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What is the Value of a Degree?

11:13, Thu 8 Dec 2011

Professors Kate Purcell and Peter Elias, from the Institute of Employment Research, discuss the value of a degree.

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How employable are today's graduates?

11:12, Thu 8 Dec 2011

In the second of a series of podcasts on graduates and employability, Professor Kate Purcell and Professor Peter Elias discuss what employers are really looking for in today's graduates

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"Anonymous" Discussion

13:28, Fri 11 Nov 2011

Exploring the theory that Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, wrote the plays that we attribute to Shakespeare. Roland Emmerich's new film Anonymous has re-opened the Shakespeare authorship debate. In this video, Prof Carol Rutter and Prof Stanley Wells discuss their reactions to the film and address some of the claims made by it.

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Dating the Birth of Jesus and the 'first Christmas' with a Herodian Coin

15:51, Mon 20 Dec 2010

Anno domini. Today we use the system devised by the sixth-century monk, Dionysius Exiguus, as a way of synchronising events, and associate its origin with the nativity of Jesus and the 'first Christmas'. But did Dionysius get his dates right? Professor Kevin Butcher from the Department of Classics explores how a coin issued by Herod Antipas suggests not...

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Professor Donald Singer and Dr Michael Hulse discuss this year's Hippocrates Prize

13:57, Mon 22 Nov 2010

Warwick Medical School's Professor Donald Singer and Associate Professor Michael Hulse, English, chat about the hugely successful international poetry and medical Hippocrates Prize

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Professor Shaun Breslin and Professor Adil Najam: The Strategic Partnership and Globalisation

11:57, Thu 18 Nov 2010

The University of Warwick's Professor Shaun Breslin and Boston University's Professor Adil Najam, Director, Frederick S Pardee Centre discuss the strategic partnership between the two universities particularly in the field of Globalisation.

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The University of Warwick's Professor Wyn Grant in conversation with Boston University's Professor Graham Wilson about politics and the strategic partnership.

09:57, Thu 18 Nov 2010

Prof Graham Wilson, Department for Political science, Boston University & Prof Wyn Grant, Department of Politics, The University of Warwick, discuss their joint political workshops and how the strategic partnerships between the two universities is progressing. Part of a series of conversation pieces that demonstrates the strategic partnership between the University of Warwick and Boston University.

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The University of Warwick's Professor Shaun Breslin in conversation with Boston University's Rachel Thrasher about the growth area of South South Trade.

16:27, Wed 17 Nov 2010

Part of a series of conversation pieces that demonstrates the strategic partnership between the University of Warwick and Boston University.

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University of Warwick's Richard Higgott - The Theory and Practice of Global Economics Governance: The Limits and Prospects of Multilateralism in the 21st Century

13:11, Tue 16 Nov 2010

Part of the 2nd Joint Boston/Warwick Politics and International Studies Workshop on Aspects of the Post Financial Crisis.

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University of Warwick's Timothy J. Sinclair - Conflicts of Interest and the Global Financial Crisis

13:09, Tue 16 Nov 2010

Part of the 2nd Joint Boston/Warwick Politics and International Studies Workshop on Aspects of the Post Financial Crisis.

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Cardiff Business School's Glenn Morgan - Constructing Financial Markets: reforming Over-the-Counter derivatives markets in the aftermath of the financial crisis

13:07, Tue 16 Nov 2010

Part of the 2nd Joint Boston/Warwick Politics and International Studies Workshop on Aspects of the Post Financial Crisis.

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The University of Warwick's Shaun Breslin - China and the Global Crisis: Global Responsibility meets Domestic Vulnerability

13:04, Tue 16 Nov 2010

Part of the 2nd Joint Boston/Warwick Politics and International Studies Workshop on Aspects of the Post Financial Crisis.

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Boston University's Min Ye - ‘Coethnic Foreign Investment (EDI) versus non-Ethnic Foreign Investment (FDI): How have they impacted China and India differently?

13:02, Tue 16 Nov 2010

Part of the 2nd Joint Boston/Warwick Politics and International Studies Workshop on Aspects of the Post Financial Crisis.

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Boston University's Kevin Gallagher - Facilitating Foreign Investment for Strategic Resources: Evidence of China in Latin America after the Crisis

13:00, Tue 16 Nov 2010

Part of the 2nd Joint Boston/Warwick Politics and International Studies Workshop on Aspects of the Post Financial Crisis.

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Boston University's Vivien Schmidt - ‘What Happened to the SMEs? France, Italy and Spain?

12:57, Tue 16 Nov 2010

Part of the 2nd Joint Boston/Warwick Politics and International Studies Workshop on Aspects of the Post Financial Crisis.

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University of Warwick's Ben Clift - French Responses to the Global Economic Crisis: The global economy of ‘post-dirigisme’ and new state activism

12:47, Tue 16 Nov 2010

Part of the 2nd Joint Boston/Warwick Politics and International Studies Workshop on Aspects of the Post Financial Crisis.

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Boston University's Cathie Jo Martin - Social Solidarity in Scandinavia after the Fall of Finance Capitalism

12:45, Tue 16 Nov 2010

Part of the 2nd Joint Boston/Warwick Politics and International Studies Workshop on Aspects of the Post Financial Crisis.

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Boston University's William Grimes - The Future of Regional Liquidity Arrangements in East Asia: Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis

12:38, Tue 16 Nov 2010

Part of the 2nd Joint Boston/Warwick Politics and International Studies Workshop on Aspects of the Post Financial Crisis.

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Sport is Big Business for University of Warwick

12:01, Thu 28 Oct 2010

First-class sporting facilities and award-winning conference venues are making the University of Warwick the preferred option for top-flight sports clubs.

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Celebrating 30 years of WMG

09:59, Tue 26 Oct 2010

This year celebrates 30 years of WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) - an international multi-disciplinary group that was established by Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya in 1980 in order to reinvigorate UK manufacturing, through the application of cutting edge research and effective knowledge transfer.

The group started small - just an office, the Professor and his secretary - but has since grown into an international group, with collaborative centres in the UK, India, China, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore and Thailand.

This video looks back over the history of WMG and some of the headlines it has made over the past 30 years

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Bank of England at Warwick

14:44, Fri 22 Oct 2010

Two leading economists, Professor Andrew Sentance and Paul Fisher, both Members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee discussed the UK economy and the work of the MPC at the University of Warwick's Business School on 20th October.

The event was introduced by Professor Mark Taylor, Dean of WBS and chaired by Professor Andrew Oswald.

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Warwick Medical School 10th Anniversary

10:54, Tue 19 Oct 2010

Warwick Medical School (WMS), originally established as part of a partnership with Leicester Medical School, celebrated 10 years of achievement in September. A celebratory event took place at the University on 30 September, attended by invited guests, providing an opportunity to reflect back on the past ten years and to look forward to the future. This video, celebrating the School’s ten years, was shown at the event.

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ELVIN (Electric Vehicle with Interactive Noise)

16:34, Mon 18 Oct 2010

A little green van called ELVIN is whizzing around the University of Warwick as part of a major research project aimed at tackling the safety issues linked to the lack of sound from electric vehicles.

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A question of race and mental health

18:38, Wed 13 Oct 2010

Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry at Warwick Medical School, Professor Swaran Singh discusses his contribution to a special issue of Prospect magazine on race and mental health

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End of Life Care: A discussion between Dr Rodger Charlton and Dr Chris Andry

13:08, Wed 15 Sep 2010

Dr Rodger Charlton Associate Clinical Professor in Medical Education and Lead for GP Specialty Teaching at WMS and Dr Chris Andry from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine explore the issues surrounding End of Life Care and how patients, families and medical staff cope with events during the stressful and often traumatic time when a loved one dies.

Dr Chris Andry came to Warwick during 2010 as an IAS Visiting Fellow.

