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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?

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

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

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 »

Zapping the brain with tiny magnetic pulses improves memory

By Dr Elizabeth Maratos, Teaching Fellow and Teaching Assistant.

Dr Elizabeth Maratos, School of Psychology, explains on The Conversation how zapping the brain with tiny magnetic pulses improves memory.

The practice of physically stimulating the brain in order to alleviate symptoms of illness and injury has been around since the early 20th century. For example, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is still used to alleviate symptoms of depression.

However, perhaps in part due to negative connotations associated with ECT, in modern medicine treatment of psychological disorders have tended to use other forms of intervention. These now mostly involve drugs or therapy. However, a recent study, published in the journal Science, sees a return to this idea of stimulating brain regions to improve brain function. Read More »

Teachers on naughty step over pupils’ bad behaviour, but Ofsted report is unfair

By Dr Christopher Wilkins, Director of Teacher Education,School of Education

Dr Christopher Wilkins discusses the recent Ofsted report on The Conversation that not even the most effective teachers will maintain perfect behaviour from all their students at all times.

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Glorious Debo: Evelyn Waugh’s adoration of the last Mitford sister

By Dr Barbara Cooke, Research Associate, School of English

Dr Barbara Cooke discusses on The Conversation how despite their many differences, the novelist remained lifelong friends with the youngest of the Mitford sisters.

Deborah Mitford, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, often referred to as the “last Mitford sister”, has passed away. But Debo, as she was known to friends and family, was an institution in her own right. Under her care, Chatsworth House became one of the most profitable stately homes in the country and her work educating children about the origins of food marked her out as a great innovator. She was also a great beauty with a sweet and innocent disposition that belied her business acumen. No wonder men dropped at her feet. Read More »