Five questions that need answering in a COVID public inquiry
Where there is much to be positive about regarding the UK’s strong vaccine rollout, a public inquiry into how this pandemic has been handled in the country since the first signs of COVID emerged will be required, to ensure mistakes aren’t repeated in the future.
Only 12% of sexual offence victims feel police investigations are fair and proportionate, new study reveals
Only one in five victims of sexual offences in England and Wales were satisfied with their criminal justice experience, a new Loughborough-led study has revealed.
Twitter analysis shows Trump on course to win US election – but is bot activity skewing results?
In depth analysis of US public emotion on twitter has revealed that Trump looks set to win the Presidential Election – but the impact of bot activity cannot be ignored.
US election 2020: a toolkit for ‘democracy-worthy’ coverage for journalists
As election day approaches in the US, journalists around the world are working in the most challenging environment of their lifetimes.
New white paper published: Loughborough expert part of network working with journalists to improve the quality of US election coverage
The upcoming US Presidential election poses unprecedented challenges to journalists in the States and around the globe.
New data shows child poverty rates have risen sharpest in the Midlands and the North
Child poverty has risen most sharply in parts of the Midlands and in northern towns and cities over the past four years, according to new research published today (13/10).
Life beyond COVID-19: What are Loughborough’s experts concerned about?
Loughborough academics have voiced their concerns about the impact of coronavirus as part of a new UK Parliament report.
Loughborough experts awarded UKRI funding to explore and enhance local-level responses to COVID-19
Leicester is the first city in Britain to be placed in a local lockdown and the situation highlights how different agencies – such as regional councils, police, and health authorities – need to coordinate their activities quickly and effectively in response to an emergency.
Why we need to stay alert to the terror threat as the UK reopens
The UK has faced a persistent threat from terrorism over the past decade, with recent attacks focusing on busy public spaces. In June 2020, this threat was highlighted once again by an attack in a public park in Reading. This was the first reported terrorist event in the UK since the beginning of the pandemic.
Summer statement: Tory benefits policy under coronavirus is finally beginning to help the poorest
As Rishi Sunak announces that the government will pay the wages of hundreds of thousands of young adults for 25 hours a week over six months, it’s worth remembering that this will be on a minimum wage more than a quarter higher than it was five years ago.
Netflix account and a laptop for schoolwork are now essential requirements for homes according to new research into minimum living standards
People now consider access to Netflix and other basic technology such as laptops as fundamental requirements for a minimum acceptable standard of life in the UK.
The successes and failures of populism during the pandemic – new report
“My orders to the police and military ... if there is trouble and there’s an occasion that they fight back and your lives are in danger, shoot them dead.” “Is that understood? Dead. Instead of causing trouble, I will bury you.” – President Rodrigo Duterte (Philippines) in a televised address to lockdown violators, April 2020
Fears coronavirus lockdown will increase child poverty in UK as latest figures show rise of almost a fifth in the last four years
New research shows that child poverty in the UK has increased by 2.8% in the last four years, but experts fear the figure will grow due to the impact of coronavirus.
Economic recovery will come with high levels of unemployment: how should governments respond?
Two key factors distinguish the economic consequences of coronavirus from those of previous crises.
Researchers investigating audience responses to news coverage of COVID-19 say disinformation is spreading fast and media freedom is under strain
A team of Loughborough University researchers are investigating how citizens in four European countries are using the media to keep up to date with the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus reveals how important the nation is to our daily lives
The coronavirus pandemic cuts across borders, cultures and political systems. As the virus spread across the planet, global institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) called for worldwide solidarity, arguing that “we’re all in this together and we can only stop it together”.
Students present research to MPs in STEM for Britain finals
Three Loughborough students presented their research as part of the STEM for Britain finals in Westminster last month.
This anarchist thinker helps explain why we feel so driven to help each other through the coronavirus crisis
Empty supermarket shelves and panicked government briefings have become the defining images of the coronavirus crisis. But the community response, however, may well be a more enduring feature.
Loughborough political communication expert appointed to influential digital freedoms committee
Professor of Political Communication Cristian Vaccari has been appointed to the Council of Europe’s new Expert Committee on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies.
Experts examine the 2019 General Election
On 31 January, a range of media, political and polling experts gathered at Loughborough University London to analyse the General Election campaign and the influence of Brexit.
Four things the UK government must do to phase out petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035
The UK government recently pledged to bring forward a ban on new diesel and petrol car sales from 2040, to 2035.
Researcher in political communication and misinformation joins Loughborough University
Johannes Kaiser, a researcher in political communication and misinformation, is joining the University’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Loughborough University.
International conference exploring authenticity to be held at Loughborough University
Authenticity has become a buzzword of our times and now experts will be exploring the topic in-depth during an international conference at Loughborough University.
