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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.
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Thursday 3rd March 2016
Thursday 25th February 2016

A conflict of loyalty?

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The culmination of David Cameron's EU membership renegotiation, and the subsequent confirmation of the date for a referendum, have seen dozens of Conservative MPs declare that they will oppose their leader and campaign for Britain to withdraw from the EU. That their ranks will include one of Cameron's closest allies, Michael Gove, and one of his potential successors, Boris Johnson, has only heightened speculation about divisions with the party.
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Thursday 25th February 2016
Friday 19th February 2016

EU migrants and access to benefits: where's the controversy?

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In light of the Prime Minister's call for an EU Referendum in the UK, Professor Jenny Phillimore examines the idea that high levels of welfare increases the number of new migrants to a country.
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Friday 19th February 2016
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
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