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Birkbeck in the media

We've rounded up the latest media coverage of Birkbeck's academics, students and initiatives.

November 2023

  • Lynn Grimes, Director of Marketing and External Relations, spoke to Eddie Nestor, BBC Radio London, on the history of the University and its importance to higher education. Lynn was joined by a Birkbeck student, who at 77 years old is studying for a degree.  
  • In Our Time’  (BBC Podcast), Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Dr Sophia M. Connell discussed Aristotle's ideas on what happiness means and how to live a good life. 
  • Where does antisemitism come from?’ (The New Yorker), Professor David Feldman, Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism was interviewed

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  • Open Book (BBC Radio 4): Dr Mark Blacklock discusses using fictional tools to explore some of the most complicated theories in modern maths, geometry and physics. 
  • The World Tonight (BBC Radio 4): Professor Julia Lovell discusses how Mao's image and memorabilia came to be fashionable and kitsch among collectors. 
  • Kanye's Dark Twisted Presidential Fantasy (Jacobin): Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal explores American rapper Kanye West's career and his 2020 bid for the US presidency.
  • How not to be an alien (Times Literary Supplement): In the wake of 181 British Historians calling for the Home Office to review its Life in the UK handbook, Professor Frank Trentmann writes about how the history section of the British citizenship test should be reviewed in order to reflect a truer picture of British History. 

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  • The 'risk to democracy' in Chile isn't from protesters. It's from Piñera and the 1% (the Guardian): Professor Oscar Guardiola-Rivera comments on the recent history of protests in the country and how Sebastián Piñera's government and the new economic model has led to widespread protests from Chile's working-class and precariat. 
  • The fallout from the US troop withdrawal from Northern Syria (BBC News - broadcast only): Dr Ashok Kumar comments on the political situation between Turkey and Kurdish forces in Syria and the USA's response to the conflict.  
  • Diplomatic immunity dispute (the Sydney Morning Herald): Professor Robert Singh comments on the tragic fatal crash involving the US Diplomat's wife, Anne Sacoolas , and 19-year-old Harry Dunn, saying he cannot recall a more serious immunity dispute between the two countries.
  • Getting serious on lifelong learning (the House magazine - print only): Robert Halfon MP praises Birkbeck as a 'bastion of social justice which provides flexible learning for those who need it most.'
  • Jews, Money, Myth (Museums' Association): An exhibition at the Jewish Museum London, developed in partnership with the Pears Institute for Anti-Semitism at Birkbeck, has won the 2019 Museums Change Lives award.
  • The truth about screen time (the Times of India): Dr Tim Smith comments on concerns around screen time, and the links between screen use and disrupted sleep.


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  • The beginnings of cinema (BBC Radio London): Professor Ian Christie discusses one of the pioneers of modern cinema, Robert Paul.
  • Why touching art is so tempting (CNN): Professor Fiona Candlin explains why patrons feel compelled to break the rules of museums and touch artefacts, and that this compulsion may stem from a desire to learn more about the artworks. 
  • The secret lives of Victorians (the Mirror): As Victoria returns to ITV, historical consultant for the show Dr Anne Hanley says that Victorians only pretended to be prudish but 'had a prurient fascination with all things sexual'.
  • Smartphones and sleep (the Independent, News Week): Dr Iroise Dumontheil responds to new research indicating that wearing blue-light blocking glasses may reverse the sleep problems associated with smartphones. 
  • Doctors turn to alcohol and binge-eating (the Guardian, the Daily Mail): A Birkbeck-UCL study reveals sleep problems, burnout and drink dependency due to heavy workloads in the medical profession. 
  • Marketing the moon (the Telegraph - print only): Professor Ian Crawford discusses the new frontier of extraterrestrial exploration - mining the moon for potentially precious resources. 
  • The near-near future (BBC Culture): Professor Roger Luckhurst comments on the horror of sci-fi that does not imagine shiny, hard futures but gives a sense of sliding from one version of our present into something slightly alienated.

