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Online exhibition highlights stories of Kurdistani Jews

A new online exhibition has been published telling stories from the Kurdistani Jewish diaspora.
An old woman of Kurdistani Jewish heritage folding clothes

Euro 2024: women need safer fan spaces at big football tournaments to stamp out hostility and abuse

With Euro 2024 in full-flow, Professor Stacey Pope, from our Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, looks at what more can be done to help women feel more safe when attending major football tournaments.
A female football fan wearing England face paint in front of an England flag

Euro 2024: whoever wins the football, the Turkish kebab takes the fast-food crown

A new poll has revealed that kebabs have been voted the favourite food of football supporters attending Euro 2024, but how have they become so popular in Germany? Professor Daniel Newman, from our School of Modern Languages and Cultures, has taken a look at the origin of kebabs.
Two kebabs rotating

How Ƶappresearchers have informed UK General Election debate

Voters in the United Kingdom went to the polls on Thursday 4 July in a General Election – the first since 2019. Elections provide an opportunity to talk about the most important issues facing society today. As a global university, our research informs and shapes policy, transforming lives for the better, locally, nationally and globally. During the election campaign, many of our researchers have been sharing their expertise on key areas of public and political debate.
A hand placing a polling card into a box

Ƶappresearcher collects prestigious maths prize

Dr Sabine Boegli from our Mathematical Sciences department has won a prestigious Whitehead Prize.
Dr Sabine Boegli smiling for a camera

ƵappPsychologist to take on new President role

We’re celebrating the news that a leading academic from our Department of Psychology has been elected as the next president of the European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS).
Professor Alex Easton smiling for a camera

Employees aligned with manager more likely to contribute ideas

Employees who share similar motivations for achievement with their managers are much more likely to speak up and share their ideas, concerns or feedback, according to new research by the School.
Motivated diverse employees brainstorm develop strategies on whiteboard

Ƶapp academic, Dr Fusako Innami, receives a Fulbright Award to the US

Dr Fusako Innami, an Associate Professor at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Ƶapp, has received a Fulbright Award to enable her to research at the University of California (Berkeley) on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.
A woman dances in an otherwise empty room with brick walls

New research advances understanding of negative social contact

New research, by our Department of Psychology, has found that negative social contact among people of differing societal or cultural groups can have a disproportionate negative effect on broad social cohesion within communities.
A group of people in a social situation

Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Month: Ƶappspin-out given the go-ahead to trial new treatments

June is Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Awareness Month. Andy Whiting, an Emeritus Professor in our Department of Chemistry and CEO of our spin-out company Nevrargenics Limited, explains how his team is using new funding to discover new treatments and hopefully a cure for the condition.
A scientist probing a plastic brain

World Refugee Day 2024: Hannah Rose Thomas and Tears of Gold

This World Refugee Day we hear from one of our History and Arabic graduates, Hannah Rose Thomas, as she discusses her inspirational new book, Tears of Gold: Portraits of Yazidi, Rohingya, and Nigerian Women.
A portrait of a displaced woman

Fourth International Judicial Roundtable Explores Technology and Climate Change as Key Issues in Commercial Courts and Dispute Resolution

The fourth international Judicial Roundtable at the end of April 2024 in Ƶappexplored topics within Technology and Climate Change, with judges and leading policymakers from around the world.
4th Judicial Roundtable 2024
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