Your help needed for research

Researchers in the Centre for Research in Education are carrying out a research project on communication in children’s learning and development, in particular music.

The first stage of the project, called Communicative Musicality, involves a family survey to explore the views and perceptions of key caregivers such as parents, grandparents and foster carers about children’s involvement in musical activities in the home. 

Click here to take the survey.

CEBE Research Cafe: receiving feedback

25 February 2015, 12pm, Millennium Point 203 Boardroom, City Centre Campus

With Professor Sharon Cox, School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks

Feedback is a fundamental part of every aspect of academic life. For researchers, receiving feedback on their ideas, proposals, papers and funding bids can be difficult. Supervisors, peers and anonymous reviewers freely invest vast amounts of time to provide researchers with feedback on their work. Researchers need to develop skill in how to receive feedback on their research outputs. This session will discuss the difference between reacting to feedback and responding to feedback. Examples of feedback will be shared to promote discussion on how responding to constructive feedback can have a positive impact on both the process and product of research.

To book your place please email

Sustainable Business and the General Election

Wednesday 18 February 2015, Birmingham City University, Room MP490 Millennium Point, City Centre Campus

Birmingham City University is hosting an event that will seek to identify the ‘Top 5 must-haves’ to deliver Sustainable ‘Green Growth’ for the West Midlands in the next Parliament.

The event, organised by MEBC (Midlands Environmental Business Company), in partnership with Friends of the Earth, will be focused around the findings of the 2013 Green Alliance Report (Green Standard 2013) which set out the performance of political parties in relation to Sustainable Development.

For more information and registration, visit the Eventbrite page.

Download the flyer for more information.

Researcher of the year award

As part of this year’s Extra Mile Awards, Birmingham City University has launched a new award to recognise the work of our research community.

The Extra Mile Awards, which are run in partnership with the Students’ Union, are your opportunity to nominate a student or member of staff to receive an award from the University. This year’s awards have a number of new categories recognising exceptional work by staff and students.

The Researcher of the Year award will be presented to the member of staff who is judged to have made the biggest contribution to research over the academic year.

The winner and runner-up of the award will be personally recognised by the Vice-Chancellor and Students’ Union President at an awards ceremony in May.

If you know a member of staff who is making an impact in the research community then why not put them forward for the award?

Every nomination made will also be entered into a prize draw to win a new iPad and a pair of tickets to the awards ceremony.

Make your nominations on the website

English Research Seminar – 10 December

On the problem of writing a masterpiece: Cyril Connolly and the new Enemies of Promise

Ian Marchant Birmingham City University)

Wednesday 10 December, 2 – 3pm, Baker 603 (City North Campus)

Since the publication in 1938 of ‘Enemies of Promise’, the English author, editor and reviewer Cyril Connolly has haunted writers with his famous aphorism: ‘There is no more sombre enemy of art than the pram in the hall.’

Enemies of Promise is not a ‘how to write’ book; it is a book about what stops writers from producing a book which will last more than 10 years. Along with children, Connolly lists sex, drink, conversation, day-dreaming, politics and writing for quick cash.

In this paper, Ian Marchant will update the list, and suggest that so far from offering solutions, Connolly has himself become part of the problem.

CEBE Research Cafe – 2 December

Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE) Research Cafe 2 

Reflection and research – unlikely bedfellows?

With Sonia Hendy-Isaac of the Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Tuesday 2 December 2014 12pm-1.30pm, MP388 City Centre Campus

This session will explore the use of critical reflection to enhance the research process and encourage articulation of deep learning and metacognition.

To register your interest please e-mail

Refreshments will be provided.


The form of the book conference – 5 December

The form of the book: printing, publishing and production in the regions

5 December 2014, 9.30am – 5.30pm, Parkside Building, City Centre Campus

A Book History Research Network Study Day on print and manuscript culture in British and European towns and cities.

Hosted by the Typographic Hub, this event focuses on literary and typographic histories in regional towns.

Visit the eventbrite page to book