Friday, June 28, 2013

Advice for Publishing Philosophy

. . . can be found HERE. The abstract:

"Graduate students often lack concrete advice on publishing. This essay is an attempt to fill this important gap. Advice is given on how to publish everything from book reviews to articles, replies to book chapters, and how to secure both edited book contracts and authored monograph contracts, along with plenty of helpful tips and advice on the publishing world (and how it works) along the way in what is meant to be a comprehensive, concrete guide to publishing that should be of tremendous value to graduate students working in any area of the humanities and social sciences."

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Watch report launch on "Life in the UK" citizenship test

. . . filmed at Durham Castle on 13th June 2013.



The report can be downloaded HERE.

Further information about the report and media coverage can be found HERE.

Monday, June 17, 2013

"The 'Life in the United Kingdom' Citizenship Test: Is It Unfit for Purpose?" report

. . . can be downloaded HERE. This is "a report by Dr Thom Brooks of an independent review of the uses of the test for British immigration policy" published by Durham University. The report's abstract:


The 'Life in the United Kingdom' test is an important part of British immigration policy attracting cross-party support. This report is the most comprehensive and rigorous examination of the test available. The report considers how the current edition compares with previous editions and it identifies several problems that should be addressed in a future edition. The report supports 12 recommendations.

"Dr. Brooks' 'The Life in the UK Citizenship Test: Is it Unfit for Purpose?' report is a welcome addition to the sensible immigration debate. I am delighted to echo his call that the test, which is both impractical and irrelevant as it stands, be reformed. Surely future Britons should better understand how to participate in daily life, instead of knowing by rote which Emperor invaded Britain in AD 43? Dr. Brooks' research into the new Life in the UK citizenship test has exposed major flaws, and we must make Government wake up." - Lord Roberts, Vice-Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration

Friday, June 14, 2013

The "Life in the UK" Citizenship Test: Unfit for Purpose? Report

My The "Life in the United Kingdom" Citizenship Test: Unfit for Purpose? report was launched last evening in Durham Castle. This report is the most comprehensive examination available into the test available. It exposes serious problems with the test and provides several recommendations for its reform.

I've been delighted by the wide coverage across a spectrum of about 250 newspapers and news agencies worldwide, including several British papers such as Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily StarDaily Telegraph, Evening StandardGuardian, Huffington PostIndependent, Mail on Sunday, MetroNorthern Echo, Sunday TimesSunderland Echo,  Times, Yorkshire Post and many others - including Comedy Central. I have had about a dozen or so interviews with several radio stations include BBC Live at 5 and many others. I will be putting links up shortly.

There are also blogposts and other websites running the story, such as BBC News at The Conversation, and these will be up soon, too.

Please read my new report in the meantime. Let us hope it contributes to much needed reform and soon.

UPDATE: My report can be downloaded on SSRN HERE.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Punishment book launch, reprise

A news item is now on our Durham Law School website about my book launch for Punishment in the Houses of Parliament here.

Monday, June 10, 2013

"The 'Life in the United Kingdom' Citizenship Test: Is It Unfit for Purpose?" Report Launch

. . . will take place this Thursday from 8.30pm in the Senate Suite at Durham Castle (known locally as University College, Durham) situated across the Palace Green from Durham Cathedral, a World Heritage Site. Information about the talk can be found here. The event is free -- and there will be free copies of the report for all who attend.

The report exposes new, serious problems with the current Life in the United Kingdom citizenship test and offers 12 recommendations for how this test can be improved in a fourth edition.