Other dates for your diary    

Staff briefing sessions by the Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor will be holding a series of information sessions for staff to focus on Aston’s recent successes and share the exciting plans for the future. All staff are invited to attend one of the sessions to find out how Aston is
Excellent, Different, Distinctive on:

20th October, 12-1pm, Sumpner Lecture Theatre
3rd November, 12-1pm, Sumpner Lecture Theatre
5th November, 1-2pm, Sumpner Lecture Theatre

Please register your place confirming the date of the session you would like to attend by emailing the Events Team.

Tuesday 21 October – Celebrating The Year of the Brain Lectures

Great Hall, 6:30pm

Attend an evening of talks by speakers Dr Mary Baker, (President European Brain Council and an Aston honorary graduate), Professor Paul Furlong (LHS), Sir Colin Blakemore (neurobiologist), Terry Waite (humanitarian, authorand hostages negotiator) and Anna Turney (GB Alpine skier in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Paralympic Games). Further details available here or book your seat, please email Jean Hasson.

2014/15 Inaugural Lectures
Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6pm tea & coffee, 6.30pm start

This year Aston will be holding 6 Inaugural Lectures. These events are a fun way to learn more about the research specialisms of our recently-appointed Professors, and there’s the chance to network and catch up with your colleagues post-event with a free buffet (wine included). Email the Events Team to book your free place.

Monday 3 November 2014 - Professor Bjorn Birgisson, EAS
Thursday 4 December 2014 - Professor Jonathan Tritter, LSS
Thursday 22 January 2015 - Professor Heiner Evanschitzky, ABS
Wednesday 18 February 2015 - Professor Ian Holliday, LHS
Thursday 30 April 2015 - Professor Andrew Ellis, EAS
Wednesday 20 May 2015 - Professor Richard Crisp, ABS

Tuesday 28 October - The 2014 Lunar Society Boulton and Watt Commemoration Lecture by Professor George Feiger

Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6pm refreshments with 6.30pm start 

In this prestigious lecture, If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride, Professor Feiger will discuss the topical issue of the control of systemic risk in the financial system. Aston staff and students are welcome to attend free of charge. Register here.

Wednesday 17 September and Saturday 18 October - Aston University Undergraduate Open Days

Over 2,000 visitors are expected on campus from across the UK so the campus may be busier than usual. A copy of the open day programme is available on the Aston website.

Wednesday 17 September - The Complete Funding Series

MB404A, 12pm- 2pm


The Research Support Office’s complete funding seminar series begins with ‘An Introduction to Research at Aston’, presenting an overview of current research activity across all four Schools. This interactive session will look at research structures, processes and support for funding, with opportunities to meet researchers across the University. (Drinks provided). Further details on the monthly seminar series available here.


Thursday 18 September – Optometry Patient Information Day
Vision Sciences, 9.30am – 3.30pm

The Optometry department are holding a patient information day hosting a series of lectures and exhibitions from Essilor International, Macular Society, International Glaucoma Association and more. The session needs to be booked in advance by emailing Lizzie Bartlam or calling x4104.

Wednesday 24 September 2014 – Immigration and the Making of British Identity
The REP Theatre, 6pm

As part of The British Academy Debates, a panel of experts will discuss what it means to be British and address a variety of audience questions in an attempt to clarify the definition of being British. The event, which will be attended by Professor Dame Julia King, is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please book a place here.

Wednesday 24 September - Encouraging Innovation: How to use Intellectual Property strategically
Aston University, 10am – 2pm

Claire Howell from Aston Law will demonstrate how an understanding of the IP system can help you innovate by: Informing you to make intelligent decisions; use your IP to grow your balance sheet; help you understand when not to patent; source free IP law advice and gain tax advantages. To book your place register here. Places are limited to a first come first served basis.

Wednesday 24 September - Mingle with.... Andy Street Aston Business School, 5.30pm – 8pm

As part of our patronage of BPS Birmingham we are delighted to welcome Andy Street, Managing Director of John Lewis, as guest at this exclusive Mingle with... event, held exclusively for Aston alumni and BPS Birmingham members. 
Register here to reserve your place.


Thursday 25 September - Possible Dreams International - Voices for the Voiceless choir UK tour

Great Hall, 6.30pm

The Possible Dreams International (PDI) Choir sings songs of hope to those living affected by extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS in the rural regions of Swaziland. Their charter is to give voice to those in their communities without a voice. Tickets are priced at £10.00 each and ordered through Eventbrite. This event is open to the general publicso please tell your friends and family. For further information, please contact Jean Hasson.

Friday 26 September - Planning & permitting for bioenergy development workshop

EBRI, 9:30am - 2:00pm

EBRI has organised a second workshop on planning and permitting for bioenergy development. The event is aimed at businesses in the West Midlands - if you work with any companies you feel might benefit from attending this event, please could you let them know about it. It’s free to attend and will be followed by one-to-one specialist planning support. Further details.

Monday 29 September – Aston DBA - The Value of the Executive Doctorate talk

Conference Aston Room 127, 2pm-4pm

Dr Julie Davies, Acting Chief Executive of The Association of Business Schools will be hosting an interactive session, covering various areas including: why the Association of Business Schools values executive doctorates, why there is a need to develop researching leaders and how the DBA will develop in the future, to contribute to changing social and economic needs. To book, email dba@aston.ac.uk.

Wednesday 1 October- Do you know what you should know? Emerging market trends

Aston Business School, 6pm – 8.30pm


Do you have time to stay in touch with what’s new and emerging in the profession? Probably not! That’s why McCann, Birmingham, are providing their unique insight on what they think you should know about emerging consumer, digital and social trends. Register for your free place here.