Call for 22/23 Balfour Project Fellowships

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The Balfour Project intends to appoint fifteen Balfour Project Peace Advocacy Fellows for the academic year 2022-23. If you are a postgraduate or final year undergraduate student with an interest in Israel-Palestine, you are welcome to apply.

The selected fellows will be paid a bursary of £700 payable in two tranches at the midpoint and end of the academic year.

As a fellow, you will be given the opportunity to make a tangible contribution to the work of the Balfour Project by campaigning for peace within your academic institution and more generally,

Applications for the 2022/23 Fellowship are now open.

To find out more about the content and expectations for the 2022/23 Fellowship programme, please read our Call for Fellows.

If you would like to make an application, please click here to fill out and submit an application form. 

Applications for the 2022/23 Fellowship close on Friday 16th September 5 pm UK time. After which, the Fellowship coordination team will review applications and be in touch.

Please contact fellowship@balfourproject.org should you have any questions.

Research Fellowships with Good Things Foundation

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Good Things Foundation and Nominet have announced a new research scheme to help end data poverty and reduce the cost of living. The three research fellowships – part of the pioneering Data Poverty Lab – will each provide £12,000 funding to enable people to explore interventions with the aim of designing effective solutions to tackle data poverty.

With recent Ofcom figures showing 84% of benefits recipients unaware that they already qualify for cheaper broadband deals, the scheme is designed to both amplify existing interventions and highlight new ideas.

The Fellowships will explore three key themes which emerged from the Data Poverty Lab’s initial research:

  1. What community-led solutions to data poverty are emerging, and how could these be scaled regionally or nationally?
  2. How do we talk about data and data poverty? 
  3. Should internet access be viewed as an essential utility, a human right, or something else?

Individuals interested in applying for a Data Poverty Lab Fellowship should visit www.goodthingsfoundation.org/data-poverty-lab/fellowship/ or contact our Policy and Research Officer, Tom McGrath, by emailing tom.mcgrath@goodthingsfoundation.org. Applications are open from 23 February to 20 March 2022.

Call for Balfour Project Peace Advocacy Fellows 2021-22

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READ HERE for the full call for fellows.

https://balfourproject.org/bp/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Call-for-Balfour-Project.pdf

The Balfour Project intends to appoint up to twenty Peace Advocacy Fellows for the academic
year 2021-22. If you are a post-graduate or final year undergraduate student with an interest in the the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, you are welcome to apply.


The selected fellows will be paid a bursary of £700 payable in two tranches at the midpoint and end of theacademic year.

Theyh are open for applications between 1 September and 5pm of Friday, 29 October. Interviews will take place in the second half of October, and the fellows will be appointed at the end of the month.

http://www.balfourproject.org

Daily Update 30/07/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45,961, an increase of 83 as of today. 

According to the ONS the UK has recorded the highest level of excess deaths amongst European countries with 6.9% more excess deaths in the country as a whole and 7.5% more in England. Spain and Belgium are second and third with 6.7% and 3.9% respectively. 

The required isolation period for people that have tested positive for Coronavirus will increase from 7 to 10 days. This announcement comes after the Prime Minister warned yesterday of signs of a second wave of Coronavirus across Europe. 

Britain has also re-imposed a 14-day quarantine period on people arriving from Spain. In an Interview with Sky news Matt Hancock said that “I am worried about a second wave. I think you can see a second wave starting to roll across Europe, and we’ve got to do everything we can to prevent it from reaching these shores, and to tackle it.”

Daily Update 28/07/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45.874, an increase of 119 as of today. 

The National Institute for Economics and Social Research has published a study which shows that UK unemployment could rise to 10% when the government ends the furlough scheme. According to NIESR’s research, many of the jobs that will be lost if the government were to end the Furlough scheme in November could be protected if the scheme were to continue until next year. 

The National Food Strategy has drawn attention to the connection between poor diet and food poverty in a recent report. In the report the agency state that “one of the miserable legacies of Covid-19 is likely to be a dramatic increase in unemployment and poverty and therefore hunger.” NFS suggest that in order to combat the harmful effects of Coronavirus fuelled food poverty more people should be made eligible for free school meals. Currently 1.5 million children are entitled to free school meals, the agency suggests increasing that number to 2.8 million. According to the study on 1% of packed lunches have meet nutritional standards. 

Daily Update 24/07/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stand at 45,677, an increase of 123 as of today. 

The number of people infected by Coronavirus in the UK has stopped decreasing. There are currently 2,000 people infected with the virus who are not in hospitals or care homes, according to the ONS. This data is based on the 114,674 swab tests carried in the six weeks leading up to July 19. The R number, which measures the rate of infections, also remains unchanged between 0.7-0.9. 

Boris Johnson has urged everyone to get a flu vaccine to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed in the event of a second wave. 

Daily Update 23/07/2020

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The total death toll as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45, 554, an increase of 53 as of today. 

Face masks will be mandatory in shops across England from tomorrow. Although shoppers will be required to wear face masks, they will not be compulsory for staff.

The European Union’s head negotiate Michel Barnier has said that there has been no progress on the most essential aspects of the UK’s Brexit negotiations with the bloc. The main sources of disagreement, according to Barnier, are negotiations over a possible level playing field for state aid workers rights as well as British access to fishing waters. 

Daily Update 20/07/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stand at 45,312, an increase of 11 as of today. 

Britain has a signed deals to purchase three prospective vaccines to help combat Coronavirus. The government has purchased 30 million doses of a possible Coronavirus vaccine from the pharmaceutical companies BioNtech and Pfizer; acquired 100 million doses of the Oxford University vaccine being produced by AstraZeneca; and 60 million doses of a vaccine produced by Valneva.

Daily Update 17/07/2020

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The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45,233, an increase of 114 as of today. 

Boris Johnson has encouraged Britons to prepare for a steady return to work as official guidelines on workplaces and the use of public transport are set to change from August 1. From August 1 workers will be asked to return to their offices, at the discretion of their employers.

Bowling, skating rinks, and casinos will also be allowed to open from August 1. In addition, wedding receptions with up to 30 people will be permitted. There will also be trials of openings of live music venues and sports arenas.  

Daily Update 16/07/2020

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Official employment figures reveal that the number of people on employer payrolls decreased by 649,000 between March, when the lockdown started, and June. Unemployment has not increased dramatically, however, because many employers have put their staff on the government’s furlough scheme. Job vacancies are at their lowest since records began in 2001 at an estimated 333,000. 

The education secretary announced today that universities across in England at risk of bankruptcy could apply for emergency loans from the government. Thirteen universities across England are at risk of bankruptcy, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies. Loans granted to at risk universities could come with conditions, such as ending “low value” courses.