A new study of Premier League players aims to diagnose concussion earlier and more accurately in footballers. Saliva and urine will be collected from both injured and uninjured players, by club doctors immediately post-match. These samples will then be tested in the laboratory at the University using a new ground-breaking test, called the ‘Birmingham Concussion Test’.
Tiny curators at Lapworth Museum
Three-to-five-year olds have shown the grown-ups what they really care about by creating their own exhibition at the Lapworth Museum of Geology on campus. The usually calm museum hall was filled with the roar of dinosaurs and the chance to ‘meet’ a historical pioneering Geologist. Read more about the Lapworth’s collection of mythical beasts.
UoB players make up nearly half the GB hockey squad
Eight out of the 20 hockey players selected for the GB squad for the women’s hockey FIH Pro League are Birmingham students and alumnae – which could lead to Olympic selections. Student Holly Munro joins graduates Lily Owsley, Holly Hunt, Sarah Evans, Hannah Martin, Anna Toman, Emily Defroand and Erica Sanders.
Is there a chatterpie in your garden?
New University research shows that weaving intriguing names into children’s education helps them engage more with the natural world and conservation. Children as young as ten loved names such as chatterpies and ninuts for magpies. Combining cultural details with scientific information made children more passionate about protecting wildlife.
Playtime without plastic
A new day nursery based at Winterbourne House and Gardens on campus is the first in Birmingham to pledge to create a more sustainable environment for young children. The Maples Day Nursery uses natural play resources instead of plastic toys, and is minimising the use of disposable wipes and plastics such as glitter and one-use aprons.
Children of war to build better future for others
Children conceived as a consequence of armed conflict joined researchers and artists at the University to explore how to create a better life for future children. Those for whom one parent is a local citizen and the other a member of an enemy, allied or peacekeeping force are telling their stories through art and academia. Ajna Jusić (second from left), says: ‘We want to create a society that is more empathetic for the children being born today.’
Student constables get a taste of policing
Five Birmingham students are taking a sabbatical from their studies to work as Special Police Constables in their own neighbourhoods of Selly Oak and Edgbaston. Philosophy student SC Carys Butlin says: 'We proactively target crime in our area. No two days are the same in this role; yesterday I went to a property to serve an arrest warrant in relation to a vehicle crime but on other days we patrol the neighbourhood and speak to people about their concerns.'
A major project will revive the city’s almost-forgotten Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library - the first, oldest and largest public Shakespeare collection in the world. Councillor Ian Ward says: 'This is a fantastic project aimed at making Shakespeare more accessible to Birmingham’s residents and visitors. The Bard wrote for everybody so his legacy must not be hidden away.'