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Thought Leadership

As mass extinctions loom, these philosophers could help us rediscover our place among other animals

Dr. Clare Mac Cumhaill from our Department of Philosophy and Dr. Rachael Wiseman from the University of Liverpool explore why it's only our imagination that stands in the way of us extending the moral concern that we have for humans to other kinds of animal.
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Wayne Couzens: Sarah Everard’s killer is appealing his whole-life sentence – what does that mean?

Professor Nicole Westmarland, from our Department of Sociology, explains the recent appeals lodged with the UK's Court of Appeal and what the difference is between a whole-life sentence and a life sentence.
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Ancient cave art: how new hi-tech archaeology is revealing the ghosts of human history

Professor Paul Pettitt, from our Department of Archaeology, and Professor Alistair Pike, from the University of Southampton, outline how various forms of digital analysis of rock surfaces can bring to light ancient cave art.
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Why many women with autism and ADHD aren’t diagnosed until adulthood – and what to do if you think you’re one of them

Dr Alokananda Rudra, from our Department of Psychology, addresses a number of reasons why autism and ADHD are both often missed or even misdiagnosed in girls and women and that the importance of a greater awareness of the symptoms and behaviour associated with autism and ADHD will be critical in changing how both are diagnosed.
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Warmer summers threaten Antarctica’s giant ice shelves because of the lakes they create

PhD student, Jennifer Arthur, from our Department of Geography, outlines the department's recent research into the formation of surface meltwater lakes around the world’s largest ice sheet.
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Ukraine invasion: Putin’s conflict is showcasing a new age for war reporting

Professor Tim Luckhurst, Principal of South College, believes that modern 21st-century war correspondents have an advantage over their predecessors as whether for radio, television, web or print, they can file instantly via satellite internet as their words and pictures are not subject to direct censorship.
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Can we ever fully separate our work and home lives? Philosophy suggests we should stop trying

Dr Peter West, from our Department of Philosophy, explores aspects of work-life balance portrayed in Apple TV's sci-fi series Severance and its connection with philosophical thinking about memory in order to understand personal identity.
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How fans fall in love with women’s football

Dr Stacey Pope, in our Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and Associate Professor of Sociology, Rachel Allison, from Mississippi State University highlight the importance of respectful media coverage in leading people to become fans of women’s football.
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A history of Easter feasts and why the English breakfast might be medieval

Professor Giles Gasper, in our Department of History, looks back on the Christian festival and its traditions associated with food.
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Autistic people are six times more likely to attempt suicide – poor mental health support may be to blame

As part of World Autism Acceptance week, Dr Patrick Jachyra, from our Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Jacqui Rodgers, Professor of Psychology and Mental Health and an autism researcher based in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University and Sarah Cassidy, Associate Professor of Mental Health and Autism at University of Nottingham raise awareness about the thoughts of ending life among autistic people.
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Ukraine: aid workers were forced out of Syria – the same thing could happen in this war

Dr William Plowright, from our School of Government and International Affairs, addresses the possible threat to humanitarian aid workers in the Russia-Ukraine war and the effect this would have to civilians on the ground.
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Ukraine war: death of a ‘fixer’ underlines the dangers of this unsung but vital job for journalism

Professor Tim Luckhurst, Principal of South College, emphasises the importance of a 'fixer' to broadcasters covering foreign conflicts for international news organisations.
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