All entries for September 2006

September 29, 2006

Over 2 million households struggling to pay council tax says new research

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Over two million households are estimated to be struggling to pay council tax and consideration needs to be given to the negative impact of the tax on the Government’s drive to “make work pay”. This is according to a new report by the University of Warwick’s Institute for Employment Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

September 25, 2006

Recycled paper and compost could both be key tools to control plant disease

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New research by the University of Warwick should have gardeners and commercial growers competing for both recycled paper and organic waste composts. The University’s plant research department, Warwick HRI, is finding that recycled paper based composts are proving to be a major weapon in the fight against a range of plant diseases.

September 22, 2006

Researchers Challenge allegations of racism in psychiatry

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Research led by the University of Warwick’s Warwick Medical School is challenging accusations of racism against Psychiatry services in England and Wales.

In 2005, the “Count me in” census for England and Wales showed higher rates of admission for mental illness and more adverse pathways to care for some black and minority ethnic groups and led to accusations of institutional racism within psychiatry. Several reports and inquiries have also alleged that psychiatry is institutionally racist.

September 19, 2006

Researchers Reveal How Air Pollutant Helps Pregnant Women with Hypertension

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Nitric oxide (NO) is best known as an air pollutant produced by vehicle emissions and power plants but for pregnant women it is a crucial compound required to avoid hypertension and pre-eclampsia. Now researchers at the University of Warwick’s Warwick Medical School have uncovered some of the secrets of what can interfere with the protecting properties of NO for pregnant women.

You don't need a big lottery win for long term happiness… but a few thousand helps

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Researchers at the University of Warwick and Watson Wyatt have been examining just how much money one needs to win in the lottery to have a long term impact on personal happiness. Unsurprisingly the researchers found that small wins in tens or hundreds of pounds made little long term difference, but they also found one did not need to win the jackpot to gain a significant increase in long-term mental wellbeing.

Warwick Business School Research Says Sales Management Differences Disappearing

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The first study to compare sales management practices in a range of developed and less developed countries on several continents finds compelling evidence that differences in management processes across countries are diminishing, or even disappearing. Most surprising is that no major differences between developed and less developed countries regarding sales management practices and their results were detected.

September 18, 2006

China and India – The economic giants of the future

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China and India are the two burgeoning economic giants of the globalising economy. Dr Simon Collinson of Warwick Business School discusses their comparative positions and looks to the future for these to would-be superpowers.


Who is winning the economic race
Where are China and India in comparison with others
How have China and India managed to deliver such growth
Is investment being effectively managed
The impact of low labour costs
The challenge for Western companies in dealing with china
Cultural difference and the effect on business
Challenges for India and China
How should the West respond
Joint ventures and working with emerging economies

September 11, 2006

Robots find regular teeth brushing helps them munch through 50,000 aluminium spot welds

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New automated polishing process produces 50,000 high quality resistance spot aluminium welds on just one set of electrodes.

Resistance spot welding research by Paul Briskham at the University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group in conjunction with Douglas Boomer of Innoval Technology and engineers from Jaguar and Land Rover has achieved a landmark result of 50,000 high quality welds on automotive-grade aluminium sheet using just one set of standard copper electrodes on an automated robotic welding system.

September 08, 2006

Indian Government Forges New partnership With West Midlands Small Firms & WMG

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A new partnership between small firms in India and the West Midlands is to be launched at the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick on Monday 11th September. Mr Anupam Dasgupta, Secretary to the Government of India Ministry of Small Scale Industries and Ministry of Agro and Rural Industries will be visiting WMG that morning to launch the new partnership.

September 07, 2006

Building a sustainable response to Islamic extremism in Europe and beyond.

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How can we resolve the tensions between the different communities in Europe in the light of the growing threat from Islamic extremists, sometimes dubbed the ‘Enemy Within’?

H. A. Hellyer is a policy analyst, academic and commentator, based at the University of Warwick as an Associate Fellow, the American University in Cairo as a Visiting Professor and Trinity College in Dublin as a Senior Research Fellow. His research interests include European Muslim communities, the interplay between Islam and modernity, European social policy and political philosophy. In his latest book on European Muslims (due to be published by IB Tauris in March 2007 under the title of ’’Islam in Europe: Multiculturalism and the European ‘Other’), he argues that Europe must come to terms with all of her history, past and present, and that Muslim communities should work to be integral to, rather than simply ‘integrated’ parts of, Europe. His new website will be at

Podcast Summary:

Is there an enemy within
Who has responsibility for tackling extremism
Are we talking to the right people
Is this the death of the multicultural vision
Does describing the situation as a ‘war’ help
What is meant by integral Islam
What are the risks of a narrow vision of Britain
What should the long term strategy be

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