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 […]

1012, 2014

Are the days of the Licence Fee numbered?

By |December 10th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

A recent Ofcom report states that there are almost a million households who have a broadband connection, but no TV. The implication is that these households are still viewing TV content, but online, perhaps through catch-up services via their mobile, tablet or laptop, rather than on a TV.

Is this a problem? Well, potentially yes, particularly […]

1003, 2014

Is online the future for public service broadcasting?

By |March 10th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

Vanessa Jackson – Course Director, Media and Communication at Birmingham City University

What does the decision to axe BBC Three, and move off the channel to online only, mean for the audience? Ok, television viewing amongst young adults may have dropped quite radically over the last five years, but does that mean that the opportunity to […]

2211, 2013

Who’s your Doctor Who?

By |November 22nd, 2013|In The News|Comments Off

Vanessa Jackson, Degree Leader in Television at Birmingham City University. Vanessa also runs a television history project.

As Dr Who mania reaches fever pitch in the run up to the 50th Anniversary of the drama series, we ought to question the secret of its success – and I think the answer is very simple, it is the […]

2309, 2013

This time last year I was watching The Midwives

By |September 23rd, 2013|Student Life|Comments Off

By Molly Davis – First year midwifery student at Birmingham City University

This time last year I was watching the first series of ‘The Midwives’ and beginning my course at Birmingham City University. I never dreamed I would end up on the show myself. Being a first year student; juggling the demands of the course, independent […]

2309, 2013

A day in the life…of my life

By |September 23rd, 2013|Student Life|Comments Off

By Melissa Staunton – Final Year Midwifery Student at Birmingham City University

So, if you told me that at the time of applying for midwifery at BCU I was going to be filmed for a documentary for the BBC I would have laughed and not believed you! I might not even have applied knowing that I […]

2308, 2013

What Remains? Not ‘Social Capital’ that’s for sure

By |August 23rd, 2013|In The News|Comments Off

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This Sunday sees the arrival of the BBC four-part crime drama, ‘What Remains’. The setting is a block of flats in South London. Melissa Young, the resident of the top floor flat has not been seen for two years. A body is discovered in […]