Birmingham in the news


Following the publication of Birmingham-led research into a security flaw that could leave more than 100 car models vulnerable to theft, Dr Flavio Garcia (EPS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme, as well as on BBC Radio 5 Live and CNN. The research was also featured in a host of major global print outlets, including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and The Washington Post.

Dr Helen Stokes Lampard (MDS) appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC Two, discussing how doctors are trained in having sensitive and difficult conversations with patients. 

Highlighting the University’s strength in research relating to food, Professor Peymané Adab (MDS) was featured as a guest on The Food Chain on BBC World Service, discussing why the compulsion to care for others through preparing and sharing food is a part of all cultures.

Meanwhile, as the Labour leadership election enters its final stages, Professor Tony Yates (CoSS) spoke to the Financial Times and The Sunday Telegraph about Jeremy Corbyn’s key economic policies. Professor Yates was also interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast discussing the fall in the UK stock market and the impact the Greek election will have on the economy both in Greece and the UK.

The Birmingham Mail ran a story on the new University of Birmingham School as it prepared to enrol its first sixth form students following the release of GCSE results. 

A-level results day led to a number of mentions for the University in the media. On the morning, as the clearing phone lines opened, we were featured in an article in The Times. The Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood was later interviewed for the World at One programme on BBC Radio 4, discussing clearing, conditional offers and the removal of the cap.

Earlier in the week, Professor Kate Jolly (MDS) and her research team received a lot of attention for their work on iodine supplementation during pregnancy. The Times, BBC, Telegraph, Daily Mail and many others discussed the implications for cognitive development (IQ), and significant cost savings for both the NHS and broader society.

Professor Peymane Adab (MDS) was a featured guest on ‘Slimboy Fat: the problem with BMI’ on BBC Radio 4. The one off special investigated the hidden risks of obesity measures.

Dr Margaret O’Hara and Ms Raquel Fernandez del Rio (EPS) were interviewed for BBC Midlands Today about their new research into how limonene, a naturally occurring compound, could be a biomarker for liver disease. It highlighted how our molecular physicists are developing ways to improve health diagnostics.

The University’s public intellectuals have been busy commenting on a wide range of high-profile issues. Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) spoke to Sky News about the progress of the Republican presidential candidates’ campaigns in the US, while Dr Pamela Robinson (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales about the milk prices row. 

Meanwhile, important research carried out by Birmingham academics in the ‘New Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais was featured in The Times. The article quoted doctoral researcher Thom Davies (LES).

Dr Zanna Clay (CoSS) was featured on BBC Radio 5 about her research into the similarities between the sounds made by human babies and bonobos and how this relates to the development of language. She was also interviewed on BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio WM. Dr Clay was also interviewed by The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times, The Telegraph and The Birmingham Post. Internationally the story received coverage in National Geographic, CNN, The Washington Post, Fox News, The Kenya Star, Estado de Monas, Radio New Zealand, Business Standard India, NBC, The Discovery Channel, CBS and The Irish Independent.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed on Sky News discussing the first debate in the US presidential election campaign 

Dr Simon Cotton (EPS) was interviewed for a Guardian article about how ancient civilisations created perfume, and its influence on present day perfumes 

Dr Arshad Isakjee, Dr Surindar Dhesi and Thom Davies (LES) were featured in an article in the Birmingham Mail about an article they wrote for The Conversation about the conditions in the refugee camps in Calais. Dr Dhesi was also interviewed by BBC Radio WM about conducting the first public health investigations of the Calais migrant camps.

After the release of new economic growth figures, Professor John Bryson (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Breakfast as part of a live broadcast from the site of the new Grand Central development in Birmingham. This came in the wake of Professor Bryson’s appearance on BBC 1’s Sunday Politics programme, where he talked about the ‘productivity puzzle’. 

Dr Pamela Robinson (CoSS) was interviewed by Sky News about Tesco’s decision to stop selling sugary drinks such as Ribena.

Ahead of the decision on whether to award the 2022 Winter Olympics to China or Kazakhstan, a new paper by Dr Martin Müller (LES) looking at the costs and legacy of last year’s Games in Sochi, Russia, received coverage in the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and International Business Times, highlighting the University’s strength in sports policy matters.

Professor Bob Stone (EPS) was featured on BBC Radio 4’s PM Programme on using virtual reality scenarios to help patients in intensive care and relieve pain in burns patients.

Internationally, Dr Timothy Haughton (CoSS) was featured on CCTV, China, discussing what a UK exit from the UK could mean for UK universities.

The University’s Circles of Influence campaign was featured in the Birmingham Post after it raised nearly £200 million, the largest university fundraising campaign in the UK outside Oxbridge or London. 

Radio carbon analysis dated a Qur’an manuscript held at the University of Birmingham as one of the oldest in the world, close to the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad. The story gained huge international media coverage with Professor David Thomas (CAL) and Susan Worrall (CRL) were featured in key publications across the globe including; China Central Television, The Kuwait Times, China Daily, The Independent, The New York Times, National Post (Canada), Gulf Times (Qatar), the Deccan Chronicle (India), The Wall Street Journal, BBC News Online, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, BBC World Service, BBC World News, ITV News, Sky News, CNN, The Guardian, Mail Online, The Times, The Independent, The Telegraph, Metro, The Times of India, Al Jazeera, National Geographic, USA Today, Terra (Brazil), O Globo (Brazil) and the Hindustan Times (India).

