Dates for your diary


Tuesday 10 January, 11.30-12.30pm – Employee Travel Scheme
The next issue day for the purchase/renewal of bus and rail passes will take place in Room MB737, 11.30 am -12.30 pm. For more information and to download an application form visit the website. Completed forms must be returned to Barbara Power, Human Resources, by Thursday 5 January 2017. 

Academic Promotions
The Academic Staff Promotions round for 2016-2017 has been launched with a closing date for applications of 27 January 2017.  The Promotions Procedure, application forms and guidance are available on the Human Resources website. If you are considering making an application for promotion, we are arranging a number of workshops where the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Paul Maropoulos, and the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Helen Higson, will be available to answer questions.  Both applicants and those who manage or mentor junior colleagues are strongly advised to attend these sessions.  The dates of these sessions are:

  • Thursday 5 January, 10.00-11.00 in MB220
  • Monday 9 January, 11.00-12.00 in MB246B 

Please confirm your attendance at one of these sessions by emailing Claire Freeman.

Wednesday 18 January, 12 to 1.45pm- Engaging with the Media
Engaging with the media session for all academics and ECRs wanting to know more about how to successfully communicate with journalists or improve their media presence. The event includes presentations from The Conversation, an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community and Linstock Communications, the university’s external PR agency.  For more details and to book a place, please click here.

Tuesday 24 January, 10-11am or 2 -3pm- Sharpen your Open Access & Open Data Know-HowDo you have questions about Open Access publishing or Open Data? Would you like to know more about the policies and how to achieve compliance, e.g. for HEFCE, RCUK and the EC? Do you need help using Pure to upload publications and/or datasets?

Whether you are a new to Aston or require a refresher session, specialists in Open Access (Malcolm Horne), Open Data (Ammar Wahid) and Pure (Paul Jones) will be running training sessions in MB525b. After each of the above sessions there will be time for optional hands-on help. To book your place on one of the above please contact openaccess@aston.ac.uk

1 February, 2-3pm, Mike Wright Lecture Theatre - Google Digital Garage
Academic staff are being urged to encourage students to attend a Google Digital Garage workshop on 1 February. The workshop aims to help improve digital capabilities and awareness through exploring a range of digital topics and is open to Aston University students only.  It is free to attend and runs from 2-3pm in the Mike Wright lecture theatre. Places must be booked in advance and students can register here.

Friday 17 February, 12 – 2pm, G11- Brexit event
The Research and Enterprise Office, International Office and Aston Centre for Europe are jointly hosting the following lunchtime event for all staff and students – Brexit: What Happened, and What Happens Next? The aim of the event is to provide information on Brexit past, present and future.

The event will be chaired by David Farrow, Executive Director Of Marketing & Strategy Communications. There will be a Q and A session following the presentations. If you would like to attend, please register here.