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Thought Leadership – Britain’s low quality internet connections in rural areas; Information asymmetry; Deployment of military forces; Ebola

Posted by sb661 at Oct 21, 2014 10:55 AM |
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In the latest in a series of opinion pieces, Dr Bianca Reisdorf (pictured) from the Department of Media and Communication explains on The Conversation that despite BT’s fibre optic and microwave radio links, rural towns in Britain are still receiving slow internet connections.

In the latest Management is too Important Not to Debate Blog, Dr Geoff Lightfoot and Dr Tomasz Wisniewski from the School of Management,describes information asymmetry as a politically prevalent predicament about which we should all be concerned.

Dr Simon Bennett from the Civil Safety and Security Unit also contributed a First Person piece to the Leicester Mercury this week, discussing the deployment of military forces in the fight against ISIL.

Dr Alan Cann from the Department of Biology, contributed the Leicester Mercury First Person, discussing how ebola emerged and the UK are well placed to tackle Ebola.

You can discover other thought-provoking pieces on The Conversation, Leicester Exchanges and Management is too Important Not to Debate Blog.

Leicester academics’ contributions to The Conversation have attracted praise. Andrew Naughtie, Politics and Society Deputy Editor from The Conversation said: “University of Leicester are a tremendous asset as a member. I've had a lot of authors from there write pieces of high quality, and the impact of the university becoming a member has been really noticeable – having quick responses from our morning email and the press office has definitely helped us generate more high-quality writing that's as close to the news cycle as possible.”

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The University has joined other leading universities across the UK that have already partnered with The Conversation to post thought-provoking comment pieces.

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. The site launched in Australia in March 2011. Since then it has grown to become one of Australia’s largest independent news and commentary sites. On 21 October 2014,The Conversation has extended service into US.

The three regions( UK, Australia and US) will work as one, sharing content and ideas. UK academics and institutions will benefit from the increased global audience and opportunity for collaboration.

The Conversation has a monthly audience of 2 million users, and reach of 10 million through Creative Commons republication. It has a growing community of more than 14,400 academics and researchers from 912 institutions. Writing content for The Conversation enables you to sign off on your articles, so you retain full control over what is being published. You can become an author and pitch an idea as well.

Many academics from the University have already contributed to The Conversation. Their articles can be found here.

Professor Martin Parker said: “Working with The Conversation is easy. You write something interesting and they help you make it into a sharp and engaging article. You are being edited by real journalists, and it’s a great way of getting your ideas to a broader audience.”

Dr Andrew Futter said: “Working with the editors at the conversation is a pleasure; they are very professional, turn articles around very quickly and are highly competent.” 

For further information about writing for The Conversation, contact the Press Office on pressoffice@le.ac.uk / sb661@le.ac.uk   / +44(0)116 252 5761.

“University of Leicester are a tremendous asset as a member. I've had a lot of authors from there write pieces of high quality, and the impact of the university becoming a member has been really noticeable – having quick responses from the morning email and the press office has definitely helped us generate more high-quality writing that's as close to the news cycle as possible”.

 

Andrew Naughtie, Politics and Society Deputy Editor, The Conversation