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Transforming the City

What is City Talks?

The City Talks public lecture series features a programme of speakers who will share their views and insights on a range of topics. The talks are free of charge, and open to the public.

Forthcoming events

In conversation with Professor Grayling 

Wednesday 24 January, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Prof grayling One of the UK's foremost philosophers, Professor A C Grayling, joins us on Wednesday 24 January for our latest BCU City Talks event.

A.C. Grayling is Professor of Philosophy and Master of the New College of the Humanities, London. He has written and edited many books, both scholarly and for a general readership, and has been a regular contributor to The Times and New Statesman. He is a frequent contributor to television programmes, including Newsnight and CNN news.

Professor Grayling believes that philosophy should take an active and useful role in society. In his new book, Democracy and its Crisis, Professor Grayling argues that the Brexit result was the consequence of giving too much power to the wrong sort of people and that the rush to Brexit could have been halted.

Event booking opens soon


Brexit and Birmingham
Gary Topp, Beverly Nielsen and Paul Faulkner

Wednesday 6 December, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Join us at our City Centre Campus on Wednesday 6 December to talk all things Brexit and its impact on Birmingham.

Hosted by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Julian Beer, the City Talks event will feature a panel of experts from the arts, business and education sectors.

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What Birmingham means to me

Thursday 11 June 2015, 6.30pm – 8pm, Giant Screen Cinema, Millennium Point*

Celebrity chef and restauranteur Glynn Purnell joined a panel of well-known male figures from Birmingham to discuss what they love about the city, where it could do better and how it is perceived by others.

Glynn raised concerns that independent retailers are being forced out of the city in place of fast-food outlets and restaurant chains.

““The Great Western Arcade was full of independent retailers and shops with queues out of the doors a few years ago.

“Yearly tier increases on rental rates has left some of those small business owners with no choice but to walk away. Everyone loves Nando’s but whacking them and other fast-food outlets all over the city makes Birmingham a less interesting place.

“Birmingham needs independence to bring people here, there needs to be more incentives for people to open small businesses in the city.”

Also joining Glynn on the panel were ITV Central presenter Bob Warman and four-time world kickboxing champion Kash ‘The Flash’ Gill. The talk was chaired by Award-Winning Journalist and Television Presenter, Marverine Cole.