APRIL 2019

MARCH 2019

  • The strange death of a special relationship (the American Interest): Professor Robert Singh says that the US-UK special relationship is 'on life support' - and Brexit may well pull the plug. 
  • White nationalism online (CBC News): Professor Eric Kaufmann says that trying to shut down white supremacist online discourse may be counterproductive. 
  • The upsides of the apocalypse (BBC Culture): Dr Caroline Edwards says that post-apocalyptic stories, which are usually dystopian, often carry utopian strands too.
  • Organised crime (BBC Radio 5): Dr Tiggey May was interviewed by Radio 5 live about the Institute for Criminal Policy Research's project looking at organised and white-collar crime. 
  • Forced into marriage (IOHR TV): Dr Christina Julios shares her research in a short new documentary about forced marriage and honour violence. 
  • Can humans live on the moon? (The Week): Birkbeck research into the past conditions of the Moon is highlighted, which scientists believe may have been able to support life around four billion years ago.
  • Why more women are watching gay porn (New Zealand Herald): Dr Helen de Witt says that gay porn might be considered useful from a feminist perspective: "Because there isn't a point of personal identification, you're not troubled by those problematic representations and the political questions they raise."


  • Breast cancer and PTSD (Breast Cancer Care podcast): Professor Naz Derakshan discusses research on how PTSD affects women with breast cancer and what you can do to manage the symptoms.
  • Screen time and sleep (the Telegraph - print): A report cites research from the Birkbeck BabyLab indicating screen time can hamper the sleep patterns of young children. 
  • The resurgence of anti-Semitism (France 24): Dr Ben Gidley appears on a panel to discuss increasing anti-Semitism and attacks on Jewish people in France. 
  • Aristotle's Biology (In Our Time, BBC Radio 4): Dr Sophia Connell joins Melvyn Bragg to discuss the remarkable achievement of Aristotle in the realm of biological investigation.
  • Animal brain traits (Psychology Today): Dr Gillian Forrester says that because humans are exceptional in our ability to think and act in ways unlike any other animal on the planet, it is easy to forget that modern human abilities have origins in a shared evolutionary history.





  • The forgotten sex workers of WWI (Buzzfeed): Dr Clare Makepeace's research into the thousands of women working as sex workers during the First World War is the subject of a new Roundhouse art project, Cause & Effect
  • Prejudice in Britain (the Times): A report on new research from Birkbeck and Kent, on behalf of the EHRC, which reveals the extent of prejudice against minority groups in Britain. 
  • Like and subscribe (Daily World News): María Elena Placencia discusses how people perceive the importance of being complimented on social media, and how this varies by age and gender.
  • The role of genetics in autism: Dr Emma Meaburn comments on a study that suggests genetics play a larger role in autism than other conditions.
  • The loss of white identity? (The Times): Professor Eric Kaufmann discusses his new book, Whiteshift, which broadly argues that white identity in white-majority countries is under threat from non-white immigration, which has led to the triumph of populism and 'political entrepreneurs' like Trump. 
  • Making an entrance (the Guardian): the former Birkbeck students behind YESYESNONO are hailed as one of the UK's best young theatre companies.
  • League table exit (Metro, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, BBC Radio 4, Times Higher Education and others): Birkbeck's decision to withdraw from UK league tables, which do not give an accurate decision of the strengths of the College, was widely discussed by the academic community and beyond. 
  • The diverse experience of UK refugees (BBC Online): Bada Yusuf, an Egyptian refugee who studies at Birkbeck as part of the Compass Project scholarship scheme, was featured in an exhibition which aimed to highlight the varied experiences of refugees.
  • Doctor burnout and stress (GPonline): a report on a Birkbeck-Bedfordshire study about the mental health crises among doctors, and recommendations to alleviate it. 


  • Women in medicine (the Guardian): Dr Anne Hanley has co-written a piece looking at the historical struggles of women accessing the medical profession. 
  • Space rocks for sale (the BBC, the Times, the Telegraph and more): Dr Simon Drake comments on the sale of rocks from a meteorite impact site he discovered with colleague Dr Andy Beard last year. 
  • How moderates can save immigration reform (the Spectator): Professor Eric Kaufmann reviews a new title by Reihan Salam, Melting Pot or Civil War?
  • Living apart together (the Sunday Telegraph - Stella magazine): Birkbeck research on the numbers of long-term couples living separately is cited, and the reasons behind it explored. 
  • Antisemitism in the Labour Party (the Today Programme): Professor David Feldman is interviewed about allegations of antisemitism against Jeremy Corbyn and the extent of antisemitism in the Labour Party. 
  • Global higher education (WonkHE): Jonathan Woodhead, Policy Adviser at Birkbeck, looks at what could change for the higher education landscape post-Brexit. 


