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Dr Berny Sebe (CAL) was featured in an episode of Great Continental Railway Journeys on BBC 2. Berny was (from 47.30) interviewed about the French Empire in the nineteenth century, how it perceived itself as a major power and the increasing tensions with the newly formed German Empire.

Professor Laura Piddock (MDS) was interviewed on BBC News about the growing threat of drug resistant infections. Professor Piddock was also featured in an article on BBC News Online discussing the need for further investment into novel ways of combatting the problem.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4 about the publication of the CIA’s report on torture.

Professor Peter Davies (EPS) was featured on the Mail Online, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, the Birmingham Mail and i (The Paper for Today) concerning research that has suggested telling prospective students they will earn more money can encourage more young people to take maths at A Level.

Professor Lisa Bortolotti (CAL) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service concerning her research into how memory can help people to predict the results of actions. 

The Duke of Cambridge’s visit to St Basils to see the results of a programme, run jointly with University of Birmingham academics, was featured on ITV News Central. Dr Jennifer Cumming was interviewed about how the use of sports psychology is being used to help residents rebuild their lives. 

A University of Birmingham report into how liquid air could be used to stop wastage in the Indian food chain was featured in the Hindustan Times.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir David Eastwood was interviewed by The Times of India about collaborations between the University of Birmingham and Indian partners.

Lord Bilimoria was interviewed in The Times of India about his role as Chancellor of the University.

Professor Kathy Armour (LES) was interviewed on BBC Breakfast discussing the Big PE Conversation results. The research was also featured on BBC News Onlineand BBC Radio WM.

Dr Pat Hanlon (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio Tees about the proposed new lane for the A19. 

Mr Antonio Belli (MDS) was interviewed by BBC World Service and BBC News Onlineabout how repeated concussions can harm a person’s brain in reference to research into the changes in player’s brains after a season playing American Football. 

Professor Peter March (CAL) was featured in an article onBBC News Onlineabout an original watercolour of the artist’s impression of Birmingham Town Hall before it was built. 

Professor Andy Lymer (CoSS) wrote an article for ITV.comabout the Midlands response to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement.

Dr Chris Callow (CAL) wrote an article for BBC History Magazine about the disappearance of Nordic settlers in Greenland in the 14th century.

Lord Bilimoria wrote an article for GulfNews.comabout international student mobility and Indian students at UK institutions.

University of Birmingham research has shown that pollution in Delhi is worse in the winter than summer. The story, including quotes from Professor Roy Harrison, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, was featured in several key India publications including Hindustan TimesDeccan HeraldANI NewsThe Asian AgeNDTV, Zee NewsABP Live and Firstpost.

November 2014

Lord Bilimoria was featured in an article on BBC News Online discussing the delegation to India and UK immigration.

Mr Antonio Belli (MDS) was interviewed by BBC News Online about the recent death of cricket player Phillip Hughes and what can be done to produce helmets that offer complete protection. Professor Belli was also interviewed in The Mail Online. 

The new University of Birmingham Quantum Technology Hub was widely reported, including in NatureThe Birmingham PostScienceMyScience and a variety of specialist publications. Professor Kai Bongs (EPS) was interviewed by BBC Radio WM about the £80 million investment and how it will be used.

Professor Alan Murie (LES) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 concerning how renting trends in the UK housing sector have developed post WW2.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester about the riots in Ferguson, Missouri after a police officer shot dead an unarmed black teenager. Professor Lucas was also interviewed on BBC Radio WM, BBC Radio Stoke, BBC Radio Shropshire and BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire.

Dr Steve Hewitt (CAL) wrote an article for ITV.com about Government attempts to tackle terrorism.

The Jubilee Centre for Characters and Virtues’ research into the ethics of lawyers was featured in Russia Today.

Professor Sir David Eastwood was interviewed by several high-profile journalists during his recent visit to India, where he was accompanied by the Chancellor. More than 40 separate articles appeared in high-profile publications including The Times of IndiaHindustan TimesThe New Indian Express, and The Telegraph.

Dr Pamela Robinson (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 about supermarkets and their relationships with their suppliers.

Professor Kamel Hawwash (EPS) was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live about the ongoing conflict and current events in Israel and Palestine.

Dr Daniel Tennant (MDS) was featured in an article in the Mail Online about how a ketogenic diet can affect the genes in brain tumours and abate symptoms such as seizures.

Professor Anthony Barnett (MDS) was featured in an article in the Daily Mail about how increasing numbers of young children are being diagnosed with diabetes.

Professor Angela Creese (CoSS) was interviewed for an article in The Guardian  about a study into the impact of moving a young child to a different linguistic environment.

Emeritus Professor Robert Knecht (CAL) wrote an article for History Today about King Henry III of France.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed by BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester about IS and the threat of terrorism.

Dr Martin Strangwood (EPS) gave advice to the BBC’s motoring programme Top Gear on energy-absorbing foam materials. 

Professor Sir David Eastwood and Lord Bilimoria were featured in an article on the Hindustan Times about historical relations between the University of Birmingham and India.

Professor Stefan Wolff (CoSS) wrote an article for the Gulf Times on confidence-building measures in Ukraine.

Professor Angela Creese (CoSS) was featured in an article in the Gulf Times about how a ‘lost’ first language affects a baby’s brain.

