Type Talks: Sarah Hyndman – 11 December

11 December 2014, 5.30 – 7.30pm, P350 Lecture Theatre, Parkside Building, City Centre Campus

‘Thinking outside the font’

Typefaces are both functional and evocative. They trigger memories, evoke associations and prompt multi sensory responses. Sarah will review how type is ‘hidden in plain sight’. She will share projects done by a range of people which reveal the typeface considered most ‘believable’ that type can make food more enjoyable and which typefaces look sweet or bitter.

Visit the Typographic Hub website to book


Free short course: Sustainability Models for Business

In conjunction with our friends at Climate-KIC, Birmingham City University have organised a short course on sustainability models for business. Staff and research students are welcome.

It will take place on 20-21 November 2014, and is completely FREE to attend. For more information, email Ben Onyido at beno@innovationbham.com. Download the 2-page course flyer below to find out more.

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English Research Seminar: Ongoing Sound Change in Dublin English

Thursday 23 October, 1.15 – 2.15pm, Baker 603 (City North Campus)

With Dr John Lonergan (University of Sussex)

Our first research seminar of the 2014-15 series will be given by Dr John Lonergan. Dr Lonergan will provide a detailed account of recent research on variation and change in Dublin English phonology. He will investigate the structure of Dublin English, drawing on Dubliners’ folk linguistic perceptions, a socioeconomic and historical study of the city and acoustic analysis of the speech of a cross section of the community.

His analysis reveals a chain shift in progress among most subjects, but not residents of the inner city. This result is contrasted with popular perceptions of Dublin English and the social significance of this variation is discussed.

Visit the School of English website for more information.

New Research Flyers

With the help of our academics, we have produced a set of research flyers to give a snapshot of some of our research projects.

The latest is about the Opus chairs, which you may have seen around our City Centre campus, and they are also used around the country by schools and orchestras. Click below to see the flyer.

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We’ve also produced flyers about some of the other great projects around the University, see them on our Research Spotlight page on the website.

Research Seminar 29 October: Designing, Preparing & Presenting a Conference Paper

Wednesday 29th October, 12pm – 1:30pm, MP203, City Centre Campus

With Professor Peter Larkham, David Adams and Mike Dring

How do we think about preparing for a conference paper?  The topic is usually easy, the abstract is almost always fairly abstract and written a long time in advance; but, as time creeps on, how do we get our ideas together for a good, interesting, informative presentation that keeps to the (usually very short) time available?  In this session Peter Larkham and David Adams (Birmingham School of the Built Environment) and Mike Dring (School of Architecture) discuss how they built their recent paper on infrastructure development in post-war Birmingham presented to the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society.  They focus on the technique rather than the topic, so don’t let that put you off!

To register your interest please e-mail Ian.McDonald@bcu.ac.uk

Cross Innovation Final Conference – 16 and 17 October

The Cross Innovation final conference and blender event is now open for registration. The project, which involves 11 cities across Europe, promotes collaborative and cross-sector innovation.

Here is what’s in store over the two days:

  • Day 1 features presentations from leading thinkers and panel discussions on policy and co-creation
  • Day 2 is an open workshop providing the opportunity to network and develop your own cross innovation ideas.

You can choose to attend one day or both. Registration is free, book via Eventbrite.

For more information click on the flyer below.


School of Law event: Judicial recusal: 21st Century Challenges – 26 September

26 September 2014, 4.30pm-8.30pm, Lecture Theatre, Parkside Building

Judicial recusal is the principle that judges must disqualify themselves from participating in proceedings if they decide that it is not appropriate for them to hear a case. In Blackstone’s time judges were only required to recuse themselves in cases of actual bias. Subsequently there has been a tendency to widen this to include apparent bias – a doctrine of appearances.A recent series of high profile recusal cases has come before courts across the world in which:

  • a Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand was forced to resign his office
  • the Supreme Court of the United States implicitly reprimanded a State Supreme Court Justice for his failure to recuse
  • in the UK, Lord Hoffmann’s failure to recuse in In Re Pinochet resulted in the case having to be reheard.

This timely seminar brings together a pre-eminent panel of serving and former judges from Australia, NewZealand, the United Kingdom and the United States to discuss problems of recusal, the reasons for its recent rise insignificance and to identify unresolved issues. They will also submit papers for publication by The Modern Law Review.

BCU staff and students booking fee is just £50.

To book, visit the Eventbrite page. 

BCMCR Research Seminar: Sexualisation and media studies – 1 October

Wednesday 1 October, 4pm-6pm, P441, Parkside Building, City Centre Campus

Welcome to the Birmingham Centre for Cultural & Media Research Group Seminar.

This week we welcome Professor Feona Attwood, Media Department at Middlesex University, UK and Professor Clarissa Smith, Associate Director of CRMCS, Sunderland University

Feona will be presenting: Sexualization and Media Studies

Public debates about ‘the sexualization of culture’, along with some academic accounts – suggest a shifting relationship between pornography and popular culture in which porn is seen to be spilling out of the pornosphere into other more mainstream cultural forms. How useful is this as a way of thinking about the relationship between contemporary porn and popular culture? What can academics in Media and Cultural Studies contribute to the debate?

Clarissa will present: Porn Studies and Media Attention

In the context of the upcoming REF exercise, academics are increasingly asked to demonstrate how their research has impact outside of the academy, and speaking to the media is one way of getting research messages across to broader audiences. Unfortunately what ensues is not easy to predict or control!  Academic journals don’t usually grab popular media attention. However the press release announcing the launch of Porn Studies attracted a great deal of interest across the media in Summer 2013. While the news generated many positive responses, others suggested that for many the study of sexually explicit media remains a pointless, comical or distasteful task. In this paper I explore the difficulties of debating pornography in public.

Book a place for this event on our Eventbrite page.