In this talk, Dr Marian Duggan discusses her current research project which is an analysis of how the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (also known as ‘Clare’s Law’) is operating in Kent. Billed by the Government as a domestic violence ‘prevention policy’ and regularly referred to in the media as a ‘success’, she evaluates exactly how this scheme is operating in practice, whether it is achieving its aims of violence prevention and how useful a tool it is in reducing the average of two women a week who are killed in the UK as a result of domestic violence.
Throughout history, certain forms and styles of dress have been deemed appropriate – or rather inappropriate – for people as they age. Older women in particular have long been subject to pressures to tone down, to adopt self-effacing, covered up styles.
Our everyday lives are awash with stereotypes. Through the media and through everyday conversation the picture we are given of certain social groups is slanted, simplified, and often negative. Women may be portrayed as incompetent, irrational, or emotional (or sometimes all three). Black men may be portrayed as angry and aggressive. Even if, consciously, we passionately disagree with these stereotypes, they may still affect our unconscious thoughts and reactions. In this lecture, Dr Robert de Vries from the University of Kent explores these unconscious attitudes, with particular reference to how we might feel about a particularly maligned social group – welfare benefit claimants.
This talk supports discussion about such issues by introducing a two-dimensional framework for categorising personal data on the web, based on who holds the data and what type of data it is. Particularly when the data holder is a "community" such as a social network (e.g.Facebook), it turns out that the level of control people have is highly variable between the categories.
Professor Louis Passfield, Head of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Kent, and lead scientist with the highly successful British Cycling team that prepared for the Barcelona, Atlanta and Beijing Olympic Games, discusses his research in endurance performance and the training of elite cyclists.