JULY 2018

  • Anti-semitism on the rise? (Deutsche Welle TV/ A report into perceptions of anti-semitism in five western European countries coordinated by the Pear's Institute was picked up by German TV and online outlets.
  • Partial brain removal (CNN): Professor Mark Johnson comments on the surgical removal of one-sixth of a child's brain, and its effects on visual processing. 
  • Consultants struggling with anxiety and depression (Morning Star, Daily Star, Yorkshire Post, Basildon Echo): Dr Kevin Teoh was among researchers who examined the mental health toll on NHS consultants.
  • Life on the moon (Evening Standard, the Times, the Telegraph, Metro and more): Research from Professor Ian Crawford and US astrobiologist Professor Kirk Schulze-Makuch indicates the moon may once have supported life. 
  • Biologist abroad (Barrackpur Barta): Dr Sanjib Bhakta delivered an international seminar for biological sciences students and academics, following the award of a prize from West Bengal State University, reported on by a local Bengali newspaper.  
  • Brexit clarity and confusion (the Guardian): Dr Demot Hodson says when it comes to Brexit, EU institutions are leagues ahead of their UK counterparts.
  • "It means everything" (the Guardian): A look back at the first year of the Compass Project, which fully funded 20 asylum seekers to complete a foundation year at Birkbeck, giving them the qualifications needed to access an undergraduate course. 
  • Planning ahead (New Scientist): Dr Iroise Dumontheil comments on new research which shows that young children are 'surprisingly bad' at using memories to make plans. 
  • LGBT life in the UK (Call You And Yours, Radio 4): Professor Matt Cook talks about the changing attitudes to sexuality as a guest on a special edition of the show. 
  • Getting into politics (Radio 4 Woman's Hour): Professor Rosie Campbell discussed women's under-representation in politics and her comments also featured in a BBC News online report about the issue.

JUNE 2018

MAY 2018

  • Working class-writers (The Irish Times): Stephen Morrison-Burke discusses what being the first recipient of the Kit de Waal Creative Writing Scholarship at Birkbeck means to him. 
  • On the other hand (Discover): Dr Gillian Forrester discusses the evolutionary and developmental pathways to behaviours such as right- or left-handedness.
  • Teacher burn-out (The Observer): Professor Almuth McDowall contributed to a news-feature examining the pressures which are contributing to school teachers quitting the profession or being signed off with stress.
  • Examining Sure Start (BBC Sunday Politics): Professor Ted Melhuish was interviewed about the initiative, on the back of his leading role in National Evaluation of Sure Start, which examined the effectiveness of SS work.
  • Pupil reaction is autism marker (Daily Mail): Research from Birkbeck's BabyLab into how babies' reactions to light can be an indicator of autism received widespread media coverage in publications such as The Mirror, Metro, Express and The i Paper, as well as more than 100 online outlets.
  • New production is a homecoming for George (South London Press): Graduate George Richmond-Scott, who was awarded his MA in Theatre Direction at Birkbeck's spring graduation, was featured to highlight the way the College had enabled him to successfully change career.
  • Trump and Iran (TalkRadio): Professor Robert Singh was a contributor to an on-air discussion about the US President's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.
  • Brexit Ministry rejects FOI enquiries (The i Paper): Ben Worthy is among the experts consulted in a story about how four out of five FOI requests directed at DExEU are not fully answered.

