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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 (16.8.14)

Dr Michael Grey (LES) was interviewed in the Mail Online UK, Mirror.co.uk, The Telegraph , The 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.