Imaginarium Call: Deadline 8 November

The BIAD Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR) and Selfridges will next year launch ‘Imaginarium’ – a series of interactive workshops over a 3-week period in February 2014 in Selfridges, Birmingham – and they are looking for ideas.

The Imaginarium ‘call out’ is for artists, inventors, experimenters, product designers and musicians to respond with imaginative projects, processes and products that can be developed and showcased to the public next year. Imaginarium is part of the ‘Festival of Imagination’, which is taking place across Birmingham, London and Manchester.

The deadline for responses is on 8 November at 5.00pm, so act quickly if you would like to get involved.

For more information, download the Imaginarium call out information here (PDF).


New videos exclusive

These aren’t on the website yet but we couldn’t resist sharing them, so here they are, a new batch of our research highlights from across the University.

Sarah Cooper – Centre for American Legal Studies

Sarah talks about her work on the Arizona Justice Project.


Liz Yardley – Centre for Applied Criminology

Liz talks about her work on institutional criminology.


Keith Adcock – The Cheapside Hoard

Keith Adcock of the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre talks about his CAD/CAM work on the Cheapside Hoard.


And there are more videos to follow; look out for them on the BCU Research pages.



PGR Network Presents: The PHD Movie



The Postgraduate Research Network presents its first social event of the new academic year – a screening of ‘The PHD Movie’, also known as ‘Piled Higher and Deeper’.

It will take place on Friday 1 November 2013 4.00pm-6.00pm at the Millennium Point Lecture Theatre.

This free event is for research students (both new and returning) and research staff only. It’s a great chance to meet, chat and see a film which you’re sure to relate to!

The PHD Movie is the independently-produced live-action adaptation of the online comic strip Piled Higher & Deeper. Filmed on location at the California Institute of Technology, the movie follows four graduate students and their struggles with teaching, love and getting their research to work. Here is the trailer:


This event is FREE but you must register to attend. To register, visit the PGRNet Facebook Page.


School of Education Leads EU Project in Developing New CPD Framework

Leonardo Lifelong Learning LogoThe School of Education have recently completed an important continuous professional development (CPD) framework which has drawn on expertise and practice from around Europe.

Alex Kendall, Associate Dean for Research and Development, worked on the Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning-funded project with institutions from France, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Turkey and Portugal. The collaboration was named the Partnership around the Continuous Training of Teachers (PaCCT).

The final framework is now available for public use on the European Shared Treasure database, enabling institutions from around Europe to utilise it. The outcomes were also shared in a final dissemination conference in Bulgaria in June (Alex is pictured below at the conference).

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Cliff Jones, Chair of IPDA (International Professional Development Association) said of the framework:

“The PaCTT team have given us not only an excellent CPD Framework Tool, based upon solid research, but in the process have provided us with an opportunity to hear the voices of teachers from different countries and cultures talking not only about their experiences of CPD but also about their professional values. Using the Framework Tool will generate more professional learning, enable us to listen to more professional voices and promote valuable international co-operation.”

You can download the full framework here.