Cross Innovation Final Conference – 16 and 17 October

The Cross Innovation final conference and blender event is now open for registration. The project, which involves 11 cities across Europe, promotes collaborative and cross-sector innovation.

Here is what’s in store over the two days:

  • Day 1 features presentations from leading thinkers and panel discussions on policy and co-creation
  • Day 2 is an open workshop providing the opportunity to network and develop your own cross innovation ideas.

You can choose to attend one day or both. Registration is free, book via Eventbrite.

For more information click on the flyer below.


School of Law event: Judicial recusal: 21st Century Challenges – 26 September

26 September 2014, 4.30pm-8.30pm, Lecture Theatre, Parkside Building

Judicial recusal is the principle that judges must disqualify themselves from participating in proceedings if they decide that it is not appropriate for them to hear a case. In Blackstone’s time judges were only required to recuse themselves in cases of actual bias. Subsequently there has been a tendency to widen this to include apparent bias – a doctrine of appearances.A recent series of high profile recusal cases has come before courts across the world in which:

  • a Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand was forced to resign his office
  • the Supreme Court of the United States implicitly reprimanded a State Supreme Court Justice for his failure to recuse
  • in the UK, Lord Hoffmann’s failure to recuse in In Re Pinochet resulted in the case having to be reheard.

This timely seminar brings together a pre-eminent panel of serving and former judges from Australia, NewZealand, the United Kingdom and the United States to discuss problems of recusal, the reasons for its recent rise insignificance and to identify unresolved issues. They will also submit papers for publication by The Modern Law Review.

BCU staff and students booking fee is just £50.

To book, visit the Eventbrite page. 

BCMCR Research Seminar: Sexualisation and media studies – 1 October

Wednesday 1 October, 4pm-6pm, P441, Parkside Building, City Centre Campus

Welcome to the Birmingham Centre for Cultural & Media Research Group Seminar.

This week we welcome Professor Feona Attwood, Media Department at Middlesex University, UK and Professor Clarissa Smith, Associate Director of CRMCS, Sunderland University

Feona will be presenting: Sexualization and Media Studies

Public debates about ‘the sexualization of culture’, along with some academic accounts – suggest a shifting relationship between pornography and popular culture in which porn is seen to be spilling out of the pornosphere into other more mainstream cultural forms. How useful is this as a way of thinking about the relationship between contemporary porn and popular culture? What can academics in Media and Cultural Studies contribute to the debate?

Clarissa will present: Porn Studies and Media Attention

In the context of the upcoming REF exercise, academics are increasingly asked to demonstrate how their research has impact outside of the academy, and speaking to the media is one way of getting research messages across to broader audiences. Unfortunately what ensues is not easy to predict or control!  Academic journals don’t usually grab popular media attention. However the press release announcing the launch of Porn Studies attracted a great deal of interest across the media in Summer 2013. While the news generated many positive responses, others suggested that for many the study of sexually explicit media remains a pointless, comical or distasteful task. In this paper I explore the difficulties of debating pornography in public.

Book a place for this event on our Eventbrite page.

Surviving your viva – 29 September

Monday 29 September, 3pm, MP381 (City Centre Campus)

With Dave Adams, Beck Collins and Ben Oniydo

At the end of your studies you will all have to face a viva where you will be required to defend your research – that’s an inescapable fact. We are fortunate that PhD vivas are becoming an increasingly common occurrence in CEBE as the postgraduate research community here continues to grow. Three of our students who have recently had, and survived, their vivas have very kindly agreed to talk about their experiences and take questions. Please make every effort to attend this – it is being put on for your benefit!

For more information contact Ian McDonald.

Postcards from the research journey – 1 October

Wednesday 1 October, 1pm – 2:30pm, MP388 City Centre Campus

With Professor Sharon Cox, School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks

Research is often referred to as a journey of discovery. The award of a research degree is a significant milestone used to plan the journey, but the journey should not stop when a doctorate has been achieved. Professor Cox is one of Birmingham City University’s home-grown professors.  In this research cafe she reflects on her journey from student to professor and shares with us some of the lessons she has learnt along the way. In particular, she highlights how decisions taken and skills learnt as a student have influenced her research journey.  Researchers are encouraged to reflect on their own personal journey and plan their next route.

To register your interest e-mail Ian McDonald.

Type Talks: Phil Baines – 9 October

9th October 2014, Typographic Hub, Parkside Campus

+ = &, the redesign and branding of Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Ditchling Museum was opened in 1984 and in large part celebrated the lives of the artists and crafts people who made the village their home during the twentieth century. Significant among them from a lettering point of view were Edward Johnston, Eric Gill, David Jones and Joe Cribb. In 2007 the Trustees and Director took the decision to refocus the museum entirely on the art & craft community and obtained Heritage Lottery funding for a capital redevelopment project. The architects were Adam Richards Architects and the branding and graphic design were by Phil Baines. The museum reopened on 20 September 2013 and was shortlisted for the Artfund’s Museum of the Year Award 2014. The talk will outline the broader project, show examples of work from the collection, and describe the source and thinking behind the new branding which included a custom version of Gill Sans.

Visit the typographic hub website to book.

Research Seminar: Cyberbullying in post-16 contexts – 23 October

Research Seminar – Cyberbullying in Post-16 Contexts

23 October 2014, 16.30-17.30, Attwood Building A044, City North Campus

We have invited Dean West, a colleague from the EU funded E-Step project, to present his research on cyberbullying in post-16 contexts.  Dean is a final year doctoral researcher in the Centre for Education Studies at the University of Warwick studying for a PhD in Education, as well as a teacher and manager in a sixth form college in the West Midlands. His PhD research focusses on cyberbullying in post-16 contexts, in which he is interested in answering questions surrounding the following areas: prevalence, involvement, impact, and attributions.

Cyberbullying as a research area is a relatively new, but fast-evolving field that requires further investigation, especially in post-16 contexts where there is currently a dearth of academic literature. Through his own research in this area, he will be covering topics such as the background and rationale of the study, the theoretical and philosophical perspectives that have guided the methodology and research design, the results and subsequent analysis, and the impact of a large-scale study to the wider community.

This is an open invitation to any colleagues or students interested in this area of research so please feel free to forward this on.

For more information contact Louise Brand.

Birmingham: The Smarter, Greener Science City – Keynote Video

Last week we held an event in partnership with Aston University as part of the British Science Festival 2014, called ‘Birmingham: The Smarter, Greener, Science City’. It featured a keynote from Rick Robinson, Executive Architect of Smart Cities, IBM.
Rick talked about the challenges and opportunities arising from from increasing urbanisation, and what Birmingham should do about it. He also talked about the Smart City Alliance, a group of companies and institutions in Birmingham taking a bottom-up approach to supporting innovation, involving communities and driving collaboration across the city.
You can watch the full keynote below:
There were also talks from David Hardman, CEO of Innovation Birmingham, BCU’s Professor of Landscape Architechture Kathryn Moore, Jim Scott of Aston University on the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) and many more. There was also a talk on sustainable food and the street food revolution by Brum Yum Yum.
Further videos and photos will follow, in the meantime take a look at a Twitter timeline of the event on Storify.