Research News – 30 July

Here is the latest research news from around the University and beyond.

Cheapside Hoard Research Receives Global Coverage

The Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC) have received worldwide press coverage for the work they have been carrying out on the Cheapside Hoard, a 400-year-old collection of jewellery which is to be exhibited at the Museum of London later this year.

Their work in recreating the hoard has been featured in publications such as New Scientist,  USA’s Fox News, Australia’s Telegraph and many more.

Ann-Marie Carey and Keith Adcock of the JIIC have been using a range of methods including 3D printing to recreate intricate replicas of the Cheapside Hoard. These replicas are hoped to be used for tactile exhibitions in museums, to enable people to really appreciate the craftsmanship that went into creating the ancient pieces.


Look out for the research team’s exclusive video interview with Ann-Marie on the BCU website soon.

Guerilla Gardening 

David Adams and Mike Hardman (TEE) have had their article about guerilla gardening published in Urban Studies journal, titled: ‘Observing Guerrillas in the Wild: Reinterpreting Practices of Urban Guerrilla Gardening’.

This is actually Mike Hardman’s last week with BCU. He tweeted the following earlier today:

We wish him the best of luck for the future.

Around the Blogs

Jon Yorke (ELSS) has started up a blog about his work on human rights and public law.

The Birmingham School of the Built Environment (BSBE) blog has more posts  this week, with our academics giving their thoughts on the latest environmental and planning news.  Roger Wall talks about HS2 and fracking, and Peter Larkham talks about Birmingham’s planning history.

Research Council News

Top news, if you didn’t already know, is that the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have appointed Professor Madeline Atkins, Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, to be their next Chief Executive.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have changed their policy for Project Studentships.

And Finally…

No weird or wonderful research news this week, but we’ve found some useful articles.

Vitae have a useful post on their blog: ‘The Academic Conference: How to Stand Out From the Crowd’ with six useful tips on how to make an impression, whether you’re presenting or not.

Andy Miah has outlined his top 5 social media platforms for research development. Do you use any and if so, which ones do you find most effective? Share your thoughts in the comment box.


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