Mixed messages in newly announced Nurse Education plans

By |October 10th, 2017|

By Kim Moore, Senior Lecturer in Nursing – Mental Health
It’s party conference time, and the NHS continues to figure highly in the debates and speeches.  With so much turmoil in the NHS it may seem that Jeremy Hunt’s announcement of an increase in nurse training places may seem like a welcome relief (The Spectator, 2017).  […]

Will Doctor Foster end with someone being killed?

By |October 3rd, 2017|

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 […]

The state of Religious Education needs to be improved

By |September 22nd, 2017|

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 […]

Brexit: Stay with the Single Market or Escape to the Open Seas?

By |September 15th, 2017|

By Professor Alex de Ruyter, Head of the Centre for Brexit Studies
With the release of the UK Government’s paper on its customs relationship with the EU and the knock-on effects for the border of Northern Ireland, there’s been a lot of talk about how practical or realistic the Government’s proposals are.

We’ve been told that if […]

Social media homicide confessions – stories of killing in digital culture

By |September 15th, 2017|

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 […]

Absence of legitimacy + absence of visibility = absence of reality

By |September 12th, 2017|

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 […]

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

By |August 16th, 2017|

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, […]

Fallen Angel: The 10 Year Death Anniversary of Gerry Tobin

By |August 13th, 2017|

By Mohammed Rahman Lecturer in Criminology
Few of us in Britain have probably heard of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club (HAMC) – an internationally renowned biker organisation that boasts of having 425 chapters across 50 countries.  Fewer have probably heard of Gerry Tobin, a former Hell’s Angels member who was gunned down on 12th August 2007 […]

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

By |August 7th, 2017|

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 […]

Mental health plans are a mystery

By |August 2nd, 2017|

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 […]