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612, 2017

Alexandra Burke’s appearance on Strictly has negatively impacted on her public persona, says PR expert

By |December 6th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

By Kelly O’Hanlon, senior lecturer in PR at Birmingham City University’s School of Media

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and panto season seems to be in full swing – that is, if you believe the familiar stories and array of villains we are seeing paraded on TV in the nation’s favourite reality shows […]

1011, 2017

‘We’ve been here before John Lewis’

By |November 10th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

By Kelly O’Hanlon, Senior Lecturer in PR
The John Lewis ad has become a media event and almost has a blockbuster feel of anticipation each year – and today was no different.

Well versed in creating suspense and hype around the big reveal, John Lewis this year set about leaving a trail of breadcrumbs with a mysterious […]

310, 2017

Will Doctor Foster end with someone being killed?

By |October 3rd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

by Professor Elizabeth Yardley, Saabirah Osman and Melindy Brown, Centre for Applied Criminology, Birmingham City University

Victimhood and vengeance in the BBC’s Doctor Foster – “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”

The proverb “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” is adapted from a play called The Mourning Bride by William Congreve who wrote […]

708, 2017

Marcus Hutchins: Legal proceedings would be a ‘dark day for the Cyber industry’

By |August 7th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Marcus Hutchins: Legal proceedings would be a ‘dark day for the Cyber industry’

Ron Austin, Associate Professor, School of Computing and Digital Technology, Birmingham City University

If you have been following the technology news over the last few days it has been filled with reports that Marcus Hutchins has been arrested by the FBI. For those that don’t know who Marcus is, you may remember the WannaCry attacks on […]

2507, 2017

O.J. Simpson: ‘I’ve done my time’ – Religion, Remorse and Responsibility?

By |July 25th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on O.J. Simpson: ‘I’ve done my time’ – Religion, Remorse and Responsibility?

Shona Robinson- Edwards, PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in Criminology
The imprisoned former NFL player O.J. Simpson has become a household name. Simpson’s latest parole hearing is likened to the so-called Trial of the Century in 1995 when he was tried, and acquitted, of the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron […]

905, 2017

A health revolution or political spin; re-writing the Mental Health Act

By |May 9th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on A health revolution or political spin; re-writing the Mental Health Act

By Kim Moore, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
Theresa May’s announcement of scrapping the Mental Health Act (1985) and replacing this with a new mental health treatment bill (Savage, 2017) seems to have come out of the blue, but what this actually means for people experiencing mental health issues is unclear.  It is right that we […]

805, 2017

Could Brexit mean nul points for the UK at Eurovision?

By |May 8th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Could Brexit mean nul points for the UK at Eurovision?

by Dr Steve McCabe, Associate Professor at Birmingham City University’s Business School

The UK has had a torrid time at Eurovision in recent years. There is good evidence that other countries have something of an agenda against the UK and seem to delight in awarding us as few points (or none at all) as possible.

But this […]

2004, 2017

To wear or not to wear? Shakespeare and his interest in fashion

By |April 20th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on To wear or not to wear? Shakespeare and his interest in fashion

by Professor David Roberts, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University

Playwrights and actors trade in illusion. They draw you into thinking that pretence is the real thing. If they’re like Shakespeare, they also love reminding you that acting really is only pretending, and that it’s not only actors […]

504, 2017

Bargaining our Safety – Brexit and its implications for Counter Terrorism

By |April 5th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Bargaining our Safety – Brexit and its implications for Counter Terrorism

by Dr John Bahadur Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has now officially triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty formally notifying the other 28 member states of Europe of The United Kingdom’s intention to leave.

Whilst most popular discussion of Brexit has focussed on issues such […]

703, 2017

Broadchurch episode 2 – a treasure trove and a Pandora’s Box

By |March 7th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Broadchurch episode 2 – a treasure trove and a Pandora’s Box

by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

This week’s episode of Broadchurch (S03 E02) was absolutely packed full of the type of issues and debates that anyone involved in or affected by crime and criminal justice (i. e. ALL of us) should be paying attention to.

The episode began […]