Wednesday 29 March, 10:00 to 12:00, MB220 - Coffee morning and drop in session for ECRs
The Research and Enterprise Office is holding a coffee morning for early career researchers. The event will allow Aston’s ECRs a chance to meet the REO team and fellow researchers across the university over tea, coffee and cake. Attendees can drop in at any point within the two hours to hear from our team. If you are interested in attending, please register here.
Wednesday 29 March, 17:00, Conference Aston - Annual Knowledge Transfer Showcase Friday 24 March, 11:00 to 17:00 - Final year students hosting 'Aston Street Food Festival' for Comic Relief
Aston’s annual Knowledge Transfer Showcase & Networking event is taking place on 29 March from 17:00 in Conference Aston. The event will include a competition for our Innovate UK sponsored Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Collaborative R&D projects, with prizes being awarded by the Vice Chancellor. This is an excellent opportunity to see some of the innovative work being carried out at Aston, meet representatives from the funding body, project partners, academics and local businesses. Food and drinks will be provided. Please register here if you are able to attend.
This Red Nose Day (Friday 24 March), five final year students are hosting 'Aston Street Food Festival' outside the library on campus. The vendors are donating 20% of ALL sales to Comic Relief, so please come along and support this fantastic cause. There is no entry fee and everyone is welcome so bring along your colleagues for an afternoon of delicious food from around the world. Follow the Facebook event here
Wednesday 22 March, 11:00 to 12:00, MB427 - IT open drop in session
Do you have a project that you would like to discuss with IT? Please come along to the next drop in session in MB427 and meet with the IT Directors.
Friday 17 March, 18:30, AUEA - BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions with Jonathan Dimbleby
Aston University Engineering Academy (AUEA) isdelighted to announce it is hosting BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? with Jonathan Dimbleby.
The audience will be a mixture of the school community including students, governors and trustees, staff and members of the local community. Also invited are the political parties and independent representatives from Birmingham. Doors open at 18:30. The programme warm-up starts at 19:30. The live broadcast runs from 20:00 to 20:50. A limited supply of free tickets is available to anyone who wishes to attend and are available on a first come, first served basis by emailing AUEA. Tickets will be reserved upon receipt of request (limited to a maximum of 2 per person), and will be available to collect from the main AUEA reception before the day of the event.
Wednesday 15 March, 12:00 to 14:00, MB373 - Learning and Teaching Technologies in times of Student Instrumentality (including lunch)
Are you disheartened by students’ obsession with ‘passing the test’ and little else? Saddened that only a few students want to share your enthusiasm for your subject? Disheartened that despite years of scholarship and research, your value as a teacher is reduced to whether your lectures are entertaining (whatever that means) and fun?
This seminar offers a sideways look at some of the common myths and stories about student instrumentality and whether learning and teaching technologies, such as problem based learning, can bridge the gap between conventional understandings of the university experience and student expectations. To confirm your attendance please contact Marika Jones.
Tuesday 14 March, 12:00 to 13:00, SW407 - Teachers’ Anonymous
Teachers’ Anonymous was launched in autumn 2016 to provide a confidential supportive community for teachers at Aston University. It is a place to discuss the challenges (and rewards) of teaching with colleagues in a safe and confidential space. There are no attendance lists; no minutes; and no agenda other than the topics proposed at each meeting. No need to book a place, just turn-up but please do attend on time to ensure the quality of attention within the group meeting.
The next sessions will be on:
Tuesday 14 March 12:00 - 13:00, SW407
Tuesday 4 April 12:00 - 13:00, SW407
Wednesday 10 May 13:00 - 14:00, SW407
Friday 10 March, 13:00 to 14:00, Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre - In Conversation with… David Bishop
Aston alumnus and gaming expert David Bishop will be coming to Aston to share his expertise of the games industry on Friday 10 March. Since graduating from Aston, David has been involved in creating some of the world's biggest mobile games, including Moshi Monsters, Plants V. Zombies and Bejeweled. David will share his expert knowledge of the industry, the innovative processes involved and how new gaming products are developed. Book your place
Wednesday 8 March, 18:00 to 20:30, G11 - Professor Jill Poole Memorial Lecture
Following the tragic and untimely death of Professor Jill Poole last year, Aston Law School has instituted an annual lecture series in her name. The purpose of the series is to celebrate and further Jill’s enthusiasm for legal scholarship in the areas that most characterise her work; most notably commercial and contract law, contemporary issues in legal practice and women in The Academy. We are delighted to announce that the inaugural lecture will take place on 8 March and will be delivered by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd. As the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Thomas is the most senior member of the judiciary in England and Wales. Click here to register your attendance.
Jill’s family and Aston University have established an Educational Fund to support students wishing to study Law. Further information can be found here.
Wednesday 8 March, 12:30 to 14:30pm, Council Room - International Women’s Day: Be bold for change - An event for ALL!
Join us on International Women’s Day, for an open discussion about some of the work on gender issues being led at Aston by our researchers. Help stimulate debate and explore where new ideas and research collaborations could occur, support teaching and professional work.Both genders are welcome! Lunch will be available from 12:30pm. To register your attendance or if there are any questions you’d like to submit in advance, please click here. An updated event schedule has now been added to the Eventbrite booking link.
Wednesday 8 March, 12:00 to 14:00pm, MB231 - Complete Funding Series: Open Access & PURE
This session will provide an overview of the Open Access compliance criteria, in force since 1 April 2016, which will ensure eligibility for REF. A key component of ensuring publications are compliant is the use of PURE and the upload of full text documents. Top tips for the use of PURE will also be provided. If you are interested in attending, please register by emailing REO@aston.ac.uk
Wednesday 8 March, 15:30pm - 10th Aston Feminist Café
The 10th Aston Feminist Café will be held on International Women's Day in the Cadbury room (10th floor of North Wing), on the topic of Not seen and not heard? Women politicians in the media. This is an informal discussion and everyone is welcome. For copies of the readings that we will be discussing please contact Katy Pilcher or Olga Castro.