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Pedagogy - Law - 16.06.2011
Shared parenting legislation not in the interests of children?
Shared parenting legislation not in the interests of children?
Proposed legislation to introduce and enforce a presumption of shared parenting time for separating couples is not in the interests of children, according to a briefing paper published by the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford. The term 'shared parenting' has no legal status but generally refers to a child spending an equal amount of time with each parent.

Law - Chemistry - 19.05.2011
How sensors can detect the crime-solving clues at our fingertips
A new approach to fingerprinting using sensor technology developed at the University of Sussex could soon be helping forensics teams date and identify prints left at a crime scene - by capturing their electrical imprint. Currently, traditional methods of fingerprinting don't allow forensics experts to differentiate between prints at a crime scene left before and after the crime has been committed, or to differentiate important or interesting prints from background "clutter" (ie very old fingerprints).

Law - 16.03.2011
Children's evidence cross-examined
Children’s evidence cross-examined
The complex question of how children should give evidence to court - particularly when it could be critical to convicting someone of child abuse - will be the subject of a University of Cambridge conference next month. The one-day conference, hosted by the University's Law Faculty, will bring together experts from various legal systems around the world, including some where mechanisms are already in place to prevent young children from having to go through the distressing experience of giving their evidence to full court during a trial.

Economics - Law - 23.11.2010
Tobacco: Out of sight, out of mind?
PA 323/10 Putting tobacco out of sight in shops can change the attitude of young people to smoking, while not hitting retailers in the pocket, researchers at The University of Nottingham have discovered. Academics from the University's UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies looked at the effect of the removal of tobacco displays in the Republic of Ireland, ahead of similar legislation which is due to come into force in the UK.

Physics - Law - 29.10.2010
New physics law sheds light on measurement precision
29 October 2010 New physics law sheds light on measurement precision Researchers from the University of Sheffield have discovered a new law of physics that determines exactly what it costs to make a measurement with a certain precision. The discovery by Dr Pieter Kok and his team from the University´s Department of Physics and Astronomy, which was published today (29 October 2010) in the journal Physical Review Letters, will hopefully help with the detection of elusive gravitational waves, and open up new levels of miniaturisation in nanotechnology.

Health - Law - 22.10.2010
Geeks r us: UCL scientists join movement for libel reform
UCL scientists Dr Lewis Dartnell and Dr Petra Boynton explain their motivation for posing for Geek Calendar, a project in aid of libel reform that launches this week. "The Geek Calendar is a fantastic venture started by three expert science communicators: Dr Alice Bell (Imperial College London), Mun-Keat Looi andáLouise Crane (Wellcome Trust).

Law - 06.10.2010
Ban on cigarette sales to teens has done little to reduce access to tobacco, study finds
Ban on cigarette sales to teens has done little to reduce access to tobacco, study finds
Liverpool, UK - 6 October 2010: Researchers at the University of Liverpool have found that banning under-18s from buying cigarettes has had little impact on young people┬┐s access to tobacco and large numbers buy cigarettes via strangers. The study, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, found a widespread acceptance of underage sales in some communities and significant numbers of young people waiting outside shops and asking strangers to buy cigarettes for them.

Physics - Law - 19.08.2010
High speed beams, heaps of excitement and hunting the Higgs boson
High speed beams, heaps of excitement and hunting the Higgs boson
High speed beams, heaps of excitement and hunting the Higgs boson Imperial physicist talks about working at Fermilab and the Large Hadron Collider - News Thursday 19 August 2010 By Lucy Goodchild If looking for the elusive Higgs boson particle is like searching for a needle in a haystack, research published last month has made the haystack smaller.

Health - Law - 18.08.2010
Drop in teenage smokers
Drop in teenage smokers
The number of 16- and 17-year-old smokers has dropped since it became illegal to sell cigarettes to under-18s according to new UCL research published today in the journal Addiction . In the first study of its kind, more than 1,100 16- and 17-year-olds were interviewed from across England before and after the age rise in October 2007.

Social Sciences - Law - 07.07.2010
Disclosure checks under scrutiny
Researchers at the University have found that enhanced disclosure checks, which contain details of both spent and unspent convictions, give a false sense of reassurance as the majority of persistent and serious offenders are unknown to either the children's hearing system or the adult criminal justice system.

Law - 14.06.2010
Guidance on cross-examination improves accuracy of witness testimony
Guidance on cross-examination improves accuracy of witness testimony
Liverpool, UK - 15 June 2010: Researchers have found that witnesses who receive guidance on cross-examination techniques present more accurate court testimony than those who are unfamiliar with the style of questioning. The study, by researchers at the Universities of Liverpool and Leeds, showed that the construction and phrasing of 'lawyerese' questions can inhibit processes in the brain that impact on how a witness responds under cross-examination.

Health - Law - 02.06.2010
Third party litigation funding has not helped ordinary consumers
Third party litigation funding has not helped ordinary consumers
The first academic study on whether third party litigation could give people with limited means greater access to the justice system has revealed its initial findings. The research team from Oxford and Lincoln universities says preliminary findings show that although litigation funding has increased access to justice for companies, individuals do not benefit from the funding models currently available.

Law - History / Archeology - 20.05.2010
Fighting for our right to debate
Fighting for our right to debate
PhD student Jay Stone (UCL MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology) discusses the implications for science of the current inequities in British libel law. In science, healthy debate and discussion of each other's work is crucial. We all read papers and discuss what we think about them; whether we agree with their controls, their statistical analysis, whether we would have drawn the same conclusions.

Law - 28.02.2010
Celebrating Indian legacy in Oxford
Celebrating Indian legacy in Oxford
University | Art 01 Mar 10 Cornelia Sorabji was India's first lawyer and the first woman to sit Oxford's Bachelor of Civil Laws exam. Reproduced with permission of Richard Sorabji. Oxford University is hosting a temporary display and conference to commemorate the University's relationship with India during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

History / Archeology - Law - 26.01.2010
Lost Roman law code discovered in London
Lost Roman law code discovered in London
Simon Corcoran and Benet Salway made the breakthrough after piecing together 17 fragments of previously incomprehensible parchment. The fragments were being studied at UCL as part of the Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded 'Projet Volterra' ? a ten-year study of Roman law in its full social, legal and political context.

Law - 23.03.2009
Individual landlords dominate rental market in Scotland
Research from the University of Sheffield has shown that the large majority of private rented housing in Scotland is owned by individual landlords rather than large-scale companies, despite deregulation in 1989. The findings have been published by the Scottish Government today (Tuesday 24 March) as part of its review of the role of the private rented sector in Scotland´s housing market.