Professor Bob Stone (EPS) was featured in an article in the Financial Times Magazine about his research into virtual reality 

The University’s research into obesity in China was covered in the Washington Post. Dr Bai Li (MDS) was quoted discussing how grandparents in China counter attempts by parents and school staff to promote healthy eating. Professor Paymane Adab, Dr Bai Li and Professor Kar Keung Cheng (MDS) were also interviewed by the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and via the IANS news agency across China.

Dr Maria Wimber (LES) was quoted in The Independent about work she has carried out with internet security firm, Kapersky Lab, into the changing nature of the human memory caused by access to the Internet – the so called ‘Google Effect’.

Professor Damien Walmsley (MDS) appeared on Radio 4’s You and Yours discussing causes behind the rise of tooth decay in children.  He also appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC News 24.

Professor Tim Softley and Professor Andy Schofield (EPS) were featured in a Times Higher Education article about their new posts at the University.

Dr Tiago Campante and Professor Bill Chaplain (EPS) were featured in an article on the Daily Mail Online about the possibility of super-advanced civilisations on undiscovered planets.

Professor Stefan Wolff (CoSS) wrote an article for The Guardian about the Greek financial crisis.

Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis (CoSS) was interviewed by BBC Radio WM about the Greek financial crisis and the austerity measures which have been implemented so far

Lord Bilimoria’s appointment as the President of the UK Council for International Student Affairs was widely reported in the Indian media, including in The Times of India

Dr Tiago Campante (EPS) was featured in an article on Fox News about his discovery of the oldest known planetary system earlier this year

Dr Chris Allen (CoSS) wrote a blog post for about the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings. He was also featured in the Birmingham Mail and the Hindustan Times 

University of Birmingham research, which suggested that patients who were admitted to hospital on a Sunday had a 16 per cent higher chance of dying than a person admitted on a Wednesday, was featured in a Daily Mail Online article 

There was global attention for University of Birmingham work on precision medicine this week, with research on smarter diagnostics for prostate cancer, led by Professor Paula Mendes and Dr John Fossey (EPS), featured in The Daily Mail, Times of India and China Daily, among many others

Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown (MDS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, discussing the role of ageing in fertility and sperm quality

Professor Karen Rowlingson (COSS)  was interviewed on Sky News discussing the change to the cap on inheritance tax

Catherine Staite (CoSS) spoke to the BBC’s Today programme about the referendum in Sutton Coldfield to decide whether to establish its own town council

The University was featured in a BBC News Online article about tests it performed on ancient bronze statues reported to have been made by Michelangelo

In the USA, Dr Phyllis Wise, Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), was featured in the Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette regarding her honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham. The Vice-Chancellor is also quoted in the UIUC student newspaper, The Daily Illini

In Singapore, Mr Ming Yan Lim’s honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham was covered on AsiaOne

Dr Sheena Leek (CoSS) was interviewed in the Mail Online about her research into how labels on food are misunderstood by consumers

Professor John Barnden (EPS) offered comment for The Times about a computer that fooled people into thinking it was a 13-year-old boy named Eugene in an artificial intelligence test.

The University’s Formula Student racing team were featured in an article in the Birmingham Mail about a visit from Labour MP Richard Burden who visited campus to see the hand-built racing car.

Professor David Dunn (CoSS) was interviewed by the BBC News Online for an article about drones. Professor Dunn stated that the government need to consider licencing drones after an American woman was injured when a drone fell on her.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Eastwood, gave an interview to The Guardian responding to claims by the new Universities Minister Jo Johnson that British universities were guilty of grade inflation and failing to offer value for money or appropriate standards of teaching.

Dr Steve Hewitt (CAL) was interviewed by BBC Radio WM, BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, and BBC Radio Berkshire about the Tunisian beach massacre.

Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis (CoSS) was interviewed by BBC Radio WM about the financial situation in Greece and how this will affect British tourists holidaying in Greece.

Professor Richard Williams (EPS) was featured in The Financial Times discussing the University’s work as part of the £60 million Midlands Energy Research Accelerator and in particular its research on liquid air for generating ‘cold’ energy. 

Dr David Houghton (CoSS) was interviewed for a special BBC Radio 4 series looking at the rise of the selfie, while Professor Francis Davis (CAL) appeared on the same station’s World Tonight programme to discuss the importance of communities and generational chains. 

Professor Paul Schulte (CoSS) was interviewed by Sky News about the prospect of Islamic State being defeated.

Focusing on our research strength in exercise as medicine, Dr Bai Li (MDS) has featured in 88 national and regional newspapers in China, discussing the CHIRPY DRAGON public health programme, which is tackling the problem of childhood obesity in China.  Articles have appeared in outlets such as China Daily, Guangzhou Daily, Sohu, Xinhuanet and Sina.

The University Chancellor, Lord Bilimoria, has been awarded International Indian of the Year for his outstanding achievements in the fields of business and education by publication India Link International. The news was reported across the Indian media in outlets such as The Times of India, NDTV and the Press Trust of India.

June 2015

The Birmingham Post featured an article about the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Dr Andrew Watts and Dr Emma Tyler (CAL) provided expert commentary for the piece.

Dr Chris Allen’s (CoSS) article for The Conversation on new laws to tackle radicalisation at British universities was republished by the Huffington Post.

