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Social Sciences Policy Briefings


Social Science research at Warwick addresses a broad-range of policy-relevant issues. Our Policy Briefing Series highlights key findings and policy recommendations from recent research projects across the Faculty.

August 2017

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Business English language standards

Mark Skilton, Professor of Practice, Warwick Business School

This briefing provides an overview of key challenges for the development and implementation of Artificial Intelligence technologies, including consequences for business and society and questions that will need addressing. It outlines some of the leading thinking in the field and defines key concepts.

July 2017

English Language Standards in Higher Education English language standards

Neil Murray, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick

This briefing provides a critique of the English language tests used by universities to assess whether international students have the require levels of English language proficiency to be admitted onto degree programmes.

Taking labour rights seriously in a UK-EU trade agreement Taking Labour Rights Seriously

Ben Richardson and James Harrison (University of Warwick), Adrian Smith, Liam Campling and Mirela Barbu (Queen Mary University, London)

If the UK and the EU negotiate a free trade agreement or customs union, how should labour rights be addressed? We examine what the protection of labour rights could achieve, as awell as the dangers of not including significant commitments in a post-Brexit trade deal.

May 2017

The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test: Views of People with Down SyndromeNon-invasive prenatal testing

Dr Barbara Barter, Clinical Psychologist, NHS and Professor Richard Hastings, Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research, University of Warwick

The introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) has implications for individuals with genetic variations and the way in which genetic differences are perceived in society. This new policy briefing from the University of Warwick sets out the ethical considerations of the policy and provides recommendations of how the policy might be implemented sensitively.

March 2017

Governing Labour Standards Through Free Trade AgreementsGoverning labour standards

Ben Richardson and James Harrison (University of Warwick), Adrian Smith, Liam Campling and Mirela Barbu (Queen Mary University, London)

This briefing summarises research on the effectiveness of labour standards provisions in Trade and Sustainable Development Chapters of EU trade agreements. It highlights the limiations of those labour provisions, and the need for closer examination of their aims and objectives if those limitations are to be overcome.

January 2017

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Steven Kettell, Politics and International Studies

This policy briefing summarises a response to the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (CORAB) made by secularists from a range of spheres. The response aims to provide a critical counterweight to CORAB recommendations on the role of religion in British public life, ensuring that a secular viewpoint can be heard.