Opinion

2207, 2016

What is a High Sheriff?

By |July 22nd, 2016|Opinion, Student Life|Comments Off on What is a High Sheriff?

Next week we’re awarding an Honorary Doctorate to Dr Keith Bradshaw, Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands and High Sheriff. Here Keith tells us about what his roles involve and the work he’s been doing with some of our students…

Today, the role of High Sheriff is wholly ceremonial, but carries the status of being the […]

2207, 2016

“You Can’t Use My Music For That!” … or can you?

By |July 22nd, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on “You Can’t Use My Music For That!” … or can you?

by Dr Ewan Kirk, senior lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Birmingham City University

Donald Trump is a figure in American politics who is not without controversy, however the latest controversy relates to copyright law. He used “We Are The Champions” at the Republican National Convention, a song written by rock group Queen in 1977. Queen […]

2107, 2016

What does your music listening say about you?

By |July 21st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What does your music listening say about you?

by Craig Hamilton, visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University’s School of Media

I am currently around two thirds of my way through my doctoral research project at BCU. Working out of the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR), I am looking at the experiences of popular music listeners, with a particular focus on digital […]

1207, 2016

What our new Prime Minister thinks about companies, and why we should pay attention

By |July 12th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What our new Prime Minister thinks about companies, and why we should pay attention

By Timothy James, senior lecturer at Birmingham City University’s School of Law

When Theresa May was running for leader of the Conservative Party (twenty four hours ago), she started her campaign with a speech in Birmingham.  What happened while she was speaking has comprehensively upstaged what she had to say.  But as a first indication of […]

2906, 2016

Turkey must carefully consider its response to shocking Istanbul attacks

By |June 29th, 2016|In The News, Opinion, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Turkey must carefully consider its response to shocking Istanbul attacks

The attack on Istanbul airport last night shows that Turkey is the front line in the current fight against terrorism. Whilst no group has yet taken credit for the attack the use of three attackers equipped with suicide belts and assault weapons echoes the modus operandi of the Brussels attack earlier this year and implies […]

2106, 2016

West Midlands floods – It never rains but it pours

By |June 21st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on West Midlands floods – It never rains but it pours

By Alister Scott, Professor of Environment and Spatial Planning
There has been a lot of rain in the West Midlands over the last two weeks. Clearly, the wrong sort of rain; it falls too quickly and runs off our hard surfaces into our inadequate drainage systems. And so we have the groundhog day of people being […]

706, 2016

“A vision’s just a vision if it’s only in your head…”*

By |June 7th, 2016|Opinion|Comments Off on “A vision’s just a vision if it’s only in your head…”*

By Suzanne Savage, Assistant Lecturer and Doctoral Researcher in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Everyone reading this article will have sat through education conferences full of compelling speeches and interesting presentations, all of which made absolutely no impact on their daily lives as education professionals. I’ve been there too.

When we took a long […]

706, 2016

What could’ve motivated Gregoire Moutaux’s potential terrorism threat?

By |June 7th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What could’ve motivated Gregoire Moutaux’s potential terrorism threat?

by Dr John Bahadur Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University

The arrest of Gregoire Moutaux by Ukrainian internal security – the SBU – shows that potential terrorist threats can come from all sides of the political spectrum at a time when it is very easy to be solely focused on the […]

2705, 2016

Destruction of terror data could weaken UK security warns counter-terrorism expert

By |May 27th, 2016|Opinion|Comments Off on Destruction of terror data could weaken UK security warns counter-terrorism expert

By Dr John Bahadur Lamb
Officially known as the National Criminal Intelligence DNA Database, this resource was set up in 1995 to provide the police, border and intelligence services with a means of storing DNA of both known offenders and that found at crime scenes.

It has proved an invaluable tool in the fight against crime and terrorism […]

2605, 2016

Jose Mourinho’s image rights: what’s in a name?

By |May 26th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Jose Mourinho’s image rights: what’s in a name?

by Dr Ewan Kirk, senior lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Birmingham City University

Reports this week in football have been dominated by the expected appointment of Jose Mourinho as the next Manchester United manager. However one issue that appears to have caused a delay in this agreement, reported by the BBC, is that of image […]