Professor Sir David Eastwood was featured in an article in The Independent about the future of higher education.

Dr Caroline Tagg (CAL) wrote an article for The Guardian about how texting has affected children’s performance in literacy.

Lord Bilimoria was interviewed by the Daily Mail Online about his role as the University Chancellor.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed on Sky News about the US midterm elections. Professor Lucas was also interviewed on BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio Scotland and LBC 97.3.

Dr Chris Allen’s (CoSS) Conversation article was republished on the New Statesman about poppy hijabs and Islamophobia in the UK.

Professor Ian Henderson (MDS) was interviewed in the Daily Mail Online about how pathogens spread on a plane if a passenger sneezes mid-flight.

The University was mentioned in an article in the Times Higher Education  about the number of applicants for early career posts for PhD students.

Michael Roden (Principal of the University of Birmingham School) and Professor Sir David Eastwood were featured in an Independent  article about the new University of Birmingham School. The new University School was also featured in an article in the Independent about how the school aims to offer an enriched educational environment.

Dr Heather Marquette (CoSS) co-authored an article for The Guardian concerning accusations that the Department for International Development has failed to tackle corruption.

Professor Peter Hancox (EPS) was interviewed in i (the Paper for Today) on postgraduate engineering courses and career opportunities at the University of Birmingham.

Professor William Paterson (CoSS) was featured in Estado.com (Brazil) discussing the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Germany.

Professor Nick Hawes (EPS) featured on CNN with Bob the robot about his work experience placement as a security guard at G4S.

The University’s Golf Management course was featured in an article on Terra.com (Brazil) about unusual degree courses on offer at British universities.

Professor Laura Piddock (MDS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme about anti-microbial drugs and how to use them to minimise the threat of resistant organisms.

Professor Alice Roberts (MDS) was interviewed on BBC World Service about a programme she has made for the BBC about spiders.

Dr Andy Blannin (LES) was the resident expert for an episode of Trust Me I’m a Doctor on BBC 2 which looked into the levels of moderate exercise in household chores. The episode was watched by over 1.6 million viewers. Dr Blannin was also featured in an article on BBC News Online  on the same subject. 

Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown (MDS) was featured on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies concerning how lifestyle choices can damage the DNA in sperm cells.

Dr Nando Sigona (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio5’s Question Time Extra Time about illegal migration routes through the Mediterranean and the risks associated with such dangerous crossings (30.10.14)

Dr John Thornes (LES) was featured in The Times in an article concerning his research into the accuracy of weather forecasts.

Professor Sir David Eastwood was featured in a Birmingham Post article which discussed the University’s relationships with Chinese partnerships.

An ITV 1 Central News article discussed University of Birmingham research into antibiotic resistant bacteria and superbugs.

Dr Peter Balfe (MDS) was interviewed by BBC Radio WM about the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

The University’s use of Turnitin as a plagiarism checker was discussed in an article in AllAfrica.com about plagiarism in Rwandan higher education.

Dr David Houghton (CoSS) was interviewed for an article about selfies and how they affect relationships with other people in DN.Kultur.

The University’s development of an invisibility cloak which can make small objects vanish was discussed in an article on The Times of India.

 

October 2014

The University’s involvement in the drone’s policy commission report was widely covered. It featured on ITV News OnlineThe GuardianBBC News OnlineDaily Mail OnlineThe IndependentThe Telegraph, The Press Association, The Sun, The Daily Mirror and The Birmingham Post. The story was also covered on BBC Radio 4, and Professor Nick Wheeler (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio Essex about the possible use of drones in everyday life. 

Paul Schulte (CoSS) was interviewed on ITV Central about the increasing usage of drones in everyday life and possible terrorist risks as a result of this.

Dr Steve Hewitt (CAL) was interviewed on BBC Radio WM about the parliament shootings in Ottawa, Canada. Dr Hewitt was also interviewed in i (The Paper for Today) on the same topic.

Professor Isabelle Szmigin (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio WM concerning falling Tesco profits.

The Birmingham Post ran an article about a new project run by the Barber Institute of Fine Arts to help recovering drug addicts.

The University of Birmingham policy commission report into drones was featured in articles on Russia Today and The Sydney News.

The 2014 UK-China Smart Grid Workshop, held in Guangzhou, China included input from EPS academics Professor Xiao-Ping Zhang, Professor Yulong Ding and Dr Jonathan Radcliffe. This was covered in the Chinese media, including YicaiCSGForeign Affairs Office of Guangzhou Municipal Government and XKB.

Dr Raymond Reynolds (LES) was featured in an article in The Jagran Post about how visual and mechanical interactions affect stability.

Dr Peter Balfe (MDS) was interviewed on ITV 1 Central about Ebola and what measures have been taken to mitigate a UK outbreak.

The new University of Birmingham MOOC ‘Aviation Come of Age’ was discussed in an article on BBC News Online.

The University’s work into reducing pollution in the river Danube in an attempt to save several rare species was featured in an article on The Independent.

Dr Jennifer Cumming (LES) was featured in an article on BBC News Online concerning Raheem Sterling admitting that he was suffering from fatigue.

The University’s partnership with Deltak Wiley to develop online master’s courses was featured in the Times Higher Education.

