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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.

Aston 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Find out more about the University’s Big Alumni Reunion Weekend: 23– 24April, part of Aston’s 50th Anniversary celebrations! The weekend will see us showcase some of our finest work through a series of research talks, show off our facilities with tours of laboratories such as those in our European Bioenergy Research Institute and Vision Sciences, enjoy live performances from our Students’ Union Student Societies, tantalise taste buds with international food stands, and hold a gala dinner and fireworks display. Please make sure this highlight of the University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations is in your diary and do take the opportunity to show your families and friends where you work. Visit the website to find out more, browse the programme for the weekend and book your tickets here. If you are able to volunteer over the weekend to make this event as successful as possible, please email Jean Hasson.

Tuesday 22 March 2016 - Degree Congregations at Birmingham Town Hall – Volunteers required

There will be three degree ceremonies taking place on Tuesday 22 March for our postgraduate and foundation degree students. In order to make all three ceremonies run as smoothly as possible we will need a large number of volunteers (no experience is required) to help out on the day. If you would like to help out at one or more of the ceremonies, please register here.  

Academics who would like to take part in the academic procession, please register using a separate form located here.

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.

Friday 5 February - Office Depot Drop In Session: More Sustainable/Ethical Products

G8, 12 noon - 1pm

Procurement is one of the biggest chunks of the University’s carbon emissions and so, where possible, staff are encouraged to look at ways to reduce, reuse items or look for more sustainable options. Come along to chat with representatives from Office Depot about different products on offer, including more ethical choices such as Fairtrade, and see where you could be making some changes. For further information or inquiries, please email environment@aston.ac.uk.

Tuesday 16 February - Progressive Politics in Britain Today

Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre, 6pm - 8pm

A political discussion on progressive and Green politics in Britain today based on the independent think tank Green House’s new e-book, Green Politics and the Left. For more information and to reserve a place, visit the website

Tuesday 16 February - Professor Rainier Grutman (University of Ottawa): 1616-2016: What does ‘Gilles’ Shakespeare tell us about translation?

Room TBC, 4pm - 5pm

As one of the most translated authors in history, William Shakespeare is the ideal starting point for a discussion of translation. Join guest speaker, Professor Grutman, in finding the fundamental yet often overlooked features of translation, both as a form of linguistic re-enunciation and a cultural intervention. For further information, please email Dr Olga Castro.

Thursday 18 February - Ingemar Strandvik: Institutional translation and multilingualism in the EU: translation quality as compliance with requirements

MB559, 4:30pm - 6pm

Join Ingemar Strandvik from the European Commission, Directorate-General for Translation (Brussels), at this presentation aiming to show recent developments in translation quality. The presentation will stress the potential of the ISO 17100 standard and the key role of purpose, risks and competence profiles for how work is to be organized to ensure that all language versions are of high quality. For further information, please email Dr Olga Castro.

Friday 19 February - Conference Translation and Interpreting in Multilingual Contexts

MB553, 11am - 6pm

This free conference has been organised by Languages and Translation Studies (LTS) at Aston University, with the support of theCentre for Language Research at Aston(CLaRA)andRoutes into Languages. Book your place via Eventbrite, by Friday 12 February, (advance registration is required due to catering purposes). Find the full programme here. For further information, please email Dr Olga Castro.

Wednesday 2 March - Harnessing the Power of the Placement Year

Conference Aston: Room 145, 12:30pm - 4:30pm (working lunch to be included)

This session emerges from an HEA-funded project under their Vice Chancellors' Strategic Projects initiative and is targeted at those who currently teach a final year cohort and/or are involved in the design of final year modules/full programmes. The session will explore how Aston currently utilises placement year learning within the final year curriculum, and how (or indeed whether) placement year learning should shape teaching. Small Stipends will be (competitively) available for those academics who wish to take the ideas from the session forward and to develop new teaching approaches within the final years of their own programmes.  Spaces are limited, in order to book your place, please contact m.jones@aston.ac.uk. To view further information about the event, visit the CLIPP webpage.

Thursday 14 April - Aston Inaugural by Professor Phil Mizen: Making their way: Street life for child labourers in Ghana

Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6pm tea & coffee, 6:30pm start

Drawing upon over 10 years of research in Accra, Ghana, Professor Phil Mizen explores how children actively make their way on the streets and the problems to survival this poses. A complementary buffet will follow the lecture. The Aston Inaugurals showcase and celebrate the research of the University’s recently appointed professors on a diverse range of topics. Please click here to register your place and for further information contact events@aston.ac.uk.