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Wednesday 2 December - Question Time with the VC for support staff

G11, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

The Vice-Chancellor is hosting a question time event for support staff. The informal and interactive session will offer you the chance to find out more about the future plans for the University, new developments in the sector and an opportunity to ask specific questions relating to your role.

Please note that the link which was included in the Executive Communications bulletin last week was incorrect, please accept our apologies. Correct link: Click to book or email events@aston.ac.uk.

Breakdown of the spring 2015 graduation ceremonies - 22 March 2016

The spring graduation ceremonies for postgraduate and foundation degree students will take place on Tuesday 22 March 2016. There will be three ceremonies, 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4:30pm. Click here for a breakdown of which subjects will be going through in each ceremony.

14 and 16 December - Seasonal Receptions

Conference Aston Meeting Suites on the ground floor of the Main Building, 4.30pm

The Vice-Chancellor would like to invite staff to join her at one of this year’s Seasonal Receptions to say thank you for your hard work, and to give you a chance to relax, indulge in some seasonal refreshments, and chat with colleagues from around the University. You are welcome to attend whichever reception is more convenient for you. To book, email events@aston.ac.uk stating your preferred date.

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 November 2015 - 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

Thursday 3 December - Aston Inaugural Lecture – Gazing in at gazing out by Professor Tim Meese from LHS

Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6pm tea & coffee, 6:30pm start, followed by a free buffet

Everyone knows what cosmologists do: they gaze out into the sky to see the secrets of what’s out there, matching observations with theory to understand how the universe came about. Visual psychophysicists are motivated by a similar sense of wonder; but the universe they want to understand lives inside the biological computer of the human brain. This lecture will show how psychophysics has been used to see into the very early stages of the visual processing stream, helping us to understand how we see. Click here to register.

Thursday 26 November - PG Dip Open Q&A session

SW407, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

If you have completed a PG Cert for HE and you would like to know more about enrolling onto the Post Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGDip), with the opportunity to progress to M.Ed., CLIPP are holding this Q&A session. PG Dip is a work-based learning programme led by CLIPP that supports participants in furthering personal practice, projects and innovations and is useful tool for building supportive evidence towards HEA recognition at D3 or D4, through Aston’s Research Inspired Teaching Excellence (RITE) route. If you would like to attend, email Marika Jones.

Thursday 3 December - The Complete Funding Series 2015-16: Symposia - Analysis of the Comprehensive Spending Review

G8, 4pm - 5pm

This symposium will present an initial analysis of the comprehensive spending review and its likely impact on UK research funding infrastructure and budgets. Researchers at all levels and staff are welcome to attend. No booking is required. For further information, speak to your Research Development Manager or email the RSO. For more information on all three strands of the new and improved Complete Funding Series, see here.

Workshops for HEA Fellows

Aston is pleased to offer a series of workshops for HEA Fellows in social science disciplines throughout the 2015/16 academic year. The workshops are:

Thursday 3 and 4 December: Inspire – sharing great practice in Social Science teaching and learning

The Studio, Manchester
A two-day conference, which explores how we can inspire, support and share excellent practice in social science teaching and learning. Each of the conference streams focus on aspects of our pedagogical practice which support engaged learning and student success. There is a cost for attending this conference. Book your place now.

Monday 14 December: Embedding research methods in the curriculum

Nottingham Trent University: This workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to reflect on what is meant by research methods and is looking for practical solutions for curriculum design. Book your place now.

Growing your skills in social science teaching is a year-long programme of continuing professional development designed to support early-career social science academics to develop their practice by working with peers from a range of institutions and social science disciplines. Last few places remaining: Book your place now.