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100 Years Ago: Britain Enters the First World War

Posted by: Professor Stephen Badsey, Professor of Conflict Studies

Looking back on the start of the First World War, we are conscious of a world and a Britain very different from our own. The countdown of events that led to Britain declaring war rings like a death-march in the heads of everyone who knows them.

English football- Less profit more trophy asset

Posted by: Andrew Jones

The recent publication of the 2014 Deloitte annual review of football finance highlighted the ever-increasing financial power of the Premier League. For the 2013/2014 season it is forecast that total revenue will break the £3bn barrier.

Parents and Education

Posted by: Dr Judy Whitmarsh - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Childhood Research.

A recent article in The Learner ( ) and The New York Times claims that parental involvement in education rarely benefits children’s test and grade scores and in some cases has a negative effect.

Tour de France; its not over

Posted by: Professor Andy Lane

After the fabulous start of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire on Saturday, British hopes are somewhat dashed by the withdrawal of our two leading riders, the 2013 winner Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish, the Manx missile, and GB rider of the most stage wins. Interestingly the focus in the press has been on the tactics employed by team Sky and the decision not take former Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins as back up the lead rider.