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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 […]

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, […]

2102, 2017

10 tips for keeping safe online

By |February 21st, 2017|In The News|Comments Off on 10 tips for keeping safe online

On the 14 February 2017 the Queen opened a new National Centre for Cyber Security. With more and more of us living our lives online, are we really aware of the dangers of cyber-attacks to businesses and individuals? Ron Austin, Senior Lecturer in Data Networks and Security, shares his tips for keeping safe online.

The Internet […]

1002, 2017

What you didn’t know about our watchmaking history

By |February 10th, 2017|In The News, Opinion, Student Life|Comments Off on What you didn’t know about our watchmaking history

by Rebecca Struthers, Founding Director of Struthers London and Visiting Lecturer in Horology at Birmingham City University

As the 21st century Swiss watch industry calculates how to handle the uncertain economic future, it has been a poignant time to look back on how their industry formed over 200 years ago.

I recently completed a PhD examining a very […]

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 […]

302, 2017

In the eye of a storm

By |February 3rd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on In the eye of a storm

By Kim Moore, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health

Over the past year nursing associations and the Royal colleges of Nursing and Midwifery all predicted the abolition of the nursing bursary would lead to a reduction in applications for university applicants for nursing courses.  Today, that prediction seems to have been realised with a national drop in […]

202, 2017

It’s time to talk

By |February 2nd, 2017|Here to Help!, In The News, Opinion, Student Life|Comments Off on It’s time to talk

Kim Moore. Senior Lecturer in Mental Health.
Life is full of ups and downs so there will be many eventful days in your life, some will be good and leave you feeling on top of the world, but others can make you feel bad.  While many of us enjoy good mental health, there are times when […]

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 […]

1201, 2017

What does a Digital Forensics Analyst do?

By |January 12th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What does a Digital Forensics Analyst do?

By Shahid Shabbir, Senior Lecturer in Computer Network Security
Forensic scientists are prominent in the news today, following the publication of the annual report of the forensic science regulator. The Guardian article covering the report made reference to the “increasingly important area of digital forensics”. But what is digital forensics; and what does a digital forensics analyst […]