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Thursday 26 February - Mother Tongue Other Tongue: Teaching Languages through Poetry CPD workshop

Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a competition from Routes into Languages, which celebrates the many languages and cultures in our schools today. This practical workshop aimed at secondary EAL and MFL teachers is a collaboration between Routes into Languages, Network for Languages, Writing West Midlands and the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston, and will be delivered by writer Elisabeth Charis. For more information and registration, contact Jacquie Harding.

Thursday 26 February - Disadvantaged Young Voters’ Views of the EU at a Time of Change

Conference Aston, 9:30am – 4pm
The Aston Centre for Europe and InterLanD invites you to a seminar co-organised with the European Commission Representation in London. Recent coverage of public opinion on European Union-related issues has focussed either on older voters or on the general electorate. Younger voters have so far received limited attention. The seminar would like to contribute to filling this gap by reporting back from a series of West Midlands events on young voters' views of the EU. The event is free and open to all. To register, email europe@aston.ac.ukSee poster and conference programme.

Friday 27 February - Rare Disease Day 2015 - Information Stand on Phenylketonuria

MB Lower Foyer, 10 am -12pm
The Aston University Neuropsychology Laboratory, directed by Dr Cristina Romani, have organised an event to raise awareness on rare diseases. The focus will be on the metabolic disease of Phenylketonuria (PKU), and the event is open to all. Further details here

Tuesday 3 March - Jour de la Francophonie - French Cultural Day

Main Building, 1-3.30pm
Aston University welcomes 70 Year 8 & 9 pupils to celebrate the French language. This event is organised by Routes into Languages, CLERA and Network for Languages, with the aim to open pupils’ eyes to the many places languages can take them. Workshops are led by Aston staff and students, and pupil presentations will be judged by Yves Letournel from the French Embassy, who will be running a CPD session for teachers during the afternoon. For more information, email routes@aston.ac.uk.

Thursday 5 March - Aston Enterprise Competition Final

MB644, 5pm – 7.30pm
This is your chance to be part of the audience for an exciting Dragon's Den style competition and support finalists as they pitch their business idea to a panel. The winner will receive a cash prize from EY of £500 to use as seed funding and £500 worth of consumer market research from Marketest. Networking and refreshments available. Book via Eventbrite or for further information email Sandra Benbow.

Monday 9 March- Meet a heartless private equity partner

Aston Business School, 6pm – 8:30pm
Julian Seward moved into private equity after nine years at PwC and thirteen years at McKinsey and Company. Julian will explain how he ended up where he is now, explain how private equity firms add value to companies and discuss whether private equity firms are a force for good or a force for bad. More details and booking here.

Monday 16 March - Annual General Meeting of Convocation

Conference Aston Meeting Suites, 6.15pm - 7.30pm
Aston staff are warmly invited to join alumni for this year’s Annual General Meeting of Convocation.  Registration will begin from 6pm, with the meeting starting promptly at 6.15pm chaired by Professor Helen Higson. The Vice-Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer will present their reports for 2014/15. The meeting will be followed by a lecture by Dr James Brown. The evening will close with a drinks reception. For more information go to the alumni website or x4554. Please confirm your attendance by Friday 6 March via email.

Wednesday 18 March - The Complete Funding Series: Marie Curie Individual Fellowships

MB373, 12pm - 1pm
This seminar, with Paul Knobbs and Dr Andy Sutherland, will introduce academics to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships and the whole application process. These Fellowships are great way to bring talented young/mid-career researchers to Aston and enable eligible fellows to research and train with an Aston host, for up to 24 months. The scheme supports research in any discipline, but multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral projects are preferred. Further information on this seminar and The Complete Funding Series available here.

Researchers at all levels are welcome to attend. No booking is required, however for catering purposes please contact rso@aston.ac.uk by Monday 16 March, 2015.

Friday 20 March – BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’

The Great Hall, 6.30pm for 8pm live broadcast. Please take your seats by 7.30pm. 
Just weeks before one of the most hotly contested General Elections in generations, Aston University will host the live broadcast of the BBC political programme ‘Any Questions?’. You will have the chance to be a part of the audience and put pressing questions to a panel of leading figures from across the political spectrum. Book your tickets here on a first come, first served basis. Can current Aston staff please enter their Aston room or office number on the first line of the Eventbrite address section of the registration form.

Friday 20 March - Interland Gender and Leadership Research Group talk

MB549, 11am – 12 noon
As part of Interland’s Gender and Leadership Research Group’s programme, Professor Binna Kandola and Jo Kandola will be giving a talk about their book, The Invention of Difference: The Story of Gender Bias at Work. The event is open to all. Please register your interest with Professor Judith Baxter.

Wednesday 25 March - Aston University Knowledge Transfer Showcase Event with Aston Business Network

Great Hall, 5-7pm
All staff are invited to a showcase of Aston’s KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships), KEEN (Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Networks) and CR&D projects (Innovate UK sponsored Collaborative R&D). The event includes a poster competition and networking opportunities. Come along to see some of the interesting research Aston is carrying out in collaboration with local and national companies across ABS, EAS and LHS. Prizes for posters will be awarded by the Vice Chancellor. Food and drinks provided. Register with Eventbrite or contact ktp@aston.ac.uk for more information.

Thursday 16 April - Assessment and the New National Curriculum for MFL: Issues and Discussions

This twilight CPD session, hosted by the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston (CLERA) and Network for Languages, is aimed at those who teach MFL at Key Stage 3. This course is for language teachers who wish to reflect on the best methods of planning and recording progress over the statutory KS3 and will allow delegates to consider a range of options and to discuss what their whole-school policy is for assessment. For more information and registration, contact Jacquie Harding.

Wednesday 22 April - Early onset Type 2 Diabetes and its Life Course Conference

This conference will showcase two local research projects and provide an opportunity for networking and debate. See the full conference programme here. To register, email Tania Spruce