
Description
2011 was a truly historical turning point – it was a year which fundamentally changed the European Union's (EU) previous assumption about the Middle East and North African (MENA) region – that the fall of Arab autocrats was not imminent and that the dictators of the region would remain the partners to cooperate with in the near future. The Arab Spring events in Tunisia, Egypt, and beyond since December 2010 have successfully challenged the institutional order. Egypt is now embarking on a long and uncertain journey towards a more democratic future. But questions remain regarding the role of the EU towards nascent democracies.
Date:
Friday 23rd March 2012
Categories:
Social Sciences
Friday 10th February 2012

Challenges to the NHS from 'health tourism' going unrecognised

Description
Since the establishment of the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948, health services in the UK have been funded primarily through general taxation and delivered free at the point of access to individuals. However, recent decades have witnessed an expansion in the global market for health services. This has been manifest in various ways, including an unprecedented increase in the volume of patients willing to traverse national borders for the purposes of receiving medical care.
Date:
Friday 10th February 2012
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 5th January 2012

The Politics of Sporting Mega Events: do the benefits justify the budgets?

The Politics of Sporting Mega Events: do the benefits justify the budgets?
Description
The London Olympics will undoubtedly be a spectacular success and bring with it a number of memorable sporting moments. Beyond the two weeks of action, however, it is worth reflecting on the increasingly political use of sport by a wide variety of states throughout the world. In recent years, there has been a shift from advanced capitalist states to developing, small or 'emerging' states who have queued up to stage a sporting mega-event.
Date:
Thursday 5th January 2012
Categories:
Social Sciences
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