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.