Research round up – 11 September

A lot has been happening in Research world at BCU, and there is more to come…keep an eye out for an announcement next week on @myBCUResearch.

In the meantime, here is the latest research news:

UK Peatland Code Launched

Congratulations to Mark Reed of BSBE, whose UK Peatland Code was launched yesterday by the Environment Minister Richard Benyon. The Code will set out guidelines for businesses investing in Britain’s peatlands, and is a culmination of many years of work by Mark. He has described his personal research journey in his latest blog post – from the conception of the idea right through to the end. It’s well worth a read.


Twerking’ etc failing to represent British Black women

A study by Criminology lecturer and researcher Dionne Taylor has found that the overly sexualised representation of women in pop culture (for example, Miley Cyrus’s ‘Twerking’, amongst others) can have a negative impact on the self esteem of young British Black women. The study was featured on the BCU website earlier this week in case you missed it.


A Bilingual Thesaurus of English and Anglo-French

Richard Ingham of the School of English has begun work on a new project to research the bilingual lexicon of pre-modern England.

The work will focus on linguistic culture in Britain in the later medieval period. More information here.



More posts have been added to the Birmingham School of the Built Environment blog, including an interesting piece by Anthony Taft about ‘active design’ in the USA, which involves designing buildings to encourage more walking.


From Around the Web

A useful series called ‘How to be a Hackademic’ by PhD2Published is crammed with tips on productivity for early career researchers.

The Guardian also published 10 tips on writing for an academic journal.