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MARCH 2018







  • Left to their own devices (Tatler): Cathy Rogers, PhD candidate in Psychological Sciences, writes about whether parents should encourage or discourage use of smartphone devices with toddlers. 
  • Space invaders (TimeOut London): A look at Dr Louisa Preston's research into extreme environments as 'practice research' for materials on Mars. 
  • Catalan independence (The National): Dr David Brydan comments on the repression of Catalonia under Franco and the growing calls for independence. 
  • "State-led gentrification" (the Guardian): An exploration of Dr Paul Watt's research on the selling off of council housing, and Jeremy Corbyn's pledge to stop "forced gentrification and social cleansing."
  • Municipalisation (RealMedia): Dr Paul Watt, Reader in Urban Studies, discusses the tools available for government to fight gentrification and discourage high rents.
  • Diabulimia (BBC News): Jacqueline Allan, PhD candidate in Psychology, discusses the little-known and extremely dangerous eating disorder 'Diabulimia' - where diabetic people deliberately take too little insulin in order to lose weight.
  • 'Always-on' culture (The Times, The i Paper, Daily Express, Metro, Express online): Dr Almuth McDowall, Assistant Dean in the Department of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, reveals new research into how companies are failing to tackle issues around constant connectivity to work.    
  • Money Box Live: Mature students (BBC Radio 4): Caroline McDonald, head of widening access at Birkbeck, discusses the opportunities and issues facing those who study later in life.
  • "A step change on widening access" (the Guardian): Les Ebdon, Director of the Office for Fair Access, praises Birkbeck's initiatives to reach mature students, particularly low fee foundation programmes. 
  • The post-storm city (openDemocracy): Dr Anna Hartnell explores the very different depictions of Hurricanes Harvey and Katrina.


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  • Happy birthday to EU (The Washington Post): Dr Dermot Hodson co-authored an article in on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the EU.
  • Too much excellence? (Chronicle of Higher Education and Nature News): Research by Professor Martin Paul Eve showing that overuse of the word excellence has eroded its meaning, has been covered in the
  • Impact factor (The Scientist): Nicole Cruz, PhD candidate in Psychological Sciences, comments on the myth that papers published in low-impact journals are low-quality scientific contributions.
  • The ‘Halo Effect’ (New York Times): Professor Eric Kaufmann comments on the phenomenon which sees more votes for far-right politicians close to diverse areas - but not actually within them.
  • UK news plurality (Guardian): A letter expressing concern over the proposed Fox-Sky News merger, signed by Dr Justin Schlossberg.
  • Women's strikes (Vice News): Professor Joni Lovenduski comments on the Icelandic women's strike of 1975.
  • Young people and crime (Economist): Professor Mike Hough comments on the fall in crime rates among young people.
  • Parkinson's Disease app (New Scientist): an article about a new app, developed by Professor George Roussos, which can track progression of Parkinson's Disease symptoms over time.
  • Wells and Woking (BBC Radio 4: 'A new red world'): Professor Roger Luckhurst comments on HG Wells life and work.
  • Gender equality (BBC World Service): Professor Joanna Bourke looks back at the history of women's rights.
  • Commonwealth Games (BBC Merseyside): Dr Geoff Walters is interviewed about whether Liverpool could host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
  • Abortion law reform (Guardian): A letter about reforming abortion law to take pre-viability abortion out of the criminal law, published by Daniel Monk.
  • Learning styles (Guardian): A letter about the lack of evidence for learning styles and their use in educational techniques, signed by Professor Michael Thomas.
  • BA and industrial relations (Guardian): A letter about BAs industrial relations with its cabin staff, signed by Professor John Kelly.
  • Empire of things (Financial Review): Professor Frank Trentmann's Empire of Things is reviewed.
  • Market Research (Research Live): reports on Dr Dan Nunan's study into the decline of the term market research and its replacement with terms such as data science, business intelligence, insight.
  • Gender balance in parliaments (Canberra TimesBrisbane TimesWA Today, The AgeThe Sydney Morning Herald): Professor Rosie Campbell's work on reforming parliaments to make them more gender balanced is covered in several Australian newspapers.
  • White racial self-interest (The Times [no link], the Financial Times [no link] and El Pais [in Spanish]): A new report by Professor Eric Kaufmann, claiming that white racial self-interest is not the same as racism.


