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 […]

1303, 2015

Becoming a Postgraduate- Rishma’s Story

By |March 13th, 2015|Student Life|Comments Off


(n.) /noun

Short for postgraduate

Someone who has been through hell and back and decided to do it again
Deciding on your academic future isn’t as easy as making a cup of tea. You would think that after doing an undergraduate degree it would make postgraduate study easier. The same fears and hopes you once had as an […]

602, 2015

Dear #BCUstudents: “I’m worried about moving to a new city”

By |February 6th, 2015|Here to Help!, Student Life|Comments Off

Niall Magennis is the Student Union President at Birmingham City University. He moved to Birmingham from Ireland in 2010 to study BA (Hons) Media and Communication.

When I first arrived at the Coppice in City North Campus, ‘Oh my goodness, say something else!!!’ seemed to be the theme of my Welcome Week. I thought everyone around […]

3001, 2015

BCU Talks To… Tracey Thorne

By |January 30th, 2015|In The News, Student Life|Comments Off

Did you know before digital signs and billboards, advertisements were directly hand-painted on the brickwork of buildings?

Nowadays, most of us probably don’t even notice the fading advertising signs on buildings around Birmingham but now PhD student Tracey Thorne is bringing these ‘ghost signs’ back in the public eye. Following her feature on BBC Midland’s Today, Views@BCU […]

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 student’s guide to Birmingham at Christmas

By |December 2nd, 2014|Student Life|Comments Off

Ella Robson is a postgraduate student at our School of Media and graduated in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Media and Communication.

Christmas in Birmingham may seem crazy and hectic if you venture anywhere near the Bullring shopping centre! Experiencing the festive season in a new location – especially one as big as Birmingham – was […]

2811, 2014

Student life in a tourist spot

By |November 28th, 2014|Student Life|Comments Off

Ibiboba Oyibo, from Nigeria, started the MBA International course at Birmingham City University in January 2014

Before coming to Birmingham, I had no notion of what to expect. All I knew was that it was a famous place, maybe because of Aston Villa Football Club, just maybe. I was excited to start my MBA International and […]

708, 2014

A student’s guide to Birmingham

By |August 7th, 2014|Student Life|Comments Off

Sarah Holmes, a third-year English student, gives her guide to the city

When I first arrived in Birmingham, I was overwhelmed. Coming from a mid-sized town, Birmingham seemed to go on forever, yet while you soon get to know your way around the main areas, there is always a new hidden gem to be found, a […]

2804, 2014

Why it’s great to study in Birmingham

By |April 28th, 2014|Student Life|Comments Off

Vidhi Anand, Fashion and Textiles Design MA

As a newcomer or so called “freshee” as the people out here like to term it, you are always worried about how you would possibly fit in such a big place in a completely new environment, especially when it is the first time you are moving away from your […]

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 […]