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2302, 2017

Can murderer Ian Stewart be considered as a ‘Black Widower’?

By |February 23rd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Can murderer Ian Stewart be considered as a ‘Black Widower’?

by Dr Adam Lynes, Criminologist at Birmingham City University

Ian Stewart, the fiance of children’s author Helen Bailey, has today been sentenced to 34 years in prison for her murder. The conviction of Ian Stewart has raised questions into how and why a seemingly loving partner would want to kill their spouse. In exploring this question, […]

802, 2017

Beyoncé is expecting twins! How will Blue Ivy feel?

By |February 8th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Beyoncé is expecting twins! How will Blue Ivy feel?

by Alison Edwards, senior lecturer in Midwifery at Birmingham City University

For celebrities, a pregnancy often brings additional press coverage and attention whether wanted or not; and as a consequence celebrity babies can become a key focus for the media.

Any pregnancy is a special event, but expecting twins as Beyoncé is, can make this twice as […]

102, 2017

Only joking! Offensive humour on television

By |February 1st, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Only joking! Offensive humour on television

For their forthcoming book ‘Provocative Screens’ Dr Anne Graefer, Lecturer in Media Theory, Birmingham City University has been researching with Dr Ranjana Das from University of Leicester on what really offends people when watching television.

Their interviews with 90 adults in the UK and Germany revealed quickly that humour and comedy is a minefield when it […]

2911, 2016

Reflections on Brexit, Precarious Work and the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

By |November 29th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Reflections on Brexit, Precarious Work and the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

By Alex de Ruyter, Director of Research at Birmingham City University’s Business School

During the referendum campaign, one of the key themes articulated by ‘Remain’ campaigners was that a vote to leave the EU was a vote to drastically alter (i.e. reduce) the scope of protective employment regulations in the UK workplace. In response to this, […]

2811, 2016

BBC One’s The Missing – Will the series finale give us all the answers?

By |November 28th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC One’s The Missing – Will the series finale give us all the answers?

by Morag Kennedy and Shona Robinson-Edwards, visiting lecturers in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The BBC One crime thriller The Missing has become more intriguing as the weeks go on.  Series two was set to be both intriguing and, at some points, unpredictable.  The disappearance and speculated return of Alice Webster has kept the audience […]

2511, 2016

Why is Oklahoma still causing torturous executions?

By |November 25th, 2016|In The News, Student Life|Comments Off on Why is Oklahoma still causing torturous executions?

by Jon Yorke, Professor of Human Rights at Birmingham City University

On Tuesday 29 November, I’ll be hosting a special event which uncovers the failure of Oklahoma’s capital judicial system and reveals the barbarity of the state’s use of lethal injection.

Following the construction of a state-of-the-art death chamber and an amended execution protocol to provide […]

410, 2016

Could EastEnders’ Denise change her mind about her baby’s adoption?

By |October 4th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Could EastEnders’ Denise change her mind about her baby’s adoption?

by Alison Edwards, senior lecturer in Midwifery at Birmingham City University

A recent storyline on EastEnders has seen Denise Fox fall pregnant at the age of 47.  Many may question the likelihood of such an occurrence but in reality, Denise’s situation is not that unusual. Recent ONS (Office for National Statistics) figures indicate a year-on-year increase […]

2709, 2016

Fashion graduates share experiences of working on Selfridges exhibition

By |September 27th, 2016|Student Life|Comments Off on Fashion graduates share experiences of working on Selfridges exhibition

Earlier this year Fashion lecturer Rebecca Russell-Turner launched the world’s first 225 degree immersive yoga activity, transforming exercise into a multi-sensory light and sound experience.

Yoga gurus and exercise amateurs participated in the sensory work-out sessions which formed part of a pop-up exhibition in Oxford Street’s Selfridges store. Here, our MA fashion graduates Tomoko Yano […]

2209, 2016

Does taxi driver Christopher Halliwell have more victims? A criminologist’s thoughts…

By |September 22nd, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Does taxi driver Christopher Halliwell have more victims? A criminologist’s thoughts…

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

You may have heard of Christopher Halliwell, an ex-taxi driver from Swindon, in the news recently for his attack and subsequent murder of two women. It was revealed that Halliwell, operating as a taxi driver, picked up both Becky Godden and Sian O’Callaghan in Swindon […]

2109, 2016

Channel 4’s ‘National Treasure’ and the Silent Victims

By |September 21st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Channel 4’s ‘National Treasure’ and the Silent Victims

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

New Channel 4 drama ‘National Treasure’ began last night, which follows the story of Paul Finchley, a much-loved and ageing comedian who finds his world shaken to its foundations after an accusation of rape that dates […]