Opinion

1212, 2017

Top tips to tackle Christmas excess

By |December 12th, 2017|Opinion, Uncategorized|0 Comments

With the festive season now in full swing, a lot of difficult decisions are behind us. There’s no need to worry whether November is too early to be buying six boxes of mince pies, whether it’s wrong to have emptied your advent calendar before advent, or if drinking cold mulled wine straight from the bottle […]

1112, 2017

Public Relations is About Trust and No-one Could Ever Trust Max Clifford

By |December 11th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

By Philip Young, Programme Leader for BA and MA Public Relations and Course Leader for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Professional Certificate and Professional Diploma, Birmingham City University.
While sympathising with his family, few in the world of public relations (PR) will shed a tear at the loss of Max Clifford. PR is a much misunderstood […]

612, 2017

Alexandra Burke’s appearance on Strictly has negatively impacted on her public persona, says PR expert

By |December 6th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

By Kelly O’Hanlon, senior lecturer in PR at Birmingham City University’s School of Media

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and panto season seems to be in full swing – that is, if you believe the familiar stories and array of villains we are seeing paraded on TV in the nation’s favourite reality shows […]

2211, 2017

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

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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|Comments Off on ‘We’ve been here before John Lewis’

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|Comments Off on Religious Conversions Behind Bars

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|Comments Off on Will Doctor Foster end with someone being killed?

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|Comments Off on The state of Religious Education needs to be improved

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|Comments Off on Social media homicide confessions – stories of killing in digital culture

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|Comments Off on Absence of legitimacy + absence of visibility = absence of reality

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 […]