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Teachers show bias to pupils who share their personality

Professor Peter Tymms analyses new research from Germany which looks at how similar personality traits between teachers and children can affect how children are assessed in school.

(25 Feb 2015) » More about teachers show bias to pupils who share their personality


To stop child abductors, we need a better understanding of who they are

Child abduction is every parent's worst nightmare. Graham Hill explores how demonising perpetrators can undermine our ability to understand their motives; an understanding which could lead to interventions to protect children.

(24 Feb 2015) » More about to stop child abductors, we need a better understanding of who they are


'I could sow the seeds of a new civilisation'

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Hannah Earnshaw, Department of Physics, talks about her application to the Mars One mission and her hopes of becoming one of the first humans to live on the Red Planet.

(23 Feb 2015) » More about 'I could sow the seeds of a new civilisation'


How school teachers could become the foot soldiers of education research

Professor Stephen Gorard and Dr Nadia Siddiqui ask "As demand for results of education research increases, could teachers do this as a part of their schools’ regular function?"

(19 Feb 2015) » More about How school teachers could become the foot soldiers of education research


Air pollution from Europe and America is making the tropics drier

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Harriet Ridley, Earth Sciences writes about the effect of air pollution from Europe and North America on the tropics, thousands of miles to the south.

(16 Feb 2015) » More about air pollution from Europe and America is making the tropics drier


The new law against 'revenge porn' is welcome, but no guarantee of success

Clare McGlynn, Durham University and Erika Rackley, University of Birmingham say while the new law is certainly welcome, what is really needed is cultural change: so that it is not just the breach of someone’s privacy by maliciously distributing private images that is condemned, but also the culture of hostility and aggression that feeds and underpins it.

(16 Feb 2015) » More about the new law against 'revenge porn' is welcome, but no guarantee of success


Can schemes to inspire tomorrow's scientists close the poverty attainment gap?

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Research by Pallavi Amitava Banerjee, School of Education, shows that while school performances in maths and science are improving, a school’s percentage of disadvantaged pupils still has the most impact on achievement in these subjects.

(10 Feb 2015) » More about can schemes to inspire tomorrow's scientists close the poverty attainment gap?


GCHQ datasharing with the NSA deemed unlawful

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Following the ruling from the Investigatory Powers Tribunal which ruled that the way GCHQ shared intelligence from the US National Security Agency was unlawful, Ian Leigh says we have no reason to believe that anything has changed at the organisation.

(9 Feb 2015) » More about GCHQ datasharing with the NSA deemed unlawful


Universities must aim higher on ethnic equality and diversity

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A new report, authored by Dr Vicki Boliver and published by race equality think-tank the Runnymede Trust, highlights a number of concerns around inequalities in higher education.

 

(4 Feb 2015) » More about Universities must aim higher on ethnic equality and diversity


Pushing standards up?

Stephen Gorard comments on the report by the Education Select Committee into academies and free schools.

(27 Jan 2015) » More about pushing standards up?


Why a controversial undercover cop should keep his academic post

Calls to sack Robert Lambert would deprive us of academic expertise, argues Stefano Bonino.

(26 Jan 2015) » More about why a controversial undercover cop should keep his academic post


Beyond the pipelines

Professor Gavin Bridge, Department of Geography, argues that the globalisation of the gas industry through the increased use of liquified natural gas (LNG) is not without risk.

(21 Jan 2015) » More about beyond the pipelines


Leopards can't change their spots but domestic violence programmes do change lives

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“Can a leopard really change its spots?” “Does everyone deserve a second chance?” “Do perpetrator programmes work?” These are some of the questions being asked this week as findings from a programme of research five years in the making – Project Mirabal are released.

Nicole Westmarland and Liz Kelly (London Metropolitan University) try to provide some answers.

 

(14 Jan 2015) » More about leopards can't change their spots but domestic violence programmes do change lives


New science policy initiatives threaten to destroy UK’s research excellence

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Tom McLeish says "Without the right checks and balances, the UK’s science policy is being shaped by personal agendas."

(13 Jan 2015) » More about new science policy initiatives threaten to destroy UK’s research excellence


Courthouse Rock: Elvis's legal legacy at 80

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On January 8 2015, Elvis would have been 80 years old. David Wall (SASS) looks at the significant post-mortem contribution to legal history he made.

(12 Jan 2015) » More about Courthouse Rock: Elvis's legal legacy at 80


Immigration system is full of holes but can Labour fix it?

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As the Labour Party unveiled it's pledge to “control immigration with fair rules” ahead of the forthcoming general election, Professor Thom Brooks asks if a Labour government can repair a broken system?

(17 Dec 2014) » More about Immigration system is full of holes but can Labour fix it?


Improved democracy in policing requires improved communication systems, not systems that fail

Dr Michael McManus comments on the necessity of good communications between the public and police in the fight against crime.

(2 Dec 2014) » More about Improved democracy in policing requires improved communication systems, not systems that fail


PM has the power to address migration concerns without resorting to EU scare tactics

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In the run up to the general election in May 2015, Thom Brooks, Durham Law School, argues that Westminster – and David Cameron in particular – should focus much more on delivering policies within its control instead of talking up the problems that come as part of being a member of the EU.

(2 Dec 2014) » More about PM has the power to address migration concerns without resorting to EU scare tactics


Summer-born children suffer at school – but this can be solved

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Whether a child is born in the summer or the winter can have a real impact on how well they perform at school. Stephen Gorard, School of Education, argues that the simplest solution to this problem in the short term, is to routinely age-standardise all assessment results.

(2 Dec 2014) » More about summer-born children suffer at school – but this can be solved


 

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