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University to play key role to boost South East business

  The university is collaborating in a partnership project to provide a £9.4m funding boost to UK’s innovation growth. Source: University to play key role to boost South East business

Coming to terms with digital grief: hashtags and emojis are here to stay

Natalie Pitimson, University of Brighton I was on a train when the news broke from Brussels of a deadly terrorist attack. It was a fast developing story and, as is so often the case with today’s breaking news, social media was keeping pace with it far more efficiently than the “official” news outlets. But it’s…

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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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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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How to build better prisons

Yvonne Jewkes, University of Brighton The “new for old” prison reform programme would close old city-centre jails in British cities, such as the iconic HMPs Pentonville, Wandsworth and Strangeways. Speculation about what will replace these notorious Victorian “houses of correction” has been rife. These and more recent prisons also slated for closure, such as HMP…

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New Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)

  Professor Tara Dean has been appointed as the new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise). Source: New Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)

Explainer: why the Supreme Court ruled against joint enterprise

Peter Squires, University of Brighton Hundreds of convictions may need to be re-examined after a landmark Supreme Court judgement found that a man found guilty of murder under the controversial “joint enterprise” principle should have his murder conviction quashed. The man, Ameen Jogee, was convicted after the jury in his original trial believed him guilty…

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