  • Burnout among oncologists (Guardian): Dr Caroline Kamau and PhD student Asta Medisauskaite's paper on alarming levels of burnout and stress in oncologists.
  • How voters decide (BBC Radio 4: Analysis): Professor Rosie Campbell presents this episode, looking at how voters make decisions on who to vote for.
  • Home truths (BBC1): Dr Paul Watt takes part in a documentary about the places we call home.
  • Trump and the Alt-Right (Sky News): Professor Eric Kaufmann is interviewed about Trump and the Alt-Right movement.
  • General strike against Trump (Washington Post): Professor John Kelly writes about the success and regularity of previous general strikes.
  • Trump and Russia (Share Radio): Professor Robert Singh is interviewed about Trump and his links to Russia.
  • Cold War lessons (Chatham House magazine - The World Today): Professor Daniel Pick and Dr Sara Marks write about how Cold War-era ideas of brainwashing and mind control can offer lessons for thinking about radicalisation and de-radicalisation today
  • Empty prisons (Seattle Times, International New York Times, El Periodico de Mexico and others): Data from Birkbeck's ICPR is quoted in widespread news coverage about the Netherlands' surplus of prison cells.
  • Welcoming Britain? (History Extra): Professor David Feldman writes about Britain's mixed historical record on welcoming refugees.
  • Autism detection (Health Medicine Network): a new project involving researchers from Birkbeck's Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development aims to introduce new low-cost ways of detecting autism in Indian children
  • Sociability in babies (Your Autism magazine [no link]): research from Birkbeck's Babylab shows that infants of adults who feel uncomfortable in social situations are more likely to experience social discomfort themselves.
  • Bedlam (History Today): Birkbeck alumna Anna Jamieson writes about the history of the Bedlam mental hospital and its place in the public imagination.
  • The cult next door (The Psychologist [no link]): Dr Alexandra Stein reviews BBC2's 'The cult next door'.
  • Bannon and antisemitism (Haaretz): Dr Dave Rich analyses White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon's attitude to Jews.


  • Prevent (LBC radio [no link]): Professor Bill Bowring was interviewed about the Prevent strategy
  • Computer algorithms in recruitment (Talent Management): Dr Chris Dewberry comments on the reliability of computer algorithms in selecting suitable job candidates in Raconteur's special report.
  • Toddlers and iPads (no link): The TABLET project is mentioned in an article about children's use of tablet computers and smartphones.
  • Bank of England interest rates (The Times [no link]): Professor Anne Sibert has advised the Bank of England to increase interest rates and warns that Brexit is still a risk.
  • REF questions (Research Fortnight [no link]): Professor Martin Eve comments on the REF and how credit will be shared between institutions that have contributed to a piece of research.
  • Alumni programmes (University Business [no link]): Birkbeck's alumni programme is highlighted.
  • Helen Reece (Guardian): Daniel Monk writes Dr Helen Reece's obituary. Helen worked in the Law School at Birkbeck from 1998 to 2009.
  • Annette Karmiloff-Smith (The Psychologist [no link]): publishes Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith's obituary. Annette worked in Birkbeck's Department of Psychological Sciences from 2006 to 2016.
  • Babies and language (BBC World News [link not available]): Dr Teodora Gliga discusses early brain development and language learning.
  • Experimental literature (BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking): Dr Mark Blacklock discusses experimental novels with Eimar McBride and Matthew Sweet.
  • Consumption and the environment (Guardian): Professor Frank Trentmann writes about why decluttering our cupboards won't save the planet.
  • Lammy and night schools (Evening Standard): In a letter, Professor David Latchman praised David Lammy MP for raising the issue of the importance of evening learning.
  • Heligoland (The Sunday Times [no link]): Professor Jan Ruger's new book Hegiloland. Britain, Germany and the Struggle for the North Sea is reviewed.
  • Design recognition (Design Week): Birkbeck's new visual identity.
  • Work-Life balance: a new study by Dr McDowall on the need for employers to help staff balance their personal and professional lives has received coverage in several outlets.
  • Jah Wobble (Skiddle): Birkbeck alumnus Jah Wobble (John Wardle) describes studying at Birkbeck as "the best thing [he] ever did" in an interview.
  • HE bill (WonkHE): Jonathan Woodhead writes about why part-time HE should be a priority in the government's HE bill.
  • Freud for our times (BBC Radio 4): Professor Daniel Pick presents a programme about psychoanalysis today.
  • Artistic direction: Birkbeck alumnus Jez Pike has become the artistic director of the Maddermarket Theatre and received widespread coverage in regional media.