Experts Service

Birmingham City University has a wide range of experts able to offer comment, analysis, opinion and background insight on a wealth of topics. Whether it’s serious crime, stress, health, education, employment, the media, Brexit, HS2, architecture, art and design, business, sport, music, law, IT and plenty more besides, we have the expertise.

You can find biographies of just some of our experts below. To speak to them or find out about others, contact our Press Office:

Press Office
Tel: +44 (0)121 331 6738
(out of hours: +44 (0)121 331 6738)

BCU Expertise

Dr Kehinde Andrews

Associate Professor of Sociology

Kehinde is an expert media commentator on discussions relating to race, racism and ethnicity. Kehinde helped to establish Europe's first Black Studies undergraduate degree.

Ron Austin

Associate Professor of Computer Networks and Security

Ron’s areas of interest include ethical hacking and penetration testing, web security and network security.

Professor Imran Awan

Professor of Criminology, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

Imran oversees a criminology research team and offers expertise on extremism, counter terrorism, and the impact these issues have on Muslims living in the UK and abroad.

Dr Elle Boag

Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology

Elle's areas of expertise include prejudice and discrimination, empathy and social exclusion.

Mark Brill

Senior Lecturer in Digital Communication and Future Media

Mark is a leading mobile and innovation strategist and has worked with a diverse range of global brands including Samsung and Louis Vuitton. Mark's areas of expertise include mobile marketing and social media.

Dr Matthew Cole

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

As a registered sport and exercise nutritionist, Matt has provided nutrition support to a variety of elite athletes and teams, as well as being part of the anti-doping team at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Kevin Crimmons

Associate Professor of Adult Nursing

Kevin's areas of expertise include critical care nursing and aesthetic surgery.

Alison Edwards

Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

Alison has been a nurse and midwife since 1985 and has worked in higher education for over 10 years.

Professor Craig Jackson

Professor Craig Jackson

Head of Psychology, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology

Craig is an expert media commentator on links between work and crime.

Laura Leyland

Senior Lecturer in Engineering

Laura's areas of expertise include automotive engineering, motorsports technology and mechanical engineering.

Kim Moore

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

Kim has extensive skills and knowledge in mental health nursing having worked in both Australian and UK health settings. Her areas of expertise include drug and alcohol nursing, addictive behaviours and quality standards in nursing.

Kelly O'Hanlon

Senior Lecturer in PR

An ex-BCU student herself, graduating in 2005 from the very degree she now teaches on, Kelly has 11 years industry experience working for two high profile Midlands creative agencies. Her areas of expertise include brand reputation and promotional strategy.

Professor Elizabeth Yardley

Professor of Criminology, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

Elizabeth is a regular contributor to news and entertainment media, drawing on the cutting edge research conducted in the Centre for Applied Criminology to enhance public understanding of crime and criminal justice.