Professor Jeremy Wyatt (EPS) was interviewed on The Science Show (Australia) about Boris the robot and how robots are developing abilities to complete everyday tasks; such as loading a dishwasher. 

Dr Derek Averre (CoSS) was interviewed by the Voice of Russia concerning comments made by the US Defence Secretary which described Russian military policy as ‘revisionist’.

University of Birmingham research which suggests that the quality of data collected from patient-led clinical trials is worryingly substandard was reported in Suddeutsche.de (Germany).

Professor Simon Collinson (CoSS) was interviewed in The Independent On Sunday about the changing structure of dissertations.

Professor Anthony Barnett (LES) was interviewed in a Press Association article about the negative effects that gambling and a sedentary lifestyle can have on your health, such as diabetes and obesity. 

Professor Russell Beale (EPS) was interviewed by BBC WM Inside Out for an item on detoxing from technology.

Dr Rose Whyman (CAL) was interviewed in The Guardian about the debate whether going to University or going to a specialist acting college is the better route to go into a career in acting. 

Dr Arfon Rees (CAL) was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales about Vladimir Putin's birthday celebrations.

Professor Isabelle Szmigin (CoSS) was interviewed by the Press Association in an article about the price of energy and how that will affect Britons this winter.

Professor Isabelle Szmigin (CoSS) reviews and comments on Gary Cross and Robert Proctor's new book Packaged Pleasures in Times Higher Education.

Dr Ken Wardle (CAL) was interviewed in Europa Press (Spain) about the Greek Bronze Age ending earlier than previously thought.

Dr Anna Phillips (LES) was mentioned in Sohu (China) regarding her research in to the response of the immune system to grief.

Dr Chris Allen (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 about Conservative proposals which would introduce banning orders and extremist disruption orders for extremist Muslim groups.

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard (MDS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour about how GPs have changed to suit a society where many women go out to work.

Dr Pamela Robinson (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio WM about discount supermarkets and why they appear to have rising profits compared to other supermarkets.

Professor Julian Cooper (CoSS) was interviewed in The Economist about the Russian budget and how the Ukraine crisis has affected it. 

Dr Cynthia Carliell-Marquet (EPS) was interviewed for BBC News Online about the use of biomethane gas at Minworth power plant to supply domestic gas in the Birmingham area. 

Dr Raya Al-Dadah’s (EPS) research into metal-organic framework (MOF) compounds was featured in an article on the Guardian.co.uk.

Dr Jackson Kirkmam- Brown (LES) was interviewed in The Times, The Times Online and The Times (Ireland) about a study that linked alcohol intake to the quality of a man’s sperm.

Professor Richard Williams (EPS) was interviewed in ihuawen.com (China) about the launch of the Railway Risk Management course at the University.

Dr Richard Connolly (CoSS) was interviewed in Voice of Russia about how sanctions haven’t had a direct effect on foreign investment in Russia.

Professor John Bryson (CoSS) was interviewed in Forbes about how 3D printers could transform the retail, supply and manufacturing sectors. 

British Science Festival 2014

Professor Jeremy Wyatt (EPS) and Boris the robot were featured on BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo Programme discussing how Boris is able to learn to pick up different objects with a human-like hand. Jeremy was also interviewed on BBC Radio WM and BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire about Boris. Jeremy and Boris were also featured on the BBC News Onlinewhich was the second top read story on the BBC News Online over the weekend.  They were also featured in The TimesITV.comThe Mail OnlineCBBC NewsroundThe Guardian, the Financial Times, Metro, Birmingham Mail, Press Association, MSN UK, Yahoo! UK and Ireland and the Daily Mail.  

Robots Bob and Boris were both featured on ITV News. Dr Nick Hawes (EPS) was interviewed about Bob’s capabilities and how he is beneficial to humans. Professor Jeremy Wyatt (EPS) was also featured discussing Boris and how he might be used in factories in the future.

Professor Vince Gaffney (CAL) was interviewed on BBC Breakfast, BBC News, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5 and BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme discussing the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project. The project was the subject of a two-part BBC Two documentary Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath, which charted the research and showcased the findings. 

Professor Gaffney (CAL) was featured widely on local BBC Radio stations discussing Stonehenge, including BBC Radio WM, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC World Service, BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio Stoke and BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester. Professor Gaffney was interviewed about the Hidden Landscapes Project and his research by The GuardianThe MirrorITV News OnlineThe TelegraphNatureThe IndependentThe Mail Online UKSky NewsChannel 4 News OnlineThe Times, the Financial Times, Birmingham Mail, i (The Paper for Today) and Reuters (UK).  

Dr Michael Grey (LES) was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 concerning the development of a breathalyser to test for concussions after injuries sustained during sports. Both Dr Michael Grey (LES) and Mr Tony Belli (MDS) were interviewed about pitch-side breathalysers in The TimesThe TelegraphMail Online UK.

Mr Tony Belli (MDS) was also featured on BBC News OnlineThe Independent, the Financial Times, the Daily Mirror and i (The Paper for Today) discussing proposed pitch-side breathalyser tests for concussions.

Dr Richard Butler (LES) was interviewed by The Sunday Telegraph discussing his research into dinosaur evolution. Dr Butler was also featured in the Mail Online UK.

