Harry Ransom Center Now Accepting Applications For 2019/2020 Research Fellowships @ransomcenter

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for its 2019­-2020 research fellowships. Ten dissertation fellowships and up to 50 postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections.  The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.   The Center’s film collections include the papers of producers David O. Selznick and Lewis Allen, director Nicholas Ray, actors Gloria Swanson, Robert De Niro, and Eli Wallach, screenwriters…

the proposal to amend the EU’s Returns Directive

Steve Peers, Professor of Law, University of Essex One of the key EU laws regulating migration is the Returns Directive, now nearly ten years old, which regulates the main aspects of irregular migration by non-EU citizens. It requires Member States in principle to issue a return decision to every non-EU citizen not authorised to be on their territory, and to enforce that decision by removing the person concerned. In some cases, irregular migrants should be given a period for voluntary departure, so they won’t be subject to forced removal. Member…

Solan on Lies, Deceit, and Bullshit in Law

Lawrence M. Solan, Brooklyn Law School, has published Lies, Deceit, and Bullshit in Law at 56 Duquesne L. Rev. 73 (2018). Here is the abstract. The law purports to disapprove of dishonesty. But not all species of dishonesty are created equal, and not all contexts are equivalent when it comes to the law’s intolerance of dishonest conduct. This article distinguishes among three types of dishonesty: lies, deceit, and bullshit. Lying is a statement that the speaker projects as true, while believing it to be false. Deceit depends on altering the…

Outlook for property investment remains bright despite Brexit uncertainty

A panel of industry experts has agreed that the outlook for property investment in the UK remains positive, despite the uncertainty around continued Brexit negotiations. Paresh Raja, CEO of Market Financial Solutions, says: “With Brexit scheduled to take place in March 2019, there is still much uncertainty surrounding the nature of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. However, such ambiguity has not dampened the spirits of prospective homebuyers and property investors. Historically, real estate has proven itself to be a safe and secure…

Can employees be fired for getting divorced?

EU Law Analysis: Religious discrimination at work: Can employees be fired for getting divorced? Religious discrimination at work: Can employees be fired for getting divorced? Ronan McCrea, Professor of Constitutional and European Law at University College London The Framework Directive on Discrimination in Employment came into force in 2003 but it took 14 years for the Court of Justice to issue its first major decision on its religion-related provisions. However, we have now had four major decisions in the last year and a half so the precise impact of the…

Housing delivery will be hampered by skills shortage warns FMB

New research by the Federation of Master Builders has suggested that a skills shortage in the construction industry will have a knock-on effect and eventually overtake access to finance as a bigger barrier to building new homes. According to the results from the FMB’s House Builders’ Survey 2018, the percentage of SME house builders saying that a shortage of skilled workers is a major barrier to their ability to build more new homes rose to 44% (up from 42% in 2017). A lack of…

New PRS scheme launched by Belvoir Telford

Belvoir Telford has announced that it has joined forces with two major house builders, in a move designed to offer resourceful landlord investors with the opportunity to enjoy healthy returns on a new build scheme of tailored properties suitable for the rental market. Simon Bell, MD of Belvoir Telford, says: “This is a very exciting PRS initiative, which is the result of some key research of rental income and appropriate housing mix that Belvoir has conducted over the seven years that we have operated…

The Ofsted effect: How a good school can drive up house prices

A new study from Barratt London analysed official Ofsted data for London’s primary and secondary schools and and found a correlation between performance and local house prices. According to the report, there is an average and consistent property price drop of £87,127 from each Ofsted rated outstanding bracket – something to consider before committing to such a significant investment. As the table below indicates, the higher the percentage of Ofsted rated outstanding schools in a borough, the higher the average property price. …

Barclays announce launch of £1bn housing development fund

Barclays has announced the launch of a new fund that will provide £1bn of development finance to help build thousands of new homes across England in a joint venture with the UK Government. According to the bank, loans ranging from £5 million to £100 million, which will be competitively priced, are now available for developers and house builders who are able to demonstrate the necessary experience and track record to undertake and complete their proposed project. Funding is open to new clients as…

Failing to switch mortgage sees average homeowners stung for £2600

The latest data and analysis from online mortgage broker, Trussle, has shown that failing to switch mortgage and lapsing onto their lender’s Standard Variable Rate has seen the average homeowner hit with £2600 a year in extra interest. According to the study, which looked at 16 major UK lenders, analysed the jump in interest charges from each provider’s best two-year fixed rate deal to their associated SVR, which a borrower is typically transferred to once their introductory period comes to an end. As…