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18 February 2021

Eco-fusion is the new normal, as native and non-native species mix together

Many invasive species cause (often major) problems around the world. However, the idea that all “alien” species are inherently bad, and that invasions can be always effectively controlled, is mistaken. Invasive non-native species are frequently associated with damage to ecological systems and even to people and economies. Yet ecological novelty is now the order of the day, we we must adapt both our ideas and our actions to this new reality.


17 February 2021 | Long-read

Covid and community - charities and voluntary groups have 'shown up' and 'stuck around'

What the pandemic has taught us about community – how small local charities and voluntary organisations have ‘shown up’ and ‘stuck around’


12 February 2021

Why now is the time to build for the future with degree apprenticeships

If we are to thrive in the new world, we must focus on addressing the skills gaps that still exist within our economy. The Department of Education white paper ‘Skills for Jobs: Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth’ presents a blueprint for how we can change this – and degree apprenticeships have a key role to play within that.


09 February 2021 | 4 minutes

Understanding the principles of planetary health

Ella Kissi-Debrah died in London in February 2013, aged only nine years old, having been unwell with respiratory disease requiring multiple hospital admissions for several years.


02 February 2021

Peat bogs: restoring them could slow climate change – and revive a forgotten world

Peatlands were once widespread throughout the UK but their place in history has now largely been forgotten. Most of the debate around using natural habitats to draw down carbon from the atmosphere concerns planting trees and reforestation, some ecologists argue that a far better solution lies in restoring the peatlands that people have spent centuries draining and destroying.


28 January 2021 | Long-Read

A year of AWRC - health and wellbeing IS the agenda, not ON the agenda

The AWRC is the flagship research centre at the heart of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. Its vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of the population through innovations that help people move.


26 January 2021 | 4 minutes

Re-imagining our place - Sheffield City Region, the healthiest place in the country to live and work

As the vaccine brings hope that things will ‘return to normal’, we should aim for normal to mean something different. How about a normal that eradicates inequalities in healthy life years within a generation?


16 December 2020 | 4 minutes

Real estate prices are reaching record highs but that doesn’t mean it’s the only time to sell

The pandemic has had unexpected effects on the housing market, causing a rush to sell. But is this the right moment?


14 December 2020 | 3 minutes

Water exercises as effective as gym workouts for preventing cardiovascular disease

New research by the University has found that water exercises are as effective as gym workouts for preventing cardiovascular disease


08 December 2020 | 4 minutes

Why Covid-19 needs a human rights response

The 10 December marks International Human Rights Day and the 2020 theme is Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights with a focus on the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to put human rights at the centre of global responses and recovery.


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