Dr Karin Bottom (CoSS) was interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour discussing the levels of female figures in local government.

Professor Heather Widdows (CAL) was interviewed by The Observer and The Guardian about the normalisation of cosmetic surgery.

Dr Rosa Freedman’s (CAL) The Conversation article on Friday’s attacks in France and Tunisia was republished on The Malaysian Insider.

Professor Nicholas Wheeler (CoSS) offered comment to The Guardian on the use of drones in attacks in the aftermath of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden raising questions of GCHQ’s involvement in US drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.

Dr Berny Sebe (CAL) wrote an article for The Guardian about how the Tunisian beach attacks show the deadly potential of Isis.

Dr Andrew Watts (CAL) was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live discussing the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Dr Watts was also interviewed on BBC Radio WM and BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester discussing the role the West Midlands played in the Napoleonic Wars

Dr Nick Hawes (EPS) wrote an article for the New Zealand Herald about developments in the field of robotics and the building of autonomous robots.

Dr Simon Goodwin (EPS) was interviewed by the Independent and Sky News concerning the changes to the National Lottery and how this will affect players’ chances of winning.

James Hale (LES) featured in a Mail Online article about a prehistoric walking bat that has been discovered in New Zealand.

Professor Alberto Vecchio (EPS) was interviewed by BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme concerning his research into gravitational waves on the hundredth anniversary of Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Professor Kathleen Armour (LES) was interviewed by The Telegraph about research showing there has been a shift in recent years towards people taking up running instead of going to the gym.

Professor Isabelle Szmigin (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live about whether or not alcoholism should be viewed as a disease.

Professor Julian Cooper (CoSS) featured in a Moscow Times article discussing the post-Soviet Military-Industrial complex in Russia.

Professor Pranab Das (MDS) was interviewed in Business Standard and The Tribune (India), as well as Health Canal and Drug Discovery & Development (USA) regarding his collaborative research in to early detection of leprosy (9.6.15)

Dr Zoe Schnepp (EPS) was featured in The Huffington Post (USA) reacting to Sir Tim Hunt’s comments about women in science.

Martín Ezcurra
 (LES) was interviewed by Brazilian magazine Época about the scientific advances in palaeontology since the first Jurassic Park film.

Dr Jackie Blissett (LES) appeared on Channel 4’s Born Naughty? discussing how babies develop a dislike towards certain foods and how parents can sometimes make the situation worse by withholding food based on a baby’s facial reaction to new food groups. Dr Sissy Stefanidou (LES) was also featured, explaining how electroencephalography (EEG) scanners can be used to understand brain activity in children with autism.

Dr Mel Evans (CAL) was interviewed in The Guardian about the English language and how it has developed from the Elizabethan period.

Professor Anthony Beech (LES) provided commentary for an article in The Telegraph about how female sex offenders are viewed differently from male sex offenders.

James Hale (LES) was featured in the Daily Mail Online and The Daily Telegraph discussing how street lighting affects the hunting habits of bats.

Professor Iain Chapple (MDS) took part in the filming of a BBC series about dental hygiene. He performed tests that showed mild gum disease and damage to the immune system after a two-week experiment in which the participant only cleaned half their teeth. The research was also featured in an article on the Daily Mail Online.

Professor Dave Charlton (EPS) was interviewed by The Guardian and The Independent about the re-starting of the Large Hadron Collider.

Angela Meadows’ Conversation article on why heavier children do not perform as well as other children in school was republished by the Daily Mail Online.

May 2015

Dr Chris Laoutaris (CAL) was featured in the Daily Mail Online concerning his research into a feud between William Shakespeare and Elizabeth Russell that stemmed from her campaign against the building of the Globe Theatre next-door to her house. The research was also discussed in The Telegraph.

Dr Peter Gray’s (CAL) research has suggested that pilots who go to war by “remote control”, experiencing combat away from their targets, are found to have a higher level of post-traumatic stress disorder than conventional bomber crews. Dr Gray was interviewed by The Telegraph discussing his research.

Dr Jackie Blissett (LES) offered comment on how babies and young children develop fussy eating habits and what parents can do to avoid narrowing a child’s diet for the Daily Mail Online.

Professor Bob Stone (EPS) was interviewed for the Guardian about virtual reality, how the technology has developed over the last 20 years and how technology companies are looking into developments in the field.

Dr Peter Gray (CAL) discussed the evolution of aeroplanes in war and how they have developed during the wars of the 20th century for an article in the Sunday Telegraph.

An article on BBC News Online featured the new University of Birmingham School focusing on the unique nodal admissions policy. 

Professor Tim Softley (EPS) and Professor Andy Schofield (EPS) were featured in a Birmingham Mail article about their appointments as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of College for Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Dr Anthony Cox (MDS) was featured in a Daily Mail Online article about unexpected side-effects of medication.

The Pint of Science event, which was co-organised by University of Birmingham academics, featured on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. Professor Bob Stone (EPS) was interviewed about how psychology can aid the development of autonomous robots. Dr Rustam Stolkin (EPS) was also interviewed about his work developing autonomous robotic arms. Professor Stone was also featured in an Independent article discussing the event and why such events are important for the scientific community.

