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The University of Manchester, a member of the Russell Group, is one of the largest and most popular universities in the UK. It has 20 academic schools and hundreds of specialist research groups undertaking pioneering multi-disciplinary teaching and research of worldwide significance. According to the results of the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), The University of Manchester is one of the country’s major research institutions, rated third in the UK in terms of ‘research power’. The University has an annual income of £807 million and is ranked 40th in the world and fifth in the UK for the quality of its teaching and impact of its research.

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They came in like a wrecking ball… online firms like YouTube, Spotify and Apple have fundamentally changed the way we consume. But whose rights are protected? AAP Image/Julian Smith

Shift to online music underscores power of a handful of tech giants

The sheer market power concentrated in the hands of such few online companies represents a formidable hurdle to fair competition.
Still at it. Couple by Shutterstock

People in their eighties have sex – get over it

When we consider society’s prevailing view of late-life sexuality, the convention has been that older people are not particularly sexually active or interested in intimate sexual relationships. These preconceptions…
They might seem similar on the face of it, but they have big differences in social policy. Chris Jackson/PA Wire

New report outlines lessons from the coalition’s social policy record

My colleagues and I marked 100 days to the next general election by publishing a suite of reports comprehensively documenting the social policy record of the current coalition government, as we have done…
Part-time student enrolments have massively fallen across the UK. unonottingham

Enrolments slide further for ‘forgotten’ part-time undergraduates

We were told that the 2012 changes to England’s student funding system would boost the number of part-time students at university. But new data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency confirm…
Out with the ham and in with the spam. 63056612@N00

How World War II rationing gave us a liking for SPAM

Today many people follow vegetarian, vegan and a variety of eclectic diets, but before World War II meals were commonly based on the meat and two veg philosophy. And so food rationing, which began 75 years…
Smile, though your heart is aching. Morgan

Why happiness is not enough to replace GDP

The idea that data on happiness and well-being can be used to guide government policy has steadily gained popularity over the past decade. But as we seek ways to replace, or at least complement GDP as…
So there. Steel Wool

All this talk about balancing the budget is …

Remember the Maastricht criteria? No, I didn’t think so. Nor apparently do Britain’s political leaders, based on their manifestos for tackling the UK’s deficit. The Maastricht Criteria were the convergence…
Focusing on entrepreneurship alone won’t help young Ugandans out of poverty. Nicola Banks

Starting a new business is not the answer for most of the world’s poor

The UK has been named the top performer in Europe when it comes to entrepreneurs and fourth in the world, behind the US, Canada and Australia. Indeed, the top ten best performers are dominated by high-income…
Dee and Deirdre featured on Channel 4’s Benefits Street. Joe Giddens/PA Wire

It’s easy to hate ‘poverty porn’ but harder to fight inequality

George Osborne’s recent announcement that households would receive personalised “annual tax statements” allowing them to track how their taxes are spent has been heavily criticised as manipulative and…
The answer’s in there somewhere … Bunches and bits

Missing data may hold the key to finding new cancer treatments

Imagine trying to follow a complex novel many times longer than War and Peace with hundreds of characters and twists. With every cancer having a unique story hidden inside its genetic code, this is similar…

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