Our growing series of subject mini-lectures is an opportunity to bring our expert academic staff directly into your school or college, exploring academic perspectives on contemporary research, issues and approaches to higher education study.

This service is offered free of charge for post-16 student groups.

Arranged at a date and time to suit you, these sessions are available across a broad range of subject areas (including options not currently offered within schools and colleges) enabling your students to discover new courses or career opportunities that they may not have previously considered.

Titles on offer for 2017/8*

*Correct at time of publication, titles may be limited or withdrawn according to staff availability.

Art, Design and Media

To request any of the following titles, please contact Sarah Felton with an email confirming your institution, year group and size plus up to 3 suggested dates for your session

Visual Communication Introduction to Design for Performance Introduce your students to this often overlooked area, which encompasses includes; design and production for theatre, events, dance, puppetry, museums, concerts, exhibitions, festivals, themed environments, nightclubs, film and live arts.
Studying Film and Animation Exploring traditional film making techniques and the latest in 3D animation technologies, this session is an insight into study and careers within the creative industries. 
Fashion and Textiles Introduction to Textiles With an introduction to our School of Fashion and Textiles, this session will give your students the chance to find out more about the professional skills needed to get ahead within the fashion industry. 
English English and Media English at Birmingham City University is, by definition, interdisciplinary. Let us show your students how they can collaborate across disciplines to gain new perspectives on the relevance of English studies in the wider world.

Business, Law and Social Science

To request any of the following titles, please contact Steven Joesbury with an email confirming your institution, year group and size plus up to 3 suggested dates for your session

Business and Marketing Leadership, strategy and change This 60 minute lecture will look at how successful businesses utilise leadership and strategy to shape the future of their organisations.
Creative Problem Solving in a Business Context Business professionals cannot expect to be successful by merely matching the actions of others. In a changing business environment, it can be risky to rely on the same old answers. This 60 minute session explores the understanding of business problems and how more imaginative and creative solutions can be found.
You're Hired! How to be a marketer An interactive session where students will be challenged to market some new business ideas. Giving participating students an insight into business, and marketing’s role within the sector.
Criminology Solving the case - A practical introduction to criminal profiling In this hands-on 90 minute workshop session students will get the opportunity to work on a criminal case file. Using a range of criminal profiling techniques students will work on unearthing the identity of the offender.
Eyewitness Testimony - Are you a good eyewitness? After witnessing a crime, students will be questioned to recall details about what they saw. This 60 minute interactive workshop session explores the impact of memory, influence and bias in relation to criminal justice cases.
The CSI effect - myths about crime Presenting students with a crime scenario, this interactive workshop session challenges groups to establish the facts. Exploring profiling techniques and the reality of policing, this session will question what students know about the world of criminal investigation.
Economics International Trade and Development Economics The session is designed to offer students a practical, conceptual and interactive encounter with the world of international economics. Students will be guided through key topics in international and development economics, such as poverty and inequality and engage in a fair trade interactive game.
Games & Information In this session students will analyse key concepts in information economics and game theory. Working with our expert staff, students will explore a variety of games and activities, demonstrating decision-making theories and the effects of strategic interaction.
Psychology How do we look at the brain? An introduction to the techniques psychologists use to examine the brain. The session will include elements on scanning and neuro-psychology, as well as exploring the use of such techniques to diagnose and treat brain injuries.
Researching sex and crime: what an ethical dilemma! Humankind is a social species, yet conflict, negativity and criminal behaviours are experienced every day. Social psychologists want to know why. However, research in this area often covers sensitive and taboo topics, which itself raises a number of ethical issues. This session discusses the ethical hurdles relating to contemporary research.
Sociology Researching families and education: sociological perspectives Exploring sociological approaches to the study of both education and the family. This session discusses Marxism and functionalist approaches to understanding schooling, whilst analysing the role of the family in society and how this feeds into the education system.
Housing and social change The provision and use of housing is both a reflection and a driver of social change. This session takes a critical look at the gentrification of homes and neighbourhoods in urban and rural context with a focus on processes and social outcomes.
Music and Society How can Sociology contribute to an understanding of music? This session provides an introduction to some of the key sociological ideas and perspectives on music, focusing on the social and historical settings in which musical forms are produced and consumed, and the ways in which music relates to social identity.
Deconstructing sexualised pop culture This session will explore how gender roles are shaped, lived and experienced through aspects of popular culture. Through using current examples this session will encourage students to examine how stereotypes, representations and labels are formed and maintained. 
Masculinity and Advertising This academic session takes a critical look at gender and the circulation of advertisements, with particular regard to the use of the ‘male’ as symbol in contemporary social context.

Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

To request any of the following titles, please contact Jeff Chilton with an email confirming your institution, year group and size plus up to 3 suggested dates for your session

Real Estate Investment = Money Exploring skills such as how to judge a good investment, how to diversify your real estate portfolio and how to identify risks, this session explores what it takes to be a successful real estate professional.
Computing Cyber Security This talk looks at digital security issues raised within programmes such as CSI, including an engaging demonstration on a number of security flaws in wireless networks and on our PCs. Not only for learners studying computing/ICT subjects but for anyone with any interest in understanding how the internet works.
Forensics vs. cybercrime! Posing new challenges to the police and intelligence agencies, the fight against cyber crime relies on forensics experts to analyse ‘digital evidence’ in order to bring criminals to justice. This interactive demonstration explores how digital devices are used by criminals, as well as the forensic techniques used to expose them.
Game Development with Scirra Construct2 Many of us enjoy playing games and wish we knew the secrets to making them. Exploring many disciplines including art, animation, music and programming, this session will give learners an insight into how games are constructed using simple fun game development tools.
Engineering Formula Student: How do you design and build a car in one year? Where do you start when organising a project of this scope? What issues do designers face and what tools are available for them to use? This mini-lecture enables students to find out from industry experts about how these skills relate to the ‘real world’ and the engineering industry. 
Future of visualisation: Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality at its heart Technological advancements in hardware are increasingly enabling people to play games, collaborate, construct innovative ideas, design products and shop in a fully immersive learning experience.

We often assume that these technological advancement are delivered solely by innovators in research labs. In fact, several of the most pioneering ideas came from those with little experience of science/technology. This session explores recent advancements, like smart glass, demonstrating that future technologies may be closer to science-fiction than people think!

Health, Education and Life Sciences

To request any of the following titles, please contact us with an email confirming your institution, year group and size plus up to 3 suggested dates for your session

Education Enabling disabled children and adults to learn without limits

Introducing the field of conductive education, this session will allow students to discover the career of a professional conductor and their role working with children and/or adults with physical disabilities.

Engaging with a range of interactive activities, students will develop an understanding of strategies and techniques used to support enhance the lives of children and adults with complex needs.

Contemporary Issues in Early Years Familiarizing students with the breadth of study in this sector, this session will investigate current issues and research around child development. Exploring potential careers and the necessary skills, values and attributes to be a successful professional within a range of children's services.
Education for all: creative learning and development We all think we know about schools and education but how much do we really know; how far is our knowledge affected by our personal experiences? Working with academic staff from our BA(hons) Education Studies course, students will explore a range of educational concepts to learn about creative learning and development environments.
Tempted to teach? Training as a primary teacher Designed for students with an interest in working with children, this talk explores the various routes into teaching at primary level, including what your students can be doing now to get ahead before applying to university.
Social Work Contemporary Issues in Social Work In this practical sessions, students will learn about the role of a social worker and discover some of the communication tools and techniques employed when working with children and young people. Students will then have the opportunity to work with some of the interactive activities, and exercises used by Social Workers in practice.
Nursing What is Learning Disability Nursing? This event offers a valuable opportunity to understand of the needs of individuals with learning disabilities and the role of the nurse in working with this group of people. Working with our experienced staff, students will discover the professional and personal skills required to be a practicing nurse today.
Introduction to Children's Nursing An insight into Children’s Nursing. What the university are looking for in an applicant, what qualifications we require. The talk will also cover the application process and give information on what it is like to study this subject at Birmingham City University.
Life Sciences Engineering and Healthcare – A Global Perspective This 2-hour interactive session will introduce the students to how healthcare is very much relied on engineers and the future of digital healthcare within UK and around the globe including developing countries. The session will also cover various aspects of rewarding / prospective employment opportunities for Biomedical Engineers from an international prospective.
Patient Detectives An interactive workshop looking at how analysis or urine, blood and faecal samples (all fake but authentic) reveal clues about disease. Using case studies based on patients with diabetes, cancer, urinary tract infections and kidney disease you will have a chance to see how results from the clinical chemistry lab are used to help diagnose the physiological basis of illness.
Cells Chromosomes and DNA An interactive workshop investigating the structure and function of cells and prepare a slide of your own cheek cells. This is followed by a simple extraction of DNA from fruit and a demonstration of how DNA is used in genetic testing and the potential for gene therapy.