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Care home environment and the effect on resident wellbeing

16:58, Tue 14 Sep 2010

Bart Sheehan and Elizabeth Burton from the University of Warwick discuss their latest paper on care homes and the built environment

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Storytelling and healing in South Africa

11:56, Fri 13 Aug 2010

Early Career Fellow Sorcha Gunne talks about her work on South African post-apartheid literature and whether revealing the 'brutal truth' can heal the troubles of the past

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Professor Peter Mack discusses his new role as Director of the Warburg Institute

14:40, Mon 19 Jul 2010

Professor of English, Professor Peter Mack discusses his new role as Director of the Warburg Institute

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Professor Hilary Pilkington discusses her new book exploring the concept of skinheads in Russia

16:46, Thu 15 Jul 2010

Hilary Pilkington talks about her new book Russia's Skinheads: Exploring and rethinking subcultural lives

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Premium Vehicle Customer Interface Technologies Centre of Excellence

15:50, Wed 9 Jun 2010

PVCIT (Premium Vehicle Customer Interface Technologies) is a Centre of Excellence part funded by Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide support to industry based within the region.

The centre is a unique research and development facility that provides companies direct access to the latest product evaluation technologies and processes along with the expertise to identify solutions appropriate to real world engineering problems.

Along with project partners, the aim is to build a facility that will stimulate the local economy and help to sustain the technical capability of the region.

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Medieval mason’s marks could spell the end of flat-pack furniture misery

13:28, Fri 4 Jun 2010

A medieval system of marking stone in building work could be a cheap and effective way of ending the modern day frustration of constructing ‘flat-pack’ furniture, according to a University of Warwick academic.
Mason’s Marks refer to marks made on the blocks of walling stone and on moulded stone as part of the construction process, and have been in use for centuries.
Academics studying the use of the marks at the University of Warwick claim self-assembly furniture manufacturers could learn a lot from the ancient system and save thousands of pounds in production costs.

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German Studies professor Erica Carter speaks about her new book on early filmmaker Béla Balázs

13:56, Wed 2 Jun 2010

Professor Erica Carter from the University of Warwick’s Department of German Studies talks about the release of her new book Béla Balázs: Early Film Theory, the first English translation of the Hungarian's work, and the accompanying exhibition

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Boston University's Prof Cathie Jo Martin talks to Warwick's Prof Wyn Grant about her research in the field of politics and international economics.

11:04, Tue 18 May 2010

IAS Visiting Fellow Prof Cathie Jo Martin, Professor of Political Science at Boston University and chair of the Council for European Studies talks to the University of Warwick's Professor Wyn Grant about her research and new book which focuses on the origins of coordinated capitalism and the circumstances under which employers are persuaded to endorse social policies, promoting economic productivity and social solidarity.

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IAS Visiting Fellow Professor Vivien Schmidt from Boston University speaks to PAIS PhD students Andrew Hammond and Ben Jacoby about her research into political theory.

12:10, Fri 30 Apr 2010

Warwick PhD students Andrew Hammond and Ben Jacoby from the Department of Politics and International Studies interview IAS Visiting Fellow Professor Vivien Schmidt about her research in political theory, the role of the state and democracy in Europe. Professor Schmidt also explains her search for better methodological approaches to studying politics focussing on the interactive processes of discourse.

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IAS Visiting Fellow Professor Vivien Schmidt from Boston University speaks at the Warwick RIPE debate along with Warwick Business School's Professor Colin Crouch and the University of Sheffield's Professor Colin Hay

11:51, Fri 30 Apr 2010

The Department of Politics and International Studies hosted the third annual Warwick RIPE Debate in IPE in collaboration with the Review of International Political Economy. The main speaker at the 2010 debate was Professor Vivien Schmidt of Boston University. She spoke on the theme of 'The Fall, Rise, Fall and Rise of the State within Modern Capitalism - and how to explain it'.

The debate was chaired by the Head of PaIS, Professor Ben Rosamond. Additional speakers were two other hugely influential political economy scholars, Professor Colin Hay (University of Sheffield) and Professor Colin Crouch (Warwick Business School), speaking on the same theme. The event took the form of a roundtable discussion about the state and global capitalism.

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Professor Charles Sheppard - Protecting Indian Ocean Coral Reefs

10:24, Fri 30 Apr 2010

Professor Charles Sheppard from the Department of Biological Sciences talks to Peter Dunn about his research into the biogeography and biodiversity of Indo-Pacific coral reefs, including the development of wide scale reef monitoring programmes. He discusses how important these government protected areas and their wildlife are to sustaining the lives of millions of people living around the Indian Ocean rim. Part of a team of international environmental marine researchers Professor Sheppard aims to preserve a fragile but healthy network of islands that make up the Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The team are confident that this special remote area of the world will now avoid the threat of overfishing, pollution and climate change that threatens the life of coral reefs across the world.

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Warwick Business School’s Dr Sue Bridgewater, discusses the high pressure world of football management

15:12, Mon 26 Apr 2010

Author of the new book “Football management” Dr Sue Bridgewater from Warwick Business School discusses the high pressure world of Football Management drawing on her own research and management development work working directly with football managers.

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Warwick Business School’s Dr Sue Bridgewater discusses the emergence of global brands in football

15:07, Mon 26 Apr 2010

Author of the new book “Football Brands ” Dr Sue Bridgewater from Warwick Business School draws on her dual expertise in Branding and the business of football to explore how concepts such as loyalty, affiliation, emotional ties with football clubs seem to parallel the relationship between consumer and brand in the broader world of marketing and brands.

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How do we deal with domestic violence?

15:33, Wed 24 Mar 2010

Two new publications from the School of Health and Social Studies tackle the issue of domestic violence. Ravi Thiara talks about her book 'Violence Against Women in South Asian Communities' and Donna Chung discusses her book, 'Domestic Violence: Working with Men'

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Quantum Doughnuts

15:33, Tue 23 Mar 2010

Research led by the University of Warwick has found a way to use doughnut shaped by-products of quantum dots to slow and even freeze light, opening up a wide range of possibilities from reliable and effective light based computing to the possibility of "slow glass".

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Neuroimaging: Eyetracking - Everything you need to know

12:07, Wed 17 Mar 2010

Rob Carpenter (TNS Magasin) presents on the high tech methods used by TNS Magasin, a pioneer in the field of shopper behavioural research. One of a range of research techniques demonstrated included "eye tracking". Eye Tracking utilises an infra-red beam, shone into the back of the retina to track the wearer's eye movements and fixations, offering far superior data on shoppers' attention than cameras that merely record field-of-view. Marketers can benefit from analysing exactly what the eye is drawn to on shelves, packaging and at point of sale.

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Neuroimaging: Engineering a Positive Response from Users

12:06, Wed 17 Mar 2010

Professor Paul Jennings, WMG presents on the neuroscientific research his Experiential Engineering team undertake to analyse the end users experience of products within key public sectors. The automotive industry, looking at sound quality in vehicles including hybrids, public places, Civic Engineering, looking at city centre design and the quality of public environments and the newer area of Healthcare looking at improving the experience within hospitals and care homes.

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Neuroimaging: Brainwaves for Marketers

11:38, Wed 17 Mar 2010

Professor Gemma Calvert, Chair of Applied Neuroimaging presents on the methods and technology that is enabling science to help marketers eliminate much of the risk in new product development. Demonstrating the potential to accurately predict and steer success in branding, advertising and packaging. Neuroimaging is about mapping brain responses to multi-sensory stimuli. It is one of the powerful neurosciences that are just about to revolutionize the way we market.

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How the baby boomers took their children's future

15:05, Thu 18 Feb 2010

During a visit to the university to present a lecture, David Willetts MP, Shadow Minister for Universities and Skills, spoke to Peter Dunn about his new book "The Pinch: How the baby boomers took their children's future - and why they should give it back" which looks at intergenerational relations in Britain and argues that the baby boomer generation born between 1945 and 1965 have thrived at the expense of their children.

