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Summer Graduation Ceremonies

The summer graduation ceremonies will take place from Monday 18 - Friday 22 July 2016. The breakdown of which courses will go through in each of the ceremonies has now been confirmed. Click here to view the summer ceremony breakdown.

Saturday 25 June – Open Day

Aston University, 10am – 4pm

The first pre-application Open Day of the year is due to take place on Saturday 25 June. Registrations have recently increased so we are up to 2824 bookings, made up of 1,332 individuals and their guests. Please note there are further Open Days planned for Tuesday 13 September and Saturday 29 October 2016.

Tuesday 28 June - Inclusive practice and working with the Equality Act

SW407, 10am - 12pm

This two hour CPD workshop will examine the current guidance for inclusive practice in HE teaching and explore various approaches for working in accordance with the Equality Act. The workshop facilitators are Dr Sally Holgate, Head of the Disability Team and Dr Julian Lamb, who is both a qualified Social Worker and a lecturer in CLIPP. To book a place contact Marika Jones.

 Tuesday 28June - IPT workshop: Engaging policymakers with your research

MB504, 12:15pm - 1:30pm

Nick Maher, Chief Executive of the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT), will be delivering a session giving practical advice on engaging policymakers with your research. The topics covered will include how public policy is conceived and developed, ways of engaging with policymakers and civil servants, writing effective policy briefs and ensuring your contribution is acknowledged and evidenced.  A buffet lunch will be provided. To register, please email REO@aston.ac.uk with a brief description on your research interests and state whether you have any special dietary requirements. 

Tuesday 28 June - Young people: between fatalism, frustration and innovation

G8, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (refreshments from 6pm)  

The Citispyce team from LSS led by Professor Helen Higson has linked up with the RSA Midlands to host an Open Forum to share the key findings of CITISPYCE. These include: a major European research project into young people, inequalities, and social innovation, coordinated by Aston University and involving seven universities, three major cities and three NGOs in ten EU countries.The research has shown that, whilst some young people in European cities have found ways to survive - and even overcome - their own and others’ inequalities, many others still face a bleak future in austerity Europe and feel increasingly demoralised and disconnected from decision-makers. Colleagues are invited to join us to discuss how we might make use of the research findings and recommendations to make cities – and Birmingham in particular - places where young people are able to tackle their inequalities, realise their own and others’ potential, and no longer feel excluded and undervalued. Register your space here for this free event.

Wednesday 29 June - Brand Sustainability: Measuring and Managing Future Brand Success

Aston Business School, 6pm – 8:30pm

Aston Business School and Harris Interactive have taken a look at what makes a brand relevant and sustainable in a modern day context. The prevailing models for measuring brand effectiveness are largely based on examining indicators of past and present performance, and can fall short of telling brand managers anything about their brand’s future potential. Dr Keith Glanfield will present the thinking and research foundations behind the brand sustainability model, to address the question, ‘How sustainable is your brand?’ In revealing the results of the ‘hi brands’ research study, the Harris Interactive team will share how measuring sustainability changes the way we think about category and sector success, along with how this new set of measures supports brand managers to manage and track future brand success. The event is an ideal opportunity to meet members of CIM’s Midland academic panel, formed to pass on key marketing insights that up until now have only resided in the Region’s Universities. Members of the panel will take part in a panel and plenary discussion, debating with CIM members ‘how can marketing regain influence through brand sustainability?’ For further information, and to book your ticket, see here.

Thursday 14 July - Insights into why secondary school students choose careers, courses and Universities

MB553, 10am - 12pm

This CLIPP CPD seminar event chaired by Dr Frank Eperjesi in a round table discussion with Colin Parker, Head Teacher of King Edward VI Aston School, a member of the Department for Education’s professional conduct panel, mentor for two recently appointed head teachers in his role as an accredited professional partner and member of Aston University’s Council. A number of topics will be discussed, such as how students choose careers and why, where do they look for information, and how do students view University lecturers.To book your place, please contact Marika Jones.