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Media relations while researching violent extremism

INCIDENTS of terrorism in the West by violent extremists grab the news media’s attention like few other stories, but academics can be reluctant to engage with journalists to help explain what drives people to commit such ghastly acts for fear that their research may be compromised. Often this leaves university media relations advisers looking like […]

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Tackling two challenges after bowel cancer

TWO big issues have haunted me since my treatment for bowel cancer in 2015 – insomnia and sudden urges to go for a poo at awkward moments! The good news is trouble sleeping since my surgery and all the radiotherapy & chemotherapy is easing – thanks to finding the right balance of pills, potions and […]

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British progress in U-Multirank university ranking

Just as Great Britain is heading for the Brexit door from the European Union, a breakthrough of sorts has resolved one of the weaknesses of the European Commission backed U-Multirank world university comparative rankings. For the number of UK higher education institutions listed in the recently published 2017 U-Multirank has rocketed from 48 last year […]

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Time to end the bowel cancer screening lottery

April is an important month for both me and those campaigning to lower the bowel cancer screening age. For it is bowel cancer awareness month and this year the charity Beating Bowel Cancer is asking supporters to write to MPs to end the UK bowel cancer lottery, which sees the bowel cancer screening age start […]

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What Brexit means for European universities

Britain is not be not leaving Europe but it has just started divorce proceedings from the European Union. Here I explore some of the implications for European higher education. British and European higher education and research leaders are watching nervously as developments unfold following the start of the official process of the UK leaving the […]

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Can UK universities remain European after Brexit?

Are there lessons for Brexit Britain to learn from Switzerland’s threatened exclusion from the European Union’s collaborative programmes for mobility and research, such as Erasmus+ and the Horizon 2020, after a referendum vote to restrict immigration? ERASMUS is arguably one of the European Union’s biggest success stories in demonstrating the value of the European project. […]

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The year transnational education came of age

2016 certainly feels like the year transnational higher education really came of an age. Everywhere you turn you’ll find a conference or webinar looking at the attractions of exporting one’s education services across the globe or delving into specifics, such as quality control and other challenges associated with universities offering their wares overseas. With internationally […]

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U-Multirank claims to be biggest university rankings

Once again U-Multirank, the European Commission supported world university rankings, was largely ignored by the British media and higher education establishment despite its claim to be the largest global university ranking. Only 13 UK universities actively participated in the 2016 rankings – just one more than last year – and no British institution topped any […]

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Discovering you have got cancer

Towards the end of 2014, I discovered I had joined the growing number of people in the UK with cancer. That number is likely to hit the 2.5 million mark this year, up 400,000 from five years ago, or so I read in The Guardian on 6 January while waiting for my second dose of […]

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