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2009, 2016

Why should we be concerned about violence in Ice Hockey?

By |September 20th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Why should we be concerned about violence in Ice Hockey?

by Dr Victoria Silverwood, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Although ice hockey remains a marginal sport in the UK, it is gaining popularity with over 20 professional teams and hundreds of recreational and junior teams covering the United Kingdom.

Ice hockey is unique among sports for its legitimisation of the bare-knuckle fist fight within the […]

1609, 2016

BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Can the final episode be likened to real-life murder cases?

By |September 16th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Can the final episode be likened to real-life murder cases?

<by Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

As suggested last week, it was highly unlikely that Rob was going to be the killer, despite his apparent motivation to kill the “knife wielding drug addict” who murdered the young couple in the first episode, and the practical manner in which he assisted in […]

909, 2016

BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Is Rob really the killer?

By |September 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Is Rob really the killer?

by Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

One of the more interesting themes from this week (Episode 3) was the juxtaposition between how the media reported and portrayed the young murdered couple to, as hinted at the end of the episode, the potentially darker reality behind why they were in fact killed. This brings […]

809, 2016

The Legacy of 9/11 – 15 Years On

By |September 8th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The Legacy of 9/11 – 15 Years On

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

‘Never forget’ is the oft repeated refrain used when talking about the attacks of September 11th 2001. Yet, it often seems an empty phrase brought out yearly for memorial services and invoked by politicians seeking to justify the latest round of new […]

609, 2016

Victoria, the Victorians and us

By |September 6th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Victoria, the Victorians and us

By Serena Trowbridge, Lecturer in English Literature 

109, 2016

‘An eye for an eye’ – Episode 2 of BBC Thriller ‘One of Us’

By |September 1st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘An eye for an eye’ – Episode 2 of BBC Thriller ‘One of Us’

Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

This week’s episode of One of Us continues the “whodunit” style established in the first episode, but introduces and develops interesting themes that, from the point of view of a criminologist, are very interesting.

The most fascinating theme that I found myself being drawn to was the more philosophical […]

1708, 2016

What do ‘doping whispers’ say about anti-doping and the state of sport?

By |August 17th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What do ‘doping whispers’ say about anti-doping and the state of sport?

By Dr Katinka van de Ven, Lecturer in Criminology, Birmingham City University and Kyle J.D. Mulrooney, PhD Fellow, Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology, University of Kent.

‘Rio 2016 is proving that sport is in crisis’

The ‘whisper’ that seems to follow every athlete that wins and especially those who break records, dominate their fields or see a […]

1508, 2016

Why is gemmology research so important?

By |August 15th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Why is gemmology research so important?

By Dr Richard Taylor, lecturer in Gemmology at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery.

Gemmology is the study of gemstones and has been a separate academic endeavour to mineralogy, a more widely recognised and closely related subject, for over 100 years.

Gemstones have been recorded for over 2,000 years in human history as being both sort after […]

2607, 2016

Gotta catch ’em all

By |July 26th, 2016|In The News, Student Life|Comments Off on Gotta catch ’em all

Gotta catch ‘em all, right? Having played ‘Pokémon Go’ as a Pokémon fan (but not a die-hard one) it’s so easy to see the instant appeal of collecting (yet again) those little critters, says Zuby Ahmed, Programme Director for MSc Video Game Enterprise, Design & Production and BA/BSc Interactive Entertainment at Birmingham City University.

The game […]

2207, 2016

What is a High Sheriff?

By |July 22nd, 2016|Opinion, Student Life|Comments Off on What is a High Sheriff?

Next week we’re awarding an Honorary Doctorate to Dr Keith Bradshaw, Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands and High Sheriff. Here Keith tells us about what his roles involve and the work he’s been doing with some of our students…

Today, the role of High Sheriff is wholly ceremonial, but carries the status of being the […]