2605, 2017

Re-examining The Chillenden Murders

By |May 26th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

The brutal killings of Lin Russell and her daughter Megan, along with the attempted murder of 9-year-old Josie in 1996, shocked the nation. Known as the Chillenden murders, they led to one of the biggest manhunts ever undertaken by British police. In a two-part BBC special starting this week Head of Psychology, Professor Craig Jackson, […]

2605, 2017

The Confirmation Bubble: Social Media and the UK Election

By |May 26th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

by Mark Brill, Senior Lecturer in Future Media and Digital Communication at Birmingham City University

Social Media has become a key battleground for political campaigning. Ahead of the upcoming UK election the main parties are putting social media at the core of their campaigns. The question is, how will all that activity impact on the final vote on […]

2505, 2017

Can this beloved 80 year old ever be stopped from killing people?

By |May 25th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

Head of Psychology at Birmingham City University, Professor Craig Jackson, joins in the celebrations of the 80th Birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most iconic and symbolic engineering achievements in the United States. He asks if current measures proposed to tackle the bridge’s darker reputation as a suicide hotspot will do enough […]

1705, 2017

The decision by nurses is striking

By |May 17th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

By Kim Moore, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
In a landmark decision announced on Sunday the 14th of May, 2017 (Jones, 2016) nurses have voted to take industrial action about their ongoing annual pay cap (sorry pay rise!).  The summer of 2017 is likely to see rolling action, including the potential of industrial strikes, by nursing […]

905, 2017

A health revolution or political spin; re-writing the Mental Health Act

By |May 9th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

By Kim Moore, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
Theresa May’s announcement of scrapping the Mental Health Act (1985) and replacing this with a new mental health treatment bill (Savage, 2017) seems to have come out of the blue, but what this actually means for people experiencing mental health issues is unclear.  It is right that we […]

805, 2017

Could Brexit mean nul points for the UK at Eurovision?

By |May 8th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

by Dr Steve McCabe, Associate Professor at Birmingham City University’s Business School

The UK has had a torrid time at Eurovision in recent years. There is good evidence that other countries have something of an agenda against the UK and seem to delight in awarding us as few points (or none at all) as possible.

But this […]

205, 2017

The tip of an iceberg: Madeleine McCann and the shameful realities of missing children

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

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

Ten years ago, three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz. Though physically absent, she became a permanent presence in mainstream media and public consciousness. Both visible and invisible, seen and unseen, clear and blurred.

She […]

2004, 2017

To wear or not to wear? Shakespeare and his interest in fashion

By |April 20th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

by Professor David Roberts, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University

Playwrights and actors trade in illusion. They draw you into thinking that pretence is the real thing. If they’re like Shakespeare, they also love reminding you that acting really is only pretending, and that it’s not only actors […]

1104, 2017

Murdered Abroad: Supporting those affected by homicide in a foreign country

By |April 11th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

By Liam Brolan, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

According to figures published by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 83 British people fell victim to homicide in a foreign country in the year 2014.  Cases of homicide abroad can often attract a large amount of media attention and consequently the impact of the murder reaches […]

1004, 2017

The Region’s Robust Performance Continues in March

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

According to the latest Lloyds Bank regional PMI for March released today:

Market sentiment likely to be drive by political, if not military factors over the next few weeks.
China offers key trading concessions to US, notably on finance and agriculture
Midlands PMIs softened in March, in the WM easing to 56.1 in March from […]