2002, 2015

Obama needs to recognise the Internet’s success isn’t just down to America

By |February 20th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

Professor Mike Jackson, Birmingham City Business School

There is much to be praised in President Obama’s plan for a free and open Internet  and much which might inform the polices of European Governments.  On the other hand, in his interview to Recode, he makes claims which really should be challenged:

Obama said: “We have owned the Internet. Our […]

1012, 2014

Postgraduate loans – the winners and losers

By |December 10th, 2014|Here to Help!, In The News|Comments Off

On 3 December 2014, in his Autumn Statement Chancellor George Osborne unveiled plans to introduce government-backed postgraduate loans from 2016/17. The proposals expect to bring an additional 10,000 students into postgraduate study in England.

Worth up to £10,000, the 2016/17 postgraduate loans will be offered in any master’s subject, but eligibility will be restricted to students […]

1012, 2014

Postgraduate loans: a student’s reaction

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

Emily Bettison is studying the MA in Creative Industries and Cultural Policy at Birmingham City University

Initially when the news flashed up on my phone that the government were creating loans for postgraduate study – I was slightly annoyed, having  just started my self-funded MA this year.

I’m just finishing my first term and it has been […]

2108, 2013

Are nurses being asked to act as ‘mental health police’ in new government scheme?

By |August 21st, 2013|In The News|Comments Off

Kim Moore, Lecturer in Mental Health, Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Health

The government announced this week that five more police forces are to pilot a scheme whereby mental health nurses will accompany officers on call-outs. The new scheme aims to provide police forces with the support of health professionals who are able to provide the […]

2907, 2013

Introduction of tribunal fees

By |July 29th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

By Professor Fiona Church, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences

New rules introduced today bring in charges of up to £250 to lodge a claim at the employment tribunal, rising to a maximum of £950 if the case goes ahead.

The government is promoting this as a positive move to help employers avoid […]

2307, 2013

Clearing the way for Clearing

By |July 23rd, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

Kathryn Jones, Director of Marketing & Communications at Birmingham City University

With A level results day fast approaching, universities across the UK are gearing up for the chaotic scramble to fill university places at this time of year. Last year, over 300 institutions and more than 55,700 students obtained their places in Clearing – 4,600 more […]

512, 2012

Potential thoughts on the Autumn Statement by George Osborne

By |December 5th, 2012|In The News|Comments Off

By Dr Steve McCabe, Director of Research Degrees at Birmingham City Business School

The ‘leaked’ headline that there will be an additional £5 billion investment over the next three years spent on rebuilding schools, improving transport infrastructure and in science is good news; especially for construction companies which can expand their workload.

Clearly any future upturn in the […]

2211, 2012

Should prisoners have the right to vote?

By |November 22nd, 2012|Opinion|Comments Off

Dr Sarah Pemberton, Lecturer in Criminology, Faculty of Education, Law & Social Sciences

Currently, we have a prison population of just under 90,000 people, and depending on the nature of the offence or prison the sentence was served in, as many as 74% of prisoners will reoffend. There are many reasons why people reoffend and these […]

2111, 2012

Will the CBI report be an end to the current patchwork-reform system?

By |November 21st, 2012|Opinion|Comments Off

By Professor Fiona Church, Executive Dean, Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences

The CBI ‘First Steps Report’ calls for a more holistic approach to reform in education – wholesale review rather than the confusing patchwork of reforms schools have had to deal with over the past few years.

The CBI are critical of  the current system […]

2112, 2011

Three key challenges for improved planning

By |December 21st, 2011|Opinion|Comments Off

By Professor Alister Scott at the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University

The Select Committee report on the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) released this week confirms that the NPPF is not fit for purpose. It also exonerated planners being labelled the ‘enemy of enterprise’ and challenged the simplistic and foolhardy […]