Dr Ian Mitchell (MDS) was involved in a study that showed the effects of oxytocin, the ‘love hormone’. Oxytocin has a similar effect on people as large quantities of alcohol. Dr Mitchell provided comment for a number of outlets including the Independent, the Nigeria Sun, the Hong Kong Herald, Gulf News, the Times of India, BBC World Service, the Daily Mail Online, the Telegraph, The Times, Metro, and the Daily Star.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was featured in the Daily Express commenting on the story of Stanislav Petrov, who averted a potential third world war when he refused to alert Soviet leaders of a US missile attack, which turned out to be a fault in the Soviet security system.

Dr Rosa Freedman (CAL) wrote an article for CNN about peacekeepers accused of sex abuse in the Central African Republic who are protected by UN immunity. 

Dr Ian Mitchell (MDS) was featured in a Daily Mail Online article about the effect of alcohol on the chemical Gaba in the human brain and how it affects our behaviour.

Dr Zaki Hassan-Smith (MDS) provided commentary for a Daily Mail Online article about a University of Birmingham study that identified the enzyme which triggers age-related muscle wasting. Dr Hassan-Smith was also featured in an article in the Mirror on the same topic.

Professor Dave Charlton (EPS) was involved in a press briefing at CERN about the Large Hadron Collider. He provided comment for the Independent, the Daily Mail Online and the Washington Star.

Following claims that an image depicting a young Shakespeare has been discovered in a 400-year-old botanical book, Professor Michael Dobson (CAL) spoke to a number of outlets to give his verdict on its authenticity. Professor Dobson was quoted in, among others, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Times, BBC Radio 4’s The World at One,  The Star Malaysia, the Arab Times (Kuwait), the Birmingham Mail, the Daily Mirror, BuzzFeedEl PaisSky News AustraliaRussia Today and The Peninsula Qatar.

 The University chaplaincy hosted a multi-faith event ‘Unite against extremism’, which brought together different faith leaders from around the city. Reverend Dr Catherine Shelley was interviewed by BBC Radio WM and the event was also covered by BBC Midlands Today. 

Professor Laura Piddock (MDS) featured in a BBC News Online article about hospital superbugs and why they are difficult to treat with existing antibiotics. Professor Piddock was also interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live, Radio 4’s Today Programme, Al-Jazeera and Sky News concerning the global problem of antibiotic resistance.

China Daily, Shanghai DailyXinhua and Sina have reported on the signing of a cooperation agreement between China’s largest maker of railway rolling stock, CSR Sifang, and the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) (EPS). Along with Imperial College London and the University of Southampton they plan to establish the China-UK Joint Research and Development Centre for Rail Transit Technology.

Professor Damien Walmsley (MDS) offered comment for a Daily Mail article about a gel ‘filling’ made from calcium that encourages the growth of new bone after a tooth extraction. This process could stop common side-effects such as jawbone weakening (12.5.15) 

Dr Bharat Malkani (CAL) wrote an article for BBC News Online about a review of the use of the lethal injection in the US justice system after three inmates in Oklahoma argued that the combination of drugs used in current lethal injections poses a risk of severe suffering and pain (11.5.15)

Dr Simon Cottton (EPS) featured in a Daily Mail article investigating ‘smelly kettle syndrome’.

Professor Anthony Barnett (MDS) was interviewed by the Daily Express about a report that suggests eating eggs regularly can cut the chances of developing diabetes by almost 40% (14.5.15)

A team of psychologists at the University of Birmingham have been featured in Brazilian magazine Veja and the Brasil Post (the Brazilian version of The Huffington Post) highlighting their research that shows children five to seven years old tend to eat more when they feel sad.

Professor Bob Stone (EPS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live about how we can use gaming technology to design simulations for real world applications. The research was also featured in an article in The Sunday Times about the applications of technology developed for the gaming industry. 

Professor James Arthur (CoSS) was interviewed by The Guardian about the development of the teaching of character education in schools.

Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown (MDS) was interviewed by The Times about how it is possible for twins to have developed from different fathers.

Dr Karin Bottom (CoSS) was featured in the Times Higher Education about how the General Election will impact on calls for electoral reform.

Dr Matt Cole (CAL) was quoted in the Daily Mail Online concerning what would have happened if the election had resulted in a minority Conservative government.

Dr Fiona McNab (LES) featured in a Daily Mail Online article about how age effects our memory.

Professor Isabelle Szmigin (CoSS) was interviewed by BBC News Online about the impact of the financial crisis on people’s buying habits and how it has led to the proliferation of budget supermarket chains.

Dr David Craven (EPS) featured in an article on the BBC News Online discussing statistics which suggested that young people were still undecided the day before polls opened for the General Election.

BBC Radio 5 Live featured an interview with Dr Pamela Robinson (CoSS) concerning the Sainsbury’s financial report and what this means for its market position. 

Dr Tim Haughton (CoSS) wrote an article for The Washington Post about the key things people needed to look out for in the British Election.

Dr Caroline Chapain, was interviewed by Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF), the public broadcasting organisation of the French Community of Belgium, regarding how the General Election results will affect the City of Birmingham.

April 2015

PhD student Martín Ezcurra (LES) was part of a team that discovered a new dinosaur – Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, a plant-eating relative of Tyrannosaurus rex. The story featured in national publications such as The Independent, Daily Mail Online, i, Reuters,, Press Association, The Telegraph, Birmingham Post and ITV 1 Central West. Internationally, the story enjoyed coverage in key outlets in Argentina, Austria, Australia, Chile, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Germany, Russia, Spain and the USA. It was featured in major publications including The LA TimesUSA TodayNBCThe Washington PostFox NewsThe Huffington PostScience DailyDiscovery and Al Jazeera America.

