Detention of fathers in the immigration system
Families routinely split by the immigration detention and enforced removal of foreign national fathers.
Detainees and their families find separation profoundly distressing. 85% of detainees are men and many have dependants in the UK.
Reaping the rewards from UK leadership in farm animal welfare: time for a national strategy
Research led by the University of Bristol and partners provides the evidence to show that current support for improved animal welfare policy is sustainable and achievable.
Immigration enforcement and Article 8 rights: Mixed-immigration status families
Political pledges to reduce immigration are splitting up families. A series of recent changes to policy and legislation seek to reduce arrivals and increase removals and deportations, particularly of irregular (‘illegal’) migrants and foreign national offenders (FNOs). There are gendered dimensions to the effects, including men consistently making up over 85% of the foreign nationals detained and expelled from the UK.
The future of farming policy in the UK: giving farmers a voice in development and delivery
In a range of UK and international projects, the University of Bristol has been exploring how facilitated farmer-led approaches can tackle societal challenges, husbandry issues and market opportunities.
Deporting High Harm foreign criminals: Operation Nexus
Operation Nexus is framed as targeting
‘High Harm’ foreign national offenders
(FNOs), but also draws in low-level, petty
and historical offenders, as well as those
merely alleged to have ‘criminal character’
on the basis of ‘non-conviction’ evidence
such as anonymous allegations and
Preventing suicide in Sri Lanka: Supporting vulnerable populations
In the last two decades, Sri Lanka has made significant progress in reducing its suicide rate, but the suicide rate in young people is still twice that seen in high-income countries. There is an urgent need
for a cross-sectoral approach to reduce the suicide rate in Sri Lanka.
Advising in Austerity: The value of good advice
In 2015/2016 The Citizens Advice Network delivered £361 million in savings to government and public services, and £2 billion in economic value to society. The majority of their work was
carried out by 23,000 volunteers who it would have cost £114 million to employ.
Children growing up in the care of relatives in the UK
Poo Patrol: Community-led science and action to reduce dog fouling and improve child health
Fouling of public areas by dog faeces has serious public health impacts, not least by discouraging healthy outdoor play.
This research engaged schools and communities to support and monitor their efforts to stimulate behaviour change among dog owners.
Developing inclusive care homes for older people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT)
Care home staff and managers often lack knowledge about the delivery of personalised care to older LGBT residents.
Pregnancy loss: consistent bereavement care pathways needed
This research looked at the extent to which the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) Guidance (2015) has been incorporated into hospital policies for the management and disposal of pregnancy remains within NHS England.
Comparing Chilean school performance: improving fairness in the classification of schools
In recent years Chile has introduced new school accountability mechanisms. This research examines primary and secondary school performance in context using value-added approaches.
EU maritime capacity-building in the Horn of Africa
Since 2015, the mission has adapted its mandate to better reflect local needs: it no longer treats piracy
as a crime in isolation, but supports the development of maritime civilian law enforcement authorities and
their operational capabilities.
The success of ‘naming and shaming’: league tables have a positive impact on performance of schools and hospitals
This research focuses on the impact of league tables on school and hospital performance.
Teenage Kicks: Cultural policy and practice needs to reflect the views, lives and ideas of young people
We must provide young people with an opportunity to voice their understanding of culture, who influences it and how and why they value it. This can help cultural policy makers to design a cultural offer that best meets young people’s needs.
Enhancing spaces for Muslim women’s engagement
This Bristol-based research project explored how opportunities and spaces for Muslim women’s engagement can be enhanced.
Care homes need urgent review
This research examines how we can improve the quality of life of older people in care homes.
Trident Renewal: future vulnerabilities must be taken seriously
This briefing explores the challenges facing British defence in the aftermath of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.
Afghanistan: no holds barred. If sustainable peace is to be achieved, negotiations must be open to all
This research focuses on the nature of negotiations needed to bring about sustainable peace in Afghanistan.
Recognising the complexity of urban governance and leadership is critical for sustainable future cities
This research focuses on issues of city leadership and capacity in moving to a sustainable and resilient urban future.
Improving urban neighbourhoods for all: Don’t rely on the middle classes
This research examines the extent to which the middle classes engage in social mix and whether doing so brings benefits to all urban residents.
