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Thursday 27th October 2016

Children and War

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A child washed up on the shores of Turkey after drowning at sea; the images of youngsters climbing across fences of barbed wires on Lampedusa; a boy sitting dazed and bloodied in the back of an ambulance after surviving an airstrike in Syria – these are some of the images that, once seen, can never be unseen. The moments, captured in these images pass, but the cycles of displacement continue.
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Thursday 27th October 2016
Thursday 8th September 2016

'Who knows best?' Older people's contribution to understanding and preventing avoidable hospital admissions

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Until now, studies have paid little attention to the views of older people on the problems of emergency admissions. A new study by the Health Services Management Centre and Department of Social Policy and Social Work, at the University of Birmingham, has addressed this and presents some key findings.
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Thursday 8th September 2016
Thursday 25th August 2016

What does a rise in the minimum wage mean for the Mexican labour market?

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The idea of a minimum working wage has been a controversial topic within economics for many years. The basic goal of establishing a minimum level of earnings is to ensure that independently of the job performed, all workers can earn a salary that is high enough to satisfy their basic needs.
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Thursday 25th August 2016
Thursday 14th July 2016

The key challenges facing UK policing today

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Criminal justice faces ever more challenges from society. While official figures show a drop in police recorded crime in the UK the distribution of crime shows a more complex pattern with violent crime showing a rise.
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Thursday 14th July 2016
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