ITV broadcast a feature about the University of Birmingham’s research into developing a secure technique for online voting in elections. PhD student Gurchetan Grewal (EPS) was featured in The Times of India and The Hindustan Times, talking about his breakthrough research in to online voting conducted with Professor Mark Ryan.

Professor Colin Thain, Dr Chris Allen and Professor Jenny Phillimore (CoSS) were featured in an article in the Guardian about the You Talk, They Listen election event hosted on campus.

Professor Rob MacKenzie (LES) was interviewed by ITV about illegal air pollution cities in Britain and calls for low emission levels. 

Dr Simon Cotton (EPS) was featured in a Birmingham Mail article about the chemical Dinitrophenol which was found in weight loss drugs.

The University hosted BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat: The Election Debates and the BBC Asian Network’s The Big Asian Election Debate as part of a series of election events in the run up to the General Election.

Dr Nando Sigona (CoSS) was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 The World at One about the European ten-point plan to respond to the number of deaths at sea as migrants cross the Mediterranean by illegal means, and how the plan will help in future attempts to tackle the issue.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC One Midlands Today discussing the use of social media in political campaigns and how the nature of viral communications is used in election campaigns.

The University of Birmingham’s Great Hall was featured in a live BBC One Midlands Today broadcast about encouraging young people to vote. The BBC also published an article about the Great Hall as a venue for political events. 

Professor Rob Mackenzie (LES) was featured in BBC One’s Countryfile discussing his research into woodland responses to changing atmospheric conditions. 

Professor Jim Parle (MDS) was interviewed by Sky News about how Physician Associates could potentially replace GPs in future. 

Professor Anthony Barnett (MDS) was featured in an article on Mail Online discussing Metformin, a treatment for type 2 diabetes.

Dr Matthew Francis (CAL) was quoted in the Arab Times and The Jakarta Post discussing the effects of mistakes on political campaigns, such as when Gordon Brown called a voter a “bigoted women” when his microphone was still switched on.

Dr Elizabeth Sapey (MDS) was interviewed by the Times Higher Education about a programme to support female scientists who have secured a career development award or a fellowship.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed on Sky News and BBC Radio 5 Live about Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she will run for the US presidency.

Professor Alice Roberts (LES) and Dr Andy Blannin (LES) were featured on BBC 2’s ‘Britain’s Favourite Foods: Are They Good For You? They completed a study which showed that the best drink for rehydration after exercise is milk.

Dr Amy Fraher (CoSS) was featured in the Birmingham Mail discussing her research which suggests that pilots with more hours of flying experience were less likely to be involved in an air disaster.

Professor Sir David Eastwood has taken over as chairman of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, this was featured in the Times Higher Education.

Dr Jonathon Radcliffe (EPS) was interviewed on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester and BBC Radio Shropshire about renewable energy schemes and why solar power has proved so popular in the UK.

A University of Birmingham report into character education in UK schools was discussed in the Telegraph in an article about over testing in school and its effect on pupils.

Dr Nando Sigona’s Conversation article on what is being done by governments to tackle the problem of migrants crossing the Mediterranean by boat into Europe was republished on World News Australia.

Professor Mike Robinson (CAL) was featured in Die Presse concerning the impact of tourism on the celebration Songkran festival and how it differs from traditional celebration.

Professor David Evans (EPS) was interviewed about the switch-on of the Large Hadron Collider for BBC World News and BBC News Channel.

Professor Laura Piddock (MDS) was featured in The Independent discussing the discovery of a 10th Century remedy which could cure MRSA.

Professor Dave Charlton (EPS) described the restarting of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN as a “new era for science”. He was interviewed by The TelegraphThe Independent, The Times, and the Scottish Daily Express.

The University of Birmingham’s Formula Student team featured in the Birmingham Mail after they were awarded a grant from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers towards building a single seat race car.

The University was featured in Cosmopolitan as one of the top 20 universities for the best university experience. 

Professor Alice Roberts (LES) was interviewed by The Telegraph about her new BBC television programme Britain’s Favourite Foods: Are They Good For You? 

A collection of photographs from the 1950s and 1960s were uncovered in the University archives and were featured in the Birmingham Post.

Professor Felix Schmid (EPS) was interview on BBC News about potential train delays over the Easter bank holiday weekend due to repair work taking place.

Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown (MDS) was featured in a Mail Online article discussing why numbers of children a donor can produce should be limited to 100 and The Nordic Cryobank incident in which one of its donors was found to have passed on an incurable genetic disease. 

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was featured in The Kenya Star discussing the Iran talks and what led to Iran not being able to restore its position earlier.

Dr Amy Fraher (CoSS) was interviewed by the New York Times about the Lufthansa crash and pilot training schemes.

March 2015

Dr Richard Butler (LES) was interviewed by the Daily Telegraph about the discovery of a prehistoric salamander which was one of the top predators before the evolution of the dinosaurs. The story was picked up in The MirrorSky NewsMail Online. The story was also picked up internationally, including in Le Monde (France), FOX News (US), Discovery Channel (US), PúblicoAbolaSolExpresso and Alvorada (Portugal).

