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3103, 2015

Is the Tide about to Turn for Music Streaming?

By |March 31st, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

By Matt Grimes, Senior Lecturer Music Industries and Radio

So it seems that he gloves are off in the next round in the fight for streaming services and coming out of the corner with a ringside music celebrity support team is heavyweight music mogul Jay Z. Already a successful business mogul and rapper it seems that […]

3103, 2015

Another ‘old friend’ disappears

By |March 31st, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

By Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School 

Today’s announcement that the local bakery company Firkins has closed down with the loss of 100 jobs is, as always, a tragedy for the families affected by a sudden loss of income.

Firkins is a company that will be very familiar to those who live in the West Midlands […]

2703, 2015

Why did Microsoft’s Internet Explorer fail to deliver?

By |March 27th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

Professor Mike Jackson, Birmingham City Business School

There have been reports in the computing press last week that Microsoft will cease developing Internet Explorer as part of Windows 10. Its eventual fate will be to be replaced with software which is currently known as Project Spartan and will be renamed when Microsoft’s marketing department decide how […]

2603, 2015

Boy Band Breakups: Let’s not be so cavalier to the “Directioners”

By |March 26th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

Professor Craig Jackson, Head of Psychology at Birmingham City University

In February 1996 when Take That announced their split, press reports were feverish about the prospect of fans, distraught at the news of the band’s demise, threatening to commit suicide, and being mournful. While we may look back on this with some joyful glee, it might […]

2403, 2015

Experience Elemental at Flatpack Film Festival: Swipeside

By |March 24th, 2015|In The News, Student Life|Comments Off

The Flatpack film festival is back! So far it’s drawn in people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises.
This year the festival, which takes over venues across Birmingham every March, have been working with a team of our students here at Birmingham City University to curate and deliver a […]

2003, 2015

The budget – Really a Comeback?

By |March 20th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off

by Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

For many who listened to yesterday’s budget there may be a feeling that they are living in a parallel universe. George Osborne’s claim that we have never been better off will be disputed by those whose incomes have fallen in the years since the catastrophe caused by economic […]

1103, 2015

The Blurred Lines Between Inspiration and Copyright Infringement

By |March 11th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off

By Dr. Ewan Kirk, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law

On Tuesday, the District Court of Southern California ruled that the Robin Thicke song Blurred Lines was in fact an infringement of Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up. The case raises some important issues about the distinction between inspiration from previous artists and infringement […]

1103, 2015

From the frontline of poverty

By |March 11th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

Father Oliver Coss is a Small Heath vicar who sees the effects of deprivation every day. He is speaking at a Birmingham City University debate on child poverty this Friday…

My work leads me to some of the most deprived Birmingham residents in Small Heath.

I see families in poverty for multiple reasons. They can be recently […]

903, 2015

Lawyers can make a Big Bang in STEM subjects too!

By |March 9th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off

Between March 11 and 14, 2015 thousands of students, teachers, scientists, engineers, mathematicians, technology experts, academics and other professionals will attend the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. The Big Bang Fair “is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK.” The entire event is aimed […]

503, 2015

Cameron has been scarred by his experience of TV debates

By |March 5th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

It’s a bit rich of Cameron who in the period preceding the last election goaded the then prime minister, Labour leader Gordon Brown to engage in a TV debate so that, like the USA where such events are common, the voters could see the key people who they would […]