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August 20, 2010

Warwick Week – A–levels, IGGY, Junk Food, Ofsted and 100 Days of Coalition

Warwick in the News

A-level Successes
Students across the country received their A-level results yesterday (Thursday 19th August). Warwick was as popular as ever with 23,349 UK and EU applicants for 2,851 places.

IGGY U in Botswana
This week, some of the world’s brightest young people are taking part in the IGGY U Summer School in Botswana thanks to a special partnership between the Botswana Ministry of Education and Skills Development (Education Hub) and the International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY). Young people from Botswana, South Africa, Brunei, Ghana, Tanzania, and the UK will enjoy special courses in Mathematics, Creative Writing, Chemistry, Physics, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
Read the press release

The Books That Made Me: China Miéville
China Miéville, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and award-winning fantasy writer was interviewed for The Guardian Books Podcast this week.
Listen again - The Books That Made Me: China Miéville

Tax on junk food
With renewed calls for a tax on junk good, Professor Elizabeth Dowler, Department of Sociology argues that any attempt to promote healthy heating must also try to tackle some of the social justice issues that lie behind consumer choices.
Read the story


Science of Discworld
Honorary graduate and author, Sir Terry Pratchett was interviewed on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire this week. Terry Pratchett collaborated with Warwick academics Professor Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen on the Science of Discworld books.
Listen again (2:21.47)

Announcements

‘Outstanding’ result from Ofsted for Warwick teacher training courses
Teacher training programmes at the University of Warwick have been judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors. Ofsted, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills, has awarded the ‘outstanding’ provider status to the Warwick Institute of Education.
Read the press release

Success for Malaysian alumnus
Nadza Abdul (MBA 1995-96), the Chief Operating Officer of PosLaju National Courier, Malaysia's national and largest domestic courier company, was recently awarded the 2010 Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award. The award is one of Asia Pacific's most prestigious entrepreneurship awards.
Read more on the Alumni and Friends website

British Academy Fellow
Professor Graham Loomes, Department of Economics has been elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy.  The British Academy Fellowship are approximately 900 scholars who have achieved distinction in the humanities and social sciences.
Find out more on the British Academy website

Comment

100 days of Coalition  - Professor Wyn Grant, Department of Politics and International Studies
This week Britain's Coalition Government marked 100 days in office. Why are we so preoccupied with a time span of 100 days when President Kennedy said that 1000 days was too little to achieve anything? The original Hundred Days was the period between the arrival of Napoleon in Paris after his escape from Elba to his removal after the Battle of Waterloo. The term gained political currency when President Roosevelt got the New Deal off to a good start in his first hundred days in office. As prime minister in the 1960s Harold Wilson promised 100 days of dynamic action, but the reality was more disappointing.

One test of success for the Coalition Government is that it has survived for 100 days without any major rifts appearing. Indeed, there have been fewer tensions between ministers than in many single party governments. There has been grumbling about their lack of influence from MPs the right of the Conservative Party and from Liberal Democrat backbenchers, but it has had little real effect.

The real tests for the Coalition Government are still to come. One will be when the Comprehensive Spending Review is published in October. Some cuts in public spending have already been announced, but then their full extent will hit home. Another will be getting the referendum of the alternative vote through Parliament and then, as far as the Liberal Democrats are concerned, winning it. 100 days is not a real test of five years.


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