Conservatives and Labour are stretching spending rules – but lack vision for the country’s future

Dr Craig Berry analyses the major political parties' economic policies ahead of the General Election

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University awarded government funding to help microbusinesses use tech to grow

Free support to boost productivity for entrepreneurs and small businesses

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Historian tops public poll for Manchester culture award

Michala Hulme recognised for bringing Manchester history and heritage to life

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Friend or foe? Cereal crops influence soil nutrients if forced to compete against rivals

Plant behaviour insight could help arable farmers cut fertiliser use

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Berlin Wall: how techno music united Germany on the dance floor

Dancing helped young people connect, writes club culture and community expert Dr Beate Peter

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Poetry lecturer among ‘finest and fearless’ T.S. Eliot Prize shortlist

Karen Solie in the running for the UK’s most lucrative prize for poets

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The working poor who can’t afford to rent

Being in employment isn’t a straightforward solution to homelessness, argues Dr Katy Jones

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Cheshire businesses to benefit from innovation programme

The SMART innovation challenge opens to SMEs across Cheshire and Warrington

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URBED+: Innovative new architecture collaboration to shape research and practice

Partnership was launched at event discussing morality of urban growth

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Focus on fertility: male infertility and the need for further awareness

As part of Fertility Week, Dr Michael Carroll discusses the decline in male fertility and why there isn’t more funding available

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Even the most beautiful maps can be misleading

PhD student Samuel Langton says when mapping deprivation, using traditional boundaries can distort the data

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Decarbonising Britain’s railways demands urgent action – here’s how it could be done

Marcus Mayers and Professor David Bamford discuss the transformation of Britain’s ageing and polluting rail fleet

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Poet wins inaugural Polari Prize for best LGBT writing

Andrew McMillan’s ‘playtime’ hailed for emotional complexity and depth

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New resource on the link between food and mood created with Anxiety UK

What to eat to support good mental health: MetMUnch expertise informs new guide

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School funding: promised increases are actually real-term cuts – and poorer schools are hit hardest

Changes may seem an improvement, but schools will be worse off, writes Dr Janet Lord

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