All entries for February 2007

February 27, 2007

University of Warwick Forms International Commission on the Future of World Trade

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/university_of_warwick/

The University of Warwick has formed an International Commission of leading researchers and policy makers to examine the World’s continued failure to reach consensus on future trade relations. This failure threatens the continued viability of the World Trade Organization (WTO), raises fears of a drift towards protectionism and imperils the future of globalisation itself.


February 23, 2007

The future of multilateral trade agreements

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/

Pierre Pettigrew discusses the work of the 2007 Warwick Commission analysing the future of Multilateral Trade Agreements.

Summary:

About the Warwick Commission
Why is it a good time to study multilateral trade
Why is Doha failing
Are bilateral agreements a threat
How important is development when thinking about trade
Hopes for the Warwick Commission


February 22, 2007

Perceptions of body image

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=body_image.mp3

Karen Throsby from The University of Warwick’s Sociology Department talks about the relationships between gender and body image as well as cosmetic and weight loss surgery in the light of the recent Radio 1 survey on the topic.

Length: 18 minutes

Summary:
Do you think the results of Radio 1’s survey were surprising
Why is there confusion over how people should perceive their own bodies
What reasons are there for the recent focus on weight, in particular
Who is driving this focus
Increasingly, men are becoming conerned about their bodies
The psychological and physical motivators behind different types of surgery
Acceptance of cosmetic surgery, differences between that and weight loss surgery
Commercial factors influencing surgery
How can we help people to be more comfortable with body image and appearance


February 15, 2007

Marketing Movies

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=movies.mp3

Chris Meir talks about the Marketing the Movies Conference and how academics are analysing the way films are promoted.

Summary:

Why should we analyse marketing materials in the same way as the films themselves
Can we deal with marketing materials seperately from the film or should we consider them together
History of Film Studies and its relation with marketing
Has the study of film marketing suffered as it is associated with committees rather than artists
Do you need to make a good movie any more or just make sure you have good marketing
Cultural differences in film marketing
Difference between British and American cinema
Danger of disconnect between trailers and films
Impact of digital marketing techniques


February 13, 2007

Warwick Podcasts scoops Gold

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/warwick_podcasts_scoops/

The University of Warwick’s podcast programme has won a gold at the West Midlands Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards.

Podcasts have become an integral part of the way in which Warwick communicates with its students, staff and general public. The programme won first place in the best use of Photography, Design or New Media category.


Today’s the day the teddy bears see the doctor

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/todays_the_day/

Every bear that ever there was gathered at a Coventry primary school for a special clinic for sick teddies.

Children at Frank Whittle Primary School were recently invited to take their furry friends into the classroom to meet medical students from the University of Warwick.

The students are members of the Warwick Teddy Bear Hospital and they use the bears to help dispel some of the anxiety children feel when they visit the doctor.Warwick Teddy Bear Hospital is a public health project aimed at children between the ages of three to seven years.


Students volunteered half a million pounds in 2006

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/students_volunteered_half/

Student volunteers from the University of Warwick contributed half a million pounds of their time to community projects in 2006, according to figures released today.

More than 2000 students volunteered their free time to 830 projects in schools, hospitals and old people’s homes in the Coventry area last year.


Michael Nyman sings for supper to receive Honorary Doctorate

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/michael_nyman_sings/

Michael Nyman found himself singing for his supper with the premier of his new specially-written fanfare when he collected an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Warwick.

The British composer, pianist, librettist and musicologist has been a regular and popular performer at the University’s Warwick Arts Centre for many years. He has performed there with the Michael Nyman Band and most recently as solo pianist in the show The Piano Sings.


The Future of Airbus

Dr John Garside – Principle Fellow of WMG at the University of Warwick is a veteran of the British aerospace industry.

Contact him on 02476 524740, or via the press officer on 07876 217740.

Last year BA Systems sold its share in Airbus. With no stake at the table it has condemned wing manufacture to long-term declince.

The French and German governments treat Airbus as a nationalised industry and a source of jobs, while in the UK this is a secondary consideration to profitability.

With China entering the market it seems certain that manufacture of wings will leave the UK and, in 20 years time, 12,000 jobs currently in Britain will be gone.


February 08, 2007

Religion and public office

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=religion.mp3

Professor Roger Trigg talks about the relationship between faith, religion and public office. Should we make a clear distintion between public office and private belief?

Summary:

Should faith be privatised
Why do we struggle to discuss this
Does removing faith leave a moral or ethical vacuum
Can we reconcile tradition and pluralism in society
Does the status of the Church of England weaken the status of other religions
Should we have a register of philosophical interests
Should faith be more vocal on key issues
Does not listening to religious opinion force people into extremism
Do we have a fear of theocratic states
Is this a case of absolutism vs relativism
Is our democracy founded on the authority of God or the People
Can we have a separation between public service and private faith


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