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04 August 2021 | 4 minutes

How to make teaching more women-friendly, post-COVID

For women, teaching is often seen as a welcoming profession, but around one in nine female primary teachers leave the profession each year. Here are some ways in which teaching could be made more women-friendly.

02 July 2021

Open to all? Using our physical and digital spaces to better engage local communities

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Richard Calvert, explores what role universities’ physical spaces should play in civic engagement and how digital technologies can support this.

26 April 2021

Selfie culture: what your choice of camera angle says about you

Over the past decade, selfies have become a mainstay of popular culture. As recent studies have shown, the way we take selfies – and the specific camera angles we choose – varies depending on what we intend to do with them.

22 April 2021

Electric cars could make the roads safer – here’s how

Traffic-related fatalities are the eighth leading cause of death for people of all ages. Both because of the way they are driven and the mechanics inside them, electric vehicles could play an important role in making our roads safer.

23 March 2021 | Long-read

The pandemic one year on

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the whole of society over the last year in many ways. One demographic hit especially hard has been university students – a million-strong community across the country.

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.

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