Dr Anna Phillips (LES) and Professor Janet Lord (LES) were interviewed by The Independentdiscussing how immune defences, which protect the immune system against infection are weakened in the grief period after the loss of someone close; particularly in the elderly. Both Dr Phillips and Professor Lord were featured in an article in The Guardianon the same subject. 

Dr Anna Phillips (LES) was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Drive Time and was also featured in an article on BBC News OnlineThe Telegraph, The Times, i (The Paper for Today), the Press Association and the Mail Online UKdiscussing the body’s immune response to the death of a close family member.

Professor Andreas Freise (EPS) was featured in an article on BBC News Onlineconcerning his research into gravitational waves.

Dr Nigel Maxted (LES) was interviewed by BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and The Independentdiscussing crop wild relatives (CWR) in the fertile crescent in the Middle East and what this means for future food security. Dr Maxted was also featured in The Mail Online UKBBC News Online, and the Press Association discussing his research into CWRs.

Dr Mirco Musolesi (EPS) was featured in an article in The Irish Timesexplaining how digital traces on Foursquare can reveal eating habits from around the world. 

Dr Nigel Maxted (LES) was interviewed by The Times of Indiaabout CWRs and what threats wars in the Middle East pose to food security. He was also featured in The West Australian, The Irish Times, Sky News AustraliaChina DialogueThe Argentina Star,Nigeria Sunand The Daily Telegraph Australia. The story was widely picked up internationally, particularly in Australia, New Zealand and India.

Professor Jeremy Wyatt (EPS) was interviewed by El Mundodiscussing Boris the robot and how he is able to make decisions about the best ways to pick up an object with a human-like hand. The story was picked up widely and Professor Wyatt and Boris were featured in The Irish IndependentSina, The Wall Street Journal, The New Zealand HeraldVietnamnetResapubblicaand IBNlive.in.com and many other international publications. 

Dr Anna Phillips (LES) was interviewed in The Washington Postabout how the immune system responds to the death of a loved one. The story was picked up widely internationally, including in The Times of India, The Irish Times, The Daily Telegraph Australiaand Time.   

Dr Michael Grey (LES) and Mr Tony Belli (MDS) were featured in The Australian discussing potential use of breathalysers to test for concussion after sporting injury. They were also interviewed by The Irish TimesMED India, and Science Daily

Professor Vince Gaffney (CAL) was interviewed by The Discovery Channelabout the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project and what it has shown about the history of Stonehenge. This story was picked up on every habitable continent in the world, and received unprecedented coverage with requests for images, interviews and further information coming in throughout the week. Professor Gaffney was also featured in The Times of IndiaDie ZeitEl PaísEl MundoO GloboAgence France PresseThe Irish IndependentChina Daily, The Guardian Nigeria, ForbesThe Daily Telegraph Australia,The Hindu, The Washington Post and a variety of smaller international publications.

September 2014

  Dr Nick Hawes (EPS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 concerning Bob the robot and how he is able to navigate corridors and make decisions about where is most important to patrol.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 about airstrikes in Syria and what impact US strikes will have on IS. Professor Lucas was also interviewed on BBC Radio WM on the same topic.

Dr Kataryna Wolczuk (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC World Service about the reforms promised by the Ukrainian President in a speech that promised to tackle corruption in Ukraine.

Dr Vanessa Heggie (MDS) was featured in an article on BBC News Online discussing Victorian keep-fit techniques.

Professor Laura Piddock (MDS) was interviewed about antibiotic resistance and its consequences for an article in The Telegraph and BBC News Online.

Professor Chris Thomas (LES) was interviewed in The Times discussing antibiotics and how needing a second course of antibiotics may not mean the bacteria is resistant.

A piece looking at the progress, aims and ambitions of the University of Birmingham School and featuring School Principal Michael Roden was the lead item on BBC Midlands Today on Thursday 25 September. An accompanying piece also featured on the BBC website. The Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Post also both ran an interview with Mr Roden about the School.

Dr Matthew Francis (CAL) was interviewed on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester discussing Ed Miliband and the Labour Party Conference.

Dr Anna Phillips (LES) was interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire about how bereavement can affect the immune system.

Professor Constanze Bonifer (MDS) was interviewed in the Birmingham Mail about University of Birmingham research into leukaemia. The story was also featured in theBirmingham Post

Boris the robot was featured in an article on Wired.it (Italy).

Dr Anna Phillips (LES) was featured in an article on iol.co.za (South Africa) discussing how grief can affect the immune system.

Dr Marco Vierira wrote an article for The Conversation on BRICS support for Russia which was republished on The Epoch Times (USA)

Dr Nigel Maxted and Dr Shelagh Kell (LES) were interviewed by the Financial Times about crop wild relatives and the importance of conserving them.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed by BBC World Service about American reactions to the Scottish referendum and how an independent Scotland would have affected America.

Professor Vince Gaffney (CAL) was featured in the BBC 2 documentary Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath.

Principal of the University of Birmingham School, Michael Roden was interviewed by The Timesabout the School’s popularity.

Professor Paul Schulte (CoSS) was interviewed on Sky News about a new hostage video released by IS.

Dr Nigel Maxted (LES) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 discussing crop wild relatives in conflict zones.

Dr Berny Sèbe (CAL) was featured in an article on BBC Online Newsdiscussing separatist movements in Africa and what potential impact the Scottish referendum might have on them.

