As coverage of Prince Phillip's death becomes the most complained about event in British television history, Ruairidh Brown argues that, despite its role as the UK’s national public broadcaster, the BBC must avoid normative attempts to dictate public sentiment
Too close an association between the BBC and the Union flag will damage the former’s claims to objectivity, writes Ruairidh Brown. It comes at a time when the impartiality of the service is increasingly challenged – at home and abroad
In Trump’s second impeachment trial, ‘truth’ never really mattered, writes Ruairidh Brown. Regardless of the facts or evidence presented, the endurance of a post-truth climate guaranteed he would be acquitted regardless
An absence of ideological universalism means that China-US relations have so far managed to escape a Cold War situation, writes Ruairidh Brown. With Biden’s promise of a value-centred American Foreign Policy, this could be about to change
The pandemic has revealed the importance of civic solidarity and public trust, writes Ruairidh Brown. But they function best in a context of ‘friendship', a concept which needs to be recognised as central to political thinking in a post-Covid world
International Studies Tutor, Centre for English Language Education, University of Nottingham in Ningbo
Ruairidh gained his PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2017. Since then, he has taught at the University of Nottingham's campus in mainland China.
Ruairidh teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students on subjects concerning Political and International Relations Theory. His chief responsibility, however, lies in teaching and coordinating the Year One modules in International Studies, where he assists predominantly Chinese students in laying the academic foundations for their 'British degree style' education in the discipline.
In 2019, the University of Nottingham honoured him with the Lord Dearing Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the learning environment at their China campus.
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