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ITSEE welcomes new postgraduates

ITSEE welcomes new postgraduates
Description
Start of the new academic year at ITSEE.
Date:
20/10/2014

Ukraine steels itself for winter as Novorossiya forges ahead

Ukraine steels itself for winter as Novorossiya forges ahead
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The EU-Asia Summit in Milan, Italy, delivered little, if any, tangible progress to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. Relations between Russia and Ukraine's major European allies remain just a few degrees above a new Cold War-style ice age. And with only a preliminary gas deal achieved between Kiev and Moscow this may be quite literally true for Ukrainians as winter approaches.
Date:
20/10/2014

The Conversation: Climate change: it's only human to exaggerate, but science itself does not

The Conversation: Climate change: it's only human to exaggerate, but science itself does not
Description
To exaggerate is human, and scientists are human. Exaggeration and the complementary art of simplification are the basic rhetorical tools of human intercourse. So yes, scientists do exaggerate. So do politicians, perhaps even when, as the UK's former environment secretary Owen Paterson did, they claim that climate change forecasts are "widely exaggerated". A more pertinent question is: does the way in which scientists and politicians speak publicly lead to wild exaggeration?
Date:
17/10/2014

Divide and Conquer: novel trick helps rare pathogen infect healthy people

Description
New research into a rare pathogen has shown how a unique evolutionary trait allows it to infect even the healthiest of hosts through a smart solution to the body's immune response against it.
Date:
17/10/2014

Poor quality data is informing the future of our patient care, warns study

Description
An investigation into how patient outcomes are assessed in clinical trials has revealed a worrying lack of consistency, raising concerns about funding being wasted on the acquisition of poor quality data.
Date:
17/10/2014

The Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship: 10 Years On

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It's ten years since the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), now operating at the heart of University of Birmingham's Business School, came into being.
Date:
16/10/2014

Albania-Serbia football drone farce shows Balkan nationalism is still a dangerous powder keg

Albania-Serbia football drone farce shows Balkan nationalism is still a dangerous powder keg
Description
Written by Dr Gëzim Alpion. Few thought that Serbia's Euro 2016 qualifying fixture against Albania on October 14 2014 would be an easy match. But the depths to which it sank are shocking even to those familiar with the potency of anti-Albanian feeling among Serbia's nationalist factions.
Date:
16/10/2014

Poor quality data is informing the future of our patient care, warns study

Description
An investigation into how patient outcomes are assessed in clinical trials has revealed a worrying lack of consistency, raising concerns about funding being wasted on the acquisition of poor quality data.
Date:
16/10/2014

University of Birmingham jumps nine places in world research rankings

Description
The University of Birmingham has risen an impressive nine points in the latest world research rankings, placing it in 112th place among the top 500 global research universities. The Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 2014, also known as the NTU Ranking, ranked Birmingham ninth overall in the UK.
Date:
16/10/2014

A critical exploration of global public health

A critical exploration of global public health
Description
Professor Jean McHale and Dr Sheelagh McGuinness have been awarded a grant by the Wellcome Trust to run a conference "A critical exploration of global public health" and to hold a public lecture" Ebola: towards an International Health Systems Fund"
Date:
15/10/2014

Landmark book series reveals What Works in Offender Rehabilitation

Landmark book series reveals What Works in Offender Rehabilitation
Description
News article about The School of Psychology's Professor Leam Craig and Dr Louise Dixon being invited to edit an international book series about offender rehabilitation.
Date:
15/10/2014

Birmingham physicist elected UK ATLAS Physics Coordinator

Description
Dr Kostas Nikolopoulos, Birmingham Fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected UK ATLAS Physics coordinator.
Date:
15/10/2014

University of Birmingham jumps nine places in world research rankings

Description
The University of Birmingham has risen an impressive nine points in the latest world research rankings, placing it in 112th place among the top 500 global research universities. The Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 2014, also known as the NTU Ranking, ranked Birmingham ninth overall in the UK.
Date:
14/10/2014

Debates in personalisation

Description
This unique book, by HSMC's Jon Glasby and Catherine Needham, brings together, for the first time, advocates and critics of the personalisation agenda in English social care services to debate key issues relating to personalisation.
Date:
14/10/2014

The Problems of Travelling to Access Basic Care #repealthe8th

The Problems of Travelling to Access Basic Care #repealthe8th
Description
Birmingham Law School's Dr Sheelagh McGuinness and Professor Marie Fox write for the Human Rights in Ireland blog.
Date:
14/10/2014

ICCS Seminar Series 2014/15

ICCS Seminar Series 2014/15
Description
ICCS hosts a number of seminars throughout the year which focuses on a number of different topics. Listen to the latest podcasts from our recent events.
Date:
14/10/2014

International Development Forum, Autumn 2014

International Development Forum, Autumn 2014
Description
The International Development Forum is an initiative funded by the University of Birmingham Educational Enhancement Fund to provide an introduction to international development to students from across the University, at any level of study.
Date:
14/10/2014

Podcast: "The Responsibility to Protect" and the Unreasonable Veto

Podcast: "The Responsibility to Protect" and the Unreasonable Veto
Description
The roots of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) are to be found in the international community's attempts to navigate a route through UN Security Council (UNSC) inaction in the face of mass human rights atrocities. The likelihood of such inaction is exacerbated by the ability of UNSC Permanent members to veto actions which they oppose, but given the level of human suffering which characterises such crises, should this right of veto, unfettered by the UN Charter, be subject to some degree of constraint? Issues relating to this question are considered in 'The Responsibility to Protect and the "Unreasonable" Veto'.
Date:
14/10/2014

Podcast: "The Responsibility to Protect" and the Unreasonable Veto

Podcast: "The Responsibility to Protect" and the Unreasonable Veto
Description
The roots of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) are to be found in the international community's attempts to navigate a route through UN Security Council (UNSC) inaction in the face of mass human rights atrocities. The likelihood of such inaction is exacerbated by the ability of UNSC Permanent members to veto actions which they oppose, but given the level of human suffering which characterises such crises, should this right of veto, unfettered by the UN Charter, be subject to some degree of constraint? Issues relating to this question are considered in 'The Responsibility to Protect and the "Unreasonable" Veto'.
Date:
14/10/2014
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