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Expert Comment: The French presidential election

Dr Michael Holmes from our department of History and Politics is currently a Research Fellow in the European School of Politics at l'Université Catholique de Lille, funded by the regional council of Hauts-de-France. Here he gives his take on this weekend's French elections.

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Expert comment: Earth Day

As people across the globe celebrate Earth Day, Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Science Dr Thomas Smyth looks at the importance of environmental awareness.

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Expert comment: Armistice Day

As the nation pauses to reflect on Armistice Day, Lecturer in English Language Dr Manel Herat looks at words of valediction on the gravestones of men who gave their lives in the world wars.

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Expert Comment: Brexit and sovereignty

The High Court has ruled that the government cannot leave the European Union without first putting the matter before Parliament. As things stand, the House of Commons must be involved in the decision to trigger Article 50 and thus start the formal process of withdrawal.

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Expert Comment: The Election race hots up

Senior Lecturer in History Dr Bryce Evans is currently in the US on a research fellowship funded by the University of Delaware. Here, he gives us his insights into the last few days of the election campaigns.

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Expert comment: The ‘Rigged’ US Election

Senior Lecturer in History Dr Bryce Evans is currently in the US on a research fellowship funded by the University of Delaware. Each Wednesday lunchtime until US Election Day, he’ll be providing updates on the Presidential campaign for Liverpool’s Radio City Talk 105.9 FM.

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Expert Comment: The Paralympics

As the Paralympic Games get underway, Lecturer in Disability and Education Studies Owen Barden discusses the controversy surrounding funding and how it’s a form of discrimination.

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Expert Comment: The First Day of the Somme

On 1 July 1916, the first day of the Somme, almost 20,000 men died fighting for Britain, and the battle as a whole, which lasted until November, created more than a million casualties – French, British, German as well as other nationalities.

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Expert Comment: Where is Project Fact?

Dr Michael Holmes, Senior Lecturer in Politics, reflects on the EU Leave and Remain campaigns and asks - have the British public been given the tools they need to differentiate between fact and fiction?

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Expert Comment: Shakespeare’s Words on Changing Stages

This month marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, whose poems and plays contain some of the most famous and resonant phrases in the English language. So it’s understandable that some theatregoers get jumpy when they hear their favourite plays sounding … different.

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Expert Comment: Vocations Sunday

As the National Office for Vocation reports a 25-year high in nuns entering convents in England and Wales, Dom Henry Wansbrough (Alexander Jones Professor of Biblical Studies), explains what Vocations Sunday means for the Church.

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Armistice Day and the Symbolic Power of Objects

As Armistice Day is marked in the UK and further afield, Dr Michael Brennan, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and an expert in public mourning and remembrance, discusses how the symbolic power of objects can unite, and at times, divide us.

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Expert Comment: The Biopolitics of Disability

Dr David Bolt, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies and Director, Centre for Culture & Disability Studies discusses new book The Biopolitics of Disability by David T. Mitchell and Sharon L. Snyder.

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Expert Comment: Poppies on the Plateau

Dr Michael Brennan and Dr Peter Manning are currently researching the relationship between national commemorations and local identities. Here, they give their thoughts on the installation of the 'Weeping Window' at Liverpool's St George's Hall.

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Expert Comment: How green is my wallet?

Reverend Tony Bradley, Associate Director of SEED and Professional Tutor in Social Enterprise at Liverpool Hope University Business School, comments on the government’s Green Deal announcement.

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Expert Comment: Summer Budget 2015

The first all-Conservative Budget in 19 years was revealed by Chancellor George Osborne this week. Two of Liverpool Hope University's academics discuss the implications of Osborne’s plan for the economy.

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Expert comment: England women’s football

The future looks bright for women’s football in the UK after England’s Lionesses achieved the highest World Cup finish since the country’s 1966 campaign. Lecturer in Sport Psychology Dr Stefan Koehn discusses how the team’s self-confidence is a key driver in its success.

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Expert Comment: Searching for the mythical ‘scroungers’

The current Conservative government is planning to make cuts of £12 billion over the next 5 years. Dr Joe Greener discusses what these cuts really mean for UK citizens as the Tories search for the mythical ‘scroungers’ in what promises to be another brutal round of cuts to welfare spending.

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Expert Comment: General Election

Following the surprise election results on Friday morning, Bill Jones, Senior Research Fellow and former professor History and Politics Liverpool Hope gives his analysis.

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Expert Comment: Election Day

In the final part in his election expert comment series, Senior Honorary Research Fellow and former Professor of Politics, Professor Bill Jones examines the possible outcomes before making his predictions for the result.

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Expert Comment: Lusitania riots of 1915

May 7th marks 100 years since the Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland. Dr Bryce Evans discusses how the events of that day impacted on the ship's home port of Liverpool.

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Expert Comment: The New Multi Party System

In the third part of his expert comment series on the election, Senior Honorary Research Fellow and former Professor of Politics, Professor Bill Jones, looks at The New Multi-Party System and the effect it is having on politics and the election.

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Expert Comment: The Changing Political Landscape

In the second of his series of expert comments on the forthcoming election, Senior Honorary Research Fellow and former Professor of Politics, Professor Bill Jones, considers the changes in the political landscape that have brought us to this point and the strong possibility of a hung parliament.

