Upcoming Events

Seminar Series 2016-17

Criminology - David Wilson talk The Centre for Applied Criminology are proud to announce their series of seminars for the 2016-17 academic year.

These talks, all held by members of the centre, will span a wide range of topics, touching on both contemporary and historical issues within the field of Criminology. As a subject always at the forefront of news, these talks will dive behind the myths and the media to explore the real issues affecting crime and security today.

These talks are open to the public. If you are interested in coming, please contact Dr Imran Awan or Liam Brolan for more details.

Next Seminar

Faith After Murder; Religion in the Lives of Offenders Convicted Of Homicide Offences

Shona Robinson-Edwards 
1-2pm, Wednesday February 15
Room C301

Previous Events

Below you'll find information on some of the events CAC members haev contributed to in the past.

The Future of Murder, March 2016...

The circumstances in which serious violent crime now occurs are changing. Our inter-connectedness with one another and the growing use of social media is altering how, where and when these crimes take place.

So what is the future of murder?

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Professor David Wilson and Dr Elizabeth Yardley from the University’s Centre for Applied Criminology explored how murder might develop in the years to come at this event in March 2016.

Also joining the panel were author and Guardian columnist Erwin James who was convicted of murder, and Governor of HMP Grendon, Dr Jamie Bennett. Our panel of experts discussed how by reviewing past events, we can predict what murder might look like in the future. 

The expert panel

Professor David Wilson
Professor David Wilson

David is one of the UK’s leading criminologists, specialising in all aspects of prisons and imprisonment, murder and serial murder. He is a regular commentator to TV and radio, appearing regularly on 'This Morning', 'The Wright Stuff', BBC 5 Live and BBC Radio 4.

Dr Liz Yardley
Dr Elizabeth Yardley

As Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology, Elizabeth works within a specialist centre engaged in a diverse range of research endeavours in and around the criminal justice system. Her research interests include the representation of female serial killers and 'Facebook murder'.

Erwin James
Erwin James

Erwin James is a Guardian columnist and author. He has published two collections of essays: A Life Inside: A Prisoner’s Notebook and The Home Stretch: From Prison to Parole. Erwin is a trustee of the Prison Reform Trust and patron of a number of offender rehabilitation charities.

Jamie Bennett
Jamie Bennett

Jamie Bennett has worked in prisons since 1996 and held a number of senior positions. He is currently Governor of HMP Grendon and Springhill, editor of the Prison Service Journal and has published over 100 articles and reviews on topics including prisons and the media.

The Future of the Multi-Faith Society, October 2015...

A panel of leading experts joined together to talk about 'The Future of the Multi-Faith Society' in October last year.

The panel, held at Birmingham City University's Curzon Building, was put together to allow experts, students, and members of the community to discuss issues like extremism, counter-terrorism security, and overseas conflicts and the UK's involvement in them. There was also a focus on how the UK's famous cultural diversity can continue to grow, and what steps could be taken to make inter-faith relationships more harmonious.

These topics are often spotlighted in the news media, as they impact a wide area of the community at large. The wide-reaching nature of the topics was reflected in the attendees, who covered the entire religious and ethnic spectrum.  

The expert panel

Panel Chair: Professor Jon Yorke
Professor Jon Yorke

Jon Yorke is Professor of Human Rights in the School of Law.

He is a member of the advisory team on the death penalty to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

John is also a member of the FCO Pro Bono Lawyer's Panel.

The Rt Hon Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

A lBaroness Sayeeda Warsiawyer, businesswoman, campaigner and former cabinet minister, Sayeeda Warsi has had many roles, but she is best known for being the first Muslim to serve in British Cabinet and one of the foremost Muslim politicians in the Western world.

Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi

RRabbi Dr Margaret Jacobiabbi Margaret Jacobi has been the rabbi of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue since 1994. Rabbi Jacobi enjoys the diverse challenges and opportunities which congregational work offers, especially in amulti-cultural city in Birmingham. 

The Rt Reverend David Urquhart

BThe Rt Rev David Urquhartishop David is the Ninth Bishop of Birmingham, inaugurated at St. Phillip's Cathedral in November 2006. In addition to his duties as Bishop of Birmingham, he is the Archbishop of Canterbury's Link with China, a nd President of the Friends of IPASC (community health training) in DR Congo.

Professor Imran Awan

DImran Awan Smallr Imran Awan has held academic posts at the University of Glamorgan and Wolverhampton University.  He has taught on a variety of modules, such as international policing, policing cyber crime, terrorism theory and violent extremism and terrorism.