Election 2019: the Brexit Campaign?
On 31 January Loughborough University London plays host to a conference that will revisit and reconsider the 2019 General Election.
Press hostility to Labour reaches new levels in 2019 election campaign
Analysis by Loughborough University shows newspaper negativity towards the Labour party reached its highest levels during the final week of the election campaign.
No-tivity: The 17th century satirical backlash when Parliament banned Christmas
Three hundred and seventy years ago, between 1645 and 1660, Parliamentarians completely outlawed Christmas.
Election coverage: thanks to Brexit, Labour had a media mountain to climb
You don’t have to deny the growing political significance of social media to accept that the mainstream media continue to play a vital role in informing and priming public opinion during elections. Moreover, both worlds are deeply connected. Fewer people are buying newspapers but plenty are accessing the same content online.
Brexit has had more news coverage in the UK election than Labour’s core agenda – new data
In any election campaign it is the job of the media to scrutinise policies and hold the various parties – and their leaders – to account.
Newspaper negativity towards Labour continues to intensify
Newspaper negativity towards Labour has continued to intensify throughout the course of the election campaign, the latest media audit report by Loughborough University has found.
Lord Adonis to give Brexit lecture in the run up to Election Day
Former Secretary of State for Transport and Labour peer Lord Adonis will visit Loughborough University today to give a lecture on the future of Brexit.
What about the environment?
Despite worldwide protests about climate change, the environment has barely featured in election media coverage, securing just two percent of all coded news themes in week three of the campaign.
Is this a brexit election?
Despite being one of the most talked about issues, media coverage around brexit has already waned in the second week of the election campaign.
Lib Dems and women the lost voices in first week of media election coverage
It was a two-horse race in terms media coverage for the first week of the election campaign, with the Conservatives and Labour dominating both TV and print news.
General Election 2019: Discover what’s making the media headlines
A real time news audit of the General Election by Loughborough University is lifting the lid on what media coverage the political parties, their policies and MPs are securing each week.
The Joker to Guy Fawkes: why protesters around the world are wearing the same masks
From Hong Kong to Chile and from Lebanon to Iraq, people around the world are taking to the streets in protest against their leaders, writes Dr Aiden McGarry.
21st-century lobbying: how big data lets big businesses get the upper hand
In July Facebook was fined US$5.1bn by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for not being honest about how it was handling user data.
Research on President Trump’s greetings looks to provide new insight into how politicians construct their public personas
A Loughborough University academic has examined US President Donald Trump’s greetings as part of a study that aims to provide fresh insight into how politicians construct their public personas through every day social interaction.
What Donald Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria means for the Kurds, Assad and Russia
In a move likely to further destabilise the situation in Syria and the Middle East, Donald Trump appeared to give Turkey the green light on October 6 for a military operation into northern Syria.
International conference to explore the media and politics
A major international conference exploring the relationship between the media and politics will be held for the first time at Loughborough University.
Working lone parents cannot achieve a decent standard of living due to cuts to benefits and rises in everyday essential costs
Lone parents who work full-time hours in reasonably paid jobs cannot afford a decent standard of living, according to new research by Loughborough University.
Migrants on hunger strike follow long tradition of people using their bodies to protest against cruelty
Those Western states pursuing more aggressive border control policies in recent years have increased the use of immigration detention centres. These are often squalid, degrading places where detainees are deprived of their most basic human rights and due process.
Loughborough experts invited to Westminster to present research on sport and physical activity for children in care
Two Loughborough academics will meet MPs tomorrow (26) to explain the importance of sport and physical activity in the lives of children in care.
New report shows the benefits and challenges of Roma migration to Britain
Roma migrants have described “overwhelmingly positive experiences” of life in the UK but say they still face prejudice.
Political “fake news” commonplace on social media and frequently and knowingly shared, new survey finds
More than half of British social media users came across what they thought was political “fake news” in the past month, a new survey by Loughborough University has found.
Prime Minister comments on the positive impact Loughborough University has on sport
On Wednesday 3 April, Nicky Morgan MP and Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the House of Commons and acknowledged the success of both Loughborough University and Team GB athletes who recently competed in the Special Olympics.
Universities Minister visits Loughborough as part of British Science Week
Chris Skidmore MP – Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation – visited Loughborough University on Friday 8 March.
Loughborough academic to present evidence to Houses of Parliament on Modern Methods of Construction
Dr Chris Goodier, Director of the Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering at Loughborough University, will present evidence at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 4 March.
New book revisits momentous 2017 General Election as the UK contemplates returning to the polls
A new book on political communication in Britain aims to provide a unique insight into the most recent General Election – a campaign that was about many things in addition to Brexit – as the UK again contemplates returning to the polls.