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Expert Comment: Hopkins and Liverpool

As we prepare to celebrate the life and work of Gerard Manley Hopkins with our Hopkins at Hope event, poet and literary biographer Nicholas Murray writes a guest expert comment on Hopkins's connection to Liverpool.

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What will we learn from the 'Black Spider' letters?

Dr Bryce Evans, Senior Lecturer in History, discusses the possible impact of the 'Black Spider' documents - 27 letters written from Prince Charles to the government between 2004 and 2005 - and asks whether this will cause a shift in the way we see the monarchy's relationship with politics.

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Expert Comment: ITV's 'Cilla' miniseries

As ITV's Cilla Black biopic continues to impress reviewers, Dr Mike Brocken, Senior Lecturer in Music at Liverpool Hope and Director of the University's MA in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society, looks at the series' historical accuracy.

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Expert Comment: Berlin Wall anniversary

In the second of two parts Christopher Williams, Professor in Modern History at Liverpool Hope, looks at the circumstances surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall, twenty five years ago this week.

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Expert Comment: Ian Paisley

Following the death of Ian Paisley, Dr Michael Holmes, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Liverpool Hope, recalls an encounter with the preacher-turned-politician.

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Modiano's Nobel prize not such a surprise after all

When Patrick Modiano was named the 111th recipient of the Nobel prize for literature, many critics were quick to attach the term ‘surprise’ to his win. Dr Ruth Kircher, Lecturer in English Language, explains why his award shouldn’t have been a surprise at all.

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Expert Comment: Can Islamic State (ISIS) be Defeated?

Barack Obama has stated that the US-military campaign in Syria and Iraq is designed “to defeat” IS. But is this realistic? And is ISIS really a threat to West? Anno Bunnik, PhD Fellow at the Centre for Applied Research in Security Innovation (CASI) offers his opinion.

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Expert Comment: A Crucible of Mockingbirds and Men

In the light of reports that Education Secretary Michael Gove has removed novels such as Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird from the GCSE syllabus, Dr William Blazek, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, looks at the truth behind the headlines.

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Expert Comment: Delayed Cord-Clamping in Childbirth

Dr Denise Roche, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology at Liverpool Hope, recently appeared on BBC breakfast talking as a mother and strong advocate of delayed cord-clamping in childbirth. Here, she examines the virtues of delayed-clamping from a health perspective.

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Expert Comment: Fire and rescue services reforms

Dr Paresh Wankhade, Director of Centre for Research in Emergency Services & Training (CREST) and Editor of International Journal of Emergency Services, analyses the implications of the latest fire and rescue service reform recommendations.

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Expert Comment: Rotherham Fostering Row

Philomena Harrison and Rose Deveraux from Liverpool Hope's Department of Social Care, Work and Justice look at the implications of the Rotherham fostering row, in which a couple who were members of the UK Independence Party had three foster children removed from their care.

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Expert Comment: Romania's elections

On Sunday 9th December Romanians will vote in parliamentary elections at the end of an extremely turbulent year for Romania’s domestic politics. Hope Geography Department's Dr Duncan Light looks back at recent events in the country.

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Expert Comment: Army to increase number of reservists

Dr Michael Mulqueen, Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Security Innovation and Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Politics, History, Media and Communication, looks at government proposals to increase the number of military reservists.

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Expert Comment: Obama wins second term

Dr. Robert Busby, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, History, Media and Communication at Liverpool Hope, looks at what lies ahead for America in the light of Barack Obama's election win.

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Expert Comment: Olympic Games security

As two directors of G4S, the company responsible for the Olympics security shambles resign, Dr Paresh Wankhade, Director, CREST and Editor of International Journal of Emergency Services, celebrates the crucial role played by the emergency services in the success of the games.

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Expert Comment: The Olympics and Public History

Dr Bryce Evans, Lecturer in Modern History, discusses how Danny Boyle's Olympic Opening Ceremony brought modern history to life and how Boyle was influenced by a Christmas gift from Hope's Professor of Reading and Communication, Frank Cottrell Boyce.

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Expert Comment: Golf and the environment

Senior Lecturer in Geography, Paul Rooney expresses his views about the Trump International Golf Links, as it prepares to open, in light of opposition to the course and criticism it damages the local environment.

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Expert Comment: Change at Barclays

Rev Tony Bradley, Deputy Director, The SEED Centre, Liverpool Hope Business School and Co-Founder of The New Wilberforce Alliance/ Banking on Change, looks at recent developments at Barclays Bank

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Expert Comment: Rangers in crisis

Dr Michael Lavalette, Head of Department for Social Care, Work and Justice (and Celtic season ticket holder) on troubled times for Scotland's biggest sporting institution.

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Expert Comment: Closure of the Daily Post

Liverpool Hope University journalism and communication lecturer Paddy Hoey was the Daily Post’s pop and rock music reviewer for four years and worked as a reporter, sub editor and designer on the paper. Here, he gives his thoughts on the newspaper's closure.

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How can we measure happiness?

As the Office for National Statistics releases figures on the UK’s happiness levels, Dr Valeria Andreoni, Lecturer in Microeconomics in the Liverpool Hope Business School, analyses the findings, compares them to regional statistics and considers - how can we measure happiness?

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Expert Comment: Taking the fairness pledge

As Fairtrade launches The Great British Fairness Debate in order to promote fairly-traded goods, Tony Bradley (Revd), Associate Director, SEED, Liverpool Hope Business School, explains what the campaign is all about.

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