Other dates for your diary    

Monday 3 November - Aston Inaugural Lecture - Roads: Love Them or Hate Them? By Professor Bjorn Birgisson
Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6.00pm tea & coffee, 6.30pm start

Roads are an integral part of society, connecting people and businesses, stimulating social interactions and trade. In this talk, Professor Birgisson will present an overview of the economics of roads and their importance for society, as well as highlighting some of the more recent advances in road research.

Inaugural Lectures are a fun way to learn more about the research specialisms of our recently-appointed Professors and there’s the chance to network and catch up with your colleagues post-event with a free buffet (wine included). Email the Events Team to book your free place. 

Tuesday 28 October - The 2014 Lunar Society Boulton and Watt Commemoration Lecture by Professor George Feiger 

Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6pm refreshments with 6.30pm start 

In this prestigious lecture, If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride, Professor Feiger will discuss the topical issue of the control of systemic risk in the financial system. Aston staff and students are welcome to attend free of charge. Register here.

Click here to watch Professor Feiger give a short overview of his lecture.

Staff briefing sessions by the Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor will be holding a series of information sessions for staff to focus on Aston’s recent successes and share the exciting plans for the future. All staff are invited to attend one of the sessions to find out how Aston is
Excellent, Different, Distinctive on:

20th October, 12-1pm, Sumpner Lecture Theatre
3rd November, 12-1pm, Sumpner Lecture Theatre
5th November, 1-2pm, Sumpner Lecture Theatre

Please register your place confirming the date of the session you would like to attend by emailing the Events Team.

Thursday 16 October  - Marie Curie Briefing Session: Initial Training Networks (ITN)

MB206, 2pm - 3pm

The call for ITN proposals is now open with a submission deadline of 13 January 2015. This session will look at the structure of the ITN scheme, the structure of the application forms and where to locate the key documents. Dr Caroline Witton (LHS) will also discuss her experiences in writing a successful ITN proposal. Anyone planning to submit a proposal is strongly recommended to attend. Email Neil Holland to book your place.

Tuesday 21 October – Celebrating The Year of the Brain Lectures
Great Hall, 6:30pm

Attend an evening of talks by speakers Dr Mary Baker, (President European Brain Council and an Aston honorary graduate), Professor Paul Furlong (LHS), Sir Colin Blakemore (neurobiologist), Terry Waite (humanitarian, authorand hostages negotiator) and Anna Turney (GB Alpine skier in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Paralympic Games). Further details available here or book your seat, please email Jean Hasson.

Wednesday 22 October - Afternoon tea with the former Group HR Director of Carillion and ABS Advisory Board Member

Council Room, 3:15 pm-5:15 pm

Staff are invited to afternoon tea with Susan Morton, the former Group HR Director of Carillion

Susan's particular area of focus will be about the people agenda. The topics will include: 

- Values in business - how to get people working differently to transform results
- Engaging everyone to be part of the future - some lessons on what did and didn't work in culture change
- Organisation structures for sustainable success - acquisition, disposal, reward, talent and the HR team

Spaces are limited, contact Rachna Shah to book.

Tuesday 28 October - Supporting New (or existing) Sessional teachers at Aston

Time and room TBC

This pedagogical workshop will cover a range of learning and teaching issues such as: the relationship between teacher and learner; the role of learning outcomes in assessment; equality and diversity; the international perspective and managing different group sizes. To book a place please contact Marika Jones.

Thursday 13 November - Fourth Annual CLERA Distinguished Lecture 
Room TBC, 4pm start followed by 5:30pm drinks reception

CLERA invites you to its Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture. This year’s distinguished visitor is Professor Jennifer Jenkins from the University of Southampton and the lecture is entitled ‘Diverse Englishes, intercultural communication, and 'international' universities’. To register, contact Jacquie Harding.

Thursday 13 November - BSEEN Exhibition and Networking Event

Birmingham Science Park Aston, 5pm– 8pm
The event showcases the range of student and graduate business start-ups currently on the BSEEN programme. It is a great opportunity to support a generation of new entrepreneurs and network with business leaders. Staff are welcome to attend. Book your place here