Professor Stefan Wolff (CoSS) was interviewed in The Telegraph discussing whether or not governments would consider seduction an off-limit technique in espionage.

Dr Richard Butler and Dr Ivan Sansom (LES) were featured in an article on the Mail Online UKdiscussing claims that an ancient fossil found in a Siberian river might be a dinosaur.

Dr Michael Grey (LES) was featured in an article in the Birmingham Mail about the importance of tests for concussion for injuries sustained during sports matches.

Professor Constanze Bonifer (MDS) was featured inLa Infomacion.comdiscussing University of Birmingham research into gene mutation which could lead to new therapies to treat Leukemia. The story was also picked up in America and featured on Science News Line.

Mr Tony Belli (MDS) was interviewed bySinadiscussing concussion from sports injury and the results of repetitive heading of footballs.

Guangzhou Daily article discussed a University of Birmingham research study into weight-loss.

August 2014

Professor Laura Piddock (MDS) was featured on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service discussing the dangers of antibiotic resistance.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Programme and BBC World Service concerning events in Ferguson, Missouri and how this reflects current American attitudes and anger towards issues such as housing. 

Dr Kataryna Wolczuk (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 discussing the current relationship between Russia and the Ukraine.

Professor Anthony Beech (LES) was featured in an article on Channel 4 News Online discussing how rates of abuse by paedophiles in Britain differs from other countries, according to an NSPCC study.

Professor Alice Roberts (MDS) was interviewed in The Independent discussing her latest book and the difficulties she has faced in her career due to her gender. 

Dr Vanessa Heggie (MDS) wrote an article for The Guardian about the history of hospital food. 

Professor Vince Gaffney (CAL) was featured in an article on the Mail Online discussing his recent research into Stonehenge and the discovery of 15 previously unknown Neolithic monuments. Professor Gaffney (CAL) also featured on Terra.com (Brazil) discussing recent discoveries at Stonehenge and Kurier.at (Austria).

University of Birmingham research that suggests children’s car seats have twice as many germs as a toilet seat was featured on the Mail Online. The research was also widely picked up internationally; including in The Daily Telegraph AustraliaThe Nation Pakistan and News.com.au.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio WM discussing the increase in terror threat level for the UK.

Dr Asaf Siniver (CoSS) was featured on BBC Radio WM discussing the broken ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and the Israeli withdrawal from Egypt.

Professor Isabelle Szmigin (CoSS) was interviewed by BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester discussing ‘neknominations’ and the dangers associated with this craze.

Dr Steve Hewitt (CAL) was interviewed on BBC Radio WM concerning the numbers of young British Muslims going to join IS.

Dr Bernhard Staresina (LES) was featured in an article on National Geographiccommenting on how findings from recent research into memory might be used to alleviate the detrimental effects from unwanted memories.

Professor Sir David Eastwood (Vice Chancellor) was featured in an article in The Telegraph and also ITV 1 News and ITV 1 News at Ten discussing Clearing and the opportunities it presents to attract good students. 

Dr James Treadwell (CAL) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme discussing voter turnout for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

Dr Michael Grey (LES) was interviewed in the Mail Online UKMirror.co.ukThe TelegraphThe Independent, and  Sky News, discussing the need for greater research to be undertaken for the risks associated with repetitive “heading” of the ball whilst playing football, and the long term effects on children. Dr Grey was also interviewed on BBC Radio 5 and Five News discussing the same topic. The interview was widely picked up by regional radio stations including BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, and BBC Radio Shropshire.

Dr Erin Sullivan (CAL) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 discussing the history of medical handbooks.

Dr Richard Connolly (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 discussing the Russian economy and the problems it is currently facing.

Professor Anthony Mason (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 2 discussing the risks associated with air-drops and how important humanitarian aid air-drops are to those in need.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 5’s Richard Bacon Programme concerning the attitude of Iraqis towards American air strikes and military intervention in Iraq and the role of oil in the US decision to become involved. Professor Lucas was also featured widely on regional radio programmes including BBC Radio WM, LBC 1152 AM, BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, and BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester.

Roderick Smith (Director of Admissions), was featured in an article in the Guardian.co.uk discussing the implications of the future increase in competition between UK universities for the best students. He was also featured in another article in The Guardian discussing how to register for the process of adjustment.

Dr Richard Butler (LES) was featured in an article about the history of dinosaurs and palaeontology research at the University in the Birmingham Mail (8.8.14) 

Dr Berny Sèbe (CAL) was interviewed by BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester concerning the influence of the 2003 Iraq War on the current situation in Gaza (10.8.14)

Dr Michael Grey (LES) was featuredon ABC Online Australia discussing how greater research needs to be undertaken into the risks associated with repetitive “heading” whilst playing football.

Professor Julian Cooper (CoSS) was featured in an article in The Moscow Times discussing the Russian decision to ban all meat, poultry, fish, cheese, milk and dairy products from the EU, the US, Australia, Canada and Norway due to sanctions imposed over its Ukraine policy and how this might affect the Customs Union partnership between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

University of Birmingham research into how coffee can provide hydration was featured on ABCNEWS.com.

