1102, 2015

When a barrel bomb isn’t a barrel bomb – inside the mind of Syria’s dictator

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

Jeremy Bowen’s interview on the BBC with Bashar al-Assad of Syria has certainly provoked a great deal of questioning. Did Assad believe what he was saying, especially about “barrel bombs”? Was he deluded, or in denial? How could he sit there seemingly making light of the enormity of the suffering and human misery that surrounded […]

1102, 2015

Killer Psychopaths: Joanna Dennehy (Episode 1 Review)

By |February 11th, 2015|Opinion, Student Life|Comments Off

Catch Professor David Wilson on Channel 5 in his new series 'Killer Psychopaths' (Tuesday 9pm)

2601, 2015

How significant is Greece’s general election?

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

Dr Steve McCabe – Birmingham City Business School

The Greek election has huge significance. Voters there have voted for a party committed to tearing up the agreement made with the ‘troika’ of the IMF, EU and ECB (European Central Bank) that has provided an economic package of £185 billion since 2010. Greece, we should remember, suffered […]

1401, 2015

Bring Back Borstal

By |January 14th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off

Would bringing back the methods from Borstal Prison solve the current crisis in UK prisons? Professor David Wilson discusses.

In what can only be described as one of the worst inspection reports on a Young Offender Institution (YOI) of all time, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, yesterday described HMYOI Feltham as “unacceptably violent” and […]

412, 2014

An architect’s view of the new Birmingham Conservatoire

By |December 4th, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off

Tom Jarman is a Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the architects behind the plans for the new Birmingaham Conservatoire. He recently completed a flagship £23 million arts facility comprising a studio workshop and gallery building for Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University.

Here he discusses the considerations that have shaped the new Conservatoire design.

In […]

212, 2014

A new Conservatoire for Birmingham

By |December 2nd, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off

We were recently delighted to publish designs for the ambitious new £40m+ home of Birmingham Conservatoire, set to open in 2017.
As with many new building designs, the concepts were subject to a healthy debate online, via our Facebook page.

So, we thought we’d continue the debate here, starting with a guest blog post from Dean of […]

2711, 2014

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

By |November 27th, 2014|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

By Professor Andrew Kulman, School of Visual Communication

If I might be allowed to put the divine birth to one side, here in advertising land we’re eagerly anticipating the new batch of seasonal ads.

How, we ask, might the retailer John Lewis better their Christmas offering from last year? Will a digital penguin usurp the animated ‘Bear […]

411, 2014

Why are university students so stressed?

By |November 4th, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off

By Professor Craig Jackson – Head of Psychology at Birmingham City University
One difference between this generation of students and the ones before them concerns the massive amount of responsibilities they have. These differences cannot be ignored as they are pervasive and ever-present.
When higher education was free and viewed as a privilege, students were encouraged to […]

2310, 2014

Birmingham Recorder and Early Music Festival

By |October 23rd, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off

Annabel Knight, Recorder Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire, discusses a surge of interest in the recorder and an upcoming festival.
Once upon a time, as a fresh college graduate, when people asked me what I did for a living, I was likely to tell a white lie. ‘I play the flute!’ I would say, with a smile […]

2310, 2014

Tesco must stop Hi-Lo and start EDLP

By |October 23rd, 2014|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

Chris Edger, Professor of Multi-Unit Leadership at Birmingham City University, comments on Tesco’s falling sales.
In today’s revised H1 statement which declared a 4.6 per cent drop in sales and significant profit adjustment, the new CEO of Tesco Dave Lewis said that the Company’s three immediate priorities included; recovering UK competitiveness, strengthening the balance sheet and building trust/transparency […]