Analysis

Reviewing Higher Education Funding Must Not Entrench The So-Called ‘Elite’

Writing in the Huff Post, Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith argues that there is a risk that ‘major reforms’ to university and student funding (as promised by Theresa May) will reinforce the current prestige-based…

Pizza delivery for Walter White: the pros and cons of fan tourism

Breaking Bad/AMC Lincoln Geraghty, University of Portsmouth It’s a delicious story: so many fans of the US crime series Breaking Bad have tried to recreate the scene where protagonist Walter White angrily throws…

Forget gory Gunpowder – Jacobean England had a bloodcurdling appetite for violence

The execution of the eight surviving conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot. Wellcome Images via Wikimedia , CC BY-SA Katy Gibbons, University of Portsmouth The compelling BBC One series Gunpowder, which tells the story…

How Frida Kahlo became a trinket for a Conservative leader

Deborah Shaw, University of Portsmouth Theresa May’s party leader speech at the Conservative conference on October 4 was noteworthy for all the wrong reasons. As Kenzie Bryant noted in Vanity Fair, it became…

Confronting breast cancer is crucial to India’s economic development

Judith Fletcher-Brown, University of Portsmouth Breast cancer is a growing epidemic in India. It could kill 76,000 women a year by 2020, according to a recent study. It claimed more than 70,000 lives…

Behind the Japanese court ruling that tattoo artists need to be qualified doctors

Stephen Crabbe, University of Portsmouth A ruling by the Osaka District Court is likely to deal a major blow to the tattoo industry in a country where the stigmatisation of tattoos is already…

Prison officer pay rise won’t solve wider crisis in justice system

Aaron Pycroft, University of Portsmouth Prison officers are to receive a 1.7% pay rise in a move which effectively breaks the 1% public sector pay cap, but is far less than the 5%…

Nothing matters: how the invention of zero helped create modern mathematics

Shutterstock Ittay Weiss, University of Portsmouth A small dot on an old piece of birch bark marks one of the biggest events in the history of mathematics. The bark is actually part of…

Britain’s unclaimed benefits: four million families miss out on £12.4bn

Why aren’t people entitled to benefits claiming them? via shutterstock.com Dan Finn, University of Portsmouth Up to £12.4 billion of means-tested benefits – including pension credit, housing benefit and jobseekers and employment support…

Sex, secrets and murder most foul: following the threads of the Limehouse Golem

Christopher Pittard, University of Portsmouth Peter Ackroyd’s novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem (1994) features in two adaptations this September: Opera Philadelphia’s Elizabeth Cree, and Juan Carlos Medina’s film The Limehouse Golem….

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