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907, 2015

Councils should think carefully before rejecting all-day Sunday trading

By |July 9th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Councils should think carefully before rejecting all-day Sunday trading

Chris Edger, Professor of Multi-Unit Leadership at Birmingham City University’s Business School

Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Summer Budget this week that councils will be given the power to decide whether all-day trading on Sundays goes ahead in their constituencies.

The announcement by the Chancellor that shops over 3000 square feet will be able to trade […]

2805, 2015

The Government wants to treat everyone as a suspect and make us pay for the privilege

By |May 28th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on The Government wants to treat everyone as a suspect and make us pay for the privilege

Professor Mike Jackson, Birmingham City Business School

The Queens Speech announced new monitoring powers this week “to tackle terrorism”. This bill entitled the “Investigatory Powers Bill” has its roots in the “Communication Data Bill” (nicknamed “the Snooper’s Charter”) which the government intended to introduce in the 2012-13 Parliamentary session. The Snooper’s Charter was eventually dropped due […]

2002, 2015

Obama needs to recognise the Internet’s success isn’t just down to America

By |February 20th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Obama needs to recognise the Internet’s success isn’t just down to America

Professor Mike Jackson, Birmingham City Business School

There is much to be praised in President Obama’s plan for a free and open Internet  and much which might inform the polices of European Governments.  On the other hand, in his interview to Recode, he makes claims which really should be challenged:

Obama said: “We have owned the Internet. Our […]

1012, 2014

Postgraduate loans – the winners and losers

By |December 10th, 2014|Here to Help!, In The News|Comments Off on Postgraduate loans – the winners and losers

On 3 December 2014, in his Autumn Statement Chancellor George Osborne unveiled plans to introduce government-backed postgraduate loans from 2016/17. The proposals expect to bring an additional 10,000 students into postgraduate study in England.

Worth up to £10,000, the 2016/17 postgraduate loans will be offered in any master’s subject, but eligibility will be restricted to students […]

1012, 2014

Postgraduate loans: a student’s reaction

By |December 10th, 2014|In The News, Student Life|Comments Off on Postgraduate loans: a student’s reaction

Emily Bettison is studying the MA in Creative Industries and Cultural Policy at Birmingham City University

Initially when the news flashed up on my phone that the government were creating loans for postgraduate study – I was slightly annoyed, having  just started my self-funded MA this year.

I’m just finishing my first term and it has been […]

2108, 2013

Are nurses being asked to act as ‘mental health police’ in new government scheme?

By |August 21st, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on Are nurses being asked to act as ‘mental health police’ in new government scheme?

Kim Moore, Lecturer in Mental Health, Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Health

The government announced this week that five more police forces are to pilot a scheme whereby mental health nurses will accompany officers on call-outs. The new scheme aims to provide police forces with the support of health professionals who are able to provide the […]

2907, 2013

Introduction of tribunal fees

By |July 29th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on Introduction of tribunal fees

By Professor Fiona Church, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences

New rules introduced today bring in charges of up to £250 to lodge a claim at the employment tribunal, rising to a maximum of £950 if the case goes ahead.

The government is promoting this as a positive move to help employers avoid […]

2307, 2013

Clearing the way for Clearing

By |July 23rd, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on Clearing the way for Clearing

Kathryn Jones, Director of Marketing & Communications at Birmingham City University

With A level results day fast approaching, universities across the UK are gearing up for the chaotic scramble to fill university places at this time of year. Last year, over 300 institutions and more than 55,700 students obtained their places in Clearing – 4,600 more […]

512, 2012

Potential thoughts on the Autumn Statement by George Osborne

By |December 5th, 2012|In The News|Comments Off on Potential thoughts on the Autumn Statement by George Osborne

By Dr Steve McCabe, Director of Research Degrees at Birmingham City Business School

The ‘leaked’ headline that there will be an additional £5 billion investment over the next three years spent on rebuilding schools, improving transport infrastructure and in science is good news; especially for construction companies which can expand their workload.

Clearly any future upturn in the […]

2211, 2012

Should prisoners have the right to vote?

By |November 22nd, 2012|Opinion|Comments Off on Should prisoners have the right to vote?

Dr Sarah Pemberton, Lecturer in Criminology, Faculty of Education, Law & Social Sciences

Currently, we have a prison population of just under 90,000 people, and depending on the nature of the offence or prison the sentence was served in, as many as 74% of prisoners will reoffend. There are many reasons why people reoffend and these […]