Opinion

504, 2017

Bargaining our Safety – Brexit and its implications for Counter Terrorism

By |April 5th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Bargaining our Safety – Brexit and its implications for Counter Terrorism

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

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has now officially triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty formally notifying the other 28 member states of Europe of The United Kingdom’s intention to leave.

Whilst most popular discussion of Brexit has focussed on issues such […]

3103, 2017

Terrorism and technology: Exploring Amber Rudd’s comments on encryption

By |March 31st, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Terrorism and technology: Exploring Amber Rudd’s comments on encryption

Dr Andrew Whiting, lecturer in Security Studies at Birmingham City University, responds to Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s comments that strong encryption is “completely unacceptable” without the possibility of access by the state and that the authorities must be given access to messages sent through encrypted platforms such as WhatsApp.

Cultural theorist Paul Virilio remarked that ‘to […]

1303, 2017

Region records strongest growth in Britain

By |March 13th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Region records strongest growth in Britain

According to the latest Lloyds Bank regional PMI for February released today (Monday March 13):

Output growth in the WM & EM strongest in Britain at 57 (down from 60.1 previously) and 55 (up from 53.5 in January) respectively.
Output performance eases but remains vibrant, with business activity accelerating in EM.
Price pressures continue to […]

703, 2017

Broadchurch episode 2 – a treasure trove and a Pandora’s Box

By |March 7th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Broadchurch episode 2 – a treasure trove and a Pandora’s Box

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

This week’s episode of Broadchurch (S03 E02) was absolutely packed full of the type of issues and debates that anyone involved in or affected by crime and criminal justice (i. e. ALL of us) should be paying attention to.

The episode began […]

203, 2017

We must be careful not to body-shame models at the centre of Zara social media storm

By |March 2nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on We must be careful not to body-shame models at the centre of Zara social media storm

By Dr Gemma Commane, Lecturer in Media and Communications at Birmingham City University’s School of Media
Women are more than just the sum total of their bodies, but public commentary (from both men and women) brings us back to one central issue. The issue is that women’s bodies are always scrutinised and seen as public property, […]

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, […]

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 […]