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One of the most widely acknowledged areas of inequality in the UK is within education. As always, it is important to consider what we mean by this. …


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Imagine two boys: Liam and Noah.

Liam is born in Nottingham. His parents live in an area where there is a high level of deprivation and many families struggle on a low income.

On the same day, 140 miles south, Noah is born in Surrey. In contrast, his parents live…


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Introduction

Often, we may see a headline referring to ‘the housing crisis’ or see the same phrase embedded in a news article somewhere, with the unspoken assumption that we are all familiar with what the crisis entails. The principle behind the crisis is rather simple, there are not enough houses…


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For the last two weeks there were continuous news alerts about the provincial capitals and major cities in Afghanistan that had fallen to the Taliban, all of which culminated in their arrival in Kabul on August 15th (1). In the days that have followed there have been evacuations from across…


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What do you get if you cross a pandemic with a group of UK billionaires?

More money. And, as it turns out, more billionaires.

Whilst the UK economy shrunk at the fastest rate in decades, the number of billionaires in the UK increased from 138 to 171 and their collective…


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It’s just possible that in the last week you may have noticed the weather in England was rather warm. In fact, the weather was so warm that Public Health England (PHE), the government agency tasked with improving England’s health and wellbeing, issued a heat-health alert on Tuesday with guidance on…


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19th July 2021. 490 days after the UK first went into lockdown in March 2020. The so-called ‘Freedom Day’ — at least for England.

So let’s have a quick recap of what’s changing (1):
> Masks will become mostly voluntary (although encouraged in some situations)
> Social distancing and capacity limits will…


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On the 27th of June, the United States bombed three different locations on the Iraq-Syria border, two sites in Syria and one in Iraq (1). This is the second occasion that the US, under the Joe Biden presidency, has dropped bombs on the border of Iraq and Syria, having targeted…


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In February last year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned the world that it may be at least 18 months before a Covid vaccine was available. Turns out, that was a rather gloomy prediction — fast forward to now and we’ve got several, highly-effective vaccines that have been rolled out…


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For close to a year now there have been regular updates in the news around the housing of asylum seekers at Napier barracks. The latest story is due to the suspension of new arrivals there, as reported this week (1). So, what exactly is Napier barracks? …

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