I Have Seen the Future - Peter Barron, Google
Peter Barron is an enigma; he left one of the best and most high profile jobs in British television journalism – Editor of Newsnight – in the summer of 2008 of his own violation. He jumped ship to the digital world of Google where he is Head of Public Relations for the UK and Ireland. Peter's spell at the helm of Newsnight was the longest since the programme's creation and the most creative – he brought in blogs, vodcasts and more. In this Coventry Conversation you can hear Peter talking
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Creativity is International - Dean Stockton
Dean Stockton is a British creative star. Since January 2008 Dean has been Senior Creative Director of Chellomedia Group. He leads group creative direction and responsibility for managing all corporate brand strategy, including most channel and online services. He delivers and impliments creative direction and creative marketing solutions across the group; provides creative inspiration, creative lead and creative expertise – promoting the importance of creative excellence throughout the organi
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The Specials - Horace Panter in Conversation
Horace Panter is a true icon of British music. In the 1970s Horace formed "The Specials" who went on to become one of the biggest bands of the 1980s. This year they are reforming to play a number of big shows, including headlining slots at Glastonbury and V Festival. In 1972 Horace started studying fine art at Coventry’s Lanchester Polytechnic, now known as Coventry University. In his second year there he met Jerry Dammers and soon they formed The Specials. They started playing in Coventry b
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Jon Snow - The Best and Worst of Times in 21st Century Journalism
Jon Snow is an English journalist and presenter, currently employed by ITN. He is best known for presenting Channel 4 News. Here he discusses the past, present and future of broadcasting and british media. This talk is also available on CUTV
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Is there a Crisis in World Journalism? Jeremy Paxman
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Being TV’s Shakespeare - Paul Abbott
Paul Abbott is a BAFTA winning English television screenwriter. He has become one of the most critically and commercially successful television writers working in Britain today. Here he discusses writing for the screen, the state of British drama and Shameless USA.
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Andrew Davies has written screenplays for Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch, Vanity Fair, Wives and Daughters and Tipping the Velvet and many more. He is considered to be British television's adaptation master. In this Coventry Conversations he discusses his approach to writing.
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The Election in Numbers - Roger Mortimer, MORI
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Developing research identities: effective mentoring for teacher educators
This resource is a summary of a paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference in September 2009. It outlines the findings of a small scale research project focussing on the developing research trajectories of six teacher educators and their mentors in two different higher education institutions, in order to identify effective mentoring practices and other forms of support as well as potential barriers to the development of a research identity.
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Glyphers: Deciphering Mayan Society
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William Wilberforce, the politician and religious writer, was instrumental in the abolition of slavery in Britain in 1807. This unit explores Wilberforce’s career and writings and assesses their historical significance. In particular it examines the contribution that Evangelicalism, the religious tradition to which Wilberforce belonged, made in the transitions between the Enlightenment and Romanticism. Throughout it relates Wilberforce’s career and writings to wider social and cultural devel
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William Wilberforce, the politician and religious writer, was instrumental in the abolition of slavery in Britain in 1807. This unit explores Wilberforce’s career and writings and assesses their historical significance. In particular it examines the contribution that Evangelicalism, the religious tradition to which Wilberforce belonged, made in the transitions between the Enlightenment and Romanticism. Throughout it relates Wilberforce’s career and writings to wider social and cultural devel
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Britain was the first country to industrialise, and it acquired the largest empire ever during this same period. But its sphere of economic influence extended far beyond the boundaries of the formal British Empire. This unit focuses on the economics of empire, using a case study of one town, Dundee in eastern Scotland, to explore this huge topic.
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‘Science in the Scottish Enlightenment’ (by Michael Bartholomew and Peter Morris) is Chapter 11 in The Rise of Scientific Europe 1500–1800 (eds David Goodman and Colin A Russell) © 1991, 2003 The Open University. This chapter has been adapted for OpenLearn.

The text The Rise of Scientific Europe 1500–1800 forms part of OU course AS208 The rise of scientific Europe.

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This unit was prepared for TeachandLearn.net by John Morgan. John works at Bristol University where he teaches on the geography PGCE course. Before that he taught geography in schools and colleges. He is the co-author of Essential AS Geography (2000) Nelson Thornes and Teaching to Learn Geography (forthcoming) RoutledgeFalmer.

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Philippa Hulme taught science in British and African schools for 15 years. She now tutors on the PGCE courses at Oxford University and the Open University, as well as training VSO volunteers. She is also an editor for Science UPD8, an initiative of the Association for Science Education and Sheffield Hallam University.

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Barnes, D. and Todd, F. (1995) Communication and Learning Revisited, Portsmouth, N. H., Heinemann.
Bennett, N. and Cass, A. (1989) ‘The effects of group composition on group interactive processes and pupil understanding’, British Educational Research Journal, 15, pp. 119–32.
Bennett, N. and Dunne, E. (1992) Managing Classroom Groups, Lo
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Active galaxies provide a prime example of high energy processes operating in the Universe. This unit gives an overview of active galaxies, including the supermassive black holes that power the engines at their centres, and the emission processes by which we detect and study them. It also gives practice in mathematical techniques for analysing data and theoretical models.
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This unit focuses on the substance of environmental responsibility – what matters. The question ‘What should constitute our prime focus of attention?’ can prompt different responses. We consider two points of contrast in differing focuses on what matters: 1 a distinction between nature and the environment 2 a distinction between nature/environment and related human interactions
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This unit focuses on the substance of environmental responsibility – what matters. The question ‘What should constitute our prime focus of attention?’ can prompt different responses. We consider two points of contrast in differing focuses on what matters: 1 a distinction between nature and the environment 2 a distinction between nature/environment and related human interactions
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