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Women in Afghanistan

10:24, Wed 27 Jan 2010

Afghan social activist Wazhma Frogh discusses women's rights and the future of her country

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Warwick and Boston Partnership

14:41, Thu 14 Jan 2010

Warwick's Professor Wyn Grant and Boston University's Professor Graham Wilson discuss Politics and the Financial Crisis along with the research collaboration and partnership between the two institutions.

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Professor Wyn Grant Discusses UK Election Politics

16:50, Tue 12 Jan 2010

In the year of a General Election, Professor Wyn Grant from the Department of Politics and International Studies discusses the complexities of UK election politics

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Why was Christmas banned for almost 20 years in England

21:21, Mon 14 Dec 2009

Historian Professor Bernard Capp reveals how a ban on Christmas sparked a second Civil War in England

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The Hippocrates Prize

14:23, Thu 26 Nov 2009

The University of Warwick announces a new international medical poetry prize to be judged by poet Dannie Abse, NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh and broadcaster and James Naughtie

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The damage caused by bullying

10:22, Tue 17 Nov 2009

Professor of Developmental Psychology Dieter Wolke discusses his research into bullying to mark Anti-bullying Week

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Dr Angie Hobbs Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy

11:07, Tue 6 Oct 2009

Dr Angie Hobbs discusses her new role as the first ever UK “Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy”, charged with bringing philosophy to as wide an audience as possible in Britain and beyond.

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What newly-released MI5 archives reveal about American actor Sam Wanamaker

15:57, Fri 16 Oct 2009

Theatre researcher Tony Howard discusses what the newly-released MI5 archives reveal about American actor Sam Wanamaker

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Rodney Bickerstaffe, Hon LLD

10:55, Tue 21 Jul 2009

The former trade unionist and pensions campaigner speaks ahead of receiving his honorary Doctor of Laws.

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Val Gooding, CBE, Hon LLD

17:06, Mon 20 Jul 2009

Val Gooding, non-executive director to the BBC's executive board, speaks to the University ahead of receiving her honorary degree.

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Professor Joseph Roach, Hon DLitt

15:48, Mon 20 Jul 2009

Professor Joseph Roach of Yale University, lead of the World Performance Project, who receives an honorary Doctor of Letters.

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Brenda King, MBE, Hon MA

14:45, Thu 16 Jul 2009

Ms Brenda King, Chief Executive of ACDiversity, speaks to the University ahead of receiving her Honorary Degree.

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David MacKay - Without Hot Air

16:13, Wed 17 Jun 2009

Cambridge Professor, David MacKay, talks about what is required for the UK to be self sufficient on renewable energy.

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IAS Visiting Fellow - Geoff Eley

16:43, Mon 1 Jun 2009

Professor Erica Carter and Christina Achinger of the German Studies department speak to IAS visiting fellow, Geoff Eley (University of Michigan) about interdisciplinarity.

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International Political Economy Debate - Part Two

16:05, Thu 7 May 2009

A Politics and International Studies department debate on IPE with Mark Blyth, Shirin M Rai, Dr Matthew Watson and Dr Jeffrey Chwieroth.

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International Political Economy Debate - Part One

16:02, Thu 7 May 2009

A Politics and International Studies department debate on IPE with Mark Blyth, Shirin M Rai, Dr Matthew Watson and Dr Jeffrey Chwieroth.

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Mapping social interaction for predicting how infections spread.

16:31, Wed 6 May 2009

Professor Matt Keeling on his research mapping social interaction in order to better predict the spread of infection.

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Should we be worried about Swine Flu?

16:16, Wed 6 May 2009

Professor Nigel Dimmock talks about the threat of Swine Flu and how we might respond to a global pandemic.

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False memories

17:22, Thu 9 Apr 2009

Associate Professor of Psychology Kimberley Wade talks about why people develop false memories

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Guns and Rubles III

10:45, Mon 23 Feb 2009

Professor Mark Harrison discusses the military-industrial complex in the final part of his series on his book Guns and Rubles

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The Death of Privatised Keynesianism

10:52, Fri 20 Feb 2009

Professor Colin Crouch explains how a model of privatised Keynesianism has lead to financial meltdown and considers what changes are needed to resolve weaknesses in the global economy.

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Guns and Rubles II

13:39, Thu 12 Feb 2009

Professor Mark Harrison discusses Stalin and secrecy in the second of a three-part series on his book Guns and Rubles

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Guns and Rubles

09:47, Thu 5 Feb 2009

Professor Mark Harrison discusses Stalin, the Great Terror, and how defense was at the core of Stalin’s system of rule.

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The Social Impact of the Arts

11:58, Fri 30 Jan 2009

How have writers attempted to articulate the impact of the Arts in society? Oliver Bennett and Eleanora Belfiore discuss what an understanding of this history of ideas brings to contemporary debates on Arts policy and the value of the Arts.

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'The story of Warwick Medical School is the story of three powerful women'

11:33, Tue 27 Jan 2009

Sir Donald Irvine, another of our honorary graduates, was the first GP to be elected President of the General Medical Council and changed the way medicine is practised in the UK. Here, he reflects on his links with Warwick Medical School.

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'It's critically important to disseminate knowledge on a large scale'

11:25, Tue 27 Jan 2009

Dr Rajendra Pachauri, one of this year's honorary graduates, is chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and one of the world's leading figures in the science of climate change. In 2007 he received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC, alongside co-recipient, Al Gore. Here, Dr Pachauri talks about today's fight against climate change.

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'We need to publicise sport to disabled children'

11:18, Tue 27 Jan 2009

Honorary graduate and gold medal-winning Paralympic athlete Melanie Easter talks to us about her sporting career.

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Mental Health In-patient Care

11:06, Fri 12 Dec 2008

Professor Scott Weich talks about recent research into mental health in-patient care

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Digital Forensics

17:15, Thu 18 Sep 2008

Dr Matthew Sorell, Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, explores the problems and opportunities of the emerging approach to 'Digital Forensics'.

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Vadim Jean: "The only thing limiting you is your own imagination"

13:31, Wed 17 Sep 2008

Award-winning TV and film producer Vadim Jean talks about his years at Warwick University, his recent work on Terry Pratchett's adaptation of ‘Hogfather’ for Sky One, and gives invaluable advice for any budding film producers.

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How Psychology Affects Our Credit Card Payments

09:37, Fri 5 Sep 2008

A psychological phenomenon called ‘anchoring’ can determine the amount you pay on your credit card bill. Dr Neil Stewart from the Department of Psychology at Warwick University sheds light on how we can be more ‘credit savvy’ when making credit card repayments.

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Warwick Scientists use Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to Understand “Glass Bones”

15:27, Tue 26 Aug 2008

Scientists at Warwick University have helped discover the secret behind a new bioglass that will change the way we treat broken bones. Professor Mark Smith talks about this new research and the benefits of the collaborative effort between Warwick University, Imperial College London, and the University of Kent.

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What do Greta Garbo, Madonna and Napoleon have in common? Why Glamour, Darling!

14:36, Wed 20 Aug 2008

Stephen Gundle from the Department of Film and Television Studies at Warwick has published the first ever history of Glamour. Here he demystifies the mystery behind one of mankind’s most elusive concepts.

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Shakespeare Studies with Stanley Wells

13:03, Wed 20 Aug 2008

Professor Stanley Wells discusses his life's experiences studying the works of William Shakespeare.

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The Rise and Fall of the Working Men's Club

11:25, Mon 18 Aug 2008

As we bid a fond farewell to Coventry Working Men's Club, the oldest in the UK, Dr Ruth Cherrington from the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies talks about the gradual decline of the Social Club, and how they have impacted on our society.

