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Paid work a 'barrier to exercise' for older women

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Older women in paid employment are less likely to take part in leisure-time physical activity, according to research by the University of Birmingham.
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30/06/2014

Practising integration in the EU

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This paper in the IRiS Working Paper series, by Rachel Humphris (University of Oxford) reviews integration practices undertaken by civil society and local institutions across European Member States that have been identified as 'good practice' examples.
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30/06/2014

Transition to adulthood of former unaccompanied minors - new ESRC grant

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Dr Nando Sigona is co-PI on a new ESRC research project on young migrants subject to immigration control in Europe.
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30/06/2014

Causes and experiences of poverty among economic migrants

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A new IRiS Working Paper by Simon Pemberton, Jenny Phillimore and David Robinson addresses causes and experiences of poverty among economic migrants, through a detailed review of academic and policy literature in this latest addition to the IRiS Working Paper series.
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30/06/2014

Public choose antibiotics as the winning theme for £10m prize

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Antibiotic resistance has been selected by the public as the focus for a £10m prize set up to tackle a major challenge of our time.
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30/06/2014

HSMC to support Age UK's Integrated Care Programme

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HSMC's Professor Jon Glasby is supporting research being undertaken by Age UK to understand the impact of more person-centred, integrated care on outcomes for older people and for the health and social care system.
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30/06/2014

Researcher awarded Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication

Researcher awarded Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication
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GEES doctoral researcher Martín Ezcurra has won the University of Birmingham Graduate School's Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication.
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27/06/2014

Mother, child and state: the moral complexities of child protection

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University researchers have drawn attention to the numbers of children successively compulsorily removed from the same mother through the family courts. The Nuffield Foundation-funded work, by Karen Broadhurst, Claire Mason and Judith Harwin of the Universities of Brunel and Manchester, has caused a flurry of media interest, with the BBC noting that 7,143 mothers were involved in repeat care cases, affecting 22,790 children. Professor Sue White contributes to the latest Birmingham Brief.
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27/06/2014

INLOGOV briefing paper: Reflections on 'Bridging the gap'

INLOGOV briefing paper: Reflections on 'Bridging the gap'
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Written by Daniel Goodwin, June 2014. The Inlogov Symposium, Bridging the Gap, was designed to encourage the sharing of new ideas,creativity, evidence and experience on some of the key challenges for local government. This post expands on an earlier blog piece, reflects on the discussions and suggests points and questions for the future.
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26/06/2014

Shakespeare Unbard: a performance

Shakespeare Unbard: a performance
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Students from our Shakespeare and Creativity MA programme present Shakespeare Unbard - a performance which explores how societies over time have celebrated Shakespeare, and his relevance to individuals and communities today.
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25/06/2014

Pour les musulmans de Birmingham, 'les Blancs sont jaloux parce qu'on réussit'

Pour les musulmans de Birmingham, 'les Blancs sont jaloux parce qu'on réussit'
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Dr Kieran Connell was interviewed about immigrant cultures in Britain for an article in Le Monde.
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25/06/2014

Without HS3, all railroads lead to London - and a lopsided nation

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Pat Hanlon, a Senior Lecturer in Transport Economics, discusses George Osborne's proposal for a high speed rail line across the north of England and the effects it could have on the UK's great economic imbalance.
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25/06/2014

Some dogs find kennels exciting, not stressful

Some dogs find kennels exciting, not stressful
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New research suggests that dogs who spend a short time in boarding kennels may not find it unduly stressful and could in fact find the change of scenery exciting.
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25/06/2014

Civil Engineering graduates recognised for excellence in geotechnical engineering

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Two graduates from the School of Civil Engineering recently received the high accolade of being shortlisted for the Ground Engineering's Young Geotechnical Engineer award 2014. Janvi Shah was announced as the winner and Chris Shaw was highly commended at a prestigious awards ceremony, which took place in May.
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24/06/2014

Advanced materials research recognised at international conference

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James MacDonald, PhD student in the Advanced Materials and Processing lab, School of Metallurgy and Materials has won the Best Poster Prize at the International Conference on Hot Isostatic Pressing Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, attended by over 170 guests from 21 countries.
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24/06/2014

Making Mini Big Bangs at the Large Hadron Collider

Making Mini Big Bangs at the Large Hadron Collider
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Much has been made of the discovery of the Higgs boson – the elementary particle pivotal to the Standard Model of physics – and rightly so. Yet the so-called 'God particle', hypothesised for so long and finally confirmed in 2012, is responsible for only one per cent of the mass of the visible universe. The other 99 per cent is due to the Strong Force.Professor David Evans, School of Physics and Astronomy, talks about his work at the Large Hadron Collider.
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24/06/2014

Pepper the emotional robot may just make you angry

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Dr Nick Hawes writes for The Conversation.
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24/06/2014

Midsummer Mischief

Midsummer Mischief
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Professor Ewan Fernie joins Erica Whyman (RSC) and the panel of artists and creatives to discuss how gender relates to Shakespeare's work as part of the Midsummer Mischief season.
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24/06/2014

Research group hopes to provide a clearer picture of how we interpret images

Research group hopes to provide a clearer picture of how we interpret images
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A new research network is aiming to deepen our understanding of how humans, animals and machines interpret visual images.
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24/06/2014

ChangeUp ten years on – where next?

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A new blogpost from TSRC's Dr Rob Macmillan: 24th June 2014.What were you up to ten years ago? On 24th June 2004, it was cold, windy and wet over much of the country, Britney Spears was at Number 1 in the charts, and, plus ca change, later that evening the England football team would exit another international football competition.Fiona Mactaggart, meanwhile, then in the Home Office as the Minister for the Voluntary and Community Sector, was out and about visiting voluntary organisations in Gloucester. She was there to launch ChangeUp, the government's ten year framework for capacity building and infrastructure..."
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24/06/2014
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