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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.
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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.
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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
Date:
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

Connected or Disconnected? Re-thinking the role of local councils in changing times

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The Third Sector Research Centre, in partnership with the National Association of Local Councils, the University of Gloucestershire and the Institute of Local Government Studies, hosted a conference at Hucclecote Village Hall (Gloucestershire), to explore the challenges facing town and parish councils.
Date:
11/11/2014

Fixing aid: we can't turn off the tap at the first sign of corruption

Fixing aid: we can't turn off the tap at the first sign of corruption
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Written by Dr Heather Marquette. Over the past 15 years, those working in aid have changed the way they talk about corruption. Detecting and measuring corruption when money is sent overseas has become a hot topic since the United Nations...
Date:
11/11/2014

Understanding and improving mental health services for young people

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With a number of health and social care communities considering whether to develop their child and adolescent mental health services into a more integrated 0-25 pathway, comparative research at the University of Birmingham is exploring how such issues are approached in England, Wales and Scotland and in three Australian states.
Date:
10/11/2014

The big winner of the congressional elections is... Hillary Clinton

The big winner of the congressional elections is... Hillary Clinton
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The new Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, proclaimed his party would 'turn the country around' after Republicans gained seven seats in the Senate and extended its advantage in the House of Representatives. However, beyond the rhetoric, there may be a far different story and a different victor from Tuesday night's vote: Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee for the 2016 presidential election.
Date:
10/11/2014

Researchers contribute to Guardian debate on fragile states

Researchers contribute to Guardian debate on fragile states
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IDD's Siân Herbert and Suda Perera were among the expert panellists for a live Q&A on approaches to development in conflict-affected states on The Guardian Development Professionals Network website.
Date:
10/11/2014
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