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Summer Graduation Ceremonies

The summer graduation ceremonies will take place from Monday 18 - Friday 22 July 2016. The breakdown of which courses will go through in each of the ceremonies has now been confirmed. Click here to view the summer ceremony breakdown.

18- 22 July Summer Degree Congregations at Birmingham Town Hall – volunteers required

There will be nine degree ceremonies taking place 18 - 22 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 10 June) here. Academics who would like to take part in the academic procession, please register using a separate form located here by 17 June. For further information, contact the graduation team by emailing graduationhelpers@aston.ac.uk.  

Wednesday 18 May - The Future of the UK in the EU: Debate on a Potential Brexit

MBG11, 6pm - 9pm

Dr Ryan Murphy (ABS) (in association with No5 Chambers and United Poles) is organising and participating in a debate about the forthcoming referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU. A diverse range of speakers will be present with Johnnie Arkwright (Chairman of the West Midlands branch of Business for Britain) confirmed. You can register to this free event here.

Thursday 19 May - The Complete Funding Series: Seminar Fellowships
12 noon - 1pm
For this seminar, Dr Nat Golden will look at the type and role of Fellowships at all stages of the academic trajectory. The session will also investigate the various external funding mechanisms that staff can apply for. For further information see The Complete Funding Serieswebpage orcontact Matt Richards.

Thursday 19 May - Wellbeing event: Sheila McMahon- How to look after our mental health

G11, 1pm - 2pm

Due to popular demand, Sheila McMahon (Author, Counsellor and Stand up Comedienne) will return to Aston for a wellbeing event. Following on from her sell out shows at The Lichfield Garrick Theatre and feature on the BBC, Sheila will show us ways we can look after our mental health.

Friday 27 May - MP Andrew Mitchell on ‘Brexit’

G11, 12 noon - 12:45pm

Aston Politics Society presents an afternoon with Rt Hon. Andrew Mitchell, MP for Sutton Coldfield, Former Secretary of State for International Development, and Government Chief Whip, as part of the Brexit series in the lead up to the referendum on 23rd June. The former Chief Whip has not however clarified his position on the EU despite general opposition to enlargement opposing the Treaty of Lisbon in 2007 but has stated he would wait to hear the view of young people particularly. For those who are still undecided, it is a fantastic opportunity to listen to a senior MP who has had a rich career in domestic and international politics. For further information, email Rory Demel.

Wednesday 1 June -McLaren Memorial Lecture

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

The 2016 McLaren Memorial Lecture in partnership with the Chartered Management is a free lecture delivered by MP and Historian Tristram Hunt. Tristam will discuss how the UK’s cities will be at the heart of the country’s economic, social, and constitutional transformation in the coming decades. He will also draw on his background as an urban historian, and in particular his book 'Building Jerusalem', to outline the importance of cities to modern Britain, and explore how their changing nature is affecting the political geography of the country. In doing this, he will discuss devolution in the context of political representation, the economy, and public service provision. To book your space, click here.

Wednesday 1 June - Inside Aston: Business Strategies for Sustainability- Research Symposium

Aston Business School, 10am - 4:30pm

In the wake of the UN Paris talks last December and the upcoming UN World Environment Day, there is an ever increasing global recognition of the urgent need to address a number of issues. These include climate change issues, resource scarcity issues, food, water and energy scarcity issues, and more, thus the future for business in a changed global arena. The symposium will move beyond the traditional strategy, to pursue innovative closed-loop business solutions and strategies that are grounded in strategic management and business sustainability theory.Find further details here.

Wednesday 15 June - Higher Education Advice Evening

Aston University, 5pm

Are you supporting your child in their application to University? Perhaps you know a colleague or friend that is? The University is hosting a Higher Education Advice Evening this June to provide up-to-date knowledge and guidance on the application process to University. There will be the opportunity to receive information on; UCAS, Student Finance and employment opportunities after graduation, how to best prepare for the transition to University and go on a campus tour. The event is aimed at parents of children in Years 11 and 12 although parents of younger children are more than welcome to attend. If you would like more information, visit the website

Monday 20 to Tuesday 21 June - 14th Annual BriSCEV Course and Conference

Aston Conference Centre

On behalf of the British Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision, Dr Antonio Calcagni invites all those interested in vision sciences and visual electrophysiology to the 14th annual conference being held at Aston. Find further conference details here.