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  • Will 2015 see the end of UKIP?

    It’s almost Easter, so it is also time for the Political Studies Association annual conference, held this year in Manchester. I had the great pleasure of sitting on a roundtable on UKIP with Rick Whitaker, Phil Lynch and Matt Goodwin, where we discussed the party’s support, strategy and organisation: much debate ensued. We’re producing a series of blog posts on our contributions, but out of the roundtable, another idea emerged for me that I would like to explore here.

    The central idea is simply that UKIP might be about to reach a point where its current upward trajectory comes to an abrupt end.

  • “YOLO” – Don’t Write it Off Too Soon!

    By Alex Seal

    Love it or hate it, the popular saying “YOLO” (an acronym for You Only Live Once) has gained increased prominence in current discourse. This week alone has seen it used in hundreds of thousands of twitter posts, often used to justify a person’s actions because, as the motto states, ‘you only live once’. An article in The Independent (2013) provides some great (but nevertheless worrying) examples of how the term is often used to defend the actions of individuals. For example, drinking a carton of milk two days past its sell-by-date, leaving the house without an umbrella, or even joyriding in a parent’s car can all be accompanied with a “YOLO”.

  • Launch of the International Guitar Research Centre hailed a success

    Professor Phil Powrie, Professor Steve Goss are joined by John WilliamsGW 60

    Distinguished guitarist John Williams joined an exciting line-up of musicians, artists and academics for the annual Guildford Guitar Weekend, which this year also marked the launch of the International Guitar Research Centre (IGRC).

    Mr Williams – who has been one of the most famous names in classical guitar music for nearly six decades – gave the keynote speech for the weekend, and also took part in a public conversation with Professor Stephen Goss, Director of Research in the University of Surrey’s School of Arts. Professor Goss is a prolific composer of guitar music, having written and arranged many pieces for Mr Williams.  John Williams gave the keynote speech and will serve as Honorary President for the International Guitar Research Centre

  • The International Conference on Cryptology and Network Security


    By Veronika Kuchta

    The International Conference on Cryptology and Network Security (CANS) is a recognized annual conference, focusing on all aspects of cryptology and network security, attracting cutting-edge results from world-renowned scientists in the area. In November 2013 it was held in Paraty, Brazil. I attended the conference to present my work. It was a great organized 3-day-event which provided excellent opportunity to exchange scientific ideas and get inspirations for future work.

    There were around 60 researchers from all around the world, such as those from USA, Australia, Japan, France, Brazil and many other countries. The technical program included 18 talks by international researchers and 4 keynote speakers from  Intel Corporation, University of California, École Normale Supérieure and The City College of New York.

  • Surrey Software – How Surrey is at the Leading Edge of Software Management

    University IT

    For many people across the Surrey campus, IT Services are those faceless names on ‘loss of service’ emails when a large system is going down. Or, if you’ve been less lucky, support ticket acknowledgements when your individual computer has decided it’s not playing, just as you were doing something really important.


    Basically, you might only think of us when something is broken and in many ways, we like it that way. If things are working well, then your IT tools should keep quiet and let you get the job done.

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