Other dates for your diary    

August - We've got the undergraduate talent but can you help them secure their first break?

Some of our excellent Aston students are still looking to secure placements this year. Could you have a 9-12 month placement opportunity in your team or do you know of anyone in your business or social network who could offer a paid or voluntary placement this year? If you do, the Placements Team would love you to get in touch at employerteam@aston.ac.uk for more details.

2 September - Finance: Exploding the Four Most Common Myths

ABS, 9 - 10.30am

There are many common myths relating to the subject of financial management. Dispelling these myths is an important part of developing financial literacy. Managers often need to invest time and effort to 'unlearn' the misconceptions before they can develop the appropriate financial skills and knowledge to communicate financial concepts more confidently and to exercise their management responsibilities more effectively. To book your free place register here. Places are limited to a first come first.

10 September - Open Day for Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in HE

SW407, 1 - 2pm

A new Postgraduate Diploma leading to a Masters award in learning and teaching in higher education will be available for the first time through CLIPP in the New Year of 2015. The part-time work-based programme will be available to those members of Aston staff who have completed the PGCPP at Aston, or who have a PGCert in Learning and Teaching from another HEI. The first module starts with a two day introduction on 13 and 14 January. An Open Day for the programme (with coffee and cake) is scheduled for 10 September in SW407 from 1 - 2pm. If you are interested, please contact Marika Jones.

10 September - Aston Welcome 2014

MB 261, 10.15 - 10.45am

On Wednesday 10 September between 10.15 - 10.45am, Jill Wilson will be giving a presentation about this year's Aston Welcome two-week induction and enrollment programme, followed by a question and answer session. Just turn up on the day to hear all about this year's plans, the changes being introduced and new events being

6 – 12 September – British Science Festival

Multiple Venues

Booking is now open for all events at this year’s British Science Festival, hosted by University of Birmingham. Aston University is a key partner in the festival and will be delivering more than 15 events either on our campus, at Birmingham University’s or in the city centre from the 6-12 September 2014. Many events are free to attend but booking is essential to ensure a place. The full programme of public events can be searched here. For more information, please contact Nick Birch.

17 September - Stock Investments at Work

ABS, 12 noon - 2pm

How do our interactions with others affect our investment decisions? Professor Hans Hvide from the University of Bergen, Norway, will explain how stock market investment decisions are often influenced by our colleagues and how this influence can lead to poor investment decisions. Hans will explain why social interactions in the workplace affect investment behaviour, how important an issue it is for organisations, and how to avoid making investment mistakes. To book your free place register here.

Wednesday 20 September 2014 - Immigration and the Making of British Identity

The REP Theatre, 6pm

As part of The British Academy Debates, a panel of experts will discuss what it means to be British and how British identity has been constructed. The panel will address a variety of audience questions in their attempts to clarify the definition of being British. The event, which will be attended by Professor Dame Julia King, is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please book a place here.

24 September - Encouraging Innovation: How to Use Intellectual Property Strategically

Aston University, 1pm

Claire Howell from Aston Law will demonstrate how an understanding of the IP system can help you innovate by: informing you to make intelligent decisions, use your IP to grow your balance sheet, help you understand when not to patent, source free IP law advice and gain tax advantages. To book your place register here. Places are limited to a first come first served basis.

Thursday 25 September - Possible Dreams International - Voices for the voiceless choir UK tour

Great Hall, 6.30pm  

The Possible Dreams International (PDI) Choir sings songs of hope to those living affected by extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS in the rural regions of Swaziland. Their charter is to give voice to those in their communities without a voice. Tickets priced at £10.00 each and ordered through Eventbrite. This event is open to the general public, please tell your friends and family. For further information, please contact Jean Hasson

1 October - Do You Know What You Should Know? Emerging Market Trends

Aston Business School, 6pm - 8.30pm

Do you have time to stay in touch with 'what's new and emerging in the profession'? Probably not! That's why McCann Birmingham are providing their unique insight on what they think you should know about emerging consumer, digital and social trends. Register for your free place here.

17 October - CLIPP Curriculum Design CPD Full-day Workshop

Room TBC, 10am - 4pm

CLIPP are offering a second opportunity for Aston staff to attend the Curriculum Design workshop. This full-day workshop is for those interested in gaining more skills and knowledge about the principles and application of curriculum design. This interactive workshop will explore the fundamental design concepts behind learning outcomes, assessment and constructive alignment, with the intention of equipping participants with the confidence and vocabulary to engage in course design in higher education. Lunch at Conference Aston is provided. For more information please contact Dr Julian Lamb. To book a place please contact Marika Jones at m.jones@aston.ac.uk.

Tuesday 9 September 2014 - M5 conference

University of Nottingham
Aston researchers are invited to participate in the first M5 conference and networking event, focussed on Biomedical Imaging. This event is aimed at researchers and technicians using biomedical imaging equipment in their research. This is a free event. For more information and to secure your place click here.