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International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide

April 7th is International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwandan Genocide which resulted in the death of over 800,000 people, nearly all of whom were Tutsis, targeted because of their ethnicity, by Hutu soldiers and civilians. Genocide is an international crime where victims are killed or caused serious harm

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Finding hope this Easter

As I’m sure you are aware, Easter is around the corner, with the Easter break from teaching starting from Friday. What follows first is Holy Week, a week when the Christian Church marks, remembers, and prays its collective way through the betrayal, arrest, trial, death and in due course resurrection

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Bank holiday

5 things you can do during the May bank holidays

Make the most of the three-day weekend coming up between Saturday 30th April and Monday 2nd May, by doing something fun and different. The Big Birmingham Bake Are you a baker? Then unleash your competitive cooking nature by booking to attend the Big Birmingham Bake where you’ll compete against other

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Calculus without Calculus

With exams fast approaching, Newman University’s Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Mathematics, Andrew Toon discuses a simple idea to help our Mathematics students determine the derivative of any function using the algebra of what are called dual numbers instead of using the many rules of differentiation. “As some of

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What is Vaisakhi and why is it celebrated?

Vaisakhi also called Baisakhi, is a religious festival celebrated by Sikhs. This year Vaisakhi falls on Thursday 14th April. It is Sikhism’s most important festival according to History of Vaisakhi Guru Gobind Singh wanted to instil the principles of courage and morality in his downtrodden followers. He wanted to

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Revision and exams and how not to get stressed

It’s very normal to feel worried and nervous when it comes to revision and exams. There is a huge amount of pressure to succeed and that can lead to feeling anxious and stressed. Here are a few tips that I find helpful. Organisation is essential. Focusing on deadlines can be

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Bringing Professional Policing to Newman University

In 2016, the College of Policing, the regulatory body responsible for standards and education in policing, introduced the Police Education Qualifications framework (PEQF) to develop academic programmes for the 43 police services in England and Wales. This incorporated the requirement to obtain an undergraduate Degree in Professional Policing in order

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Divorce Day: The Law is Changing!

Divorce law as we know it is changing! 6th April 2022 or ‘Divorce Day’ as it has been commonly termed recently, is nearly upon us. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 brings about major changes for divorce law in England and Wales however, these key changes do not come

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What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, this year it is estimated to begin on Saturday 2nd April and predicted to end on Sunday 1st May. Every year the start date varies and is decided at the sighting of the moon. Muslims spend the entire month fasting from

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