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14 October 2015
“In physics, Nobel prizes are awarded for being correct while in economics they are often awarded for being brilliant.” So said former World Bank president Robert Zoellick. Economist Angus Deaton noted the contrast and pondered how interesting it might be to classify economics laureates into Zoellick’s two boxes, writes Professor
Ian Preston (UCL Economics) in The Conversation.
13 October 2015
The pursuit of global mobility in a world divided up into nations invokes a fundamental dilemma. Free passage without harassment is a right we routinely expect to exercise whenever we travel abroad. Yet the right of people within a country to determine who enters their nation is enshrined in law. This unresolvable tension between sovereignty and mobility catches international students in its grip, writes Professor Simon Marginson (UCL Institute of Education) in The Conversation.
Our new research shows that many of the schools that have become academies since the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government came to power are fundamentally different in nature from those that became academies under Labour, writes Professor Stephen Machin (UCL Economics) in The Conversation.
12 October 2015
As David Cameron prepares the ground for a return to the House of Commons to seek support for the bombing of Syria, many will search in vain for a longer-term strategy that guides him, writes Professor Philippe Sands (UCL Laws) in the Financial Times.
8 October 2015
On Monday, about 100 employees stormed an Air France management and
union official meeting that was discussing dramatic job cuts. As the
negotiations had been making no progress, the staff became angry, and
tussled with some company officials, writes Professor Philippe Marliere (UCL SELCS) in The Guardian.
maintain an oral tradition that tallies the massacres inflicted upon
them over the centuries. Some say there have been 72, others 73.
Whatever the number, genocidal campaigns against this ethno-religious
minority are a recurring feature of their history, writes Dr Tyler Fisher (UCL SELCS) in The Conversation.
7 October 2015
Evaluating the home secretary’s claim requires recognising that the economic effects of immigration have several dimensions. Although she says the overall impact is close to zero, she bases that on several specific claims, says Professor Ian Preston (UCL Economics) in The Conversation.
When Theresa May says that "at best the net economic and fiscal effect
of high immigration is close to zero" and that "there is no case, in the
national interest, for immigration of the scale we have experienced
over the last decade," she is ignoring persuasive arguments that
immigration may in many cases be economically beneficial, write Professor Christian Dustmann (UCL CReAM) and Professor Ian Preston (UCl Economics) in Newsweek.
6 October 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement on September 18 that
Volkswagen had manipulated diesel engines during emissions tests sent
shockwaves around the Western world, writes Professor Bernhard Rieger (UCL History) in Foreign Affairs.
30 September 2015
The penultimate object in the spectacular Cosmonauts exhibition,
just opened at the Science Museum in London, is a spacesuit for a
mission to Mars. It is lightweight, almost fragile and the pink-brown
colour of the Martian sky. It suggests that after the fraught Cold War
dynamics of the old space race, the inevitable next destination is the
red planet, writes Professor Jon Agar (UCL Science & Technology Studies) in The Conversation.
23 September 2015
Expectant parents in England with a September due-date will no longer
have to hope that their baby doesn’t arrive too early. The UK schools
minister Nick Gibb recently announced
that he will amend the school admissions code to clarify that no child
will be forced to start school when they have just turned four, says Tammy Campbell (UCL Institute of Education) in The Conversation.
“Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in a cradle forever,” said the Russian aviation pioneer Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in 1911. The quote, displayed at a new exhibition celebrating Soviet space success, still seems relevant today, writes Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) in The Conversation.
17 September 2015
A recent analysis of staff selected for inclusion in last year’s
research excellence framework made predictably depressing reading, writes Professor David Price (UCL Vice-Provost, Research) in THE (£).
16 September 2015
Heavy flooding has affected more than a million people in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, with 45 dead and more than 200,000
in relief camps. And yet there is still very little coverage of the
disaster in the international media – perhaps not surprising when you
consider even most Indians aren’t paying attention, writes Sneha Krishnan (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic
Engineering Department) in The Conversation.
14 September 2015
At the turn of the 19th century, the world stood poised for one of its
greatest transformations. An increasing ability to apply the fruits of
science to everyday needs created a priceless new paradigm for advancing
humanity, writes Professor Donald Braben (UCL Earth Sciences) in New Scientist.
11 September 2015
The popular image of an archaeologist is someone who spends most of
their time on their knees painstakingly excavating sites. Although
excavation is still one of archaeology’s principal research methods, it
is not without problems: it is slow, expensive and can cover only
relatively small areas of a site, writes Dr Kris Lockyear (UCL Archaeology) in The Conversation.
2 September 2015
Intellectual disability is characterised by
impairment in cognition (intellect) and difficulties in day-to-day life
skills. It is fixed and lifelong, although with the right support most
people with intellectual disability can lead active and fulfilling
lives, writes Dr Rory Sheehan (UCL Psychiatry) in The Conversation.
28 August 2015
While the latest immigration figures are grabbing the headlines, researchers like me are trying to not think about their potential political repercussions, writes Professor Stephen Moss (UCL Ophthalmology) in the Guardian Higher Education Network.
Labour leadership hopefuls Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Burnham
have both spoken of re-nationalising the UK’s railways. National
ownership of such a crucial piece of a country’s infrastructure is the
source of much debate, writes Nicole
Badstuber (UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering) in The Conversation.
A few mischievous children acting out in a classroom and disrupting an
entire lesson is a common scenario that teachers deal with. However,
trouble-making children who hit out and misbehave are not only
disruptive to teachers and classrooms, they are also likely to get lower
grades, says Praveetha
Patalay (UCL Institute of Education) in The Conversation.
26 August 2015
Economics is often described as the dismal science, but it
regularly contains cheerful material. A paper by the leading US economic
historian Joel Mokyr made for exuberant holiday reading. Written
for the top Journal of Economic Perspectives, it is entirely in English
and contains not a single mathematical symbol, writes Dr Paul Ormerod (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health
Psychology) in City AM.
18 August 2015
Autism is commonly, if mistakenly, associated more with logical thinking
than creative expression. But new research suggests we might need to
rethink our views on creativity and autism, writes Dr Anna Remington (UCL Institute of Education) in The Conversation.
14 August 2015
Struggling schools that were given more autonomy by being converted into
academies under the former Labour government have seen improved exam
results compared to similar schools that did not become academies,
according to our new research, writes Professor Stephen Machin (UCL Economics) in The Conversation.
A-level results day is here and with its dawn have arrived pictures of
jubilant young people jumping for joy. The most amount of students ever
were accepted into university on A-level results day according to the University and College Admission Service, write Dr Mary Richardson and Dr Tina Isaacs (both UCL Institute of
Education) in The Conversation.
13 August 2015
Another university admissions cycle is reaching its climax with A-level
results envelopes opening, university places confirmed and the clearing process
for those who did better or worse than they’d hoped kicking into
action. Amid all this, the government is having a third go at creating a
real market in higher education, writes Professor Peter Scott (UCL Institute of Education) in The Conversation.
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