Professor Dave Charlton (EPS) was interviewed by The Birmingham Post about the restarting of the Large Hadron Collider and what the experiments hope to achieve. 

Professor Gary Middleton (MDS) featured in an Express article about how the genetic profiling of tumors could show if a patient is suitable for immunotherapy treatments.

The Guardian published an article about accusations that the United Nations has ignored reports of sexual exploitation and abuse being of significant risk to peacekeeping missions across the globe. The University’s Dr Rosa Freedman (CAL) provided comment for the article.

Professor Robert Cryer (CAL) featured in a BBC News Online article about fugitives who flee to norhern Cyprus. 

Professor Sir David Eastwood was featured in an article in the Times Higher Education about the levels of pastoral care provided for students in the transition from school to university.

Professor John Bryson (EPS) was interviewed by the Mail Online about a study which has revealed smog is connected to death, anxiety and hospital admissions.

Dr Bai Li (MDS) was interviewed by CCTV English about our public health programme in China – CHIRPY DRAGON – which is aiming to reduce childhood obesity there.

Roy Harrison (LES) was interviewed on China Radio International (CRI) discussing pollution in British cities and how it is being tackled. 

An interview with Dr Caryn Peiffer  (CoSS) was published in the prestigious Brazilian magazine Época about paying bribes for public services. 

Dr Maria Wimber (LES) saw her research into the brain’s adaptive forgetting mechanism covered by the BBC News Online, BBC World Service, New York TimesThe TelegraphMail Online and many more.  

Dr Graham Smith (EPS) was interviewed on Heart FM and BBC Radio WM about the solar eclipse and an event hosted by University of Birmingham astronomers at the Cathedral during the eclipse. The astronomy event was also picked up by the Birmingham Mail and the Birmingham Post.

Professor Dave Charlton (EPS) was interviewed by BBC News Online about the imminent switch on of the Large Hadron Collider and what types of particles they are looking for.

Professor Toby Peters (EPS) was featured in a BBC News Online article about the £60million funding boost given to Midlands universities in the 2015 budget.

Professor John Bryson (CoSS) wrote an article for in response to the 2015 budget.

Professor Sir David Eastwood was featured in the Birmingham Post concerning the Energy Research Accelerator and the funding granted to Midlands universities in the 2015 budget.   

Dr Simon Pemberton (CoSS) was featured in Metro, talking about his book Harmful Societies, and how political policies have turned Britain into one of the world’s most harmful societies to its own citizens.

Dr Caryn Peiffer, International Development Department, has been interviewed in prestigious Brazilian magazine Época about paying bribes for public services.

Professor of Environmental Health, Roy Harrison spoke to China Radio International about air pollution in UK cities.

Professor Roy Harrison (LES) was interviewed by BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio WM and BBC London 94.9 about calls for diesel vehicles to be banned because they are not environmentally friendly to local air quality.

Dr Pamela Robinson (CoSS) was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live about the Morrisons supermarket report, discussing where the company stands in the market in the UK and what it needs to do to improve its position in the market.

Dr Douglas Ward (MDS) was featured in a Mail Online article discussing the benefits of urine tests for bladder cancer and how this could aid treatment.

Guardian article about a company set up to control levels of rainfall in the landscape below using silver iodine to freeze rain featured expert comment from Professor John Thornes (EPS) about similar experiments in the 1960s.

Professor Tony Barnett (MDS) was interviewed by the Mail Online about guidelines that encourage doctors to prescribe older and cheaper drugs for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed by the Sri Lanka Daily News concerning the US Republicans publishing an open letter to Iran’s leadership in opposition to a nuclear agreement. 

Dr Caryn Peiffer (CoSS) has been interviewed by Brazilian news agency Agência Estado regarding her research into people paying bribes for public services. A subsequent blog post published on the website for one of Brazil’s most widely read and respected newspapers, O Estado de S. Paulo, has been shared more than 19,000 times on Facebook. 

Professor Sir David Eastwood wrote an article for the Times Higher Education about his role as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham.

Professor Laura Piddock (LES) was featured in an article in The Telegraph concerning the University’s discovery that a strain of Salmonella was able to develop resistance to ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic. The study found that the bacteria’s mutation pushed antibiotics to the outside of cells where they have no effect.

A University of Birmingham report into drones was discussed in an article on BBC News Online about the House of Lords’ call for a drone register.

Professor Isabelle Szmigin (CoSS) was interviewed by the Mail Online and The Telegraph about consumer shifts from bar to liquid soap.

Professor David Dunn (CoSS) featured in an Independent article about a legal loophole that allows drones to fly over Balmoral.

Dr Chris Allen (CoSS) was featured on BBC 1 Wales discussing Islamophobia and the effect that British Muslims travelling to Syria has on Muslims in Britain.

Lord Bilimoria, Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, took part in a discussion on immigration on BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight. Among the topics debated was the migration status of overseas students and their contribution to British society.

Greg Moorlock (MDS) was interviewed by BBC Radio WM concerning the ethics of organ donation and what encourages people to become an organ donor.

University of Birmingham academic Dr Andrew Schofield (LES) wrote an article for The Conversation about #TheDress and why certain people see colours in different ways and how the brain works out the colours of objects. The article was read more than 10,500 times over the weekend and received significant engagement on the University’s social media channels. Dr Schofield was also featured in an article on the Birmingham Mail discussing how the phenomenon of ‘colour constancy’ was the most likely reason why people see the dress in different colours.

