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

100 years of tear gas: militarisation, protests and the legacies of war

13 March 2015, 3pm, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research

As part of Birmingham City University’s involvement with the AHRC funded Voices of War and Peace project, the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR) is holding a panel of various academics involved in the project to discuss the tear gas research connection initiative and the military, policing, legal, commercial and medical aspects of tear gas.

For more information visit the BCMCR site

School of English research seminars – every month

Every month the School of English holds its research seminars, and all research staff and students are welcome. The talks take place on Wednesdays in the second or third week of each month at City North Campus.

Find out more about upcoming seminars on the School of English website.

Below, the school’s Andrew Kehoe talks about his research in collaborative text analysis.

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

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