Lewis McClenaghan

Less than 3 in 10 professors are women or ethnic minorities

Despite an increase in the numbers of women and people of ethnic minorities joining academia, very few become professors or managers according to the Equality Challenge Unit. The Unit’s Equality in Higher Education Staff Statistical Report 2016 found that less than 3 in 10 professors are women or people of...
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Posted Dec. 22, 2016

Will robots lead to the end of journalism?

More and more newspapers are training robots to tell data-based stories about sports, business and breaking news. Engineered by the Washington Post’s team, ‘Heliograf’ technology was used to produce short updates on Olympic events for the paper’s live blog and twitter account @WPOlympicsbot. Reports suggest the Post will use the...
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Posted Nov. 12, 2016

Does the ALS breakthrough justify slacktivism?

A research project just discovered a new gene, NEK1, which has been confirmed as one of the most common contributors to the development of Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling everyday muscle movement. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS...
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Posted Sep. 1, 2016

The young leaders bringing Black Lives Matter to the UK

“Silence in the face of any sort of oppression is taking the side of the oppressor,” said Ayo Akinrele. The second-time sabbatical officer at Liverpool Hope University organised a march in Liverpool last month, which was partially in memory of Mzee Mohammed, an eighteen year-old black man who died in...
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Posted Aug. 16, 2016

Brexit, Protest and God Save the Queen: What happened at Warwick Graduation?

Warwick University’s week of graduation ceremonies saw mixed reactions to inclusion of the UK’s national anthem, a plea from the vice-chancellor for graduates to learn from Brexit, and a student’s gesture of protest against Warwick’s ruling against sit-in demonstrations. BREXIT Vice-chancellor Stuart Croft, conducting his first round of graduation ceremonies...
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Posted Jul. 24, 2016