A University of Birmingham study into how young people make decisions when faced with moral dilemmas was discussed in an article about morality in the classroom in the Independent on Sunday and The Independent.

Professor James Arthur (CoSS) was interviewed by The Guardian concerning research into how young people make moral judgements. Professor Arthur was also interviewed by The Telegraph, the Times Education Supplement, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Times and i (The Paper for Today).

Dr Gary Hickman (CoSS) was interviewed by The Guardian concerning the University’s BA and MAprogrammes in social work.

Professor Isabelle Szmigin (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Midlands Today discussing #TheDress.

Former University of Birmingham academics Rudolf Peierls and Otto Frisch featured in an article in the Birmingham Post about their role in the development of the nuclear bomb.

Dr Michael Grey (LES) was interviewed on BBC Radio WM about the potential damage of repeated concussions when playing sport from a young age.

Dr Douglas Ward (MDS) was interviewed by the Kenya Star about his research, which suggests that urine tests could be used to identify the level of aggressiveness of bladder cancer in patients.

PhD student Maggie Lieu (EPS) was interviewed on Al Jazeera about the Mars One Mission.

February 2015 

Professor Andrew Bradbury (MDS) was interviewed in The Mail on Sunday about what activities exacerbate varicose veins. 

A University of Birmingham study into drone use was discussed in an article in The Independent about an Amazon-owned drone which has been grounded in the US. 

Professor Michael Dobson (CAL) was interviewed in The Guardian about whether Hamlet is staged too often. 

The University’s plans to celebrate Chinese New Year with a concert at the Bramall Music Building were discussed in the Birmingham Mail. 

University of Birmingham PhD student Maggie Lieu has been chosen as one of the finalists for the Mars One mission. This story was widely reported, with Maggie being featured in a range of national, international and regional media outlets, including: i (The paper for today), The Times, The IndependentITV News, BBC Radio WM, BBC Midlands Today, Sky News, ITV’s Good Morning Britain, The GuardianThe Daily Mail OnlineThe TelegraphThe Birmingham MailThe Mirror, Russia Today, CNN, Die Welt (Germany)CCTV ChinaLa Republica (Peru)L’Express (France)Sina (China), and  Xinhuanet (China).

Professor Roy Harrison (LES) was interviewed by the Mail Online and The Guardian about research into e-cigarettes and if they fuel addiction in young people. This story was picked up internationally, including in The Times of India

Dr Kataryna Wolczuk (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live about the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Mr Antonio Belli (MDS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 about concussion and the after effects of a concussion.

Professor Hisham Mehanna (MDS) was interviewed by BBC News Online concerning how throat cancer treatment can affect a person’s sense of smell and taste.

Dr Nikk Effingham and Dr Alastair Wilson (CAL) were interviewed by BBC News Online about their research into the feasibility of time travel.

Bob the robot’s work experience at G4S was featured in an article in The New Zealand Herald and The Independentinto what jobs robots may be able to perform in future.

The University’s Not On campaign against sexual harassment was discussed in the Times Higher Education.

Mail Onlinearticle about actor Eddie Redmayne’s family tree discussed his great-grandfather, Richard Redmayne, who was Professor of Mining at the University of Birmingham.

A University of Birmingham study into chlorine in drinking water was discussed in an article in the Daily Mail about adding lithium and fluoride to tap water to help beat depression.

Dr Matt Cole (CAL) was interviewed on BBC Midlands Today about the public’s perception of political parties.

Professor Sir David Eastwood was featured in the Birmingham Mail concerning the University’s collaboration with the RSC to re-open The Other Palace Theatre (5.2.15). The story also featured on BBC News Online.

Professor Damian Walmsley (MDS) was interviewed by the New Zealand Herald about how sugar and citric acid in fizzy drinks corrode teeth.

Professor Dave Charlton (EPS) was featured in an article in Gulf News about experiments in the search for dark matter at the Large Hadron Collider.

University of Birmingham PhD student Maggie Lieu was interviewed by the Birmingham Post about the Mars One mission. Ms Lieu is a finalist in the competition to be selected to travel to Mars to establish a colony.

January 2015

Dr Rosa Freedman (CAL) wrote an article for The Conversation about the FGM trial of Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena.

University of Birmingham academics Dr Tiago Campante and Professor Bill Chaplin (EPS) discovered five Earth-sized planets that are the oldest in the Universe, and were created when the universe was only 20% of its current age. The story garnered media attention from all over the globe including the Times of IndiaHindustan TimesThe New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesDie ZeitO GloboSinaCanada Broadcasting Coroporation, ABC Australia, Naked Scientists, El Economista, Kathimerini Newspaper, NASW, El Pais, National Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, and International Business Times. Professor Bill Chaplin (EPS) was interviewed on BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Midlands Today, BBC World News. Dr Tiago Campante (EPS) was also interviewed by BBC Radio 5, The IndependentThe TelegraphMetro, the Daily Express, the GuardianMail Online, i (The Paper for Today), The, The Times, BBC News Online, the Birmingham Post, and the Economist.

Dr Richard Connolly (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 concerning Russian bombers flying close to UK air spce.

Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis(CoSS) was interviewed on BBC News and BBC Radio 5 about the results of the Greek election and what effects it might have on the European political climate. 