More Turkey and Toyota next Christmas?
This time next year, if Brexit goes ahead, either by March in May’s heavily criticised negotiated deal or sudden death hard Brexit, then the UK will be a very different place.
Westminster group visits Arctic research station
Arctic scientists welcomed a Parliamentary group to their Greenland research station to showcase work which investigates the environment’s impact on regional lakes.
Cost of raising a child falls but many parents still struggle to meet the threshold
Raising a child to the age of 18 will cost couples £150,753, according to new figures by Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP).
"Adequate food supplies" after Brexit could mean higher prices, more congestion and increased food crime, warns Loughborough supply chain expert
The UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has said that steps might have to be taken to ensure that there are “adequate food supplies” for Britain should there be a no deal scenario with the European Union.
Lords report on citizenship and civic engagement bases recommendations on Loughborough research
A House of Lords Select Committee report on citizenship and civic engagement has based recommendations about young people, discrimination, social anxiety and policy on research by Loughborough University.
Loughborough students speak at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
Two Loughborough University students have addressed officials from 53 nations at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
Dozens of British sports concerned about a future without central Government support
Two years into a four-year plan to cut funding for UK sports, new research shows that non-commercially driven sports will struggle to survive without central Government support.
Arts event to discuss relationship between black people, music and movement
Artists and academics are to come together at an innovative LU Arts event to explore the relationships between black people, music and movement.
More than half of children now living in poverty in some parts of the UK
The End Child Poverty coalition has today (Wednesday 24 January) published a new Child Poverty map of the UK, using data compiled by Loughborough University.
Single-earner families face living standards drop
Cuts to Universal Credit will leave many low income families worse off despite tax changes and a rising National Living Wage, new analysis by Loughborough University has revealed.
Institute of Advanced Studies to host debate on illiberal democracy in Central and Eastern Europe
An academic debate titled “Is there a future for liberal democracy in Central and Eastern Europe?” will be held at Loughborough University on 9 November, hosted by the Institute of Advanced Studies.
Loughborough’s youth express their thoughts on Brexit through artworks
Loughborough University will be holding an exhibition and panel discussion that showcases the views of young people on the theme of Britain after Brexit. The event is titled ‘Our Nation’s Future: Loughborough Youth Creative Visions’.
Loughborough University to debate Catalonia’s battle for independence
An academic debate on Catalonia’s fight for independence is being hosted by Loughborough University on Tuesday October 17.
EXPERT OPINION: Naturally selecting jihad over evolution... How Turkey’s education system is being politicised
Dr Ali Bilgic, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, discusses the recent news that the theory of evolution is gone from school biology textbooks in Turkey.
Kito De Boer receives honorary degree
Kito De Boer, Head of Mission at the Office of the Quartet, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University from Loughborough.
World-leading political communication expert joins Loughborough University
Professor Andrew Chadwick, a world-leading authority on digital media, power, and democracy will be joining Loughborough University in August.
Conference will examine the twists and turns of the 2017 General Election campaign
Political strategists, journalists and academics will be gathering at the Loughborough University London campus on July 19 to discuss how the media covered the 2017 General Election campaign.
Loughborough partners with The New York Times for international democracy forum
Loughborough University is joining forces with The New York Times to be the official knowledge partner for the 2017 Athens Democracy Forum.
General Election 2017: A presidential media campaign which gave men the dominant voice
The media offered ‘presidential’ coverage of the 2017 General Election, focussing their attention on May and Corbyn, analysis by Loughborough University has found.
The Tories come under media attack
The Conservative Party has received considerably more negative media coverage in the second half of the General Election campaign, research from Loughborough University has found.
Newspapers remain hostile to Labour in their election coverage
In its second report analysing media coverage of the General Election Loughborough University has found national newspapers to be overwhelmingly negative in their coverage of Labour.
Graduate to present talk on experiences in Syria
A Loughborough graduate and campaigner is set to give a talk on her front line experiences as a solidarity activist in Syria.
Tories dominate as minor parties tumble
The Conservative Party have dominated election media coverage in the first week of the campaign, with all the minor parties seeing a significant drop in headlines.
General Election 2017: Discover what’s making the media headlines
A real time news audit of the General Election by Loughborough University is lifting the lid on what media coverage the political parties, their policies and MPs are securing each week.
Loughborough festival explores relationship between art, politics, and the pamphlet
A two-day festival in Loughborough will look at the role of the pamphlet as both an art form and an influential means of political communication.
Brexit broken down: Real time analysis of negotiations, decisions and their impact
A new project to deliver blow-by-blow analysis of the UK’s Brexit negotiations will begin this month and aims to make sense of each stage of the United Kingdom’s complex departure from the European Union.
Too much PREVENT: Did fundamentalism save Adrian Ajao from self-destruction and lead Khalid Masood to murder?
