School of Jewellery 125th Anniversary Lecture Series

Various dates between February-March 2015, School of Jewellery

A series of short talks by staff, postgraduate researchers and friends as part of the 125th Anniversary of the School of Jewellery. Featuring guest lecturers Peter Page, Leo de Vroomen and Suzanne Beautyman.

All talks will last 30 mins to one hour including a Q&A session, followed by a chance to chat over a glass of wine in the Atrium.

Visit Eventbrite for more information to register your place

CEBE Research Cafe: receiving feedback

25 February 2015, 12pm, Millennium Point 203 Boardroom, City Centre Campus

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

Feedback is a fundamental part of every aspect of academic life. For researchers, receiving feedback on their ideas, proposals, papers and funding bids can be difficult. Supervisors, peers and anonymous reviewers freely invest vast amounts of time to provide researchers with feedback on their work. Researchers need to develop skill in how to receive feedback on their research outputs. This session will discuss the difference between reacting to feedback and responding to feedback. Examples of feedback will be shared to promote discussion on how responding to constructive feedback can have a positive impact on both the process and product of research.

To book your place please email

Black Women and Popular Culture: Conformity, Contradiction or Consensus?

Wednesday 25 February, 1pm-2.30pm, Edge 522, City North Campus

This presentation by Dionne Taylor will examine the complex realities of young Black British women’s interaction and consumption of ‘Black’ popular cultural discourses (Hip Hop and Dancehall).

Through the interpretation of the experiences of the young women, the varied intersections of being young, Black, female and British come into play.

The research aims to provide a unique platform to hear the voices of the young women, who are often ignored or silenced through racist and sexist stereotypes of Black womanhood. The concepts of ‘agency’ (individual and collective) ‘negotiation’ and ‘resistance’ of dominant discourses are explored, as the young women act to define and (re) define their ‘sense of self’ in relation to ‘Black’ popular cultures.

Sustainable Business and the General Election

Wednesday 18 February 2015, Birmingham City University, Room MP490 Millennium Point, City Centre Campus

Birmingham City University is hosting an event that will seek to identify the ‘Top 5 must-haves’ to deliver Sustainable ‘Green Growth’ for the West Midlands in the next Parliament.

The event, organised by MEBC (Midlands Environmental Business Company), in partnership with Friends of the Earth, will be focused around the findings of the 2013 Green Alliance Report (Green Standard 2013) which set out the performance of political parties in relation to Sustainable Development.

For more information and registration, visit the Eventbrite page.

Download the flyer for more information.

Researcher of the year award

As part of this year’s Extra Mile Awards, Birmingham City University has launched a new award to recognise the work of our research community.

The Extra Mile Awards, which are run in partnership with the Students’ Union, are your opportunity to nominate a student or member of staff to receive an award from the University. This year’s awards have a number of new categories recognising exceptional work by staff and students.

The Researcher of the Year award will be presented to the member of staff who is judged to have made the biggest contribution to research over the academic year.

The winner and runner-up of the award will be personally recognised by the Vice-Chancellor and Students’ Union President at an awards ceremony in May.

If you know a member of staff who is making an impact in the research community then why not put them forward for the award?

Every nomination made will also be entered into a prize draw to win a new iPad and a pair of tickets to the awards ceremony.

Make your nominations on the website

100 years of tear gas: militarisation, protests and the legacies of war

13 March 2015, 3pm, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research

As part of Birmingham City University’s involvement with the AHRC funded Voices of War and Peace project, the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR) is holding a panel of various academics involved in the project to discuss the tear gas research connection initiative and the military, policing, legal, commercial and medical aspects of tear gas.

For more information visit the BCMCR site