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Dr Chris Laoutaris's book, Shakespeare and the Countess, listed as one of the Telegraph's 'Best Books of 2014'

Dr Chris Laoutaris's book, Shakespeare and the Countess, listed as one of the Telegraph's 'Best Books of 2014'
Description
Dr Chris Laoutaris's new book has been listed as one of the Telegraph's 'Best Books of 2014' in their category of 'Best History Books of 2014'.
Date:
04/07/2014

Director of the Shakespeare Institute on outdoor Shakespeare

Director of the Shakespeare Institute on outdoor Shakespeare
Description
Michael Dobson leads an all-star cast in a new Folger Shakespeare Library podcast from Washington DC, examining the history of outdoor Shakespearean performance.
Date:
04/07/2014

INLOGOV briefing paper: What happened to the NOC councils after May 2014?

INLOGOV briefing paper: What happened to the NOC councils after May 2014?
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Written by Chris Game, Honorary Senior Lecturer at INLOGOV. Most of the results – and effectively the outcomes – of May's local elections were in the media the following day. For a fifth of councils, though – the black holes in this Briefing Paper's cover map – while the results, in terms of seat numbers, were available, the all-important outcomes – who will actually run the authority – weren't, often for weeks. The Briefing Paper's main purpose is to fill in those black holes, detailing who's now running what and how.
Date:
04/07/2014

A rigorous review of the role and impact of private schools in developing countries

A rigorous review of the role and impact of private schools in developing countries
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A new review analyses recent evidence on the role and impact of private schools on education for children in developing countries, focusing on the delivery of education for the poor.
Date:
04/07/2014

2014 UK CubeSat Forum Workshop - Best student presentation

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Congratulations to Graham Kirkby, a PhD student in the Space Environment and Radio Engineering group
Date:
04/07/2014

The little Orange Book that put the Lib Dems in the big leagues

The little Orange Book that put the Lib Dems in the big leagues
Description
Dr Matthew Francis writes an article for the Conversation about a little-known book which had a profound effect on British politics.
Date:
04/07/2014

Dr Elizabeth Blackburn receives early career award from Institute of Physics

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The Institute of Physics announced its 2014 award winners. Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, Reader in Experimental Physics, was awarded the Moseley medal for distinguished early career research in experimental physics.
Date:
04/07/2014

Holiday chaos as new terror plot sparks fears of extra checks at airports

Holiday chaos as new terror plot sparks fears of extra checks at airports
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Dr Steve Hewitt was featured in an article in Metro discussing the additional monitoring happening at international airports in the wake of fresh terror scares.
Date:
04/07/2014

A manufacturing renaissance

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As UK manufacturing experiences an upturn, Professor John R. Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Competitiveness at Birmingham Business School, explains this unexpected phenomenon.
Date:
03/07/2014

Natural medicine is great, but chemists can make it even better

Description
For years humans have searched for medicines in nature. While some seek "natural cures" in order to avoid chemicals, in truth everything is made up of chemistry. But as humans, we're very good at manipulating what we find in nature – either through intention or accident.
Date:
02/07/2014

Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating linguistic and cultural transformations in superdiverse wards in four cities

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The Launch Conference of the research project 'Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities', will be held at the University of Birmingham Business School on Friday 18 July.
Date:
02/07/2014

Research finds that 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 Birmingham Business School.
Date:
02/07/2014

Procreation and the welfare of the future child

Procreation and the welfare of the future child
Description
MA Health and Happiness student John J. Parry wonders whether existence constitutes a harm.
Date:
02/07/2014

The moral compexities of child protection: mothers, children and the state

Description
Sue White, Professor of Social Work for Children and Families, contributes to the latest Birmingham Brief.
Date:
02/07/2014

Paper proves that children are naturals when it comes to teamwork

Paper proves that children are naturals when it comes to teamwork
Description
A paper by PhD student Sophie Milward on the topic of children's ability to co-operate with others has been accepted by prestigious journal Cognition.
Date:
01/07/2014

Evaluations as remedies for health inequalities?

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Tackling health inequalities is a top priority for public health services in England. To what extent can evaluation frameworks help NGOs to address health inequalities caused by social exclusion? – Helen Kara and Marlin Arvidson write for Perspectives in Public Health.
Date:
01/07/2014

'One of Us' petition marks a sinister mobilisation of the pro-life movement in Europe

'One of Us' petition marks a sinister mobilisation of the pro-life movement in Europe
Description
Birmingham Law School's Dr Sheelagh McGuinness writes for the Conversation (with Professor Heather Widdows)
Date:
01/07/2014

Whose sea? Mare nostrum and the politics of migration in the Med

Whose sea? Mare nostrum and the politics of migration in the Med
Description
On the eve of Italy's EU presidency, IRiS academic Dr Sigona discusses the politics underpinning current responses to the migration crisis in the Med and how new wave of nationalism could scupper Italy's bid for EU-wide response to migrant boats.
Date:
01/07/2014

Beyond Islamophobia? Media shows Muslim families to be 'normal'

Beyond Islamophobia? Media shows Muslim families to be 'normal'
Description
For some time now, speculation has raged over the number of young British Muslims travelling to Syria and Iraq with the intention of fighting in the ongoing conflicts there. Dr Chris Allen writes in a recent article in 'The Conversation'.
Date:
01/07/2014
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