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Public Bailout of Bank’s Recklessness

15:21, Fri 8 Aug 2008

In response to the ongoing sub-prime crisis, the recently published Crosby Report recommends that the Government uses public money to swap bank’s seriously damaged mortgage-backed securities for pristine government bonds. Matthew Watson from the Department of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University talks about these recommendations, and how the global ‘credit crunch’ is affecting Labour’s popularity with the electorate.

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Chilli, Chocolate, and Chips: Foods that Originate from the New World

16:36, Mon 4 Aug 2008

Dr. Rebecca Earle from the Department of Comparative American Studies talks about the importance of diet in creating the Indian and Spanish identities in the early modern era, and how the foods that the Spanish once avoided in the New World are now ingrained in many cultures.

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“Fungal footbaths” could save the honey bee

11:51, Fri 25 Jul 2008

Globally, the honey bee population is in decline. This has serious implications for the cross pollination of commercial crops and wild plants. One of the major causes of this decline is the “Varroa Destructor” mite. However, researchers at Warwick University may have found a natural solution to this problem. Dr Dave Chandler from Warwick HRI explains how.

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'Art Gives One Complexity'

13:20, Tue 22 Jul 2008

Novelist and academic Eva Hoffman has been awarded an honorary degree at Warwick. Here, she talks about her life experiences and the inspirations behind her best selling memoir ‘Lost in Translation’ and her new novel ‘Illuminations’.

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‘Troubles in Zimbabwe must be resolved peacefully’

14:30, Fri 18 Jul 2008

Dr George Kanyeihamba, one of this year’s honorary graduates, helped establish democracy and the independent judicial system in Uganda, and is considered the ‘Founding Father’ of human rights in Africa. Here, he talks about his experiences, and the need for peaceful resolution of events in Zimbabwe.

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Central banks ‘key’ to stop recession

15:03, Thu 17 Jul 2008

Economist Professor Stephen Nickell, a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee and one of this year’s honorary graduates at Warwick, says the UK could see a severe recession but that will depend on the action of the Bank of England and other central banks around the world.

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‘Second life’ for Warwick Commission

11:48, Thu 17 Jul 2008

Chair of the first Warwick Commission Pierre Pettigrew, one of this year’s honorary graduates at Warwick, says the commission report into the future of world trade is set to have an even bigger impact after the completion of the Doha round of negotiations of the World Trade Organisation.

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Warwick's links with business will be 'essential' in economic hardship

12:14, Wed 16 Jul 2008

Business leader John Edwards, the former chief executive of the regional development agency Advantage West Midlands and one of this year’s honorary graduates at Warwick, talks about the continuing importance of the university’s links with business.

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‘Poverty is not forever’

18:16, Tue 15 Jul 2008

Yesu Persaud is a leading Guyanese businessman and philanthropist. He is renowned for his support of human rights and democracy, and has also been honored for his outstanding contributions in business and Indian history and culture. Here, he talks about how helping people to help themselves is the most effective way of eradicating poverty.

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‘The biology of the 21st Century’

11:25, Mon 14 Jul 2008

Professor Denis Noble, who was a pioneer in the field of systems biology building the first working mathematical model of the heart and has been given an honorary degree at Warwick, talks about how the future study of biology will change in the 21st Century.

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RSC Actors Receive Postgraduate Award for Teaching Shakespeare

10:45, Mon 14 Jul 2008

The Postgraduate Award for Teaching Shakespeare was launched in 2007 by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the CAPTIAL Centre at the University of Warwick.
RSC actor Miles Richardson and Professor Jonathan Neelands talk about the course’s success.

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Green up with car sharing

12:07, Thu 10 Jul 2008

Co-ordinator of Warwick's car sharing scheme Joy Warren explains the advantages of sharing your drive to work with a colleague.

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Polar bears and icebergs: Warwick students return from the Arctic

16:10, Mon 7 Jul 2008

Warwick students Casper ter Kuile and Emma Beirmann return from their WWF Arctic ‘Voyage for the Future’ to help raise awareness of the effects of climate change.

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Chinese TV and film director Zhang Ji Zhong visits Warwick

13:03, Wed 2 Jul 2008

Veteran Chinese TV and film director Zhang Ji Zhong, on his first visit to the UK, talks about his new film, The Monkey King, and his aim to promote Chinese culture in the West, during a talk at Warwick Arts Centre.

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Reduction in junior doctors’ hours will be beneficial

17:19, Tue 1 Jul 2008

A study by Franco Cappuccio, Professor of cardiovascular medicine and epidemiology at Warwick Medical School, has shown for the first time that the planned reduction in junior doctors’ hours will not compromise patient safety and suggests the reduction will actually improve patient care.

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Islam in contemporary societies, an MA course

11:12, Fri 27 Jun 2008

Maqsood Ahmed, the government’s senior advisor on Muslim communities, talks about being the first student on the MA course in Islam in contemporary societies.

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Saving the British strawberry

12:15, Wed 25 Jun 2008

Researchers at Warwick HRI describe a project which could help to prevent the disappearance of UK grown strawberries due to changes in the weather by helping farmers combat the effects of climate change.

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Innovation summit

16:14, Tue 17 Jun 2008

New ways of fostering collaboration between the university and the students' union was discussed at an innovation summit.

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First structured education programme for type 2 diabetes

10:56, Tue 3 Jun 2008

Dr Jackie Sturt, from the Health Sciences Research Institute at Warwick Medical School, talks about the trial of the Diabetes Manual, the first one-to-one structured education programme for people with type 2 diabetes in the UK. Alongside her is Debbie Durk the practice nurse at a GP practice in Birmingham, who was part of the trial, and Angela Jones, a person with diabetes, who has been helped by the Diabetes Manual.

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Has belonging been lost?

10:58, Thu 22 May 2008

Sociology Professor Zlatko Skrbis from the University of Queensland in Australia, a visiting fellow to Warwick, considers the effect of a loss of a sense of belonging for some groups in society particularly since 9/11.

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Parish pieties

10:25, Wed 21 May 2008

The sixth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research, held in the humanities research centre on May 17, 2008, drew together scholars from the UK, Europe and North America to consider religious devotion in late medieval and early modern parishes. Here the organisers, speakers and postgraduates talk about the symposium and different approaches to the theme of parish pieties.

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Hybrid embryo research could ‘offer chance to treat incurable diseases’

15:09, Tue 20 May 2008

Justin St John, Professor of reproductive biology at Warwick Medical School, explains some of the details of planned legislation that would permit for the first time in the UK the wide scale creation of hybrid human embryos for research, containing human and animal elements.

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Improving solar cells

15:26, Wed 14 May 2008

Professor Chris McConville, from the department of physics, talks about his work on the semiconductor indium nitride which could make the conversion of solar energy more efficient. Professor McConville won the John Yarwood Memorial Medal for his work in this area.

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White British working class children make the worst progress in secondary school

13:02, Tue 22 Apr 2008

Dr Steve Strand from the Warwick Institute of Education talks about his report which shows that white British children from working class backgrounds make the least progress compared to other ethnic groups at secondary school.

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Programme promoting international research begins

11:23, Fri 11 Apr 2008

The director of the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Germany, Professor Klaus Kern, talks about collaboration with Warwick as he completes the first of a programme of visits by academics from across the world aimed at promoting international research across institutions and disciplines.

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Pregnancy with diabetes

11:52, Wed 9 Apr 2008

Dr Roger Gadsby from the institute of education at Warwick Medical School talks about a study in to how women with diabetes plan for pregnancy which could have major implications for care in this area.

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Positron emission imaging

10:23, Mon 7 Apr 2008

The newly appointed dean of the school of engineering Professor Jonathan Seville talks about how his area of expertise, positron emission imaging, is set to develop and what lies ahead for the whole discipline of engineering.

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The case for embryo research

11:13, Tue 25 Mar 2008

Professor of reproductive biology at Warwick Medical School Justin St John explains why his proposed work into using very early stage hybrid human-animal embryos for research is necessary.

