TESconnect – A new channel for reaching schools

Looking for inspirational material for teaching school age kids? Academic IT services is offering a set of free teaching materials from Oxford University for school teachers via a portal hosted on the Times Educational Supplement website (also known as TESconnect). … Continue reading

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Is Europe in Retreat ? Peter Mandelson on the survival of the European project

Against the backdrop of both the UK and eurozone economies being thrown back into recession, Policy Network President, Peter Mandelson, gave the annual University of Oxford Hands lecture on Britain and the survival of the European project. Faced with a … Continue reading

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Demography – The retreat of mortality

Is mortality in retreat? Professor David Coleman from Dept of Social Policy, University of Oxford, enthusiastically tackles this great question as part of his “Demographic Trends and Problems of the Modern World” lecture series. In a talk entitled ‘The retreat … Continue reading

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You are the Earth, You are the Sky; How one man become the dominant force in the British media’s coverage of sport

You are the Earth, You are the Sky; How one man become the dominant force in the British media’s coverage of sport. Does that mean he controls sport itself? The News International Visiting Professorship of Media was founded in 1996 … Continue reading

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How Old Media are Using New Media

Nowadays virtually everything appears on Twitter first, which is really challenging for the mainstream media.  In this talk, Myra MacDonald, Senior Desk Editor (Middle East and South Asia specialist), Thomson Reuters, talks about her view on how Twitter can be … Continue reading

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The Future of Political Broadcasting

BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson, was interested in political journalism from the age of eight.  He joined the BBC in 1986 and worked as ITN political editor before returning to BBC in 2005. In this audio podcast, he discusses reporting … Continue reading

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Can We Trust the News?

We live in an ‘Information Age’.  In a world which is rapidly changing and infinitley complex, where millions of pages of information are created every hour, how can we be ‘informed citizens’? News can be a useful tool which paints a dynamic picture … Continue reading

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Who is responsible for the conflict in Libya?

Recently, the situation in Libya has drawn the close attention of politicians around the world. While the people in Libya are suffering every day, there seems to be confusion whether, and which, organisations should intervene, as well as the approach … Continue reading

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Does the Internet Help People Power?

You may remember vividly how the power of the Internet was utilised in the 2008 U.S general election when Barack Obama became the first African American president. More recently we have also seen how social media has encouraged and informed … Continue reading

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Kofi Annan on the challenges and opportunities in Africa

How do you perceive Africa? Is Africa poor and disease ridden or a continent rich in natural resources that has great economical potential? The former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, gives the first talk of the 700th Exeter College Anniversary … Continue reading

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