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Booking Open: Ninth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, 2-5 March 2015

Booking Open: Ninth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, 2-5 March 2015
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The Call for Papers is now open for "The History and Text of New Testament Commentaries", the Ninth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, 2-5 March 2015. It is also possible to book for the conference at a reduced rate before 22nd December.
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05/11/2014

University of Birmingham signs collaboration with the European Commission

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The University of Birmingham has signed a collaboration agreement with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Brussels.
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05/11/2014

Why I quit the Government's anti-Muslim hatred working group

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Social Policy's Dr Chris Allen writes in a recent article published in the Huffington Post, 'Why I quit the Government's anti-Muslim hatred working group'.
Date:
05/11/2014

The poppy hijab is just Islamophobia with a floral motif

The poppy hijab is just Islamophobia with a floral motif
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For some time, my research has shown that Muslim women who wear the hijab or other types of Muslim attire are the most likely to become victims of street-level Islamophobia. The explanation is simple: those wearing the hijab are easily recognisable as being Muslim. For perpetrators, the hijab is also seen to symbolise Islam, or more appropriately, all that they perceive to be wrong or problematic about Islam.
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05/11/2014

The Conversation: Want to feed the world? Tackle pollution from ozone and soot

The Conversation: Want to feed the world? Tackle pollution from ozone and soot
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Pollution from soot and ozone has caused a major decrease of crop yields in India, with some densely populated states experiencing 50% relative yield losses. Zongbo Shi argues that to ensure the world has enough food, we need to look directly at air pollution.
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04/11/2014

New set of standards to improve adult social care commissioning

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A new set of standards to help local authorities improve the effectiveness and quality of adult social care commissioning has been launched at the National Children and Adult Services (NCAS) Conference in Manchester.
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04/11/2014

Maximising older people's use of personal budgets

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Age UK was funded by the Department of Health to deliver a programme called Maximising Older People's Personal Budget Use (MOPPU) - read the project evaluation report.
Date:
03/11/2014

Maximising Older People's use of Personal Budgets

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TSRC publish new report on Maximising Older People's Personal budget Use (MOPPU) which aimed to 'improve social care outcomes for older people using personal budgets' through the development of an 'innovative volunteer-delivery model'.
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03/11/2014

Recent PhD Success Highlights Strength of POLSIS Doctoral Research

Recent PhD Success Highlights Strength of POLSIS Doctoral Research
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Sixteen doctoral students gained a PhD in the past year in POLSIS.
Date:
03/11/2014

AHRC funding for UK/EU arts and humanities doctoral research students

AHRC funding for UK/EU arts and humanities doctoral research students
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The DTP is in the second of five years, awarding 87 PhD Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2015 entry.
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03/11/2014

Rare First World War military passports and medals go on public display

Rare First World War military passports and medals go on public display
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Rare First World War military passports and medals will go on public display this month after being donated to the University of Birmingham's Cadbury Research Library (CRL).
Date:
03/11/2014

How to get funding for your arts and humanities postgrad

How to get funding for your arts and humanities postgrad
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Dr Charlotte Hempel, Director of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School was featured in The Guardian this week in an article on obtaining postgraduate Arts and Humanities funding.
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03/11/2014

Beckman Coulter forms technology collaboration with the University of Birmingham, UK

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Beckman Coulter has entered into a technology collaboration with scientists at the University of Birmingham, UK, establishing a collaboration to accelerate research into higher-throughput biology to support the University's activities towards better protecting environment and human health.
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03/11/2014

IRiS academic on Radio Five Live

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Dr Nando Sigona from the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), was interviewed on Question Time Extra Time on BBC Radio 5 Live.
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03/11/2014

Blog: Preaching to the choir: reflections on key leadership skills for local authority chief executives – part 3: courage

Blog: Preaching to the choir: reflections on key leadership skills for local authority chief executives – part 3: courage
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Written by Catherine Staite. Leadership is not a sprint – it's a marathon. You are in it for the long haul and that is why courage is so important. Maya Angelou argued that courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently and that is certainly evident in the role of chief executive. Not only do you need to keep yourself going through challenging times, you also need to be able to demonstrate courage to your staff and members. If you falter, so will they.
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31/10/2014

Jerusalem, Israeli settlements and why a third intifada could be about to kick off

Jerusalem, Israeli settlements and why a third intifada could be about to kick off
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Written by Dr Asaf Siniver. Does this month's escalation in violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank mean that a third intifada – a Palestinian uprising against the Israel's occupation, following those of 1987 and 2000 – is imminent? The latest events in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict prove that the next round could kick off at any moment.
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31/10/2014

Blog: Achieving better outcomes for the troubled family of local government

Blog: Achieving better outcomes for the troubled family of local government
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Written by Simon Parker. In this debate, Simon Parker (NLGN), Catherine Staite (INLOGOV) and Tony Bovaird (INLOGOV) agree that the current state of UK local government is unsustainable – but see different routes to rescuing a sustainable future.
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30/10/2014

Podcast: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order

Podcast: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order
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A joint POLSIS/ICCS distinguished lecture given by one of the world's leading experts on international relations. Chair: Dr Tim Haughton (POLSIS/CREES), Speaker: Robert O. Keohane (Princeton University), Discussant: Professor Nicholas Wheeler (ICCS, University of Birmingham).
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30/10/2014

Podcast: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order

Podcast: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order
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A joint POLSIS/ICCS distinguished lecture given by one of the world's leading experts on international relations. Chair: Dr Tim Haughton (POLSIS/CREES), Speaker: Robert O. Keohane (Princeton University), Discussant: Professor Nicholas Wheeler (ICCS, University of Birmingham).
Date:
30/10/2014

Education and awareness needed to combat 'global epidemic' of liver disease

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Despite significant advances in our knowledge of how to diagnose and treat chronic liver disease, we are currently experiencing a global epidemic in cases. In Europe alone, 29 million people suffer from chronic liver disease, and this rapid upward trend is reproduced in England, where liver disease is one of the leading causes of premature mortality.
Date:
30/10/2014
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