Other dates for your diary     

Friday 28 November - Stock investments at work (rescheduled from September)

Aston Business School, 2pm– 3pm  
How do our interactions with others affect our investment decisions?  Professor Hans Hvide from 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 3 December - Breakfast meeting with Toyota Materials Handling and Aston Business School - Lean meets servitization: understanding the route to new growth

Conference Room 1A, Aston Business School, 7:30am- 10:00am
Tony Wallis, Sales and Marketing Director, from Toyota Materials Handling will present the strategy of Toyota and Professor Tim Baines will contrast this against the emerging strategies of other world leading businesses. For details follow the link here. Places are limited, register with servitization@aston.ac.uk.


Wednesday 3 December -  ‘Feminist Café’ reading group 


Boston Tea Party (B4 6QD), 3pm -4pm
The Feminist Café is a reading group for staff and postgraduate students to engage in an informal discussion around feminist issues while having a coffee. To attend, email Katy Pilcher or Olga Castro to get an electronic copy of the readings to be discussed. 

Thursday 4 December - Aston Inaugural Lecture – From citizen to customer: Governance and accountability challenges in the marketisation of the public sector, by Professor Jonathan Tritter
Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6.00pm tea & coffee, 6.30pm start
Professor Tritter will discuss the pros and cons to public participation in helping to shape decisions about public services and polices and how valuing public participation over shareholder interest may generate greater responsiveness and efficiency.Email the Events Team to book your free place. 

Thursday 4 December - PebblePad Regional User Group

Aston Conference Centre, 12pm- 4pm
PebblePad's eportfolio, learning, and assessment system has been used by Aston University for a number of years and the team at PebblePad is launching a much anticipated series of regional user groups.  Aston is hosting the Midlands regional PebblePad user group with a range of speakers from institutions across the region. Book your place here.

Friday 5 December – Reaxys tips & tricks

Library 2nd Floor Workshop A, 10am
Reaxys is a web-based tool for the retrieval of chemistry information and data from published literature including journals and patents. This briefing from Rosalind Sankey (Elsevier) on how best to use Reaxys includes a brief refresher on searching for small molecules and simple reactions, and adapting your searches to include polymers and inorganic complexes. Find out more and book your place.  

Tuesday 9 December - Growing Local Business - Connecting Universities to Business

Private Dining Room, Conference Aston, 9:45am- 4pm
A recording of the Association of Business Schools’ high profile event will be broadcast at Aston, featuring Lord Heseltine and Prof. Angus Laing. You’ll be able to drop in and see sessions of your choice, and find out more about ABS’s new College of Fellows. Contact Richard Nicklin for further details and to book. A light lunch will be provided.

Wednesday 10th December – Do you work with spoken language?

The Centre for Language Education Research at Aston (CLERA) hosts a one-day workshop for PhD students and researchers on the transcription software EXMARaLDA. The workshop will be conducted by Dr Thomas Schmidt (Institute for German Language, Mannheim).  Places are limited. Deadline: 1st December 2014. For further details and to register, contact Jacquie Harding.

Monday 15 December - A Recording of BBC Radio 4’s ‘The 3rd Degree’

Great Hall, Doors open at 5:30pm for a 6pm start
A BBC Radio 4 quiz show, The 3rd Degree, which pits students against lecturers in a series of general knowledge questions, is to be recorded at Aston. The event is free and open on a ‘first come’ basis. Book tickets here.

Monday 15 December - Debating Matters UK Qualifying Rounds

4:30pm -8:30pm
Aston University is hosting the UK Debating Matters Qualifying Rounds on the evening of Monday 15 th December from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. The Debating Matters Competition has been running for twelve years and offers a fresh, accessible and engaging format for debating contemporary issues. Aston University students and colleagues are welcome to attend as audience members. For more information please email Sarah Fullwood

Wednesday 17 December 2014 – Careers in Translation & Interpreting Event

MB554, 12.30 – 4.30pm
The National Network for Translation in collaboration with Routes into Languages West Midlands would like to invite you to an event entitled “Careers in Translation and Interpreting”. The afternoon event is aimed Sixth Form and undergraduate students who are thinking of a career in the translation and interpreting industry. There will be speakers from various different backgrounds within the industry – from freelance and public service to EU and GCHQ – giving their experiences and advice. To register, please click here.