Research Update: professorial inaugural lectures, events and other news

Faculty research newsletters

ELSS, TEE and Faculty of Health have all published their latest Faculty research newsletters. All include news, events and funding opportunities which you may not find anywhere else.

Download them from the Research Community page on iCity (BCU staff and students only).

Festival of Imagination at Selfridges

Research staff and students, particularly from BIAD, have been involved in events for Selfridges Festival of Imagination, which began on Wednesday 5 February and will end on Sunday 23 February, with all events taking place at Selfridges in Birmingham.

The festival was kicked off with a series of ‘lightning talks’ by artists and designers, three of which are current research students with BIAD: artist Grace Williams, horologist Rebecca Struthers and artist Jacqueline Taylor.

There will be more research students involved in this week’s lightning talks – Greg Dunn and Luke Nagle on Thursday 13th. Also taking place on Thursday is a research seminar by Professor Johnny Golding of CFAR on ‘Urban Alchemy’ at 4.30pm. Here’s what to expect:

In the 17th century, alchemy embodied the imaginative hinge between science, philosophy and architecture. Join Professor Johnny Golding and the CFAR Researchers on a magical experiment into contemporary urban space.

To book your place for this and for any other events, email

DISCOVER UK Forum: Technologies for Care 18 March

The Faculty of Health are involved in the DISCOVER Skills for Carers project, and an event will be held on the 18 March to spark discussion on issues surrounding ICT related skills and training for carers.

The DISCOVER project aims to make digital technology more accessible for carers and those receiving care, and BCU is a key technical partner in the project.

Anyone interested in the project and the issues of digital technologies in care should attend. For more information and to book download the flyer (PDF). The event will take place in Birmingham, location TBC.

Professorial Inaugural Lectures

Two more dates for the diary:

Wednesday 19 February: Professor Johnny Golding: ’Ecce Homo Sexual: Eros and Ontology in the Age of Incompleteness & Entanglement’. 5.30pm, Parkside Lecture Theatre.

Thursday 29 May: Professor Mark Reed: Unearthing Britain’s Hidden Landscape’. 4.00pm, Parkside Lecture Theatre. Email Ian McDonald for more information and if you would like to attend.

More lectures and events will be announced on this blog and on Twitter.