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.  

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.

Friday 31 October - The Centre for Forensic Linguistics lecture

MB155, 12pm
Professor James R. Fitzgerald from Hofstra University, New York will be will be delivering a research lecture “On the Altar of Redoubt, a Coiled Dubiety…The linguistic nexus of Robert Browning (1869), H.L. Mencken (1951), and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone (2012)”. Please email John Pollard at if you would like to attend.

Briefing sessions on Collaborative Provision

Thursday 6 November, SW407, 1- 2pm   
Wednesday 12 November, SW407, 1- 2pm   

Sarah Davies, as Secretary to the University Collaborative Provision Strategy Group and joint Head of Quality, will be holding two information sessions on the University’s revised Guidelines for Collaborative Activity, Handbook for Programme Directors involved in Collaborative Activity, and section B10 of the QAA Quality Code: Managing higher education provision with others. These briefings are targeted at Programme Directors and those with responsibility for collaborative programmes. Register with Marika Jones. Lunch provided. 

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

Wednesday 5 November - Funding for Growth

Conference Aston, 11:45am- 2pm
This event will explore how businesses can access alternative and complementary finance to support growth. George Feiger, Executive Dean of Aston Business School will be speaking alongside Mark Runiewicz, CEO, Trade & Export Finance Ltd and Luke Hultquist, and John Pocock, Halo Corporate Finance Ltd. Book your place or find out more here.

Wednesday 5 November – Professor María Ángeles López talk

MB404B, 4:30– 6:30pm
To commemorate the centenary of Chilean poet Nicanor Parra’s birth, Professor López Pérez will give a talk on “Ver parra creer. La antipoesía de Nicanor Parra”.López Pérez is Professor in Latin American Literature at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, and also a poet herself. The paper will be delivered in Spanish, and it will be followed by a reception. All welcome.

Wednesday 5 November - Aston looks back: 25 years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Cadbury Room (North Wing, 10th Floor), 1pm
Aston Centre for Europe welcomes staff and students to this unique event to mark the anniversary of the fall of the wall. Refreshments will be available and no booking is required.

Saturday 8 November - The Annual Tim Field Memorial Lecture 

Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 1.15pm
This year’s lecture will address the issue of ‘Recovery From Workplace Bullying’The lecture is free but registration is required via email.

Thursday 20 November – The Interland Gender and Leadership Research Group - Seminar by leadership expert and historian Paul Vanderbroeck
MB504, 12pm-1pm
In this seminar, How can Women Leaders Deal with Career Competition?, Paul will look at how - practically and emotionally - women deal with competitive threats to their promotion to and maintenance of the top job of their organization. He will do this by looking at ego documents and other historical evidence. The lecture is free but please notify Professor Judith Baxter as places are limited.

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.