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What does the future hold for the NHS?

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The following articles in the recently published publication reflect the broad range of interests held by HSMC colleagues, but all consider the future challenges and opportunities for the NHS, and interpret leadership in a range of contexts.
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21/07/2014

New book series: Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality

New book series: Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality
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Dr Nicola Smith, Senior Lecturer in POLSIS, has recently signed a book series. The book series is called 'Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality', is being published by Rowman & Littlefield International and is edited by Nicola Smith, Adrienne Roberts (University of Manchester) and Juanita Elias (University of Birmingham). The series has just started and they will have a big launch once the first books have been commissioned.
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21/07/2014

Funded PhD opportunities: School of Social Policy

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The School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, is seeking to recruit two full time doctoral research scholarships. Find out how to apply.
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21/07/2014

Blog: From repression to co-production with citizens: Why we need behaviour change in healthcare

Blog: From repression to co-production with citizens: Why we need behaviour change in healthcare
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Written by Jörgen Tholstrup. What's the mission of health care? I've been working as a physician and gastroenterologist both in Denmark and Sweden for more than 30 years. Over time, I've become more and more puzzled about our healthcare system and how otherwise responsible human beings can tolerate the way that common behaviourial rules are suspended when you access healthcare.
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21/07/2014

The Conversation: How far were Russia's 'little green men' involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?

The Conversation: How far were Russia's 'little green men' involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?
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Written by Dr Kataryna Wolczuk. The shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in Eastern Ukraine on 17th June has placed the conflict which has engulfed that part of Ukraine into an entirely new context. It has transformed the event from a localised, regional rebellion into a crisis that brings Russia's role into the open.
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21/07/2014

One in four could not find £200 in an emergency, research shows

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Nearly a quarter of people would be unable to find £200 at short notice, new research shows.One in six admit they would have to borrow the money, with a further 8% saying they simply could not pay, according to data published in an annual financial-state-of-the-nation report by academics.
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18/07/2014

The Israeli-Palestinian crisis: A distressing déjà vu

The Israeli-Palestinian crisis: A distressing déjà vu
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Written by Dr Asaf Siniver. The most depressing aspect of the current round of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, beyond the death toll and the human suffering, is the sheer predictability of this crisis. As far as contemporary armed conflicts go, few could match the intensity, inevitability and perpetuity of the ongoing struggle between the militant group Hamas and the Israeli government.
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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

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

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

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

Female Entrepreneurship: Gearing Up For Business Growth

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'Female Entrepreneurship: Gearing Up For Business Growth' workshop in Birmingham looks at the key issues faced by female entrepreneurs.
Date:
10/07/2014

The essence of community hospitals

The essence of community hospitals
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The statement from Simon Stevens about the role of small hospitals in the NHS is welcome, and unexpected. Those communities who are actively campaigning to keep their valued local hospitals are stopped in their tracks. Can this be right – does the NHS have room now for community hospitals as part of its infrastructure? A clear message from the CEO of the NHS would suggest so.
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10/07/2014

Relations between China and India take centre stage at Birmingham conference

Relations between China and India take centre stage at Birmingham conference
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A ground-breaking conference at the University of Birmingham will bring together scholars from China, India and the UK to address contemporary Sino-Indian relations. Focusing on economic and security implications, speakers will also discuss the implications of China and India's simultaneous rise on the West.
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08/07/2014

Blog: 21st century public servant: the discussion phase

Blog: 21st century public servant: the discussion phase
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Written by Catherine Needham. This post is based on a provocation which I posed at INLOGOV's recent Summer Symposium. It is an attempt to move on the conversation about engagement between local government, other public institutions, citizens and communities.
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08/07/2014

Let the people co-create our cities of the future, urge University of Birmingham experts

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The UK's cities of the future should be "self-made", with citizens being enabled to help generate their own vision of urban living and to elect non-partisan leaders who can deliver it, urges a new Policy Commission report.
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07/07/2014

University of Birmingham to facilitate academic cooperation with Rio de Janeiro

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Academics from the University of Birmingham and a Research Foundation in Rio de Janeiro working to facilitate academic cooperation in Brazil and the UK.
Date:
07/07/2014

Peking University collaboration

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A delegation from HSMC was in Beijing last week to meet with representatives from the Health Science Centre at Peking University to share experiences of health care reform.
Date:
07/07/2014
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