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Creating tomorrow's leading social scientists

Creating tomorrow's leading social scientists
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The Birmingham Doctoral Training Centre is one of only 21 across the UK to be accredited by the ESRC. It has 22 ESRC scholarships to fund doctoral research starting in 2015.
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14/11/2014

Asthma sufferers could benefit from new laser research

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UK scientists, including researchers from the University of Birmingham, have used a laser beam trap to examine how drug particles from asthma inhalers behave as they are projected through the air. Their findings could improve the effectiveness of inhalers for the over 5 million people in the UK suffering from asthma.
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14/11/2014

New mathematical discovery in maximal sum-free sets after a decade of the unknown

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The College of Engineering and Physical Science Best Publication Award September 2014 was awarded to Andrew Treglown, University of Birmingham and József Balogh, Hong Liu, Maryam Sharifzadeh, University of Illinois for 'The number of maximal sum-free subsets of integers'.
Date:
13/11/2014

Special edition of European Public Law on Leaving the EU

Special edition of European Public Law on Leaving the EU
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Institute of European Law members will edit a special edition of the law journal European Public Law based on the papers given at our workshop on "Leaving the EU" in June 2014
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13/11/2014

Blog: What legacy will the rush to build houses leave for the next generation?

Blog: What legacy will the rush to build houses leave for the next generation?
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Written by Ian Briggs. Many rural and semi-rural localities are struggling to cope with the increasing number of applications for potential new housing developments, a proportion of which seem to defy logic and sound planning sense when matched against local knowledge and established patterns of socialisation.
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13/11/2014

A cool appointment: Birmingham introduces new Visiting Professor of Power and Cold Economy

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Toby Peters, long-time advocate of UK-based innovation in energy systems and founder of Highview Power and the Dearman Engine Company, has been appointed to the position of Visiting Professor in Power and Cold Economy at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
13/11/2014

Recognition for University of Birmingham Research at IET Innovation Awards

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Talented PhD student, Mohammad Esgandari, has been nominated for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Award for his pioneering Partitioned Brake Pad concept.
Date:
12/11/2014

Sans Papiers: The Social and economic lives of young, undocumented migrants

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IRiS's Dr Nando Sigona and Professor Roger Zetter (University of Oxford) will present their new book 'Sans Papiers: The social and economic lives of young undocumented migrants', at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford on Wednesday 19 November.
Date:
12/11/2014

Birmingham and Nottingham projects to strengthen UK-Rio research links

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The University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham have strengthened their collaborations with Brazilian institutions in the state of Rio de Janeiro after securing funding for a number of country-specific research projects. The Rio de Janeiro State Funding Agency (FAPERJ) has allocated £100,000 for nine research projects in 2014/2015, with the amount matched by combined funding from the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham.
Date:
12/11/2014

Has Invictus conquered a Sports Mega-Event?

Has Invictus conquered a Sports Mega-Event?
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The 2014 Invictus Games can be seen as a pioneering strategy in British politics. Now the event has finished - we are perhaps left questioning what the Invictus Games actually are? Or, perhaps, what they really stand for?
Date:
12/11/2014

University of Birmingham forging lasting collaborations with India

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood and Chancellor Lord Bilimoria will accompany a ministerial delegation to New Delhi this week to underline the University of Birmingham's commitment to forging closer ties with India.
Date:
12/11/2014

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - November 2014

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From Bob the Robot to postgraduate engineering courses.
Date:
11/11/2014

Weight loss surgery: a cure for the type 2 diabetes epidemic?

Weight loss surgery: a cure for the type 2 diabetes epidemic?
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In the Birmingham Brief, Professor Janice L. Thompson, Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Exercise in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences discusses the connection between weight loss surgery and the reduction in risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Date:
11/11/2014

Glittering penguins: the power of the Christmas ad to win over (and lose) customers

Glittering penguins: the power of the Christmas ad to win over (and lose) customers
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As well as the tell-tale signs of decorations going up, the rolling out of Christmas advertisements has become a key moment for getting us all in the seasonal mood. And the competition to capture the festive spirit – and the customers that come with it – is fierce.
Date:
11/11/2014

Shifting world of espionage prompts call for Mandarin and Russian-speaking spies

Shifting world of espionage prompts call for Mandarin and Russian-speaking spies
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Dr Steve Hewitt writes for The Conversation
Date:
11/11/2014

LEPs, Growth and Minority Business

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It's likely that Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will remain intact regardless of which political party (or parties) prevails at the next General Election in May 2015. The jury's out on the extent to which LEPs have delivered on their remit to drive growth and create jobs.
Date:
11/11/2014

The Business Support Landscape and Ethnic Minority Businesses: What we Know? What we don't Know, and What we aim to Know?

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While existing research has been useful in painting a picture on who EMBs go to support and the some of the barriers they face, there are still important questions that remain
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11/11/2014

What can today's soldiers learn from WW1?

What can today's soldiers learn from WW1?
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Dr Jonathan Boff presents a series or articles and videos for BBCs iWonder.
Date:
11/11/2014

IRiS Event: Ralph Grillo seminar on Superdiversity

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All are welcome at this event at which Ralph Grillo from the University of Sussex will ask the question 'How can the law be expected to cope with 'Superdiversity'?'
Date:
11/11/2014

New paper investigates scientific explanations for Near-Death Experiences

New paper investigates scientific explanations for Near-Death Experiences
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School of psychology PhD student Hayley Dewe is a co-author on a new paper published, as part of wider engagement and scientific outreach, in The [UK] Skeptic magazine, which explores how the latest findings from brain science can help explain Near-Death Experiences.
Date:
11/11/2014
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