For more details see www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/research/csri/reproductive_biology/

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Making history live through improvisational theatre

12:39, Wed 19 Mar 2008

How improvisational theatre is providing a new insight into the history of capital punishment.

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Honour crime and the legal system

14:43, Mon 17 Mar 2008

Prof Shirin Rai talks about a joint study into how honour crimes are dealt with by the legal systems in India and Pakistan.

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War and Peace at Warwick

16:07, Tue 11 Mar 2008

Polly Teale, the co-director of a production Tolstoy's War and Peace being staged at Warwick Arts Centre, talks to Prof Michael Bell from the English department.

The Shared Experience production runs at Warwick Arts Centre from Thursday March 13 to Sunday March 16, for more information see www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/home

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Kosovo independence; a threat to Balkan stability?

13:42, Mon 3 Mar 2008

What are the implications of an independent Kosovo for security in the Balkans?

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A better mind on drugs?

09:33, Fri 29 Feb 2008

One of the co-inventors of a type of brain improving drug, and leading neuroscientist, Prof Gary Lynch talks about the implications of mind enhancing drugs.

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Sharia and UK Law

14:12, Mon 11 Feb 2008

Professor Shaheen Ali talks about Dr Rowan Williams' recent comments regarding Sharia and English law.

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Getting Chinese medicine in to balance

12:01, Fri 1 Feb 2008

Director of the Health Science Research Institute and chair of public health Professor Sarah Stuart-Brown talks about some of the fundamentals of Chinese medicine and her own experience of the practice.

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Economic meltdown for 2008?

15:51, Tue 22 Jan 2008

Economist Professor Andrew Oswald talks about the chances of an economic recession and what consumers could do if it happens.

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Finding gratitude at Christmas

11:52, Fri 21 Dec 2007

Psychologist Alex Wood talks about how gratitude could be the key to happiness and how our Christmas gifts can best generate gratitude.

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A future direction for multilateral trade

08:02, Thu 6 Dec 2007

Pierre Pettigrew, Chair of the Warwick Commission, talks about the Commissions' report on the future of the multilateral trade system.

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Women's fight for equal pay

12:34, Fri 30 Nov 2007

The launch of the equal pay archive at Warwick’s Modern Records Centre is discussed by three figures who have played a central role in the battle for equal pay for women.

They are Jo Morris, senior equality and employment rights officer of the Trades Union Congress, Sue Hastings, an independent pay and employment adviser, along with Rodney Bickerstaffe, the former general secretary of the public sector union Unison and chairman of the Modern Records Centre’s Advisory Board.

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Democracy in Burma, where now?

10:30, Wed 21 Nov 2007

Dr Peter Ferdinand, director of the Centre for Studies in Democratisation, discusses the future of democracy in Burma after the violent put down of protests in the country.

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The history of working men's clubs

12:13, Tue 13 Nov 2007

At the height of their popularity there were more than 4,000 working men's clubs across the UK.
Now there are just over half that number.
Dr Ruth Cherrington, lecturer in cultural studies, talks about her research into how the club movement started and why it has declined.

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Doctor’s gender a factor in the diagnosis of coronary heart disease

15:34, Wed 3 Oct 2007

Dr Ann Adams, principal research fellow at the Health Sciences Research Institute, talks about her work which shows that women family doctors are not picking up on an important risk factor in the diagnosis of heart disease.

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'Unwarping' biometrics

15:58, Thu 27 Sep 2007

Li Wang, from The University of Warwick Computer Science Department, talks about new technology which would make fingerprint recognition more accurate by "unwarping" distorted fingerprints.

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Overcoming claims of racism in the UK’s psychiatric services

12:34, Mon 24 Sep 2007

Professor Swaran Singh talks about research which shows that claims of racism in psychiatric services cannot be supported by evidence. He discusses a new study aimed at tackling some of the social factors that make people from an ethnic minority background more likely to suffer psychosis.

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How swarming theory could inform plasma physics and financial markets

16:13, Thu 23 Aug 2007

Postgraduate researcher Robert Wicks talks about how a tool to analyse swarming could be used to analyse plasma in the solar wind and movements in financial markets.

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Modelling the spread of foot and mouth infection

15:27, Wed 15 Aug 2007

Matthew Vernon discusses his work modelling the spread of infections such as foot and mouth in cattle and how these models can inform the response to an outbreak.

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Building nanotech clay armour for emulsions.

09:27, Wed 8 Aug 2007

Dr Stefan Bon discusses how his team have developed a process for reinforcing pickering emulsions with laponite clay.

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From Blair to Brown

13:48, Mon 2 Jul 2007

Professor Wyn Grant looks at the transition from Tony Blair to Gordon Brown.

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The Culture of Genetics - part 2

13:48, Mon 11 Jun 2007

Professor Sander Gilman of Emory University continues our discussion on the culture and science of genetics.

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The Culture of Genetics

10:04, Thu 31 May 2007

Dr Deborah Steinberg discusses the cultural impact of genetic science.

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Tackling obesity

10:22, Wed 23 May 2007

Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown looks at the recent statements on the obesity gene, food supplements and lifestyle changes and asks which is the most effective for tackling obesity.

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Spooked: Cultures of intelligence in Britain

10:56, Thu 10 May 2007

Chris Moran discusses the Spooked: Cultures of Intelligence in Britain conference hosted by the University of Warwick

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Editing the Complete Works of Shakespeare

09:19, Mon 23 Apr 2007

Professor Jonathan Bate discusses editing a new edition of the Complete Works of Shakespeare.

Length: 20 minutes

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Cholesterol busting statins and blood pressure

11:59, Fri 13 Apr 2007

Professor Franco Cappuccio from Warwick Medical School talks about his recent research into the effects of cholesterol busting statins on blood pressure.

Length: 27 minutes

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Warwick students to power space satellite

11:48, Wed 4 Apr 2007

Bill Crofts and student, Kennith Leong, talk about the project they are involved in to design and build power supply systems for a moon orbiting satellite planned for launch by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2011.

Length: 26 minutes

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The legacy of the slave trade

11:53, Fri 30 Mar 2007

On the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade Cecily Jones discusses the legacy of the trade and why an apology is necessary.

Length: 18 minutes

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Metal-containing molecules and DNA

16:14, Fri 23 Mar 2007

PhD student, Adair Richards, and Professor Alison Rodger from the Molecular Organisation and Assembly in Cells Doctoral Training Centre (MOAC) talk about their work and recent article about binding metal-containing molecules to DNA.

Length: 20 minutes

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Falstaff - a tragic wit or fool and jester?

14:24, Fri 16 Mar 2007

Paul Allen talks about Falstaff, one of Shakespeare's greatest roles.

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The history and uses of Aspirin

15:19, Fri 9 Mar 2007

Professor Mike Stillings talks about the history and uses of Aspirin.

Length: 20 minutes

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The future of multilateral trade agreements

16:24, Fri 23 Feb 2007

Pierre Pettigrew discusses the work of the 2007 Warwick Commission analysing the future of Multilateral Trade Agreements.

Length: 12 minutes

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Perceptions of body image

10:04, Thu 22 Feb 2007

Karen Throsby from The University of Warwick's Sociology Department talks about the relationships between gender and body image as well as cosmetic and weight loss surgery in the light of the recent Radio 1 survey on the topic.

Length: 18 minutes

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Marketing the Movies

14:36, Thu 15 Feb 2007

Chris Meir talks about the Marketing the Movies Conference and how academics are analysing the way films are promoted.

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Religion and Public Office

11:43, Thu 8 Feb 2007

Professor Roger Trigg talks about the relationship between faith, religion and public office. Should we make a clear distintion between public office and private belief?

