Matt Branston

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The Wire: Undeniably America

When it begins, The Wire seems like a regular police procedural, where the bad guys are drug dealers who are ready to get taken down and the police are all the heroes. Over the succeeding five series, it becomes something else: a story about the ways the Black community has been left behind in America…


UEA cancels entry onto 16 courses

UEA has cancelled entry onto 16 courses for the 2020/21 academic year due to concerns over the ability to properly deliver other courses. A UEA spokesperson stated the university has had to “re-deploy resources”. Current students of these courses remain unaffected and delivery will not be interrupted, but no new applicants will be allowed to…


Pneumonia machine used for Coronavirus

A study which identifies the causes of a patient’s pneumonia is being temporarily refocused to help with earlier optimisation of treatment during the coronavirus pandemic. Named the INHALE trial, UEA is collaborating in the UCL-led study which aims to evaluate bacteria directly from pneumonia patients and guides doctors on treatment. Pneumonia is among the main…


UK Universities fear coronavirus impact

UK universities fear that the coronavirus impact on international students studying in the UK will have a dire impact on the level of funding universities have. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, International Students represent one-third of all tuition, and with an estimated 50-100% drop in international student attendance, that would create a sizable…


Stop caring about climate change

Climate change, in words, is not great. It’s a really big mess which is more than likely going to be the end of the human race. The tragedy of having about 7.8 billion people on the planet is that really nothing we do matters. So stop trying. There’s literally no point. In 2018, the UK…


Uncut Gems: “A Stomach-Churning Ride”

‘Uncut Gems’ is a film which never stops, never quite lets you sit still. Every seeming relief or stop turns into a different rollercoaster. Everyone talking about this film uses the same word – anxiety. It is a consistently anxiety-producing, stomach-churning ride, which never relents in making you feel uncomfortable, but which simultaneously also engages…

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