Criminology

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 00:01

Study of crime and criminality – from policing and punishment to justice and social policy

What will I learn?

Crime is never far from the headlines. Whether it’s controversial policing tactics or public outcry at the sentences handed out to high profile offenders – crime and justice provoke passionate debates.

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Yale introduces gender-neutral bathrooms amid national debate

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 21/05/2016 - 20:46

As legislators clash over LGBT rights in states across the country, university says it is seeking to send a signal to the public

Yale has become the latest college to introduce gender-neutral restrooms. The move comes as conservative and liberal legislators in states across the nation battle over where they believe their constituents have a right to pee.

Related: Texas poised to be the next bathroom battleground in transgender fight

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Brexit would drive high-achieving EU students away from UK, study shows

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 21/05/2016 - 19:54

Leave vote would inflict serious damage on British universities and science industries, claim authors of study

Brexit would significantly damage the UK’s universities and its scientific industries, according to new research.

A report by the Institute for Social and Economic Research finds that students from the EU are among the highest achievers at British universities. They are more likely to gain a first-class degree than UK classmates, less likely to be unemployed, and more likely to be in a graduate job, earn a high salary and go on to postgraduate study.

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Universities fight proposed crackdown on foreign students' defense research

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 21/05/2016 - 19:35

Stanford, MIT and University of Pennsylvania join coalition of 62 research institutions in opposing State Department security proposal

Leading US universities are pushing back against a proposed State Department rule that would bar foreign students from more research projects and classes involving information seen as vital to national security.

Barack Obama’s administration proposed the new rule in response to growing worries in Washington over a rise in intellectual property theft from foreign adversaries, such as China.

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Museum of London: Smithfield, Silvertown and suits

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 21/05/2016 - 15:04

Its planned move to a new location provides a reminder of the wonders that lie within the home of the capital’s history

News that the Museum of London plans to move from its half-hidden elevated home among the bewildering walkways of London Wall to the presently derelict parts of Smithfield market lately saved from demolition serves as a reminder of what a treasure it is. Its director, Sharon Ament, says her job is to make it “the best museum in the world” and looks forward to being able to put many more of its 6m objects on display. But that might not happen for five years and there’s plenty for visitors to enjoy in the meantime.

The museum also produces videos. One of these documents the explosion of a first world war munitions factory in Silvertown nearly a century ago, in January 1917. The accident killed 73 people and remains, in the words of curator Georgina Young, “the largest single explosion that London has ever seen”. The flames were visible from Norwich.

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US colleges cut ties with scholarships that ban HIV-positive applicants

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 21/05/2016 - 11:30

Princeton University and Boston University have taken down postings for scholarship programs in South Korea that require HIV testing

Two prominent American colleges have removed advertisements for South Korean government scholarships that bar people with HIV, following the intervention of human rights activists.

Princeton University on Thursday took down a posting on its website that advertised the Korean Government Scholarship Program, which funds study at universities in South Korea, over concerns that it was discriminatory. The move came less than a fortnight after the Frederick S Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University quietly removed references to the scholarship in similar circumstances.

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What I've learned on the job: veterans and rookies swap notes

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 21/05/2016 - 09:00

Experienced priests, police officers, nurses and others share their wisdom with the new kids on the block

Father Wilfrid McGreal, 77, was ordained 52 years ago and is a Carmelite friar, based at the Shrine of St Jude, Faversham. Father Leonard Tatt, 52, was ordained in 2013, after a long career with Royal Mail. He is now a parish priest at St Boniface, Tooting, south London.

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Rookies and veterans: tell us what you've learnt at work

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 21/05/2016 - 09:00

Whether you’re new to the profession or have years of experience behind you we’d like to hear your experiences

Experienced priests, police officers, nurses and others have shared their wisdom with the new kids on the block for a feature for guardian Weekend magazine.

Detective chief superintendent Sue Scott, 49, joined Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 1985 and retired in December 2015. “When I joined, you wouldn’t show emotion, just as a self-preservation mechanism. My role models were either austere, autocratic men or women who looked and operated like men, and I don’t think that helped. Perhaps that’s how we got ourselves into that ‘us and them’ position with the public. When I started, the attitude was very much, ‘We’re the police, we know best.’ We’re much better at listening now.”

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Secret Teacher: we must end the spiral of negativity in teaching

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 21/05/2016 - 07:00

The self-pitying blogs and political rants that pervade teaching might be cathartic, but they don’t help our wellbeing. We need to be more constructive

I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and the current climate in education is no exception. We’ve all read the headlines: Sats stress made children cry, teachers are quitting in droves, forced academisation against our wills – and so it goes on. The danger is that we teachers feed off the media and get so caught up in the outcry that we fail to maintain a sensible – or even professional – perspective.

