Research News – 30 July

Here is the latest research news from around the University and beyond.

Cheapside Hoard Research Receives Global Coverage

The Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC) have received worldwide press coverage for the work they have been carrying out on the Cheapside Hoard, a 400-year-old collection of jewellery which is to be exhibited at the Museum of London later this year.

Their work in recreating the hoard has been featured in publications such as New Scientist,  USA’s Fox News, Australia’s Telegraph and many more.

Ann-Marie Carey and Keith Adcock of the JIIC have been using a range of methods including 3D printing to recreate intricate replicas of the Cheapside Hoard. These replicas are hoped to be used for tactile exhibitions in museums, to enable people to really appreciate the craftsmanship that went into creating the ancient pieces.


Look out for the research team’s exclusive video interview with Ann-Marie on the BCU website soon.

Guerilla Gardening 

David Adams and Mike Hardman (TEE) have had their article about guerilla gardening published in Urban Studies journal, titled: ‘Observing Guerrillas in the Wild: Reinterpreting Practices of Urban Guerrilla Gardening’.

This is actually Mike Hardman’s last week with BCU. He tweeted the following earlier today:

We wish him the best of luck for the future.

Around the Blogs

Jon Yorke (ELSS) has started up a blog about his work on human rights and public law.

The Birmingham School of the Built Environment (BSBE) blog has more posts  this week, with our academics giving their thoughts on the latest environmental and planning news.  Roger Wall talks about HS2 and fracking, and Peter Larkham talks about Birmingham’s planning history.

Research Council News

Top news, if you didn’t already know, is that the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have appointed Professor Madeline Atkins, Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, to be their next Chief Executive.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have changed their policy for Project Studentships.

And Finally…

No weird or wonderful research news this week, but we’ve found some useful articles.

Vitae have a useful post on their blog: ‘The Academic Conference: How to Stand Out From the Crowd’ with six useful tips on how to make an impression, whether you’re presenting or not.

Andy Miah has outlined his top 5 social media platforms for research development. Do you use any and if so, which ones do you find most effective? Share your thoughts in the comment box.


BCU Researchers – share your stories to include in this blog either by tweeting @myBCUresearch or commenting below.

Research round up

Welcome to the brand new Birmingham City University Research Blog!

This blog will round up research news from around the University and let you know about the great work our researchers are doing. We’ll highlight their best blog posts and articles, and also update you with news from the Research Office.

This week

Senior Lecturer in Criminology Imran Awan (ELSS) has published a new book called Extremism, Counter-Terrorism and Policing.

Imran's book

Image from Imran’s Twitter @ImranELSS

The book description says:

Extremism, Counter-terrorism and Policing brings together a diverse range of multidisciplinary studies to explore the extent of extremism and how communities are policed. Through analysing the historical development, the present situation, and future trends in the forms and ability to police violent extremism and terrorism, this text provides a detailed contribution towards both academic and policy debate surrounding extremism, its causes, and treatments.

This week Imran also wrote a piece for the New Statesman on his experience of the EDL protest in Birmingham on Saturday 20 July.

Dr Zoe Millman (BIAD) has published an article in the Graduate Journal of Social Science’s Visual Methodologies. The article is available here: Photographic Postcards as Research Tools: The ‘Postcards from the Cut’ Study. It discusses photographic postcards as a research methodology to elicit and record responses to the central canal landscape in Birmingham.

Well done to Jagdev Bhogal (TEE), who let us know on Twitter this morning that her paper has been accepted into the Information Retrieval Facility Conference (IRFC) 2013. 

Around the blogs

Professor in Interdisciplinary Environmental Research Mark Reed (TEE) has written an interesting post for Sustainable Learning about whether researchers should get emotional when communicating their research.


He says:

In our quest for new knowledge about how the world works, many argue that we should always strive for independence and objectivity. But how we communicate what we find is another story – communicated with passion and unwavering conviction, we can make evidence compelling.

Do you agree? Leave Mark and comment on his blog and join in the debate.

The Birmingham School of the Built Environment also have their own blog with regular contributions from their academics.

Professor of Radio and Popular Music Studies Tim Wall (PME) has shared his experience at The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum 2013 in the Interactive Cultures blog. Tim presented a paper about technology and radio, called ‘A new age for radio: understanding radio’s present from radio’s past’.

Degree Leader for Music Industries Matt Grimes (PME) writes about his experience at the Punk Scholars Network Symposium. At the Symposium Matt discussed how music documentaries are used as a way of presenting popular music history (particularly punk).

Matt is currently researching his PhD on British Anarcho-Punk, the Punk canon and cultural memory.


Reader in Human Rights Law Dr Jon Yorke (ELSS) has joined Twitter (@DrJonYorke); give him a nice Twitter welcome.

Research News

The Economic and Social Research Council have published their Annual Report 2012-2013.

The Guardian has published an interesting article on research uptake.

And finally…

ID-10070755Scientists from Bristol Robotics Laboratory have used urine to produce electricity to charge a mobile phone.

Dr Ioannis Leropoulos from UWE Bristol says: “We are very excited as this is a world first, no-one has harnessed power from urine to do this so it’s an exciting discovery. Using the ultimate waste product as a source of power to produce electricity is about as eco as it gets”


BCU researchers – share your stories to include in this blog either by tweeting @myBCUresearch or commenting below.