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  • The Contingency of Political Life

    Today feels like a day for taking a long view. As Scotland votes, so we sit about, waiting to see what happens. For me, the experience is a salutary one, since it makes me think about how contingent political life can be.


    Not panicking

    Of course, I should be used to thinking about contingency and conditionality: what is euroscepticism if not a challenge to a perceived status quo? Indeed, in one way or another, almost all my academic work has been concerned with those on the margins, trying to find a way to continue.

  • Jiangnan University and Psi20 Visit

    Jiangnan University and Psi20 Visit

    Shantel Ehrenberg, Lecturer in Dance and Theatre, visited Jiangnan University Dance Department, in Wuxi, China in July, 2014.  As a part of her visit, Shantel gave a presentation to university staff and students and a series of choreographic workshops to upper-level dance students.  The presentation and workshops were principally focused on current European contemporary dance practices and issues in higher education, such as practice-as-research.

    University of Surrey MA Dance and Cultures Graduate Xia Hou, who is Lecturer at Jiangan, was the primary host.  Shantel also met and had lunch with Professors Chen Mingxuan, Dean of School of Humanities and Aiguo Cai, Deputy Dean of School of Humanities.

  • Hate Crime Victimisation Study Uncovers the True Harms of Hate

     By Jon Garland

    Jon Garland, Reader in Criminology, reports on the findings from the Leicester Hate Crime Project, the largest ever study of hate crime victimisation

    Recently I was co-organiser of a highly-successful conference, held on 5 September, that launched the findings from the Leicester Hate Crime Project, a two-year study of hate crime victimisation funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Broadly speaking, the aims of the project were to examine people’s experiences of hate, prejudice and targeted hostility; to understand the physical and emotional harms suffered by individuals and their families; and to identify ways of improving the quality of support available to victims. The study, undertaken jointly with academics based at the University of Leicester, was conducted in Leicester due to its extraordinarily diverse population. The city is home to substantial minority ethnic populations that are both newly arrived and well-established, as well as a wide range of faith, sexual and other minority communities, and it is this rich diversity which made Leicester a highly appropriate site in which to explore experiences of hate, prejudice and targeted hostility.

  • SITS eVision – Module Selection – VIDEO

    This video explains the Module selection functionality in eVision for STUDENTS.

    Click on the ‘video’ link above and open the video using the Windows Media Player when prompted to do so.

    Please email me on if you have any problems or queries.


  • 22nd European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks (ESANN2014)


    By Brian Gardner


    The European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks (ESANN) is a prominent conference in the fields of machine learning, computational intelligence and artificial neural networks, and has run since 1993. Every year the conference has been hosted in Bruges, which is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe.

    I attended ESANN in April 2014 from the 23rd to the 25th  to present my work. Each day, a series of presentations were given by researchers on the latest developments in their fields, with poster displays during the afternoon. Much of the work relevant to my area of research was presented on the first day, but I found the other research topics to be of great interest. I also received very helpful feedback on my work, some from leading researchers in my field.

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