All entries for July 2006

July 31, 2006

Gifted kids Reject Schools' Diet Dictates but Choose Healthy Eating

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A new survey of over 700 gifted young people by the University of Warwick shows that they consider themselves bright enough to take responsibility for their food choices and don't think that schools should be allowed to dictate their diet.

A poll of students at the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth found that 68.7%of the students questioned thought schools should not be able to dictate their diet and 100% of those asked said they would choose the healthy option and were aware of the hazards of a junk food diet. 770 students replied to the poll.

July 25, 2006

Managing creativity and creative management

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As the Creative Industries become a more important part of the global economy does the stereotype of the creative genius still persist? Do we need to rethink our ideas on creativity and understand how it works more clearly?

Dr Chris Bilton, Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, argues that organisations need to start thinking about creativity as a process and begin adapting traditional business strategies to develop a creative approach to management.

Show Notes:

  • Defining creativity and 'Creative Industries'
  • Myth of the 'Creative'
  • Creativity as a process
  • Implications for business in managing creativity
  • New forms of creativity
  • Measuring creativity
  • Is creativity easier now?
  • Creative consumers
  • Teaching creativity

July 20, 2006

Responding to Water Scarcity

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Growers in the UK are having to get used to managing with less water. Changing climate patterns mean that techniques long established in Southern Europe are now being adapted for use further north.

Dr Jim Monaghan (Harper Adams University College) is leading research at Warwick HRI on Dynamic Fertigation, an irrigation system that not only saves water and fertilizer but also automatically respond to five day weather forecasts.

July 18, 2006

Weather watching water system gives large water & fertilizer savings for growers

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Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed an irrigation system for growers that not only saves water and fertilizer it even automatically reads and responds to five day weather forecasts to decide whether it is going to water your plants or not.

Demonstrations of this new research will be presented at a special "Water Day" for commercial growers on 20th July at the University of Warwick's Wellesbourne campus.

Expert Comment – Blair Bush Relationship

Professor Wyn Grant can be contacted on 024 7652 3720
Or other numbers availble via Peter Dunn on 07767 655860

During the G8 Summit President George Bush was overheard haling UK Prime MinsterTony Blair with the words "Yo, Blair" followed by his proposed solution to the Middle East crisis.

Professor Wyn Grant, a Professor of Politics and International Relations at the UK's University of Warwick, said the conversation suggested "that perhaps Blair doesn't have the kind of relationship with Bush that he would sometimes like to claim he has."

But he said the conversation only reflected reality. "The U.S.–UK relationship throughout the whole period since World War Two has always been an asymmetrical one. It's always been one in which the U.S. has been dominant."

July 14, 2006

Providing for Gifted and Talented Youth

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The announcement of a national register of gifted and talented pupils has raised questions over how we provide for the most able children. Commentators have raised concerns over elitism, how we select people for the register and even whether this is the most effective approach to dealing with gifted provision in schools.

Professor Deborah Eyre is the Director of the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth, based at the University of Warwick. NAGTY is tasked with identifying the top 5% performers in our schools and supporting teachers in providing the resources and opportunities to enable students to reach their full potential. In this interview Professor Eyre describes the benefits that membership of NAGTY and the register can bring and how the work of the Academy is helping students to achieve academic success.

July 13, 2006

Sleep deprivation doubles risks of obesity in both children and adults

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Research by Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick has found that sleep deprivation is associated with an almost a two–fold increased risk of being obese for both children and adults.

Early results of a study by Professor Francesco Cappuccio of the University of Warwick's Warwick Medical School were presented to the International AC21 Research Festival hosted this month by the University of Warwick.

July 11, 2006

National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth Gains 100,000th Member

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National Gifted Kids Academy gains 100,000th Member - even Wembley Stadium couldn't hold full membership

The National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) will today – Tuesday 11th July – hand over their 100,000th membership certificate to David Goodman (15) of Handsworth Grammar School in Birmingham.

July 04, 2006

Taste of teaching leads students to South African maths mission

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A scheme designed to encourage some of the University of Warwick's brightest students to consider teaching as a career by providing a three week taste of teaching in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull schools has so enthused the students that not only do they now want to teach but they have also organized a project to give three more weeks of their time supplying maths teaching support to a South African school.

New Research on Small Firms and Employment Tribunal Cases

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It is well–known that small firms are more likely to face Employment Tribunal (ET) claims than large ones, and raw figures suggest that they tend to lose cases that reach tribunals. New research from Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick shows that small firms are not in fact disadvantaged if they follow appropriate disciplinary procedures.

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