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Previous CityTalks events

Brexit and Birmingham 

Gary Topp, Beverly Nielsen and Paul Faulkner joined us at our City Centre Campus on Wednesday 6 December to talk all things Brexit and its impact on Birmingham.

Hosted by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Julian Beer, the City Talks featured a panel of experts from the arts, business and education sectors.

Ashes Talk with Ashley Giles and Jim Troughton

The Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University, 200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR

Ashes city

With the first Test of the 2017-18 Ashes cricket getting underway in Brisbane, Australia, Birmingham City University presented a unique event with England cricketing legend and Ashes-winner, Ashley Giles.

Giles – joined by Jim Troughton, former England international and current Warwickshire first-team coach – talked about Ashes series past and previewed the forthcoming tour.

Held in The Recital Hall of the new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the centre of Birmingham and hosted by Sky Sports’ Johnny Phillips, the audience heard about England’s historic 2005 Ashes win and Giles and Troughton’s thoughts on England’s prospects in the upcoming series.

In Conversation With Jo Brand

Watch again as comedy queen Jo Brand returned to Birmingham City University to speak about her career in comedy and kick start the 2017 City Talks series. This event was originally streamed live on 22 February.


What It Means to be a Man in the 21st Century

From bodybuilding to ‘lad’ culture, and from the metrosexual to the lumbersexual, the masculinities of popular culture have never seemed so dynamic and generative. As a result, this City Talk will debate how men both negotiate and struggle with their identities in the modern world.

Hosted in partnership with SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture.

Wmayoral groupWest Midlands Mayoral Debate

On Thursday 4 May the West Midlands will head to the polls to vote for its first Mayor for the West Midlands, but what will this mean for the region? How far will their powers stretch? What is their vision for the future? And do we even need one? On Wednesday 12 April a lively debate took place with the candidates, chaired by ITV Central News presenter Bob Warman.

Candidates included:
  • Andy Street: Conservative
  • Beverly Nielsen: Liberal Democrat
  • James Burn: Green Party
  • Peter Durnell: UKIP
  • Sion Simon: Labour
  • Graham Stevenson: Communist party

This event was hosted in partnership with West Midlands Combined Universities, Bosch and Birmingham City University.