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Britain needs over one million more engineers. Only 11 per cent of Britain’s engineers are women. Engineering degrees have become a maths-science death march where students are submerged in a theoretical deluge. Many of our most creative and talented minds, particularly women, are choosing fields where imaginative and human-centric thinking is cherished not chided. The Engineering Renaissance emerging across the world is re-imagining what it means to be an engineer and what it means to educate engineers in a world that’s more complex, more challenging yet more captivating than ever before. Kozinski is senior adviser to the university project in Hereford.
The Sky News presenter introduces her book filled with empowering stories of women who have shifted the political landscape, from the Suffragettes to the present day. She discusses sexism, resilience and opportunity with the Labour politician and former Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper. This book went to press on the day the Daily Mail splashed the meeting between the First Minister of Scotland and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom with the headline: ‘Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it?’
The prize aims to reward the best work of literature published in the UK in any given year, regardless of form. Chair of the judges, Ahdaf Soueif, will discuss the challenge of judging fiction against non-fiction and how the jury arrived at its decision. She’ll be in conversation with the newly inaugurated winner, who will have been announced just three days previously.
Liam Ó Maonlaí is one of Ireland’s best-loved musicians and singers, both in rock and traditional music. Bono once described Liam as ‘The best white boy soul singer in the world’, and he has been also been described as one of Ireland’s best Sean Nos (traditional Irish) singers. Spanning over twenty years, Liam’s career has seen him achieve number one hits in over twenty countries, from playing with Aboriginal musicians in the Australian outback to recording with some of the world’s best-known musicians including Carlos Nunes, Donal Lunny, U2 and Van Morrison, to name but a few. A master pianist, Liam also performs on guitar, harp, tin whistle and bodhrán.
Civil war has been a recurring feature of human societies throughout history, and an essential catalyst for major international conflict. Focusing on the numerous civil conflicts that have occurred throughout the world since the Second World War, Kissane asks what the recent social science literature adds to what we already know about civil war. The LSE professor uses insights from historical sources from the ancient Greeks onwards, to explain the extreme violent experience of so many parts of the world today. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.
Like other species, we have a culture. But compared with other species, we are strangely unstable: human cultures self-transform, diverge, and multiply at bewildering speed. They vary, radically and rapidly, from time to time and place to place. And the way we live – our manners, morals, habits, experiences, relationships, technology, values – seems to be changing at an ever-accelerating pace. Ultimately, no environmental conditions, no genetic legacy, no predictable patterns, no scientific laws determine our behaviour. We can imagine and re-imagine our world at will. The historian’s award-winning books include Civilizations; Millennium; 1492: The Year Our World Began, and Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration.
A new future beckons for the British countryside, with the spotlight on achieving a ‘Green Brexit’ threatening to steal the limelight over food production in the UK. As we adjust to life outside the European Union, will we need to increase imports of groceries? Will we need to implement regulation-lite policies, while delivering a smarter way to feed ourselves and look after the environment? Minette Batters, elected in 2018, is the first female NFU President in its 110-year history. She talks to rural commentator Rob Yorke.
An interactive exploration of how the finance industry delivers slim pickings and creates fat cats with financial expert Pitt-Watson and his willing stooge, comedian Brigstocke. The finance industry is often viewed with suspicion: complicated, greedy, and institutionally corrupt. But its origins were often inspired by social reformers because its purposes are so fundamental to individual and communal prosperity. They will discuss the expensive (but useless) things the finance industry does, and some of the (useful and) practical things it should do, but doesn’t. Reform is difficult, because the flaws in the industry are hard-wired into the way we think about economics, but they'll have it licked within the hour.
Birmingham University Series
Film-makers are often attracted to Shakespeare’s plays with their vivid characters, exciting stories and scope for new takes on familiar subjects. But ever since the pictures started talking, the language has been a challenge both in quality and quantity; there isn’t the need for so much dialogue in a medium where showing trumps telling. Jackson has been text consultant for several feature films – including all of Kenneth Branagh’s versions of Shakespeare’s plays – and many stage productions. His books include Shakespeare and the English-speaking Cinema, Shakespeare Films in the Making, and The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film.
We’re delighted to celebrate two of the stars of our Africa 39 project. H J Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect sends a Cape Town journalist, Voinjama Johnson, on an investigation into missing children. In Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms, an affair between 55-year-old widow Binta Zubairu and 25-year-old weed dealer Reza was bound to provoke condemnation in conservative northern Nigeria. This story of love and longing – set against undercurrents of political violence – unfurls gently, revealing layers of emotion that defy age, class and religion.
Step aside, Holmes and Watson – there’s a new crime-busting duo in town! There is a thief in Tuptown and Pigsticks is determined to solve the crime and catch the baddie. Armed with his magnifying glass and a monocle, and with his sharp-eyed sidekick Harold, Pigsticks dons his waterproofs and sets to work. But can he find the thief in time to stop the Butterfly Ball from being cancelled?
Alex will show you how to draw your very own Pigsticks and Harold cartoons in this interactive drawing workshop.
Who really creates wealth in our world? And how do we decide the value of what they do? In her penetrating and passionate new book, the UCL Professor of Economics proposes that if we are to reform capitalism – radically to transform an increasingly sick system rather than continue feeding it – we urgently need to rethink where wealth comes from. Which activities create it, which extract it, which destroy it?
We need a fundamental re-appraisal of how we resource and regulate care for people with dementia. Harding, Professor of Law and Society, exposes the everyday problems generated by the uneven implementation of the legal frameworks and the chronic underfunding of social care. She examines the everyday relationships between family, carers and those for whom they care.
Follow the adventures of Hip, a wise and cool hippo, and Hop, his excitable best friend. Hip and Hop are looking forward to the Blueberry Hill bike race. But will Hop have the courage to get back on his bike? He will need your help! Join the hip-hop artist and author for a storytelling session packed with awesome rhythms and rhymes.
The 2017 INSPIRE/ASLE-UKI Lecture
Often overlooked, taken for granted and sometimes even shooed away from our bird tables, the common starling is, as Rachel Dowse shows in this illustrated talk, a beautiful and inspiring bird with a long cultural and linguistic heritage. From Aristotle and Pliny, to Mozart and the Mabinogion and Peter Coates and Robert Macfarlane, the starling has inspired writers, musicians, and scientists.
A new tale of ageing, lust, helplessness and deception told with the trademark black humour of one of the great British novelists whose films and books include The Buddha of Suburbia, Venus, The Mother and My Beautiful Launderette. Kureishi is one of the wisest and most humane writers with an acute eye for vulnerabilities and quiet desperation.
The author and illustrator of Barry, the Fish with Fingers and I Need a Wee! share their latest story about the amazing Supertato. Called in to save a supermarket from the reign of terror by the evil pea, Supertato must avert disaster – and he’ll need all your help!
Aliens, dinosaurs, monsters, pirates – everyone loves underpants. Join the illustrator who helped to create Aliens Love Underpants and celebrate its tenth anniversary. Watch as Ben brings the aliens to life in this interactive event suitable for all the family. And catch a special guest appearance from somewhere far away. Alien fans can come dressed in their favourite alien outfit or in funny pants.