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R U kidding me – ‘Selfitis’ a genuine psychological disorder?

By |February 19th, 2018|

Kim Moore, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, discusses selfies now being considered a psychological disorder

Are you kidding me? – taking selfies is now a psychological disorder and genuine medical condition!  Providing this is not a hoax (like 2014) I am shocked by the news.  Seriously I can think of far more mental health conditions that […]

LGBT History: Learn it, and learn it well

By |February 13th, 2018|

By Charlie Sarson, a PhD researcher, fully funded by the AHRC via the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, and visiting lecturer in Media and Communication at Birmingham City University.

February marks LGBT History Month in the UK, and with it a chance to reflect on past instances of activism, solidarity, resistance to state violence, and cultural shifts. […]

Jon Venables: 25 years of serious offending that resists rehabilitation

By |February 8th, 2018|

by Craig Jackson, Professor of Psychology at Birmingham City University

The case of Jon Venables, convicted for a second time of possessing indecent images of child abuse has again made the news. There are many facets to Venables that have led to the publics’ outrage and disgust at his behaviour. Venables’ abduction, torture and murder of […]

Mosallah’s YouTube “Prank” is No Laughing Matter

By |January 31st, 2018|

by Liam Brolan, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Have you heard of Arya Mosallah?  No?  Me neither.  Well, at least not until today, when I discovered a news story which brought him to my attention for the first time.  For those of you who do not know, Ayra Mosallah is a 22-year-old YouTuber who has made […]

Hands off! The lucky Creme Egg hunt

By |January 25th, 2018|

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

Who knew that eggs would be causing so much concern in January? You’d almost think it was Easter.

The launch of limited edition Creme Eggs has prompted a nationwide hunt and has been orchestrated for the very purpose of putting this product back […]

Here today – too (dis)tressed to come back tomorrow

By |January 24th, 2018|

In the wake of headlines about large numbers of NHS nurses leaving within short periods of time, Senior Lecturer in Mental Nursing and former NHS Nurse, Kim Moore provides her insight into the latest NHS staffing crisis news.

Should we be surprised by yesterday’s report of more nurses leaving the profession than those that are […]

Kiri: Race, Victimisation and the Criminal Justice System – The Complex Mix

By |January 19th, 2018|

by Shona Robinson-Edwards, PhD researcher and assistant lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

January has seen a number of discussions relating to race and racialisation within the media. H&M’s decision to use an advertisement of a black child wearing a green hoodie with the words ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’, received widespread criticism and rightly […]

This isn’t the first time H&M has had to apologise…

By |January 11th, 2018|

Kelly O’Hanlon, senior lecturer in PR at Birmingham City University’s School of Media, discusses the accusations of clothing retailer H&M sharing a ‘racist’ advert.

H&M. A Swedish clothing brand with global reach and the pull of stars such as The Weeknd behind it. That is, until now. One image featuring a hoodie with an ill-chosen phrase […]

Bah humbug! A helping of double standards for Christmas

By |December 15th, 2017|

Senior lecturer in mental health nursing, Kim Moore, talks pay freezes and NHS care

It’s that time for Christmas treats, but with the continuing pay freezes and increasing costs of public transport above the rates of inflation, most nurses would be appalled to know that the same government denying them pay in-line with inflation are to […]

The Croydon Cat Ripper and the Great Cat Massacre: A Criminological Analysis

By |December 14th, 2017|

by Dr Adam Lynes, senior lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The ‘Croydon cat ripper’, otherwise known as the ‘M25 cat killer’, is thought to have killed, dismembered and decapitated more than 400 cats across England. The first reported cases appeared to emerge in December 2015 and so far there appears to be no sign […]