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Birkbeck Voices podcast: Law, business and inspiring student stories

Last summer’s riots, good and bad capitalism, and student stories all feature in the first of a new series of monthly podcasts

Last summer’s riots, good and bad capitalism, and the life-changing opportunities created by Birkbeck all feature in Birkbeck Voices – the first in a new series of monthly podcasts.

Episode 1, August 2012

Professor Mike Hough, co-director of Birkbeck’s Institute for Criminal Policy Research, discusses the effectiveness and fairness of the criminal justice system, with particular reference to last year’s riots (0:00-6:48 ).

Professor Bill Bowring, of Birkbeck’s School of Law, explains how civil liberties are increasingly under threat during these times of austerity, and he refers to the growth of the police tactic of “kettling” (6:58-10:09).

Dr Andreas Liefooghe, Assistant Dean of Birkbeck’s School of Business, Economics and Informatics (BEI) , shares his thoughts about Business Week, and his own experiences of returning to education as an adult (10:19-19:10).

Sarah Weir, CEO of The Legacy List – a charity supporting the long-term social, cultural and physical regeneration of the Olympic Park  – explains how Birkbeck enabled her to forge a new career in the arts after banking, and why she is supporting Birkbeck’s activities in Stratford (19:20-23:16).

Kirstein Gourlay concludes by saying Birkbeck gave her a “second chance” to fulfil her “dream”. Following her Certificate of Higher Education in Social Policy and the Care Sector, she has gained confidence and skills, and become involved in local politics (23:17-28:49).

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