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High-speed rail college a boost for the region – the hard work starts now

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Last week the government announced that the headquarters of the new National College for High Speed Rail will be located in Birmingham, with a satellite site in Doncaster. This is good news for the railway industry and good news for the two regions. It's also good news for the University of Birmingham, which will play a key role in the work of the college through its Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE).
Date:
09/10/2014

High-speed rail college a boost for the region – the hard work starts now

Description
Last week the government announced that the headquarters of the new National College for High Speed Rail will be located in Birmingham, with a satellite site in Doncaster. This is good news for the railway industry and good news for the two regions. It's also good news for the University of Birmingham, which will play a key role in the work of the college through its Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE).
Date:
09/10/2014

Graham Gee speaks at the UK Supreme Court

Graham Gee speaks at the UK Supreme Court
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Birmingham Law School senior lecturer spoke about financial and administrative challenges during the Court's first five years. The seminar marked the fifth anniversary since the Court's creation in 2009 and was attended by senior judges, officials, practitioners and academics.
Date:
08/10/2014

2 Funded PhD Studentships in International Relations and Psychology

2 Funded PhD Studentships in International Relations and Psychology
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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) invites applications for two 3-year studentships to undertake a PhD within the area of International Relations and Psychology.
Date:
08/10/2014

Bortolotti on Anosognosia and Epistemic Innocence

Bortolotti on Anosognosia and Epistemic Innocence
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Lisa Bortolotti is the author of a guest post on Kerry Gutridge's Psychiatric Ethics blog, entitled "Anosognosia and Epistemic Innocence". She asks in what circumstances it is appropriate to challenge delusional beliefs focusing on anosognosia, the denial of illness.
Date:
08/10/2014

Blog: Can smart maps improve local government?

Blog: Can smart maps improve local government?
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Written by Walter T. de Vries. Local governments are increasingly making use of internet-based applications and social media to provide services and to interact with citizens. Are these applications however really helping local governments?
Date:
08/10/2014

Blog: Cinderella has been at the ball for more than a century and no one has noticed her!

Blog: Cinderella has been at the ball for more than a century and no one has noticed her!
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Written by Ian Briggs. Local government has struggled with the concept of localism for far longer than most of us might think. It has not just been the clarion call of localism from the Coalition Government since 2010 and the subsequence Localism Act that posed some pretty serious questions about the structure of our local democratic processes. The issue of connectivity between the citizen and the 'agent of the state' has been under academic scrutiny for a long time.
Date:
07/10/2014

Dr Karen Guldberg secures new funding to research current educational practices in autism

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New funding to research Transforming Educational Practice in Autism: enhancing the skills, knowledge and understanding of teachers in the UK, Italy and Greece.
Date:
07/10/2014

Centre for West Midlands History Newsletter September issue

Centre for West Midlands History Newsletter September issue
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The latest issue of the newsletter is now available.
Date:
06/10/2014

Integration goes international

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Robin Miller Senior Fellow at HMSC has been invited to be a member of the scientific committee for the 15th International Conference for Integrated Care being held in Edinburgh in March 2015.
Date:
06/10/2014

Blog: Buying local votes? Campaign spending effects in Belgian local elections

Blog: Buying local votes? Campaign spending effects in Belgian local elections
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Written by Gert-Jan Put, Bart Maddens and Jef Smulders. In democratic countries worldwide, elections are being organized on an increasingly larger scale. This makes it more challenging for political parties and candidates to communicate with voters and reach their target groups. Alternatively, they resort to mass media and costly electoral campaigns, for which parties and candidates are often prepared to spend exorbitant amounts of money.
Date:
06/10/2014

Irrationality - new book by Lisa Bortolotti

Irrationality - new book by Lisa Bortolotti
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Professor Bortolotti's new book, an accessible and engaging introduction to key debates on irrationality, is now out in the UK and will be out next month in the US.
Date:
06/10/2014

Pushing the boundaries in Technology Enhanced Learning for pupils with autism

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Dr Karen Guldberg comments on recent fiindings from the Shaping the future of technology use in the classroom' (SHAPE) project
Date:
06/10/2014

£415,000 grant allows researcher to investigate why memories fade or linger

£415,000 grant allows researcher to investigate why memories fade or linger
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Dr Maria Wimber has been awarded a £415,000 grant to investigate the processes that underlie how we retrieve memories.
Date:
06/10/2014

CeSMA supports Quadrivium X: Birmingham

CeSMA supports Quadrivium X: Birmingham
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Quadrivium is an annual research, careers, and skills training event for postgraduates and early career researchers of medieval and early modern textual studies.
Date:
03/10/2014

Britain's first air strikes in Iraq - is there a strategy?

Britain's first air strikes in Iraq - is there a strategy?
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On 26 September, British parliament approved the Cameron government's request for authority to carry out air strikes inside Iraq on the Islamic State terror group. Four days later, two Tornado jets on an 'armed surveillance' mission dropped the first bombs, hitting a jihadist heavy-weapon position and an armed pick-up truck.
Date:
03/10/2014

Bipolar disorder makes the headlines

Bipolar disorder makes the headlines
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PhD student Magdalena Antrobus discusses marketing strategies that are insensitive to mental health issues.
Date:
03/10/2014

Climate change and divestment policies

Climate change and divestment policies
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In a recent post at the Ethics and International Affairs blog, Scott Wisor argues that the campaign is designed in such a way as that it cannot effectively change the conduct of fossil fuel companies. Worse, it may draw strength from more effective efforts to combat climate change by directing activist energy to misguided policies.
Date:
03/10/2014

Publication of papers from the Eighth Birmingham Colloquium

Publication of papers from the Eighth Birmingham Colloquium
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The latest Birmingham Colloquium volume has been published!
Date:
03/10/2014
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