Marriage and Migration: facilitating the integration of migrant spouses
Integration interventions for migrant spouses should take account of gender, life stage, family and work commitments.
Widening access to university: Step change needed to support talented learners from disadvantaged backgrounds
The choice of facilitating* subjects at A-level plays a crucial role in students’ ability to access Russell Group universities.
Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015: Defence Must Close the Civil-Military Gap
The armed forces are dependent on the societies of which they are a part. In democracies, the military derives its purpose from acting in Society’s name; whether to protect the nation from threat, or to advance its interests.
Widening participation in the digital age: can online networks and technologies support underrepresented students in succeeding at university?
Online social networking practices can support the retention and success of more diverse students at university.
Registering children as British citizens: current laws require overhaul
This research explores how the law on registering children as British citizens operates in reality.
One size won’t fit all: Buildings have diverse effects on health and the environment across Europe and China
This particular sub-study of URGENCHE examines environment and health implications of the heat and electricity required by the buildings in: Kuopio, Finland; Basle, Switzerland; Stuttgart, Germany; Thessaloniki, Greece; and Suzhou and Xi’an in China.
Extending initial teacher education to raise standards and improve teacher retention
This research explores ways of improving initial teacher education to help solve the looming teacher supply “crisis”.
Trident renewal: Strategic utility and trade-offs must be made explicit
This work explores the challenges facing UK defence in the run-up and aftermath of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.
Employment tribunal fees deny workers access to justice
This research examines the effects of employment tribunal fees on workers’ lives and livelihoods.
Brexit: clarity is essential before the UK pulls the Article 50 trigger
The UK and the EU should agree on the withdrawal process in advance of the decision to pull the Article 50 trigger, in order to reduce the risk of litigation.
Life chances: Re-imagining regulatory systems for low-income families in modern urban settings
Low-income families have skills and capabilities that are rarely recognised by Government and the regulatory services. Governments should work in partnership with communities so that policies and services work for all families, moving away from stereotypes.
What can we expect from a metro mayor?
Bristol City Council adopted a directly elected mayor in 2012.
A directly elected mayor can enhance visible city leadership
Based on Bristol’s experience with a directly elected mayor, this research evaluates the move to mayoral governance.
Researchers and mathematics teachers must collaborate to overcome barriers to student participation in Higher Education
Collaboration between researchers and mathematics teachers is essential if solutions are to be found for increasing participation in HE.
Bursaries are an important component of widening participation in Higher Education and their funding should be maintained
Bursaries bring far-reaching benefits for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and should be maintained alongside outreach programmes.
Mayoral governance in Bristol: An initial assessment of impacts
The mayoral model of governance was introduced in Bristol in 2012. Significant changes have since resulted in the way the city is governed. Here we provide an initial assessment.
Children’s British Citizenship: exposing the barriers to registration
Under current law, children may be recognized as British Citizens even where they fail to meet specific criteria, in recognition of the fundamental importance of children’s welfare. However, in practice, significant barriers to citizenship exist.
Planning Ahead: EU crisis management interventions require local ownership at the earliest stage
The EU’s crisis management interventions would be more effective if national ownership was part of the entry strategy, rather than the exit strategy.
Preventing and responding to conflict: Improving EU civilian capabilities must be prioritised
This research explores ways in which civilian capabilities can enhance the EU’s efforts in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
Employment tribunal claims: debunking the myths
Pursuing a tribunal claim was a struggle before fees and the weakening of employment rights came into play. Now the prospect is so off-putting that only a minority of those with valid claims will embark on this process.
Another shake-up of school league tables: how should we measure and hold schools accountable for the progress of their pupils?
The new school progress measures continue to ignore the very large socioeconomic and demographic differences between schools which also drive results.
Appropriate Adults: Protecting the rights
and welfare of vulnerable adults in custody
There is no standard model of funding for Appropriate Adult services for
vulnerable adults and provision is often inadequate. Local authorities can fund
provision as part of their wider safeguarding responsibilities.
Advising in Austerity: How Citizens Advice can adapt to uncertain times
The advice sector is key to supporting people to access their legal rights, but it is under threat from austerity. Innovative solutions are needed to ensure the sustainability of service provision.