Dr Richard Butler (LES) featured on BBC Midlands Today talking about his research into the first dinosaur to be discovered in Venezuela. He was also interviewed on BBC Radio Stoke, BBC Radio WM, BBC Hereford & Worcester, BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire.

Dr Pamela Robinson (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio5 ‘5 Live Breakfast’ on how supermarkets should be proactive and not just reactive regarding the large number of chicken products sold at stores contaminated with campylobacter.

Professor Laura Piddock (MDS) was featured in an article in Times Higher Education discussing how less than 1% of funding awarded to UK researchers in the past five years was spent on antibiotic research.

Roderick Smith (Corporate) was featured in an article on the Guardian.co.uk discussing the process of Adjustment on A-Level results day.

Dr Nick Hawes’s (EPS) autonomous robot Bob, was featured in the Financial Times in an article about his work experience as a trainee security guard at G4S, and how robots might help humans in daily tasks.  

Alex Taylor (UBSport) was interviewed for an article in The Guardian which focused on whether or not athletes and members of sports teams perform better at university.

Dr Richard Butler (LES), Dr Nick Hawes (EPS), Professor Jeremy Wyatt (EPS), and Professor Alice Roberts (MDS) were featured in a Birmingham Mail article about the University and the British Science Festival.

Dr Michael Grey (LES) was interviewed on BBC Radio WM discussing the new FA guidelines on concussion.

Dr Matt Cole (CAL) was interviewed on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire discussing the news that Boris Johnson is considering running in the next general election.

Professor Andrew Sanders (CAL) was interviewed on BBC 1 (News), BBC 2 (News) and BBC Radio Wales discussing victim impact statements.

Professor Isabelle Szmigin (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio WM discussing a graphic image that has been shown on the BBC of children dying in Gaza and the public’s response.

Dr Michael Snape (CAL) was interviewed on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester, discussing what the mood was 100 years ago just before World War 1, and what triggered the war.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland discussing the history of the Israeli-American relationship.

Professor Adam Tickell was interviewed by BBC Midlands Today and BBC Radio WM concerning the fire at Manor House.

Professor Laura Piddock (MDS) co-wrote an article on CNN, concerning the dangers of antibiotics becoming resistant, and how governments must do more to encourage drug development. 

Dr Richard Butler (LES) was featured in articles on Yahoo! News Australia and Fox News, discussing if the North American fossil record is fully representative of other regions at that period in history. 

July 2014

 Dr Richard Butler (LES) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme discussing dinosaur diversity in the ten million years before the asteroid impact and how if it had occurred earlier or later then the extinction might not have happened. The same story was featured on  BBC News Online, The TelegraphThe IndependentMail Online UKNational Geographic, BBC World News, BBC 4 World News Today, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio WM

The dinosaur story was widely picked up internationally, including in CBS NewsDaijiworld.com, the Huffington PostNet India 123The Times of IndiaYahoo IndiaYahoo Malaysia Yahoo AustraliaYahoo Canada 

Dr Richard Williams (EPS) and Peter Clack (International) were featured in an article in the Times Higher Education discussing the University’s relationship with institutions in Brazil 

Professor Bob Stone (EPS) was featured in an article in Guardian.co.uk and The Observer about virtual reality systems in the gaming industry 

Dr Philippa Semper (CAL) was featured in an article in the Birmingham Post  about the Lord of The Rings trilogy and its impact upon young people choosing to read fantasy novels

Dr James Treadwell (CAL) was interviewed on BBC Radio WM discussing whether or not criminals are getting more brazen 

The Birmingham Mail had a feature article on the British Science Festival which focused on the University’s role in the festival 

An article written by Dr Richard Connolly (CoSS) about Western responses to Russia in the wake of MH17 originally featured in The Conversation was republished by The Washington Post

Professor Kamel Hawwash (EPS) was interviewed in the Gulf Times discussing the stance of countries in the Middle East towards the Israeli-Palestine conflict  

Dr Simon Jackson’s (CAL) Conversation article about French reactions to the AH 5017 plane crash was republished in AllAfrica.com  

Professor Alice Roberts (MDS) was featured on BBC Radio 4’s ‘BBC Inside Science’ discussing ‘panglossianism’ in evolution and claims made about evolution which cannot be tested 

Dr Fiona McNab (LES) was interviewed on BBC World Service ‘Science in Action’and BBC Radio 4 about her study into how risky behaviour and impulsiveness can be tested with a specially designed mobile phone. Dr McNab was also featured in an article on BBC News Online about the mobile phone app 

Professor John Bryson (LES) was featured in a BBC Newsarticle discussing the economic impact of Chinese tourism in the West Midlands

Dr Peter Gray (CAL) was featured in an article in the Times Higher Education Supplement about the MOOC course on the First Word War run jointly with the University and the BBC. The University’s First World War MOOC was also discussed in an article on the Mail Online UK 

Professor Laura Piddock (MDS) was interviewed about the role which UK research must play to tackle growing global antibiotic resistance for an article in The Daily Telegraph. Professor Piddock was also featured in MSN UK and the Telegraph (web) discussing the same issue

The University of Birmingham was listed as one of the top 10 UK universities in the world rankings by the Telegraph 

Lord Bilimoria was interviewed in the Birmingham Post about his family ties to the University and his installation as Chancellor

Professor Angela Creese (CoSS) was featured in the Birmingham Mail discussing a research project led by the University of Birmingham into multilingualism 

Dr Derek Averre (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio WM about armed militias in Ukraine and Russia, the problems associated with this, and how this affects international relationships with the Russian Government 

Professor Jon Ayres (MDS) was interviewed in TheStar.com.my discussing how steroid asthma inhalers can supress growth in children 

Professor Alice Roberts (MDS) and John Clatworthy (LES) were quoted in an article on Hispanic Business News about the Lapworth Museum redevelopment project 

Dr Richard Connolly (CoSS) was featured in an article on Voice of Russia discussing the impact European commercial interests are having on attitudes towards Russia post-MH17

Professor Isabelle Szmigin (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme discussing customer service.  

