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Media round-up

Media Monday 6 November 2017

Several academics have been featured in the media discussing their research and topical news stories.

Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman, Lecturer in Digital Media, was one of four panel guests on Roundtable, a TRT World News programme hosted by former Sky News presenter David Foster. 

The 30-minute debate show questioned whether Theresa May and the Conservative Party are in crisis. Dr Ridge-Newman was invited in his capacity as the convenor of the Political Studies Association (PSA) Conservatives and Conservatism Specialist Group, an international network of over 150 scholars with interests in the study of conservative politics.

Dr Ridge-Newman suggested that, in calling the General Election 2017, Theresa May weakened the Tories' position, but, in this post-Brexit context, the party is likely to retain May as leader so as not to further disrupt the Brexit negotiations.

The lecturer has published extensively on the Conservative Party, including two books: Cameron's Conservatives and the Internet (2014); and The Tories and Television, 1951-1964 (2016). He is lead editor on a major forthcoming collection that examines national and international media perspectives relating to Brexit. 

Elsewhere, Professor of World Christianity Rev Dr Daniel Jeyaraj featured on BBC World Service’s The Forum discussing The Reformation: A World Divided.

Rev Dr Jeyaraj’s reflection on the 95 Theses in German Language was aired (13:28 – 14:46), along with his views on Bible translation (31:30 – 34:48) and its impact on conversion and four enduring impacts of Reformation on India (43:06 – 45:10).  

Senior Lecturer in Psychology Dr Dan Clark discussed his research into the effects of Sat Navs on memory, in an interview on the BBC World Service’s Health Check.

Claudia Hammond spoke to Dr Clark about the results of an experiment, which saw students go for a 40-minute walk across London using either a Sat Nav or a traditional map.

Dr Clark explained how those who used a map were more accurate at plotting where landmarks were located along the routes. This is thought to be because using a map requires people to refer to both the map and environment around them.

Listen to the interview here (18:10)

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