Other dates for your diary    

20- 24 July Summer Degree Congregations at Birmingham Town Hall – volunteers required

There will be nine degree ceremonies taking place 20 - 24 July. To make sure all of the ceremonies run as smoothly as possible, we will need a large number of volunteers (no experience is required). If you would like to help out at one or more of the ceremonies, please register (no later than 12 June) here. Academics who would like to take part in the academic procession, please register using a separate form located here by 19June.

Wednesday 29 April - Staff and Students’ Disability Network: introduction to the support network for Staff and Students at Aston

G8, 3pm -

This gathering is for all disabled staff and students and anyone interested in disability to discuss setting up a network to provide, a safe and supportive environment in which disabled staff and students can discuss issues and a conduit for disabled staff and students to communicate with senior management about improvements that would better meet their needs. 

Thursday 28 May – Aston Centre for Research into International Business (ACRIB) presentation

MB243, 2:30pm 4:00pm

Aston Business School Research Centres have been established as a platform from which we respond to emerging research topics. They foster a sharpened focus on specific areas of enquiry and promote increased visibility and impact for our research.  The format of the session will be a presentation from the Centre Director and appropriate team members, followed by a Q&A session.  The session will provide an overview of research that is currently taking place, strategy/objectives and engagement with the wider community/industry.  It is an opportunity for you to discover the focus of the Centre and hopefully may offer the potential for collaboration. Please confirm attendance via email to n.felton@aston.ac.uk.

Wednesday 6 May - Aston Social Media Surgery

SW309, 1pm - 2pm
This is an opportunity for staff who want to learn how to make better use of the web and digital communications with tips and advice from our digital marketing experts. Visit the website and click here to book your space.

Wednesday 6 May - Celebrating Aston University’s Masterclass Programme

MB161, 1pm - 2pm, lunch included

Schools and Colleges Liaison invite academic staff to lunch to celebrate the success of this year’s Masterclass Programme and to encourage new colleagues to deliver subject masterclasses next academic year. Masterclasses are a fantastic opportunity for academics to showcase their research to prospective applicants whilst forming relationships with teachers from high-achieving-schools and boosting UG applications to their course. In the words of Dr Ryan Murphy (Aston Business School) Masterclasses have “proved an effective way of promoting the Law degrees to potential students with many putting us down as their firm choice as a result of their Masterclass experience." For further information about the Masterclass programme and to confirm your place at the lunch, contact Sarah Fullwood.

Thursday 7 May - 'Which is best: Acquiring knowledge or learning to be?’

SW407, 12 noon – 2pm

Whilst knowledge is important, the focus should no longer be on knowledge transfer or acquisition. The question for students would be not only what they know, but also what they are becoming. This session is designed to explore whether there needs to be a shift in Higher Education from epistemology (acquisition of knowledge) in itself to epistemology in the service of ontology (ways-of being). Tea, coffee and water will be provided.To book a place, email Marika Jones.

Wednesday 13 May - A day reflecting on how we teach

Conference Aston, 8:30am registration, 9:15am start

Experiential learning is defined as “learning through reflection on doing” and is regarded as one of the most powerful teaching and learning tools available. This day is a chance for us to learn more about the case, problem and creativity based learning that is happening both here at Aston and at other universities. We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Frank Woollard David Bramley Fellowship that enables us to offer a number of free of charge places on a first come first served basis. These include registration, refreshments and lunch on the day. For more information and to book your space, see here.

Thursday 14 May - MacLaren Memorial Lecture 2015: “Brand transformation in the digital age” delivered by Matthew Crummack, CEO of lastminute.com

Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Drawing on his experience as CEO of lastminute.com, and from his international sales and marketing experience at global companies Procter & Gamble, Nestle and Expedia, Matthew will explore how brands and companies need to continually challenge themselves in the fast-moving digital age to remain relevant to their customers. This lecture is being held in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute. Networking will be held before the lecture from 5:30pm in Aston’s Old Café, with refreshments served. Register here.

Monday 18 - Tuesday 19 May - The Spring Servitization Conference 2015: Servitization: the theory and impact

Aston Business School

Servitization continues to grow substantially. Whether driven by concerns over competitors from low cost economies, environmental and economic sustainability, demands for market growth or the potential to exploit new Information and Communication Technologies, more and more manufacturers are innovating their business models to include greater revenue generation around services. Full details and registration visit www.aston.ac.uk/ssc2015. Or contact Jill Forrest,or call 0121 204 3249.  

Tuesday 18 May - Making light work for you (workshop)

Aston Photonics team has launched a non-for-profit project to raise awareness of photonic technologies. We welcome business owners to attend our workshop (lunch included) where we would provide some consultancy on how photonic technologies and lasers may improve efficiency of the business run.  If you/your friends are involved in any type of production, feel free to reserve your place at here

Wednesday 20 May - Aston Inaugural Lecture -Adapting to diversityby Professor Richard Crisp

Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6.00pm tea & coffee, 6.30pm start

Our societies are defined by difference and diversity. Join Professor Crisp in the last Inaugural of the 2014/15 series to hear how some argue this diversity brings disharmony, others that it fosters tolerance and mutual respect. In this lecture, Professor Crisp will show how understanding ‘the social mind’ can help promote intercultural exchange, and how, in turn, this can have benefits that extend beyond intercultural relations. Click here to register.

Friday 29 May - Light-based technologies in healthcare and medicine (workshop)

As a part of non-for-profit project on photonic technologies, we welcome local companies in healthcare industry to attend our Health & Medicine workshop (lunch included). We would cover various uses of photonics in healthcare, including non-invasive diagnostics and treatments. Reserve your place here.

Monday 22 June - Advance Manufacturing Showcase

James France Building, Loughborough University

This conference aims to promote the academic excellence that resides in the M5 universities (a group of Midlands research intensive universities) including Aston. Register here for the event. For further details, see here.

Friday 26 June – The 4th Birmingham Corporate Social Responsibility Summit (hold the date)

Aston Business School, 8:30am arrival and registration, 9:00am - 2pm  

Save the date for Reversing The Value Chain: What can the arts and creative sector bring to business & community?Further information to follow in May.