Length:25 minutes

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Green Chemistry

15:55, Thu 1 Feb 2007

Professor James Clark from The University of York's Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence talks about sustainable chemistry, current areas of research and how it impacts on our day to day lives and the environment.

Length: 26 minutes

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The Women who have played Hamlet

09:33, Wed 24 Jan 2007

Tony Howard talks about his research looking at the women who have played Hamlet and the influence they have had on both the play and society.

Length: 29 minutes

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America's military strategy for Iraq

12:38, Thu 18 Jan 2007

Dr Rob Johnson talks about the implications of President Bush's recent announcement that an additional 20,000 troops will be heading to Iraq.

Length: 26 minutes

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Developing a test for Pre-eclampsia

11:59, Wed 10 Jan 2007

Dr Manu Vatish discusses his work on developing a test for Pre-eclampsia

Length: 11 minutes

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Metal ring round white dwarf solves missing planets puzzle

10:59, Fri 22 Dec 2006

Dr Boris Gänsicke and Professor Tom Marsh from The University of Warwick's Astronomy and Astrophysics Group within the Department of Physics talk about their recent discovery of a metal rich gas disc around a white dwarf in the Virgo constellation.

Length: 16 minutes

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How Angels nearly disappeared from our culture.

12:22, Mon 18 Dec 2006

Professor Peter Marshall discusses how the protestant reformation nearly removed Angels from our culture and how they managed to survive into the modern era.

Length: 27 minutes

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Producing antibodies in plants

10:31, Fri 8 Dec 2006

Dr. Lorenzo Frigerio from Warwick's Biological Sciences Department talks about the Wellcome Trust Translation Award he has received to enable him to validate his lab based work on increased yield of antibody production within plant cells using complete plants in order to show industrial scale manufacture is possible.

Length: 19 minutes

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DNA, crime and civil liberties

10:00, Thu 30 Nov 2006

Dr Andrew Roberts asks whether the National DNA Database infringes on our civil liberties and the dangers of a compulsory system.

Length: 16 minutes

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Abusive Language in Schools

09:37, Fri 24 Nov 2006

Dr Sean Neill discusses a recent report highlighting the issue of pupils using sexually abusive language in schools.

Length: 21 minutes

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Carbon trading

08:24, Thu 23 Nov 2006

Dr Andrew Sentance from the Centre for Globalisation and Regionalisation talks about carbon trading, how it works, how it affects us and the potential benefits.

Length: 14 minutes

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Nanotechnology in medicine

14:55, Tue 14 Nov 2006

Professor David Smith from The University of York talks about nanotechnology and its application to modern medicine. Topics covered include delivery of cancer drugs, tissue engineering and gene therapy.

Length: 25 minutes

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Is policy damaging the Arts in the UK?

11:01, Wed 8 Nov 2006

Munira Mirza argues that current arts policy in the UK may be damaging to the long term health of the arts.

Munira Mirza is a writer and researcher on issues related to cultural policy and identity

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The state of Russia

15:43, Wed 1 Nov 2006

Professor Christopher Read examines the current state of Russia and its changing political and economic position.

Length: 22 minutes

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Wearing the veil - Part 2

16:09, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Dr H A Hellyer discusses the recent controversy surrounding the wearing of the veil by muslim women.
Length: 28 minutes

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A New Direction for the Child Support Agency

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Length: 25 minutes

Since its establishment in 1993 the UK's Child Support Agency has faced mounting criticsm about its ability to administer a support system often labeled as inneffective and unfair. Despite revisions to the processes and methods of calculating liabilty the CSA finds itself facing yet another review as Government ministers try and untangle the child support problem.

In a recent report Professor Ian Walker from the University of Warwick and Dr Yu Zhu from Kent University have proposed a radical new approach to child support, arguing that the CSA itself should carry the liability for payments as an incentive for chasing 'dead-beat dads'.

Professor Ian Walker is a member of the Economics Department at the University of Warwick. His research interests include the econometrics of the labour market and applied aspects of public policy issues, such as taxation and work incentives, social security issues, the analysis of risk aversion, and the relationship between parental incomes and child outcomes.at the Warwick Medical School.

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A Religious and Cultural Clash or a Tribal Showdown - Analysing the Danish Cartoons Crisis.

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Length: 25 minutes

The publication of cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten has triggered violent protests across the world. The cartoons, which have been reprinted in a number of European papers, have angered Muslims and focussed attention on the fragile relationships between Islamic countries and the West.

Do the cartoons represent a fundamental difference in the religious and cultural values of the two communities or is the current crisis the latest manifestation of a more earthly tribalism between national and regional interests? Does our shared cultural and philosophical heritage mean we actually have more in common than might be immediately apparant?

Dr. Hisham Hellyer is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick. After completing degrees in Law and International Political Economy, he completed a doctoral study of the European Union and its Muslim populations that was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), and due to be published in 2006 under the title of "The European 'Other'". A research consultant and social policy analyst, Dr Hellyer is presently engaged in research on contemporary Muslim communities.

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A Response to the UK Energy Review - Renewable Sources and the Nuclear Option

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

In the face of both increasing concern about climate change and questions as to the security of our gas and oil supplies the Government is undertaking a major review examining the future options for energy provision in the UK. Much of the debate surrounding the issue of energy policy is focussed on the possible role of nuclear power in supplying the UK's energy needs.

In a new report Dr Catherine Mitchell and Dr Bridget Woodman from the University of Warwick's Centre for Management Under Regulation argue that investing in nuclear energy would actually undermine the development and future effectiveness of more sustainable energy sources as well as leaving the UK with financial and ecological problems for decades to come. They suggest that building new nuclear power stations will not help the Government meet its stated aims for tackling climate change, ensuring the security of our energy supplies or building a sustainable energy infrastructure to meet the UK's energy requirements.

Dr Mitchell is a Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Management under Regulation. Her research interests include energy policy; sustainable development; economic regulation. Dr Woodman is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Management under Regulation with research interests in energy policy and regulation, in particular renewable energy and nuclear power; environmental equity and justice.

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A question of leadership

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Ever since Tony Blair announced he was to stand down as party leader controversy has raged about both when he will go and who his successor will be. Whilst Gordon Brown has been the annointed heir for some time, there is some debate as to whether this is a desirable state of affairs for the Labour Party and challengers to Brown have begun to emerge.

Professor Wynn Grant is an expert on British Politics and has examined the current leadership debate in the Labour Party.

Length: 21 minutes

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An interview with Tony Wheeler (Graduate)

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Sam Howarth of Warwick's Development and Alumni Relations Office talks to Tony Wheeler, Warwick Alumnus and Co-founder of the Lonely Planet Travel Guides and publishers.

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Are you getting enough sleep?

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Our lives are getting busier and busier and it can often seem that there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. For many of us this means we are cutting down on the amount of time we are asleep. There is plenty of evidence, however, that in doing so we are increasing the risk of serious health problems, such as obesity and heart disease, as well as the problems associated with daytime sleepiness.

Professor Franco Cappuccio, Chair of Warwick Medical School's sleep research group, has examined the problems associated with a lack of sleep and explains how you can improve your chances of a good night's sleep.

Length: 24 min

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Building a sustainable response to Islamic extremism in Europe and beyond.

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

How can we resolve the tensions between the different communities in Europe in the light of the growing threat from Islamic extremists, sometimes dubbed the 'Enemy Within'?

Hisham Hellyer is a policy analyst, academic and commentator, based at the University of Warwick as an Associate Fellow, the American University in Cairo as a Visiting Professor and Trinity College in Dublin as a Senior Research Fellow. His research interests include European Muslim communities, the interplay between Islam and modernity, European social policy and political philosophy. In his latest book on European Muslims (due to be published by IB Tauris in March 2007 under the title of ''Islam in Europe: Multiculturalism and the European 'Other'), he argues that Europe must come to terms with all of her history, past and present, and that Muslim communities should work to be integral to, rather than simply 'integrated' parts of, Europe. His new website will be at www.europeanother.com.

