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Five common myths and misconceptions about ADHD

Five common myths and misconceptions about ADHD

“Everyone has ADHD nowadays, don’t they?” When you talk with the general public about ADHD, one of the first things peoplemention is how common it is “nowadays” and cite figures like 20% of all boys in the USA being diagnosed with ADHD. In the UK, things are quite different. ADHD diagnosis rates are around 1%…
What did the word ‘Sharia’ mean in seventh century Arabia?

What did the word ‘Sharia’ mean in seventh century Arabia?

Long before the birth of the Prophet Muhammad in c.570 CE, the word Sharia was commonly used by Arabic speaking communities on the Arabian Peninsula and in the wider region. The origins and development of the term Sharia are subject to debate, but it seems to have been well known. For example, Arab Christian communities…
What is money?

What is money?

Money itself is changing. Debates about the money form – who issues it and how we use it – have found new shapes in the digital economy.  The emergence of a cashless society and the fascination with cryptocurrencies are both altering how we use money and what we know it to be. Yet it’s far…
Is Your School a Safe Learning Space?

Is Your School a Safe Learning Space?

What makes an ideal learning environment for you — physically, socially, intellectually, emotionally? Does your school environment make you feel welcome, supported and able to thrive and grow? Do you feel like you would learn more, perform better and thrive more fully in a learning environment where everyone shares your race, gender or identity? Why…
What can communities do to help themselves?

What can communities do to help themselves?

Community based research is research carried out by, with and for a community. It is explicitly not carried out on their behalf by an external agency, even if the aim is to benefit them. It is intended to help them help themselves, on their own terms. There are inspiring examples of community based research in…
Research is for sharing: Stories from a Palaeobiologist

Research is for sharing: Stories from a Palaeobiologist

In this post lead educator Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, on our exciting new course Extinctions: Past and Present, talks about what led her into the field of palaeobiology and why getting more people involved in science is so crucial. I became a scientist quite unintentionally. Growing up as a black (Indian) woman in segregated South Africa,…
UPDATE: Now closed. We’re partnering with the British Council to give away 10,000 free certificates

UPDATE: Now closed. We’re partnering with the British Council to give away 10,000 free certificates

In this post find out more about our partnership with the British Council, the Study UK campaign, and whether you might be eligible for a free certificate. Update: the Study UK Campaign on FutureLearn has finished. We’re happy to say we’ve given away 10,000 certificates to those who need them. We’ll post about any future…
Courses to help you transform your career in 2017

Courses to help you transform your career in 2017

In this post we share some great courses to help you get started on boosting or changing your career. Monday blues lasting all the way to Friday? It might be a sign your working life could do with a little help. Whether you’re after a new career or new skills to help with a promotion,…
International Women’s Day 2017 – 5 women who inspire us to keep learning

International Women’s Day 2017 – 5 women who inspire us to keep learning

In honour of International Women’s Day 2017, in this post we share five women who inspire us to keep learning, and keep helping others to learn. 1. Katherine Johnson The Apollo 11 flight to the moon wouldn’t have got very far without Katherine Johnson, an African-American physicist and mathematician who worked at NASA in the…
Interview: How do we read literature in the digital age?

Interview: How do we read literature in the digital age?

In the past decades computers have radically changed society. The digital revolution has had a powerful effect on lots of fields, including communication, economics, art and science. The impact of digital technology is visible almost everywhere in our lives: shaping social behaviour and mentality but also practical skills like cooking, driving and reading. In recent…

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