Research round-up – 25 September

We hope you’re enjoying our new research videos; there are more to come so keep an eye out. Here’s the news from this week:


Cine Excess

The newly-released first issue of e-journal Cine-Excess, joint edited by John Mercer from the School of Media has already received high praise.

The issue, also edited by Mikita Brottman of the Maryland Institute College of Art, was described by Janet Staiger of the University of Texas as ‘excellent’. The special issue is called Subverting the Senses: The Politics and Aesthetics of Excess and you can read it here.

In addition, the Cine-Excess International Conference and Festival on Global Cult Film Traditions will take place at the MAC Birmingham on 15-17 November.

This weekend John is also talking at the A Weekend with Doris event at the University of Kent (27th-29th September). John will be talking about Rock Hudson’s breakthrough role in Magnificent Obsession (above). Find out more here.

BSBE blog post 

Beck Collins has written a new post for the Built Environment (BSBE) blog, which argues that the responsibility for energy saving should not be placed on the behaviour of individual people.

Also from BSBE, this policy and practice note from Mark Reed, titled Does payment for ecosystem services offer a new opportunity for natural resource management and what is the current state of development?

AHRC Follow On Fund for Impact and Engagement

The AHRC Follow On Fund Commercialisation highlight call is designed to encourage entrepreneurial researchers from across the UK, find successful routes to market and develop the exploitation and commercialisation aspects of their previously funded research.

The closing date is 31st October 2013.

From Tweet to Journal Article


An interesting post on the LSE Blog: From Tweet to Blog Post to Peer-Reviewed Article: How to be a Scholar Now. The author writes about how a tweet she posted at a conference led to a blog post, then a series of blog posts, then a peer-reviewed article (just as the title suggests).

Have you (or anyone you know) had a similar experience? Do you think it’s the future? Leave a comment and start the discussion. 

New Research Website and Videos

Yesterday saw the launch of our new research website pages and videos.
Over the past few months we have been interviewing our academics across the University and finding out what research means to them. The end result is this video:

We have also captured more about the individual projects our academics have been working on. These are dotted throughout the research pages; most of them are within the Research Community section, and just click on a research centre name to see more information and a video.

Birmingham City University - Centre for Music and Performance

You can also find videos in the new Research Stories section. Here you will be able to follow live projects and read about completed research projects.

Birmingham City University - Designing Zero Carbon Buildings


Not all research centres and projects will have videos yet; we are continuing the process of filming and editing so look out for many more in the future.

If you are a researcher at BCU and want us to interview you about your research, please let us know. You can tweet @myBCUResearch or email karen.patel[at]

Researcher Imran Awan presents in House of Commons

BCU Criminologist Imran Awan last week submitted written and oral evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in examining the role of online anti-Muslim prejudice. Convened in the House of Commons, Parliamentarians from across the political parties attended including Simon Hughes MP and Stuart Andrew MP.

Held on Wednesday 11th September in the House of Commons, the meeting focused on the key issue post Woolwich, ‘Victims of Anti-Muslim Hate’. Drawing on his expertise and research regarding Muslim communities over the past decade, Imran provided the APPG, with a report that highlights the core issues about online anti-Muslim prejudice and Islamophobia.

Moving forward, Imran’s report will be circulated to the non-profit organisation Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) and the Cross Working Party on Anti-Muslim Hate, and he has agreed to provide ongoing expert support, and will be attending future meetings of the Group in the role of an expert advisor looking at the online dimension of Islamophobia.

Imran has also had an article published in The International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice titled Muslim communities attitudes towards and recruitment into the British police service.

Research round up – 11 September

A lot has been happening in Research world at BCU, and there is more to come…keep an eye out for an announcement next week on @myBCUResearch.

In the meantime, here is the latest research news:

UK Peatland Code Launched

Congratulations to Mark Reed of BSBE, whose UK Peatland Code was launched yesterday by the Environment Minister Richard Benyon. The Code will set out guidelines for businesses investing in Britain’s peatlands, and is a culmination of many years of work by Mark. He has described his personal research journey in his latest blog post – from the conception of the idea right through to the end. It’s well worth a read.


Twerking’ etc failing to represent British Black women

A study by Criminology lecturer and researcher Dionne Taylor has found that the overly sexualised representation of women in pop culture (for example, Miley Cyrus’s ‘Twerking’, amongst others) can have a negative impact on the self esteem of young British Black women. The study was featured on the BCU website earlier this week in case you missed it.


A Bilingual Thesaurus of English and Anglo-French

Richard Ingham of the School of English has begun work on a new project to research the bilingual lexicon of pre-modern England.

The work will focus on linguistic culture in Britain in the later medieval period. More information here.



More posts have been added to the Birmingham School of the Built Environment blog, including an interesting piece by Anthony Taft about ‘active design’ in the USA, which involves designing buildings to encourage more walking.


From Around the Web

A useful series called ‘How to be a Hackademic’ by PhD2Published is crammed with tips on productivity for early career researchers.

The Guardian also published 10 tips on writing for an academic journal.

Research round up – 3 September

We hope you’ve had a great summer break. Here is the latest research news from BCU.

RESCON13 Date Confirmed

Birmingham City University’s Annual Research Conference, RESCON13, will take place on Tuesday 17 December 2013. The event will be held at the impressive new Parkside Campus, and all staff and research students are welcome to attend.

Further details, including how to register to attend and/or present your research at the event, will be confirmed soon.

Health Researchers win Funding to Trial New Treatment

Reader in Nursing Lucy Land and visiting Professor Jonathan Ross have been awarded £1.4m funding from the National Institute for Health Research to trial an antibiotic not previously used to treat Gonorrhea.

Gonorrhea is starting to become resistant to antibiotics, so new treatments are needed in order to fight the infection. With no new antibiotics on the horizon, this research could potentially make a significant impact on public health globally.

School of Media to Host ‘Beyond the Campus’ Seminar – Call for Papers Deadline Extended

‘Beyond the Campus – Higher Education and the Creative Economy’ has just launched its latest Call for Papers, with the next seminar taking place at Birmingham City University. The deadline for abstracts is Tuesday 10 September.

The seminar will take place on 6 November 2013 and is entitled: ‘A third space for creative arts & creative industries? The role of Higher education in creative platforms, spaces and networks’. Confirmed keynote speaker is Sebastian Olma of Serendipity Lab. Sebastian is an international scholar helping to connect governments, companies and organisations to the innovative potential of social networks.

For more information and to download the call for papers, click here.

Taking Arts and Humanities Research to Market

Following on from the success on the AHRC’s Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme, the AHRC are launching a Commercialisation highlight call which is designed to encourage entrepreneurial researchers from across the UK to find successful routes to market, and develop the exploitation and commercialisation aspects of their research. Find out more here.

BCU Blogs

Some insightful blogs from our academics this week:

Serena Trowbridge (PME) – What is gothic, and what isn’t?

Beck Collins (TEE) – All knowledge is equal but some is more equal than others?

Mohammad Mayouf (TEE) – Intangibles in buildings – reality or mystery?

From Around the Web

This week there have been a few articles floating around about public engagement and writing for a general audience.

Nine Tips for academics writing for a general audience – Can you suggest any more?

Fresh from the LSE impact blog – To write for the public is to demonstrate social scientists have knowledge, expertise, and thoughts worth considering. Do you agree?


Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.  You can also tweet us @myBCUResearch.