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Small nuclear reactors may be the key to a low-carbon future

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Take a hard look at the painful process of de-carbonising the UK's electricity supply, and it's clear that the options on the table are not great.
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17/07/2014

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - July 2014

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From small nuclear reactors to the science of the sun and more...
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17/07/2014

Smart Leadership for Smart Cities

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Research undertaken at Birmingham Business School has been examining our understanding of how Smart Cities, which aim to offer improved local economic development, social and environmental outcomes.
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17/07/2014

The Conversation: Thaw in UK-Iran relations will depend on Rouhani's actions, not his words, say MPs

The Conversation: Thaw in UK-Iran relations will depend on Rouhani's actions, not his words, say MPs
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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee's new report on policy towards Iran contains no surprises – startling new departures aren't in the nature of such documents – but does help crystallise a couple of important features of the present posture of the Western coalition's posture towards Iran.
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17/07/2014

The Conversation: The BRICS plan for a new world order begins with a bank

The Conversation: The BRICS plan for a new world order begins with a bank
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Written by Dr Marco Vieira. Could history one day judge the latest BRICS summit as significant as the Bretton Woods conference of 1944? That is the hope of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa as they meet in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil to establish a new institutional architecture to counter (or maybe complement) the Western-controlled finacial system.
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17/07/2014

Graham Gee gives evidence at the Lords Constitution Committee

Graham Gee gives evidence at the Lords Constitution Committee
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Lecturer in the Law School was invited to give oral evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution as part of its inquiry into the office of Lord Chancellor.
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17/07/2014

Euzkal Zinema: Three Generations of Basque Cinema

Euzkal Zinema: Three Generations of Basque Cinema
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Rob Stone was the only non-Basque/Spanish presenter at the Basque cinema conference co-organised by the Basque Film Institute and the University of the Basque Country.
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16/07/2014

Snooping on irregular migrants breaches their human rights – and puts us all at risk

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Birmingham Law School's Dr Rosa Freedman writes for the Conversation
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16/07/2014

Report on the 15th Postgraduate Colloquium

Report on the 15th Postgraduate Colloquium
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George Makris reprots on the 'Language as Culture in the Eastern Mediterranean (330-2013)' postgraduate colloquium which took place in May.
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15/07/2014

Blog: A view from Barnet's Chris Naylor: how the class of 2014 are responding to perma-austerity

Blog: A view from Barnet's Chris Naylor: how the class of 2014 are responding to perma-austerity
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Written by Chris Naylor. Two weeks ago I gave the lunchtime pep talk to a dozen young hopeful students each vying for a coveted place on Barnet's graduate programme. Furiously clever, ambitious for Barnet and public services more generally – I didn't envy those with the task of making a final selection. Like the alumni who have come through the Council's programme before them, many of whom a decade on, as senior managers, continue to make a profound contribution to the success of the borough, the Class of '14 will truly be the 21st Century Public Servants.
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15/07/2014

Virtual reality technology comes to Burrator

Virtual reality technology comes to Burrator
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The University of Birmingham's Human Interface Technologies Team will be bringing the latest in Virtual Reality and Gaming technologies to the shores of Burrator Reservoir this weekend, as they take part in the official opening of South West Lakes' new Discovery Centre. Having already "hit the news" in the south west with their recent achievements using VR techniques to recreate the A7 submarine the HIT Team will be demonstrating how Virtual Reality can be used to "turn the clock back".
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15/07/2014

Professor James Arthur speaks at UNICEF Conference in Montenego

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Professor James Arthur gives key note speech on 'Strengthening Character, Virtues and Values through Education' at UNICEF Conference in Montenegro
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15/07/2014

Visiting Professor appointed as Special Adviser to the Treasury Select Committee

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A Visiting Professor at Birmingham Business School's Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) , has been appointed as Special Adviser on Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Lending and related matters to the Treasury Select Committee in the House of Commons.
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15/07/2014

Researchers share their passions at poster conference

Researchers share their passions at poster conference
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Psychology postgraduate students showcased their work at a research poster conference on 10 June.
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14/07/2014

B-Film cited in House of Lords report

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The importance and impact of B-Film was underlined by citation of its findings in the House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK's Influence.
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14/07/2014

Worldwide anti-crime network brings together police and academics

Worldwide anti-crime network brings together police and academics
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A global network dedicated to linking serial crimes recently met for a three-day workshop.
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14/07/2014

Blog: How can the 21st century public servant survive an era of perma-austerity?

Blog: How can the 21st century public servant survive an era of perma-austerity?
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Written by Catherine Mangan. We are launching the first theme from our 21st Century Public Servant project – the need to survive a seemingly unending period of austerity – to coincide with the Local Government Association conference, where austerity is a central theme. Our research with local government and other public service delivery organisations found that 'perma-austerity' is both inhibiting and catalysing change, as organisations struggle to balance short-term cost-cutting and redundancies with a strategic vision for change.
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14/07/2014

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Lecture Series Grant

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Lecture Series Grant
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Shirley Ye wins a lecture series grant with the aim of stimulating institutional interest to expand China studies beyond History.
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11/07/2014

The Birmingham Brief: To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country

The Birmingham Brief: To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country
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Two substantial contributions to the debate on how we use land in the UK have come out in quick succession; first came the Best Use of UK Agricultural Land from the University of Cambridge's Natural Capital Leaders Platform, then the UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on report. Although there is much common ground, the reports seem to be pushing us in opposite directions.
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11/07/2014

Antiepileptic drugs taken during pregnancy may increase risk of impaired development for children

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New research suggests that taking antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy increases the risk of the child having impaired brain development.
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11/07/2014
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