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.


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.


BCU Researchers – share your stories to include in this blog either by tweeting @myBCUresearch or commenting below.