The Heritage Lottery Fund grant to the Lapworth Museum (GEES) was featured in the Birmingham Post in an article about its redevelopment.  

The installation of Lord Bilimoria was featured in the Times Higher and the Independent, as well as a number of international titles including The Hindustan Times, the Times of India and The Telegraph (India) and NDTV

Dr Berny Sèbe (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC World News discussing the significance of Algeria as the compromised venue for talks between the government and rebels in Africa 

Dr Pat Hanlon (CoSS) was featured in an article on BBC News (Web), discussing the difficulties in implementing an underground transport system in Birmingham 

Professor Jon Ayres (MDS) was featured in an article on the Evening Standard, Mirror.co.uk, Telegraph, Reuters UK, The Daily Telegraph, and Yahoo! UK and Ireland  discussing studies confirming that asthma inhalers suppress growth in children, but saying the effect is small and non-cumulative.

Dr Nicola Wilkin (EPS) was featured in an article on Nature (Web), discussing the potential application of quantum mechanics into real life

Mr Antonio Belli (MDS) was featured on BBC News (Web), discussing the dangers football players face returning to the pitch after concussion (14/07/2014).

Dr Pat Hanlon (CoSS) was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live concerning the practical implications of a new requirement that all electronic devices taken on board aircraft as hand luggage must be charged up sufficiently to be turned on mid-flight 

Dr Nick Hawes (EPS) was featured on BBC Radio 4 discussing Bob the autonomous robot and how he uses sensor information to navigate around his environment and solve problems (8.7.14)

Professor Yvonne Elsworth (EPS) was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 discussing the science of the sun 

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed by BBC Radio WM discussing Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and the wider events between current Israeli-Palestinian tensions 

Professor Jenny Phillimore (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester discussing immigration in Britain and the moral panic which has been generated by politicians and the media 

The University of Birmingham BGI partnership was featured in an article in the Birmingham PostProfessor John Colbourne (LES) was quoted discussing the potential impact of the partnership on transforming the human environment and health 

Professor John Colbourne (LES) was featured in an article on Instrument.com.cndiscussing the new partnership between UoB and BGI 

University of Birmingham research into Islamophobia was discussed in an article in The Daily Telegraph

Dr Steve Hewitt (CAL) was featured in an article in Metrodiscussing the additional monitoring happening at international airports in the wake of fresh terror scares 

Professor Kamel Hawwash (EPS) was interviewed on the Jeremy Vine Show BBC Radio 2 discussing Israeli-Palestine relations following the murder of a Palestinian teenager  

Professor Laura Piddock (MDS) was interviewed for an article on Channel 4 Newsabout the Longitude Prize, discussing how research into antibiotic resistance should be refocused

Professor Michael Dobson (CAL) was featured in articles in The Independentand the Mail Online UKconcerning whether or not Shakespeare is responsible for the stigma attached to certain skin conditions 

ITV News Central featured the University of Birmingham exhibition on how storms affect weather around the world at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Dr Steve Hewitt (CAL) was interviewed on BBC Radio WM discussing the numbers of British people joining ISIS 

Professor Ian Fairchild (LES) was interviewed for the Paul Hudson Weather Show about how volcanic eruptions can have long-lasting impacts on the Earth’s climate. The programme was widely broadcast across regional radio networks including BBC Radio Lincolnshire, BBC Radio Sheffield, BBC Radio York, and BBC Radio Leeds

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed on City Talk discussing a new law in Georgia which allows guns in public churches, libraries and nightclubs 

Professor Philip Hanson (CoSS) was interviewed in The Gulf Todayconcerning investment from Western banks in Russia

Dr Maria Kavussanu’s (LES) Conversation article into the psychology behind Louis Suarez biting another player in the World Cup was republished by Asiaone 

Professor Kamel Hawwash (EPS) was interviewed in Al Ahramdiscussing Israeli-Palestine violence after three missing Israeli nationals were found dead

The research of Professor Heather Draper (MDS) was featured in an article about the use of prisoners in government-led medical research in Scientific American 

June 2014

Professor Kathleen Armour (LES) was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 live  about her work encouraging young girls to become involved in sports (26.6.14)

Dr Zoe Schnepp (EPS) was featured in a Guardian article about “soapbox science” 

University of Birmingham research was featured in an article in The Independent about Islamophobia and how wearing ‘visibly Muslim’ dress increases vulnerability

The Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) (CoSS) was featured in an article concerning an EU-funded project into the use of robots in classrooms to engage young children with disabilities in The Telegraph 

University of Birmingham research into the levels of anxiety of dogs in kennels was featured in an article in the Daily Mail 

