Comment and opinion
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.
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.
'I could sow the seeds of a new civilisation'
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
Air pollution from Europe and America is making the tropics drier
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.
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.
Can schemes to inspire tomorrow's scientists close the poverty attainment gap?
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.
GCHQ datasharing with the NSA deemed unlawful
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
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.
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.
Beyond the pipelines
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Leopards can't change their spots but domestic violence programmes do change lives
“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.
New science policy initiatives threaten to destroy UK’s research excellence
Tom McLeish says "Without the right checks and balances, the UK’s science policy is being shaped by personal agendas."
Courthouse Rock: Elvis's legal legacy at 80
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?
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?
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.
PM has the power to address migration concerns without resorting to EU scare tactics
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.
Summer-born children suffer at school – but this can be solved
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.
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