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1603, 2016

You are what you eat

By |March 16th, 2016|Opinion|Comments Off on You are what you eat

By Simon Humphries,  2nd year BSc (Hons) Health and Wellbeing (nutrition science)

‘Healthy eating’ is a hugely talked about topic which causes many people a variety of emotions, but mainly confusion. We can see the effects of eating well on ourselves physically. Maybe when you eat better, you find that your skin looks better, or that your […]

1403, 2016

Collaboration and creativity at university’s first 24 hour hackathon

By |March 14th, 2016|Opinion|Comments Off on Collaboration and creativity at university’s first 24 hour hackathon

Pandelis Zembashis, a Computer Science student at Birmingham City University, shares his experience at BCU Hack.

On Monday 29 February, as part of the department’s employability week, the University put on its first ever 24 hour hackathon. Starting from 10 am the hackspace started filling up with a mixture of Computer Science, Visual Communication and Game Development […]

903, 2016

Hatton Garden raiders shouldn’t be accepted as celebrity rebels or decent old geezers

By |March 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Hatton Garden raiders shouldn’t be accepted as celebrity rebels or decent old geezers

Dr James Treadwell, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

At the sentencing of the Hatton Garden safety deposit box burglars (well those who were present, the sentencing of Brian Reader has been delayed due to his ill health, the illusive fugitive nicknamed ‘Basil’, remains an evasive enigma) the judge said that the raid was in […]

803, 2016

Attacking Zoe Saldana for playing Nina Simone won’t change Hollywood’s inherent colourism

By |March 8th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Attacking Zoe Saldana for playing Nina Simone won’t change Hollywood’s inherent colourism

Dr Lisa Palmer, lecturer in Sociology at Birmingham City University

Hollywood has a long history of erasing the beauty of dark skinned black women. The casting of Hattie McDaniel as the maid ‘Mammy’ in ‘Gone with the Wind’ was typical of the racist archetypal roles that dark skinned black women were expected to perform in Hollywood movies.

Hollywood’s […]

403, 2016

Air Pollution: 8 ways to stop killing people

By |March 4th, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on Air Pollution: 8 ways to stop killing people

By Aldo Mussi, Tutor in Health Promotion/Public Health, Birmingham City University

“The time has now arrived to take air pollution, as currently encountered in the UK, much more seriously. It should be considered a major public health problem”, according to a new report in The Lancet last month.

Sixty years on from the first Clean Air Act, this […]

902, 2016

Cameron’s prison pronouncements lack real commitment

By |February 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Cameron’s prison pronouncements lack real commitment

Dr James Treadwell, senior lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Having spent a considerable part of the last year in prison undertaking an ethnographic study of violence and victimisation, I greeted David Cameron’s announcements on his planned reform of English and Welsh prisons today (initially at least) with some optimism.  But as I looked further […]

302, 2016

Zika – a global emergency

By |February 3rd, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Zika – a global emergency

Joy Hall,  Associate Professor/Head of Department Public and Community Health

The Zika virus has been making the press over the past few weeks, culminating in reports today (February 3) that it has reached Dallas, USA in a rare case of the disease being transmitted through sex. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has already moved to declare it a global […]

2501, 2016

Thirty years on from the Murdoch sacking of 5,500 newspaper workers

By |January 25th, 2016|Opinion|Comments Off on Thirty years on from the Murdoch sacking of 5,500 newspaper workers

By Dr Chris Hill – Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

It is 30 years years ago today that 5,500 newspaper workers went on strike after failing to agree terms and conditions with Rupert Murdoch’s News International over a move to a new and high-tech printing plant at Wapping in the London Docklands.  Since the strikers were deemed to […]

2212, 2015

England’s ‘Devolution Revolution’ and the role of universities

By |December 22nd, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on England’s ‘Devolution Revolution’ and the role of universities

Professor Julian Beer, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University

George Osborne heralded a ‘devolution revolution’ at the Spending Review and Autumn Statement on Wednesday 25 November, intended to ‘spread economic power and wealth’ and ‘invest in our long term infrastructure’. The five devolution deals so far announced – the Liverpool City Region, North East, Sheffield City Region, Tees […]

1112, 2015

What will EastEnders’ Stacey face with postpartum psychosis?

By |December 11th, 2015|Here to Help!, In The News|Comments Off on What will EastEnders’ Stacey face with postpartum psychosis?

By Alison Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Kim Moore, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, Birmingham City University.

We learned this week that EastEnders character Stacey Branning is to face a difficult Christmas as TV bosses announced that she will suffer from postpartum psychosis following the birth of her second child. Stacey who already has bipolar […]