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By Stephen Corbett, Professor in Professional Development and Learning, University of Portsmouth
The latest figures show yet another failure to meet teacher recruitment targets in England. In eight of the past nine years there have been too few people entering the teaching profession in the UK. In 2023-24, only half of the targeted secondary trainee teacher places have been filled.

Current indications show that the government needs over 13,000 more…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Lukas Engelmann, Chancellor's Fellow Sociology and History of Biomedicine, The University of Edinburgh
Dora Vargha, Professor of History and Medical Humanities, Humboldt University of Berlin
There is no clearer marker that we are now in the “after” phase of the pandemic, than the proliferation of public inquiries, reports on lessons learned and post hoc analyses. To reassess and agonise over how reasonable lockdown was is now a near-constant in the media, particularlyThe Conversation (Full Story)
By Anna Grosman, Reader in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Loughborough University
Aldo Musacchio, Professor of Management and Economics, Brandeis University
Gerhard Schnyder, Professor of International Management & Political Economy, Loughborough University
Existing measures to cajole companies to decarbonise, with subsidies for renewable energy and carbon taxes, have failed to prevent global emissions rising. Does state ownership, particularly in the energy sector, make this process easier?

State-owned energy firms that search for, produce and refine fossil fuels are among the most polluting organisations in the world. But because governments have a big say in how they operate, it might be considered easier for their…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Leora Hadas, Assistant Professor, Film and Television Studies, University of Nottingham
The book will change the story and what was once given to a community of readers for free will cease to exist online.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Adam de Paor-Evans, Research Lead at Rhythm Obscura / Lecturer in the School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth
Released last month, Houston-born rapper Megan Thee Stallion’s hit song Hiss is a textbook diss record. Fans and critics have suggested the track takes aim at multiple artists including Tory Lanez, Nicki Minaj and Drake. Minaj responded with her own track, Big…The Conversation (Full Story)
By Amnesty International
“Following his poisoning, unjust imprisonment and torture in prison, Aleksei Navalny has died after languishing for 37 months behind bars and being sent to one of Russia’s most remote and harshest prisons. Aleksei was a prisoner of conscience jailed only for speaking out against a repressive government” said Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General. “He […] The post Russia: Prisoner of conscience Aleksei Navalny, Kremlin’s most vocal opponent, dies in custody appeared first on Amnesty International. ]]> (Full Story)
By Jonathan Tonge, Professor of Politics, University of Liverpool
Writing about Conservative byelection calamities has become something of a standard Friday practice for me. But the party’s defeat in Wellingborough in Northamptonshire was particularly brutal.

The Tory vote share was a mere 25% and the Conservative to Labour swing of 28.5% was the second biggest in modern electoral history. Only Dudley West in 1994, with a 29.1% swing, was bigger. That result was the…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Michael McOsker, Research Fellow in Papyrology, UCL
On 19 October 1752, a discovery was made 20 metres underneath the town of Resina, near Naples in Italy. Peasants digging wells in the area around Mount Vesuvius had struck marble statuary and mosaic pavements – and they also found lumps of carbon.

Initially, they were tossed aside – the lumps weren’t considered valuable or pretty, so were of no interest. But thankfully, someone noticed they were all about the same size and shape, and investigated further. It was soon discovered the carbonised lumps they thought were rolled-up hunting or fishing nets, or bolts of cloth, in fact contained…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Nick Butler, Associate Professor, Stockholm University
Offensive jokes encourage us to laugh at something we are not supposed to laugh at. Something Trump-supporting politicians are using effectively.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Jade Davies, PhD Candidate, Translational Microbiome, Quadram Institute
This bacterium is found in the guts of most people – but has also been implicated in diseases such as IBS and colorectal cancer.The Conversation (Full Story)
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