Note: Hisham was recorded down the phone from Cairo - you may need to turn up your volume a bit.

Length: 25 minutes

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Can our economy survive high oil prices?

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

With oil prices hitting record highs, questions are being asked as to how long the global economy can survive the rising cost of one of its most fundamental resources. Are low oil prices necessary for prosperity or will the high price of oil force economies to diversify their energy supply and address the issues of global warming?

Professor Andrew Oswald is an expert on the economics of Oil and its influence on global trade and employment.

Length: 16 minutes

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China - Economic Miracle or Economic Timebomb?

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

The growth of China in recent years has been described as an economic miracle with Western companies and governments rushing to build partnerships with the new power in the East.

The opening up of the Chinese market and the expansion of industry, technology and production within the country has, however, had a profound effect on the people of China, its political leaders and the rest of the world. This impact can be seen in the growing inequalities within China, the loss of jobs in the west and the effect on the price of key resources such as oil. The ability of both China and other nations to successfully manage these changing relationships will influence the lives of billions of people.

Professor Shaun Breslin is a member of the Department of Politics and International Studies. Professor Breslin has written extensively on China and its global relationships.

Length: 29 minutes

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China and India - The economic giants of the future

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

China and India are the two burgeoning economic giants of the globalising economy. Dr Simon Collinson of Warwick Business School discusses their comparative positions and looks to the future for these to would-be superpowers.

Length: 18 minutes

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Defining City Regions

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

The concept of 'City Regions' has been picked up by political leaders in the UK at both a national and local level. The concept has been used as the basis for a number of policy initiatives, but what lies behind the idea of a 'City Region' and what are the implications for governance and local identity if we start to think in these terms.

Professor Colin Crouch, Professor of Governance and Public Management at Warwick Business School, has studied City Regions for the OECD.

Length: 29 mins

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Developing a 'Protecting Virus' for flu defense

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Research led by Professor Nigel Dimmock at the University of Warwick is developing an entirely new method of protecting against flu.

Length: 26 minutes

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Escaping the Earth

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

According to Professor Stephen Hawking the future of the Human race is dependent on our ability to begin colonising other planets - within 100 years!

Is this a realistic goal and if it is achievable, is it desirable? How might mankind go about building new homes amongst the stars?

Professor Ian Stewart, Department of Mathematics, is an expert on the parallels between science and science fiction.

Length: 22 minutes

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Happiness, economics and society

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party, recently announced that we should focus on happiness and general well being rather than economic growth. The statement raised questions about how we live our lives, the culture of consumerism and whether 'more stuff' actually leads to better lives.

Research by Professor Andrew Oswald has questioned the supposed link between economic growth and happiness and indicated that it may not be in our national interest to continue our focus on increased consumption.

Length: 15 minutes

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Heading for a nuclear showdown in the Middle East

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Iran has issued its response to UN Security Council demands that it stop its uranium enrichment programme by August 31st.

Whilst offering to join 'serious talks' on the issue Iranian officials have been clear in their refusal to back down to international pressure to end their vision of a nuclear Iran.

How do the latest developments change the diplomatic picture for both Iran and the UN? Does the passing of a UN resolution change the legal position of those involved and what lies behind the strategies of Tehran and the Security Council.

Daniel Joyner is an Associate Professor in International Law at the Warwick Law School. He is an expert in public international law in the security context, with particular interest in the area of proliferation studies, including non-proliferation treaties and regimes, issues of international trade and export control law, use of force law, and international legal theory.

Length: 25 minutes


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Ideas of heroism and sport

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Dr Angie Hobbs discusses the nature of heroism and whether we should consider our sporting men and women as 'heroes'.

Length: 27 mins

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Insights into Beckett

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Beckett. From the cells of San Quentin Prison to the streets of Prague, Beckett is one of the 20th Century's most influential writers.

In order to understand his legacy, Dr Liz Barry, English and Comparative Literary Studies, guides us through his early influences and explores the major themes in his plays and fiction.

Length: 24 minutes

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Intelligent Design or Evolution - Professor Steve Fuller and Professor Jack Cohen

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

The controversial issue of whether intelligent design should be taught in American Schools is creating much debate in scientific and religous communities across the world.

The latest battleground in the argument has been in the Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District case currently being heard in Pennsylvania. The case is attracting a great deal of attention and generating much discussion of the relationship between the theories of intelligent design and the established theories of evolution.

The following programme is a debate between Jack Cohen and Steve Fuller, two professors of the University of Warwick exploring the issues involved in the debate between intelligent design and evolutionary theory.

Length: 1 hour 8 minutes

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Israel and Lebanon - A History of the Conflict

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

With a UN ceasefire in place in the Lebanon attention now moves to finding a long lasting solution to the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

What is the background to the conflict and how can an understanding of the history of both sides help develop a resolution to the crisis?

Dr Rob Johnson has written about the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, terrorism and counter-terrorism.

Length: 23 Minutes

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Managing Creativity and Creative Management

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

As the Creative Industries become a more important part of the global economy does the stereotype of the creative genius still persist? Do we need to rethink our ideas on creativity and understand how it works more clearly?

Dr Chris Bilton, Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, argues that organisations need to start thinking about creativity as a process and begin adapting traditional business strategies to develop a creative approach to management.

Length: 25 minutes

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Nepal - making sense of the recent protests

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

The streets of Nepal have been filled over the last few weeks with people protesting at the rule of authoritarian King Gyanendra. The protests have resulted in the King reinstating a democratic parliament in the face of calls for an end to the monarchy.

Anuj Mishra, a Warwick student from Nepal, gives an insight into the pro-democracy movement and the history of the protests.

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North Korea's nuclear diplomacy

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

North Korea's announcement of a nuclear test has triggered an diplomatic crisis. Chris Hughes, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, and Dan Joyner, School of Law, discuss the history of the crisis and how events may unfold.

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Patterns of migration - a problem or opportunity?

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Does the UK's current immigration policy cause us problems or does it provide us with opportunities for economic growth? Are we experiencing a new immigration phenomenon or is the flow of people from country to country something that has always been with us?

Professor Zig Layton-Henry, Politics and International Studies, is an expert in the patterns and policy of migration.

Length: 22 minutes

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Persistence in Economic and Political Institutions

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Most research in political economy starts with the presumption that institutions persist and shape the political-economic interactions of different groups and agents. Many societies, however, experience frequent changes in their political institutions. Certain economic institutions also change. In the face of this picture of frequently changing institutions, do such institutions really persist?

Professor James Robinson, Harvard University, discusses the nature of institutional persistence and examines the mechanisms whereby elite minorities are able to manage the distribution of economic and political authority.

Length: 20 mins

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Predicting a World Cup Winner - into the knockout stages

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Following on from our previous World Cup discussion with Henry Stott of Warwick's Psychology Deparment and Decision Technology, we examine how the tournament predictions have performed so far and look forward to the knockout phase of the tournament.

Who has performed better than predicted? Who are the underperformers and are Brazil still favourites to lift the trophy. Have the England performances affected our chances of winning the tournament and what is the impact of the injury to Michael Owen. Does it really matter what formation Sven picks?

Length: 9 mins

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Problems in French Politics

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

France seems to be undergoing a period of intense political instability. Dramatic images of demonstrations and riots on the street parallel rumours and scandal in the corridors of power.

To what extent do the current events represent a real upheaval in the French political environment and what is the likely impact on the forthcoming Presidential elections?

Ben Clift is a Senior Lecturer in Warwick's Department of Politics and International Studies and is an expert on the politics of France.

Length: 22 mins

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Providing for Gifted and Talented Youth

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

The announcement of a national register of gifted and talented pupils has raised questions over how we provide for the most able children. Commentators have raised concerns over elitism, how we select people for the register and even whether this is the most effective approach to dealing with gifted provision in schools.

