School of Applied Social Science

If the banks were too big to fail, why isn’t the British steel industry?

Alex Simpson, University of Brighton The financial crisis of 2008 taught us that markets fail. But the current plight of the steel plant in Port Talbot, Wales, shows how not all markets fail equally. Eight years ago the UK treasury pumped £850 billion into a failing banking industry. Teetering on the brink of collapse, the…

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House of Commons visit and meeting Caroline Lucas MP

Some of the politics team at SASS including Aidan McGarry, Fran Burke and Chris Wyatt with second year politics students studying Political Movements on a tour of the Houses of Parliament, where we had a meeting with Caroline Lucas MP (Brighton Pavilion). Students asked Caroline about the prices of rent for students in Brighton and…

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Dunblane massacre 20 years on: how Britain rewrote its gun laws – and the challenge it faces now

Peter Squires, University of Brighton Thomas Hamilton walked into Dunblane Primary School, near Stirling, Scotland on March 13 1996, armed with four legally-owned handguns and over 700 rounds of ammunition. In three to four terrible minutes, he fired 105 shots killing 16 children and their teacher, and wounding 15 more children. His last shot killed…

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The university will continue to support higher education in Hastings

The university today confirmed that it will continue to support the delivery of higher education in Hastings. Source: The university will continue to support higher education in Hastings

Leaders of the future

International students received high praise from the university for being awarded government scholarships. Source: Leaders of the future

The Big Short is a perverse Robin Hood parable – in which King John wins

Alex Simpson, University of Brighton At heart, The Big Short – which just won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars – is a parable. Much like Robin Hood’s comment on the greed of King John, it warns of the dangers that come from taking from the poor for personal gain and power. It is a…

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