Dr Kay van Damme (LES) was interviewed by Reuters about the University’s research which involves daphnia water fleas being sent to the International Space Station.

Dr George Kyris (CoSS) was featured in The Guardian and The Telegraph about the Greek election results.

The University of Birmingham’s Not On sexual harassment campaign was featured in the Birmingham Post.

Dr Nick Kettridge (LES) was interviewed on CBCVernon Morning StarThe Huffington Post CanadaVancouver SunGlobal News Canadaand Canada.comabout how climate change is threatening wetlands in Canada.

Professor Roy Harrison (LES) was featured in an article in The Independentdiscussing an advisory committee on urban air quality he chaired in the early 1990s.

Professor Stefan Wolff (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC World Service about the crisis in the Ukraine. 

Professor Kristján Kristjánsson (CoSS) was interviewed for an article about morality in medicine in The Times.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts came 8th on The Times’ list of the ten greatest art galleries in Britain outside of London. It was also ranked number three on the Mail on Sunday’s top 20 list of Britain’s best kept art gallery secrets.

Dr Hugh Adlington (CAL) was quoted in an article in The Times about the poet John Donne.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 2 about the comments from a Fox News guest that Birmingham is a “no-go” area for non-Muslims.

Professor Lucas (CoSS) was also interviewed on BBC Radio WM about the Chilcot inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War. 

Dr Michael Grey (LES) reviewed “brain training” apps which are purported to prevent cognitive decline in the elderly for the Daily Mail.  

Professor Simon Collinson (CoSS) was featured in The Guardian about how Birmingham is an area with fewer entrepreneurial start-ups compared to other UK cities.

Dr Pamela Robinson (CoSS) was interviewed by BBC Radio about the fall in milk prices and the challenges facing dairy farmers

Professor Ewan Fernie of The Shakespeare Institute wrote a letter that was published by The Birmingham Post published regarding the cuts at Birmingham Library. The Post also referred to his letter in a news article.

Dr Chris Allen (CoSS) was featured in an Al Jazeera article about the poppy hijab and how it has become involved in debates of Islamophobia.

Dr Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani (LES) was interviewed for an article in the New York Timesabout a study into how a lunch time walk can affect office workers’ moods.

Professor Pat Butler (LES) was featured in an article on the Mail Onlineabout how bar-headed geese save energy when flying.

Professor Scott Lucas (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, BBC Midlands Today, BBC News Onlineand BBC Radio WM concerning Fox News’ comment that Birmingham is a “no-go area” for non –Muslims.

Dr Aman Dhir (EPS) was interviewed on BBC Midlands Today and BBC News Online about using fuel cells in residential housing.

The University was ranked 71st in the The Times Workplace Equality Index 2015, for being in the top 100 most gay-friendly employers in the UK. The story also featured in the Birmingham Mail, the Times Higher Education, The Telegraph and the Times Higher Education Supplement.

Professor Lynne Macaskie (LES) was featured in an article about the kitchen of the future in The Guardianand how she has identified bacteria that can convert domestic waste into hydrogen.

Dr Chris Allen (CoSS) was interviewed in Vice UKand Vice USconcerning the Fox News comments about Birmingham being a Muslim-only city.

The Birmingham Mail featured an article about an email sent from the Guild of Students encouraging female students to become involved in politics. 

The University was featured in an article in The Times Higher Education about its research project which is sending daphnia water fleas into space.

Dr Rosa Freedman (CAL) wrote an article for The Conversation about the attacks in Paris. The article was a lead story on the Conversation website and was shared over 1000 times. 

Professor Chris Thomas (LES) was interviewed by The Times about the reasons antibiotics may fail and the need for a second prescription.

Dr Nando Sigona (CoSS) was interviewed on BBC World News and BBC Radio 5 Live about how migrant routes into Europe in relation to a refugee ship being abandoned in the Mediterranean Sea.

Professor David Charlton (EPS) was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 and in The Guardian concerning the Atlas experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.

Dr Chris Allen (CoSS) was interviewed about how the Charlie Hebdoshootings could affect relations between Muslims and the rest of society on BBC Radio 2.

Professor Laura Piddock (MDS) was interviewed on the Jeremy Vine Show (BBC Radio 2) about the discovery of a new antibiotic and how this is a ‘game-changer’ for research into new antibiotics. Professor Piddock was also featured in The Telegraphthe Mail Online, and BBC News Online.

The University’s decision to offer unconditional offers to students was discussed in a Times Higher Education article, which suggested many other universities have followed suit.

The University’s Great Hall was used as a hospital for injured British soldiers during the First World War; this story was featured in an article in The Guardian.

Dr Tim Jackson (EPS) was interviewed by the Birmingham Postabout the First LEGO League competition, which took place at the University.

Dr Peter Balfe (MDS) was featured in an article in Gulf Newsconcerning the increasing use of smartphones and tablets and how they create a parasitic relationship with humans and change the way we behave.

Professor Laura Piddock (MDS) was interviewed in the New York Daily News about a new antibiotic that will change how medics fight disease, she was also featured in the Japan Times

The University’s research into how keeping active can make an elderly person’s body function more like a younger person’s inside was reported in The New York Times.

Professor David Charlton (EPS) was interviewed by the Taipei Times about experiments at the Large Hadron Collider.