No politician takes on educational reform with the sole purpose of eroding a workforce or destroying self-esteem

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Uni chief's £60K rise a 'disgrace'

BBC - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 17:33
An overall pay rise of nearly £60,000 for Falmouth University's vice-chancellor taking her wage close to £300,000 angers staff.
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Hundreds of UN schools in Middle East attacked, damaged or closed

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 14:08

Almost half of schools in Syria, Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Jordan have been disrupted by conflict, says report

More than 300 schools run by the United Nations have been attacked, damaged or rendered inoperable by armed conflict and violence in the Middle East over the past five years, disrupting the education of thousands of children, a new report says.

In Syria, more than half of schools run by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, have ceased to function due to damage, access restrictions or the need to use the premises as shelters for displaced families.

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At last, the UK has a black studies university course. It’s long overdue | Kehinde Andrews

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 14:07

Until now, academic staff and interests have remained overwhelmingly white. Our course will change not only the face, but the nature, of university education

Applications will open next week for the first UK undergraduate degree in black studies, which will begin enrolment in September 2017 at Birmingham City University (BCU). While those of us running the course are proud that it is the first of its kind, the fact that it has never been done before demonstrates the crisis at the heart of British academia.

Black studies is an interdisciplinary subject that focuses attention on the experiences, perspectives and contributions of people from the African diaspora. It emerged in the US in the 1960s, when a more diverse student body insisted that their experiences and traditions be included on the curriculum. Dr Nathan Hare, who was one of the pioneers of black studies at San Francisco State College, explained that the “battle” for black studies was “a mass struggle based on the notion that education belongs to the people”. After protests, boycotts and occupations across the nation, black studies earned its rightful place on campus and has become embedded into the fabric of US higher education ever since.

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Are real families at all like the cliches of TV and advertising?

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 13:30
Is there any research to show that men like Top Gear and sex more than women do?

Despite my best intentions, I have found it virtually impossible to escape middle-class cliches. From Farrow & Ball paint, organic veg deliveries, Gap briefs and Ray-Ban sunglasses to a Smeg oven, I am thoroughly hackneyed.

Families are also cliches – if we are to believe advertising, fiction and most TV drama. The father is well meaning but incompetent, likes watching football, drinking beer and retreating to his man cave with his PC and iPod. He is an emotional idiot. If there is abuse in the relationship, he is the abuser. He likes Top Gear and gadgets. He earns most of the money. He wants sex as often as possible. He cooks, but poorly. He has friends, but they are social rather than intimate. He hates shopping.

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New boss for failed children's service

BBC - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 11:27
Sunderland's children's services department which was rated inadequate recruits a new boss and takes on more frontline staff.
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Up to 200,000 students could miss vote on EU referendum, poll shows

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 08:28

One in five students are only registered to vote where they study, but many will be away or are unaware of date of the vote

Up to 200,000 students face missing out on a vote in the EU referendum because they do not know it is taking place in the holidays and are registered to vote in the wrong place, a survey has found.

University chiefs issued the findings as they promoted a push to ensure young voters are able to have their say on 23 June by registering at home addresses or requesting postal votes.

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How can we nurture the next generation of school leaders? – live chat

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 08:00

Join us on Wednesday 25 May, 5.30-7.30pm, to discuss how the senior teachers and heads of tomorrow can best be supported to progress

It’s been hard to miss headlines about the recruitment crisis in teaching. Research published earlier this year from the National Audit Office – which reported missed recruitment targets and more teachers leaving the profession – made for sober reading.

Significant attention and resource has been focused on recruiting new teachers – with the government spending £700m every year on training. But less action has been taken to retain the growing number of teachers who are leaving the profession or seeking early retirement.

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Dear student, I just don't have time to mark your essay properly

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 07:00

In an ideal world, your work would be read by an engaged, enthusiastic professional – but the reality is very, very different

Dear student,

I have just read your essay, and I must apologise – I have absolutely no idea what it said.

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Six of the best sex education programmes around the world

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 07:00

Poor sex education leads to STIs, unplanned pregnancies and even death. But grassroots projects are teaching young people about sexuality and empowerment

“We cannot achieve gender transformative change by focusing only on health outcomes. We must equip young people with information about health as well as positive aspects of sex and sexuality,” said Tewodros Melesse, the director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), recently on the release of a report about delivering comprehensive sex education for young people across the world.

In the absence of formal policies, grassroots projects and individuals around the world are stepping in to plug the gaps. Here are six programmes working to teach young people in developing communities about their sexuality and their rights.

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Students risk missing referendum vote

BBC - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 00:48
UK university students believe the EU referendum will affect their futures, but almost two-thirds do not know when it is happening, suggests research.
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Clumsy teenage boys 'can blame brain'

BBC - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 00:44
Scientists have come up with an explanation for why some teenage boys go through a clumsy phase during a growth spurt.
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