Professor Jim Orford (LES) was interviewed by BBC Radio WM about the dangers of gambling

Dr Pat Hanlon (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio WM concerning the ‘Midlands Connect’ meeting about possible long-term strategies to improve transport provision in the Midlands 

Dr Chris Allen (CoSS) was interviewed in The Seattle Times discussing the differences between devout and extremist Muslims

An Indian delegations visit to the University of Birmingham was featured in DNA India, Peter Clack (International Relations) was quoted discussing institutional links with Punjab state. The story was also featured in the Hindustan TimesIndia TV andThe India Times 

Bob the autonomous robot’s work experience as a security guard at G4S was featured on BBC News, BBC Breakfast, BBC (web) The Daily Mail , Metro , The Daily Star, The Daily Mirror , BBC Radio 5, CBBC Newsround, the Birmingham Mail , The Times, BBC Radio Gloucestershire, BBC Radio Newcastle the Birmingham Post and the Telegraph . Dr Nick Hawes was also interviewed discussing Bob and the use of robots in human environments. 

Bob the robot was featured on the blog Mashable, the article was shared over 1,200 times.

Dr Nick Hawes and Bob the robot were featured widely in the international coverage; particularly in Brazil, where the story was picked up by the Nigeria SunExame.com , WebNewsÚltimo SegundoTerraAmbiente Brasil , NDTVRTL Nieuws , Silikon Vadisi.

Bob the robot was featured in several international blogs including the American blog Ubergizmo  and the Brazilian blog UOL; the largest online portal in Latin America 

Dr Nick Hawes was interviewed for an article in The Guardian concerning the rapid growth of  artificial intelligence and advances in robotics. He was also quoted in The Observer discussion  artificial intelligence developments.

Mr Toni Belli was interviewed discussing Michael Schumacher’s rehabilitation process after a severe head injury on BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio WM, he was also featured widely on local radio stations throughout England.

Dr Chris Allen was interviewed on Al Jazeera International discussing University of Birmingham research into newspaper coverage of Muslims in the UK and how this distorts perceptions of Muslims in British society.

Dr Kieran Connell (CAL) was interviewed about immigrant cultures in Britain for an article in Le Monde.

Dr Somak Raychaudhury discussed the astronomical factors which play a part in the summer solstice in Yahoo! CanadaThe Huffington Post Canada, and CBC News Canada. 

Professor David Eastwood’s Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours was featured in The Guardian, the Birmingham MailMyScienceWestern Daily Press, BBC News Somerset,  BBC Radio Somerset, and Wales Online

Professor Aaron Sloman (EPS) was quoted in The Guardian on his role as a judge in the Royal Society’s Turing Test – a computer program “chat bot” that could convince humans it was a real person.

Professor Aaron Sloman (EPS) was featured in Hispanic Business News discussing artificial intelligence and Eugene the “chatbot”. The story was also picked up widely in New Zealand and Australia; Tech World AustraliaNZ PC WorldComputerworld Australia and CIO New Zealand. It was also picked up in Asia; South China Morning PostComputerworld Malaysia, and MIS Asia.

Professor Scott Lucas (CAL) was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 about Taliban attacks in Pakistan.

Dr Rebecca Wynter (CAL) and Sir Dominic Cadbury featured in the BBC documentary  Cadburys at War  that focussed on the experiences of the two Cadbury brothers in the First World War. The collections at the Cadbury Research Library were heavily featured. 

Dr Jonathon Reinarz (MDS) and Martin Killeen (Cadbury Research Library) were featured in World War One At Home: War Hospitalon BBC Radio WM which looked into the First Southern General Hospital in the University’s Great Hall during the First World War. 

May 2014

Dr Chris Allen (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 concerning extremism in British schools.

Professor Laura Piddock (MDS) was interviewed by The Express for an article about drug resistant bacteria.

Dr Steve Hewitt (CAL) was interviewed by Sky News concerning the capture of a US soldier by the Taliban.

Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown (MDS) was featured in Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies discussing the consequences of unsafe sex.

University of Birmingham research, which suggested penalty shootouts be banned “on public health grounds” after the number of heart attacks in Britain rose by a quarter after England lost to Argentina in 1998 on penalties, was widely picked up internationally, including in the New York Daily NewsIAfrica.com and InSing.com.

April 2014

Professor Stefan Wolffwas interviewed on BBC Breakfast discussing the Ukranian government's attempts to reassert control and current discourse about the situation between Russia and Ukraine.

Dr Chris Allen was interviewed for an article in The Telegraph discussing Operation Trojan Horse

Professor Stefan Wolff wrote an article for The Conversation about the West's response to Russia in Ukraine.

Dr Simon Cotton's article on chocolate for The Conversation was reprinted in The Washington Post; the article has been read over 22,000 times on The Conversation.

Thom Davies wrote an article for The Independent about life in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl. The article was the top story for Sunday 27 April on the Independent website and is currently the third most viewed article on the news website.

Professor Sue White was featured in an article in The Guardian discussing how deprivation in early childhood affects the brain.

Dr Karen Guldberg was featured in an article on theDaily Mail Online about the use of robots in the education of autistic children.

Dr Berny Sebe was quoted in the Huffington Post discussing militias in Libya and the development of security forces to diminish power of militias.