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

By |December 11th, 2017|

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 […]

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

By |December 6th, 2017|

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 […]

Larry Grayon’s Legacy

By |December 1st, 2017|

By John Mercer, Professor of Gender and Sexuality, Birmingham City University.

On Saturday 2 December 2017, a new autobiography about comedian and TV presenter Larry Grayson will be launched at Birmingham City University. Ahead of the event, Professor John Mercer, from the institution’s Birmingham School of Media, looks back at Grayson’s career and how his legacy […]

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

By |November 22nd, 2017|

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 […]

‘We’ve been here before John Lewis’

By |November 10th, 2017|

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 […]

Religious Conversions Behind Bars

By |November 2nd, 2017|

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 […]

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 […]