Adrian Ajao embraced a life of hard drugs, heavy alcohol and extreme violence, writes Dr Lewis Herrington - an expert in international security at Loughborough University.28 March 2017
Loughborough University and Tate Modern use art to tackle the divisive interpretations of asylum and immigration
Artistic answers to the refugee crisis and post-EU referendum questions of nationalism feature at Tate Modern this week when Loughborough University hold its ‘Who are we?’ event.14 March 2017
Loughborough academic appointed as Fellow of new Political Literacy Oversight Group
Sarah Mills, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences, has been appointed a Fellow of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Democratic Participation’s new Political Literacy Oversight Group.9 March 2017
New national study offers unique insight into life as a young carer
A report by Loughborough University which offers a unique insight into the lives of young carers has been published by the Department for Education (DfE).13 January 2017
Reducing road fatalities in the Middle East
Loughborough University’s road safety experts have joined forces with Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) Middle East to try and reduce the large numbers of road fatalities in the region.13 January 2017
Twitter analysis shows US election is too close to call
In depth analysis of US public emotion on twitter has revealed the Presidential candidates are neck and neck as America goes to the polls.8 November 2016
Capturing how the world really ‘feels’ about the US presidential election
Loughborough University academics are using their unique EMOTIVE computer program to capture people’s feelings towards the US presidential election on Twitter.3 November 2016
National commission commends Loughborough research as foundation for Living Wage
The Living Wage Commission has established a new, independent basis for setting the Living Wage across the UK, in which Loughborough research plays a central role.26 September 2016
Poverty costs UK £78 billion per year, research reveals
A new report – co-authored by Loughborough University – reveals that dealing with the effects of poverty costs the UK £78 billion a year, £1,200 for every person.11 August 2016
High childcare costs hit working parents’ living standards, research reveals
New research from Loughborough University published today (20 July) reveals that childcare costs are leaving working couples £2,600 a year short of a decent living standard.20 July 2016
EU Referendum campaign analysis book launched at Westminster
An EU Referendum analysis and opinion book featuring contributions from Loughborough University academics has been officially launched at Westminster.19 July 2016
Struggling families crave stability in uncertain times, study shows
Over a third of families (more than 2 million households) in the UK are earning below the minimum income needed for an acceptable living standard.15 July 2016
Academic report provides early EU Referendum campaign analysis
One hundred of the UK’s leading political and media experts have contributed to a publication that captures early reflections on the 2016 EU Referendum.13 July 2016
London Weighting not high enough to meet extra cost of living in the capital
The average London worker is at least £2,000 worse off in pay supplements causing a drop in basic living standards, a new report reveals.12 July 2016
Devolution implications were ignored in pre-EU Referendum media coverage
The devolution implications of leaving the EU barely registered in national press and TV coverage in the run-up to Thursday’s vote according to the latest EU Referendum media analysis report from Loughborough University.27 June 2016
TV broadcasters more balanced in EU Referendum debate
The latest report by Loughborough University finds TV broadcasters are providing a more balanced view in their reporting of the EU Referendum debate compared to the press.20 June 2016
EU Referendum: A presidential campaign?
Media coverage of the EU Referendum is highly ‘presidential’, with David Cameron and Boris Johnson grabbing the headlines, the latest report by Loughborough University finds.13 June 2016
Report finds Labour is almost invisible in EU Referendum coverage
The Labour Party is being practically ignored in media coverage of the EU Referendum according to a Loughborough University report released today.6 June 2016
Tories dominate opening weeks of EU Referendum coverage
A Tory dominance and poor representation from women and longstanding in-out campaigners are the main themes in week one of the Loughborough University EU Referendum media analysis.24 May 2016
EU Referendum: Discover what’s making the media headlines
A real time news audit of the EU Referendum by Loughborough University is lifting the lid on what media coverage the campaign groups, political parties and their key arguments are securing each week.20 May 2016
Loughborough University invites you to join the debate at EU and You event
Staff, students and members of the public are invited to take part in a campus-wide debate at Loughborough University, discussing the UK’s membership within the EU ahead of the referendum on 23 June.6 May 2016
Barrister explores institutional sexism and women’s rights in guest lecture
Charlotte Proudman is set to present a guest lecture at Loughborough University, on tackling institutional sexism in the legal profession.8 April 2016
Risk of falling below decent living standard continues to rise, despite record employment, research reveals
Six in 10 households (2.6 million) are struggling to make ends meet, despite having someone in work.15 February 2016
First International Conference on Geographies of Migration and Mobility set to take place at Loughborough University
With migration continuing to dominate the national media headlines and the agenda of politicians, Loughborough University is set to host an international conference to examine the issues around the subject from an academic perspective.5 February 2016