More University of Leicester experts make their voices heard

Posted by pt91 at Aug 09, 2013 12:30 PM |
Academics give their expert opinions to Leicester Exchanges and The Conversation

More academics have contributed opinion pieces to Leicester Exchanges and news and anaylsis platform The Conversation.

A University of Leicester academic has addressed the recent debate surrounding Baroness Neuberger’s July review of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP).

Dr Simon Bennett, Director of the Civil Safety and Security Unit, has written a thought-provoking piece on this controversial form of healthcare, identifying historic examples of care models going wrong and arguing that they can depersonalise the treatment process. Reception for the LCP has been polarised since its introduction in the late 1990s, with the Department of Health concluding that it will likely be phased out in England in the next twelve months.

With the removal of Elizabeth Fry from five-pound notes, women, aside from the Queen, were set to be entirely absent from sterling: that is, until Caroline Criado-Perez led a campaign to try and take Sir Mervyn King to court for sexual discrimination. Now, the new Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, has announced that Jane Austen will grace ten-pound notes from 2017. But Dr Julian North, Senior Lecturer in the School of English, questions the victory on Leicester Exchanges: is this really step towards total equality?

Dr North notes that the note uses a prettified image of Austen: adapted from a far-rougher life-study by Austen’s sister that showed her with a sour expression and lines of middle-age. Austen’s female characters are very often trapped and domesticated, Dr North argues, so presenting her as happy and conventional actually comes across as ironic.

Meanwhile, Dr Andrew Ellis from the Department of Chemistry examines the development of a 'weight loss breathalyser' in Japan; a device that could potentially help those who need to lose weight for medical reasons. In his piece for the Conversation, he looks at the work so far on a device that looks for increased levels of acetone in your breath, allowing users to determine whether their diet or exercise really is burning off fat reserves.