All entries for November 2005

November 30, 2005

Warwick Appoints Next Vice–Chancellor

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The University of Warwick has appointed as its next Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Thrift. He joins Warwick from the University of Oxford where he is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research. Professor Thrift was made Head of the Division of Life and Environmental Sciences at Oxford in 2003, prior to which he chaired the Research Committee at The University of Bristol (2001 – 2003) and chaired Bristol's Research Assessment Panel (1997–2001).

November 24, 2005

Community to help in university plan

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People living in Coventry and Warwickshire are being asked for their views on the future of one of the region's biggest success stories – The University of Warwick.

In a special edition of its CommUnity newsletter issued this week the university has outlined its development plans for the next 15 years, and asked the local community to give their views.

The Experience of Muslims in British and French Prisons – Professor Danièle Joly

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According to new research there is a significant difference in the way that the British and French prison systems treat Muslim prisoners. Taking the prison experience as a microcosm of both French and British society, Professor Joly explores the issues of national identity, multiculturalism and ethnic or regligous tensions within both countries and how the state has responded to the challenges. Touching on the recent riots across France, Professor Joly raises serious concers about the ability of the French Government to respond effectively to the crisis and questions some of the fundamental assumptions about what it is to be French.

November 22, 2005

Indian Political Leader Becomes Warwick Professor

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Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick is delighted to welcome Jaswant Singh one of India's most respected public figures as its latest Professor.

Report Declares Birmingham Leads on Innovation in Ethnic Minority Youth Crime

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With the recent ethnic riots in Birmingham it is no surprise that a new report by researchers at the University of Warwick declares Birmingham to be a leading city on ethnic minority youth crime – the surprise is that they mean Birmingham is leading the way in innovation in its design of programmes to prevent ethnic minority youth crime. However the report notes that the schemes only touch the lives of a few hundred such young people and calls for this work to be extended to serve thousands rather than just hundreds. The report also calls for more co-ordination of effort and for real consultation with young people.

November 21, 2005

University language day for local youngsters

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More than 150 youngsters from schools across Coventry and Warwickshire visited the University of Warwick for a foreign languages day.

The scheme, sponsored by the Learning and Skills Council, and the government’s Aim Higher programme, brought the pupils together to speak German, French and Spanish, as well as learn about European cultures.

Staff from the university’s Institute of Education and other departments were on hand to encourage the youngsters. They also tested the pupils’ new skills during a language tour of the campus by ambushing them with fluent linguists seeking advice and directions.

Ann Barnes of the University of Warwick said: “Our aim is to encourage youngsters to keep studying languages as they get older. Languages are no longer compulsory at some schools, but they are important skills in today’s global economy, as well as being the best way appreciate other cultures.”

The day included workshops and seminars, with a tour of campus that challenged the youngsters to translate English words and phrases into French, German or Spanish.

Gwynne Pomfrett, Head of MFL Alderman Smith School, said: “It was a great day – generally my students thought it was great or cool – absolutely brilliant – very stimulating for all of them.”


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November 18, 2005

Warwick Robot Football Team Backs Children In Need

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A robot football team at the University of Warwick are supporting Children In Need by offering a special "Robot Football" day for up to 5 people to come and spend a day at the University of Warwick (23rd November) watching and playing robot football on the Children in Need Big Bid Auction.

November 17, 2005

The Science of Discworld – An interview with Professor Ian Stewart

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Why would a leading mathematician want to dabble with the world of magic and fantasy fiction?

Professor Ian Stewart has now written three books with Terry Pratchett and Professor Jack Cohen. In this interview Professor Stewart explains the thinking behind the books and the history of how they came about.

November 10, 2005

Academics criticise racist French prisons

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Academics at the university visited prisons on both sides of the channel and talked to inmates. While the report raises questions for prison services in both France and the UK, it underlines failings in the French system, comparing it unfavourably with our own.

Intelligent Design or Evolution?

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The debate about the place of intelligent design in modern science is a controversial one with strong opinions on both sides of the argument.

You may have read recently that Professor Steve Fuller, a member of the University of Warwick's Department of Sociology, testified for the defence in the Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District case.

We invited Steve to debate some of the principles and arguments for including ID in the curriculum with Professor Jack Cohen, another Warwick University professor and an expert on biological sciences.

You can hear the debate via the page linked above – you can either listen over the web or download an MP3 to listen at your leisure.

Note that the discussion lasts for about an hour – get some coffee and a bun…

Note that there is the option to subscribe to future debates and interviews with Warwick staff.

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