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Thursday 22 October  - Aston Inaugural Lecture –The Risky Business of Pregnancyby Professor Asif Ahmed

Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6.00pm tea & coffee, 6.30pm start, followed by a free buffet

Pregnancy should be a joyous time, yet it still takes the lives of mothers and babies. In the ITV period drama ‘Downton Abbey’, the death of Lady Sybil to childbirth highlighted this tragedy. Are we any closer today to finding a cure for pre-eclampsia - a high blood pressure disorder affecting 1 in 20 pregnancies? This talk will explore new discoveries which could ‘put the brakes on pre-eclampsia’, and the journey of a translational scientist determined to develop a low-cost therapy.Click here to register.

Save the dates - 2015/16 Inaugural Lectures

Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6.30pm start

This year Aston will be holding five Inaugural Lectures. Look out for further details to be circulated soon. Email events@aston.ac.uk to book your free place.

  • Thursday 22 October 2015 - Professor Asif Ahmed,  Aston Medical School
  • Wednesday 11 November2015 - Professor Hai Zhuge, EAS
  • Thursday 3 December 2015 - Professor Tim Meese, LHS
  • Tuesday 19 January 2016 - Professor Prasanta Dey, ABS
  • Thursday 14 April 2016 - Professor Phil Mizen, LSS

Carbon Week: Volunteers Required

Carbon Week (2 - 6 November 2015) is Aston University's ambitious project to bring climate change awareness and low-carbon design thinking to all its students in a thought-provoking, 5-day-long, annual event. Preparations for Carbon Week are already well underway. If any academics who wish to contribute appropriate teaching to the week’s events, or support staff who would like to assist with the production of this ambitious project,email your interest to carbonweek@aston.ac.uk. Further details can be found here.

It will give our students the necessary knowledge in order to inform and influence their professional careers. We believe that Aston is the first university in the world to embed climate change teaching in all its courses and that this will ensure that our students enhance their employability, are better prepared for a low-carbon world and are much more useful to companies when they start their careers.

Carbon Week will consist of an Introduction Day at the Genting Arena (NEC) for all 3,100 2nd year students, followed by four days of lectures, presentations and project work back on campus. All academics are invited to attend the Introduction Day at the Genting Arena - already confirmed as participating are Robin Ince (comedian) and the event’s compere Reeta Chakrabarti (BBC News). More names will be announced soon. Visit the website for further information.

Wednesday 7 October - Authoring the future: Do you want to cope with the future or create it?

Conference Room 3, Aston Business School, 6pm - 8pm

First guest speaker, David Pearle, a creative advisor to some of the world's leading businesses will be giving a talk on issues such as culture change, business turnaround and dealing with uncertainty. To register and for further information, visit the website.

Thursday 8 October - The Complete Funding Series 2015/16 - Symposia: Leverhulme Research Fellowships

MB404D, 12 noon - 1pm

The Research Fellowship call is open and closes on 12 November. Dr Nathaniel Golden will be explaining the Fellowships, identifying the best practice for a Leverhulme Research Fellowship application, discussing the electronic submission system and explaining how to choose your external referee, as well as going through the internal review system in place. Book your space here. For further information, see here.

Friday 9th October- Aston Welcome debrief

The Council Room, 2.30pm - 3.30pm

The debrief is open to any members of staff who were involved in Welcome Week or would just like to find out how the two weeks were received. For further information or any questions, email Jema Wyatt.

Tuesday 13 October - Obesity and Diabetes: The Paradox of Health and Wealth by Professor Cliff Bailey

The Great Hall, 7:30pm

On behalf of the Royal Society of Biology, all staff and alumni are invited to attend the lecture by Professor Cliff Bailey, discussing two common health issues. To book your space, email Dr Steve Russell. For further details, see the poster.

Tuesday 13October - Global Lounge - Foreign language speakers wanted

Café Tierra/B4 Bar, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

A free event for everyone, the Global Lounge is an excellent opportunity to meet people from around the world, and for those who speak a foreign language to find others to chat with. Food and drinks will be provided. Book your space here or for further information, email Eve Carney.

Wednesday 14 October - Question Time with Paul Anderson, Managing Director Deutsche Bank Birmingham

Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre, 6pm - 8:30pm.

Paul Anderson of Deutsche Bank will be giving an insight on his career, the banking industry and advice to students on how to pursue a career at the bank. For more information and to register, see here.  

Wednesday 14 October - Undergraduate Recruitment Session

G8, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Schools and Colleges Liaison managed attendance at 200+ school and UCAS events in 2014/15, with its recruitment and Widening Participation engagements reaching over 50,000 students nationwide. Learn how SCL works to drive Home undergraduate applications to Aston, and how you can help improve your School’s intakes. Reserve your space by emailing John Connolly.

Thursday 15 October - The Complete Funding Series 2015/16 - Seminar: Managing your Grant Post-Award

MB504, 12 noon - 1pm

Matt Cooper, Research Finance Manager, will cover a number of topics, including Staff Recruitment and Initial Project Account Set up, to assist the grant holder in managing their project finances during its lifecycle. Researchers at all levels are welcome to attend, no booking is required. For more information on all three strands of the new and improved Complete Funding Series, see here.For further information, speak to your Research Development Manager or email the RSO.

Tuesday 20 October - Open day: Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

SW407, 2pm - 3pm

This Open day will provide information for all those who would like to know more about Aston’s Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGDip), with the opportunity to progress to M.Ed. This is a work-based learning programme that supports participants in furthering their own creative practice, projects and innovations within their personal contexts. For further information, contact Dr Sarah Hayes. To book your place, email Marika Jones.

Wednesday 21 October - Exploring teaching identity within higher education.

SW407, 1pm - 4pm (Tea & Coffee provided)

This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to explore and discuss their assumptions and values regarding the role of a teacher in higher education.  A range of areas will be covered including the nature of our relationship with students and the impact of different epistemological perspectives on teaching methods. For further information, contact Dr Julian Lamb. Limited spaces available, to book your place, contact Marika Jones.

Wednesday 21 October - Feminist Café: Hashtagging as Feminist Activism

Cadbury Room, MB, 3:15pm

The next Feminist Café session will be on Hashtagging as Feminist Activism with copies of the readings available ready for discussion. Contact Dr Katy Pilcher or Dr Olga Castro if you are interested in joining or would like copies of the readings.