Talking points a range of topical issues tackled by academics 714 April

Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans from the Centre for Medical Humanities has written an article for The Conversation exploring how it could be a good idea to discuss topics such as sex, rape and pornography in classrooms in order to properly educate young people about their effects and influence.

Drs Gawen Jenkin, Dan Smith and Dave Holwell from the Department of Geology have written an article for The Conversation about metal scarcity and how metals are not always set at the right cost in the right place at the right time - including what issues this can result in.

Dr Paul Reilly from the Department of Media and Communication has written an opinion piece for Think: Leicester about how Twitter can be used to defuse social tensions during contentious times, using an example of how citizen and professional journalists have used Twitter to correct misinformation in order to defuse tension between Loyalist and Republican communities in Northern Ireland.

Dr Andrew Futter from the Department of Politics and International Relations has written a piece for The Conversation discussing the decision the next UK government will have to face regarding the Trident nuclear weapons system and if it will need to be replaced.

Dr Tara McCormack from the Department of Politics and International Relations has written a piece for Spiked Online discussing how it's not just Iraq that has been destroyed by Western intervention.

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