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Commentary

Why higher education should take the ‘signalling critique’ seriously – and what that might look like

The maximum social and economic benefit of higher education can be realised when policymakers adequately address the 'signalling' critique. This commentary by Aveek Bhattacharya and Chris Percy is based on SMF's recent publication - Signal Failure - which aims to direct the time, energy and resources of our education system to things that really benefit learners and society at large.

Published: 21 October 2021
Author(s): Aveek Bhattacharya, Chris Percy
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Commentary

Why we cannot forget local places on the road to a greener economy

Over the next three decades the pursuit of net zero will transform local areas throughout the UK.

Published: 05 October 2021
Author: Amy Norman
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Commentary

Alternative proteins could let Boris Johnson have his steak and eat it

What we eat helps to define who we are. As Keith Floyd once said, “food is life, life is food”. Descriptions of Britishness often talk of fish and chips or roast beef, and we are a nation passionate about our food. So it’s understandable that politicians are wary of trying to influence our diets.

Published: 05 October 2021
Author: Linus Pardoe
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Media Release

Public dislike of ‘unfair’ fuel duty opens the door to road-pricing – think-tank

Public dislike of “unfair” fuel and road taxes is now so high that people would prefer to see a new system of road pricing put in place instead, new research shows today.

Published: 15 October 2021
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Media Release

Raab must end women’s unnecessary suffering in the criminal justice system

Dominic Raab, the new justice secretary, should make a national priority of reforming a criminal justice system that frequently fails abused and vulnerable women, a think-tank says today. The Social...
Published: 23 September 2021
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Media Release

UK must respect non-graduates or face turmoil – former Cabinet minster

Britain risks more political and social turmoil unless politics and business offer more opportunity and respect to people who do not have a university degree, a former Cabinet minister warns today.

Published: 21 September 2021
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