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From one of the UK’s leading universities comes a new way to make real progress on some key issues that shape our society. Join some of Britain’s leading academics and highest-profile opinion formers as we seek answers that could change the way we live for the better. So, the floor is yours; will you make the most of it?

Police opposition to Harry Roberts’ release reflects murky history of his case

Yvonne Jewkes

By Professor Yvonne Jewkes from the Department of Criminology

Professor Yvonne Jewkes from the Department of Criminology, discusses on The Conversation the news that Harry Roberts is to be released from prison and how this news brings back his history.

The news that Harry Roberts is to be released from prison – potentially within days – has been greeted with outrage among the police. But after 48 years in prison, it’s time the knee-jerk reactions stopped. Roberts committed a particularly serious crime but has faced extraordinary opposition to his release. Read More »

Ancient human bone reveals when we bred with Neanderthals

Dr Daniel Zadik

By Dr Daniel Zadik, Department of Genetics

Dr Daniel Zadik from the Department of Genetics has written an article for The Conversation’s UK website discussing how genome extracted from an ancient femur reveals we have mated with Neanderthals 50,000 years ago. Read More »

Outside the cities and towns, rural Britain’s internet is firmly stuck in the 20th century

Dr Bianca

By Dr Bianca Reisdorf, Media and Communication

Dr Bianca Reisdorf from the Department of Media and Communication and Anne-Marie Oostveen, Research Fellow at University of Oxford explains on The Conversation that despite BT’s fibre optic and microwave radio links, rural towns and in Britain are still receiving slow internet connections. Read More »

Ruthless narcissists churned out by The Apprentice aren’t fit for the real business world

Professor Martin Parker

By Professor Martin Parker, School of Management.

As the new series of The Apprentice begins, Professor Martin Parker from the School of Management, shares his thoughts on the popular ‘entertainment’ series and how the show falsely depicts business as a world where a kind of moral emptiness is a condition of success on The Conversation. Read More »

Human rights law protects us all

Liz-Wicks

By Professor Liz Wicks, Professor of Human Rights Law, School of Law.

The Conservative Party’s proposals to radically revise the legal protection of human rights in the UK are poorly thought out, legally misguided and rather ominous. Read More »