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604, 2017

‘We want our country back’: nation, race and emotion in contemporary England

By |April 6th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘We want our country back’: nation, race and emotion in contemporary England

by Steve Garner, Professor of Critical Race Studies at Birmingham City University

‘We want our country back!’ was a rallying cry for the Leave campaign in the June 2016 referendum. Similar concerns are expressed in Donald Trump’s campaign, ‘Make America Great Again’.

Indeed, 2016 witnessed a renewed focus of Anglo-American politics on specific instrumentalist uses of the […]

504, 2017

The Road to Murder: Why driving is the occupation of choice for serial killers

By |April 5th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The Road to Murder: Why driving is the occupation of choice for serial killers

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

Peter Sutcliffe, Robert Black, John Duffy, David Mulcahy, Fred West, Peter Tobin, Levi Bellfield and Steve Wright: All Serial killers who hunted for their prey on Britain’s Roads.

Despite the wealth of academic literature relating to serial murderers, there has been little research into how the […]

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 […]

3103, 2017

Terrorism and technology: Exploring Amber Rudd’s comments on encryption

By |March 31st, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Terrorism and technology: Exploring Amber Rudd’s comments on encryption

Dr Andrew Whiting, lecturer in Security Studies at Birmingham City University, responds to Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s comments that strong encryption is “completely unacceptable” without the possibility of access by the state and that the authorities must be given access to messages sent through encrypted platforms such as WhatsApp.

Cultural theorist Paul Virilio remarked that ‘to […]

1303, 2017

Region records strongest growth in Britain

By |March 13th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Region records strongest growth in Britain

According to the latest Lloyds Bank regional PMI for February released today (Monday March 13):

Output growth in the WM & EM strongest in Britain at 57 (down from 60.1 previously) and 55 (up from 53.5 in January) respectively.
Output performance eases but remains vibrant, with business activity accelerating in EM.
Price pressures continue to […]

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 […]

303, 2017

My experience of working on a specially-commissioned virtual reality film

By |March 3rd, 2017|In The News, Student Life, Uncategorized|Comments Off on My experience of working on a specially-commissioned virtual reality film

Chaise-Louise Newman is a second year undergraduate at Birmingham School of Acting, part of Birmingham City University. Studying Applied Performance, she appears in new road safety video ‘Every Choice Counts’, the UK’s first virtual reality film which features ‘branching’ technology. Made by West Midlands Fire Service and produced with FirstCar Media, the education package allows […]

203, 2017

We must be careful not to body-shame models at the centre of Zara social media storm

By |March 2nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on We must be careful not to body-shame models at the centre of Zara social media storm

By Dr Gemma Commane, Lecturer in Media and Communications at Birmingham City University’s School of Media
Women are more than just the sum total of their bodies, but public commentary (from both men and women) brings us back to one central issue. The issue is that women’s bodies are always scrutinised and seen as public property, […]

203, 2017

Sex education to be compulsory in England’s schools – Should parents have a say?

By |March 2nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Sex education to be compulsory in England’s schools – Should parents have a say?

by Dr Keeley Abbott, lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

The government’s announcement this week to make Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) compulsory within all secondary schools in England represents a much welcome step towards improving the status and scope of SRE.

Since its inception, the progression of SRE has been somewhat limited, with this […]

2802, 2017

Broadchurch returns and is saturated with issues of violent crime

By |February 28th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Broadchurch returns and is saturated with issues of violent crime

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

From a criminological perspective, the first episode of the third series of ITV’s Broadchurch was absolutely saturated with contemporary issues, concerns and debates around violent crime.

Trish, the victim of a sexual assault, appears like a deer in the headlights as she […]