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Blog: Zimbabwe’s new era and hopes for treating child malnutrition
31 July 2018

Ruairi Robertson is a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London. In this two-part blog, he describes his recent trip to Zimbabwe where he and his team are carrying out research into severe acute malnutrition.

Returning our Ebola Medals with Lord Dubs Blog: Why I returned my Ebola medal to the Government
27 July 2018

In 2015, the Government awarded Dr Claire Ferraro the Ebola medal to acknowledge her work during the Ebola crisis. On Tuesday, along with twenty other Ebola volunteers, she returned her medal in opposition to the current ‘hostile environment’ in the NHS and its charging regulations that are deterring undocumented migrants from accessing healthcare in the UKDr Ferraro is a teaching and research fellow at Queen Mary University of London’s Public Global Health Unit.

Blog: Frans Timmermans’ subsidiarity proposals do not go far enough to address the EU’s democratic deficit
26 July 2018

The EU’s principle of ‘subsidiarity’ states that only actions which cannot be effectively achieved at the national level and can be better achieved at the EU level should be exercised by the EU according to Dr Davor Jancic, Lecturer in Law in the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London. Davor Jancic assessed the European Commission report, Taskforce on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and Doing Less More Efficiently, in a piece for the European Poltics and Policy blog.

Blog: Cliff Richard judgment is a new shift in legal balance between free speech and privacy
19 July 2018

How far do a celebrity’s privacy rights – or indeed anyone’s – extend in respect of the pre-charge stage of a police investigation? This is the question posed by Professor Robin Callender Smith, a Visiting Professor in the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London in a piece recently published in The Conversation.

Blog: Theresa May’s Brexit plan will strengthen rather than weaken European legal control
18 July 2018

Far from a clean divorce from the EU, the UK will remain considerably tied to EU law and the European Court of Justice for years to come according to Dr Davor Jancic, Lecturer in Law in the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London. Davor Jancic analysed the future role of the European Court of Justice following Brexit in a piece recently published in The Conversation.

Blog: Britain’s hostility to those seeking refuge didn’t start with Theresa May – it dates back a century
11 June 2018

The UK has gone from civilised hospitality to hostility when it comes to providing sanctuary and refuge argues to Dr Yasmin Ibrahim, Reader in International Business and Communications in the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London. Yasmin Ibrahim explored the history of refuge and asylum in the UK in a recent piece published in The Conversation.

Blog: Britain’s hostility to those seeking refuge didn’t start with Theresa May – it dates back a century
7 June 2018

More than 120 leading economists have argued that the UK government’s treatment of the recent refuge crisis is ‘seriously inadequate, morally unacceptable and economically wrong. Yasmin Ibrahim, Reader in International Business and Communications co-authored an article for the conversation about the British government’s long standing attitude towards refugees.

Blog: Versions of Han Solo’s blaster exist – and they’re way more powerful than real lightsabers would be
24 May 2018

Dr Martin Archer from Queen Mary’s School of Physics and Astronomy had an article published in The Conversation about how feasible the blaster weapons used by, among others, the Star Wars character Han Solo are – and how they compare with lightsabers.

Blog: Dispersing refugees around a country puts them at an immediate disadvantage – why this matters for integration
9 May 2018

Francesco Fasani, Reader (Associate Professor) in the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London, writes in The Conversation about refugee integration.

Blog: Celebrating International Women's Day: Widening Participation visits the Votes for Women exhibition
9 March 2018

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Widening Participation team invited a group of female students and graduates to visit the Votes for Women exhibition at the Museum of London, and discuss what it is like to be women in higher education today. Michelle McAvoy reflects on the visit. 

Blog: Celebrating World Book Day: Widening Participation’s Boys, Books and Blogging project
28 February 2018

Michelle McAvoy is a Coordinator for the Widening Participation team based in Marketing and Communications, Queen Mary University of London. To celebrate World Book Day 2018, she reflects on her experiences of running the Boys, Books and Blogging programme.

Blog: Dentistry, X-rays and Morecambe and Wise
20 February 2018

Graham Davis is Professor of 3D X-ray Imaging at Queen Mary’s Institute of Dentistry. In this blog post, he describes his team’s work in helping the BBC to restore a lost episode of the Morecambe and Wise Show from a disintegrated film reel, as featured in the latest episode of BBC Click.

Setsuko Thurlow delivering her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Credit: Norwegian Nobel Committee Blog: Learning from the survivors of Hiroshima
20 December 2017

We recently sponsored two of our Global Health alumni to travel and attend the Nobel Peace Prize celebrations in Oslo, Norway. In this blog post, Miranda Liang reports from the Nobel Peace Lecture, discussing the moving moment when Hiroshima survivors spoke of their experiences of nuclear weapons, and what this means for global health.

