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Euro 2022 can be a catalyst for women’s football in England – here’s how

Dr Stacey Pope, Associate Professor in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, discusses how Euro 2022 has all the ingredients to be a breakthrough moment for women’s football in England.
Footballs on a field

What is 'normal' baby sleep? How evolutionary clues, not cultural expectations, can help new parents

Professor Helen Ball from the Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre explores a biological view of infant sleep, and how it's quite different from the cultural and clinical expectations of infant sleep in most western societies.
A man holding a baby over his shoulder

How to fix the 'broken' peer review system

Kelly-Ann Allen, Associate Professor in the School of Educational Psychology and Counselling, Faculty of Education, Monash University; Jonathan Reardon, Research Assistant in our School of Education; Joseph Crawford, Senior Lecturer, Educational Innovation, University of Tasmania; and Lucas Walsh, Professor and Director of the Centre for Youth Policy and Education Practice, Monash University, asked fellow academics how the 'broken' peer review system could be fixed.
Peer review system is broken TL

Debunking the myth of the ‘evil people smuggler’

Dr Corey Robinson, in our School of Government and International Affairs, and Yvonne Su, Assistant Professor in the Department of Equity Studies, York University, Canada, examine the narrative of the "evil people smuggler" in the context of the global refugee crisis and people’s attempts to claim asylum.
A banner saying refugees welcome at a protest march

Securing Scotland’s independence: Moving beyond process?

Aileen McHarg, Professor of Public Law and Human Rights at Durham Law School, discusses the paths to independence for Scotland following the First Minister's statement, including a new 'plan C' - the next UK General Election.
St Andrew's cross, flag of Scotland, blowing in the breeze

Higgs boson: 10 years after its discovery, why this particle could unlock new physics beyond the standard model

Dr Martin Bauer and and Dr Stephen Jones from our Department of Physics look back at the discovery of the Higgs boson, and discuss some of the questions still being explored by physicists 10 years on.
Peter Higgs standing in front of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN where the Higgs boson he theorised was discovered.

Roe v Wade: men benefit from abortion rights too – and should speak about them more

Stephen Burrell and Sandy Ruxton from our Department of Sociology respond to the US Supreme Court's vote to overturn abortion rights, and look at why it's important for men to recognise how much they gain from women’s right to an abortion.
A man holds a sign at a protest reading

Do optimists really live longer? Here’s what the research says

Fuschia Sirois, Professor in Social & Health Psychology, in our Department of Psychology, explains how looking on the bright side of life could be good for us.
Two girls skipping towards the sunset

Royal jubilees have always been surprisingly religious affairs

Professor Philip Williamson, from our Department of History, looks back at the history of royal jubilees and their connection with British religion.
Crowds of people waving Union Jack flags on Palace Green for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012

How our brains instantly recognise music

The recent Wordle spinoff, Heardle, challenges players to identify popular songs from short music clips. Dr Kelly Jakubowski from Music explains the science behind why people love this new game.
A girl listening to music through her headphones.

A history tour of jubilees

Her Majesty The Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Historian Professor Philip Williamson takes a look at the changes around jubilees over the years.
Her Majesty The Queen of the United Kingdom waving

Why football needs a gender revolution

Dr Stacey Pope, Associate Professor in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, is exploring whether the visibility of the Euro's this summer will help boost gender equality in the game or give rise to a further backlash of anti-women attitudes and misogyny.
Football on pitch in arena