Why don’t pupils want to study languages in the UK?

After a BBC report showed drops of up to 50% in the take-up of GCSE language courses since 2013, researchers from the AHRC-funded Open World Research Initiative Creative Multilingualism project ask: Why don't pupils want to study languages and what can we do about it? Professor Suzanne Graham and Dr Linda Fisher are researchers on Creative … Continue reading Why don’t pupils want to study languages in the UK?

Reflecting on Women’s Rowing: Oral Histories and Sporting Lives

By Lisa Taylor The pace of change in women’s sport is quickening. More media airtime is being dedicated to elite women’s sport, while efforts to connect with more women with sporting participation through initiatives like Sport England’s This Girl Can have enjoyed hugely positive reception. Campaigns highlighting women’s achievements in sport, and their under-representation in … Continue reading Reflecting on Women’s Rowing: Oral Histories and Sporting Lives

‘Mythical Florence’: Where Does the Lady with the Lamp Stand Today?

As the Bicentenary of Florence Nightingale's death approaches, an AHRC-funded project is looking to commemorate it by looking back at the regional representations of the lady with the lamp. In this week's blog Dr Jonathan Godshaw –  describes Nightingale's uncomfortable relationship with public representations of herself.