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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
Description
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?
Description
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
Description
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
Description
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

HSMC Professor invited to speak at international patient safety conference in Rio

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Professor Russell Mannion has been invited to speak at the International Society for Quality in Health care (ISQua) conference. With colleagues, he will present the findings from international research on the impact of health policy reform on quality and patient safety in thirty countries.
Date:
03/10/2014

£13 million award backs world-class research supporting Midlands bioeconomy

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Three of the Midlands' leading universities have been awarded £13 Million for a "Doctoral Training Partnership" to provide research training to support the Midlands bioeconomy.
Date:
03/10/2014

DC will win the battle of the currents thanks to new DC fault management system

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The final barrier preventing energy suppliers making the switch from AC power grids to faster, more efficient DC systems could now be removed, thanks to research carried out at the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.
Date:
02/10/2014

Beckman Coulter Inc. Forms Technology Partnership With the University of Birmingham

Beckman Coulter Inc. Forms Technology Partnership With the University of Birmingham
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In a collaboration aimed at advancing automation techniques for regulatory science research, Beckman Coulter Inc. has entered into a Technology Partnership agreement with scientists at the University of Birmingham (UoB), UK, establishing a collaboration to accelerate research into higher-throughput biology to support the University's activities towards better protecting environment and human health.
Date:
02/10/2014

Inclusive Entrepreneurship: Innovations in Research and Practice

Description
The workshop entitled 'Inclusive Entrepreneurship: Innovations in Research and Practice' was held on the 9th and 10th of July 2014, and attracted re-searchers, practitioners, policy makers, members of the corporate and banking sectors and entrepreneurs, from 12 countries.
Date:
02/10/2014

MPharm project shortlisted for a national e-learning award

MPharm project shortlisted for a national e-learning award
Description
News item. The virtual chemistry for pharmacy (MPharm) project has been shortlisted in the National E-Learning Awards 2014.
Date:
02/10/2014
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