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Researcher awarded Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication

Researcher awarded Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication
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GEES doctoral researcher Martín Ezcurra has won the University of Birmingham Graduate School's Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication.
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27/06/2014

Mother, child and state: the moral complexities of child protection

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University researchers have drawn attention to the numbers of children successively compulsorily removed from the same mother through the family courts. The Nuffield Foundation-funded work, by Karen Broadhurst, Claire Mason and Judith Harwin of the Universities of Brunel and Manchester, has caused a flurry of media interest, with the BBC noting that 7,143 mothers were involved in repeat care cases, affecting 22,790 children. Professor Sue White contributes to the latest Birmingham Brief.
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27/06/2014

INLOGOV briefing paper: Reflections on 'Bridging the gap'

INLOGOV briefing paper: Reflections on 'Bridging the gap'
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Written by Daniel Goodwin, June 2014. The Inlogov Symposium, Bridging the Gap, was designed to encourage the sharing of new ideas,creativity, evidence and experience on some of the key challenges for local government. This post expands on an earlier blog piece, reflects on the discussions and suggests points and questions for the future.
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26/06/2014

Shakespeare Unbard: a performance

Shakespeare Unbard: a performance
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Students from our Shakespeare and Creativity MA programme present Shakespeare Unbard - a performance which explores how societies over time have celebrated Shakespeare, and his relevance to individuals and communities today.
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25/06/2014

Pour les musulmans de Birmingham, 'les Blancs sont jaloux parce qu'on réussit'

Pour les musulmans de Birmingham, 'les Blancs sont jaloux parce qu'on réussit'
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Dr Kieran Connell was interviewed about immigrant cultures in Britain for an article in Le Monde.
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25/06/2014

Without HS3, all railroads lead to London - and a lopsided nation

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Pat Hanlon, a Senior Lecturer in Transport Economics, discusses George Osborne's proposal for a high speed rail line across the north of England and the effects it could have on the UK's great economic imbalance.
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25/06/2014

Some dogs find kennels exciting, not stressful

Some dogs find kennels exciting, not stressful
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New research suggests that dogs who spend a short time in boarding kennels may not find it unduly stressful and could in fact find the change of scenery exciting.
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25/06/2014

Civil Engineering graduates recognised for excellence in geotechnical engineering

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Two graduates from the School of Civil Engineering recently received the high accolade of being shortlisted for the Ground Engineering's Young Geotechnical Engineer award 2014. Janvi Shah was announced as the winner and Chris Shaw was highly commended at a prestigious awards ceremony, which took place in May.
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24/06/2014

Advanced materials research recognised at international conference

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James MacDonald, PhD student in the Advanced Materials and Processing lab, School of Metallurgy and Materials has won the Best Poster Prize at the International Conference on Hot Isostatic Pressing Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, attended by over 170 guests from 21 countries.
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24/06/2014

Making Mini Big Bangs at the Large Hadron Collider

Making Mini Big Bangs at the Large Hadron Collider
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Much has been made of the discovery of the Higgs boson – the elementary particle pivotal to the Standard Model of physics – and rightly so. Yet the so-called 'God particle', hypothesised for so long and finally confirmed in 2012, is responsible for only one per cent of the mass of the visible universe. The other 99 per cent is due to the Strong Force.Professor David Evans, School of Physics and Astronomy, talks about his work at the Large Hadron Collider.
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24/06/2014

Pepper the emotional robot may just make you angry

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Dr Nick Hawes writes for The Conversation.
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24/06/2014

Midsummer Mischief

Midsummer Mischief
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Professor Ewan Fernie joins Erica Whyman (RSC) and the panel of artists and creatives to discuss how gender relates to Shakespeare's work as part of the Midsummer Mischief season.
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24/06/2014

Research group hopes to provide a clearer picture of how we interpret images

Research group hopes to provide a clearer picture of how we interpret images
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A new research network is aiming to deepen our understanding of how humans, animals and machines interpret visual images.
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24/06/2014

ChangeUp ten years on – where next?

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A new blogpost from TSRC's Dr Rob Macmillan: 24th June 2014.What were you up to ten years ago? On 24th June 2004, it was cold, windy and wet over much of the country, Britney Spears was at Number 1 in the charts, and, plus ca change, later that evening the England football team would exit another international football competition.Fiona Mactaggart, meanwhile, then in the Home Office as the Minister for the Voluntary and Community Sector, was out and about visiting voluntary organisations in Gloucester. She was there to launch ChangeUp, the government's ten year framework for capacity building and infrastructure..."
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24/06/2014

Transformative new approach to glucose sensor devices

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College Best Publication Award. John S. Fossey (Chemistry), Paula Mendes (Chemical Engineering) and others from the University Birmingham, UK, along with collaborators at the University of Bath (Tony James), UK, and at the East China University of Science and Technology (Yitao Long), China, produced two back to back papers on the development of glucose sensors, which appeared in Analyst.
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24/06/2014

Funding boost for research into harmonic analysis

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Dr Maria Carmen Reguera, Birmingham Fellow in the School of Mathematics is among 13 top scientists to receive a funding boost for her research from the VINNOVA programme, Mobility for Growth.
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23/06/2014

Tools for Talking supports the development of shared understandings between service users and social care providers

Tools for Talking supports the development of shared understandings between service users and social care providers
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A School of Psychology project has been shedding light on the social care experiences of people with learning disabilities from minority ethnic populations.
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23/06/2014

Funding strengthens UK-Rio research links

Funding strengthens UK-Rio research links
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The University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham have a new funding agreement to work with leading research institutions in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. The agreement will initially support up to 10 collaborative research projects over two rounds of funding worth £340,000.
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23/06/2014

Poll places College of Medical and Dental Sciences academics among world's most influential researchers

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Two academics from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences have been named as Highly Cited Researchers in a prestigious list of the world's leading scientific minds.
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23/06/2014

Mentoring: it's not charity

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Professor Kiran Trehan discusses her work on how mentoring provides truly mutual benefits for those involved.
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23/06/2014
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