The start of the new school year, debates about the value of homework and concerns about how the Northern Powerhouse education fund is being spent are a further reminder of the inequalities in the UK education system. It is a priority that policy makers focus on addressing the long-term inequalities in the education system. As […]
Democracy on the Line?
Kingsley Purdam and Rob Ford from The University of Manchester use the Manchester Metrolink map to show levels of voter turnout and ask if there will be more or less local democracy in 2018. The 2018 local elections across England will be held in May, but despite their importance for policy they are likely to […]
Children at the food bank – a startling picture of food insecurity in the UK
While undertaking research in food banks in Northwest England, Dr Kingsley Purdam and colleagues witnessed the ‘shocking’ sight of children visiting with their parents. It is likely that much of the food insecurity in the UK is hidden – particularly amongst families. Given the predicted increase in child poverty, it is likely that we will […]
The forgotten welfare gap in older age
As the winter months and colder weather approach, the University of Manchester’s Kingsley Purdam explains how welfare reform and austerity has affected the growing numbers of older people. Ongoing research into food insecurity shows older people are at risk of under-nutrition because of poverty, or because they don’t get the support they need to shop, […]
Communicating with the electorate: Are politicians in or out of touch?
As the 2017 General Election candidates – many of whom are standing for this first time – intensify their campaigns for election, Rosalynd Southern and Kingsley Purdam explain the importance of effective communication with the electorate for building political support. Communication skills and an ability to connect with the electorate are key attributes for politicians […]
Brexit and the Meaning of ‘Taking Back Control’: Great State Expectations?
As part of their ongoing research into Brexit, governance and populism at the Universities of Manchester and Exeter, Professor Dave Richards, Professor Oliver James, Dr. Kinglsey Purdam and Dr. Liz Richardson offer their reflections on the systemic challenges facing the UK as our government prepares to make Brexit official. Despite its ubiquity, exactly what ‘take back […]
Less for your money? Differences in essential living costs for poorer families
The recent Bank of England evidence on the record levels of personal debt that have accumulated since the 2008 economic crash highlight the financial vulnerability of many people across the UK. Research by the University of Manchester into everyday living costs for those with limited financial resources is being launched with the End Child Poverty […]
Trick or treat? Are you haunted by reviewer comments?
Peer review publications remain a key stage in the quality assurance of new research, but some comments can be the stuff of nightmares, says Kingsley Purdam Peer review prior to acceptance and publication can make a substantial contribution to the development of research and to the furthering of knowledge and understanding. Reviewer comments can help […]
Life on the line? Life expectancy and where we live
Researchers at The University of Manchester have mapped estimates of life expectancy and years lived healthily to the stops on the local tram network. Kingsley Purdam, who led the research, says the differences between areas in the UK are a human rights issue. Devolution and living longer Greater Manchester is home to a population of […]
Definitely, Maybe? 5 Million ‘Don’t Knows’ and the EU Referendum
The heat is on, as both sides urge voters to choose ‘leave’ or ‘remain’ in the run-up to the UK’s historic EU Referendum on June 23rd. New polls are coming in thick and fast, but while the outcome is uncertain, what is certain is that many voters have yet to decide. The ‘Don’t Know’ voters […]