Working closely with PolicyBristol, we keep up to date with policy schedules in order to facilitate timely and strategic engagement of our research with policy processes. As as result our research is having a significant influence on policy thinking and policy development, and has impacted policies across a wide scope of disciplines.
Addressing challenges in acquiring British citizenship in times of Brexit
British citizenship is prized as a secure legal status by migrants from all over the world. Skilled migrants are valued in various sectors of the British economy. Yet, research on migrants who come to the UK with higher education qualifications and professional skills reveals that most of them struggle with acquiring long-term leave to remain in the country and in subsequently acquiring British citizenship.
Advising in Austerity: The value of good advice
Local advice offices, providing free-to-access advice to all, have been hit by the loss of legal aid contracts and up to 80% cuts in local authority funding. At the same time, the need for assistance with problems in areas such as debt, housing and welfare benefits is rising dramatically. High demand has led many agencies to increase capacity to triage clients according to need, and extend telephone and digital advice.
Pregnancy loss: consistent bereavement care pathways needed
This research looked at the extent to which the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) Guidance (2015) has been incorporated into hospital policies for the management and disposal of pregnancy remains within NHS England. It also examined the extent to which those providing bereavement care to women – particularly, professionals in healthcare services and the funerary industry in England – incorporated the HTA Guidance within their practice.
Advising in Austerity: How Citizens Advice can adapt to uncertain times
Reductions in legal aid, fee charging for court applications and other reforms to the courts and tribunal service have created barriers to accessing justice for many people in the UK. In this context, the free-to-access advice sector provides crucial support for people to understand and engage with the legal frameworks that impact upon their lives.
Stakeholders’ participation: a fundamental prerequisite for functional Marine Protected Areas
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) play an important role for the protection of representative habitats and species and for ensuring sustainable development of coastal communities. Environmental law recognises their importance. In Europe, for instance, article 13(4) of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC requires the identification of “spatial protection measures, contributing to coherent and representative networks of marine protected areas” to achieve “good environmental status” of European seas by 2020.
Brexit: clarity is essential before the UK triggers Article 50
In the wake of the referendum result, much attention has focused on Article 50. Dr Phil Syrpis’ research highlights the key EU law questions surrounding the operation of Article 50 and underlines the fact that many of the questions relating to the process of withdrawal from the EU are unresolved.
Conflicts of interest in healthcare: NHS procurement rules must be clarified
For over 15 years, the Government has been rolling out a strategy to spur improvement in the provision of NHS healthcare services in England through patients’ choice. Since the creation of this quasi-market for publicly-funded healthcare services, the existing strategy has resulted in legal challenges that go beyond well-established public law guarantees and require new solutions.
Children’s British Citizenship: exposing the barriers to registration
Under current law, children may be recognised as British Citizens even where they fail to meet specific criteria, in recognition of the fundamental importance of children’s welfare. However, in practice, significant barriers to citizenship exist. Dr, Devyani Prabhat is making recommendations for change.
Registering children as British citizens: current laws require overhaul
Despite living nearly all their lives in Britain, some children are unable to afford University education as they are not eligible for student loans. This is solely because of their nationality. The Supreme Court has recently declared this to be discriminatory (Tigere case  UKSC 57) as the children are unable to exercise their right to education.
Fresh regulation for green social enterprise
In the past, government policies and laws weren't designed to support SME's that respond to climate change with socially oriented business models. Professor Bronwen Morgan contributed to research that helped promote the legal framework needed to help these organisations achieve sustainable goals.
Employment tribunal claims: debunking the myths
Policy discourses surrounding the employment tribunal system, culminating in recent radical reforms by the Coalition Government, have been based upon a number of interrelated myths, centred on the notion that people are too quick to raise tribunal applications.
Employment tribunal fees deny workers access to justice
Since July 2013 workers with an employment dispute have had to pay fees to take their case to an Employment Tribunal. As a result many people can no longer afford to use the Tribunal to seek justice in employment-related disputes. Research by Professor Morag McDermont examines the effects on workers’ lives and livelihoods.
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