2702, 2015

University to host Birmingham Integration Roadshow

By |February 27th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off

Birmingham is one of the world’s most multicultural cities. But in the wake of global terror attacks, has life become more difficult for people in the city? Are incidences of hate crime on the rise? And how is the relationship between our faith communities and the police?

Birmingham City University is hosting a national debate on […]

2402, 2015

Killer Psychopaths: Almost Human

By |February 24th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off

As I entered the lift of my hotel in Wichita, Kansas, two other people joined me. Both were dressed entirely as animals although, luckily for me, despite being completely encased in a furry costume, they both spoke English.

“Which floor?” asked the largest who was dressed as, I think, a biker mouse.

“8th please,” I replied, and […]

1702, 2015

Who killed EastEnders’ Lucy Beale? Or more importantly, why do we care?

By |February 17th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off

One of the things that gets me out of bed in the morning is my mission to bust the numerous myths and stereotypes around homicide[1]. Whilst crimes like this feature prominently in the broadcast and entertainment media, they are very rare and not many of us will have direct experience of them. This is clearly […]

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)

602, 2015

Serial Thriller: Killer Psychopaths with Professor David Wilson

By |February 6th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off

“I want my fun” – Joanna Dennehey, 2014

Psychopath. The word has seamlessly passed into everyday speech and common usage. On any given day I will hear someone describe their friend, their boss, ex-partner, or just somebody that they know as a ‘psychopath’, with almost total faith that they actually understand what they are describing.

Yet, when […]

1601, 2015

BCU Talks To… Zoe Pelletier

By |January 16th, 2015|Student Life|Comments Off

French criminology student Zoe Pelletier made local headlines last week when she organised a candlelit vigil in Birmingham City Centre to show solidarity and to pay tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

An estimated 700 people gathered around Victoria Square last Thursday (Jan 8), lighting candles as a mark of respect. The 22-year-old […]

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 […]

912, 2014

West Midlands Police Security Risk

By |December 9th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

By John Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology

Late last night an anonymous tip was given to West Midlands Police about a supposed plot to kidnap and kill a police officer. Rightly, a decision was made to recall officers to base and to brief them on this information. Coming on the back of an increase in the threat […]

407, 2014

Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile – Challenging the “performances” of sexual predators

By |July 4th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Reader in Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

Many of us are once again reflecting upon modern day sexual predators following the recent investigation into Jimmy Savile’s activities in NHS organisations and the conviction of Rolf Harris on 12 counts of indecent assault. We continue to […]