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David Lammy states England is stopping working those who do not...

England’s education system is failing young people who don’t go to university because there are too few quality routes for vocational education, says David Lammy, a Labour MP. “If you are academic, [England] is still one of the best countries in which to be born, particularly if you’re born into a middle-class family and your…

Insecure work for postdoc scientists is causing bad science

Behind most of the technological advances we take for granted are brilliant researchers working long hours to complete experiments and advance our understanding. The backbone of this labour is made up of junior university researchers, or postdocs, who suffer poor progression opportunities, low job security and a dependence on their line managers for continued employment.…

‘My tutor stated it wasn’t a task for a male’: my...

It was after I almost died falling off a roof that I decided to train to be a midwife. I was a roofer doing a repair job 36 feet off the ground when I slipped. I fell and hit a gas pipe on the way down. My right foot shattered, and I broke my left…

As a black trainee, I understand why our grades are even...

It might sound dramatic, but I have often likened my experience of hearing about how black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students do worse than their white peers at university to the five stages of grief. There was the initial shock and denial that there could be any discrepancy between my white student peers and…

Performance Squared and the Plan Difficulty

Our Idea About 7 months ago I was discussing optimisation issues and efficiency challenges with my friend, James Coates. He then told me of specific processes in his labs that could very easily be improved saving time and resources resulting in James and I co-founding Efficiency Squared Ltd. With the goal of developing a product…

Pink Speak and Enactus

The origins of Pink Speak A few weeks before my second year at Durham started, I met a man called Babu. He was in charge of a hearing-impaired school in Hyderabad, India. There are very few schools like it because there is so much stigma attached to being deaf in India. In Hyderabad’s rural communities, mothers…

Social Business with Enactus and Trans4m

Trans4m is a local project running under Enactus Durham. In this blog, we will introduce the background and what we do in our project. We started working with our community partner Space4 in Houghton Le Spring in November 2018.  When we first visited them we discovered that the financial hardships faced by those who use the…

beginning a company and the plan difficulty

Ever really wanted to start a business but thought you couldn’t? That was me a year ago. Then my oldest friend, Douglas Brion, came to me with a proposition. Admittedly, to say I’ve started a business is a little bit of a falsehood. Douglas is a certified genius and over the past year he had…

My Journey Through the Plan Start-up Difficulty

It was only five months ago when my high school friend, Miika Korja, gave me a call to discuss an idea he had about a social enterprise. We chatted for nearly an hour and a few weeks later, he sent me some notes he had written. This was the birth of Lumi, a technical solution…

Working as a Research Study Researcher

I graduated from Durham University in the summer of 2018 with first class honours in Natural Science (Biology and Physics). I spent the following summer and autumn working in a local shop in my hometown. Whilst the nostalgia of being back at home was nice for a while, I was keen to begin a career…

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