Blog: The Gendered Aspect of Nuclear Weapons and War
15 December 2017

Last weekend, we sponsored one of our Global Health alumni to travel and attend the Nobel Peace Prize celebrations in Oslo, Norway. In this blog post, Krishen Samuel reports from the Nobel Peace Lecture and discusses gender issues in the context of debates about nuclear war.

Blog: Why nuclear deterrence is dangerous and bound to fail
13 December 2017

Last weekend, we sent two alumni from Queen Mary’s Global Public Health Unit to the Nobel Peace Prize celebrations in Oslo, Norway. They accompanied Professor David McCoy, who was involved in the coalition that won this year’s Prize. In this blog post, David discusses how we might move on from this year’s spotlight on nuclear disarmament and ensure that politicians and academics work to finally eliminate these weapons.

Blog: HPV jab and better tests mean women will need only three cervical screens from 2021
10 November 2017

Rebecca Landy, Cancer Screening Statistician at Queen Mary University of London, writes in The Conversation about why women who have a HPV jab may only need three cervical screens in a lifetime.

Blog: Westminster harassment: this is not just about sex, it’s about power
3 November 2017

Rainbow Murray, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary, writes for The Conversationabout the sexual harassment scandal in British politics.

Blog: Challenges and opportunities for EU energy policy
31 October 2017

A new book from QMUL's Professor Rafael Leal-Arcas presents, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of the most important research and latest trends in EU energy law and policy. In this article, he talks about some of the major challenges facing the EU in terms of energy policy. 

Blog: No push for a domino effect: Brexit doesn’t loom large in populist radical right parties’ campaigns
28 September 2017

Dr Stijn van Kessel writes for UK in a Changing Europe on how Brexit didn’t create a surge of populist radical right parties (PRR) wanting to leave the European Union.

Blog: To me, golliwogs are racist – but a tearoom tangle and a new poll shows Britain disagrees
20 September 2017

Professor Tim Bale writes for The Conversation on a study that reveals the majority of British people don’t really have a problem with golliwogs.

Blog: The Pap smear isn’t used to diagnose cancer – but it could be
19 September 2017

Anita Lim writes for The Conversation about her latest research, published in the British Journal of General Practice, which found evidence that the Pap smear is an excellent test for finding cervical cancer in young women.

Blog: What is the Wind in Europe’s Sails?
15 September 2017

This week European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker claimed that the 'wind is back in Europe's sails'. Andrew Hines from QMUL's School of Languages Linguistics and Film takes a look at his use of metaphor and asks, what force will push Europe forward?

Blog: Rohingya crisis: this is what genocide looks like
15 September 2017

Alicia de la Cour Venning writes for The Conversation on the humanitarian catastrophe on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border and the historical isolation of Rohingya Muslims.

Blog: I asked artists to create films using real sounds from space – this is what they came up with
31 August 2017

Art and science are often seen as complete opposites: art is subjective, while science aims to discover objective facts about nature. Dr Martin Archer writes for The Conversation about how collaborating the two can result in insightful creations.

Blog: Robert E Lee, George Washington and the trouble with the American pantheon
25 August 2017

Professor Erik Mathisen writes for The Conversation about the growing debate surrounding the Confederate monuments and how America now has to finally face its troubled history.  

Blog: Why abseiling spiders don’t spin out of control – new research
9 August 2017

Seeing an abseiling spider descend gracefully using its dragline silk instead of spinning unpredictably and uncontrollably is a magnificent sight. Professor David J Dunstan and Dr Dabiao Liu write for The Conversation, and try to understand the science behind it.

Blog: Anchoring Labour Rights More Effectively In EU Trade Agreements
13 July 2017

Professor Adrian Smith and Dr Liam Campling write for Social Europe about strengthening labour rights in UK and EU trade agreements. 

Blog: Trial and error in Northern Irish abortion law
7 July 2017

Dr Ruth Fletcher from QMUL's School of Law co-authors an article about abortion law reform in Northern Ireland. 

Blog: Tory humiliation down to campaign length and cult of May – Norman Tebbit interview
29 June 2017

The following interview with Lord Tebbit took place at the House of Lords on 28 June, 2017. He was interviewed by Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London. Norman Tebbit was Conservative MP for Epping (1970-1974) and Chingford (1974-1992) and served as a Junior Minister in both the Department of Trade and the Department of Industry. In the Cabinet, he was the Secretary of State for Employment, Trade and Industry, and Chairman of the Conservative party from 1985 to 1987. He now sits in the House of Lords as Baron Tebbit of Chingford.

Blog: Trump’s loyalty fixation recalls one of the US’s most disastrous presidencies
28 June 2017

Erik Mathisen, Teaching Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, writes about the parallels between Donald Trump's presidency and that of Andrew Johnson, who served as the 17th president from 1865-69.