Professor Deborah Eyre is the Director of the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth, based at the University of Warwick. NAGTY is tasked with identifying the top 5% performers in our schools and supporting teachers in providing the resources and opportunities to enable students to reach their full potential. In this interview Professor Eyre describes the benefits that membership of NAGTY and the register can bring and how the work of the Academy is helping students to achieve academic success.

Length: 19 minutes

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Responding to Water Scarcity

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Growers in the UK are having to get used to managing with less water. Changing climate patterns mean that techniques long established in Southern Europe are now being adapted for use further north.

Dr Jim Monaghan (Harper Adams University College) is leading research at Warwick HRI on Dynamic Fertigation, an irrigation system that not only saves water and fertilizer but also automatically respond to five day weather forecasts.

Length: 15 minutes

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Tackling Diabetes and Obesity in the UK's South Asian Communities

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Recent research has highlighted the problems of growing rates of diabetes and obesity in the UK's South Asian communities. A number of factors, including diet, lifestyle and genetics, means that there is increased exposure to these conditions and the associated risk of heart disease, strokes and other problems.

Researchers at the University of Warwick have been working closely with South Asian communities in Leamington Spa and Coventry to develop strategies for tackling the obesity time bomb. Working with community groups, restaurants and local retailers the researchers are encouraging healthier lifestyles and new approaches to diet and exercise.

Professor Sudhesh Kumar is a Professor of Medicine, Diabetes and Metabolism at the Warwick Medical School. Professor Kumar works with a multi-disciplinary research team including basic scientists and clinicians to investigate the pathogenesis and treatment of obesity and its metabolic and cardiovascular complications.

Length: 16 Minutes

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Technology Matters - making choices about the tools we use.

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Why does technology matter? How often do we thing about the implications of our choices of one tool over another? What were the decisions that brought us to our current technological world?

In his new book Technology Matters, Professor David Nye of Warwick's School of Comparative American Studies poses a series of questions challenging us to think a little deeper about the tools and technology surrounding us. From the use (or non-use) of the wheel in North Africa to IMAX theatres at the Grand Canyon, Professor Nye asks how the relationship between us and technology shapes our history and our future?

Professor David Nye was recently awarded the 2005 Leonardo Da Vinci Medal presented by the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). The medal is the highest recognition from the Society for the History of Technology and is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the history of technology, through research, teaching, publications, and other activities.

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The Experience of Muslims in British and French Prisons

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

According to new research there is a significant difference in the way that the British and French prison systems treat Muslim prisoners. Taking the prison experience as a microcosm of both French and British society, Professor Joly explores the issues of national identity, multiculturalism and ethnic or regligous tensions within both countries and how the state has responded to the challenges. Touching on the recent riots across France, Professor Joly raises serious concers about the ability of the French Government to respond effectively to the crisis and questions some of the fundamental assumptions about what it is to be French.

Professor Daničle Joly is a Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick and has published on Muslim populations in Britain, on ethnic relations and on refugees.

Length: 21 minutes

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The Future for Business Schools

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

How relevant are business schools for today's managers and companies? How can schools provide practical support for industry whilst maintaining standards of academic rigour in their research. Are business schools effective in managing the demands of students, government, business and the research sector?

The University of Warwick recently hosted a Future of Business School Forum which explored how the business school model needs to develop to meet the demands of the business and academic worlds. We invited two of the speakers, Professor Jone Pearce and Professor Ken Starkey, to discuss the future for business schools.

Professor Starkey is Professor of Management & Organisational Learning at Nottingham University Business School.

Professor Joan Pearce is Professor of Organization & Strategy at The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine.

Length: 18 minutes

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The Science of Discworld - Professor Ian Stewart

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

The Science of Discworld series weaves together a Discworld story by Terry Pratchett which examines what happens when wizards meddle with history in a battle against the elves for the future of humanity, with scientific commentary by two University of Warwick researchers (mathematician and chaos theory expert Professor Ian Stewart and reproductive Biologist Dr Jack Cohen) on the evolution and development of the human mind, culture, language, art, and science.

Professor Ian Stewart is a member of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Warwick, but is also an honorary Wizard of the Unseen University. In our current podcast, Professor Stewart discusses the history of the Science of the Discworld books and explains why a leading mathematician is dabbling in the world of magic and fantasy.

Length: 16 minutes

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Translating Orhan Pamuk

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Maureen Freely discusses her work translating the books of Orhan Pamuk and how his work reflects on the political situation in Turkey.

Length: 22 minutes

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Trends in Football Management - Managerial Dismissals and the Impact on the Game.

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

New research by Dr Sue Bridgewater from Warwick Business School has revealed that over 500 managers from the four top English divisions have been dismissed from their post since 1992 bringing damaging instability to the game. However she also outlines how a new professionalism in the post of manager is already achieving results on the pitch and could thus help managers stay post longer.

Dr Bridgewater looked at the 678 managerial changes in the four football leagues from August 1992 to December 2005. During that period she found 94 were still in post, 48 resigned for personal, advancement or other reasons but a staggering 536 of those managers were dismissed from their post. These changes of management have involved 360 different managers.

Dr Bridgewater is a Lecturer in Marketing & Strategy at Warwick Business School.

Length: 17 minutes

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Understanding the Iranian Nuclear Crisis

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Tension between Iran and the international community is increasing with negotiations over Iran's nuclear capability at the heart of a growing diplomatic crisis. With the likely recommdendation that Iran be referred to the UN Security Council for supposed breaches of its nuclear obligations the next few weeks will be crucial in determining the outcomes of this latest confrontation.

The current crisis is the culmination of years of Iranian nuclear development and diplomatic efforts on the part of the EU, the US and the UN. The history of the crisis and its implications for the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty are complex and go to the heart of the future ability of the international community to regulate and monitor nuclear activity.

Dr Daniel Joyner is a Lecturer in International Law at the Warwick Law School. Dr Joyner is an expert in public international law in the security context, with particular interest in the area of proliferation studies, including non-proliferation treaties and regimes, issues of international trade and export control law, use of force law, and international legal theory.

Length: 23 minutes

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Wanton Nights and Riotous Feasts

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Drunkeness, celebrity gossip, murder and the sex lives of politicians and royalty - commentators in the early modern period were just as concerned about these issues as their contemporary counterparts. A new conference at the University of Warwick, "Wanton nights and riotous feasts": Early Modern Representations of Virtue and Vice, will examine how these concerns were expressed and the role that Vice and Virtue had in shaping people's lives and the politics and society of the time.

Rebecca Hayes is a Postgraduate student of the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. Rebecca will be presenting a paper at the conference on Women and Seventeenth Century English Pornography.

Length: 15 minutes

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Wearing the veil

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Professor Daniele Joly discusses the controversy surrounding Jack Straw's comments about Muslim women wearing the veil.

Length: 21 minutes

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What chance for peace in Sri Lanka?

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

The recent resumption of violence in Sri Lanka between the Tamil Tigers and Government forces has set back hopes that a peaceful settlement could be established in this long running conflict.

Miranda Alison of Warwick's Department of Politics and International Studies provides an insight into the history of the conflict and examines whether a resolution is likely in the near future.

Length: 23 minutes

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World Cup Special - David Beckham and footballing icons

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Dr Andrew Parker discusses the role of the World Cup in producing sporting icons and talks about the case of David Beckham's transition from national disgrace to international superstar.

Length: 17 min

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World Cup Special - How to predict a world cup winner

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

After analysing the outcomes of 4500 international games Henry Stott gives his guide to the likely World Cup champions.

Length: 11 mins

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World Cup Special - The development of English managers

16:07, Tue 24 Oct 2006

Dr Sue Bridgewater talks about a programme to professionalise the role of Football Manager and looks at the future for the national job.

Length: 12 min

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