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Yarl’s Wood, during a 2015 public protest. Darren Johnson / iDJ Photography via, CC BY-NC-ND

I befriend women detained at Yarl’s Wood: their life in immigration limbo is excruciating

“Why am I still here?” This is the question I’m most frequently asked by detained women who I’ve befriended at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire.

13th March 2018
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Sharenting: why mothers post about their children on social media

On Mother’s Day, social media feeds are often full of celebration. Facebook reported that in 2017, Mother’s Day “drove more posts in a single day than any other topic on Facebook in the last year”.

13th March 2018
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Day 52, Year of #Mygration: The “Refugee Crisis” and the Neglected Voices of Local Populations

Dimos Sarantidis highlights the challenges faced by local populations in Greece affected by high numbers of refugees, and the conflicts experienced with humanitarian actors

13th March 2018
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Day 51, Year of #Mygration: Volunteering with Refugees

There is still time to join this free, FutureLearn course, designed to help volunteers understand how they can best support the linguistic and social needs of refugees

12th March 2018
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Day 50, Year of #Mygration: Diaspora remittances: Nigerian and Ghanaian senders’ experiences

Drawing on a qualitative study of senders of remittances among a group of UK-based senders, Professor Nicola Yeates and Dr Owusu-Sykere highlight key aspects of remittance sending practices and the social contexts (including of social protection) that generate, propel and sustain sending.

9th March 2018
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Day 49, Year of #Mygration: Free online course will look at why people migrate

New FutureLearn course starting 30 April will explore the realities of migration

8th March 2018
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Sexual violence may be in the Hollywood spotlight, but there are limits to speaking out

The entertainment award season hits its peak with the 90th Academy Awards – the Oscars – on March 4 2018. Since the public outing of Harvey Weinstein as a serial sexual abuser, award ceremonies have become spotlights to display solidarity and declare time on sexual harassment and gender inequalities in and beyond the film industry.

7th March 2018
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Day 48, Year of #Mygration: Join us for a series of events relating to migration

Over the next month, the OU will be involved in a number of migration-related events, which are free and open to all. Themes include technology-enabled language education, gender skilled migration and what it means to welcome new people into a community.

7th March 2018
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Why nutritional psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment

A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part of an integrated or alternative treatment for mental health disorders.

6th March 2018
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OU to host 2019 Development Studies Association conference

The OU has just been invited to host the Development Studies Association (DSA) annual conference in June 2019 on the theme of “Opening up Development”.

6th March 2018

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