Opinion

2211, 2017

Black Friday will actually be ‘Red Friday’ for many retailers, says expert

By |November 22nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

by Chris Edger, retail expert and Professor of Multi-Unit Leadership at Birmingham City University’s Business School

Black Friday is nearly upon us.  So called because the Friday after the American Thanksgiving is estimated to be when – due to a huge promotional sales surge – retailers move ‘into the black’ after a year of being ‘in […]

1011, 2017

‘We’ve been here before John Lewis’

By |November 10th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

By Kelly O’Hanlon, Senior Lecturer in PR
The John Lewis ad has become a media event and almost has a blockbuster feel of anticipation each year – and today was no different.

Well versed in creating suspense and hype around the big reveal, John Lewis this year set about leaving a trail of breadcrumbs with a mysterious […]

211, 2017

Religious Conversions Behind Bars

By |November 2nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

by Shona Robinson-Edwards, PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

News this week reported that extremist and Lee Rigby killer, Michael Adebolajo, has converted inmates to Islam.

Lee Rigby, 25, was killed in a vicious, merciless attack, one which stirred emotions, reactions and discussions – not only in the UK but across the […]

310, 2017

Will Doctor Foster end with someone being killed?

By |October 3rd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

by Professor Elizabeth Yardley, Saabirah Osman and Melindy Brown, Centre for Applied Criminology, Birmingham City University

Victimhood and vengeance in the BBC’s Doctor Foster – “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”

The proverb “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” is adapted from a play called The Mourning Bride by William Congreve who wrote […]

2209, 2017

The state of Religious Education needs to be improved

By |September 22nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

Imran Mogra, senior lecturer in Religious Education at Birmingham City University, shares his views on the recent news of schools breaking the law on religious education.

A new report by the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE) and Religious Education Council for England and Wales, based on Freedom of Information Data gathered by the Department […]

1509, 2017

Social media homicide confessions – stories of killing in digital culture

By |September 15th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

Criminologist Professor Elizabeth Yardley discusses the relationship between violent crime and social media use, ahead of her new research being published later this month.

On Easter Sunday earlier this year, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Senior went out for a walk in east Cleveland in the US state of Ohio. It was a sunny day and he was […]

1209, 2017

Absence of legitimacy + absence of visibility = absence of reality

By |September 12th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

Mohammed Rahman, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University, offers theoretical and observational thoughts on the recent HMP Birmingham unrest.

Prison unrest in England and Wales is nothing new.  In the past 12 months there have been several cases of disorder with riot damages costing millions of pounds.  A prominent case was the 2016 HMP Birmingham […]

1608, 2017

Thirty years on from the Hungerford massacre: Michael Ryan was not mentally ill or mad

By |August 16th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Thirty years on from the Hungerford massacre: Michael Ryan was not mentally ill or mad

By Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology, School of Social Sciences
August 19 2017 marks the day, 30 years ago, when the Hungerford massacre occurred in the Berkshire market town, perpetrated by a 27-year-old loner and unemployed labourer who committed a killing spree which saw 16 people murdered, with another 15 wounded.

At the time, […]

708, 2017

Marcus Hutchins: Legal proceedings would be a ‘dark day for the Cyber industry’

By |August 7th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Marcus Hutchins: Legal proceedings would be a ‘dark day for the Cyber industry’

Ron Austin, Associate Professor, School of Computing and Digital Technology, Birmingham City University

If you have been following the technology news over the last few days it has been filled with reports that Marcus Hutchins has been arrested by the FBI. For those that don’t know who Marcus is, you may remember the WannaCry attacks on […]

208, 2017

Mental health plans are a mystery

By |August 2nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Mental health plans are a mystery

Kim Moore, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Birmingham City University

The announcement of additional mental health workers by Jeremy Hunt (BBC, 2017) may look impressive to the public gaze, however the figures being discussed don’t seem to add up. The ongoing staffing cuts of nurses and front line staff (BBC, 2016) and efficiency savings […]